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unbiased Adjustable Bed (Base / Foundation) Reviews, Ratings & Comparisons

Based on 274 Consumer Experiences

February 7, 2015

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD: High owner satisfaction • health, comfort and convenience benefits • low maintenance.

THE BAD: Can break / stop working • poor or non-existent return policies • mostly fair-at-best warranties • heavy • huge markup charged by some retailers.

THE BEDS: Adjustable bed bases are foundations that can raise a person's lower and / or upper body as well as provide massage. Two-piece split adjustable bed bases allow each person to control their own half of the bed.

THE ALTERNATIVE: For acid reflux especially, wedge pillows can be an inexpensive alternative to adjustable beds.

THE RESEARCH: This page rates only adjustable bed bases / foundations – not adjustable beds as a whole, meaning not the mattress. For mattress ratings, see mattress reviews. The adjustable bed ratings below are based on 270+ consumer reviews of various bases from several manufacturers. The data was collected using an unbiased, accurate methodology.

Adjustable Bed Base Ratings – Overall

Below, adjustable bed bases / foundations overall are rated against conventional / non-adjustable bed bases and foundations. Ratings are based on actual owner experiences gathered using an unbiased, accurate methodology.

Owner satisfaction B Adjustable bed bases / foundations overall have 85% owner satisfaction. (85 out of 100 based on 274 reviews). The various models tend to have similar owner satisfaction rates. In other words, more expensive models don't necessarily rate higher than cheaper ones.
Durable / reliable D At least 15-20% of consumers report over the course of ownership at least one breakdown requiring repair. A breakdown can render the bed unusable or uncomfortable until repaired.
Affordable D Prices usually range from $750-$4,800. Some retailers may charge a high markup so it often pays to shop around. A larger size and more features mean a higher price. Long-term cost of ownership can be substantial as the limited warranties often require owners to at least partially pay for any repairs after as little as one year. A person may be able to deduct the cost of an adjustable bed from taxes if it is for a medical purpose substantiated by a doctor.
Health benefits A- 25% or more of owners report at least one health benefit from their adjustable bed, including relief from poor circulation, insomnia, sleep apnea, swollen legs, arthritis, breathing difficulties, snoring, fibromyalgia, leg cramps, asthma, back / shoulder and neck pain, restless leg syndrome, COPD, and GERD / reflux disease.
Comfort and conven- ience benefits A At least 25% of consumers report a comfort and or convenience benefit. Being able to sit up in bed allows for one to comfortably watch TV, work, read, breast feed and get up off the bed easily.
Couple friendly C+ Queen- and king-size adjustable bed bases are often available in a split design which allows one side of the bed to be adjusted independent of the other. This allows each partner to have their own adjustment. The downside of a split bed, say at least 10% of owners, is that the middle area is often unfriendly for spooning or cuddling even when both sides have the same adjustment.
Compatible with all mattresses c- Memory foam, latex and air mattresses are usually compatible with adjustable bed bases. Innerspring mattresses with pocket coils are often compatible, but those with a border wire are not. Owner experience data suggests that it is best to avoid thick mattresses (greater than 12") because they may lack the flexibility to easily move with the adjustable base. Talk with your adjustable bed retailer to see if your mattress is compatible.
No noise d Adjustable beds use either AC or DC motors to raise and lower the mattress. AC motors are more powerful and audible than DC motors. About 15% of owners with AC motors complain of excessive noise. DC motors, by contrast, are usually whisper quiet but can become too audible if not working properly. In addition, the message function present on many models can make noise.
No assembly required C- Some limited assembly may be required. Most owners report spending no more than two hours on assembly. For an additional charge (about $100-$150), white glove delivery and assembly may be available.
No mainten-
ance needed
b- Little, if any, ongoing or regular upkeep is required, say owners.
Light- weight d- Heavy weight is a main owner complaint as the average weight of a queen adjustable base / foundation is about 230 lbs, and some can weigh over 330 lbs. At least 20% of owners say that transporting an adjustable bed is difficult and expensive. Having casters on the legs can make movement possible, but not necessarily easy.
Warranties d Many owners feel misled. Most warranties are for 20 years, but coverage may end in as little as three years for areas most likely to break such as electrical components and motors.
Return policies d- Generally, consumers should not have the expectation of being able to return an adjustable bed because it is seldom financially practical. Local retailers may allow a return for exchange only, and fees will likely apply. Internet retailers may accept returns for money back, but you will pay return (and perhaps original) shipping and or a restocking fee. This could add up to $400+.
Reputation of adjustable bed manufac- turers A- Based on available consumer experiences, all adjustable bed manufacturers appear to have similar reputations. They all tend to provide good customer service and stand behind their products to the extent of their warranties. Leggett & Platt is the leading and most established adjustable bed company; it has been making adjustables since 1973, while the others have been doing so for 12 years or less.

Adjustable Bed Base Models: Comparison

Below is a comparison of many leading adjustable bed bases / foundations. Most mattresses that can be used on an adjustable bed base are compatible with the models below. Check with your adjustable bed retailer to ensure that your mattress is indeed compatible.

  Price Distinctive Advantage or Trait Main Retailer(s)
Weight Limit (lbs) Presets Hugs Wall Mas-
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100 $1000-
$2000
value potential Denver Mattress 400-
500
none yes opt. wired no 1-5-202 / none
Serta Motion Essentials $700-
$1300
-- JCPenney, USmattress 400-
500
none yes no wired no 1-5-202 / none
330 $1400 (qn) similar to Serta Motion Perfect Denver Mattress 400-
500
1-tch flat, zero gravity yes yes wire- less or wired yes 1-5-202 / none
Serta Motion Perfect / Signature $1400-
$3800
wide availability many such as Macy's, Matt. Firm, Amazon 400-
500
1-tch flat, zero gravity, reading yes yes wire- less or wired yes 1-5-252 / none
Serta Motion Custom $2400-
$5400
head support, bluetooth, usb Macy's, JCPenney, Sams Club, USmattress 400-
500
1-tch flat, lounge, TV, zero gravity yes yes wire- less yes 1-5-252 / none
400 $1000-
$1800
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Amazon 400-
500
1-tch flat, zero gravity yes yes wire- less yes 1-5-202 / none
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ShipShape $750-
$1400
proven, popular low-cost Amazon 425 none no none wired no 1-3-20 / after yr 3
Bronze $750-
$1400
raises head only, not legs Bedinabox .com 450 none no none wired no 1-2-
life / after yr 2
Simplicity $1120-
$2350
value potential Brooklyn Bedding 450 memory no yes wire- less no 1-3-20 / after yr 3
Pro-Motion $840-
$3000
simple, no frills Bedinabox .com 550 none no none wired no 1-3-20 / after yr 3
S-Cape $950-
$3000
proven, popular Amazon, Costco, Sit n' Sleep 600 1-tch flat, memory yes yes wire- less no 1-3-20 / after yr 3
C (Comfort Series) $700-
$2000
base model raises only head Bedinabox .com, Olejostores .com 600-
700
none no yes4 wired no 1-3-25 / after yr 3
D (Designer Series) $1400-
$3400
value potential Bedinabox
.com, Atlantic Beds
700 1-tch flat, memory, zero gravity yes yes wire- less yes4 1-3-25 / after yr 3
P (Premier Series) $2300-
$5000
touchscreen tablet remote USmattress .com 700 multiple yes yes wire- less no 1-3-25 / after yr 3
Prodigy $1400-
$3400
massage alarm, audio alarm USmattress, Bedinabox
.com
700 1-tch flat, memory, sleep tmr, antisnore yes yes wire- less no 1-3-20 / after yr 3
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3E (Essential Plus) $800-
$2500
value potential Slumberland, Raymour & Flanigan, Olejostores 400-
5001
1-tch flat yes none wired no 1-1-20 / after yr 1
5D (Deluxe) $1000-
$3200
available at Slumber-
land
Slumberland, Raymour & Flanigan, Olejostores
.com
400-
5001
1-tch flat, TV, zero gravity, antisnore yes yes wire- less no 1-3-20 / after yr 3
7S, 8Q (Supreme) $1400-
$3800
classic yet contem-
porary, wifi
Olejostores
.com, Slumberland
400-
5001
1-tch flat, TV, zero gravity, antisnore yes yes wire- less yes 1-3-20 / after yr 3
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Elevation $1050-
$2100
value potential Olejostores
.com, ebed.com
575-
650
1-tch flat no no wired no 1-1-20 / after yr 3
Relaxer $1300-
$2800
opt. night light, foot lowering function Mattress Firm, Olejostores
.com
575-
650
1-tch flat, zero gravity, TV yes yes wire- less no 1-3-20 / after yr 3
Contem-
porary
$1350-
$3600
modular design, head support Mattress Firm, Olejo stores, Amazon 575-
650
1-tch flat, zero gravity, TV, lounge yes yes wire- less no 1-3-20 / after yr 3
Revolution $1900-
$3800
bluetooth, LED light ebed.com 650 multiple yes yes wire- less yes 1-3-20 / after yr 3
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Reflexion $1600-
$3200
made by Hickory Springs Mfg Macy's, USmattress 400-
500
1-tch flat, 4 settings yes yes wire- less yes 1-3-20 / after yr 31
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$3400
made by Leggett & Platt Denver Mattress, Macy's, USmattress 650 1-tch flat, zero gravity yes yes wire- less yes 1-3-25 / after yr 3
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Flex Fit 1 $1000-
$2900
raises head only, not legs sleepnumber
.com / Sleep Number stores
600 1-tch flat no no wire- less no 2-5-25 / after yr 5
Flex Fit 2 $1500-
$3800
made by Leggett & Platt sleepnumber
.com / Sleep Number stores
600 1-tch flat, zero gravity no no wire- less no 2-5-25 / after yr 5
Flex Fit 3 $2000-
$4800
made by Leggett & Platt sleepnumber
.com / Sleep Number stores
700 1-tch flat, memory, zero gravity yes yes wire- less no 2-5-25 / after yr 5
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Ergo Plus $1400-
$2800
widely available many retailers 650 1-tch flat, 2 memory no none wire- less no 3-5-25 / after yr 3
Ergo Premier $1900-
$3800
widely available, above avg warranty many retailers 650 1-tch flat, memory positions, wifi yes yes wire- less no 5 yrs full / after yr 5

1 Estimate.
2 Motors have two years full coverage.
3 No king available.
4 Not on base model.

Model Comparison: Low-End vs Middle vs High-End

Adjustable bed bases are often available in low-end models ($750-$1,800), mid-range models ($950-$2,500) and high-end models ($1,500-$4,500+). The comparisons below discuss some of their more important similarities and differences.

Owner Satisfaction

Owner satisfaction is statistically similar for the different grades of models.

adjustable bed comparison


Warranty

Warranty coverage is often the same or similar regardless of the model. In other words, despite their premium price, high-end models usually have warranties like those of lesser models.

  Warranty
Low-end 20 years / 1-year full coverage followed by decreasing coverage
Mid-range 20-25 years / 1-2 years full coverage followed by decreasing coverage
High-end 20 years to lifetime / 1-2 years full coverage followed by decreasing coverage

Controller

An adjustable bed is usually operated by a hand-held controller. Higher-end models often have a wireless and backlit remote control, while lesser models often have a wired, non-backlit control.

  Controller
Low-end wired
Mid-range wired or wireless, perhaps back lit
High-end wireless and back lit

Presets

Higher-end models are more likely than lesser models to have various automatic position adjustments such as a preset zero gravity position and a one-touch flat button. Keep in mind that these positions can be achieved on low-end models non-automatically.

  Presets
Low-end no presets to zero gravity position and one-touch flat button
Mid-range usually zero gravity position and one-touch flat button
High-end zero gravity position, one-touch flat button and possibly programmable memory positions. other presets are possible.

Massage

Many adjustable beds come with a built-in massage feature. Higher-end models often offer more advanced massage capabilities.

  Massage Included
Low-end no
Mid-range yes, possibly with timer
High-end yes, often with advanced features such as multiple modes and zones

Adjustability

Higher-end models often provide a somewhat greater adjustability than lesser models. In addition, some low-end beds provide only head elevation (and no foot elevation).

  Elevation Possible / Adjustability
Low-end head only or head and foot / 45-60 degrees head & 40-45 degrees foot
Mid-range head and foot / usually 58 degrees head & 44 degrees foot
High-end head and foot / usually 60-70 degrees head & 44-55 degrees foot

Wall Hugging Feature

Adjustable beds with a wall hugging feature lift the person on the bed up while gliding them back. This allows the person to stay in place next to their night stand.

  Wall Hugging Feature Included
Low-end no
Mid-range usually
High-end yes

Weight / Lift Capacity

Maximum weight capacity is often somewhat greater for mid-range and high-end beds.

  Lift Weight Capacity
Low-end 375-600 lbs
Mid-range 500-700 lbs
High-end 600-700 lbs


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About Our Unbiased Adjustable Bed Reviews and Research

Our adjustable bed base / foundation ratings are based on at least 270 owner / consumer reviews for various bases from several manufacturers, including Leggett & Platt, Reverie, Ergomotion and Rize. The data was gathered using an accurate methodology.

Remember

– Most adjustable bed warranties are for 20 years or longer, but coverage may end in as little as three years for electrical components and motors.

– Due mainly to the mechanical nature of adjustable beds, up to 20% of owners report a breakdown requiring repair.

– Some retailers may charge a high markup so it often pays to shop around.

– Adjustable bed bases are often available in low-end models ($750-$1,800), mid-range models ($950-$2,500) and high-end models ($1,500-$4,500). They have important similarities and differences consumers should know.

Wedge pillows can provide at least some of the health benefits of adjustable beds for a tiny fraction of the cost.

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