Adjustable beds are quickly becoming a popular choice for the bedroom. While many may still associate an adjustable bed with something commonly found in a hospital room, others have made the switch from ordinary bed frames due to the versatility and customization an adjustable bed provides. Finding the best adjustable bed and mattress to meet your own unique sleep needs can seem difficult, as an adjustable bed mattress must be a certain height and firmness, but also provide you with the comfort and support you prefer from a bed.
In this guide, we’ll cover what to look for when choosing your own adjustable bed set as well as our favorite mattresses to complement an adjustable base.
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- Our Adjustable Bed Mattress Choices
- What are Adjustable Beds?
- What to Consider When Buying an Adjustable Bed and Mattress
|Amerisleep AS3||Open-cell polyfoam||Medium||$1399||100 nights||20 years|
|Zoma Mattress||Memory foam||Medium-Firm||$750||100 nights||10 years|
|Vaya Mattress||Open-cell memory foam||Medium||$595||100 nights||10 years|
|Avocado Green||Latex & Pocket coils||Medium-Firm||$1399||365 nights||25 years|
|Nolah Signature 12||Poly Foam||Plush Side & Firm Side||$1569||120 nights||Lifetime|
|Spindle||Latex foam||Soft/Medium/Firm||$2499||365 nights||10 years|
Our Adjustable Bed Mattress Choices
Amerisleep offers adjustable mattresses in standard sizes. Each size comes in three different firmness levels: the AS2 which is medium-firm, the AS3 (medium), and the AS4 (medium-soft).
All of the AS models are packed with technological innovation. They are modern, eco-friendly, and relatively affordable. Additionally, they also sleep much cooler than ordinary memory foam.
The Amerisleep AS3 is their medium option, which is suitable for just about any sleeper, making it a great option for an adjustable frame.
Let’s have a look what makes the Amerisleep AS3 mattress a great choice:
- The cover of their mattresses is made with a lightweight, breathable fabric that helps keep air flowing throughout the mattress so you never sleep hot.
- The first layer is extra breathable Bio-Pur® foam—this plant-based foam is more breathable than regular memory foam.
- Second, is the Harnessing Intelligent Ventilation & Energy (HIVE®) layer. It provides targeted support by smartly adapting to your body’s pressure points.
- The final Bio-Core layer provides support for the other layers and gives the mattress the needed bounce. This plant-based base layer is also very durable and better for the planet.
The combination of the airy cover and plant-based foam makes the AS3 mattress very breathable. This, added to the breathability of the plant-based foam layers, and to the airy design of the HIVE® layer, makes the AS3 a very cooling mattress.
Because the AS3 mattress is made from high-quality Bio-Pur® foam, it has great motion isolation. Even if you share the bed with a restless partner or an active pet, you will be able to sleep through the night without any disturbance.
Using plant-based foam greatly reduces any unpleasant odors that will disrupt your sleep. Typically, these mattresses can be enjoyed as soon as they’re pulled out of the box.
Amerisleep has developed their HIVE® technology to help support your body properly while you sleep. The targeted zone system makes sure that you get enough support where you need it, and is soft enough where you want it.
The Amerisleep AS3 mattress comes at 12 inches tall. Slightly taller than the other mattresses we mention in this list, but still adaptable to an adjustable bed frame.
Sleep Trial & Warranty
Amerisleep offers the standard 100-night free trial and a longer 20-year warranty. This gives you time to test the mattress to ensure it fits your lifestyle. We especially liked how if you’re unsatisfied anytime during the trial, Amerisleep will pick up the mattress for either donating or recycling.
The AS3 mattress comes at $1099 for a queen mattress.
Zoma Sleep is a new-comer to the online mattress industry. It may not have been around for long but it has already made itself known for its athlete-focused Zoma mattress. And for a good reason.
The Zoma mattress is marketed as the perfect sports mattress. Designed with active people in mind, it focuses on muscle rejuvenation and relaxation above all else.
It comes in one choice of firmness and seven options of sizes (including Split King). All perfectly suitable to be used with an adjustable bed.
Let’s have a look inside the Zoma mattress:
- The cover of the mattress is made from a synthetic blend fabric that is designed to dissipate heat and wick away moisture.
- Then comes the memory foam Triangulex™ layer. It’s split into three support zones—the head and shoulders, the torso, and the legs. The upper support zone and the lower support zone are made of small triangular cutouts. The middle support zone is made of an even surface. This design is meant to provide more support where it’s needed, and less where it’s not wanted.
- Underneath the Triangulex™ we find the second poly-foam comfort layer—Reactiv™. This layer is more responsive and contours the body to minimize motion transfer.
- The last layer within this mattress is the Support+. This is a high-density foam that supports the whole mattress and the sleeper on top.
The Zoma rates as a medium in firmness. This makes it suitable for side sleepers, back sleepers and light-to-medium sleepers too. It’s a pretty versatile mattress, aiming to suit most people. However, stomach sleepers and heavy sleepers would find it too soft.
For an all-foam mattress, the Zoma is pretty good at temperature control. The Triangulex™ layer improves airflow through the mattress, and the cover works to wick away moisture and heat. Overall, it’s not the coolest mattress on this list, but it’s still good at temperature control.
The Zoma mattress stops motion transfer very effectively. Most movement gets absorbed right into the foam layers. So if you’ll be sharing your bed with a partner, you won’t have to worry about either one of you having a night of disturbed sleep.
Like most bed-in-a-box foam mattresses, the Zoma will have a slight foam smell when it’s first unpacked. However, that will dissipate within hours and won’t affect your sleep in the least.
The Triangulex™ layer described above provides great pressure point relief and spine alignment. The triangular cutouts on the top and the bottom of the layer allow gentle support to lighter pressure points of your body. While the middle is denser to ensure your hips and shoulders do not sink in too deep.
The Zoma mattress is 11 inches tall—a great thickness for an adjustable bed frame.
Sleep Trial & Warranty
Zoma Sleep offers a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty for their mattress. This is an industry-standard for all-foam mattresses today.
The Zoma mattress comes at a very attractive price point of $850 for a queen size. Taking into consideration the thorough design of the layers, this is a great deal.
Vaya Sleep is another new-comer to the industry. Launched only last year, Vaya mattress is quickly becoming everyone’s favorite budget option for an all-foam mattress.
Vaya Sleep offers one mattress (the Vaya mattress) and one pillow (the Vaya pillow). They keep their costs down by selling their products on Amazon and eBay. Vaya Sleep is focused on producing the best product in the most cost-effective way. That is why they don’t have their own official online shop or any showrooms yet.
Let’s look at the Vaya mattress:
- The cover of this mattress is a synthetic blend that is designed to get rid of any moisture and heat. It’s woven, soft to the touch, and very breathable.
- The first layer of the Vaya mattress is latex-like poly-foam. The foam holds an open-cell design to provide better response and breathability. This layer conforms to the body and alleviates pressure points.
- The base layer is made from high-density poly-foam. It aids the layer above in keeping the sleeper’s spine aligned. It also provides stability and longevity to the mattress.
The Vaya mattress is rated as a medium when it comes to firmness. This makes it suitable for side sleepers, light sleepers that sleep on their backs, and combination sleepers. If you’re a light side sleeper, you’d want to go for something a little plusher to get proper support. And if you’re a heavy sleeper, then you should definitely go for something firmer.
Although the poly-foam holds an open-cell design, the Vaya mattress is not as cool as Amerisleep AS3 or the Zoma mattress. Mainly because there are no zoned support layers inside that have any cutouts for extra airflow. However, it’s still much cooler compared to traditional memory foam mattresses, which go for the same price.
Being an all-foam mattress, the Vaya naturally absorbs motion rather well. The open-cell top layer slows the movement effectively without letting it travel far. While the base layer stops it completely.
Once taken out of the box it comes in, the Vaya mattress should be left to expand fully. During this time, there might be some off-gassing but not nearly as much as from a traditional memory foam mattress. It should completely dissipate by the time the mattress is ready to be slept on.
The contouring of the open-cell poly-foam relieves pressure points, and the high-density poly-foam at the bottom ensures an aligned spine. Overall, the Vaya has pretty good support, especially for the price it comes at.
The Vaya comes at 12 inches tall. It’s suitable for the boxspring bed base, slatted bed frame, and an adjustable bed.
Sleep Trial & Warranty
Vaya Sleep offers the usual 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
You can purchase the Vaya mattress on Amazon or eBay for $595 for a queen size. That’s a very attractive price.
Avocado Green mattress
Avocado is the eco-friendliest mattress company on this list. The Avocado Green mattress features GOLS-certified latex, GOTS-certified organic cotton, and OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified wool. What these fancy certifications mean is that Avocado only uses certified natural and organic materials, that were ethically sourced from sustainable sources. This, of course, affects the price of the mattress as well.
The Avocado Green mattress comes in two options—Standard and Pillowtop. The standard option is slightly firmer and the pillowtop option is much plusher. Both of these mattress versions are perfectly suitable for an adjustable bed.
Let’s have a peek inside the mattress:
- The optional euro pillow-top is 2 inches tall and is filled with soft latex rubber foam. This layer can be placed on top of the mattress for extra comfort and softness. It also provides the mattress with a more luxurious feel. This pillow-top layer is enclosed in the cover.
- The cover of the Avocado Green mattress is woven from organic cotton with a layer of natural wool right underneath. This cover is also button-tufted to hold the mattress together, so there’s no need for any adhesives within the layers.
- Then comes the 100% organic latex foam layer. It conforms to the body, allowing you a comfortable and supported sleep.
- Under the latex, we find the pocketed coils. With five strategically placed ergonomic zones, this layer provides great pressure point support and spinal alignment.
- The Avocado Green mattress also contains a steel perimeter inside to provide more stability and better edge support.
The standard Avocado mattress rates as firm. This makes it a great option for heavier sleepers, stomach sleepers, and some back sleepers too.
The pillowtop Avocado mattress rates as medium/firm. It’s great for side sleepers, combination sleepers, and some back sleepers as well.
If you’re a light sleeper though, there is a chance you’ll find this mattress too firm even with the plush pillow top.
Latex is a naturally cooling material and pocketed coils encourage very good airflow through the mattress. Organic cotton and natural wool wick away moisture and heat. This mattress was designed with cool sleeping in mind.
Although the pocketed springs isolate the motion well, the latex is naturally a bouncy material. This means that motion transfer is more noticeable, especially when compared to the three all-foam mattresses mentioned above.
There is no off-gassing whatsoever from the Avocado Green. The mattress is 100% organic, allowing it to have no smell at all.
The five ergonomic zones found within the pocketed coils provide great pressure point support and spine alignment. Overall, this mattress is very adaptive to the sleeper’s body, making it very supportive.
The standard Avocado Green mattress comes at 11 inches tall. The pillow-top version comes at 13 inches tall. Both sizes fit within the standard bracket of mattresses for adjustable beds.
Sleep Trial & Warranty
Avocado gives a 1-year sleep trial and a 25-year limited warranty. Both of these exceed the industry-standard, but latex mattresses are known to last a little longer.
A standard queen-sized Avocado Green mattress comes at the price of $1399. You can also buy the optional pillow-top layer for an additional $400.
Nolah Signature 12 mattress
Nolah is a mattress company that markets itself as nature-lovers. For each mattress sold they adopt an animal from one of the endangered species in America. After the purchase, the customers get to choose from a list of 20 animals, e.g. the bald eagle, polar bears and so on.
This is something not many mattress companies do as far as we know, but we love the idea.
Their Nolah Signature 12 is a flippable mattress, being firm on one side and plush on the other. It also features their unique AirFoam™ design, which sleeps cooler, provides better pressure relief and lasts longer when compared to traditional memory foam.
Let’s have a look at the layers (firm side up):
- The cover of the Nolah Signature 12 mattress is made from organic cotton. It’s removable so that when you flip the mattress, you’d still be able to have the cover correct side up.
- Underneath the cover, we find a layer of cooling AirFoam™. It conforms around the body, alleviating pressure points.
- Then comes the reinforced high-density foundation foam. This is the thickest layer within the mattress, and it acts as central support.
- After the foundation foam, we find Deep Supportive High-Resilience foam. It acts as a transition to the soft side of the mattress.
- And under the transitional layer, we see another layer of cooling AirFoam. But this time it’s much thicker to provide more softness to the other side of the mattress.
The firm side of the Nolah Signature 12 mattress is rated as firm. This means that light sleepers would be better off flipping the mattress and sleeping on the soft side. However, this level of firmness would work great for heavy sleepers and stomach sleepers.
The other side of the mattress rates as medium-soft. It’s much plusher than an average mattress, which is great for light sleepers. However, most other types of sleepers would find that they sink in too much and not get enough support.
The AirFoam™ is designed to be naturally cooler, which allows the excess heat to dissipate pretty effectively. The organic cotton also works to wich away any moisture. Overall, this mattress has pretty good temperature control.
Although this mattress is responsive, it absorbs motion transfer well too. This means that if you’ll be sharing your bed with a partner, neither one of you should be awakened by the other moving around in bed.
Similar to the other mattresses on this list, AirFoam™ tends to have a slight scent when it’s first unpacked. It doesn’t linger for long though.
The AirFoam™ is responsive, which stops your pressure points from sagging in too deep. The only issue you may have with this mattress is that the firm side might be too hard, causing pain on your pressure points. And the soft side too soft, making you sink in too deep and misaligning your spine.
The Nolah Signature 12 mattress is 12 inches tall (as the name suggests). It’s perfectly suitable for adjustable beds.
Sleep Trial & Warranty
Nolah offers 120 nights of sleep before you decide if this mattress is suitable for you. If you decide that it is, you’ll get a 15-year warranty.
The Nolah Signature 12 comes with a price tag of $1569 for a queen-sized mattress. It’s pricier than most other mattresses on this list, but at least you get to save an endangered animal!
Once you decide on what firmness layers you want to include, the Spindle mattress arrives in three different boxes. From there, you assemble the mattress yourself, which is quite a unique and unusual experience.
In case you decide that your Spindle mattress needs to be softer or firmer, you can replace one of the layers.
Let’s have a look at what’s inside:
- The cover of the Spindle mattress is made from cotton and is batted with natural wool; this allows plenty of breathability and wicks all of the moisture away from your body.
- For the sleepers that don’t enjoy the latex feel, the batting of natural wool adds an extra soft layer between you and the latex.
- Both the first and the second layers are usually made from medium firmness latex to provide plenty of support and contouring.
- The third layer serves as a base and is made from a firmer type of latex, which provides stable support. If you decide you want to make your mattress firmer, you can move this layer to the top or middle of the mattress.
Latex is known for its natural temperature control. While it’s not as cool as an innerspring mattress design, it offers much better temperature control when compared to ordinary memory foam.
On the downside, because the Spindle mattress uses Dunlop latex instead of Talalay latex, it’s still not as breathable as it could be.
As with most latex mattresses, motion isolation is not the best part about the Spindle mattress. If you sleep with a restless partner you can be sure you’ll feel them move around in bed.
There is a slight chance of the Spindle mattress producing some off-gassing, but it’s unlikely. Very few customers have reported this occurring.
The Spindle mattress doesn’t have a specifically zoned support system. However, latex naturally provides some pressure point relief and support.
The Spindle mattress is 10 inches tall—an ideal size for most adjustable beds.
Sleep Trial & Warranty
Spindle offers 365 nights to try out their mattress and see if you like it. After the sleep trial, the mattress is backed by a 10-year warranty.
The Spindle mattress comes at $1349 for a queen size.
What are Adjustable Beds?
Some people call them zero-gravity beds, others call them adjustable beds, but in the end, they’re talking about a bed that offers head and foot articulation. Originally, adjustable beds were designed to help patients relieve pain and receive more comfort. Recently, many bed manufacturers have decided to bring these into the mainstream market. Today, there are plenty of affordable options that you can enjoy at home.
The Advantages of an Adjustable Bed
By controlling the head, body, and foot areas, adjustable beds offer great adaptability when it comes to pain relief. For example, a zero-gravity function will lift your legs above your heart, which can reduce pain in your lower back. In a similar fashion, you can adjust your head’s height and reduce the pain in your neck and shoulder area.
Separate Comfort Sides
Both sides of an adjustable bed can be controlled individually with separate remotes. This way, you can sleep flat while your partner stays in the seated position without disturbing you.
By adjusting your partner’s head’s height, you can help silence snoring. When the head is elevated, the airways open up to allow for easier breathing and less snoring; adjustable beds are usually recommended to those who experience sleep apnea. This function of an adjustable bed is so popular that most remotes now have a “no snoring” function.
Suits all types of sleepers
Due to their multi-functionality, when combined with a high-quality mattress, adjustable beds suit all types of sleepers.
The Disadvantages of an Adjustable Bed
Adjustable beds are not built to be stylish. They tend to be bulky, take up a lot of space, and can often be difficult to match with the design of your bedroom.
Although they have become more accessible for most budgets, quality adjustable beds still have very high price tags.
When it comes to buying a mattress for an adjustable bed frame, the choices are pretty limited. Not all types of mattresses are suitable for this type of bed frame, and not all sizes work well. When choosing the height of your mattress, we recommend choosing a mattress between 10 and 14 inches in height, as anything smaller may not offer enough support and something taller may not have the flexibility an adjustable bed requires.
What to Consider When Buying an Adjustable Bed and Mattress
When looking for the best mattress to combine with your new adjustable bed frame, there are some things you need to consider. Otherwise, you might not be using the full potential of your bed, or even end up with a mattress that’s unsuitable for the adjustable bed frame.
Thickness & Flexibility
When it comes to the adaptability of the new mattress, the thickness is one of the most important factors. A mattress that is too thick will not be able to bend and adjust to various positions of an adjustable bed, causing it to lose quality and break down much faster than intended.
This is especially true if you are looking to buy an innerspring or hybrid mattress. Because of the way they are constructed, the coils inside might not be able to adapt as easily as memory foam or latex.
Because of their natural flexibility, memory foam mattresses work best with adjustable beds, with latex mattresses coming in at a close second.
As for the thickness, the most optimal height for an adjustable bed mattress is 10 to 12 inches.
Another important factor to consider is your sleeping position. Not every mattress is made equal, understanding your needs and learning how to cater to them is a very important part of your sleeping habits. Here is a quick rundown of different sleeping positions, and what kind of mattress suits them best:
Side sleepers comprise a large portion of the US population. Fortunately, this is considered the healthiest pose to sleep in. When choosing a mattress, you want to find one that will have good pressure relief. When you sleep on your side, extra pressure is placed on your shoulders and hips— without proper support, this pressure can lead to back pains.
Read our other guide to find the best mattress for side sleepers.
Stomach sleepers need to be wary about their sleeping position, as studies say it’s the unhealthiest option. When you lay on your stomach, a lot of your weight is at the center of your stomach, and this pulls your spine towards the mattress which can lead to chronic back pain. To reduce the chances of this happening, you should get a firmer mattress, as there will be more support at your core.
If you’re a stomach sleeper and none of the mattresses on this list interest you, read our other guide to find the best mattress for stomach sleepers.
Back sleepers should look for a medium or a medium-firm mattress, which will offer plenty of support and pressure point relief. You can also invest in a thin pillow that can be placed in the space between your back and the mattress—doing so will reduce the risk of lower back pain. If you experience chronic back pain, we recommend finding the best mattress for lower back pain.
Apart from the thickness of the mattress, the material is the second most important aspect to consider. And even more so when choosing a mattress for an adjustable bed.
Memory foam can be split into three categories:
Traditional memory foam bed is known for its slow response and heat retention. Being the most budget-friendly out of the bunch, it’s also the least eco-friendly.
To reduce heat build-up, scientists have infused traditional memory foam with gel beads, creating gel memory foam; this foam is a more cooling and breathable material with quicker response rates.
Plant-based memory foam reduces the amount of petroleum used in its manufacturing, creating a material that’s environmentally safer and healthier for your body. The plant-based foam also has a very wide cell structure, making it more breathable than ordinary memory foam—by far our favorite material for adjustable beds.
Natural latex is another great choice for adjustable beds. It’s naturally cooling and more responsive than some memory foams. Depending on which manufacturing process is used to make the latex foam, it can be either durable and dense, or breathable and bouncy.
The Dunlop method is the original way to make latex. The tree sap is whisked into a foam, poured into a mold, and then baked at a high temperature to create the rubbery substance. This makes it very durable and dense—great for those who like their mattresses firmer.
The Talalay method makes the mattresses more breathable and slightly bouncier. The first step is the same as with the Dunlop method, but the mold does not get filled to the top. Instead, it’s placed into a vacuum chamber and made to expand, filling the mold with less latex. Then it is frozen and injected with carbon dioxide gas. The final result is latex foam that’s more breathable and bouncy.
Although there are four types of innerspring mattresses, most are unsuitable for adjustable beds because they are not designed to be bent in any way. The only type of innerspring coil that might work for adjustable beds is pocketed coils. These coils are placed into individual pockets, and not connected to each other. This allows the design more flexibility and potential for bending.
Hybrid mattresses are manufactured from two different materials: a foam top and an innerspring bottom. While a great choice for a standard bed frame, the innerspring-inclusive design makes it a risky choice for an adjustable bed frame.
Overview of The Best Mattress for an Adjustable Bed
Adjustable beds are steadily becoming more popular and for a good reason. Their versatility and health benefits are hard to ignore and can complement almost any type of sleeper. When looking for the best mattress for your lifestyle, it’s important to do research before purchasing. We hope our guide has made it easier to choose what type of mattress you want to pair with your adjustable base.
This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.