Best Adjustable Beds: Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

The adjustable bed has recently gained significant attention from consumers interested in sleeping better and improving their lives. Once known only as “hospital beds,” these electric beds have made their way into the mattress industry to promote better sleep.

With the abundance of options, shoppers are still left to wonder what the best adjustable bed brand is, and how to make the best decision based on their own needs and personal preferences.

Here, we will examine some of the top brands and what each offers, so that consumers may make an informed decision about which is the best for their specific lifestyle. While these are the top choices, remember that there are several types of brands to choose from. However, the list here allows you to see what sets the very best brands apart from the rest.

Let’s take a look at the leading brands and see how they compare.

Best Adjustable Bed Brand

Below, we will take a more detailed look at the best adjustable bed manufacturers to see how they compare. Each retailer offers different lines of adjustable frames and different mattress options. While these features will, of course, play a role in your buying decision, we will try to focus more on the aspects that tend to be generally important, like overall value.

Editors’ Choice: Amerisleep

amerisleep adjustable bed

Amerisleep is our favorite retailer of adjustable beds because they provide options for shoppers of all budgets. Their business mission is to help sleepers of all needs and preferences achieve a good night’s sleep, and with the array of products they offer, it’s safe to say they have an option for everyone.

Amerisleep offers two different high-quality adjustable beds: Amerisleep Adjustable Bed+ and Amerisleep Adjustable Bed.

As you might be able to imagine, the Adjustable Bed+ has more bells and whistles and is a bit pricier (starting at $1800). The Amerisleep Adjustable Bed has plenty of sleep-enhancing features—it doesn’t contain all of the same technologies as the Bed+, but it has a lower price point (starting at $1100).

Both of these adjustable bed frames can be bundled with an Amerisleep mattress of your choice for additional savings. However, if you already have a mattress at home, Amerisleep’s adjustable bed frames can pair with nearly any hybrid or all-foam mattress.

We also appreciate that both frames have a zero-clearance design; this makes them compatible with any bed frame and takes the guesswork out of shopping. Even better? They can be set directly on the floor if you don’t already have a frame at home (or aren’t looking to buy one).

Amerisleep’s Adjustable Bed offers sleepers the ability to adjust the angle of their head and feet, and it also comes with a wireless remote control featuring programmable positions and built-in Flat and Zero-G presets.

We love the zero-gravity preset on this base because it’s a tricky position to get into but it offers plenty of health benefits. With this base, all you have to do is jump into bed and it’ll adjust right into zero-gravity with the click of a button. Sleeping in the zero-gravity position helps you feel “weightless” as it promotes circulation, eases pressure and swelling, and keeps your airways open to prevent snoring.

Now, let’s talk about Amerisleep’s more advanced Adjustable Bed+.

The Amerisleep Adjustable Bed+ features the same head and foot articulation, built-in USB ports, under-bed lighting, programmable memory positions, and a backlit wireless remote. However, it also comes with a customizable full-body massage function, pillow-tilt articulation, an anti-snore preset, and most notably, Wallhugger® and MicroHook™ technologies.

Wall hugging technologies keep you in the same spot as the bed adjusts (so your nightstand will never be out of reach) and the MicroHook™ retention system prevents your mattress from shifting on the base (so you won’t have to worry about constantly readjusting it).

We also love the dual massage function of the Bed+ because it allows you to drift off to sleep in peace. And in the mornings, it’ll wake you with gentle vibrations so you can start your day on a more relaxing note. While anybody can enjoy the benefits of a built-in massager, this feature is especially useful for those with sore muscles or chronic aches and pains.

Another convenient feature to mention is each base’s Bluetooth-compatibility, so if you choose to not use the wireless remote, you can operate either base from your smartphone.

The Amerisleep Adjustable Bed+ is also compatible with virtually any bed frame, as it has a zero-clearance design (as mentioned above) and adjustable legs that can be set in half-inch increments to provide flexibility. Or, you can throw the legs on this bed and use it by itself, it’s sleek black upholstery fits nicely with almost all decor. No matter your bedroom set-up, either of Amerisleep’s bases can work for you.

For sleepers who want a totally upgraded sleep experience, we suggest the Adjustable Bed+, but for those on a tighter budget, you can achieve better sleep with the Amerisleep Adjustable Bed. Even though it has a lower price point, it’s an incredible value, as it’s hard to find a base of that quality for less than $1500.

Both of Amerisleep’s bases are backed by warranty coverage. The Amerisleep Adjustable Bed comes with a standard 10-year warranty while the Adjustable Bed+ comes with a lengthy 25-year warranty.

Runner-Up: Zoma Adjustable Base

Zoma Adjustable BaseThe next adjustable base to mention is Zoma’s brand new adjustable bed. Despite being new, we recommend the Zoma Adjustable Base because it contains countless features to upgrade your sleep and it starts at $1100—an unbeatable value.

The Zoma base allows you to adjust the angle of your head and feet to find a comfortable angle for sleep, and the programmable remote allows you to save your favorite positions for later. The wireless, backlit remote also has two presets: Zero-G and Flat, making it easy to quickly adjust to those common sleeping positions.

Another cool thing about this base is its zero-clearance design. “Zero-clearance” means the base doesn’t have any exposed moving parts beneath, so it can be set on any bed frame (solid, slatted, or open) and work just fine. It comes with removable 3-in-1 legs to you can adjust its height, too.

In addition to features to upgrade your sleep, this base also has convenient under-bed lighting. Zoma offers a 10-year warranty and free shipping with their adjustable beds.

Our Analysis

When shopping for an adjustable bed frame, we recommend Amerisleep or Zoma. Both offer high-quality bases at reasonable prices. Amerisleep sells the Adjustable Bed+ with all the bells and whistles you could need for a good night’s sleep, and their Adjustable Bed that offers sleepers the essentials from an adjustable bed frame. While Zoma offers just one more basic base.

Each of these three bed frames is compatible with all-foam and hybrid mattresses, too. Because these brands offer good warranties and lower prices than leading competitors, they ranked highest in these regards. The use of a third-party verified review system, published prices, and clear warranty terms help to create a sense of transparency for shoppers, which is important when making big purchases online.

Best Adjustable Bed Manufacturer Reviews

In general, adjustable bed bases rank very well in customer satisfaction. The primary differences among the brands involve appearance, warranty, motor type and controls, optional features, and costs. We looked at three leading U.S. manufacturers which comprise a majority of the current market. All of these manufacturers sell their beds under their branded names, and also under private-labels for mattress companies and retailers.

The comparisons that follow are based on customer satisfaction from adjustable bed reviews regarding the base only, not including their mattress choice. Most adjustable beds can be used with a mattress of the owner’s choosing, and because mattress comfort is subjective we will not get into that in this article. Just keep in mind that choosing a good mattress will be just as important if not more to your overall satisfaction with your adjustable system.

Leggett & Platt

Legget & Platt is an established, well-known manufacturer of furniture and adjustable beds. Their popular branded bases like the S-Cape and Prodigy are available from retailers, too, as they supply private label adjustable beds to popular adjustable bed and mattress companies. They received an overall customer satisfaction rating of about 4.2/5 across models, which range from very basic to luxury. Higher-end models like the Prodigy showed significantly higher ratings, often close to 5/5.

  • Warranty: Their lifetime limited warranty varies between different models, with all beds receiving at least a one-year full warranty. After that, it is broken down for their limited warranties, with parts coverage between 2-5 years depending on which base is purchased, and the remainder prorated.
  • Cost: Varies, from $1000 to $3000+ depending on retailer, size, and model.

Reverie

Reverie is another large manufacturer that retails under their brand name (the 3E, 5D, and 7s) and private labels. Across models, they tend to get around 4.5/5 in average satisfaction.

  • Warranty: Reverie offers two different warranties upfront on their line of adjustable beds. Deluxe and Comfort lines feature 20-year limited warranties, while their Essential model’s limited warranty is 5 years. The first year is full coverage for all parts and service, parts are covered between 0-5 years, then costs are pro-rated according to model.
  • Cost: $1200-$3000 depending on retailer, size, and collection.

Electropedic

Electropedic is another established manufacturer that sells direct (models WH1 and WH2) and through retailers. They boast an overall satisfaction rate of about 4.5/5 among reviews of all models.

  • Warranty: This brand features a 20-year warranty with one-year full coverage, two years for the motor, and 5 years on parts. Years six to twelve are prorated to the owner. One of the benefits is that there are no exclusions to the warranty, such as motors and electrical components.
  • Cost: Varies, from $1000 to $2500+ depending on retailer, size, and model.

Collective Trends

This type of bed is ideal for people who suffer from circulatory problems, breathing difficulties, lung or heart disease, as well as for anyone who simply wants to read or watch TV from the comfort of their own bed. No longer unsightly medical devices, the newest adjustable base styles are nearly impossible to detect, fitting seamless with traditional furnishings, but with the surprise of the comfort at the end of the day. Here are the major trends we noticed in consumer reviews from a wide variety of retailers, both good and bad.

Benefits from Reviews

There are numerous benefits to owning an adjustable frame, just as there are numerous ways to adjust the system to meet your needs. Nearly every reviewer mentions at least one positive aspect of ownership related to comfort, health, or convenience. The pros from adjustable bed reviews overall include the following:

  • An overwhelming number of people reported at least one of the following: reduced back pain, reduced joint pain, reduced acid reflux symptoms, or alleviated symptoms of sleep apnea, arthritis, GERD, insomnia, and other breathing/circulatory concerns. Ultimately, an adjustable base can curb chronic pain.
  • Adjustable comfort allows you to find your favorite position for better sleep.
  • Several adjustable bed reviews reported greater comfort while relaxing and watching TV, and found models with pre-programmed features like zero-gravity convenient.
  • About 2/3 of people who have purchased an adjustable bed with a built-in massage feature enjoy it and feel it adds to the value of the bed.
  • People liked designs that fit within traditional furniture frames and modern decorating schemes, as they resemble foundations when flat.
  • Adjustable bases do not require much regular upkeep or maintenance. Several manufacturers have national service networks that provide repairs during the warranty period, and most utilize fairly simple components that can be swapped out relatively easily.
  • The majority of bases feature quiet motors. A/C is slightly louder than D/C, however, the sound is minimal and well dampened, thus consumers do not really complain about the noise for the models we mentioned.

Complaints from Reviews

Consumers who did not fully understand how their warranties worked or sought to return their bases compose the majority of negative adjustable bed reviews (which, again, were still fairly low as only about 14-15% were not satisfied). Potential drawbacks of an adjustable bed include:

  • Adjustable beds are usually final sale items, and if they do come with return policies, they often require costly shipping or pickup fees.
  • Warranties vary, and full coverage is usually only 1-5 years depending on the retailer. Certain parts may be excluded after a set number of years, so it is important to understand the warranty.
  • They may be difficult to move alone due to their weight (models with casters/wheels will be easier).
  • Side sleepers who cannot get used to back sleeping may get less use out of the adjustable features while sleeping.
  • Some people reported difficulty using thick mattresses (over 12″) or innerspring mattresses.

How to Choose the Best Adjustable Bed Set

As we’ve discussed, an adjustable bed is a great investment toward better sleep. However, adjustable beds can only upgrade your sleep so much if they’re paired with an uncomfortable mattress. If you need a new mattress for your new bed set, you’re in luck, as many brands will offer discounts on their adjustable bed if you pair it with a mattress.

Now, when choosing a new mattress, there are three important things to consider: the mattress type you’re most interested in, your sleeping position, and your body type.

Let’s talk about how to choose the right bed.

Mattress Types

There are dozens of mattress types, from air mattresses to high-end, luxurious hybrids. While most assume that you have to pair an adjustable base with an adjustable mattress, this isn’t the case. You can pair almost any all-foam or hybrid bed with one of these bed frames. However, you’ll want to find the best mattress for your particular needs before opting for just any bed.

Finding the right mattress comes down to weighing the pros and cons of each type.

Memory Foam

Memory foam mattresses are the most popular with adjustable bases because they bend easily and can adapt to a base’s changing movements. These mattresses are ideal for those with aches and pains because they offer superb pressure relief. Memory foam responds to heat and pressure, so it contours to your body when you lay down on it and adapts to your every movement.

A drawback with memory foam is heat retention because it cradles your body in its materials, which can lead to overheating and night sweats. Fortunately, many modern memory foam mattresses contain cooling technologies or breathable foam layers to prevent body heat from being trapped in the mattress.

When browsing online or in stores for a new mattress, you’ll find a majority of them are either memory foam or contain a layer of memory foam. Memory foam beds are some of the most available, and since the introduction of bed in a box mattresses, have continued to skyrocket in popularity.

These mattresses are relatively affordable when bought online, but when shopping at brick and mortar retailers, you’ll likely pay more since these retailers hike up the prices of their products to cover overhead expenses. If you’re interested in one of these beds, we suggest shopping online directly on a brand’s website or through Amazon.

Latex

Latex mattresses are another popular choice for adjustable beds due to their flexibility. Latex mattresses can be made with all-natural latex or synthetic latex. Unless you have a latex allergy that prevents you from purchasing an all-natural option, we suggest avoiding synthetic latex beds since they’re usually poorly-made and break down after only a couple of years.

All-natural latex mattresses are long-lasting and durable (many of them can last 15 to 20 years, but we suggest replacing them after 10 for hygienic reasons). While they’re like memory foam in the fact that they can contour to your body, they’re unlike memory foam in their feel. Memory foam beds are described as “cradling” whereas latex is described as buoyant and “lifting.” Many people find that latex beds feel firmer than memory foam options due to this difference in responsiveness.

While latex mattresses are a great option for adjustable beds, they’re a rather expensive one. Adjustable beds are already an investment, so unless you plan on spending over $5,000, we suggest choosing a different type of mattress to pair with this kind of bed frame.

Hybrids

Hybrid mattresses, as their name suggests, combine two types of mattresses—all-foam beds and innerspring beds. Many beds are labeled as hybrids because they contain more than one type of material, but a true hybrid mattress will have at least two inches of foam paired with an innerspring coil system.

Hybrids were designed to offer sleepers the benefits of two mattress types while minimizing their drawbacks, giving sleepers the “best of both worlds.” Their only major drawback is their price—since they contain many high-quality materials, they can be rather expensive. Another thing some sleepers note is a shorter lifespan. Hybrids typically won’t last as long as all-foam beds because innerspring coils break down faster than layers of foam.

Despite having an inner coil system, though, hybrids can usually be paired with adjustable bases just fine. If a mattress retailer sells both hybrids and an adjustable base (like Amerisleep that we mentioned above), then you can feel confident pairing your hybrid with that kind of base. If you’re uncertain about a specific bed’s compatibility with an adjustable base, the best thing to do is reach out to the retailer and ask. They’ll be able to tell you whether or not an adjustable bed frame can be paired with their hybrid mattresses.

Innersprings

Innerspring mattresses, known as traditional beds, are the oldest mattress type, and they’re probably the type of bed you grew up sleeping on. While innersprings were a go-to choice in the past, they’ve lost their popularity to all-foam beds and hybrids.

Innersprings are bouncy and breathable, but they’re not very cushioning or contouring. Some more modern innersprings will feature a pillow top for added comfort, but pillow tops break down very quickly and, even in their prime, cannot compare to a thicker foam comfort layer.

Innersprings can work for people who don’t need much cushioning from a bed. However, we should note, they’re not long-lasting and usually not worth the investment. Typically, a high-quality innerspring will only last five or six years before they need replacing.

Most importantly, though, these beds shouldn’t be paired with an adjustable bed frame. Some brands design their innersprings to work with adjustable beds, and in this case, they work; but regularly bending or adjusting any ol’ innerspring mattress can cause the coils to wear out even faster.

Sleeping Positions

The way you sleep can tell you how firm your mattress should be. Side sleepers require a different kind of support than back sleepers, just as back and stomach sleepers need varying levels of comfort and support.

In this section, we’ll discuss how to gauge possible mattress firmness options by reflecting on your sleeping habits.

Side Sleepers

Side sleepers require a bit of cushion and a lot of pressure relief to get a comfortable sleep. The best mattresses for side sleepers are typically soft to medium in firmness since these beds can adequately cushion the shoulders and hips. When side sleepers snooze on firmer mattresses, it can cause pressure to build up under those major joints, leading to numbness and pain.

Side sleepers can also benefit from mattresses with zoned support technologies, as these technologies are designed to offer deeper compression under the shoulders and hips.

Back Sleepers

Back sleepers need a mattress to keep them lifted in neutral alignment. Sleeping flat on your back is healthy for your spine because it allows it to rest in a neutral position. However, back sleeping can pose problems for those who snore or have sleep apnea, making the conditions worse.

If you struggle with either but prefer back sleeping, then you’ll really love an adjustable bed, as it allows you to enjoy relief from those conditions while sleeping flat on your back.

When it comes to mattress firmness, back sleepers can get comfortable rest on medium-firm, medium, or medium-soft mattresses, it all depends on what keeps their spine in a neutral position while relieving pressure under the shoulder blades and lumbar area.

Stomach Sleepers

Stomach sleeping is unhealthy because it puts unnecessary strain on your lower back and neck. When you sleep flat on your stomach, your midsection can sink into the bed, causing an arch in the lower back. Not only does this lead to aches and pains in the morning, but it can also lead to chronic discomfort. To avoid this, we suggest switching to side or back sleeping.

If you find it impossible to switch sleeping positions or you’re a dedicated stomach sleeper, we suggest a firm mattress to prevent torso sinkage and facilitate proper alignment.

Combination Sleepers

As you can probably assume, combination sleepers are those who change sleeping positions throughout the night. You may favor one position over another, but these sleepers tend to toss and turn.

The best mattress for combination sleepers offers an equal level of comfort and support to accommodate changing positions. We typically suggest medium mattresses for combination sleepers. However, personal preference also plays a role here, and combination sleepers sometimes choose medium-firm or medium-soft beds, instead.

Body Type

While your sleeping position plays a significant role in determining mattress firmness, you also have to take your body type into consideration. Sleepers over 230 pounds will require more support from their mattress than sleepers less than 130 pounds.

Below, we discuss tips for choosing the absolute right firmness based on both body type and sleeping position.

Petite Sleepers

Petite sleepers need softer mattresses for adequate pressure relief. Beds that are too firm won’t allow lightweight sleepers to sink in enough, resulting in pain.

  • Petite side sleepers will likely prefer medium-soft mattresses.
  • Petite back sleepers are best suited on medium mattresses.
  • Petite stomach sleepers should opt for medium or medium-firm beds.

Average Sleepers

Sleepers of average weight (between 130 and 230 pounds) can generally stick to the rules outlined above. Side sleepers need medium beds, back sleepers need medium-firm, and stomach sleepers need firm mattresses.

Heavy Sleepers

Heavy people, above 230 pounds, need firmer mattresses to prevent uncomfortable sinkage and premature wear and tear. Beds that are too soft may cause a heavier person to “bottom out” on the firm core layer or feel “stuck” in a mattress’s layers.

  • Heavy side sleepers will likely prefer medium-firm mattresses.
  • Heavy back sleepers are best suited on medium-firm mattresses.
  • Heavy stomach sleepers should opt for firm beds.

Other Factors to Consider

After you’ve found the best mattress and best adjustable base for your needs, all that’s left is determining the right size and best delivery method.

Adjustable Base Sizes

For the most part, adjustable bases are available in most standard mattress sizes. Most commonly, though, these beds are sold in twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king sizes. You can sometimes find split-queen and split-California king size adjustable bases, but they’re not very common, and it’s difficult to find mattresses to pair with them.

If you’re not sharing the bed, you can go with any of these sizes and achieve comfortable sleep. For couples, though, we suggest going for the king size.

Many king size bases come as split-king bases by default. If you have a regular king mattress, you can use a sync cord to connect both sides of the bed so they move as one.

If you’re shopping for a new mattress to go with your king sized base and you share the bed, we suggest pairing your king base with a split-king mattress.

A split-king mattress is two twin XL beds placed side by side (as two twin XLs equal the same dimensions as a standard king). When you pair a split-king mattress with a split-king base, it gives each sleeper the freedom to adjust their side of the bed independently.

Delivery Methods

Many bed packages (a mattress and adjustable base together) include complimentary white glove delivery. If you’re buying just an adjustable bed frame, it’ll likely come with the option to include white glove delivery for an extra charge.

If you live alone, have chronics aches and pains, or are older, we suggest always opting for white glove delivery, even when it’s an extra charge. Adjustable beds are heavy, and even very strong people may find themselves struggling to set up one of these bases alone.

If you live with others or you have somebody available to help you set up the bed, you may be just fine with curbside delivery. Typically, curbside delivery is free, however, some brands may charge a fee no matter what method you choose.

A Word on Comparison Shopping for an Adjustable Bed

It can be difficult for consumers to know which adjustable bed is right for them. If you are in the market for this particular type of bed you should certainly research the leading brands and discover what it is about each that would be most suitable for your lifestyle. Remember, there are a number of factors that will go into making the best choice. While affordability is certainly a focus, you do not want to skimp on quality. The warranties are also key and always ask questions about what the warranty covers. The information provided here will serve you to begin your journey of researching more about the different types of adjustable bed bases so you may make a well-informed purchase.

This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.

4 thoughts on “Best Adjustable Beds: Reviews and Buyer’s Guide”

  1. If shopping for an adjustable bed, do not choose Select Comfort! Dishonest…poor quality…even worse customer service!

  2. If you are searching for an adjustable bed, do NOT select Sleep Comfort! You will spend several thousand dollars for a totally inferior product, namely the mattress. After you buy the piece of junk, it’s yours! Don’t even think you will speak to a “nice” customer’s service rep. They are all condescending and just plain rude and mean! You will NOT be happy with any aspect of this company! I can’t say this strongly enough!

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