The Best Adjustable Beds

Are adjustable beds worth the hype? See if one might be right for you and check out our favorite adjustable beds on the market.

Adjustable bed

No matter how hard you try, sometimes it’s nearly impossible to get a good rest on a standard bed. You might be desperate for sleep, but still spend the night tossing and turning. In this situation, adjustable beds might be what you need to find some much-needed slumber.

By allowing you to reposition different parts of the bed, adjustable beds make sleeping and relaxing in bed more comfortable. For sleeping, you can elevate your upper body, feet, or both, finding the most comfortable position for you. The same goes for relaxing in bed, where you can raise the head and torso for reading or watching a movie rather than dealing with the hassle of propping up on pillows.

What is an adjustable bed?

Most adjustable beds have a metal base and electrical motor and can be positioned with the use of a remote control. In many cases, the bed will be sold separately from a mattress, which is important to keep in mind when shopping. While the price of an adjustable bed might be high, you will be able to customize your sleeping position whenever you choose with the click of a button.

Health benefits of an adjustable bed

Woman in chronic pain

Adjustable beds can ease discomfort for people with physical issues like back and neck pain. They can alleviate aches and pains, improve circulation, reduce nerve pain, and make breathing easier. Here are a few health conditions where adjustable beds are particularly helpful:

Individuals who cannot sleep flat

Adjustable beds make sleeping more comfortable for people with health conditions that demand sleeping in a position other than flat. This could be someone with a foot injury who needs to keep their foot elevated, someone with gastrointestinal issues who needs to sleep on their side, or someone with a hernia who needs to rest with their head and upper body elevated. Commonly spotted in hospital rooms, adjustable beds are particularly helpful for people recovering from surgery.

Asthma and other breathing troubles

By elevating the head and torso, adjustable beds provide support for people with asthma, sleep apnea, sinusitis, and other breathing issues. While lying flat can restrict the airways and contribute to congestion, elevating the head is recommended for keeping the airways and sinuses clear. Elevating the head is also known to reduce snoring.

Chronic pain

People with ongoing pain in the back, neck, and other parts of the body benefit from adjustable beds because they can quickly and easily move the bed’s positioning to relieve pressure, tension, and pain. On a similar note, adjustable beds are helpful for people with sciatica and other types of nerve pain because micro-adjustments to the bed’s positioning are sometimes all it takes to relieve sleep-disrupting nerve pain.

Swelling and fluid buildup

People who deal with overnight leg swelling and fluid buildup benefit from adjustable beds because they can elevate their legs. This elevation is known to minimize swelling and stiffness, making morning movement a bit easier.

Digestive issues

Sleeping on the back can be uncomfortable for people with digestive issues. Elevating the upper body about six to nine inches is said to aid in digestion. This can be helpful for acid reflux, inflammatory bowel disease, and other digestive troubles.


Are adjustable beds worth the hype?

Woman looking curious

While an adjustable bed is not a budget item, it can be worth it if you can afford the high costs, especially if you have health issues that an adjustable bed can alleviate. Here are a few factors to keep in mind as you consider purchasing an adjustable bed.

Comfort and pain relief

Adjustable beds are a great choice for people with health problems, as we mentioned earlier. They can relieve pain, make breathing easier, minimize swelling, and provide alternatives for those who can’t sleep in a flat position. Even for people without health issues, adjustable beds can be more comfortable than a typical bed, as you can adjust them on a whim to meet your needs.

Cost

With many priced at $1,000 or more, most adjustable beds are a serious investment. Prices aren’t as steep as they used to be now that more options have come to the market, but they still cost a pretty penny. Most adjustable beds are sold separately from a mattress, so you’ll need to factor in that cost as well if you don’t have a mattress you can use with an adjustable base (most flexible mattresses will work). Along with the initial cost of an adjustable bed, you’ll also need to think about maintenance and operating costs. These will vary depending on the model, but they will be more expensive than a traditional bed that doesn’t operate by motor or run on electricity.

Weight

Adjustable beds are very heavy, sometimes weighing up to 500 pounds or more. Before investing in an adjustable bed you’ll want to make sure your living space can support its weight, especially if you’re used to a more standard bed (these usually weigh 200 pounds or less).


Our favorite adjustable beds

Below we’ve listed four of our favorite adjustable beds. You’ll find information about customer rating, return policy, price, and materials. Keep reading beyond the chart to find more information on each of our selections.

 

BRAND NOTES TRIAL/ WARRANTY/ RETURNS CUSTOMER RATING PRICE
(Price for queen bed)
Reverie 8Q Base can be adjusted to pretty much any position

Massage feature with 10 different intensity levels
Can be controlled by an app on your personal devices

No trial period or returns
20-year limited warranty
4.6/5 $1,249
Leggett and Platt Prodigy 2.0 MicroHook retention to keep your mattress in place

Dual, full body massage with wave

Wallhugger engineering

Can be controlled by an app on your personal devices

No trial period or returns

1-year full warranty; 25-year limited warranty

4.2/5 $1,500
Purple Power Base Non-slip fabric and optional brackets to keep your mattress in place.

5 different massage settings and zero-gravity simulation

Can only be controlled using the Purple remote (for now…)

No trial period or returns

20-year limited warranty

Read reviews here $1,500

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8Q Adjustable Power Foundation

Reverie 8Q adjustable bed

A few words from us:

  • A huge perk of the Reverie 8Q adjustable base is that you can adjust the upper and lower sections to pretty much any angle you desire.
  • The base can be controlled by a remote or smart device (by downloading an app).
  • The Reverie 8Q also has 10 levels of massage (including a wake-up massage setting on the app), two programmable positions, and USB ports for charging other devices.
  • You can program up to two pre-set positions on the Reverie Q8. The zero gravity pre-set position simulates weightlessness to help eliminate pressure points.

Word on the street:

  • My wife and I each deal with some very minor health issues, which prompted us to seek an adjustable foundation…This bed appears extremely well made. The steel is quite heavy gauge and correctly welded. It is a very sturdy, solid foundation. The bed articulates well also. The range of motion is excellent, and the smooth, quiet and easy operation of the motor is as good as any of the many models we tested in stores. The weight rating is as high as any we considered, and while we are not particularly large people, it is a nod to quality of the materials and construction. It’s a high quality piece.”
  • I’m sleeping like a baby since I purchased this bed several weeks ago. I can fall asleep with the massage since it automatically shuts off. I love the remote with its stand that charges my cell phone, etc. plus two electrical outlets. The nightlight is perfect for those night trips or when you just need a little bit of light to find something in your bedroom. I wish I had known about this bed sooner instead of using piles of pillows for years. Well, better late than never!

Sizes available:

  • Twin XL
  • Queen
  • Split King

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Leggett and Platt logoProdigy 2.0 Adjustable Bed BASE

Leggett and Platt Prodigy 2.0 adjustable bed base

A few words from us:

  • The remote for this base is equipped with a newer technology called capacitive touch, making it responsive to a very light touch. This means adjustments deep in the night will not require too much effort on your part.
  • You can control the base using the remote or a personal device through the app. If you use the app, you can set up to four programmed positions.
  • The Prodigy 2.0 base also has massage capabilities, a sleep timer that returns flat after 10-90 minutes, and wallhugger technology, which means you won’t lose distance from your nightstand as you raise the top of the bed up.
  • The base comes equipped with four USB hubs on each side of the bed and the height is adjustable from 6” – 10”.

Word on the street:

  • “Very nice and sturdy bed frame. I did my homework and decided Leggett and Platt was the way to do. Was very intrigued by the Microhook system, but we still prefer to use the mattress retainer bar at the foot of the bed because the mattress did move more that preferred with just the Microhook system. Hard to compare to other bed frames as this is our first time owning adjustable bed frames, but I personally feel these are worth the money.”
  • “Fantastic bed with all – and in some cases, more – features than retail frames costing 2x to 3x more. Paired with Loom and Leaf memory foam mattress and the “zero g” setting – I’ve slept better than I have in 47 years.”

Sizes available:

  • Queen
  • Split King

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Purple Power Base

Purple power base

A few words from us:

  • The Purple Power base comes with five different massage settings, zero-gravity simulated position setting, and attachments for three different height options (ranging from 10.5”-15.5” total height.
  • It’s also equipped with USB ports, under-bed lighting and non-slip fabric. There are also optional brackets included to help keep your mattress in place.
  • Keep in mind that right now, the Purple Power Base can only be controlled through the provided remote. Purple is in the process of developing an app that will allow you to control the base using your phone or tablet.

Word on the street:

  • “The power base makes the purple bed more than just a bed, it gives you control over how you want to relax in your bed. Is it needed no, am I glad I have it? 100 percent. 10/10 purple.” – Ammayeh B.
  • “The Purple Power Base is quiet, solid and easy to assemble from the box. Unlike cut-rate adjustable bases, the Power Base holds the Purple mattress firmly in place and operates seamlessly by remote. I particularly like the massage function, which sounds superfluous yet genuinely helps with tension. Take in mind, brackets are available through the Reverie website if you’d like to connect two Twin XL Power Bases.” – Karl R.

Sizes available:

  • Twin XL
  • Queen
  • Split King

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