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Adjustable beds allow sleepers to elevate or lower the angle of the head – and in some cases, also the foot – of their mattress. Angling the mattress in certain positions can benefit sleepers in different ways. An elevated head can reduce snoring and acid reflux symptoms, while elevating the foot of the bed can increase blood flow for sleepers with poor circulation. Zero-gravity positioning, in which the head and foot are both elevated, can alleviate soreness and tension in the neck, back, hips, and other sensitive areas. Modern adjustable beds also come with remote or app-based controls and include other amenities, such as massage functions and USB ports.
Adjustable beds are usually compatible with most mattress types, sizes, and models. However, some beds are better suited for adjustable beds than others. Factors affecting suitability for an adjustable bed include mattress weight, thickness, and pressure-relieving abilities. Overall, we’ve found that memory foam, latex, and hybrid mattresses work best with adjustable beds.
Read on to learn more about how adjustable beds benefit sleepers and which mattresses work best with them. Below you’ll find our picks for the best mattresses for adjustable beds. Our choices are based on a combination of verified owner and customer experiences and product research and analysis.
The best mattresses for adjustable beds are lightweight models with moderately thick profiles and sleep surfaces that conform to the sleeper’s body and alleviate aches and pains. The Nolah Signature 12 – our Editor’s Pick – meets all of these criteria, and then some. The mattress is an all-polyfoam model with a flippable design; one side is ‘Medium Soft’ (4) and the other is ‘Firm’ (7). This construction allows sleepers to change the firmness by simply flipping the mattress over, making it ideal for sleepers whose firmness preferences fluctuate from night to night.
The Nolah Signature 12 is also fairly lightweight, making it suitable for most adjustable bed models. The mattress absorbs very little body heat, as well, due to the open-cell polyfoam found in its comfort layers and support core. This – along with a breathable organic-cotton cover – allows the bed to sleep cool and comfortable for most. Other advantages include great motion isolation and no noise when bearing weight, both of which benefit couples who awaken easily due to movement or sounds.
The Nolah Signature 12 has a price-point that is below-average, making it a high-value pick, and Nolah offers free delivery anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The mattress is also backed by a 120-night sleep trial and lifetime warranty, both of which are longer than average.
The Nectar Mattress is our Best Value pick for adjustable bed mattresses because it offers an advanced design normally found in higher-priced beds. These components include two memory foam comfort layers – one of which is gel infused – for consistent conforming and pressure relief. Two more layers of high-density foam reinforce the bed to prevent sagging and indentations in the sleep surface, both of which can compromise mattress support. The Nectar Mattress is considered ‘Medium Firm’ (6), making it ideal for sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds.
Breathability is another strong point of the mattress. The gel-infused foam layer and cooling cotton-lyocell cover allow must sleepers to maintain a consistently comfortable temperature throughout the night. At less than 70 pounds in a Queen size, the Nectar Mattress is also very lightweight even by foam bed standards; this makes it well suited for most adjustable beds sold today. Additionally, the mattress absorbs motion transfer very well and does not make any noise. Considering all of these advantages, its price-point is relatively low.
Nectar offers free shipping to customers throughout the contiguous U.S. The mattress is backed by a 365-night sleep trial, which is one of the longest trial periods available anywhere, along with a 10-year warranty.
The Loom & Leaf by Saatva is an exquisitely crafted memory foam mattress that offers exceptional conforming and pressure relief for most sleepers. It is available in two firmness settings, ‘Medium’ (5.5) and ‘Firm’ (8); this range makes the mattress suitable for most side, back, and stomach sleepers weighing 130 pounds or more. The bed is slightly thicker than average, but also lightweight enough for most adjustable beds.
The Loom & Leaf is constructed with gel memory foam and memory foam comfort layers that conform to the sleeper’s body, alleviate aches and pains, and absorb motion transfer to a significant extent. The mattress also sleeps cooler than many of its all-foam counterparts due in part to its breathable organic-cotton cover. As an added benefit to couples, the Loom & Leaf is also virtually silent when bearing weight.
Like other Saatva mattresses, the Loom & Leaf qualifies for free White Glove delivery anywhere in the contiguous U.S. This service includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal; most competing brands charge at least $100 for White Glove delivery. The mattress is also backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty.
Produced in Canada but available for shipping in the U.S., the Novosbed is a memory foam mattress available in three firmness settings: ‘Soft’ (3.5), ‘Medium’ (5), and ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5). This selection makes it most suitable for sleepers who weigh 230 pounds or less – particularly lightweight individuals and side sleepers who need extra cushioning beneath their shoulders and hips. The mattress has a 11″ profile and weighs less than 100 pounds in all sizes; it can be used with most adjustable bases measuring 10″ or thicker.
The Novosbed has two memory foam comfort layers that conform closely to the sleeper’s body and alleviate soreness and tension in their most sensitive areas. The mattress is also a good choice for couples, since it isolates motion very well and does not make any noise when bearing weight. A cover made of breathable stretch-lyocell also allows the Novosbed to sleep noticeably cooler than many of its all-foam competitors.
Novosbed offers free shipping throughout the contiguous U.S. and to most locations in Canada. The mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty.
Many innersprings do not work well with adjustable beds; these mattresses are associated with more aches and pains than other bed types, and can counteract the pressure-relieving qualities of an adjustable base. The Saatva is a notable exception. This innovative coil-on-coil innerspring is constructed with polyfoam, memory foam, and pocketed coil comfort layers that hug the sleeper’s body closely and alleviate discomfort in areas prone to discomfort and pressure buildup. A support core lined with durable, steel-tempered bonnell coils also ensures an even sleep surface with minimal sagging and indentations.
The Saatva also offers a wide product range to accommodate different sleepers. The mattress is available in three firmness settings – Medium Soft’ (4), ‘Medium Firm’ (6), and ‘Firm’ (7.5) – as well as 11 1/2″ and 14 1/2″ profiles. This firmness and thickness range should be suitable for most people regardless of their weight, comfort preferences, or sleep position. However, due to its weight and profile, the Saatva works best with thicker adjustable bases.
The Saatva qualifies for free White Glove delivery anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The mattress also comes with a 120-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty.
The Avocado Green is a natural latex hybrid that offers a sturdy, durable sleep surface that is ideal for heavier individuals. The mattress is available in ‘Medium’ (5.5) and ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5) settings, which should be suitable for anyone who weighs 130 pounds or more. The Avocado Green is eco-friendly, as well, thanks to its organic-cotton cover and comfort layers of organic wool and natural Dunlop latex. These materials also regulate the bed’s temperature very well, allowing most sleepers to remain cool and comfortable throughout the night.
The bed’s support core includes a transitional latex layer for added stability and a pocketed coil base, which reinforces the entire bed to prevent sagging in the sleep surface and sinkage along the edges. Compared to other hybrids, the mattress isolates more motion transfer and produces less noise, as well. The Avocado Green is somewhat heavy, and should only be used with adjustable bases that can properly support it and its sleepers.
Avocado offers free mattress shipping anywhere in the U.S., and White Glove delivery is available for an additional charge. The mattress is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 20-year warranty.
Adjustable beds offer customizable comfort and support for sleepers. Most adjustable beds are electrical bases equipped with hydraulic motors that enable the base to elevate the head and/or feet of the bed at different angles. Some adjustable models also include other features, such as massaging surfaces and USB ports for recharging smart devices.
Most adjustable beds are compatible with the vast majority of mattresses sold today, but some mattress types work better with adjustable beds than others. Read on to learn about the mattress types that are most – and least – suitable for adjustable bed bases.
An adjustable bed is designed with a frame that allows users to adjust the angle of the head or foot of the bed. Adjustable beds have been a fixture of hospitals and other medical facilities for decades; the adjustable angling has proven helpful for examining patients with different injuries. Because customizable angles provide certain therapeutic benefits for sleepers, many have purchased adjustable beds for home use.
Historically, adjustable beds featured manual controls that allowed sleepers to elevate the head or foot of the bed in order to reach their desired angle. However, thanks to recent technological advances, many of today’s adjustable beds can be customized using remote controls and/or wireless apps.
Though each adjustable bed is different, many models sold today include the following features:
Some adjustable beds may also include additional features and functions, such as position presets, alarms, and wall-hugging technology. Customers can learn more by reviewing product manuals for different adjustable bed models. If these features aren’t as important to customers, then they can save money by opting for a cheaper bed with fewer bells and whistles.
When choosing a mattress for an adjustable bed, here are some important factors to take into account:
The best adjustable beds can be used with any mattress type. That being said, some mattress types are more suitable for adjustable beds than others. Mattresses associated with good pain and pressure relief – such as memory foam, latex, and hybrid models – can enhance the experience of sleeping on an adjustable bed.
Innerspring mattresses often lead to added aches and pains, which counteract the effects of adjusting the bed’s angle. Airbeds may also cause problems when paired with an adjustable base because internal air chambers control how soft or firm the bed feels; any base can potentially block airflow to the chambers, leading to less-than-ideal comfort settings.
The leading adjustable beds are available in sizes that correspond to the six standard mattress sizes:
Additionally, some adjustable beds are divided down the middle to accommodate Split Queen, Split King, and Split California King sizes for couples.
However, some adjustable beds are exclusively available for Queen sizes and larger. Shoppers should make sure the base they choose will work with their mattress size; beds that are too narrow/short or too wide/long for the mattress can lead to comfort and support issues.
Generally, lighter mattresses are better for adjustable beds; heavier models can make adjusting the bed’s angle more difficult. However, newer and thicker adjustable beds should be able to accommodate most mattresses regardless of their overall weight.
The right adjustable bed should be thick enough to support the mattress and its sleeper(s), but also not too thick; otherwise the base may not adjust to different angles very easily. Heavier mattresses – such as innersprings and latex models – generally require thicker bases, while lighter mattresses – such as memory foam models – may work better with thinner bases. Generally, most sleepers find that adjustable beds measuring 10 to 12 inches are most comfortable.
Due to their electrical components, adjustable beds are susceptible to motor and hydraulic failures, as well as other mechanical problems. These problems can lead to added owner expenses down the road.
When choosing an adjustable bed, keep in mind that most models are fairly expensive. Though prices vary by brand, most Queen-size adjustable beds cost between $900 and $1,700. Combined with the cost of a new mattress, buying an adjustable bed can be quite expensive. The average Queen-size mattress of any composition costs between $900 and $1,300, though certain mattress types – including latex, hybrid, and airbed – have average price-points that are much higher.
Most adjustable beds come with warranties that span at least 20 years in length. However, these warranties normally cover structural defects that impact the bed as a whole. Other components – including the motor and other electrical parts – may only be covered under warranty for five years or less.
The mattress warranty is also important. Most warranties require proper foundational support for the mattress in order to minimize wear and tear, and outline acceptable specifications for bases and frames. Some adjustable beds may be prohibited, based on their materials, dimensions, and other construction elements.