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According to medical researchers, between 40% and 50% of adults over the age of 60 have trouble with insomnia. Arthritis, nerve problems, and sleep apnea are just a few common conditions that can make it even harder for seniors to get adequate sleep. Some seniors who are uncomfortable at night turn to adjustable beds for relief, enjoying the way these beds can elevate their feet and heads for more comfortable positions. In some cases, doctors even recommend adjustable beds as part of treatment.

Seniors who are interested in adjustable beds face a market that has become somewhat over-saturated by internet startup mattress brands. In a market where many of the brands have been around less than a decade, it can be hard to compare brands based on word of mouth alone. Additionally, those who have never had an adjustable bed may be overwhelmed by the range of prices and the number of features available from different companies.   

To help seniors sift through the many brands and models of adjustable beds available, we’ve created a guide that covers the prices, features, warranties, and more from the top nine brands on the market. We’ve also included a step-by-step guide to the adjustable bed buying process.      

How We Chose the Best Adjustable Beds

Pricing Transparency

When you search for an adjustable bed frame online, you’ll come across some companies that aren’t transparent about their pricing. These companies require would-be customers to submit personal information such as first and last names, email addresses, and phone numbers in order to get more information about costs. We cut all such companies from our list, knowing that most seniors prefer to wait to give companies their information on their own terms later in the buying process. 

Mattress Compatibility

Many seniors already have a mattress that’s compatible with an adjustable bed frame. Others need a new mattress but don’t want to buy it from the same place they buy their bed frame. For our list of top adjustable bed companies, we only included brands with frames that are compatible with any mattress designed for an adjustable bed. The only possible exception to cross-brand compatibility on our list comes in the case of “split” designs, explained below.

Split Options

Many senior couples are interested in an adjustable bed for two. Since partners rarely have exactly the same sleeping preferences, we decided to only include companies that offer at least one split bed option in their catalogs. Split adjustable bed allows each partner to make their own adjustments without disturbing the other.

Adjustable Bed Basics

Stand-alone vs. mat-like adjustable beds

Some adjustable beds have legs and can stand alone or even be placed inside of another, more decorative bed frame. Other adjustable beds are more mat-like, lacking legs. The latter is designed to be placed atop an existing bed frame. 

There’s no universal language within the industry that will indicate if a bed frame is the mat-type or the type that can stand alone, so it’s always best to look closely at descriptions to determine what you’re getting. Don’t rely on photos alone since many show the bed in use complete with mattress, bedding, and other items that aren’t necessarily included.  

Compatible Mattresses

Companies usually sell adjustable bed frames separately from their mattresses. This gives consumers the opportunity to choose a mattress that suits them best, even if it’s from another brand. 

Adjustable beds typically work with the following mattress types:

  • Memory foam
  • Latex
  • Air beds
  • Innerspring

Innerspring mattresses sometimes have compatibility issues due to their comparative stiffness, so check compatibility with the manufacturer if you’re not sure. All of the above mattresses can be made in “split” forms to be used with a bed that allows the right and left side to be adjusted independent of each other. You may need to refrain from mixing frame and mattress brands if buying a split design since not all split designs will work in the same way. Some designs are fully split, and some are only split at the top.

White Glove Services

Many companies offer optional setup services that they refer to as “white glove.” When you purchase a white glove service package, the company will typically not only deliver the bed and related purchases, but also set up the bed and take old, unwanted mattresses for recycling, donation, or the landfill. White glove services may cost $100 or more, and each item added to the order may add an additional fee.

The 9 Best Adjustable Bed Companies 

 Number of Adjustable ModelsAvailable SizesAdjustable Beds Price Range*Return PolicyWhite Glove Service CostWarranty

Reverie


11




-Twin
-Full
-Queen
-Split King

About $899-$3,200


No returns 


Varies by retailer


5-20 year limited (varies)


Leggett & Platt 


12+


-Twin
-Twin XL
-Full
-Full XL
-Queen
-Split King
-Split Cal King

About $300-$3,500


Varies by retailer


Varies by retailer


25 year limited


Nectar


1


-Twin XL
-Full
-Queen
-King (standard & split)

$649-$1,298


50-night trial


$149+


3 year 


Tempur-pedic


3


-Twin XL
-Full
-Queen
-King (standard & split)
-California King (standard & split)

$749-$3,998


No returns


Free or $50 (varies by location)


25 year limited (varies)


Ghostbed


1


-Twin XL
-Queen
-Split King

$948-$1,747


No returns


$199+


Limited Lifetime


Saatva 




2


-Twin
-Twin XL
-Full
-Queen (standard & split)
-King (standard & split)
-Cal King (standard & split)

$1,199-$2,498


No returns


Free in the contiguous united states 


25 year limited


Purple


1


-Twin XL
-Queen
-King
-Split King

$1,399-$2,798


No returns


Free in contiguous states


20 year limited


Yaasa


2


-Twin XL
-Queen
-King (standard & split)
-California King

$1,699-$3,199


No returns


$199+


10 year limited


Amerisleep


1


-Twin XL
-Full
-Queen
-Split King

$1,800-$3,600


No returns


Free in some cases


20 year limited


*Note: Listed price ranges provide an idea of what is available, but costs may fluctuate seasonally. The lowest end of the price range represents the smallest, most basic model available (usually Twin XL size), and the highest end represents the largest, most expensive model. 

Reverie

Best for High Tech Features

Reverie was founded in 2003 by Martin Rawls-Meehan and Tony Chang. The founders started by developing customizable mattresses, and by 2008 they had developed a line of powered bed bases. Throughout the company’s history, Reverie has partnered with other leading sleep brands like Tempur-pedic and Serta to make the most innovative sleep systems. Reverie currently has corporate offices in Michigan, New York, and Oregon, and it distributes its products through a wide range of retailers. 

Reverie is the perfect brand for seniors who enjoy using new technology to make their lives easier. This brand is constantly reaching for more innovation in its mattresses and adjustable bases. The newest models can be controlled through your voice, set to wake you up with a massage, and much more.

Overview of Reverie Adjustable Beds

Number of Models


11


Available Sizes


-Twin
-Full
-Queen
-Split King

Price Range


About $899-$3,200


Return Policy


No Returns


White Glove Service


Varies by retailer


Warranty


5-20 year limited (varies)


You can purchase a Reverie adjustable bed in stores as well as online. Reverie itself does not list most of the prices for its adjustable beds, so the price range we provide is gathered from retailers such as Amazon. When you shop, be aware that a few Reverie adjustable bed models are intended to sit atop an existing bed platform, so they are made without legs.

Pros and Cons of Reverie Adjustable Beds

Pros

  • App and smart home use: Right now, Reverie is updating its existing app and developing an exciting new feature called Reverie Connect. These upgrades will soon allow Reverie adjustable beds to connect to Google Assistant devices. Changing the bed’s position will be as simple as saying “Hey Google, set my bed to anti-snore.” For those who already have a Google Assistant device, this will be an extremely convenient feature. Ask your Reverie salesperson or retailer for more details on upcoming smart home features.
  • Customizable mattresses: If you’re looking for a complete sleep system, combining a Reverie mattress and power base could be just what you need. These latex mattresses are made with unique movable foam “spings” inside. Color-coded according to firmness, the springs can be rearranged to alter the pattern of firm and soft sections on the bed.
  • Low-cost options: Some of Reverie’s most basic adjustable bed models cost less than $900. For a product that often costs well over $1,000, an adjustable bed from Reverie can provide the lower price point that you need. 

Cons

  • No returns: Reverie adjustable beds are not returnable. In the market of adjustable beds, this isn’t unusual, but it does mean that you need to be sure about your purchase beforehand. Reverie beds are offered in some physical showrooms, so you may be able to test the model you want in person before buying.
  • Customer service delays: If you’re directly calling Reverie with questions or concerns, you may find that you’ll face significant wait times before being able to speak to a customer service agent. Wait times can change depending on the day, and many questions you have may be answerable by a local retailer.

Leggett & Platt

Best Low-Cost Option

Leggett & Platt’s Consumer Products Division has been making adjustable bed bases for over 40 years. Leggett & Platt as a whole operates 15 companies, which span 145 facilities in 18 different countries. As part of such a large company, Leggett & Platt’s adjustable bed division has the resources behind it to offer customers an extensive product line. 

We found that Leggett & Platt’s large product line includes the most budget-friendly adjustable bed options on the market. Some of its base prices are almost $100 less than similar beds from competitors, and thousands of dollars less than the most expensive adjustable beds.

Overview of Leggett & Platt adjustable beds

Number of Models


12


Available Sizes


-Twin
-Full
-Queen
-Split King


Price Range


About $300-$3,500


Return Policy


Varies by retailer


White Glove Service


Varies by retailer


Warranty


25 year limited 


Pros and Cons of Legget & Platt Adjustable Beds

Pros

  • Basic option: For those who just want a bed that will elevate their torso for reading or watching television, Legget & Platt has an excellent low-tech option called the 50 Series adjustable bed base. This model has a simple, two-button remote and a sturdy black base. It often costs between $300-$500 and is even offered free with a mattress purchase at certain retailers. 
  • Luxury options: Leggett & Platt offers beds that are luxurious as well. The Prodigy Comfort Elite base, for example, includes special lumbar support, an attractive upholstered exterior, independent pillow-tilt technology, under-bed lighting, and much more. 
  • Advanced controls: Some Legget & Platt beds can be controlled through apps on all Apple phones and some Android phones. They can also be controlled through sleek, wireless touch screen remotes.

Cons

  • No direct sales: Leggett & Platt does not sell directly to its customers. Since these beds are only available through other furniture and department stores, the customer’s ability to return a bed or to take advantage of white glove services depends entirely on the store they purchase from.

Nectar

Best Return Policy

Nectar, or Nectar Sleep, is one of the most well-known bed-in-a-box mattress brands currently available. Owned by a San Francisco home goods company called Resident, Nectar was founded by entrepreneurs Ran Reske and Craig Schmeizer. Resident’s other companies include brands that make carpets, chairs, and other kinds of furniture. Nectar and its sister companies follow a direct to consumer business model, with most of its transactions occurring online.

Nectar is one of just a few companies that allow customers to return adjustable beds. After your adjustable bed arrives, you have a 50-day trial period to decide if you’re happy with its extra features and the way that it adjusts. Those who aren’t satisfied with their bed can return it based solely on their preference, without any need to prove that it has a defect.

Overview of Nectar Adjustable Beds

Number of Models


1


Available Sizes


-Twin XL
-Full
-Queen
-King (standard & split)

Price Range


$649-$1,298


Return Policy


50-day free trial


White Glove Service


$149+


Warranty


3 years 


Nectar adjustable beds are only sold online through the company’s own website. These bed frames can be paired with a variety of other options like Nectar mattresses, which have a one year trial period. Like all of the frames on our list, they can also be used with compatible mattress styles from other brands. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of purchasing from Nectar. 

Pros and Cons of Nectar Adjustable Beds

Pros

  • Appearance: Nectar may only have one adjustable bed option, but it features an attractive design. With dark grey upholstery covering its sides, the look is a step above the common all-black metal frames on the market. The style of the frame will blend with virtually any decor style, and it includes handy USB plugs, too. 
  • Low costs: Nectar has surprisingly low costs for most of its adjustable beds, with a Queen adjustable bed that costs $799 and smaller beds that cost even less. The Split King, Nectar’s most expensive adjustable bed, costs $1,298. 
  • White glove option: Nectar has a white glove service that will provide delivery and setup of the new bed as well as removal of the old mattress or frame. White glove services cost $149 for a mattress and $45 for the setup of additional items.
  • Positioning and massage: Nectar adjustable beds offer helpful preset positions like “zero gravity” and “television recline,” as well as customizable settings and massage options.

Cons

  • Stock problems: Currently, Nectar doesn’t have the standard king size adjustable bed in stock. The company does stock the split-style king bed, and may restock the standard king at a later date.

Tempur-pedic

Widest Availability

Tempur-pedic, founded in 1992, is probably the most well-known memory foam brand in the world. Tempur-pedic traces the development of its first product to a Swedish company that turned NASA foam research into a consumer mattress. Since that time, Tempur-pedic has merged with multiple companies, consolidating resources and expertise from around the world to develop cutting-edge beds.

As a giant in the sleep industry, Tempur-pedic brings its products into all kinds of communities, including the non-contiguous states of Alaska and Hawaii as well to US territories. While most companies either refuse to ship to or charge several hundred dollars to ship to such remote places, Tempur-pedic charges modest fees just slightly higher than those charged to customers in the contiguous United States. Tempur-pedic is even able to offer white glove services in remote locations.

Overview of Tempur-pedic Adjustable Beds

Number of Models


3


Available Sizes


-Twin XL
-Full
-Queen
-King (standard & split)
-California King (standard & split)

Price Range


$749-$3,998


Return Policy


No returns


White Glove Service


Free in contiguous states 


Warranty


25 year limited (varies)


Pros and Cons of Tempur-pedic Adjustable Beds

  • Great warranty: Tempur-pedic doesn’t have the longest warranty on the market, but with three years of full coverage at the beginning of the warranty, it’s still one of the best available. During the first three years, parts and labor are covered. Many other companies stop covering labor after the first year.
  • Free or low-cost white glove services: For those within the contiguous United States, white glove services for bed setup are completely free when you buy directly through Tempur-pedic. In Hawaii, Alaska, and US territories, the white glove fee is a modest $50, less than half the cost of white glove services from many other companies.
  • Range of options: Tempur-pedic currently offers three distinct adjustable bed bases. Ease 2.0, TEMPUR-Ergo, and TEMPUR-Ergo Extend. The most luxurious model, TEMPUR-Ergo Extend, includes anti-snore and zero-gravity positions, four-zone massage, a backlit remote, and more.

Cons

  • High costs: There’s no doubt that the starting costs of Tempur-pedic adjustable beds are a bit higher than those of many competitors. The TEMPUR-Ergo Extend, for example, has a twin bed frame that costs $1,799 on sale. Those looking to cut costs should consider the most basic adjustable models like the Ease 2.0, which can cost about $1,000 less in some cases.

Ghostbed 

Longest Warranty

Ghostbed, a division of Nature’s Sleep, was founded by Marc L. Werner. Nature’s Sleep has been operating since 2001, and Ghostbed launched about ten years later. Werner was driven to invest in the sleep industry due to his own personal struggle with neck pain and his frustration with high-pressure sales during mattress shopping. Ghostbed’s affordable adjustable base came out in 2017, backed by 15 years of sleep science experience from Nature’s Sleep.

It can be difficult to find an adjustable base warranty that covers anything beyond a few years. 

Ghostbed stands out because it covers defective steel and mechanical base parts indefinitely for the original purchaser. While this lifetime warranty has exclusions, it offers one of the most generous policies on the market for an adjustable bed.

Overview of Ghostbed Adjustable Beds

Number of Models


1


Available Sizes


-Twin XL
-Queen
-Split King

Price Range


$948-$1,747


Return Policy


No returns


White Glove Service


$199+


Warranty


Limited Lifetime


Pros and Cons of Ghostbed Adjustable Beds

  • Luxurious features: The Ghostbed base includes full head and foot adjustability with a zero-gravity setting as well as other preset positions. It also includes head and foot massage, under-bed LED lights, and USB ports for device charging. 
  • Preassembled: The Ghostbed power base comes almost entirely preassembled. The customer just needs to take a few simple steps like screwing on the feet of the base. Even those who choose not to use white glove service will have an easy time with setup.
  • Low costs: The Ghostbed power base (Queen size) costs just $999 for those who pay upfront, or $1,199 for those who choose to finance through Affirm. Monthly payments are sometimes as low as $56 a month. 
  • Discounts: Ghostbed offers 15% discounts to military personnel, students and teachers, government employees, and first responders. The discount applies to the entire order, and those who want the discount need to submit identification documents through the program ID.me.

Cons

  • No returns: Ghostbed allows returns on mattresses but not on its power bases. The limited lifetime warranty provides consumers protection in case of defects, but there’s no way to get money back if you decide the power base just isn’t for you.
  • Shipping drawbacks: Ghostbed offers free shipping to most areas, but it charges $600 for shipping to Alaska and Hawaii. Ghostbed also charges an extra $199 or more to anyone who wants white glove service.

Saatva

Best Range of Size Options

Saatva, an exclusively-online sleep company, was founded in 2011 by Ron Rudzin and Ricky Joshi. Based in New York City, Saatva products like mattresses, bedding, and bed frames are made in U.S. factories and shipped to customers from distribution points across the nation. The Saatva brand develops sleep product lines that combine luxury features and eco-friendly production. 

Of all the brands we have reviewed, Saatva offers the most size options for its adjustable beds. With nine sizes, Saatva has an adjustable bed for any room. Size offerings include three upper-flex (half-split) versions for couples, including an upper-flex of the Queen size which is very difficult to find from other brands. Single seniors can choose between Twin, Twin XL, and Full according to their comfort preferences. The many size options of the Saatva adjustable bed make it a versatile choice.

Overview of Saatva Adjustable Beds

Number of Models


1


Available Sizes


-Twin
-Twin XL
-Full
-Queen (standard & split)
-King (standard & split)
-Cal King (standard & split)

Price Range


$1,199-$2,498


Return Policy


No returns


White Glove Service


Free 


Warranty


25 year limited


Saatva’s Lineal Adjustable Base pairs well with the Saatva Classic 11.5″ (innerspring), the Loom & Leaf (memory foam), the Zenhaven (natural latex), or Solaire (adjustable air) mattresses. It’s also compatible with many mattresses from other brands. The Lineal base and all of the above mattresses are sold exclusively online through Saatva.

Pros and Cons of Saatva Adjustable Beds

Pros: 

  • Discounts: From time to time, Saatva runs special discounts for holidays such as Veterans Day. Discounts of special days can go as high as $500 in some cases, making this luxury brand more accessible. 
  • Luxury features: Saatva doesn’t hold back on including features that maximize comfort and style. The brand engineered the head of the adjustable base to maintain the same space between the wall and the head regardless of the bed’s position. This wall-hugging design helps give the bed a uniform look, eliminating awkward gaps. The adjustable base includes a host of other luxury features like a quiet motor, a wireless remote, under bed lights, and three-speed massage that can operate in targeted or full body modes. 
  • Free white glove service: To match its luxury product line, Saatva has top-notch service, providing delivery, setup, and old mattress/bed removal at no extra cost. Seniors who cannot physically take down or set up furniture will find this full-service business model extremely helpful.

Cons

  • High costs for split models: Saatva offers split adjustable beds, but unfortunately they cost about $1,000 more than the standard versions of their corresponding sizes. Many brands offer split versions of their mattresses for just a couple hundred dollars more than the standard version, and a few brands even offer the split version for the same price.

Purple

Best Full-Service Option

Purple is a mattress company founded by brothers Tony and Terry Pearce. The brothers, both engineers, didn’t set out to make or sell mattresses and bedroom furniture. Instead, the Pearce’s got their start in the mobility industry, developing comfortable memory foam wheelchair cushions. Over the years, the Pearce brothers began to use their newly developed foam materials in exciting ways, eventually making a best-selling bed-in-a-box mattress in 2013. Purple products, including the Purple PowerBase, are now available both online and in a growing network of brick-and-mortar stores across the United States. 

The Purple PowerBase provides the best full-service option for those who want to purchase an advanced sleep system and take advantage of white glove delivery. Although not the cheapest adjustable bed on the market, Purple’s is one of the best designed, especially when combined with the innovative support of the Purple mattress. Both mattress and PowerBase can be ordered with free white glove delivery for anyone in the contiguous United States.

Overview of Purple Adjustable Beds

Number of Models


1


Available Sizes


-Twin XL
-Queen
-King
-Split King

Price Range


$1,399-$2,798


Return Policy


No returns


White Glove Service


Free in contiguous states


Warranty


20 year limited


Pros and Cons of Purple Adjustable Beds

  • Luxury features: The Purple PowerBase comes with many of the luxury features customers love, like a zero-gravity position, a one-touch flat button that returns the bed to the default position, a base with USB ports and outlets, under-bed lighting, and five massage settings. 
  • Easy assembly: The Purple PowerBase arrives mostly assembled in a very large box. Those who want help with handling the box, finishing assembly, and removing an old mattress or bed frame can ask for white glove service, which is available for free in all states except for Alaska and Hawaii.
  • Corner rails: Most adjustable beds have foot rails at the end of the bed to keep the mattress from sliding off when the bed adjusts. Purple is the only company on our list that has these rails wrapped around the two corners at the foot of the bed instead of in the middle. Corner rails provide superior support for the mattress, keeping it snug against the base with less lifting and gapping than traditional rails. 
  • Discounts: Military personnel, first responders, and students can receive a 10% discount from Purple. Purple adjustable bed prices are close to the high end of the price spectrum, so this discount can make a real difference for those who qualify.

Cons 

  • Not returnable: If you’re unhappy with how your Purple PowerBase is working, you won’t be able to return it. However, Purple provides responsive customer service and limited warranty coverage through the PowerBase manufacturer, Reverie.

Yaasa

Most Affordable Sleep System

Yaasa, which derives its name from the Sanskrit word for “success,” focuses on adjustability above all else. A small company led by CEO Johannes Sauer, Yaasa prides itself on listening to customers’ needs and adapting to what the market wants. In addition to adjustable sleep systems, Yaasa has recently expanded its product line to include adjustable desks and extras like blankets, sheets, and loungewear. 

Yaasa offers the most affordable mattress and adjustable base sleep system of all of the companies that we reviewed. The Yaasa ONE system features the brand’s well-reviewed Yaasa ONE hybrid mattress and the more basic of the two available adjustable bases. For some time Yaasa has been offering the mattress free with the purchase of the base. Those looking for a practical, basic adjustable bed and mattress will find the Yaasa ONE sleep system a bargain.

Overview of Yaasa Adjustable Beds

Number of Models


2


Available Sizes


-Twin XL
-Queen
-King (standard & split)
-California King

Price Range


$999-$3,199


Return Policy


No returns


White Glove Service


$199+


Warranty


10 year limited


Pros and Cons of Yaasa adjustable beds

Pros

  • Low costs: The Twin XL Yaasa ONE adjustable bed with a free mattress costs just $999. For the single senior who needs a better mattress and the ability to adjust, it’s unlikely that they’ll find a better deal elsewhere. Even the split King with the Yaasa ONE mattress is only $1,999.
  • Luxury option: The Yaasa adjustable bed (as opposed to the Yaasa ONE) features multiple luxury upgrades, including technology that keeps the bed close to the wall regardless of position, USB ports, and a lightweight aluminum frame. Both beds include programmable remotes, anti-snore and zero-gravity presets, and full-body adjustability. The Yaasa adjustable bed does cost about $600 more than the Yaasa ONE and does not include a mattress with purchase. 
  • Modern style: Both of Yaasa’s adjustable beds can fit into an existing traditional bed frames in most cases, but they also look great on their own. With a sturdy but minimal design, the Yaasa ONE adjustable base comes in black metal and the Yaasa adjustable base comes in sleek matte aluminum. Motors and wire remain hidden, minimizing visual distraction.

Cons

  • White glove costs: Yaasa charges a base price of $199 for white glove services. If you order more than one item, you’ll likely face additional fees.
  • No returns: Yaasa mattresses are usually returnable, but Yaasa adjustable beds are not. A mattress received in the Yaasa ONE sleep system is also not returnable. Not having the option to return something purchased on the internet may make some consumers nervous.

Amerisleep

Best U.S.-Made Adjustable Base

Founded by Moe Kittaneh, Firas Kittaneh, and Joey Holt, Amerisleep began as an online mattress retailer in 2010. The company has since branched out and now has twelve physical locations where non-commissioned sales representatives help customers test their popular beds. Throughout the years, Amerisleep has made a name for itself through advances in mattress and bed designs as well as through eco-friendly production processes.

Many sleep brands manufacture their mattresses in the United States, but most of them outsource the production of their adjustable bed bases to factories in other countries. Amerisleep is a rare exception. Customers who dislike purchasing foreign-made products due to concerns about quality or labor practices can buy an Amerisleep bed with confidence.

Overview of Amerisleep Adjustable Beds 

Number of Models


1


Available Sizes


-Twin XL
-Full
-Queen
-Split King

Price Range


$1,800-$3,600


Return Policy


No returns


White Glove Service


Free in some cases


Warranty


20 year limited


Pros and Cons of Amerisleep adjustable beds

Pros

  • Discounts: Under “bed packages” on Amerisleep’s website, you’ll be able to find discounted bundles of mattresses and the adjustable bed. Depending on the size and mattress firmness that you select, you can save up to 23% by bundling. Another way to get a discount is to check out the “promo codes and discounts” section of the website which can be found on the bottom left of any page.
  • Improved design: If you look at a picture of an Amerisleep adjustable base, you’ll notice that this base is the only one on our list without a retainer bar. Typically, retainer bars are what keep the mattress from slipping when the bed moves. Amerisleep was able to eliminate the retainer bar from its bed design thanks to a new micro hook retention system that keeps the mattress in place. 
  • High-tech features: This adjustable bed has many great features, including under-bed lights, full body massage, USB ports, and more. For those who struggle with mornings, the gentle-wake alarm feature can help make life easier.

Cons

  • White glove costs: Amerisleep does offer a white glove service free with mattress and base packages, but it charges quite a bit for non-bundled items. Setup for a Queen adjustable base costs about $400, for example. This is more than double the cost of some competitors’ white glove services.

How to Choose an Adjustable Bed

How to Choose an Adjustable Bed

Buying furniture tends to be a bit nerve-wracking. It’s expensive compared to more everyday purchases, and if you don’t like it you’ll have to use it every day until you give in and buy something else. Don’t let the fear of making the wrong choice stop you from beginning your search for an adjustable bed, though. By following the steps outlined below, you can approach the market with a clear idea of your options and guidelines that can help you make a smart selection. 

Step 1: Determine Your Payment Method and Budget

Before diving into the shopping process, it’s best to decide how you’ll pay for your adjustable bed and how much you’re willing to spend.

Payment Options

Most seniors can pay for their adjustable bed with cash or debit payment, a credit card, or a finance plan. Using funds in your bank account is often the best option because paying upfront can save you money through discounts or because it avoids interest fees. However, if you need to use some form of credit, a finance plan offered by the company can offer you a way to get a bed with low payments. It’s common to find payment plans offered through finance partners such as Affirm, Paypal, or a variety of private banks. 

Price Ranges 

The price range for adjustable beds ranges from roughly $300-$4,000. On the lower end of the price range, you’ll find utilitarian beds that adjust on the top half only. In some cases, these basic beds may have remotes that aren’t wireless or that have no presets. On the high end of the price range, you’ll find beds with attractive exteriors, high tech accessories, multiple presets, and more. As you decide which part of the price spectrum is ideal for you, keep in mind that most bed frames do not include a mattress in their cost.

Step 2: Choose Your Preferred Mattress Type

If you’re going to get an adjustable bed, you’ll need to make sure your mattress is compatible. Always check with the manufacturer if the compatibility of your mattress with the bed frame is unclear. The following kinds of mattresses can work for an adjustable bed, usually without regard to the brand.

  • Memory foam: Memory foam mattresses are made from entirely synthetic materials. They’re very flexible, molding closely to both sleeper and bed frame regardless of position. 
  • Latex: Latex mattresses are made of natural or synthetic latex foam and they are usually slightly less moldable than memory foam. Like memory foam, these work very well with adjustable beds. They also tend to allow more airflow and thus feel cooler to the sleeper than memory foam.
  • Air beds: Air beds have chambers filled with air and are padded with foam or other soft materials on top. Most air beds are adjustable, letting the user control which chamber is the firmest. Some air beds are made specifically for use with adjustable frames.
  • Innerspring: Innerspring mattresses have metal coils inside that provide support to the body. These beds are popular, but they are more prone to creating uncomfortable pressure points on the sleeper’s body than foam and air beds are. Some hybrid innerspring mattresses incorporate layers of memory foam and latex for comfort.

All of the above mattresses are usually available in split or half-split styles as well as solid styles. The sizing for all adjustable beds is standardized, so choose whatever size of bed you are already happy with. Most companies sell sizes Twin XL (extra long) through California King, but sometimes Full beds are difficult to find. 

If you already have a compatible mattress type, there’s no need to purchase a new mattress unless you’re finding yours uncomfortable or worn out. If you do want or need a new mattress, you may be able to save money by purchasing a “sleep system” that bundles a mattress and adjustable base.

Step 3: Understand Warranty and Trial Limits

Trial periods and warranties are two common perks that furniture companies offer to help customers feel comfortable making large purchases. Misunderstanding the terms of a trial period or warranty can be devastating, however, if it means you lose the money you thought you’d be able to get back. Before you make a purchase based on the warranty or trial period offered, read our tips on understanding these two perks.

Warranties 

Adjustable bed frames are almost universally advertised with included warranties, but not all warranties are created equal. Some warranties provide coverage for upwards of 20 years, or even for a “lifetime,” but this is almost always limited coverage. Many other warranties are as short as one year. 

With limited warranties, coverage is often staggered, with full coverage in the first one to three years and partial coverage after that. During the partial coverage phase of the warranty, you may find that certain parts (especially motors) are excluded, or you may have to pay for shipping and labor costs. Given how limited warranties typically are, for most customers warranty terms are not the deciding factor in their choice of brand.

Trial Periods

Mattress companies often offer free trials, some for as long as a year. Being able to return a mattress after using it for such a long time makes purchasing online less risky. Many customers assume that if the brand has a free mattress trial, they will also have a free adjustable bed trial. Sadly, this is rarely true. Only a few companies offer trial periods for adjustable beds, and those that do usually offer a shorter period than they do for their mattresses. Most adjustable beds are final sale items. Always verify what, if any, trial terms are available for an adjustable bed.

Step 4: Compare Benefits Across Brands 

There’s a huge spectrum of adjustable bed styles. Consider features from the following categories as you shop.

  • Appearance: Will the adjustable bed frame fit inside of the bed frame that you currently have? Most adjustable bed frames are designed to do so. If not, do you like the appearance of the frame? Some adjustable frames come unembellished in either black or aluminum. Some come upholstered in an attractive, neutral fabric. When you consider the appearance, also consider whether or not having under-bed storage is important to you.
  • Presets: Does the bed come with preset positions, like zero gravity or anti-snore, that you’ll use? Does the app or remote allow you to customize your own presets? Both anti-snore and anti-gravity settings can benefit seniors’ health by improving sleep quality or reducing stress on the heart. 
  • Technology: Can the bed interface with smart home devices or phone apps? If so, look up user reviews online to see if customers offer information about design problems. Other technology features to consider include USB charging ports in the frame, alarm clock and massage features, and wall-hugging technology that keeps the bed close to the wall regardless of movement.
  • Bundles: Maybe you’re in the market for a new mattress as well as an adjustable base. If so, make sure you look for product bundles. Many companies offer a discount if you buy a mattress and bed frame at the same time.

Whenever possible, test a bed and any mattress you plan to buy in person. This, of course, isn’t possible for online-only companies, but you may find customer reviews and video demonstrations helpful substitutes for product testing. 

Step 5: Make The Purchase 

Once you’re happy with a brand, model, and price, there are a few final steps you can take to make the buying process better.

As you are making your final purchase, ask about:

  • Discounts: Many companies offer a discount for educators, students, military personnel or veterans, government workers, or first responders. Discounts may be a flat amount, like $100, or they may be a percentage of the product cost. 
  • Sales: Mattress and furniture companies typically run promotional pricing during some holidays. If you don’t mind waiting for the nearest major holiday, you may be able to cash in on serious savings online or in person.
  • Delivery: A few companies offer free white glove delivery, and many more offer it for a fee, usually around $100. White glove services usually include delivery, setup, product demonstration, and the removal of the old mattress or bed frame. Some white glove services may also include a demonstration on how to use the product safely. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Medicare cover adjustable beds?

Medicare does not cover the kind of adjustable beds that we have featured in our reviews. Medicare does, however, cover semi-electric and manually operated hospital beds for some patients. Hospital beds and adjustable beds can achieve many of the same positions and are more or less equally beneficial for many health concerns, but hospital beds usually don’t have aesthetically pleasing designs. They also lack convenience features like wireless or app controllers and massage functions. To learn more about who qualifies for hospital bed coverage, visit Medicare’s own article on the topic.

How does bed shopping online work?

In the last few years, online mattress and bedframe sales have become quite common, and many consumers trust online companies. Mattresses and other parts usually arrive tightly rolled inside boxes and can ship anywhere in the continental United States. Some companies also ship to Alaska, Hawaii, US territories, or even Canada. The main risk of buying online is that it’s difficult to know if you’ll like a mattress that you’ve never been able to test. Thankfully, if you get a defective model, most brands will deal with the problem through their warranty. Getting a model you just don’t like can be a bigger issue, however, since a return may not be allowed. Always check into the company’s policies before you buy so you understand what your financial risk is. 

Do adjustable beds have trial periods?

Strangely enough, many adjustable beds are final sale items, even in cases where the brand allows returns of its mattresses. A few companies do allow returns within a limited “trial period” time frames, such as 30, 50, or 120 days. Trial periods for these beds are often far shorter than trial periods for mattresses. Limits on returns of adjustable bases may be due to the fact that checking the motors, electronics, and moving parts of an adjustable bed in order to certify it for resale after a return is prohibitively expensive for many companies.   

Are adjustable beds dangerous for pets and children?

Since they have large moving parts, adjustable beds pose a pinching and crushing danger for both pets and children. It’s extremely important to ensure that your cat, dog, or grandchild has not gone under or behind an adjustable bed before you attempt to change positions. Children in the household who are old enough to understand should be instructed not to hide under the bed and not to operate it without an adult present. If you have very young, impulsive, or developmentally delayed children in your home, it may be wise to keep the remote where they cannot access it and keep the bedroom door shut. 

What is memory foam off-gassing?

Memory foam mattresses are frequently combined with adjustable beds due to their flexibility and comfort. A brand new memory foam mattress, freshly unboxed, will usually give off a strong chemical odor called off-gassing that can last a few weeks. This odor is a by-product of the regulated synthetic materials used to make memory foam. Scientists don’t know if there are long term effects associated with breathing these trace amounts of chemicals. Many companies suggest airing your memory foam mattress for a week or two before applying bedding and setting it up in your room. Many organic mattresses or latex mattresses produce less or no off-gassing.

Is an adjustable bed good for my health?

Adjustable beds can improve health in numerous ways. Being able to change your sleeping position can relieve pain or pressure for many people. Those with sleep apnea can benefit from better support that improves breathing. The “zero gravity” position, a preset on most adjustable beds, simulates a weightless feeling, reducing strain on the heart and other key areas of the body. Ultimately, if your adjustable bed helps you sleep longer or more soundly, it will improve your health simply through rest.

If you’re having sleeping problems, you should reevaluate not only your bed base but also your mattress. Many mattress companies provide guides that will help you decide the structure and firmness of the mattress that most suits your sleeping style and body. You can use these resources to determine if you may benefit from a different type of mattress.