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People with back pain and circulation problems can benefit from sleeping on an adjustable bed, a frame that can be elevated and lowered for the upper and/or lower body. Many adjustable beds include advanced features like zero-gravity positioning for lower back pain relief, massage functions, and USB ports.

Most adjustable beds cost between $1,000 and $3,000. Our team has rigorously evaluated dozens of adjustable beds in our Seattle-based Test Lab to determine which models are worth purchasing.

We’ll highlight our top picks in the guide below and why we think they stand out. We’ll also cover the key topics you should keep in mind when choosing an adjustable base that’s best for you. If you’re looking for a new mattress to go with your adjustable bed, our guides to the best mattresses for back pain and best mattresses for side sleepers are great resources.

What’s the Best Adjustable Bed?

We often recommend adjustable beds that can be programmed for a wide range of head and foot positions, accommodating many sleep needs. The Saatva Adjustable Base Plus is our top pick thanks to its advanced features like dual-zone massage and zero-gravity capabilities.

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In-Depth Reviews

“I’ve tested a lot of adjustable beds, but the Saatva Adjustable Base Plus stands out for its well-rounded versatility and appeal. It has all the features you want, like zero-gravity, massage, preset options, and wall-hugging technology — all at a reasonable price. And free White Glove delivery is icing on the cake.” – Colin Simpson, Product Research Manager

  • Pros

    1. Zero-gravity setting elevates feet above head

    2. Customizable massage feature

    3. Free White Glove Delivery

  • Cons

    1. Some sizes exclusively compatible with Saatva mattresses

    2. No sleep trial or return period

Price

$1,499

Sizes

Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King, Split California King

The Saatva Adjustable Base Plus is a versatile base that includes an array of customizable features. You can customize the bed for a wide range of positions and save your favorite head-and-feet alignment settings for common activities such as sleeping, reading, or watching TV.

How It Performed

The versatile adjustment range and bonus features give the base a distinct edge over many competing adjustable beds – especially those within the same general price range. You can activate preset settings at any time with a touch of a button on the wireless remote, including a zero-gravity setting that elevates your feet higher than your head. This position is helpful if you experience lower back pain or enjoy elevating your feet. The massage function is very relaxing and includes options for the head, legs, or full body at three different speeds and levels.

What Does It Do?

One noteworthy feature of the Adjustable Base Plus is under-bed lighting, which helps guide you through the dark without having to turn on a bedside lamp. A wall-hugging design maintains a fixed distance between your bed and wall, no matter the position of the bed. This ensures your nightstand will always be accessible.

Saatva offers two options for the Adjustable Base Plus. The Standard option covers all the features mentioned above. The Upper-Flex option is more expensive and allows you to adjust the angle of the head separately on each side of the bed. The Upper-Flex option is designed to pair exclusively with the Saatva Solaire airbed, and does not feature the wall-hugging design.

The Saatva Adjustable Base Plus comes with a 25-year warranty. However, it is not returnable and does not include a trial. All purchases in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free White Glove Delivery, which means Saatva will deliver the base straight to the room of your choice and set it up for you.

“As someone who’s always on the lookout for a good deal, I find the savings you’ll get with the Nectar Adjustable Bundle hard to beat. This package includes an adjustable bed frame, a supportive mattress, and bedding essentials — all for an incredibly affordable price.” – Logan Foley, Editorial Director

  • Pros

    1. Budget-friendly bundle includes base, mattress, and bedding set

    2. All orders include a year-long sleep trial

    3. Extended warranty covers stains and spills

  • Cons

    1. Not available in twin or California king sizes

    2. Impractical for shoppers who already have a mattress and bedding

Price

$1,428

Sizes

Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King

Bundling your adjustable bed with other sleep products can save you some money, but typically you’ll still spend a decent amount on your purchase. The Nectar Adjustable Bundle includes not only an adjustable base but also a Nectar mattress of your choice and a bedding set.

How It Performed

The zero-gravity setting excels at relieving pressure in the lower back, since it lifts weight off the lumbar area by elevating your legs and upper body. The zoned massage makes this base a good option if you experience discomfort in your shoulders, lower back, hips, and other specific areas. The operation is smooth and fairly quiet.

Since your purchase comes with a Nectar mattress of your choice, your experience with the bundle will depend on which model you select. That said, we’ve found that Nectar’s all-foam and hybrid mattresses generally excel at pressure relief and motion isolation thanks to their thick foam layers. If you’re a hot sleeper, we recommend one of the brand’s hybrids — they tend to sleep cooler than their all-foam counterparts. Choosing the flagship Nectar Mattress with your bundle is the most affordable option.

What Does It Do?

The Nectar Adjustable Bed Frame boasts several customizable features. You can choose from a wide range of positions for the head and feet, including zero-gravity, and couples can opt for a split king style. The base features a vibrating massage function that we found helpful for alleviating pressure in three different zones of the body. You can also adjust the height of your frame to 6, 9, or 12 inches, depending on your sleep preferences and under-bed storage needs.

Programmable memory settings let you adjust the bed to your preferred positions with the click of a button. The bed comes with a wireless remote, and each side of the bed is equipped with a USB port charging your devices overnight.

Your bundle also includes two pillows, a sheet set, and a mattress protector. Shoppers in the contiguous U.S. also qualify for free ground shipping and a mattress trial period that spans an entire year. In addition to Nectar’s standard lifetime warranty against structural and material defects, the Adjustable Bundle is backed by an accident protection plan covering stains, spills, and other types of physical damage.

“I’m really impressed with the Puffy Adjustable Base. It has all the features I need for a comfortable and personalized sleep experience. The dual-zone massage is especially nice, and I love having USB ports on both sides for easy charging. And the under-bed lighting is a thoughtful touch that really comes in handy at night.” – Jackson Lindeke, Executive Director

  • Pros

    1. Dual-massage zone for couples and co-sleepers

    2. Height can be adjusted between 6.5 and 11.5 inches

    3. USB ports on each side and under-bed lighting to prevent stubbed toes

  • Cons

    1. No twin, king, or California king sizes

    2. Assembly with headboard can be time-consuming

Price

$1,399

Sizes

Twin XL, Full, Queen, Split King

Adjustable beds are generally a good investment, but the Puffy Adjustable Base is a particular standout thanks to a few thoughtful features that should help maximize comfort at night, especially for seniors. If you and a sleep partner differ in terms of position preference, you can also purchase a split king size that allows you to customize your side of the bed without disturbing your partner.

How It Performed

One thing our testing crew immediately noticed was the remote’s user-friendly design. With the push of a button, you can activate zero-gravity and two memory presets, or set the bed to completely flat. Six different controls allow you to elevate or lower specific parts of the bed. We also enjoyed the massage function, and the ease with which we could customize intensity and duration.

The dual USB ports and under-bed lighting are nice modern touches that couples should appreciate. A whisper-soft motor also helps ensure you and your partner won’t disturb the other person’s sleep when adjusting the bed in the middle of the night.

What Does It Do?

Adjustable settings at the head and foot of the bed allow you to choose from various positions, including zero-gravity. The base also offers dual-zone massage for you and your partner to enjoy in increments of 10, 20, or 30 minutes. Position presets and massage intensity levels can be programmed using the wireless remote. The bed is designed to be compatible with the headboard of your choice.

Each side of the bed includes USB ports for charging devices at night, and LED under-bed lighting protects your feet when you get into bed. The legs can be adjusted to 6.5, 9.5, or 11.5 inches, depending on how much clearance you want. The Puffy Adjustable Base is available in twin XL, full, queen, and split king sizes, the latter of which features two retainer bars to hold each mattress in place.

Shipping is free for customers in all 50 states, and each Puffy Adjustable Bed comes with a 101-night sleep trial. Comparatively, many brands offering adjustable beds do not offer any trial period. You’ll also receive a lifetime warranty with your purchase.

“The DreamCloud Adjustable Bed Frame won me over with its impressive combination of quality and user-friendliness. The one-touch operation is incredibly convenient, and the wide range of motion allows me to find the perfect sleeping position. And, of course, its three massage speeds are a great feature to help unwind after a long day at work.” – Eric Suni, Staff Writer

  • Pros

    1. Massage function can be set to three different intensity levels

    2. Each side of the bed features two USB ports

    3. High clearance provides ample space underneath the bed

  • Cons

    1. Not sold in twin, king, or California king sizes

    2. Limited warranty coverage

Price

$1,498

Sizes

Twin XL, Full, Queen, Split King

The DreamCloud Adjustable Bed Frame can be programmed for a wide range of positions to ensure you stay comfortable regardless of your personal preferences. Elevating the head can help prevent snoring and acid reflux, while lifting the feet can make sleeping more comfortable for people with lower back or hip pain. The frame can also be set for zero-gravity – a popular position for people with poor circulation.

How It Performed

Our team found the DreamCloud Adjustable Bed Frame exceptionally user-friendly. One-touch controls for memory presets, zero-gravity, and flat positioning make the bed easy to use and operate. We also noticed that the motor is relatively quiet, so we don’t anticipate any sleep disruptions for people who share the bed with a partner. Distinct massage settings are another noteworthy quality. Each speed has a unique feel and is ideal for certain pain levels. We also fully assembled the frame in a short amount of time.

What Does It Do?

The bed consists of a metal frame upholstered in soft, grey fabric. All adjustments for the frame are made using the wireless remote, which allows you to create presets for your favorite positions. The remote also enables zero-gravity with the touch of a button, while another button returns the bed to a perfectly flat position. The built-in massage offers three different speeds that include gentle and intense vibrations, as well as a mid-range setting that offers a more balanced massage.

The Adjustable Bed Frame is available in four sizes. These include standard twin XL, full, and queen options, as well as a split king for couples whose positioning preferences differ. The frame stands 15 inches tall in all positions, making it ideal for people with bedroom storage needs. Both sides of the bed are equipped with two USB ports for charging your phone, tablet, and other electronic devices during the night. The sophisticated modern look should complement any bedroom decor.

DreamCloud ships the bed free of charge to customers in the contiguous U.S. Each order includes a sleep trial that spans 50 nights in length – which is longer than average – and a 3-year warranty that covers structural and mechanical defects.

“The Adjustable Flex Bed is reliable, quiet, and equipped with all the features you’d need in an adjustable base, plus a couple of extra add-ons and plenty of room underneath. It’s great for people who want to experiment with different positions to alleviate pain or discomfort.” – Danny Noyed, Senior Product Editor

  • Pros

    1. Multiple preset options, including zero gravity

    2. Adjustable legs offer up to 1 foot of under-bed clearance

    3. Two-year warranty for electrical components

  • Cons

    1. All sales are final

    2. Not available in a full or California king size

Price

$1,425

Sizes

Twin XL, Queen, King, Split King

Thanks to its zero gravity preset and extensive range of motion, the Bear Adjustable Flex Bed is an appealing option for people who wake up with soreness in the lumbar region or hips. The customizability makes this a great choice for sleepers who need a specific position to reduce back pain.

How It Performed

A notable feature of the Adjustable Flex Bed is the motor, which is engineered for quiet operation and shouldn’t be too disruptive for light sleepers. The bed also has customizable legs that can be raised or lowered to your liking, creating up to 12 inches of clearance. By comparison, many leading adjustable beds offer no more than 7 to 8 inches of space. People with smaller bedrooms can benefit from the extra storage.

What Does It Do?

In addition to the zero gravity preset, owners can program two additional presets for their favorite positions. You can also set the bed to flat with the touch of a button. The ability to customize your own presets is an asset if you want to try out different positions. The wireless remote is equipped with a helpful flashlight for navigating your bedroom in the dark.

Ground delivery is free of charge for customers in the contiguous U.S. Bear does not accept returns for the adjustable bed, meaning all sales are considered final. However, each purchase is backed by a 10-year warranty that includes two years of coverage for the bed’s electrical components.

“What really stood out to me about the Ascension Ultra was how easy and smooth it was to adjust to different positions, and the pain-relieving massage function was a nice perk that helped me relax. It’s strong enough to hold heavier and thicker mattresses, and the adjustable height options make it easier to climb into bed.” – Mark Horiuchi, Lead Product Tester

  • Pros

    1. Wireless remote with remote sync allows users to adjust each side of the bed independently

    2. Ultra-sturdy design can support up to 850 pounds

    3. Additional features include adjustable legs, under-bed LED lighting, and dual USB ports on both sides

  • Cons

    1. Not available in twin, full, king, or California king sizes

    2. Limited warranty coverage

Price

$1,349

Sizes

Twin XL, Queen, Split King

Adjustable beds are usually quite supportive, but some can bear more weight than others. The Ascension Ultra Adjustable Power Base from Brooklyn Bedding lives up to its name thanks to a robust metal frame that can support up to 850 pounds. The base’s strong construction makes it a good option for people who own latex hybrids, pillow-top innersprings, and other mattresses that tend to be on the heavier side.

How It Performed

The Ascension Ultra Adjustable Power Base proved exceptionally sturdy during our testing. We used multiple mattresses for these tests and the bed operated smoothly with each one. Our team was also impressed by the wide range of motion and versatile positioning options.

The base’s various functions all performed well. We noticed a distinct feel for each massage setting, had little trouble adjusting the legs, and found the one-touch controls seamless and user-friendly. Easy assembly is another highlight. We set up the mattress in less than 10 minutes, and did not need any outside tools.

What Does It Do?

A seven-panel design allows you to customize the base for a wide range of positions. The bed’s wireless remote features memory presets for your favorite settings and one-touch controls for zero-gravity, anti-snoring, television viewing, and flat. If you own a split king mattress, you can also utilize the “remote sync” option and adjust both sides of the bed simultaneously. Each bed is equipped for massage in different intensity levels.

The base’s legs are adjustable for different heights, so you can lie close to the floor or raise the bed for extra storage space. Both sides of the bed feature two USB ports, and a LED light under the bed can help prevent you from stubbing your toes when your bedroom is completely dark. All beds are constructed with “power down” battery boxes intended to conserve energy when in use.

You can purchase the base in twin XL, queen, or split king sizes. Brooklyn Bedding offers free ground shipping to all customers in the contiguous U.S. The company does not allow returns, so all sales are final, but each order is backed by a 2-year warranty covering structural and mechanical defects.

“As an experienced product tester, I have to say the TEMPUR-Ergo Extend Smart Base is one of the most innovative adjustable bed frames on the market. One thing that sets it apart from the competition is the built-in smart technology. Sensors track your sleep patterns, and the bed automatically elevates if it detects snoring.” – Logan Foley, Editorial Director

  • Pros

    1. Zoned massage options for the head and feet

    2. Monitors sleep patterns using built-in motion sensors

    3. Automatically elevates when snoring is detected

  • Cons

    1. Twin and full sizes not available

    2. Base isn’t backed by a trial/return period

Price

$2,549

Sizes

Twin XL, Queen, King, Split King, California King, Split California King

Tempur-Pedic’s TEMPUR-Ergo Extend Smart Base is one of the most luxurious adjustable beds on the market today. In addition to a wide range of positioning options, the base offers a few cutting-edge features such as automatic snore response, sleep monitoring, and zoned massage.

How It Performed

The TEMPUR-Ergo Extend Smart Base offers more functionality than the average adjustable bed. The inclusion of sleep-tracking technology is a major perk if you want to monitor and improve your nightly sleep patterns. If you have sleep apnea, acid reflux, and other conditions that cause frequent snoring, you can also benefit from the bed’s snoring detection and automatic response.

The massage function is highly advanced. The three intensity levels are distinct from one another, and the zoning ensures adequate pressure for different areas of your body. Our testing team found the Tempur-Pedic Sleeptracker-AI app accessible and easy to use, even with its wide range of programs.

What Does It Do?

The base elevates the head and foot on each side of your bed. The wireless remote comes with three built-in presets, including zero-gravity and “TV in bed,” but these can be changed manually to match your favorite settings. You can also use the remote to activate under-bed lighting.

The base is engineered to monitor and track your sleep. You may access your data using the Tempur-Pedic Sleeptracker-AI app, which is compatible with iPhone and Android devices. This app also includes sleep coaching programs to help you get the rest you need. If you begin to snore during the night, the bed will automatically lift the head about 12 degrees to open up your breathing passages. The base is compatible with Hey Google and Amazon Echo/Alexa smart hubs.

The base can be programmed for two- or four-zoned massages with three intensity levels. Other features include USB ports on both sides of the bed, proprietary PerfectSeat technology that adjusts the base to the shape of your mattress, and a PillowTilt function that tilts the neck when the head is elevated. The weight capacity is about 650 pounds.

The TEMPUR-Ergo Extend Smart Base’s expensive price-point reflects its high-end design, but Tempur-Pedic provides free White Glove delivery for all orders in the contiguous U.S. This service includes a scheduled delivery date and time, and full setup in a room of your choice. The base may not be returned, but you’ll receive a 25-year warranty that includes 3 years of full parts and labor coverage.

“Avocado’s Eco Adjustable Bed packs all the bells and whistles of a luxury base into a simple yet elegant design that’s also relatively affordable. The zoned massage is a standout feature — you can target your upper and/or lower body with three intensity levels and a shutoff timer in case you nod off.” – Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Zoned massage targets aches and pains in the upper and lower body

    2. Snore response feature automatically elevates the head

    3. Eco-friendly design includes organic cotton canvas platform and sustainably harvested rubberwood legs

  • Cons

    1. Not available in twin or California king sizes

    2. Returns aren’t allowed after purchase date

Price

$1,099

Sizes

Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, Split California King

Avocado’s dedication to sustainable, stylish craftsmanship is on full display with the Eco Adjustable Bed. The sleek modern design consists of a GOTS-certified organic cotton canvas platform, steel base, and legs composed of sustainably sourced rubberwood. Don’t be fooled by the simple appearance — this base comes with a slew of features to alleviate aches and pains, prevent snoring, and promote healthy, comfortable sleep.

How It Performed

Our testing team thoroughly enjoyed the Eco Adjustable Base, and this was largely thanks to the zoned massage. The base produces gentle vibrations to soothe sore spots in your upper and lower body at three intensity levels. You can also program an automatic shutoff timer for 10, 20, or 30 minutes, allowing you to fall asleep during the massage.

The automatic snore response is another highlight. If the base detects snoring, it automatically lifts your head to open up your breathing passages. Setup is a quick and easy process — our team fully assembled the base in less than 10 minutes, and all required tools were included with the shipment.

What Does It Do?

The Eco Adjustable Base includes a wireless remote with multiple preloaded presets, including zero gravity. You can also use the remote to program your favorite positions as memory presets and customize the massage settings. The legs can be adjusted to a height of 4, 8, or 12 inches. Each side of the bed features USB ports for charging your electronic devices at night, but note you can’t access these ports if you stack a bed frame on top of the adjustable base. Twin XL, full, queen, king, split king, and split California king sizes are available.

In addition to its reasonable price-point, the Eco Adjustable Base qualifies for free ground shipping throughout the contiguous U.S. Avocado does not allow you to return the base after the order is complete, but your purchase is backed by a 20-year warranty that includes two years of coverage for the bed’s electrical components.

“The Helix Adjustable Base is remarkably sturdy thanks to its carbon steel frame — the weight capacity is 750 pounds, ensuring you can pair the bed with any mattress. Our team also found the bed easy to set up, and you don’t need any tools to adjust the leg height.” – Lauren Fountain, Senior Product Editor

  • Pros

    1. Massage feature produces vibrations in three intensity levels

    2. Legs can be adjusted to four different heights

    3. Complex design with straightforward setup

  • Cons

    1. No sleep trial available

    2. Not sold in standard king or California king sizes

Price

$899

Sizes

Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Assembling an adjustable base can be a daunting task if White Glove delivery isn’t an option, but some models are easier to put together than others. The Helix Adjustable Base is a prime example. Detailed instructions guide you through the assembly process, which can be completed in a matter of minutes. You won’t need any additional tools once you’re finished, even when you adjust the height.

How It Performed

The Helix Adjustable Base offers a wide range of motion for upper and lower body positions, a soothing massage feature with three intensity settings, and a wireless remote with several presets including zero gravity. However, this bed is priced well below average compared to competing models. This is a high-value adjustable base if you’re shopping with a limited budget.

The adjustable legs are notable because they simply screw into the bed. This allows you to change the height quickly and easily. Since king and California king sizes are split, you can adjust your side of the bed without disturbing your partner and vice versa. A weight capacity of 750 pounds makes the base compatible with virtually any mattress on the market.

What Does It Do?

The remote allows you to program three memory presets for your favorite positions. Many competing models only allow one or two. Preloaded presets include zero-gravity and a one-touch flat setting. Split sizes come with two remotes. Other important features include USB ports on each side and a customizable massage function, which can be set to three intensities ranging from gentle to strong.

Helix offers free ground shipping to all 50 states. Returns are not permitted for the Adjustable Base, but your purchase comes with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty with two years of coverage for the bed’s electrical components.

How We Test: Rigor, Data, and Sleeper Feedback

Our testing team adheres to an objective rating system to determine the strengths, weaknesses, and defining characteristics of each sleep product. We use this system not only for mattresses, but also adjustable bases and other mattress accessories.

We personally evaluate every adjustable base in our Seattle-based Test Lab using the same performance criteria. Below, you’ll find guidelines for each step of our four-part testing process.

Construction analysis: Testing begins with a thorough analysis of each adjustable base’s design. We look at range of motion for position changes, special features, size options, and ease of assembly, among other qualities.

Product testing: To test adjustable bases, we take turns operating each bed to gauge ease of operation, noise, and how comfortable it feels in different sleep positions. For an added control measure, we use the same mattress for each base.

Field testing: Our field testers use adjustable bases in their own homes, collecting data over the course of several weeks. This helps us determine how the bases perform night after night, as well as their compatibility with different mattress types.

User testing: Data from verified adjustable base owners helps us fine-tune our initial ratings to reflect real-world experiences. We collect user feedback from surveys, sleep stories, and product reviews.

Expert Tested. Sleeper Approved.

At SleepFoundation.org, we’re committed to helping our readers choose sleep products that align with their unique needs and preferences.

We personally evaluate adjustable beds and other sleep products in our Seattle Test Lab. Each tester brings extensive knowledge and experience to these hands-on evaluations, and our team represents a wide range of body types and sleep positions to ensure our findings are inclusive of all sleepers.

We test adjustable beds for performance criteria such as durability, range of motion, special features, and ease of assembly. The data we collect, along with feedback from at-home testers and readers, helps us create an overview of each bed’s pros, cons, and suitability for different types of sleepers.

Based on our team’s findings, these top picks represent the best of the best among adjustable beds sold today. Our goal with these data-driven recommendations is to help you find the right bed without any guesswork on your part.

So How Did We Pick the Best Adjustable Bed?

To choose the best adjustable beds, we ran each model through a series of tests we’ve specifically devised for this product type. We began by measuring each base’s range of motion for upper and lower body positions, noting how seamless and quiet the transitions were. Ease of assembly and operation, remote control quality, and special features also influenced our final list. As a control measure, we test every adjustable bed using the same mattress.

What Is an Adjustable Bed and Who Is It Best for?

Adjustable bed frames allow you to raise and lower your head and/or legs. Customizing your position can alleviate back pain, improve circulation, and promote relaxation. Many come with wireless remotes and most also feature metal retention bars at the foot of the bed, micro-hooks, and other mechanisms to prevent the mattress from shifting during position changes. Other common features include built-in massage programs, under-bed lighting, USB ports, and customizable legs allowing you to change the height.

Adjustable Bed Pros

  1. Wide range of positions for the head and legs
  2. Most models are available in split sizes (for bed partners) with dual adjustment capabilities
  3. People with lower back pain can benefit from using the zero-gravity position

Adjustable Bed Cons

  1. On average, adjustable beds are much more expensive than standard bed frames
  2. The beds are often heavy and difficult to move
  3. Most do not come with a sleep trial

Adjustable Bed vs. Adjustable Mattress

Adjustable mattresses, or airbeds, feature support cores with air chambers. You can add or remove air from the chambers to change how the sleep surface feels. Most airbeds are compatible with adjustable bases, but not required — you can also use foam, latex, and hybrid mattresses with these beds.

Standard and Special Features of an Adjustable Bed

Many adjustable beds include different features that have the same objective: helping you sleep comfortably. Some features are standard, while others are less common and often only found in luxury models.

FeatureDescription
Body AdjustmentCustomizing the position of your upper and lower body is a standard function of adjustable beds. Range of motion varies by model. Some offer specific adjustments for the head, shoulders, midsection, and legs. Many people with lower back pain enjoy the zero gravity position with the legs elevated higher than the head, creating a “weightless” sensation.
Remote ControlsWireless remotes come with most adjustable beds. These remotes let you customize the bed to your desired angles. You can also save your favorite positions as presets. Some higher-end adjustable beds are controlled with smart apps.
Split AdjustmentSplit adjustable beds are divided down the middle, allowing you and your partner to customize your side of the bed without disturbing the other person. Split queen, split king, and split California king are the most common options.
Customizable HeightMany adjustable beds feature legs with a customizable height. This lets you sleep close to the floor or free up space for under-bed storage. Most legs can be adjusted between 6-12 inches.
Smart TechnologySome adjustable beds come with smart features. These include an anti-snoring response that elevates the head whenever snoring is detected, vibrating massages with different intensity levels, and silent “smart alarms” that wake you up with gentle ripples.
Sleep TrackingAnother smart feature of some adjustable beds is sleep tracking. Sensors embedded in the frame track your time spent asleep, nocturnal movements, heart rate, breathing, and other metrics. You can view your data using a companion app.

How to Shop for an Adjustable Bed

Finding the right adjustable bed can be tricky for first-time shoppers who aren’t familiar with these products. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Where Can You Buy an Adjustable Bed?

Adjustable beds are widely available online and in stores. Buying online can often save you money because overhead costs are lower for web-based businesses. However, many stores offer a sleep trial allowing you to test the bed in your home and return it if you aren’t satisfied. Trial periods are less common for online adjustable bed purchases.

What to Look for in an Adjustable Bed

Important considerations for choosing an adjustable bed include customizable options  for upper and lower body positions, massage functions, sleep tracking capabilities, and adjustable base height. For many shoppers, price is another key factor.

Mattress Compatibility and Watch Outs

Most foam, latex, airbed, and hybrid mattresses are compatible with adjustable beds. If you live with chronic pain or soreness, an adaptive mattress with a softer surface that contours closely can provide the relief you need and work well with your adjustable bed. These mattresses allow you to feel the full effects of upper and lower body adjustments.

Some watch-outs to be aware of with adjustable beds: certain mattresses may be too thick for an adjustable bed. Also, if you’re looking for a twin size, know that those are rarer and may be harder to find or more expensive.

Most adjustable beds have a weight capacity of 600 to 1,000 pounds. The maximum weight includes you, your partner, and your mattress. Exceeding the weight capacity can permanently damage the bed and void your warranty.

Lastly, you may notice some light whirring from your bed’s motor when changing positions. Most beds produce some noise, but unless you’re a light sleeper, this shouldn’t disrupt your sleep.

Price and Size

Most adjustable beds cost between $1,000 and $3,000. Expect to pay more for models with sleep tracking technology and other smart features. Common standard sizes include twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king. Split queen, split king, and split California king sizes with dual adjustments are also widely available.

Assembly, Returns, and Warranty

Many adjustable bases come with free in-home setup. If this is not included, you’ll need to assemble the bed yourself. Fair warning, this can be tricky. 

Some online brands allow you to return the bed within a certain amount of time. Others don’t allow returns after the purchase date.

Checking the fine print is also important with adjustable bed warranties. Your warranty may cover certain structural defects for up to 25 years, but in most cases, the electrical components powering the bed’s adjustment capabilities are only covered for two to three years.

Dive Deeper: In-Depth Mattress Guides

The SleepFoundation.org team tests a wide range of sleep products. To learn more about our testing process and our top picks for different categories, check out the guides below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of using an adjustable bed?

The main benefit of using an adjustable bed is the ability to sleep in any position. Elevating the head can reduce snoring and alleviate symptoms of acid reflux, and you can find relief for lower back and hip pain by raising your legs. Those with chronic soreness or stiffness can also benefit from an adjustable bed with massage options.

Can you use any mattress with an adjustable bed?

Most foam, latex, hybrid, and airbed mattresses are compatible with adjustable bases. Traditional innersprings feature coil systems that are not very flexible and susceptible to damage if you use them with an adjustable bed. The same is also true of heavy mattresses. Additionally, most adjustable beds are not available in a twin size

How can you get in a zero gravity position on an adjustable bed?

Zero gravity refers to elevating the legs higher than the head, creating a “weightless” sensation that can alleviate pain and soreness in the lower back. People with circulation issues can also benefit from zero gravity. Most adjustable bed remotes feature zero gravity as a preset option, so you can achieve this position with the touch of a button.

How can you keep sheets from slipping with an adjustable bed?

If you elevate your upper or lower body on an adjustable bed, your flat sheet may come loose. You can anchor the sheet by tucking it beneath your mattress. If the sheet still comes loose, we recommend investing in a flat sheet with corner straps.

Can you use health insurance or Medicare to pay for an adjustable bed?

Your adjustable bed is covered under health insurance or Medicare if your doctor has prescribed it for a medical condition. However, you may still need to cover part of the cost. Review your plan and, if necessary, contact your provider to determine how much you’ll need to pay.

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