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12 Adjustable Bed Specs

That Really Matter…

Like everything else in life, not all adjustable beds are made equal. Some are awesome, some are decent while others are horrible. There are a ton of adjustable bed specs that decide if a bed is good or not. But which of these specs can separate the wheat from the chaff? Here are the top 10 adjustable bed specs that really matter.

TOP 8 BEST Adjustable Bed Specs

(1) Pillow Tilting

Pillow tilting is available only on about 10% of the adjustable beds in the current marketplace. You need an adjustable bed with Pillow Tilting if you will use your bed to read books, watch TV, have breakfast or work on your laptop in the sitting-up position. This additional level of articulation helps you straighten to an almost perpendicular position. In the early days, pillow tilting was limited to premium models like this. But today, it’s also available on very economically priced models like this as well.

(2) Elevate Lift… Reverse Trendelenburg Position

99% of the adjustable beds have only two (head and foot tilting) or three levels of articulation (head, foot, and pillow tilting). The fourth type of therapeutic articulation known as ‘Elevate Lift’ is available only on a couple of models, namely, Glideaway Ascend and Odessa. This type of adjustable bed is especially recommended for those who suffer from acid reflux/heartburn.

(3) Wall ‘Hugging’ Adjustable Beds

Wall hugging helps you stay close to the nightstand so that your coffee, TV remote, bedtime stories etc. etc. are right adjacent to you even if you’re sitting up or lounging. In contrast, with a non-wall hugging adjustable bed, you end up a good foot in front of the nightstand. Twisting back to reach the nightstand can give you a neck, back or shoulder ache. A wallhugger bed (or wall snuggler as some brands call them) is a must if you regularly use your nightstand. The Prodigy adjustable bed is an excellent example.

(4) Adjustable beds with Furniture Style bases

This is more to do with ‘looks’ than ‘functionality’. Furniture style adjustable bases are ready to be used without an additional bed frame. They look pretty and will give your bedroom a chic outlook. However, those who already own a wooden bed frame or those who don’t want to spend extra $$ for the looks, feel free to go for a standard adjustable base. The Reverie 9T and Reverie 8Q, Leggett & Platt S-Cape 2.0, Serta Motion Perfect III are examples for electric beds with furniture style bases.

(5) Programmable Memory Positions

Go to your favorite position at the touch of a button. This is 10 times more convenient than pressing “up” and “down” buttons continuously until you get that sweet spot. However, most entry-level adjustable beds don’t have customizable memory positions; instead they have fixed or factory preset memory positions. If you have the extra cash, we recommend you invest on one with programmable memory positions.

(6) Skilled Masseur at your service

Can a daily soothing massage help you relax at the end of a tiring day? Choose between a pulse or wave-style therapeutic massage… because you deserve nothing less…

Understand that the level of massage you get will depend on your mattress. Don’t expect the massage motors to magically massage you through a 15 inch mattress as good as a skilled masseur standing at your bedside.

(7) Lumbar support for those of you with back pain

A lot of people ask us “what’s the best adjustable bed for back pain?” The answer is “an adjustable bed with lumbar support” provided that your back pain originates in the thoraco-lumbar area. The extra therapeutic support on the lumbar area will relax those stiff muscles relieving you of any pains and stiffness. This can be helpful not only when you’re sitting up and watching TV/reading etc., but even when you’re sleeping in a flat position. This is probably the best option if you’re looking for an adjustable bed with the lumbar support articulation. This is probably the cheapest option for a lumbar support adjustable bed.

(8) 5-section vs 4-section vs 3-section adjustable beds

We’re not saying that the higher the number of independent sections, the merrier. 90% of the adjustable beds out there have either four or five sections; both are great. However, there are a handful that have only three sections. The problem with these is that, in the sitting up position, there isn’t a 100% flat/horizontal position; so you’re butt can be in a awkward position putting unnecessary pressure on the hips. I would personally avoid such an adjustable bed.

TOP 4 WORST Adjustable Bed Specs

Avoid these like the plague

(1) Too EXPENSIVE

Nowadays, you can buy a full-fledged, split-king adjustable bed + luxury mattress combo with all the bells and whistles for $2,500 – 4,000. Yet, some manufacturers go around selling ‘basic’ models well over $6,000. We don’t want to name them, but now that you have this information, you should be able to sniff them from a mile and be able to avoid them like the plague.

(2) Noisy Motors

Typically, split-king adjustable beds are split from head to toe. But some adjustable bed brands are split only at the head and still united at the foot region. This may be OK for some couples; but if you’re like me and want complete ‘independence’ from your spouse in bed (as far as the adjustability of your bed goes), you need to get your hands on a split-king adjustable bed that is completely separate from each other.

(3) ‘Non-split’ Split-King adjustable beds

Typically, split-king adjustable beds are split from head to toe. But some adjustable bed brands are split only at the head and still united at the foot region. This may be OK for some couples; but if you’re like me and want complete ‘independence’ from your spouse in bed (as far as the adjustability of your bed goes), you need to get your hands on a split-king adjustable bed that is completely separate from each other.

(4) Lack of online adjustable bed reviews and

pushy Sales tactics (e.g. sales calls)

Well… there might be consumer reviews, but they’re only seen on the manufacturer’s website. No customer reviews on independent websites like Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Sam’s Club, Overstock etc. In fact, some of these electric beds are not even available for online purchase. Do you smell something fishy here? Me too 🙂 I wouldn’t buy from anyone that’s not 100% transparent. Would you?

Some adjustable bed brands can only be bought by “calling the number on your screen right now”. You call the 1 800 number and you’ll be greeted by a salesperson who will push you above and beyond the boundaries. There might be consumers that appreciate it, but I’m certainly not one. If their product is genuine, they wouldn’t have to push so hard, would they? Buyers would be attracted to it like bees to a honeypot.

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Adjustable Bed Specs

USB Ports
To charge your phone, iPad etc.
Warranty

Up to 25 years…

Smartphone Readiness
Control your bed with your phone
Anti-snore Position
The cure for your partner’s snoring
Alarm Clock
Wake-up to a silent alarm
Under-bed Lighting
Enlighten your bedroom
Sleep Timer
Lower your bed automatically…
Foot Warmer
Fall asleep in record time…
Mattress Retaining Bars
Mattress retainers no more…

Below, we list the 12 most popular adjustable bed brands of the USA and a few example models manufactured under each brand name. Keep an eye out for detailed adjustable bed reviews on each of these models in the very near future.

Popular

Adjustable Bed Brands and Models of 2018

Leggett & Platt
  • Premier Series
  • Prodigy
  • S-Cape
  • Falcon
  • Raven

Manufacturer : https://lpadjustablebeds.com/

Check prices and reviews on Amazon.com here

Reverie
  • Reverie 9T
  • Reverie 8T
  • Reverie 7T
  • Reverie 7HT
  • Reverie 8Q
  • Reverie 7S
  • Reverie 5D
  • Reverie 3EM

Manufacturer : https://reverie.com/products/adjustable-bases

Purple
Purple PowerBase

Manufacturer: https://purple.com/powerbase

Serta
  • Motion Perfect
  • Motion Plus
  • Motion Essentials

Manufacturer: https://www.serta.com/adjustable-foundations

Classic Brands
  • Adjustable Comfort
  • Adjustable Comfort Affordamatic
  • Adjustable Comfort Posture+

Manufacturer:  http://www.classicbrands.com/accessories/adjustable-bases/

Glideaway
  • Elevation
  • Ascend
  • Odessa
  • Vesta
  • Accord

Manufacturer: https://glideaway.wpengine.com/odessa/

Check prices and reviews on Amazon.com here

TEMPUR-Pedic
  • TEMPUR-Ergo Premier
  • TEMPUR-Ergo Plus
  • TEMPUR-Ergo® Extend
  • TEMPUR-Ergo®
  • EASE® 2.0
  • TEMPUR-Up Foundation

Manufacturer : https://www.tempurpedic.com/bases-and-foundations/

 

Ergomotion
  • Element
  • Motion Pure
  • Contour
  • Contour Pure Slim
  • Pure
  • Classic
  • Essence
  • Elite

Manufacturer : https://www.ergomotion.com/products/adjustable-bases/

Craftmatic
  • Legacy
  • Monaco Royalle
  • Grande

Manufacturer: https://www.craftmatic.com/

Sleep Number

FlexFit Adjustable Base

Manufacturer: https://www.sleepnumber.com/sn/en/c/bed-bases

Lucid
  • L100 Adjustable Base
  • L300 Adjustable Base

Manufacturer: https://lucidmattress.com/products/lucid-300-series-adjustable-bed

Idealbed
  • 4i Custom
  • ID5
  • 11i adjustable base
  • iEscape
  • Dream 1.0

Manufacturer: https://www.dealbeds.com/idealbed-adjustable/

Your questions, comments, suggestions on adjustable beds and everything sleep!!

13 Comments

  1. Have you reviewed the Bed Tech adjustable base?

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  2. How do you manage the bottom sheet when one side is up and one side down, unless you do a complete split and use two twin size sheets?

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  3. I have some back issues mainly due to stiff muscles and I want to know which lumbar support adjustable bed is best for back pain. You say the Leggett Platt prodigy is the best option. What other options are there? Why do you say prodigy is better than others?

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  4. I have an innova adjustable split king bed with a 12” mattress. It’s quiet, wireless, love the massage, under the bed lighting and all the adjustable features, it’s beautiful upholstery and fantastic price. Just wondering why you have not reviewed it?

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    • Hi Joy,

      Thank you for a great question. As you will agree, it is NOT practically possible for us to physically test all the brands of adjustable beds. If we cannot get our hands on a particular adjustable bed model for at least a few hours, our only option is to rely on existing online adjustable bed reviews. We only trust consumer reviews on e-commerce websites like Amazon.com, Walmart.com or Overstock.com; we can trust them as genuine and unbiased because the reviews are left by actual consumers. Unfortunately, if we can’t get hold of a particular adjustable bed AND we don’t have a source of accurate consumer reviews of that model, we simply don’t take the risk of giving incorrect information to our readers. We don’t base our reviews on the adjustable bed reviews on the manufacturer website.

      Hope you understand the point I’m trying to make.
      Mika

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  5. Have you reviewed a dynasty mattress dm9000s series adjustable bed. one piece king size mattress we were going to buy seperate. $1699.00. thanks for your help. david warren

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    • Hey David,

      Our DM9000s review will be coming out shortly. Until it comes out, what I can tell you is that it is an awesome choice. I believe there is no other adjustable bed in the market with such a lot of specs, yet at such a competitive price. Out of the features we talk about, it has everything except Elevation lift. One other thing is even though the manufacturer says it’s a wall hugging model; its wall hugging seems to be limited compared to the leggett and platt models. It will still slide back, but not enough, especially you have a thick mattress on (12 inches or more). Remember, the thicker the mattress, the more you move away from the headboard/night stand when you raise your head.

      Dynasty Mattress also has a split king mattress that is split only at the head. The good thing about it is that there is no ‘crack’ in between the two mattresses/partners. The bad thing about is that you can’t raise the foot portions of your split-king beds independently of each other. In your case, you say, you were looking at the single mattress model; so this wouldn’t be a concern.

      In short, yes, we do recommend the dm9000s without hesitation; TWO THUMBS up 🙂

      Mika

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      • Mika:

        You say the DM9000s does not hug the wall as much as some of the others. Is there a way to detail or compare the distance from the wall or headboard between say the Sven and Son Platinum, the Prodigy Comfort Elite, and the DM9000s (non-split king)?

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      • Mika:

        On the DM9000s it looks like the lumbar bar is higher up on the split king versus the regular king. Have you determined this to be true? I have seen some comments that the lumbar bar on the split may hit between the shoulder blades instead of the lower back.

        Please advise.

        Thanks.

        BF

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  6. Hi EJ Heath, thank you for your very valid question.

    To be quite frank, I had no idea that Sven had adjustable beds. I presume you mean the model shown on this page

    Here are my observations!

    1. you need to understand that the fancy looking bed frame and headboard won’t be included in your purchase.
    2. at the time of composing this answer, the above page on Amazon has four 5-star reviews for the adjustable base. None of them are ‘verified purchases’. If you look at most other products, the reviews have been left by verified purchasers. This is a little disturbing to me. The way I understand it, the reviews have been left by individuals that DID NOT buy the bed from amazon.com. I don’t know why such people are even allowed to leave reviews on Amazon. Whenever I see this, I usually try to stay away from that product however, good the reviews may be. In fact, these comments talk about buying the product from Sleep Geekz
    3. thirdly, if you look closely at some of the photos, you’ll see that the upholstery is kind of lose giving rise to a hundred and one wrinkles all over the bed. None of these wrinkles will show when you put a mattress on it and cover it with a bed sheet/comforter; but I can’t stop wondering if rest of the workmanship is also this untidy!!

    I haven’t seen, touched or slept on this bed; but based on the above given points, I would stay away from it. I’d rather invest a few more hundred dollars on a well known brand of adjustable bed like this model.

    Hope it helped!

    Mika

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    • Hi Mika,

      Thanks for putting together all this great info! Looks like the Sven now has quite a few good reviews. How do you think it compares to the dm9000s? Thank you!

      -Bryant

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  7. I am looking at an entry to adjustable beds in king size and ran across Sven on Amazon. Any thoughts on this brand?

    Your blog is great.. chock full of great info on these new adjustables. Thanks for all you do to help us all get a good nights rest!

    EJ

    Reply

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What’s the best adjustable bed?

We don’t want to say that a particular model from a particular manufacturer is the best adjustable bed.

We have given you the best and worst adjustable bed specs so that you can figure out if a particular bed is good or not.

Just remember… you don’t need ALL of the above specs in your bed. For example, if you don’t need extra back support, you don’t need to spend extra cash on lumbar support. Similarly, if you don’t have acid reflux, you may not need a reclining bed with elevate-lift function.

To help you pick the best bed for yourself, we have given a few more tips below, but remember, you’re the best person to decide which specs you need and which ones you don’t. Good luck!

8 Best Adjustable Beds of 2018/2019

Best adjustable beds for back pain

  • An adjustable bed with Lumbar Support is best.
  • Examples are Leggett & Platt Prodigy 2.0, Reverie 9T and Sven & Son.

Best adjustable beds for elderly

  • Adjustable beds that can be Raised and Lowered are best.
  • Examples are Glideaway Ascend and Odessa

Best adjustable beds for snoring

  • Any adjustable bed with Pillow Tilting is best.
  • Examples are Prodigy 2.0 and Reverie 8Q

Best adjustable beds for acid reflux

  • Adjustable beds with Elevate Lift are best.
  • Examples are Glideaway Ascend

Best value adjustable bed for the money

  • Basic models with good user reviews are best.
  • Examples are Classic Brands Adjustable Comfort, Lucid L100, Home Life Adjustable Platform and Leggett & Platt Raven

Best adjustable beds for cold feet

  • Adjustable beds with Foot Warmers are best.
  • Right now, the only adjustable bed that offers this luxury feature is the Sleep Number FlexFit adjustable base

Best adjustable bed for RLS

  • Any bed with foot articulation is best for ‘Restless Leg Syndrome’ (aka RLS)
  • Every adjustable base on the market has this feature

Best adjustable beds for couples

  • Split king adjustable beds are best if partners want complete ‘independence’ from each other
  • Almost every adjustable electric bed on the market has a split-king version
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