Adjustable Bed Base Review
What Is An Adjustable Bed?
Adjustable bed, also known as zero gravity bed, reclining, electric or hospital bed, is an electric adjustable bed allowing users to elevate or tilt the sleep surface or mattress to suit the desired position better by using hidden mains-powered controls.
Apart from inclining the upper body and raising the lower body, enhanced comfort like firmness adjustment, massage or position presets are provided by some adjustable bed brands.
Moreover, 2-piece split models allow each person on the bed to control their own half of the bed which is very couple friendly.
What To Consider Before Purchasing An Adjustable Bed?
Prices often range $700 to $3,500+ (queen size)varied by brands and models. High-end models usually provide more features and improved comfort.
Since adjustable beds are bought to suit different position needs, they have a greater chance to break down after frequent adjustment. Moreover, one breakdown may cause the whole bed unusable until repaired.
Many queen-size and king-size adjustable beds enable couples on the two sides to adjust comfort independently. The design brings tailored comfort for two people at the cost of causing the middle area gap which makes it uncomfortable for spooning or cuddling.
Adjustable bed bases are compatible with memory foam, latex, air, and pocket coil innerspring mattresses. Mattresses with a border wire aren't compatible with adjustable bed bases. It's recommended to purchase a mattress and an adjustable base at the same time to find the perfect match.
Hand-held controllers, wired or wireless, backlit or non-backlit, are used to operate adjustable beds. Wired controllers need no batteries and have a lower chance of getting lost, while wireless controllers give users more freedom to control the bed at a distance. A backlit controller can be easily operated in the dark.
Models of different ends are equipped with different amount of automatic position adjustments, and usually, the higher you pay, the more auto function you can enjoy such as a preset zero gravity, one-touch flat and more.
Higher-end models often provide greater adjustability like higher lifting degrees of head and foot, while some low-end beds offer only head elevation. Different models have various adjustment degrees.
Ordinary adjustable beds lift your upper body away from the wall and your nightstand which makes it inconvenient to fetch books or remote control from your nightstand. Adjustable beds with a wall-hugging feature lift you while simultaneously gliding you back.
The zero-gravity position mimics the position of astronauts during the liftoff. The position is designed to help ease the stress by somehow escaping Earth’s gravity. The position will raise a person's feet to the same level as the heart. This type of resting position is beneficial for people who suffer from neck, back, and hip pain or who want to increase their circulation.
Retainer bar will keep your adjustable bed firmly in place when adjusting the bed frame. Retainer bar will keep your adjustable bed firmly in place when adjusting the bed frame. Four mattress retainer bars are superior to one because four tend to keep the mattress better in place with better lumbar support.
Adjustable beds are considerably heavy, and the weight of a queen bed is ranged from 160 pounds to 330+ lbs. The weight rises as the price or features it offers increase. Mid-range and high-end adjustable beds often have greater weight capacity.
The long-term cost of adjustable beds can be substantial since the limited warranties they offer often make owners pay for many repairs after as little as one year.
Most adjustable beds offer up to 20 years limited warranty only with full coverage of the first 1-3 years followed by decreasing coverage
Local retailers may only allow for an exchange instead of return. Internet retailers may accept returns at the premise of you paying return and perhaps original shipping and restocking fee, which may cost you hundreds of dollars.
Low-End Vs. Mid-Range Vs. High-End
Adjustable beds can be roughly divided into three prices (queen size) levels : low-end ($600-$1100), mid-range ($1101-$1500 ) and high-end ($1501-$3500+). The chart below compares their performance from different perspectives.
|Warranty||3-20 years with 1-3-year full coverage; certain parts often excluded after 3 years.||20-25 years with 1-2 years full coverage; certain parts often excluded after 3-5 years.||20-40 years / 1-5 years full coverage often followed by decreasing coverage.|
|Controller||mostly wired||mostly wireless and backlit||wireless and backlit|
|Presets||mostly no presets||mostly zero gravity position and one-touch flat||zero gravity position, one-touch flat button, programmable memory position and more|
|Massage||mostly no||yes||yes, sometimes along with timer and silent alarm|
|Adjustability||head only or head and foot||head and foot||head and foot|
|Head Adjustment Degree||45-65 degrees||60 degrees||60-70 degrees|
|Foot Adjustment Degree||40-45 degrees||44 degrees||44-55 degrees|
|Wall Hugger||no||mostly yes||mostly yes|
|Weight||50-210 lbs||140-250 lbs||150-350 lbs|
|Weight Capacity||375-600 lbs||500-700 lbs||600-700 lbs|
Adjustable Bed Models Comparisons
|Classic Brands||Pragmatic||Sleep Number Flex Fit 1||Sleep Number Flex Fit 3||Tempur- Pedic Ergo Up|
|Price||$454- $680||$270- $570||$1000-$2,900||$2200-$4,800||$700- $1400|
|Retailers||amazon||amazon/walmart .com||sleep number .com & stores||sleep number .com & stores||tempur pedic .com/Mattress Firm|
|Head Adjustment Degree||60°||80°||60°||60°||55°|
|Foot Adjustment Degree||30°||30°||0°||44°||0°|
|Remote||wireless||wired||backlit wireless||backlit wireless||wired|
|1-touch Flat Preset||yes||no||yes||yes||yes|
|Zero Gravity Preset||yes||no||no||yes||no|
|Number of Custom Presets||0||0||0||0||0|
|Number of Retainer Bars||2||1||1||1||1|
|Weight Capacity (lbs)||500||300-600||600||700||600|
|Warranty||3 years full coverage||3 years full coverage||25-year limited warranty with full coverage ended after 5 years||25-year limited warranty with full coverage ended after 5 years||15-year limited warranty with full coverage ended after 5 years|