9 Best Adjustable Beds | May 2017
- motor has waterproof enclosures
- locking casters allow easy movement
- mattress needs extra padding
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
- 10 different massage intensities
- helpful online support videos
- not a good choice for side sleepers
|Rating||3.6 / 5.0|
- easy tool-free assembly
- pairs well with memory foam mattress
- relatively noisy during adjustments
|Model||FLEET 2XADJS TX3880|
|Rating||3.8 / 5.0|
- emergency battery backup system
- made in the usa
- moves slowly when adjusting
|Rating||3.8 / 5.0|
- backed by a 20-year warranty
- elegant upholstery covers the frame
- on the expensive side
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|
- wide range of motion
- remote has simple 4-button layout
- great for acid reflux sufferers
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
- can be folded for compact storage
- whisper-quiet dc motor
- durable steel construction
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
- dual wave-style massages
- an emergency power-down feature
- compatible with most mattresses
|Brand||Adjustables by Leggett|
|Rating||4.7 / 5.0|
- leg caps won't scratch floors
- zero gravity setting helps back pain
- 6 legs for effective support
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|
Getting Yourself An Adjustable Bed
Adjustable beds can maximize a person's comfort during a night's sleep and can minimize discomfort during the period of convalescence following injury, illness, or surgery. They can also help mitigate the symptoms of chronic conditions, such as arthritis, acid reflux, and more.
If you only need an adjustable bed for a short period of time, such as after a surgical procedure, then you will be able to find twin sized adjustable bed frames for a reasonable amount of money, but you will still need to spend a bit more to get a decent mattress.
On the other end of the price spectrum you will find adjustable beds that cost quite a lot. In this price range, you can get a king sized bed that will last for years of use by two people, so know that your money is being well spent. Still, these top-of-the-line products represent a major investment of capital, thus should only be considered if they are indeed necessary and will be used for years.
All decent adjustable beds should provide at least two functions. First, they should be able to elevate your back, allowing you to sit up comfortably with plenty of support. Second, they should be able to raise your legs, ideally elevating your knees to the same height as your heart while you are propped up. (This can be an important position for people dealing with various issues effecting extremities, such as gout or deep vein thrombosis.)
Beyond these basic properties, selecting the right adjustable bed means considering your needs and any potential limitations you have. An adjustable bed with bed rails can help prevent accidental falls, and the rails can also help you shift position by using your hands in conjunction with core muscles. Also, make sure to look at the control features of a prospective adjustable bed. Most use basic remote controls that are easy to understand and operate; just make sure that you or whoever will use the bed is comfortable controlling it.
Who Can Benefit From An Adjustable Bed?
Adjustable beds can be a great choice for people of all ages and in varying states of health. If someone is recovering from a debilitating illness or injury or is recovering from surgery, or perhaps is a pregnant woman prescribed bed rest, a protracted period of life is going to be spent in bed. This experience can be made more comfortable when that bed lets one sit up with ease and elevate the legs for comfort and circulation purposes.
An adjustable bed is a great choice for anyone who suffers chronic acid reflux issues. By allowing its user to angle their torso upward, an adjustable bed provides relief from stomach acid burning the esophagus. If you have long dealt with this condition, an adjustable bed provides a lasting solution that a pile of pillows can never hope to match.
Adjustable beds are also great choices for seniors or for those with limited mobility who might need assistance getting into and out of a regular bed. By raising the upper half of the body, an adjustable bed makes it easy for its user to simply rotate their legs down to the floor and then stand up. Getting into this type of bed is also easier, more akin to merely sitting down than lying down.
Anyone with the need for regular leg elevation should also consider an adjustable bed. Elevation is one of the best steps to take when dealing with the symptoms of conditions ranging from DVT to circulation issues or swelling associated with poor lymphatic system function. (Leg elevation is also a good idea during recovery from a broken bone in the leg, ankle, or foot, though it's likely not necessary to buy a whole bed just for this.)
Choosing The Right Mattress For Your Adjustable Bed
Some adjustable beds come with a mattress. If you've chosen one of these, then you likely won't need to worry about buying a new mattress for many years. That is, unless the included mattress proves uncomfortable. In that event, or if you have selected a frame alone, the search for the right mattress is on.
And choosing a great mattress is not a matter to be taken lightly for three important reasons. First, good mattresses are not cheap. Second, you will use a mattress for many years, potentially for almost a decade. And third, you will use a mattress almost every single day of your life, so you (and your partner, if applicable) need to be happy with the choice.
You can select a mattress for a twin sized adjustable bed that costs around $250, but it's more likely you will be spending closer to $1,000 or more. When looking for a good mattress for your adjustable bed, you can seek out most of the same features you would look for in a regular mattress. Consider things like memory foam, a pillow top surface, or a mattress designed to stay cool. Just keep in mind that all of these features add cost to a mattress that is likely already going to be more expensive than a standard, non flexible option anyway.
Another approach is to select a cheaper, simpler mattress and then find a good mattress topper that will add the comfort and support you need. Many great mattress toppers -- sometimes also called "mattress pads" -- cost well under $100, and can create the same feel as a mattress with built in foam, pillow padding, and more.