An adjustable bed can improve your quality of sleep in several ways. Raising your head opens your airways and reduces snoring, while slightly elevating your legs takes pressure off your lower back. Sleeping in an adjustable bed also limits tossing and turning and creates a truly customizable experience.
Adjustable beds don’t just offer medical benefits — they make it easier to watch a movie in bed, read a book, or use your tablet. Luxury adjustable beds come with added features such as USB ports on the side of the bed (so you can charge your devices) and an under-bed light (to illuminate your room in the middle of the night).
But do all mattresses work with an adjustable bed or do you have to find a special type? In this article, we will cover the best mattresses for an adjustable bed, as well as some types to avoid.
The Amerisleep AS3 has a 12-inch height. It’s flexible and conforming — perfect for an adjustable frame. By using responsive memory foam, the mattress can be cradled perfectly.
Some mattresses use very firm or rigid foam. The Amerisleep AS3 foam is dense but light and breathable. This makes it easy to move and bend – great for an adjustable bed.
Designed for comfort and restorative sleep, the Amerisleep Collection has an impressive track record that can be contributed to its use of high-performance materials. For example, in a little thing, like the cover, is a Celliant® technology creates a cool bed capable of recycling body heat into blood-simulating, infrared energy. This energy promotes cell restoration and energizing sleep.
Amerisleep’s patented Bio-Pur® is high functioning, plant-based memory foam designed to circulate air through the mattress and support the sleeper. Bio-Pur® has five times more breathability than traditional memory foam and ten times more resilience. It springs back to its original shape in seconds, making sure the sleeper has mobility and is not left with that familiar “stuck” feeling.
Amerisleep offers five different models varying in firmness, all of which are approved for adjustable bases, so long as the slats are 3-inches apart and the foundation is sturdy.
Each model comes in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, and Split King. A 100-night sleep trial and 20-year limited warranty come attached with each mattress purchase.
For a full review of Amerisleep mattresses, check out our other guide.
Amerisleep AS3 Highlights
- Increases local blood flow
- Ergonomic support
- Five times more breathable than traditional memory foam
What Is an Adjustable Bed?
Adjustable foundations lift the bed’s top and bottom ends, creating a customized, comfortable shape in which to read, watch TV, or sleep. The best adjustable beds help alleviate symptoms of chronic pain, acid reflux, or discomforts stemming from old age.
However, these adjustable beds can do more than alleviate pain and discomfort. They can also enhance sleep quality by relieving pressure points. For the most part, these foundations are viewed as a luxury item.
Typically, they come with a remote responsible for motion control. It has an array of buttons that raise and lower the bed’s head and foot.
Some other button option an adjustable bed has may include–
The flat button will lower the bed quickly so the individual can climb out of bed easily, and the snore button raises the head to help a sleeping partner breathe easier. If you find a bed adjustment that you’ve fallen in love with, you can program the bed to remember the position. All you have to do is push one button, and the bed will set itself.
The bed has an auto power-down feature that brings the foundation back to a flat position in case of a power outage.
Some adjustable frames have Wallhugger™ technology that lifts the bed up while keeping close to the wall without damaging the wall or any bedroom furniture. This technology is designed to keep the user close to their nightstand, so they can grab what they need without readjusting the bed.
Because these types of foundations are heavy, the queen and king adjustable beds come in two separate parts. Queen and King sizes come with a sync cable so both halves can move as one.
Some of the more luxurious adjustable foundations come with full-body massagers, under-bed lighting, and USB ports.
How to Find the Best Mattress for an Adjustable Bed
It used to be that a box spring was all you needed to provide the right mattress with sufficient support. Now, different mattress types require different forms of support to function at their best.
Whatever mattress type you decide on, make sure to fully research the adjustable bed you want to ensure it is compatible with the mattress you choose.
Foam mattresses, such as memory foam or latex, are usually the best to pair with an adjustable bed base. That said, there are high-quality air bed and innerspring options that work with these sleep-promoting bed frames, too.
Memory foam beds conform to the body. It’s one of their most well-known traits. Memory foam allows you to sink into the mattress, so bodyweight is evenly distributed along the sleeping surface, reducing pressure points.
When paired with an adjustable foundation, the memory foam flexes to the base without compromising the sleeper’s support or comfort.
Much like memory foam mattresses — but not as effective because they have less contouring properties — latex mattresses have conforming abilities that prevent pain and pressure points. And like innerspring mattresses, latex has a bouncy feel.
Latex is a rigid material. Choose a latex mattress height 10-inches or shorter so the bed and the mattress can cooperate well with each other.
The innerspring mattress, also known as the traditional mattress, combines innerspring coils with a pillow top surface, usually made with poly or memory foam. The base is built using a metal framing held together with iron springs. The coils are very supportive and maintain a level sleeping surface.
This type of mattress is very common in America. They are cheaper to build than memory foam mattresses, and they are also more preferred for their characteristic bounce. However, innerspring mattresses are known for creating pressure points because the coils don’t give much to relieve pressure. This results in sore joints in the morning.
The metal in the springs and the framing make innerspring mattresses very stiff, which means they don’t work very well on an adjustable base.
Separated into one or more air chambers, air mattresses are filled with oxygen to allow the bed to be adjusted for personalized comfort. Some airbeds, like those with multiple air chambers, will pair well with adjustable beds; however, the angles the foundation manipulates the mattress into will impede airflow, resulting in diminished support.
We don’t recommend an airbed with a single air chamber (In the construction of an air mattress, there can be a single enclosed plastic lining or multiple where air is stored to create a comfortable sleeping surface.) while multiple chambers allow the mattress to bend even when full of air, a single chamber will be too stiff to work and will not provide comfort or pressure relief to the user.
What to Look For
We’ve already discussed the best mattress types for adjustable frames. But what makes memory foam and latex mattresses more compatible with adjustable beds than the others? A combination of flexibility, durability, thickness, and support.
Memory foam and latex mattresses have natural flexibility. The materials are very versatile.
Memory foam, like a sponge, can be squeezed and formed into different shapes. It’s not advised to treat your new memory foam mattress like play-dough. Rough handling can cause the mattress to break cell walls quicker, which can lead to sagging. The adjustable bed manipulates the material only slightly, which doesn’t damage the memory foam very much.
The material’s contouring nature allows the mattress to conform closely to the base without resulting gaps you would get from using a rigid innerspring mattress.
Essentially, to work with an adjustable bed, the more rigid the materials used in the mattress, the thinner the mattress has to be. The average profile of a mattress is between 6 and 14-inches. The mattress should around 8 to 12 inches thick — enough to support you, but thin enough to form to the base as it adjusts.
When an insufficient mattress is paired with an adjustable base, the longevity of the mattress is dramatically cut short. This is because the bed isn’t getting the support it needs. The mattress must be flat on the base to maintain its lifespan.
Look for a mattress that lies flush with the base at all times— even when the foundation’s head and foot have been raised to their highest.
Quality materials largely determine the durability of the overall product. Low-quality materials are made cheaply, have low density, and use toxic materials in the manufacturing process. Look to certifications when searching for a quality mattress. Certain certifications like CertiPUR-US® or Greenguard Gold state that the product has met a third-party standard to limit harmful effects on the environment and air quality.
When a mattress lies flush against a solid surface, it is stable enough to properly support its user. Proper support will relieve pressure and distribute weight while helping an individual achieve restorative sleep.
Finding a mattress that is compatible with an adjustable bed is the best way to ensure the mattress will continue to give proper support.
Keep Your Sleep Position in Mind
Your sleep position affects your quality of sleep more than you know. Oftentimes adjusting your position will give you the rest you need.
Side sleeping is the most popular sleep position and one of the healthiest. We recommend sleeping on your right side so that unneeded pressure isn’t placed on your internal organs. A good mattress for side sleepers offers healthy spinal support while relieving pressure in major joints such as your shoulders and hips. Placing a pillow under your head and between the knees will further align your spine.
For most people, this is considered the healthiest sleep position. This is because the spine lies in a neutral position with ample support. The only issue with this sleep position is the risk of the tongue falling to the back of the throat, causing snoring — which is an issue an adjustable bed can solve.
Stomach sleepers face more health risks than other sleeping styles. In this position, your spine is pulled taut for at least 8 hours — that’s a lot of strain to put your back every night. Placing a pillow under the hips will help alleviate some of this pressure.
Sleepers who sleep in one or more sleeping positions during the night are referred to as combination sleepers. They are also known as restless sleepers. Combination sleepers face the same risks and benefits as the other sleep positions.
Pros and Cons of Adjustable Beds
Every product has its downsides and benefits. Even though adjustable foundations are advertised as a wonder product, it still has downsides like every other product.
Therapeutic: For those with lower back pain, acid reflux, or any other type of sleep discomfort, sleeping in an upright position with your legs slightly bent procures a blissful night’s rest by relieving pressure from the head, shoulders, lumbar region, hips, and feet, opening up airways.
Reduced symptoms of snoring, heartburn, sleep apnea, insomnia, chronic pain, and other sleep disruptions have been reported thanks to the use of an adjustable bed.
Comfort and Control: The beauty of an adjustable base is the ability to change your sleeping habits with a few buttons. Want to change over to a healthier sleeping position? Stomach sleepers can become back sleepers easily. Adjust the base to a zero-gravity position (a position that places your head and legs above your hips) to acclimate yourself to back sleeping.
Convenient: Those who are disabled or elderly will enjoy how an adjustable base can transform their lives. With an adjustable base, eating in bed, reading, watching TV, and even getting out of bed is easier.
Amenities: Designer beds are all the rage. They have been for centuries. And there is no bed fancier than one that can charge your electronic device, have its movement controlled from your phone, and give you a massage at the same time.
Mattress Deterioration: Mattress deterioration is going to happen regardless of use; however, deterioration can increase with misuse. Unfortunately, even if you purchase a mattress designed to pair with an adjustable base, the mattress will still deteriorate faster than a normal mattress of the same quality.
The mattress is constantly being moved. Even though a mattress may be made for an adjustable bed, deteriorating is expected due to the constant stress placed on the mattress materials from movement and forced flexibility.
The stress breaks down the materials faster than it the bed was constantly laying flat.
Price: Cost varies based on brand and amenities. Typically a queen-size adjustable foundation costs between $800 and $1800. Adjustable frames with minimal amenities will cost less than an adjustable bed with all the bells and whistles. However, be careful selecting an adjustable foundation, as there are some low-cost models known for breaking shortly after purchase.
Repair expenses can get pricey once the bed’s warranty has expired. While most adjustable bed warranties have a span of 20 years, they only cover structural defects. Motor and electrical components of the base are typically only covered for the first few years of a warranty .
Noisy: For the adjustable bed to work, a motor is installed into the base. Undoubtedly, the motor makes noise every time the bed is readjusted. Modern motors are much quieter than motors 20 years ago; however, they can still be annoying if you’re sensitive to sound.
Heavy: These types of bases are extremely heavy— some bases weigh close to 300 lbs. Those who relocate a lot, such as military personnel, probably won’t find an adjustable mattress foundation worth the hassle.
Design: While there used to be, and still are, brands that transform your comfortable bedroom into a glorified hospital room, there are now stylish adjustable mattresses that look more like normal bed frames.
There are even adjustable bases that can fit inside the bed frame of your choice. Just remember to check all the measurements before purchasing.
With sleeping disorders becoming more common, many Americans are turning to adjustable beds to experience zero gravity’s pressure-relieving benefits for better and restorative sleep
The adjustable bed base doesn’t just provide sparkle to your bedroom decor; it provides a solution to chronic pain and therapeutic sleep.