Adjustable beds are highly desired by people seeking a customizable relaxation experience in the bedroom. These mattress bases provide users the ability to create a number of different positions by inclining and reclining the upper and lower body. Adjustable mattress bases used to be considered a novelty, but are now in many people’s homes.
If you’re considering purchasing an adjustable foundation, you have a number of different options available to you. There are many features depending on the mattress base you choose. Once only found in hospitals, manufacturers use technology and style to make adjustable beds a fit for modern homes.
With so many manufacturers and options available to consumers now, pinning down the right mattress can be difficult for the average consumer. In order to make this process more simple, we have compiled some information on the top adjustable beds of 2015 for you.
Adjustable foundations can be a substantial investment for most households. In order to ensure you end up with a bed you like, take the time to do some smart shopping.
Adjustable Bed Retailers
To start, let’s get familiar with some of the most popular adjustable bed retailers. You may recognize some of these brands, others you may not be acquainted with. Remember during your search that the most well-known adjustable bed companies may not be the best value. You can find a bargain if you compare beds and are a discerning consumer. Here are the adjustable bed retailers we compared:
- Retail Method: Online.
- Models Sold: Amerisleep Adjustable Bed
- Price Range, Queen Size: $1,600
- Retail Method: Online and in retail locations.
- Models Sold: Sleep Science, the L&P S-Cape
- Price Range, Queen Size: $1,189-$1,399
- Retail Method: Various dealers
- Models Sold: Reverie-8Q, Reverie-7S, Reverie-5D, Reverie-3E
- Price Range, Queen Size: Not disclosed.
- Retail Method: Online and various dealers
- Models Sold: Motion Essentials II, Motion Perfect II, Motion Signature, and Motion Custom
- Price Range, Queen Size: $799-$2,999 (as a mattress add on)
- Retail Method: Online and various dealers
- Models Sold: Ergo Plus, Ergo Premiere, Ergo Grand
- Price Range, Queen Size: $1,499-$4,998
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Adjustable Bed Comparison Factors
In the chart, we have compared some popular adjustable foundations using a scale from 1-5, with one being the lowest. We’ll dissect this analysis in the following paragraphs.
How much a bed costs is one of the biggest factors related to consumer satisfaction. Adjustable beds are major purchases and should be treated as such. Unlike many other products, adjustable foundations can be considered an investment in your health. While price is a big factor when it comes to satisfaction, the least expensive adjustable bed won’t necessarily be the best value.
In our price rankings, we considered the following:
- The foundation’s actual price (when available).
- Options and features included.
- Transparency in foundation pricing, including customer reviews.
In the pricing category, Costco and Amerisleep rated the best. The adjustable foundations they offer are priced clearly and have real value potential when you consider features and guarantees. Reverie does not disclose their prices outright. We included amounts from independent reviewer site Sleep Like the Dead for our rating for Reverie.
Beds and mattresses sold through dealers usually have salespeople incentivized through commissions. Manufacturers do not wish to interfere with their dealers, and so tend to be less forthcoming with pricing information. This can lead to higher prices for consumers. If you are purchasing from a dealer, you should try haggling for a better price. Generally, you can see a substantial reduction. Online retailers do not typically have as much wiggle room on their prices.
Obviously one of the best ways to find out about a product is to hear from those who have purchased and used it. Online reviews offer much insight into an adjustable foundation’s quality and the dependability of the company offering it.
For our comparison, we looked at each company’s consumer reviews on their websites, when available. We also looked at customer reviews from independent product review sites. Third-party-verified consumer reports were weighted more heavily than those that were not verified. This is done to more accurately reflect the sentiment of actual consumers.
Amerisleep received the highest rating overall, followed by Tempurpedic and Serta. All three companies seem to be providing satisfactory products and maintaining customer relations well. Sometimes things go wrong with a company’s products or services, but reputable companies will address problems in affable ways.
Costco did the worst in this category. Though many customers rave about Costco’s return policy, often they were displeased with their adjustable foundation and experience.
Adjustable beds are not hospital beds, but most do provide some health benefits with regular use. People who have had back, neck and shoulder pain in the past often report experiencing less pain after switching to adjustable beds. Customizing your sleep surface angles can reduce swelling and improve circulation to certain areas depending on the position.
People who suffer from heartburn, acid reflux or other problems related to esophageal acid exposure find relief from adjustable beds, too. Elevating the head during sleep has been shown to reduce acid exposure and acid clearance time. There are certainly advantages with an adjustable bed.
To quantify the health benefits of the various bases we looked at customer testimonials, quality of massage technology, head and feet elevation potential and other health-related features such as custom position and multi-point adjustment
Serta and Amerisleep foundations rated the highest in our health rankings with solid reviews and a range of useful features, like the ability to customize pillow angle in the Amerisleep model. Costco ranked last with a lower percentage of positive health reviews and lackluster features.
Consumers want a product that lasts. With quality materials and construction, an adjustable bed can exceed the life of its warranty and last several years. However, the mechanical parts on adjustable foundation sometimes break. When adjustable beds break, they can be stuck in uncomfortable positions, making it difficult to use or get up from.
For our considerations in this category we looked at the construction materials used, customer reviews concerning durability and longevity, motor load capacity and quality certifications. Tempurpedic and Amerisleep foundations rated best in regards to these criteria. Costco was at the bottom, though customers did often positively review the retail chain’s return policy when citing problems.
While not part of the bed, warranties are a very important component to consider when purchasing an adjustable bed. Customers are often impressed by long warranties, but there is more to warranty policies than just their duration.
Usually adjustable foundation warranties are prorated. With these warranties, customers may incur some of the cost of replacement or repair and some parts may not be covered after a short period. Since parts and labor can be expensive, the longer a warranty covers repairs and parts the better.
To compare warranties for our reviews, we considered duration, types of coverage, customer reviews and transparency. Serta, Tempurpedic and Amerisleep warranties rated the best overall, with easily accessible information and good coverage for the first few years (when problems are most likely to show up).
- Amerisleep – 4.4
- Serta – 3.9
- Tempurpedic – 3.9
- Reverie – 3.1
- Costco – 2.8
In reviewing the various aspects of several popular adjustable bed lines, we found some pretty stark differences. Amerisleep, Tempurpedic, and Serta finished in the top three. These are reputable companies who have good products and services. Reverie and Costco are solid brands, but need to improve their products, transparency and services.
When you are shopping for an adjustable base, take your personal preferences into account. What do you need or want in a new bed, specifically? With so many options from a wide variety of retailers, it can be difficult to choose. Reflect on your needs, available information and your budget to find the best adjustable bed for you.