The only reason why we recommend you stay away from the best adjustable beds is that they make sitting in bed so comfortable, how the heck are you supposed to get anything done? Joking. Or… are we?
In the past, adjustable beds were mostly used in patient recovery, to support their bodies postures even when recovery implied long periods of time sitting in bed.
Today, the adjustable base market has expanded up to a point where we can literally plug our cell phones into the bed frames to recharge them (even that’s a bit mainstream since there are adjustable bed frames with cordless charging pads for your devices).
Some “Uncommon” Benefits
If you’re stuck with the idea that adjustable bed frames are only for recovering patients, we wanted to take you through the amazing technology that’s now integrated in these products. Who knows, maybe we can change your mind.
Imagine coming home from work and lying down in bed, feeling exhausted, with cold feet and aching muscles. With a single press of a button, the bed starts slowly vibrating, inviting your muscles to relax and decreasing some of that accumulated tension. You press another button and your feet are now elevated. You can feel your blood circulating and your feet begin to relax, as the bed also heats up to your utmost delight.
It seems like the perfect time to fiddle with your phone and check what your friends are doing on Facebook. Darn it, you’re out of battery and the power outlet is on the other side of the bedroom… But then you suddenly remember that there’s actually a charging USB port on the side of the bed and you don’t even have to get up.
After some heavy scrolling, you remember that you started watching a really cool TV series on Netflix and would love to continue watching it. Oh, but now you have to switch positions and grab a bunch of pillows to elevate your head. No, you don’t, not when you have an adjustable base that can elevate the upper side of your body for you. Wow, doesn’t it feel like a day at the spa, where you can actually relax without having to worry about these petty inconveniences?
We’re not gonna lie, having some of these features can be a bit over the budget, but we’ve gathered some of the best adjustable bed frames, from the basic budget models to the more expensive and feature-packed ones.
Top Adjustable Bed Reviews 2020
1. LUCID L300 Adjustable Bed Base
The L300 has to be one of the best adjustable bed bases we’ve ever come across. It has a 15 inch all steel profile that makes it strong and extremely reliable. The platform that supports the mattress is covered in polyester and feel soft to the touch. There are two retainer bars at the foot of the bed, to prevent the mattress from moving around as you’re adjusting the angle of the base. Because the head and the foot area are activated separately, there are two different motors that fuel this adjustable base. You can tilt the head area at an angle that varies between 0 and 60 degrees, while the leg area can be adjusted at a maximum 45 degrees. There is a wireless remote control that allows you to operate these zones and the transition is very smooth and quiet.
The assembly process is easy and the manufacturer takes much pride in that. There aren’t any tools required, as there’s just some unfolding and leg tightening to be done. Don’t forget to plug in the bed once everything is in place to get it going. The remote control that comes with this adjustable bed base is pretty intuitive and has icons placed on each button to give a better understanding of all the functions. There is an option to return the bed to its flat original position, but also the option to have the remote memorize your favorite setting and then activate it with the push of a single button.
A very neat features is the presence of USB ports on the sides of the bed. This is convenient for everyone who likes to spend time in bed fiddling with their phone or tablet and run low on battery while doing so. While the bed does have a standard plug that’s compatible with your outlet, there is also the option of using backup energy by adding 9V batteries into the designated slots.
- Heat and foot areas can be elevated individually.
- Motors don’t make any disturbing noise.
- Comes with a wireless remote control.
- Can memorize your favorite setting and activate it with the push of a button.
- Features USB ports on both sides for phone/tablet charge.
- Adding a very thick mattress could complicate getting in and out of bed.
- Thick mattresses don’t bend easily and might not be compatible with the Lucid L300.
2. Classic Brands Adjustable Bed Base
Those of you looking for an adjustable base with added features should definitely give the Classic Brands bed frame a spin. The construction is very similar to the L300, featuring a steel skeleton that’s covered in a polyester upholstery. The combination indicate that this is bed frame made to last. The assembly process is not complicated, but it is rather time-consuming. When all the parts have been unboxes, the center legs have to be screwed in, in order to connect the foot and head areas to the core of the bed. The box contains the four screws and Allen wrench needed for the setup. Once this part is covered, you have to tighten the four corner legs, only this time, there aren’t any additional tools required to do so. The next step implies putting the motors in their designated location. Once that is done, you will have to attach the motor and the massage cords to the power base that’s located at the bottom of the bed.
Let’s focus on some of the added features of the Classic Brand adjustable bed base. You can either adjust the head and foot zones to the angles of your choice or you can opt for one of the pre-programmed settings. Some of these programs include lounge, TV/PZ and zero-gravity. The latter setting, for example, will elevate the head and foot zones simultaneously, to improve blood circulation and ease breathing. Opting for the TV/PC presetting will elevate the head area slightly further, in order to provide back support and upper body part inclination for a comfortable position to watch TV.
This bed frame also comes with USB ports, for those of you that have set to set the alarm on your phone first thing in the morning, but don’t want to leave it plugged in away from the bed. But what you’re really going to like is the integrated massage option. You have the possibility to manually select which region you want massaged or activate one of the wave massage features. A wave massage will work its way from the top side of the bed and all the way down to the bottom and allow you to select the speed of your choice. Also, we should give praise to the remote control, whose intuitive labels make it super easy to navigate through the different bed settings.
- Legs height is customizable, at 4, 7 or 10.5 inches above the ground.
- Features both head and foot elevation.
- Features USB ports on the sides of the bed.
- Has a massage function.
- Comes with pre-programmed height for different situations.
- Has a convenient price, suitable for those who are on a budget.
- Massage function is pretty loud.
- Assembly can take up to half an hour.
3. PragmaBed Simple Adjust Foundation
If you’re looking for a basic, yet sturdy adjustable bed frame, the PragmaBed is a contender as a top pick. Made with heavy-duty steel, the durability of this base cannot be contested. There is standard metal in the gauge of the frame, but the overall construction is pretty lightweight even so. The assembly process is basically nonexistent, as all you have to do is unbox the product and unfold it to its full size. When folded, the adjustable bed designed by PragmaBed is pretty compact, so if you ever need to store it away, you’re bound to easily find a place for it.
Moving on to some of the details. This bed frame has a rather unique hypoallergenic coating that’s meant to keep bed bugs away from your mattress. This coating also helps with corrosion, which in turn enhances the product’s durability. Despite its rather basic appearance, the PragmaBed base features all the technology needed from an elevating bed that can achieve therapeutic functions. The different combos for adjustments are so many, they are equaled by almost no other similar bed frame. The upper side of the bed can be adjusted at maximum 80 degrees angle, while the foot area can be elevated up to 30 degrees. The reason why the PragmaBed offers a wide variety of adjustment angles for the head zone is because of the sturdy middle legs. That’s because when you sit in an upright position, the center of the bed has to support more weight than usual, which isn’t really sustainable if you don’t have a sufficient number of solid legs.
The bed comes with a wired remote control, and while some people can see this is a downside, we find it pretty relieving that we won’t have to worry about misplacing yet another remote. The actual downside is that you only get one remote control even for the larger bed frame sizes, including the Split King. However, you can opt to purchase another remote control, if you really decide you need one. At the foot of the bed, you will discover the mattress retention bar, which prevent the mattress from sliding off the frame as you make the desired adjustments. However, take note that the bar isn’t not initially mounted on the bed frame, but is delivered in the package for you to do that yourself.
- Motors are quiet and make no squeaking noise.
- The lift pistons can support weights of maximum 300 pounds.
- Has two extra middle legs, for additional support.
- Head zone can be adjusted at an 80 degrees angle, which is above the industry standard.
- Comes with a mattress retention bar.
- Remote control is not wireless.
- Doesn’t have a massage function.
4. Prodigy 2.0 Adjustable Bed Base
Leggett and Platt has made quite a name for itself with its adjustable bed bases that are packed with awesome features. The Prodigy 2.0 is part of the Premier series of bases that integrates top-of-the-line head and foot tilting mechanisms for the ultimate comfort of the sleeper. Two of the main features that are present on the Leggett and Platt more expensive bed frames, which includes the Prodigy, are pillow articulation and wall hugging. The first one refers to the capacity of the bed frame to allow the sleeper to specify the angle of the pillow-rest that’s independent from the standalone head and foot elevation features. The wall hugging mechanism basically means that once the upper side of the bed is elevated, it also pulls the bed closer to the wall, avoiding creating a gap between it and your bed. In turn, this avoid the sleeper from being from straying away from the nightstand.
The remote control of the Prodigy adjustable bed is a real gem. The capacitive touch remote much rather resembles the feel of using a smartphone screen than a regular remote. While there’s no question about the smooth and smart design of the remote, there should be some way to lock the device in order to avoid activating the touch-sensitive features of the bed by mistake. The remote has the capacity of memorizing two of your favorite adjustment settings, while the smartphone app allows you save four more. If you have a really hard time getting out of bed in the morning, you can program the bed to activate the elevation feature as your alarm clock rings, making is easier for you to wake up without wanting to throw the phone out the window.
Aside from that, there are a lot of different quirks in store for those who plan on adding these adjustable bed frame into their lives. There is under-the-bed lighting, for those who get out of the bed at night and want visibility before reaching another source of light; there’s four USB ports located on either side of the best, for all you (us) gadget addicts that just can’t sleep without first scrolling through some more cat pics on Instagram; there’s also the full body massage feature for those who want their every evening in bed to turn into a day at the spa.
- Features wall hugging capacity that keep the bed in the same position even as the head is elevated.
- Remote control has a high-tech and stylish touchscreen-like design.
- Features massage function.
- Smartphone app allows the storage of more preferred settings and adjustments.
- Integrates lighting under the bed, for nocturnal trips to the bathroom.
- Rather expensive bed frame.
- Capacitive touch remote control can trigger a lot of accidental functions.
5. iDealBed 4i Custom Adjustable Bed Base
The iDealBed 4i is so packet with features and benefits, we almost don’t know where to begin. Just kidding, we always know where to begin. We’ll start talking about the adjustment angles, which are one of the most important features of an adjustable bed frame. With the iDealBed 4i, the upper area can be adjusted at an angle of maximum 70 degrees, while the foot area can be elevated at a maximum 45 degrees. This gives the sleeper a lot of options in terms of bed position customization. The anti-snore position is here to make sure that no sleep partner ever disturbs their better half again.
The power lift motors can support a weight of 850 pounds, which is quite generous. The remote control has backlit buttons, which makes it easier for you to spot the desired settings even in the dark. There is a total of 18 different buttons on the remote control, for settings such as head massage intensity control, massage time, LED flash light or anti-snore preset. The remote control also has the capacity of memorizing your favorite setting and then adjusting the bed with a single press of a button. The zero-gravity program is also preset, which means that you can easily obtain the ideal elevation angles that help relieve pressure throughout the entire body.
The base is made with a non-skid material that prevents the mattress from sliding off the frame, but you can also mount the included foot retainer bar to make sure that whatever mattress you use with your iDealBed 4i, it stays fixed in place. The height of the legs can be adjusted to your preference, as there are three available height options to choose from: 4, 7 or 11 inches. If you opt for the highest leg adjustment, the total profile of the bed will be 15 inches. Of course, a bed frame as intelligent as this one would integrate a massage feature. There are three types of massage to choose from: constant body massage, pulse or wave. Each of these programs has three different speeds.
Some other awesome features of the iDealBed 4i include: USB ports for charging your phone, tablet or whatever can be plugged into an USB port, under-the-bed night light that prevents you from stumping your toes in pitch darkness, battery pack power-up in case of power outage and a sturdy steel frame designed that’s covered in furniture grade upholstery.
- Pre-programmed positions for functions such as zero-gravity feel or anti-snore solutions.
- Three different heights to choose form due to the adjustable legs.
- Non-skid material that’s backed up by a foot retainer bar.
- Three different massage options and speeds to choose from.
- Wireless remote control that doubles as a flashlight.
- Under-the-bed lighting.
- Massage feature can have reduced effects when paired with a thick mattress.
6. Reverie 8Q Adjustable Power Foundation
Essentially the penultimate model in the brand’s adjustable bed series, the Reverie 8Q brings a lot of benefits to the table. While there is a more expensive and complete option sold by Reverie, the 8Q is often considered the budget choice, although it doesn’t even come close to what we consider a cheap bed frame. But even if it’s not the fanciest model in their line, it’s certainly one of the best we’ve reviewed so far. Because it features Bluetooth connectivity, you can actually control the bed base with a smartphone app, eliminating the need for a remote control (or, you know, just in case you lose yours). Don’t panic, there’s still a wireless remote control included in the package, and one that allows you to customize and save your sleeping preferences for quicker access at a later time.
If you’re not sure which configuration your fancy, you can always choose one of the pre-programmed functions of the bed base. These setting are the ones you’d expect to get from above-the-line adjustable bases, like anti-snore systems and zero-gravity features. While there is a Reverie base that offer wireless charging through a pad, the 8Q model does come with its own AC outlets that allow plugging in USS ports and regular power plugs (good news for people who love to spend time working on their laptops while lying in bed).
If you often find yourself getting out of bed at night to go to the bathroom or grab just a quick midnight snack, the under-the-bed light might be an awesome feature for you. They are particularly useful for families with kids that have a phobia of putting their Lego pieces back where they belong and would much rather have their parents step on them in the middle of the room. So, if you’re a nocturnal Lego-stepper, this light is definitely convenient for you. Of course, we couldn’t miss out on the massage feature that has ten different intensities to choose from, which a lot more generous considering that most of the models in this roundup have three massage speeds. But what we really love is the alarm function that slowly elevated the upper side of the bed, tilting your head area to an upright position. Talk about a classy wake up…
- Bluetooth module allows you to connect your bed frame to your phone.
- Wireless remote control included in the package.
- Bed includes both USB ports as well as charging outlets for regular plugs.
- Massage features has ten different levels of intensity.
- Legs can be adjusted at three different heights.
- Includes under-the-bed light, massage feature and head elevation activated by the alarm.
- Extremely expensive product.
There is this somewhat common disbelief that adjustable beds are a purchase deemed only of those who suffer some sort of medical condition and need help in recovering or aid in their limited mobility. If that were the case, these bed frames and bases would only be sold my medical apparel distributors and not by furniture and bedding companies. The way we see it, if you do at least one other activity in bed aside from sleeping, an adjustable base is a wise purchase.
The head elevation feature can bring you into a comfortable reading position, but can also create comfort for both you and your partner to enjoy a Sunday afternoon movie in bed together. The foot elevation feature is something you learn to appreciate after a long day of work, as it really gets that blood flowing and improves circulation, while promoting a comfortable position for your spine. There are the features of basic adjustable beds, but as technology has evolved and found its way into our bedrooms, more modern adjustable bases are now packet with tons and tons of benefits: from massage features to charging ports for our portable electronics. The only question is: How much are you willing to spend to get such comfort?
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