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We updated this article in March 2023 to ensure our top-tested adjustable beds vetted by the Good Housekeeping Institute were in stock and reflected up-to-date prices.
If you have trouble snoozing, investing in an adjustable bed could be just the thing to help you feel more comfortable and get a more restful sleep. Adjustable bed bases allow you to personalize your best sleep position — meaning you can raise the head and feet of the bed however you like — and can help minimize lower back pain, alleviate pressure on your airway or provide more support for reading or watching TV in bed. While previously associated with the sick or injured, adjustable beds have become mainstream for anyone to use at home. Even popular mattress brands are selling their own adjustable bases with add-on features like massage modes, vibrating or head-raising alarms and convenient USB ports.
The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab tests bedding of all kinds to find the best available, from the best bed frames and best mattresses to the best toppers, sheets, pillows and more. In addition to researching top brands, materials and features, we have in-house product experts and a diverse group of consumer testers try out adjustable beds to gauge ease of use and how they perform for different types of sleepers. On top of that, we survey our larger testing panel to get in-depth feedback from real users. The adjustable beds ahead are from our top-rated mattress brands, include unique features with excellent value and have rave online reviews.
Our top picks:
You can find more information on how we test adjustable beds and shopping tips for how to find the beds bed at the end of this article.
If you already have a mattress you love and are looking for a top-notch adjustable base, this one has it all. It's from Leggett & Platt, one of the oldest and most popular adjustable bed brands available and is designed to work with most mattresses. The bed has a MicroHook system (i.e. Velcro-like strips) to keep the mattress in place as it changes positions and offers other standout features like massage capabilities and under-bed lighting. For effortless position changing, you can choose between the wireless remote or using the app on your smartphone, which allows you to set an alarm so the base slowly moves to gently wake you up.
Our analysts were impressed by the bed's Wallhugger engineering, which means it doesn’t pull your whole body away from the nightstand as it raises your head, plus they appreciate the adjustable legs, perfect for customizing your bed’s height. Users from our testing panel also raved about the convenience of the eight USB ports for charging your phone, tablets or whatever devices you keep in your room. Just note that the brand has separate listings for the Twin XL and Split King models.
This pick is ideal for someone who wants an adjustable base but isn't ready to spend an arm and a leg. But don’t let the price fool you; while it doesn't offer premium features like massage capabilities or under-bed lighting, it still has all the features you need from a classic adjustable bed. It can raise your head and feet and comes with a wireless remote that you can use to pre-program your ideal position. Plus, it even has built-in USB ports for charging your phone or other devices.
The brand says it takes just five minutes to set up and you can do it on your own, meaning you don't have to deal with scheduling or waiting around for a delivery service to set it up for you. Not to mention, it’s an Amazon best seller with thousands of five-star reviews. You can also opt to buy it with the brand's accompanying mattress as a complete set.
Saatva is an online-only company that offers competitive pricing and free white glove delivery service, meaning a team will come in and set up the adjustable base in the room of your choice as well as explain the various functions and how to control the bed using the remote. Our survey panel loves how easy it is to operate the base and the unlimited number of possible positions, thanks to the continuous controlled movement. They also raved about the zero gravity feature, with one user calling it comfortable and saying it makes both her and her husband "fall asleep pretty quickly." The bed also offers other great features like under-bed lighting and wall-hugging along with both targeted and full-body massage capabilities.
This base can support up to 850 pounds thanks to its durable construction, making it optimal for pairing with a mattress for heavier people. Additionally, there's a premium upper-flex option for added control that pairs exclusively with the Upper-Flex version of Saatva's Solaire Mattress, which has built-in air chambers that inflate to 50 different firmness levels, using the remote, with the comfort and support of a traditional mattress.
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Looking for a luxurious, upgraded adjustable bed experience? This high-tech base is the perfect option. Not only does it have a variety of pre-programmed positions to choose from as well as the flexibility to create your own, but the bed also has a vibrating massage option with three different modes and two zones to choose from. It even seamlessly integrates into your smart home and easily connects to a voice assistant.
Testers appreciated the personalized anti-snore mode — with the option to raise the top of the base or pulse when it detects snoring — and the underbed lighting feature, with one tester calling it "perfect for when you wake up in the middle of the night and have to go to the bathroom." Our analysts were impressed with the advanced features, including the app's ability to measure the room temperature, humidity levels and air quality. Plus, you can control the base with the Tempur-Pedic app in addition to the remote and track your sleep quality over time.
For an easy-to-assemble adjustable bed base with an effortlessly simple, hands-free approach, take a look at this pick from Ergomotion. With three programmable presets to choose from, you no longer need to look for the remote to change into a more comfortable position for watching TV or going to sleep at night. Simply use your voice with short phrases like "Hello, Ergo. Goodnight," to automatically adjust your bed into your favorite sleep position. It's also packed with impressive features from massage motors and under-bed lighting to head and foot raisers at a lower cost than similar models we've reviewed.
Testers praised this model for its comfort and stability, with one saying "I love that I can sit up and watch TV in bed without the bed sliding away from the wall." Our experts also appreciate how simple the voice control is, without requiring connection to an external voice assistant, and that you can use this base on its own, hidden in a traditional bed base or on a platform with options to customize its height. Plus, you can easily fold up the bed to transport it anywhere or move it to another room.
Reverie stands out for offering 16 different bases to choose from depending on what type of features you're after. Some models give you more adjustable options and unique capabilities like wireless phone charging. The R450HT base offers both head and feet elevation and full-body massage features with 10 different intensity level along with under-bed lighting. This style even has an independent head tilt setting for head and neck support, making it great for those who need elevation to alleviate pressure on their airways for acid reflux or to help limit snoring.
Our tester panel loves the model's infinite number of programmable positions and ability to pre-program their favorite positions on the remote. One user even told us that the zero gravity position helped alleviate her back pain with "no pressure points." Our product experts also appreciate the added raise-to-wake alarm and the ability to change the height of the bed with the adjustable legs.
Say hello to the best adjustable bed base for the ultimate lounging in-bed experience. It has all the features our analysts look out for, from head and foot articulation to a full-body massage, convenient USB ports and more, including a wall-glide design for easy access to anything on your nightstand and under-bed lighting. Plus, you have the option to use the remote or matching app or to even pair with a smart voice assistant.
Online users love how comfortable it feels to sit up to watch TV or lie back to sleep with the customizable positions, with one saying, "this is the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in" and another appreciating how easily the rolling-wave massage puts her to sleep. Some users also reported less back and neck pain over time and improved sleeping experiences for those with acid reflux. Just note that many users have reported issues with delivery delays.
Sleep Number's adjustable mattresses are consistently top performers in our Textile Lab's review, with several smart mattresses earning the Good Housekeeping Seal. This particular model is a favorite among our tester panel and the best smart mattress we've tried. Perfect for couples (especially ones that don't agree on firmness), the mattress is filled with adjustable air chambers so each side of the bed can be customized to whatever firmness level you choose. There are even biometric sensors in the mattress, so if you switch positions in the middle of the night, the mattress will automatically adjust so you stay at your preferred setting at all times. It also comes with sleep tracking capabilities with the smartphone app. Plus, the brand offers two matching adjustable bases; both have head-raising capabilities and under-bed lighting in case you get up when it’s dark, but the pricier models come with added features like feet elevation and feet warming for those with cold toes. Just note that you can't use these adjustable bases with any non-Sleep Number mattresses.
It's definitely a splurge, but the mattress comes with a 100-night trial period and when we tested it and surveyed our panel, users gave high scores for comfort, support and sleep quality. One commented, “I was initially hesitant because of the cost, but as soon as I laid on it, it changed my mind.” Another told us, “I wish we would have purchased this brand sooner.”
What's the difference between an adjustable bed and an adjustable mattress?
Adjustable beds refer to a motorized bed base that can move into different positions by raising the head and foot of the bed. Some also have other features like built-in massagers and lighting.
Adjustable mattresses or smart mattresses, which change in firmness through constructions like air chambers or interchangeable springs, are perfect if you’re just looking to switch up your comfort levels instead of the bed’s position.
How we evaluate adjustable beds
Our analysts at the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab start by reviewing materials, specifications, added features and any noteworthy claims for each bed base in addition to vetting brands to ensure they're trustworthy. Next, our product experts and a group of consumer testers try out the adjustable bases and provide feedback on setup and user experience after several weeks and once again after an extended period of time. We also survey our readers and tester panel for additional feedback on mattresses and bed bases they own. From expert reviews to consumer feedback, here are a few factors we evaluate each adjustable bed base on:
Ordering & delivery: Users tell us how easy it was to order the base and if it arrived quickly. They also note any potential problems that came up in their experience and how those issues were resolved.
Set up: Whether DIY or delivery service, survey respondents share their opinion of the process.
Ease of use: Users judge the adjustable bed on how easy it is to control, from pre-set positions to customizable options, massage capabilities and any other features.
Sleep quality & comfort: Final scores check whether the adjustable base positively affected sleep quality and comfort both initially and over time. Our respondents also give the base an overall satisfaction score and compare it to any previous beds they've slept on.
Additional feedback: Reviewers let us know any specific likes, dislikes and any additional thoughts they have about their experiences.
How do I choose an adjustable bed?
Consider your budget. If you’re looking to invest in an entirely new bed, you may benefit from a full sleep system that has both an adjustable base and an adjustable mattress. If you’re just looking to customize your comfort level, you may be better off buying an adjustable mattress that can adjust its firmness or an adjustable base that changes your head and feet positioning.
Features like sleep tracking, massaging, lights, USB ports and more can be great bonuses. Also consider if you want to want to use a remote control or even your smart phone.
Head-raising capability: You can program some beds to raise your head when it’s time to wake up. Not only do you get to customize your sleep position for personalized comfort, but the head elevation helps if you or your partner snore, if either of you suffer from acid reflux or even if you want to raise your head to read or watch TV. Plus, an adjustable head means you can get into what brands refer to as the “zero-gravity” position, meaning you feel weightless because your head and legs are both elevated. You essentially get the comfort of sleeping in a recliner in your own bed.
Are adjustable beds worth it?
It’s a matter of personal preference, but users who have an adjustable bed swear by it, especially those who struggle with sleep apnea or acid reflux. That said, they don't come cheap: Adjustable beds can cost anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars. If you’re willing to splurge on a top-of-the-line mattress with an adjustable base that has smart technology, it can cost you well over $3,000, but you can still find a simple good-quality adjustable base that raises your head and feet for under $1,000.
Can I use a regular mattress on an adjustable bed?
Most of the time, yes! The majority of adjustable beds are compatible with foam, latex and innerspring mattresses, though foam or latex mattresses tend to work better because the materials are more flexible, allowing for easy transition to different bed positions.
Some brands sell the mattress and base together, which is your best bet if you want to make sure you have a compatible mattress for an adjustable bed. Otherwise, it’s best to check with the adjustable base brand before you buy it. Some do have restrictions on which mattress you can use, so it’ll save you a headache if you confirm beforehand. And when it comes to adjustable mattresses with different firmness levels, you don’t need a special base to get the benefits.
Why trust Good Housekeeping?
Grace Wu most recently updated this article. As a textiles product review analyst at the Good Housekeeping Institute, she has evaluated many bedding products using specialized machinery and feedback from hundreds of consumer testers. Grace has tested and written several stories on the best adjustable beds from the best adjustable beds for seniors to the best split king adjustable bed bases. Prior to joining Good Housekeeping, Grace earned a Masters of Engineering in Materials Science & Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Fiber Science from Cornell University.
Lexie Sachs is the executive director of the Textiles, Paper & Apparel Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Fiber Science from Cornell University and more than 15 years of experience in the textiles industry, including merchandising and product development for home products. Lexie joined Good Housekeeping in 2013 and has extensively tested all types of bedding — including mattresses, sheets, pillows, comforters and more — using specialized lab equipment and with hundreds of consumer testers.
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