Review of 10 Best Adjustable Beds – 20 Pros and Cons

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Best Entry-Level Best Mid-Level Best High-End
#1 Entry-Level #2 Entry-Level #1 Mid-Level #1 High-end #2 High-end
Leggett & Platt S-Cape

Read the EXCELLENT customer reviews here …

Leggett & Platt ShipShapeRead the Very Good customer reviews here … Leggett & Platt Prodigy 2.0

Read the customer reviews on this page before making a decision

Leggett & Platt Premier Series (P-232) Serta Motion Custom
1. Is the chassis sturdy and durable?
Yes, all of these TOP 5 models have strong frames made of thick, heavy gauge steel

2. Does it have the basic features that are NECESSARY?

Modern adjustable beds come with a 101 fancy specs. Some of these are absolutely necessary, while others are not. We define the following as ‘necessary features’.

  1. Head and foot tilt – if the ‘head’ and ‘foot’ of the bed can’t be adjusted, it’s not an adjustable bed… However, we don’t recommend this type of adjustable bed. They merely lift your head and feet, but not really adjustable!
  2. At least 1-2 programmable memory positions – the very reason you buy an adjustable bed is because you want to adjust it to various ‘non-flat’ positions like the ‘sitting’ position for reading, watching TV, working on your laptop; ‘zero-gravity’ position for relaxing all your joints; and ‘lounging’ position for sleeping/napping. Let’s say you want to transform your bed to ‘TV watching’ from ‘sleeping’. What would you rather prefer? Pressing a single button on your remote or pressing ‘up’ and ‘down’ of your ‘head’ and ‘foot’ buttons multiple times until you get that perfect position? I certainly like the first option where I press just 1 button to adjust the bed from ‘TV watching’ to ‘lounging’ or from ‘lounging’ to ‘zero-gravity’. The beauty of modern adjustable beds is that they have this feature called “programmable memory positions“. This basically allows you to adjust your bed to your favorite ‘book reading’, ‘laptop using’, ‘lounging’ position etc. and to store that position in the remote’s memory. Once you’ve stored your favorite positions, you can transform your bed to that favorite position with the press of a single button. If you don’t intend to have a separate bed adjusted and fixed at each of your favorite positions, we highly encourage you to go with a bed that gives you the option of having programmable positions. Especially when you consider that such a bed is only ~$250 more expensive than a bed without programmable positions, we think it’s a no brainer. Think of the 1000s of times you’re going to adjust your bed within the next 10 – 20 years. We’re talking an extra investment of about $1/month here. But, don’t do it because we say so, just think about it for 10 minutes and you’ll realize what a wise decision it would be to spend that extra $250.
  3. Wall hugging – on some of the basic models of adjustable beds, when the ‘head’ is raised, your whole upper body moves forward, away from the wall/headboard. This motion also brings you away from your nightstand. So, if you had a book or TV remote on the nightstand, now you’re going to have to reach backwards to grab them. This is not very convenient. This uncomfortable movement can also cause some back problems, and you don’t want that. The whole idea behind investing on an adjustable bed is to ‘cure’ back problems, not to ‘create’ back problems :scratch: That’s why more advanced models come with the feature known as ‘wall hugging’, where the head portion of the bed keeps hugging the wall. On ‘wall hugging’ models, when the head is raised, bottom half of the mattress moves towards the wall, instead of the top half moving forward, away from the wall. This way, whether on ‘sleeping’ or ‘sitting’ positions, you will always be right beside the nightstand with easy access to the night lamp, TV remote, book, coffee etc. We strongly urge you to purchase a model with this feature
2.1) Head and Foot tilting Yes, all of them have an infinite number of adjustment possibilities. Adjustments of up to 60° head angle and 45° foot angle are possible. In addition to head and foot tilting, there is an additional level of tilting called ‘pillow tilting‘ which allows an additional adjustment to optimize head/neck positions when reading, watching TV etc.
2.2) Wall hugging Yes No Yes Yes Yes
2.3) Programmable memory positions 2

This model has 2 programmable memory positions. Check out this photo of remote showing the two custom buttons here.

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This model doesn’t have wall hugging and programmable memory positions. However, it is very popular because it’s the most economically priced adjustable bed from its manufacturer, and it has VERY GOOD customer reviews. If you decide to buy it because you can save ~$250, please beware of its drawbacks we have highlighted above

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This model has all the basic features and more! You can store up to 4 of your favorite positions, including but not limited to, Zero gravity, lounge, TV/PC, flat, anti-snore, breakfast-in-bed etc. positions. Here is a photo of the remote showing two of those memory buttons (M1, M2). You get two programmable positions on the remote and four on the iOS/android app

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It has all the basic features and more! You can store up to 7 custom positions using the included 7″ touchscreen tablet remote controller.

Here’s an illustration of some of the adjustable positions that you can program this bed to.

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It doesn’t have programmable positions. However, it does have 4 factory preset positions (zero-gravity, flat, lounge, TV/PC positions). However, we don’t like these preset positions as nearly as we like customizable positions. All of us have different body sizes, structures, preferences etc. So, factory preset, uncustomizable positions may not suit you and I the same way. Nevertheless, we still included this as one of the top 5 adjustable beds because it has a host of other high-end specs.

3. How about those advanced features that are NOT essential, but doesn’t hurt to have?
There are “Necessary” features, and then there are the “luxurious” features that are not absolutely needed to carry out the basic functions of an adjustable bed. Let’s take a look at what these features are.

  • Built-in massage – an awesome feature to have. But, it comes at around $500 extra. If you can afford it, and you WILL use it, by all means go for this model or this model
  • Factory preset positions – if we’re given the choice between ‘factory preset positions’ and ‘user programmable positions’, we would choose the latter on any given day. Why? Because, if they’re “factory preset”, they CANNOT be changed. What if you don’t like the factory preset ‘TV watching’ position and you’d rather have it 100 straighter? You can’t change the factory preset position, that has already been ‘set in stone’. However, if you were given the option to ‘program’ your favorite positions, you could customize it to YOUR favorite position and NOT the manufacturer’s favorite position. Wouldn’t you agree?
  • Free fall during power outages – allows you to lower the bed (e.g. from sitting to sleeping) in the event of a power failure either via ‘gravity fall’ or ‘backup battery’. Although we’ve categorized this under ‘advanced features’, this is pretty basic nowadays and you’re not paying anything extra for this feature. I can only recall ONE power outage during the last 5 years, so you may never have to use this feature!
  • Smartphone controllable, illuminated remote controllers, alarm, snore control, sleep timer, USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, under-bed lighting, built-in speaker systems – you will agree that most adjustable bed users don’t need these features. Are they useful to have? Sure! But are they essential to relieve that back pain you’ve been having all these years? Absolutely not!
3.1) Built-in-massage Yes

Dual, full-body massage: upper and lower therapeutic body massage. 3 speeds (low, medium, high)

No Yes

Dual, full-body massage and Wave action to relax those tired muscles from head to toe

Yes

Dual, full-body massage. Choose among 3 modes of massage to relax those tensed, tired muscles: (i) wave action, (ii) pulse action, (iii) normal

Adjustable massage and rolling wave intensities

Yes

Dual, full-body massage: 6 speeds

3.2) Factory preset positions 2 0 2

(these are customizable and can be overwritten/reprogrammed to something else)

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(these are customizable and can be overwritten/reprogrammed if you don’t find them to be perfect)

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3.3) Free fall during power outages Yes, all of them have it. This model uses a battery backup while all others use natural gravity to lower the bed
3.4) Backlit remote
Yes No Yes Yes, the 7″ touchscreen tablet remote is obviously backlit :good: Yes
3.5) Bed can be adjusted using apps on your smartphone No No Yes Yes Yes
3.6) Alarm
No No Yes, the bed will vibrate or the remote will beep. In case of split king models, this vibration won’t disturb your partner No
3.7) Sleep timer
No No Yes, the bed will automatically lower in to the ‘sleeping position’ from reading/TV positions, after a programmed, set time. No
3.8) Snore control
No No Yes. The capacitive-touch remote has a button for the factory preset anti-snore position Yes. Using the pillow-tilt feature
3.9) USB ports
No No 4 either side of the bed

Charge up to eight devices at the same time :yahoo:

1 either side of the bed 2 either side of the bed
3.10) Bluetooth
No No Yes Yes Yes
3.11) Under-bed lighting
No No Yes, the Prodigy 2.0 now has under-bed lighting! Yes Yes
3.12) Built-in speakers No No No No Yes.

6-inch subwoofer and 2 X 3-inch satellite speakers that connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth

3.13) One-touch flat button Yes No Yes Yes Yes
3.14) Emergency power-down Yes No Yes Yes Yes
4. Available models
5. Customer Reviews Read customer reviews here

This is the 2015 model; thus has very few reviews to-date

Read customer reviews of the older model on this page

Read customer reviews here

This is an older model, therefore has plenty of reviews

Read customer reviews on this page No customer reviews at the time of writing this, as this is a brand new model for 2015 Only a few customer reviews at the time of writing as this is a brand new model.
6. Price (for queen size)
~$1350

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7. Manufacturer reputation
  • Leggett & Platt was established in 1833
  • Headquarters based in Carthage, Missouri
  • Member of S&P 500 (Standard & Poor’s 500)
  • The company is made up of 20 business units
  • Has 18,000 employee-partners
  • Has 130 facilities in 17 countries
  • Need we say more? :yes:
  • Serta was established in 1933
  • Arguably the #1 mattress manufacturer in the United States
  • Headquarters in Hoffman Estates, IL
  • 23 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and four in Canada
  • distributed internationally in more than 150 other countries
Bottom line: Both are highly (and equally) reputed and trustworthy companies.
8. Warranty 1-3-20 year warranty 1-3-25 year warranty 1-5-25 year warranty

Additional info on the TOP 5 adjustable beds

#1 Entry-Level #2 Entry-Level #1 Mid-Level #1 High-end #2 High-end
Leggett & Platt S-Cape Leggett & Platt ShipShape Leggett & Platt Prodigy Leggett & Platt Premier Series Serta Motion Custom
1. Bed Frame/ Base included? Yes, the frame and base are attached together in a single-unit referred to as the ‘foundation
Watch the following video that shows all the parts and assemblyS-Cape Video Watch the following video that shows all the parts and assemblyShipShape Video Watch the following video that shows all the parts and assemblyProdigy Video Watch the following video that shows all the parts and assemblyPremier Video Watch the following video that shows all the parts and assemblyProdigy Video
2. Installs into existing bed? Yes Yes Yes No. It’s a complete bed by itself. Yes
3. Can use as a standalone bed?
Yes, the upholstery helps it blend in nicely with the rest of your bedroom furniture Not recommended! It does not look pretty by itself! Yes, the upholstery helps it blend in nicely with the rest of your bedroom furniture
4. Mattress included? There are models with and without the mattress. If you already have a mattress, you could buy the adjustable base only; however, if you’d rather purchase the combo, there are multiple options available from 10″ to 15″ memory foam mattresses as well as latex mattresses. Please check 4. Available models of the previous table for more details on different bed + mattress combos.
5. Lift capacity up to 700 pounds up to 550 pounds up to 700 pounds up to 700 pounds up to 850 pounds including mattress
6. Lumbar support
Offered by the Serta Motion Custom only. Watch 43 – 50 seconds of this video to understand what ‘lumbar support’ is
7. One-touch flat button Yes No Yes Yes Yes
8. Quiet motors Yes Yes WhisperQuiet WhisperQuiet Yes
9. Remote controller Wireless, Illuminated Wired Wireless, capacitive-touch remote controller 7″ touchscreen tablet remote Motion activated wireless remote
10. Customized ‘bedroom scenes’ Offered by the Premier Series only. In addition to adjusting bed positions, the remote allows you to create customized ‘bedroom scenes’ of your choice for different activities. e.g. turn on a bedside lamp + sitting position of bed for reading OR turn off lights + turn on fan + sleeping position on bed. All these with touch of a single button on the tablet remote instead of having to turn on/off lights/fans etc. LP Connect™ is what makes this possible (see below)
11. LP Sense™ Model P-232 only. Senses human or pet presence and stops bed operation if pinch points between the platform and base are obstructed
12. LP Connect™ Premier Series only. Control room lighting, air flow, sounds from the touchscreen tablet remote. Bedroom scene setting feature is carried out using LP Connect™
13. Upholstery Contemporary patterned light gray Furniture-grade upholstery
  • P-232: Furniture-grade covering with five color options (Ivory, Brown Sugar, Dolphin, Chocolate, and Black)
  • P-132: Microsuede covering with five color options
Upholstery-grade fabric
14. Legs 4″ steel legs with dual-wheel locking casters. Optionally, 3″and 7″ tall legs are also available 2-1/2”-diameter heavy-duty legs. Height is adjustable from 6”-10”
  • P-232: 6” square wooden legs
  • P-132: 4” steel legs with casters
Square wooden-finish legs
15. Headboard brackets Included
16. Available sizes
  • Twin, Twin XL
  • Full
  • Queen, Split Queen
  • Split King, Split California King
  • Twin XL
  • Queen
  • King, Dual-King
  • Twin, Twin XL
  • Full, Full XL
  • Queen, Split Queen
  • Split King, Split California King
  • Twin XL
  • Full XL
  • Queen
  • Split King
  • Split California King
  • Twin, Twin XL
  • Full, Full XL
  • Queen, Split Queen
  • Split King, Split California King

The top table which compared the top 5 adjustable beds was based on the following 7 criteria

1. Is the chassis sturdy and durable?

Thick gauge, heavy frames vs thin gauge, light frames

2. Does it have the basic features that are NECESSARY?
  • Head and foot tilt
  • Wall hugging – Here’s an EXTREMELY popular model without wall hugging. However, we highly recommend you opt for a model with ‘wall hugging’ because lack of it can be a ‘back breaker’ than a ‘back healer’!
  • At least 1-2 programmable memory positions – Our #1 RECOMMENDED entry-level model comes with 2 programmable positions
3. How about those advanced features that are NOT essential, but doesn’t hurt to have?
  • ‘Free fall’ during power outages – nowadays, nearly all models have it!
  • Built-in massage – good to have, not everybody needs it though!
  • Factory preset positions
  • Smartphone controllable, illuminated remote controllers
  • Alarm, snore control, sleep timer
  • USB ports
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Under-bed lighting
  • Built-in speaker systems
4. Are the customer reviews good? Make sure that the customers have given it at least a 4 star rating (out of 5)
5. How does its price compare to other adjustable beds with similar features? Adjustable beds with comparable features from different makes generally tend to be similar in price. Sometimes, there can be a price difference of a couple of hundred $, but it may be unwise to go with the cheaper option, sometimes
6. How is the manufacturer reputation? Some have been in the business since as far as 1833, while others are only a few years old
7. What kind of a warranty is offered? Stay away from those that come with less than 20 years of warranty

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