Top 10 Best Adjustable Beds - Reviews, PROS and CONS
Your question: What’s the best adjustable bed in the current marketplace?
Our answer: Like most things in life, the adjustable bed that suits me best, may not be the one that suits you most. That’s why there isn’t a straightforward answer to that question. However, we’re determined to help you find the model that meets your needs best. To make this exercise worthwhile for consumers with all kinds of different needs and budgets, we have organized our adjustable beds reviews under the following 3 categories:
- 4 Best High-end adjustable beds with luxury specs
- Top 3 Mid-level adjustable bases
- Best Entry-level adjustable beds with relatively basic specs
Before we dive into fine details, here is a summary table comparing the main features of our top 10 adjustable beds of 2016/2017.
Top 10 Adjustable Beds Reviews – A Brief Comparison
|Prodigy 2.0||3-Speed||Head, Foot and Pillow|
|Premier||3-Speed||Head, Foot and Pillow|
|Serta Motion Custom||3-Speed||Head, Foot and Pillow|
|Reverie 8Q||10-Speed||Head, Foot and Pillow|
|S-Cape 2.0||3-Speed||Head and Foot|
|Classic Brands||3-Speed||Head and Foot|
|Reverie 7S||10-Speed||Head and Foot|
|Serta Motion Essentials II||None||Head and Foot|
|ShipShape||None||Head and Foot|
|Sealy Ease||None||Head and Foot|
Now that you have a general idea about the wide variety of features available on adjustable bases, do you think you would need
- An entry-level adjustable base without the bells and whistles,
- A mid-level adjustable frame with therapeutic massage and a few memory positions OR
- A high-end adjustable bed with pillow tilting, customizable memory positions, wall hugging, full-body massages, USB ports, wake-up alarms, sleep timers, under-bed lighting, anti-snore positions etc.?
Hopefully, you already have an answer to the above question and you’re ready to look at some in-depth adjustable bed reviews.
|#1 Recommended||#2 Recommended
|Leggett & Platt Prodigy 2.0||Leggett & Platt Premier Series (P-232)||Reverie 8Q||Serta Motion Custom|
These 4 adjustable beds were crowned ‘high-end’ because they have the following features:
What is it and do you really need it?
Aren’t “Factory Preset Positions” good enough?
What’s the big deal about wall hugging adjustable beds?
On some of the basic models of adjustable bases, 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 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 an adjustable base that is wall hugging.
In addition to pillow tilting, wall hugging and customizable memory positions, these high-end models also have a built-in massage feature. Multiple motors are built into the adjustable bases at the top/head region and the foot/bottom region. These motors will elicit a wave or pulse action massage giving you a soothing and relaxing massage at your command. Forget visiting massage parlors and paying up to the tune of $100/hour to masseurs!
Turn on your adjustable bed’s massage feature, set it to the exact intensity you want (low, medium, high or up to 10 speeds depending on the model), choose between pulse or wave, lay back and ENJOY! It’s really that simple.
Certain basic adjustable beds offer only upper body massage; but these high-end models offer both upper and lower body therapeutic massage.
Some models even have a massage timer; that way you can go to bed, turn on massage for 15 minutes and put the remote controller away. Massage motors will automatically turn off after 15 minutes and you can fall asleep with not only your muscles relaxed, but also with your mind relaxed!
Here’s a detailed comparison of these
Best High-end Adjustable Beds
|#1 Recommended||#2 Recommended
|Leggett & Platt Prodigy 2.0||Leggett & Platt Premier Series (P-232)||Reverie 8Q||Serta Motion Custom|
|1) Head, Foot, and Pillow 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.
Other adjustable beds only have TWO motors; but the Leggett & Platt Prodigy 2.0, the Leggett & Platt Premier Series, the Reverie 8Q and the Serta Motion Custom adjustable beds have THREE MOTORS. They are:
|2) Programmable memory positions||4
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
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.
You can store up to 4 customizable memory positions on the Reverie 8Q Power Foundation.
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) Wall hugging||Excellent wall hugging. You stay right next to your night stand even when you raise your head. Hence, you can easily reach that hot cup of coffee, your reading glasses, remote controller, phone etc. on the bedside table.
Check out our Reverie 8Q vs 7S vs 5D vs Leggett & Platt Prodigy 2.0 Comparison to check out a photo comparing the degree of wall hugging between the Prodigy 2.0 and the Reverie 8Q (Here’s a direct link to the photo)
|The Reverie does have wall hugging; however, it is a comparatively poor wall hugger. When the head is raised, the base does slide back, but doesn’t slide back enough. The result is that you’re placed a foot or two away from the nightstand and you may strain your back when you reach for the table lamp or those spectacles. In fact, certain buyers felt that there was no wall hugging at all.||Yes, the Serta Motion Custom has good wall hugging!|
Dual, full-body massage: upper and lower therapeutic body massage.
Wave action to relax those tired muscles from head to toe.
3 speeds (low, medium, high)
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
Dual, full-body massage: This has 10 massage speeds. Wave option is also available.
Dual, full-body massage: 6 speeds
|5) Factory preset positions||2||4
(these are customizable and can be overwritten/reprogrammed if you don’t find them to be perfect)
|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?|
|6) 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.
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’. If it wasn’t for this feature, you could be stuck on the zero-gravity position until the power comes back on. That can’t be nice, can it? However, I can only recall ONE power outage during the last 6 years, so you may never have to use this feature!
|7) Micro-hook retention system|
|Notice that all but the Prodigy 2.0 have mattress retaining bars whose duty is to ensure that the mattress doesn’t slip out of the bed when the head/foot of the bed is raised. Mattress retaining bars are great, however, they can get in your way when you’re making the bed. Getting the bed sheets under the retainer bars can be challenging at times. This is why the microhook retention systems was introduced by Leggett & Platt. The MicroHook retention mechanism is somewhat similar to Velcro fasteners. It helps the mattress ‘bind’ the adjustable foundation and makes sure that the mattress stays in place.|
|7) Backlit remote
||Yes||Yes, the 7″ touchscreen tablet remote is obviously backlit||Yes||Yes|
|A BACKLIT remote? Why on earth? Well, most of the time, you will be using your remote when the lights are off/under low-light conditions. At times like those, a backlit/self-lit remote controller can become real handy!|
|8) Bed can be adjusted using apps on your smartphone||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
||Yes, the bed will vibrate or the remote will beep. In case of split king models, this vibration won’t disturb your partner. You can even programme your bed to raise the upper body to when the alarm goes off!||No|
|10) Sleep timer
||Yes, the bed will automatically lower in to the ‘sleeping position’ from reading/TV positions, after a programmed, set time.||Yes, through its iOS/Apple iPhone/Android apps||No|
|11) Snore control
||Yes. The capacitive-touch remote has a button for the factory preset anti-snore position||Yes all of these top rated adjustable bed brands of 2017 have a one-touch anti-snore position. The anti-snore position comes courtesy of the pillow-tilt feature. Pressing the anti-snore button on your remote causes the adjustable base to flex at the ‘neck’ at a certain angle. This makes most people stop snoring! There’s really no rocket science to it!|
|12) USB ports
||4 either side of the bed
Charge up to eight devices at the same time
|1 either side of the bed||1 on the remote stand||2 either side of the bed|
|14) Under-bed lighting
||Yes, the Prodigy 2.0 now has under-bed lighting!||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|15) Built-in speakers||No||No||No||Yes.
6-inch subwoofer and 2 X 3-inch satellite speakers that connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth
|16) One-touch flat button||Yes, all of these best adjustable bed frames have a ‘flat’ button as a factory preset position.|
|17) A/C outlets||None||None||1 on the remote stand||None|
|18) Safety Features||The feature known as “LP Sense™” on Model P-232 allows it to sense human or pet presence and stops bed operation if pinch points between the platform and base are obstructed|
|19) Customized ‘bedroom scenes’||A feature known as “LP Connect™” on the Premier Series allows the bed to control room lighting, air flow, sounds etc. from the touchscreen tablet remote. LP Connect™ 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. with 3 different switches. How cool is that?|
|20) Adjustable Legs||6 – 8 inch long, height-adjustable steel legs||4-inch square-shaped wooden legs on ‘furniture design’ or 6 – 10-inch long, height-adjustable steel legs on ‘foundation design’||3 – 8 inch height-adjustable steel legs||Square, wooden-finish legs|
|21) Manufacturer reputation||
|22) Available models|
What do these adjustable bed frames LACK compared to the high-end adjustable bases?
- NO pillow tilting
- NO wall hugging (on some models)
- NO customizable memory positions (on some models)
- NO USB ports (on some models)
- NO Android/iOS app control
- NO Built-in vibrating alarm clocks etc.
|#1 Recommended Mid-level
||#2 Recommended Mid-level
|2017 Leggett & Platt S-Cape 2.0||Classic Brands Adjustable Comfort Base||Reverie 7S Adjustable Bed|
|1) Head, Foot, and Pillow tilting||Head Tilting and Foot Tilting only!
Pillow Tilting NOT available on these ‘mid-range’ models
|2) Wall hugging|
|3) Programmable memory positions||2||0||2|
|4) Factory preset memory positions||3||4||3|
|***Price***||Price Check on the 2017 Model||Check Current Price Here…|
Note: the massage function isn’t comparable to the others. According to many reviewers, the vibration is weak and can be barely felt. Secondly, the massage motors/pads are relatively loud! As a result, we do not recommend the Classic Brands Adjustable Comfort adjustable bed for consumers that plan to use the therapeutic massage feature heavily.
|6) Mattress Retainer Bar/s|
|Adjustable beds need mattress retaining bars more than any other bed. If not for this bar, the mattress will slide ‘down hill’ when the head region becomes elevated. There’s no doubt that mattress retaining bars are an awesome feature. However, these retaining bars can make your life slightly complicated, especially when you’re making the bed. Imagine having to slide the bed sheets under each retaining bar; doesn’t sound like an awfully fun thing to do, does it?
The Microhook retention system on the Leggett and Plattt S-Cape 2.0 and this model, eliminates the need for mattress retaining bars. As the name says, the adjustable bed foundation has built-in ‘micro hooks’ which ‘stick’ to the mattress cover and hold it in place without letting it slide off the bottom edge of the bed! These microhooks are somewhat similar to Velcro fasteners.
|7) Remote controller
||All three of these best mid-range adjustable bed frames have wireless, backlit, sleek remote controllers. Don’t let the design of the remote controller be the decisive factor :)|
|8) Smartphone app control||Yes (Android or iOS)||NO||Yes (Android or iOS)|
|9) Under bed lighting||Yes
(Not an essential feature to have; but can be very useful)
|10) USB Ports||8
(4 on either side of the bed on the S-Cape+ 2.0 model)
|11) Legs||4 adjustable legs (adjust from 6″ to 10″ in height as you please)||6 legs (can be adjusted to 4″, 7″ and 10.5″)||4 height adjustable legs (adjust to 3″, 5″ or 8″ in height)|
|12) Safety Features||The remote controller has a ‘Lock’. Once locked, the bed will not move ‘up and down’ due to accidentally pressing the wrong buttons. Especially if you fall asleep with the remote on the bed, your turning and twisting during sleep can accidentally press the wrong buttons on the remote transforming the bed to the TV watching position from a sleeping position. ‘Lock’ your bed using the ‘lock’ button on the remote and sleep with complete peace of mind!||No such safety feature||No such safety feature|
|Special Remarks||As you will agree, the Leggett and Platt S-Cape 2.0 easily tops this category. The only reason it didn’t make it to the ‘high-end category’ was because it lacked pillow tilting. If you can afford to spend $1000+ on an adjustable bed, I strongly urge you to go with an S-Cape 2.0.||The Classic Brands Adjustable Comfort bed lack many of the high-end features. It’ll do the job for someone who doesn’t expect much from their adjustable bed; but if you expect something more from your bed, we urge you to stay away from this. The only reason we ranked this above the Reverie 7S is the cheaper priced tag of the Classic Brands adjustable bed.||This may not have the bells and whistles of the S-Cape 2.0, however, it has the must have specs of an adjustable frame. Its massage function works as it’s supposed to work, it’s durable and it has a trusted name in the USA.
At the time of writing this, the S-Cape 2.0 is cheaper than the Reverie 7S, so you really can’t justify buying a 7S, when there’s a more feature-rich model available at a cheaper price.
(1) Is LACK of “Pillow Tilting” a Deal BREAKER?
Pillow tilting is especially useful when you want to position your head really straight (vertically) when you’re ‘sitting up’ to watch TV, read a book, have breakfast-in-bed, check out president Donald Trump’s tweets on your tablet computer/laptop etc. Pillow tilting can save your neck!
However, an adjustable bed without pillow tilting will work out just fine:
Lack of pillow tilting is NOT a deal breaker. It becomes a necessity only if you will be using your computer/tablet computer/smartphone on your bed for long hours and/or you will be doing a lot of reading or watching TV using the ‘sit-up’ position. Using an adjustable bed for working on a laptop for extended hours is not a good idea; that’s what tables are for! Apologies for sounding nasty!
(2) Is lack of “Programmable Memory Positions” a Deal Breaker?
Hmm…. Yes, lack of “Customizable Memory Positions” can be a deal breaker. Based on our experience, the ability to customize memory positions, so that you can get to your favorite position with a single click of your remote, is critical. The most comfortable “TV watching” position for you may be an inclination of 75 degrees whereas the factory preset TV watching position may be 65 degrees.
This would mean that every time you want to watch TV, you’ll need to first, bring it to 65 degrees with the preset memory button. Then secondly, you’ll need to increase inclination manually from 65 to 66 to 67 to 68 ….. 73 to 74 to 75 degrees. It may not stop at 75 at once and may go up to 78 degrees. Now you’ll need to bring it down a tad until you hit that sweet spot. This can be a painful process for some of us.
The very reason you decided to spend thousands of dollars on an adjustable bed is because you want to be comfortable and get relaxed in quick time. If you have to pres the up/down buttons a 100 times to get to that favorite position, it can become really frustrating. This is why we say that programmable memory positions are a must! In fact, the more programmable positions, the merrier.
Don’t let the manufacturer decide your favorite position; it’s your bed and YOU need to be in control.
|#1 Recommended Entry-level Adjustable Bed
|Serta Motion Essentials II Adjustable Bed
||Leggett and Platt ShipShape Adjustable Foundation||Sealy Ease Adjustable Bed Frame|
|None of these 3 adjustable beds have
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you want to keep it plain and simple, these wallet-friendly bases may work perfectly well!
|1) Remote controller||Wired.
Wired remote controllers are not as sexy as wireless remotes; however, the chances of you losing a wired remote are almost zero!
|2) Factory preset memory positions
(Flat and Lounge)
|3) Customizable memory positions||None of these 3 entry-level adjustable bases have customizable memory positions. However, recall that some of the other beds like this one had 4 programmable positions.|
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|4) Mattress Retainer Bar/s||All 3 of them have a mattress retaining bar to ensure that the mattress doesn’t slide out of the bed when the head is raised. As you may recall, this model and this model DO NOT have mattress retainer bars; instead they have a micro-hook retention system.|
|5) Smartphone app control, Bluetooth, USB ports, under-bed lighting, lumbar support, bedroom scenes etc.
||None of these three “entry-level” adjustable beds have these luxury specs!|
|6) Who should buy an entry-level adjustable bed when there are fancier models with many bells and whistles?