Everything under the sun has a bright side AND a dark side. Adjustable beds are no exception to this rule. While there’s plenty of good about them, there are also a couple of noteworthy drawbacks about them. Let’s discuss all of them below.
Adjustable Beds – PROS
- Relief from pain – users of adjustable beds consistently report relief from pain resulting from back problems, arthritis, neck problems, frozen shoulder, and cramping. People with spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and degenerative spondylolisthesis have found adjustable beds particularly beneficial. In addition, adjustable beds are also known to relieve people from insomnia, breathing/sinus/allergy problems , snoring, swollen legs, asthma, heartburn/reflux, heart/circulation problems, and restless leg syndrome (RLS).
- More comfortable than conventional beds – inclines of no more than 30 – 45 degrees (semi-Fowler’s position) are most popular. Most models nowadays have programmable memory positions as well. That way you can reach that favorite sweet spot with the touch of a single-button! Conventional beds will not
- Convenience factor – lets you sit-up in bed at any incline/angle you want (infinite number of ergonomic rest positions). This makes watching TV, playing video games, reading a newspaper/book, typing on a laptop, having breakfast in bed, nursing/breast feeding, and even jumping in and out of bed a whole lot more convenient compared to a conventional bed
- High ‘intimacy factor’ – we’ll not go into details here and let your imagination run riot
- Independence – move without disturbing your sleep partner. Especially with split-queen and split-king type of adjustable beds
- Built-in massage – many adjustable beds come with a built-in massage feature nowadays. Higher-end ones come with advanced features like different modes of massaging, timers etc.
- Low maintenance
- Up to 25 years of limited warranty (full warranty generally <5 years)
- USB chargers for phones, tablets – don’t make your purchasing decision based on USB chargers, however, if you can get one without having to spend extra, it’s certainly worth it because you’re likely to use them on a daily basis
- Lumbar Support: Some models of adjustable beds like this one has something known as Lumbar support. As the name suggests, these beds have a separate bar jotting out to support your lumbar area; can be very helpful to those of you with lower back pain
Adjustable Beds – CONS
- Your current mattresses may not work – this type of mattress works while spring mattresses don’t
- More expensive than conventional beds
- Time consuming – there isn’t a pre-set miracle position that is the perfect sweet spot for every person. You’ll need to play with it a few days (or nights) to find those custom angles that soothe you (and your partner) the best. With these adjustable beds, the angles matter more than the size! In contrast, conventional beds are ‘plug and play’
- Mechanical failures – whenever there are motors/electronics involved, there’s always the possibility of them failing. TVs, radios, cars, KitchenAid mixers, air conditioners, you name it… all of above can have mechanical failures at some point. Adjustable beds are no exception. However, the popular consensus is that, if they fail, they fail within a short period of you starting to use it. Because most adjustable bed manufacturers provide at least 1 year of comprehensive warranty, those defective units that are bound to fail, will likely fail within the warranty period. So, even though adjustable beds are not fail-proof like conventional beds, you have little to worry about because of the warranties offered by their manufacturers.
- A touch of danger – if you poke your hand between the bed foundation and the frame while it’s being lowered, potentially, your hand can get injured. This won’t happen with a conventional platform bed.
You can read about which bed has which features by paying a visit to our detailed review of the top 10 best adjustable beds.
Attractive features you shouldn’t be fooled by
- Fancy fabric cover – be it fabric, leather, rexin, or wooden, DO NOT make your purchasing decision based on ‘outer looks’
- Sleek legs – legs can be seductive whether they’re of women or otherwise
- Elegant remote controls
- Better mattress – you don’t have to buy a bed + mattress combo. You can buy just an adjustable bed base and shop for that perfect mattress elsewhere
The most important features to look for
- The plywood deck should be no less than 5/8” to ¾” thick
- Motors should be UL (Underwriters Laboratories) listed and rated
- Modular systems that let you remove and replace a part ‘gone bad’: e.g. motor, hinge, wiring etc.
- BIG, backlit remote – Why BIG? Don’t we go for smaller and slimmer gadgets these days? The simple answer is that smaller remotes can get easily lost among those pillows, bed sheets, and comforters. Yes, they do get lost quite a bit, that’s why most remotes come with the ‘locate remote’ feature these days. Why backlit? Because you won’t have to turn on your night lamp every time you want to play with your remote
- Wall hugging feature – so that you’re always lined up with the night-stand
- Lifting capacity – while some beds can lift up to 600 pounds (in addition to the mattress), others cannot ‘lift’ over 400 pounds. For a queen bed holding two persons, this can be a problem. Pay close attention to this feature
- Steel legs – steel legs are always recommended over aluminum legs when it comes to adjustable beds
- Battery backup in case of power failure – can come in handy especially if you live in an area with frequent power failures
- Quiet motor – some motors are loud and must be avoided by all means
- Compatibility with your existing bed frame – why spend for another frame if the base is compatible with your current frame?
- Customer support – not every adjustable bed manufacturer stands by their word. Given that this is a relatively delicate piece of equipment, it’s wise to go with a company that is tested and proven