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18 PROS and CONS of Adjustable Beds 

 September 4, 2019

By  Belinda Palmer

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 awesome qualities about them, there are also a couple of noteworthy drawbacks that you need to be aware of before buying one. Let’s discuss all of them below.

If you haven’t checked yet, don’t forget to check out our Best Adjustable Beds: TOP 10 Reviews and 2020 Buyer’s Guide

For your convenience, we have categorized our list as 10 PROS and 8 CONS of Adjustable Beds. Hope you find it useful.

Adjustable Beds – PROS (Adjustable Bed Benefits)

Before jumping on to the 10 Pros, here’s an adjustable bed review we received from an adjustable bed user on a particular brand of adjustable bed.

“… this xxx adjustable base has completely transformed how we use our bed. Before this bed came into our lives, I have never slept with my head elevated; but now that I have, I can breathe considerably better and my girlfriend says she has not seen me snoring since. We use it as a bed, as a couch and even as a lounger. It has helped my girlfriend with her heartburn and she too sleeps much better now. This xxx bed frame has given life and interaction to an ancient concept and we’ll never go back to a conventional bed..” Anthony Hubert, WI

Since the above described benefits can be obtained from any brand of adjustable bed, we have blocked out the brand name.

OK, here are the 10 benefits of adjustable beds as promised

1. 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/acid reflux, heart/circulation problems, and restless leg syndrome (RLS). The beauty of adjustable beds is that you don’t need an expensive or advanced model to reap most of these health benefits. This is the best adjustable bed we can recommend in 2020 (most feature rich, unbeatable price for such an advanced adjustable base and lifetime warranty for the metal frame makes puts it in a different class altogether).

2. More comfortable than conventional beds

Inclines of no more than 30 – 45 degrees (semi-Fowler’s position) are most popular. Best rated models nowadays have programmable memory positions as well. That way you can reach that favorite sweet spot with the touch of a single-button instead of having to long-press up and down buttons.

3. 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

4. High ‘intimacy factor’

We’ll not go into details here and let your imagination run riotFeet up adjustable bed position

5. Independence

Move without disturbing your sleep partner. Especially with split-queen and split-king types of adjustable beds, one partner can raise/lower his/her bed independently of the other. Your favorite position may be 20 degrees elevated and his/her may be 12 degrees; no problem! You can have your own elevation without annoying your partner

6. 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.

7. Low maintenance

No pumping air; no changing water, no greasing… just assemble and hop on…

8. Up to 25 years of limited warranty (full warranty generally <5 years)

The steel frame, upholstered parts, motor, mechanical components etc. etc. have different warranty periods

9. USB chargers for phones, tablets

Don’t make your purchasing decision based on the number of 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

10. 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

“This is the best investment I did within the last decade. My wife has lower back problems and I’m told that I snore; I’m pretty sure I don’t 😉 . We ordered two twin XL’s for a split king; her back pains are gone just like my snoring. All this, with the same old spring-hybrid mattress we bought 6 years ago.” Bob W

Adjustable Beds – CONS (Drawbacks)

Below we discuss 8 drawbacks of electric adjustable beds.

1. Your current mattresses may not work

This type of adjustable mattress works best with adjustable beds while certain other types don’t

2. More expensive than conventional beds

3. Time consuming

There isn’t a preset miracle position that is the perfect sweet spot for every person on planet earth. 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’

4. 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.

5. 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. However, many modern adjustable beds have built-in safety features
to prevent your hands getting caught.

6. Heavy weight

Especially the high-end adjustable beds can be pretty heavy (over 100 pounds). This can be a problem during setup. Imagine your bedroom is upstairs and your delivery man leaves the bed on the curbside. You may need help to carry it upstairs and to twist and turn it until you get everything set up the way you want.

7. Aggravate back pain

If you buy the wrong adjustable bed, it can even aggravate your back pain! If you have seen the video above, you know how important wall hugging can be (video: 4:32 to 5:40 minutes). When the head is elevated on the typical ‘non-wall hugging’ adjustable bed, your whole body moves forward away from the headboard and away from the nightstand. So if you have to reach for something on the nightstand, you have to twist back awkwardly which can potentially give you back aches. This is why it’s important to be aware of what wall hugging is and to buy a bed with wall hugging if you use your nightstand often.

8. Making the bed

Most adjustable beds have mattress retainer bars; some have just one at the foot while others have as many as four on the four corners. These do a great job by preventing the mattress from slipping and holding it in place. Unfortunately, these mattress retainer bars can get in the way when you’re tucking the bed sheets under the mattress. This can bug you a tad bit; but I don’t know anyone that didn’t buy an adjustable bed because of these mattress retainer bars 🙂 Newer adjustable beds come with self-sticking microhooks or nano-beads that are supposed to ‘stick’ to the underside of the mattress, a bit like Velcro. But not all of them do a good job at holding the mattress in place. Their ‘stickyness’ also depends on the material on the mattress cover!

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  • I have and adjustable queen bed and it raises head and foot but I wish I bought a split queen because I like to be up high for back support and I need my husband at a different height due to his snoring. I will say we’d probably have to do a split king because often in the queen, the fitted sheet pops off and at 3am I am trying to get the corners back on. With a king I could just buy twin sheetsto fit it I think

  • Hi James,

    I have a solid wood sleigh bed. Aside from making sure the adjustable frame and mattress unit actually fits inside the headboard and foot (I already measured – it fits), is there an issue with the Bedframe (Foot and headboards) being independent from the mattress and adjustable frame?

    Thanks
    Frank

  • I am wondering if the Sapira model of Leesa brand mattress, 11 inch thick, Foam and coils will work with an adjustable king bed frame.

    • @Linda,
      Thanks for the question!
      Because these are independently wrapped coils, theoretically, the mattress can bend and flex more than a traditional innerspring mattress. But I canNOT recommend it as an adjustable mattress. It is not even recommended for side sleepers; side sleepers need relatively soft mattresses so that the shoulders and hips can sink into the mattress to keep the spinal cord straight. The fact that the Sapira 11″ isn’t recommended for side sleepers indicates how stiff it is and how unsuitable it is as an adjustable mattress.
      The best adjustable mattresses are either latex or foam without any type of springs!!

      Hope that helps!
      Belinda

  • I have a queen adjustable bed. I can’t sleep toward the middle because I feel the support bar. Can I put something under my memory foam mattress so I don’t feel this

    • Hi Sheila,

      Thank you for stopping by Bedroom Solutions. May I know how ‘thick’ your memory foam mattress is? If it’s like 8″ or less, this can happen. I don’t want to recommend placing ‘something’ under the mattress without seeing the exact mechanics. As long as you’re sure it doesn’t get caught up between the moving parts of the adjustable bed, you may do so. Whatever that is, it will have to be flexible as well, because it will have to flex with the bed, correct?

      Instead I would have no reservation on placing a mattress topper on the current memory foam mattress. A 3″ topper should do the trick. But if I didn’t already have one at home, I would first try the option you propose before spending more money on a topper.

      Hope that helps and do keep us updated.
      Have a great weekend!
      Belinda

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