16 PROS and CONS of Adjustable Beds

Split-king adjustable bed

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.

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Adjustable Beds – PROS

  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).
  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 riot
  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
  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

Adjustable Beds – CONS

  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 pre-set 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.

Attractive features you shouldn’t be fooled by

  1. Fancy fabric covers – be it fabric, leather, rexin, or wooden, DO NOT make your purchasing decision based on ‘outer looks’
  2. Sleek legs – legs can be seductive whether they’re of women or otherwise
  3. Elegant remote controllers
  4. Better mattresses – you don’t have to buy a bed + mattress combo. You can buy just an adjustable bed base and shop for that perfect adjustable mattress elsewhere

The most important features to look for

  1. Wall hugging feature – so that you’re always lined up with the night-stand
  2. Programmable memory positions – factory preset memory positions may not suit you well
  3. Pillow tilting – most adjustable beds have only head tilting and foot tilting; only a handful of them have pillow tilting
  4. Anti-Trendelenburg position – especially if you suffer from acid reflux, back problems or you’re a senior citizen that deserves the best. Read our Glideaway adjustable bed review to find out more about this position
  5. Quiet motors – some motors are loud and must be avoided by all means
  6. Backlit remote controllers – Because you won’t have to turn on your night lamp every time you want to play with your remote. It’s also a good idea to go with a fairly large-sized remote controller. 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.
  7. Lifting capacity – while some beds can lift up to 800 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
  8. Steel legs – steel legs are always recommended over aluminum legs when it comes to adjustable beds
  9. Battery backup in case of power failure – can come in handy especially if you live in an area with frequent power failures
  10. Compatibility with your existing bed frame – why spend for another frame if the base is compatible with your current frame?
  11. 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
  12. Reputed manufacturers – the market is full of cheaply manufactured adjustable beds imported from _________ (fill in the blanks). Their price tags are very attractive and they work just fine while their young! But these age very quickly and doesn’t take too long to have mechanical failures. This is why we highly recommend that you opt for an adjustable bed from a reputed manufacturer.


  1. @J S,
    Thanks for the great question, but, no, I would not recommend putting foam over it (what if it gets caught in the moving parts or even catch fire if it heats up too much by any chance; I wouldn’t take a chance). What brand is it? The best option is to call the customer support of the manufacturer. A simple service of the motor may do the trick!
    Hope that was helpful!

  2. @Ellie,
    Never had thought of using adjustable beds for breastfeeding! Thanks for the tip and good luck with your hunt for a bed that satisfies all your needs!

  3. Unfortunately, adjustable beds don’t go on sale on Black Friday as much as we would’ve ideally liked to! There were a few mattress deals, but none of the adjustable beds of the ‘best’ category went on sale 🙁

  4. So the motor on my adjustable bed is a little noisy, is there anything i can do to make it more quiet? like put foam over it?

  5. My husband and I have been thinking about getting an adjustable bed and need to find the right one for us. Thank you for pointing out that these adjustable beds can make it more convenient to do things like eating and breastfeeding in bed. This seems like a great reason for us to look into finding the best adjustable bed for us.

  6. @Rusty!

    Spot on man! That’s why adjustable bed manufacturers have invented ‘wall hugging’. Basically, as the bed inclines, it also slides back towards the wall keeping you close to the nightstand. It ‘hugs’ the wall! Had you bought an adjustable bed with wall hugging, you wouldn’t have had this issue. What you suggested is absolutely correct. If your bed isn’t a wall hugger, you need a pull out shelf as you’ve suggested or if your nightstand doesn’t have that, just place it about a foot in front of the wall, and that too will provide some relief!

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts!

  7. I find that a traditional night stand/chest is too far back when you are inclined. ie: reaching coffee/water, etc. Probably a chest with a pull out shelf would work. Anyone having this issue/solution?

  8. @ Elsa,

    Hey, thank you for your comment. Can you hire an adjustable bed? Isn’t that wonderful? If you know a place to hire an adjustable bed, can you please post it here so that I can share it with the rest of our readers?


  9. I like the fact that adjustable beds can actually ease a person’s comfort to prevent him from suffering from pains and injuries such as neck and back pains, cramps, and the like. My mother wakes up in the middle of the night almost everyday due to the immense pain that she’s experiencing from cramps. I noticed that her bed is too small and sturdy for her to move around. Good thing I came across your post because you gave me an idea of hiring an adjustable bed for her. A queen size will surely make a perfect fit for her so she can move freely while being able to adjust the ergonomics of it.

  10. I do like how you mentioned that these adjustable beds have the ability to incline around 30° to 45° angle. That should solve the problem of me feeling that my bed is too low. Additionally, if I can adjust my bed the same way the cartoon guy does in his it would be even better as my wife isn’t a fan when I incline our pillows. Hopefully, I can get an adjustable bed that will ease this problem of mine. Thanks!

  11. I liked that you explained the features to these different mattresses. The one that I’m sleeping on is really old, so I need to replace it. It seems like a memory foam mattress would be nice to have since it’s supposed to conform to my body. I hope that will help with my back problems.

  12. I am interested in a double king size adjustable bed. I live in Villa Sol Subd, Angeles City. Do you deliver? Also need price range on such beds.

  13. @ Sarah,

    Great to hear that you found it useful. In case of acid reflux, how adjustable beds work is really simple. In simple terms, you get heartburn when the acid (hydrochloric acid) from the stomach flows up to the esophagus. When you raise your upper body, the acid can’t no longer enter the esophagus against gravity –> no more heartburn!! The logic is really simple. Hope it really does help your husband. Keep us posted! You’ll find the same tip on webMD too


  14. I was so glad to read that adjustable mattress are great for pain. This really attracted me because my husband has an extreme case of heartburn and acid reflux. I think this would be a great option to consider for him. Maybe this would help him at night to sleep a little bit better without having discomfort. Thank you for sharing this! I will be sure to bring this option to his attention!


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