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.
After you finish here, don’t forget to check out our 12 BEST Adjustable Beds – Reviews, PROS, CONS
Before you go to our 10 PROS and 7 CONS of Adjustable Beds, we want you to watch this video that underlines the 6 Most Critical features of adjustable beds. Once you finish this video, the Pros and Cons section will make much better sense.
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Below we discuss 10 benefits of adjustable beds.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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 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
- 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: no pumping air; no changing water, no greasing… just assemble and hop on…
- 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
- 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
- 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
Below we discuss 7 drawbacks of electric adjustable beds.
- Your current mattresses may not work – this type of adjustable mattress works best with adjustable beds while certain other types 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 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’
- 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. However, many modern adjustable beds have built-in safety features
to prevent your hands getting caught.
- 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.
- 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.
Attractive features you shouldn’t be fooled by
- Fancy fabric covers – 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 controllers
- 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
- Wall hugging feature – so that you’re always lined up with the night-stand
- Programmable memory positions – factory preset memory positions may not suit you well
- Pillow tilting – most adjustable beds have only head tilting and foot tilting; only a handful of them have pillow tilting
- 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
- Quiet motors – some motors are loud and must be avoided by all means
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.