7 Best Adjustable Bed Bases of 2022

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Don’t get us wrong—finding the right mattress is *essential* for a good night’s sleep. However! Not enough people realize that a quality bed frame matters just as much. And if you have health issues (such as arthritic problems, post-surgical complications, spine pathology, poor circulation, or difficulty breathing), then an adjustable bed base may just be the best investment you can make…though really, anyone could benefit from an adjustable base. As Bloom Ergonomics founder Audrey Mitchell, COTA/L, CEAS, PAS, explains, “Adjustable bed bases offer a range of benefits for people who want to improve the quality of their sleep, reduce symptoms from a medical condition as recommended by their doctor, or simply find a more comfortable position for watching TV or reading in bed.”

So how do they work? An adjustable bed base can elevate the head and foot of your mattress between 40 and 70 degrees, which creates a more comfortable shape for you to read, watch TV, and even sleep. And many offer other fun features, like preset functions and massage settings. The price of an adjustable base all depends on the size and benefits of the bed you choose, and it’s up to you to decide what features you actually need, from built-in LED lighting and USB ports to voice control and automatic snoring detection. No matter your budget, you can find an adjustable base that fits your fantasy, and we’ve rounded up some of the very best to make your decision easier.

Our top picks for adjustable bed bases for 2022:

Ahead, check out the best adjustable bed bases your money can buy, as well as everything you need to know before making the investment. And jsyk, the prices listed are for queen-size adjustable bases, though all of these options come in other sizes as well.

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How does an adjustable bed base work?

An adjustable bed base is able to tilt, raise, and lower your mattress to facilitate angled or elevated sleeping positions, which can be beneficial for anyone, no matter your preferred sleep position or sleep style. People with health issues, especially, may find that sleeping is more comfy when their body is at an angle—but that isn’t the only benefit that adjustable bases offer. Along with independent head and foot adjustability, other common perks include:

  • A zero gravity preset: This allows the bed to automatically shift into a zero-gravity position, which is when your head and knee line are raised slightly above your heart, effectively relieving tension on the muscles.
  • On anti snoring preset: Another useful mode, this button will adjust your bed into an anti-snore position, which involves lifting your head in a way that opens the airways and reduces snoring.
  • Massage features: The two most common types of massage functions on adjustable beds are two-zone or dual-zone massage (which allows you to enjoy separate head and foot massages) and full-body massage (which uses rolling wave motions to soothe your entire body).
  • Adjustable height: A base that includes adjustable legs can be raised or lowered to different profiles so you can find your ideal height.
  • USB charging port: With built-in charging ports, you can charge your phone or other devices overnight without cluttering your outlets.
  • Underbed lighting: Built-in underbed lighting (which is usually controlled by a remote) allows you to safety get out of bed at night without tripping over anything.
  • A wall hugging feature: Also referred to as wall-slide or wall-glide technology, this feature allows you to adjust your bed without moving away from your nightstand.

Is an adjustable bed right for you?

Again, while anyone could benefit from an adjustable frame, they’re especially beneficial for those with health concerns and injuries, as well as back sleepers, snorers, and folks with acid reflux. “One of the main benefits is that they allow you to adjust the angle of your head and upper body, which can help to alleviate these problems,” explains Bloom. “For example, raising the head of the bed can help to reduce snoring by helping to keep the airways open, while elevating the upper body can help to reduce acid reflux by keeping stomach acid from flowing back into the esophagus.”

An adjustable base may also be a good choice if you share your bed, as they often come with split bases, which allow each person to adjust their side of the bed independently. As Bloom tells us, “This can be particularly useful for couples with different preferences for the firmness of their mattress or the angle at which they sleep. One partner might be a side sleeper which requires a flatbed, while the other partner is a back- sleeper and snores that would benefit from an elevated upper body.”

And if you frequently like to read or watch TV in bed, then you could also benefit from an adjustable bed base, as they allow you to easily adjust the angle of your head and upper body to a comfortable position. “Plus, nowadays, adjustable bed bases have remote controls or apps to adjust the bed, and some even have underbed lights, massage features, or ports to charge your phone,” Bloom adds.

Do you need a special mattress for an adjustable bed base?

The most important thing to consider when choosing an adjustable mattress is its flexibility and durability—but no, you don’t need a mattress that’s specially made for adjustable bed bases. For your adjustable base, you can use pretty much any mattress that will bend and flex to follow the contour of the base (while still maintaining its support and structural integrity), which is why memory foam, latex, and hybrid mattresses are usually the best choice. If you have an innerspring mattress, then it may be too inflexible to deliver a full range of motion.

How to choose the best adjustable bed base

Even the cheapest adjustable bases out there are still pretty expensive, so before you make the investment, here are a few things you’ll wanna consider:

Read up on the features

Since pretty much all adjustable bed bases are made with heavy-duty steel, the price of your base all boils down to its special features. Read up on all the benefits offered by each model and decide what you’ll *actually* use…and what really isn’t worth the cost to you. For instance, if LED underbed lighting and smart assistant voice control aren’t all that important to you, then there’s no need to shell out thousands of dollars on a model with all the bells and whistles, right?

Check out the bed frame compatibility

While some adjustable bases are pretty enough to be used on their own, some are better off paired with bed frames to make ’em a lil cuter. The good news: Almost all adjustable frames are designed to fit inside standalone bed frames or ones with removable platforms—but just be sure your base is compatible with any frame you may buy. Other bases have the option of adding on headboards or footboards with brackets, which is cheaper than buying a whole new frame.

Choose between single or split base

Standard adjustable beds are designed to lift or lower the entire mattress, which may not work if you share your bed with someone who has different elevation preferences. If you go with a split base, then you and your partner can adjust your side of the bed with affecting the other person, though you’ll also have to invest in a split mattress for your split base to function correctly.

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