The 6 Best Adjustable Beds of 2020

Customize your sleep experience for a better night's rest

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First Look

Best Overall: Casper The Adjustable Pro at casper.com

"Think of it as hospital bed quality with the addition of every luxury bell and whistle imaginable."

Best Budget: Lucid L300 Adjustable Base at Amazon

"An impressive, highly-rated adjustable bed that is surprisingly feature-heavy considering its low price."

Best Dual Adjustable: The Nectar Split King at nectarsleep.com

"You can individually control your sleeping positions, and if your partner tosses and turns at night, you won’t feel a thing."

Best for Side Sleepers: Purple Power Base at Bed Bath & Beyond

"It easily adjusts to all your favorite positions, including the most natural “zero-gravity” position setting."

Best for Back Pain: Brooklyn Bedding Ascension Ultra Adjustable Power Base at brooklynbedding.com

"It comes loaded with preset positions for activities like television watching, zero gravity, and even anti-snoring postures."

Best Luxury: Saatva Solaire at saatva.com

"An adjustable mattress component that offers six layers of comfort."

If you have trouble sleeping—especially without the help of extra pillows underneath your neck or feet—an adjustable bed might just be a game changer. Similar to a hospital bed, your sleep experience can be customized to your comfort with the touch of a button. 

“One of the primary features of hospital beds is that the alignment of the mattress may be modified depending upon the needs of the patient,” Peter Whang, MD, a Yale Medicine orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in spine conditions, explains to Verywell Health. For example, the head or the foot of the bed may be elevated, and certain beds may also allow for movement in other planes as well (e.g., rotation). “In order to provide the same adjustable capabilities outside of the hospital setting, there are also several models that are commercially available for people to use in their own homes,” he says. 

Not only can an adjustable bed help you sleep better in general, but may offer other health benefits as well. “Because of their ability to be adjusted, these types of beds may help individuals settle into a favorable posture during sleep and avoid positions that may exacerbate their conditions,” adds Dr. Whang. “For someone with gastroesophageal reflux disease, it may be beneficial to raise the head of the bed whereas swelling in the legs may be alleviated by elevating the food of the bed.”  

An adjustable bed can also be extremely beneficial for someone who is in recovery from a surgery, “or anyone who has difficulty getting out of bed because it may be adjusted to facilitate transfers from lying down to standing.”

When shopping for an adjustable frame, keep in mind that the price points are generally higher than most mattress sets. Therefore, Dr. Whang advises considering features that are most important to you, and buying accordingly. “A discussion with medical practitioners such as a physician or physical therapist may be worthwhile in order to get their input as to the specific needs of each individual,” he adds. 

Do you have to buy a new mattress for your adjustable bed? In most cases, no. However, if you do want to take advantage of dual adjustable features, you will need to purchase two twin mattresses that can be individually adjusted.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Casper The Adjustable Pro

Casper The Adjustable Pro
Courtesy of Casper.

Casper’s Adjustable Pro is a high-quality and feature-heavy dual adjustable bed frame base that will majorly up your sleeping game. Think of it as hospital bed quality with the addition of every luxury bell and whistle imaginable. We love that you can use any foam mattress with it, eliminating the need to make an additional purchase. As for features, it offers full-body adjustability with numerous positions, under bed lighting, and USB ports to charge all your devices that are just a few of the next level perks of the luxury bed, and even head and foot massage capabilities, meaning you can get a nice rub down as you drift off to sleep. All of this and more can be controlled via a programmable wireless remote. Casper also offers free in-home delivery and setup, which is a major bonus. Additionally, they offer a 30-day trial period for the bed frame, so if it isn’t everything you dreamed of, they will take it right off your hands with a full refund. It is available in a bunch of sizes, including Twin XL, Queen, California King, and Split King, in case you want to take advantage of dual adjustability features.

Best Budget: Lucid L300 Adjustable Base

Whether you are looking for a short-term solution—maybe because you're pregnant and can’t get comfortable at night or recovering from a surgery—or just on a tight budget, you can still reap the benefits of an adjustable bed at a more affordable price point. Lucid, one of our favorite mattress brands available on Amazon, has created an impressive, highly-rated adjustable bed that is surprisingly feature-heavy considering its low price. Not only can it adjust your head and feet, saving your favorite positions with a pre-program feature, but there are built-in USB ports so you can charge up your phone and other devices while in bed. You will have to assemble yourself (it should only take five minutes, per the brand), but it can be purchased with or without a mattress, and the brand maintains that most mattresses should work with it. However, if you're worried about your specific mattress fitting the frame, you might want to read the fine print.

Best Dual Adjustable: The Nectar Split King

The Nectar Split King
Courtesy of Nectar.

If you share a bed with a significant other you should seriously consider a dual adjustable bed. This split king from Nectar requires two twin mattresses, put together to make a king size bed. This means that not only can each of you individually control your sleeping positions, but if your partner tosses and turns at night, you won’t feel a thing. It also has features to make your sleeping experience even more luxurious—like a massage and a zero gravity setting. Everything is controlled via a programmable remote. Nectar offers white glove delivery, meaning that when they bring the Nectar Adjustable Base to your home they will even remove your old bed frame. If you are still on the fence, you can sleep well at night knowing the brand offers a 50-day risk-free return policy, and will fully refund you if you don’t love it.

Best for Side Sleepers: Purple Power Base

Purple Adjustable Base
Courtesy of Mattress Firm.

The Purple Power Base is basically the smartest adjustable bed on the market. Paired with a “no-pressure” patented Purple mattress, it is the best option for anyone who considers themself a side sleeper. This dual adjustable base can be used with two twin mattresses or a single king with options to program accordingly. It easily adjusts to all your favorite positions, including the most natural “zero-gravity” position setting that will help encourage better blood flow, reduce pressure on the spine, and simply help your body relax. Extra features include a soothing resonant-frequency massage with targeted vibration zones, so you can zero in on your body pain. It also features an under the bed light and USB ports. The only downside is that the Purple Power Base is non-returnable, though it does come with a 20-year warranty.

Best for Back Pain: Brooklyn Bedding Ascension Ultra Adjustable Power Base

Brooklyn Bedding Ascension Ultra Adjustable Power Base
Courtesy of Brooklyn Bedding.

If you suffer from back pain, Brooklyn Bedding’s Ascension Ultra Adjustable Power Base is a no brainer. The only issue? It will definitely make it harder for you to motivate yourself to get out of bed in the morning. With the touch of a button on its wireless remote control you can comfortably position yourself to your liking. We love that it comes loaded with preset positions for activities like television watching, zero gravity, and even anti-snoring postures, yet still allows you to personalize positions. It also includes two USB charging ports, LED under bed lighting, and offers Apple and Android App support. An added bonus? Those days when your back is really aching, you can enjoy a head and foot massage with three modes and levels of intensity. It is also dual adjustable, allowing for the use of two twin mattresses or one king.

Best Luxury: Saatva Solaire

Saatva Solaire
Courtesy of Saatva.

If you really want to invest in a good night’s sleep—and you already have a bed frame you love—we suggest you check out the Saatva Solaire and Lineal Base combination. The Solaire is an adjustable mattress component that offers six layers of comfort, made out of CertiPUR-US certified memory foam and Oeko-Tex certified latex, and a whopping 50 firmness options. The Lineal gives you the option of head and foot elevation in addition to under-bed lighting and full-body massage capabilities. It can also be ordered as a split king if you and your partner have different concepts about comfort. While the adjustable base is not returnable, the mattress itself boasts a 180 day no-risk return policy.

Final Verdict

There are a lot of options in the adjustable bed market, but Casper's Adjustable Pro scored our top honors for a variety of reasons. While it is one of the higher priced models on the market, it is well equipped with every feature imaginable, can be used with any foam mattress, and is quite simply, user approved and friendly. We also appreciate the fact that Casper is one of the only companies who offers a 30-day risk-free trial period, just in case you aren’t into owning an adjustable bed after all. However, you can’t go wrong with our other picks, especially if Casper’s adjustable bed isn't in your budget.

What to Look for in an Adjustable Bed

Budget: First and foremost, before making any purchase, you need to consider your budget. Adjustable beds are available at almost every price point. If you aren’t ready to invest money in an adjustable bed, or you are only planning on using it temporarily (perhaps while recovering from an injury or during a pregnancy) then you should definitely avoid splurging on one of the higher priced models. However, you should always remember that investing in your sleep is never a bad idea. While spending a few thousand dollars on one of these bases might be hard to stomach, if you consider how much time you spend in bed and all the benefits you reap from a good night’s sleep, you will realize it is money well spent. 

Features: Sure, every adjustable bed will raise or lower your head or feet with the touch of a button. However, most of them offer a lot more than that. Before you start shopping, make a list of features that are appealing to you. Many of the beds on our list vary in options, which include massage, under bed lighting, and USB ports, to name a few. 

Adjustability: If you and your significant other have different concepts of comfort, then you should seriously consider a dual adjustable split king. Instead of one large mattress, you would need to purchase two twins that can be independently controlled to each of your likings. 

Your Mattress Type: If you already own a mattress that you would like to use with your adjustable base, you need to make sure it is compatible. While most can be used with any mattress type, a few are regulated only to foam. 

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