First used in hospitals to help aid healing and rehabilitation, adjustable beds began to enter the home market in the 1970s and have become almost commonplace today for seniors, those with chronic pain and even those who just want a fully customizable sleep experience.
The 3 best mattresses for adjustable beds
To determine which mattresses are the best for adjustable beds, we compared the mattresses’ durability, comfort, special features, prices, home trial length, warranties and reviews by real consumers. The innerspring mattresses we featured are flexible enough to work well with adjustable bed frames. Each of these mattresses will provide a comfortable sleep for many years to come. In the case of damage, they are backed by solid warranties.
Craftmatic Legacy beds come standard with a dual density spring mattress that is firm on one side and plush medium-firm on the other. Both sides provide support and allow you to customize your sleep experience. You can retain the option of a softer or firmer surface in the future by flipping the mattress. The Mattress includes layers of memory foam, latex and a cooling layer. The motor can support weight up to 450 pounds. An optional heavy-duty model supports up to 600lbs.
The Premier is Easy Rest’s most popular model and comes with a mattress specifically designed for the base, available in three firmness levels. The mattress is 11” thick and designed with 330 offset spring coils made of 12.5-gauge wire, making it sturdy and supportive.
The Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress from Nest is a medium-firm mattress that combines pocketed coils and memory foam. Mattress layers include gel-infused memory foam with cooling technology, copper-infused foam, support foam and quantum edge pocketed support coils. The mattress is covered with Thermic Phase Change Cooling Fabric to help reduce the heat-retention properties memory foam is known for.
Can any mattress be used on adjustable beds?
All memory foam, latex and other non-innerspring mattresses can be used as adjustable bed mattresses. Innerspring mattresses with individually wrapped coils will also be compatible with an adjustable base as long as they’re not too firm, as a spring mattress that is too firm can cause too much strain on an adjustable bed’s motor.
Do adjustable beds ruin mattresses?
No. If you’re using a compatible mattress, an adjustable base will not ruin the mattress. However, using an adjustable base may shorten the lifespan of the mattress due to the extra pressure placed on certain parts of the mattress.
Bottom line: Which mattress is right for your adjustable bed?
Many mattresses are compatible with an adjustable base, but if you want to be certain that you’re buying the right one, you should buy a mattress from a company that also sells adjustable bed bases. Pairing the right mattress with an adjustable base will help prolong the life of both pieces. Many brands, like Craftmatic and Easy Rest, include a mattress standard with their bed frames. The best mattress for an adjustable frame will depend on your unique needs. Many brands offer personal consultations to match you with the best model.
As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Jessica Render is dedicated to providing well-researched, valuable content designed to help consumers make informed purchase decisions they can feel confident making. She holds a degree in journalism from Oral Roberts University.