The 8 Best Adjustable Beds of 2024

The 8 Best Adjustable Beds of 2024

If you have trouble with snoring, back and joint pain, or just feel like you’re not getting the best sleep, you may have considered an adjustable bed. With variable inclines for the upper torso and legs, adjustable beds can deliver a range of sleep benefits and offer relief for multiple sleep conditions. With the touch of a button, you can instantly customize the contours of the bed to support a comfortable sitting or sleeping position

Every setting on an adjustable bed can offer better sleep, even if you don’t suffer from chronic sleep or pain issues. “Zero-gravity” settings allow the even distribution of weight, which can reduce pressure and joint pain, and improve sleep quality, while head elevation can alleviate reflux and snoring. Leg elevation can stimulate blood flow and reduce swelling. The variable inclines can assist less mobile people to transition from horizontal to sitting to standing positions. And who doesn’t love some extra neck and back support while immersed in a good book?

Start shopping for adjustable beds for your home, however, and you’ll soon be bombarded with jargon and lofty manufacturers’ claims. To cut through the noise, our editors tested ten popular models—including everything from adjustable frames to fully-customizable mattresses—to assess the benefits for themselves and to share the results with you. Each bed was tested at home for two months and evaluated for ease of use, comfort, performance, design and value.

What to Know Before You Shop

Your first consideration should be finding an appropriate size for your needs, as adjustable beds can be large. It’s also important that the adjustable features are compatible with a mattress that fits your physical requirements and budget. Dr. Tadros suggests trying the adjustable bed prior to purchasing to ensure adequate comfort. Here are the various kinds of adjustable beds you’ll find on the market.

  • Adjustable base and mattress combo: As the name suggests, a combo combines the base and mattress with built-in technology in the base to adjust head and leg inclines. Combos remove the will-it-or-won’t-it-fit guesswork that you get when selecting an adjustable frame to match your current mattress. You’ll notice three of our eight category-topping beds are combos, including the Lucid L300, which got the nod as our best overall. 
  • Adjustable base only: You guessed it! BYO mattress. The head and leg incline functions are all built into the base. The big benefit of adjustable bases is that you can choose a mattress independently from the base, so you get exactly the firmness and feel you want (rather than what the base manufacturer tells you). The drawback? Some mattresses perform superbly when flat but not so well when bent. So, it pays to check compatibility before you purchase. Generally, foam and latex mattresses work best with adjustable bases. Some hybrid mattresses work with adjustable bases, especially if they have pocketed—meaning separately wrapped—coils.
  • Adjustable mattress only: Smart technology in your mattress? It’s a thing. While some adjustable mattresses allow foam inserts to be added or subtracted to alter firmness, mattresses like the Saatva Solaire Adjustable Firmness Mattress (reviewed below) have built-in pumps that allow you to inflate or deflate the mattress and even customize different firmnesses for each side.
  • Split king vs. single base: If you’re sharing the bed and want customizable inclines and firmnesses on each side, split kings allow exactly that. With single bases, however, whatever settings you choose are applied to the whole bed—so you’ll need to toss a coin to see who gets to pick. Use a king-size mattress on a split king base, and you can split the difference (somewhat). See our reviews of the Linenspa Adjustable Bed Base and GhostBed Adjustable Base below for more info.

Amazon Lucid L300 12 Inch Mattress & Adjustable Base

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Why We Like It

From the super-simple setup (all tools included) to the broad range of adjustment options, and the comfortable support of the memory-foam mattress, we found a lot to love about the Lucid L300 Adjustable Base and Mattress. Once we’d completed the setup of the split king, we loved the modern look, and tech features like the dual USB charging ports, wireless remotes, and programmable memory positions.

The big benefit of the split king is that we were able to customize the head and foot incline to each side of the bed. And the quiet mechanism meant we could adjust during the night with no partner disturbance. Best of all, the mattress’s multiple layers of memory foam—including some with moisture-wicking bamboo charcoal infusion—and enclosed springs provided a superb sleep platform. During testing, we recorded a measurable increase in sleep quality and reduced snoring. We’ve been waking feeling energized and refreshed. 

It’s Worth Noting 

  • We’ve found that the occasionally remote disconnects from the motor, which requires a simple power-off and reboot to reset. 

Product Details:

  • Type: Mattress and adjustable base combo
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King, Split King
  • Adjustability: Independent head and leg incline
  • Trial Period: 100-night trial (if ordered from Lucid)

Health / Michael Navarro


Puffy Serenity Adjustable Base

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Why We Like It

After finding the right place for our Puffy Serenity Adjustable Base, we followed the clear step-by-step instructions and set it up in a cinch. It took us three to four days, however, to figure out the perfect incline for each sleeper on our existing memory foam mattress (the manufacturer claims the base works with any mattress). But we loved that we could adjust the bed nightly depending on how we felt—higher incline on one side to relieve acid reflux, raised legs on the other to soothe an aching back. And we saved our favorite positions to return to again and again.

Though the head and foot massage features were soothing, they only provide a gentle vibration—definitely no deep tissue action here. We loved that the intuitive wireless remote and quiet hum of the motors caused no disturbance during middle-of-the-night adjustments. And the dual USB ports are super convenient for charging devices at night. All in all, we found this adjustable bed helped us fall asleep faster, alleviated acid reflux, snoring and back pain, and improved sleep quality. We’d recommend it as one of our top performers across every metric.

It’s Worth Noting 

  • This frame has LED lights, which are useful but too dark for clear nighttime vision, so you’ll also need a lamp.
  • While instructions and setup were easy, the frame itself is heavy and requires some maneuvering.

Product Details:

  • Type: Adjustable base
  • Sizes: Twin XL, Full, Queen, Split King
  • Adjustability: Head and leg incline; five height options; massage; zero-gravity
  • Trial Period: 101-night free trial

Linenspa Hybrid Medium-Firm Queen Mattress and Adjustable Bed Base

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Why We Like It

Following the simple instructions, we were pleasantly surprised that the Linenspa Base and Mattress weight and size allowed for a single-person setup. We tested the split king, and onsidering the sturdiness of the frame, we were equally surprised that it takes up no more space than our existing king-size base. After a little trial and error operating the remotes, we found it simple to adjust the bed through the range of possible positions.

Though we didn’t get enough support from the dual twin mattresses supplied, we switched to an existing Bear mattress, which fit perfectly. Using a solid mattress rather than split twins did reduce our ability to manage head and foot inclines for each side of the bed, though we found we could still easily find middle-grounds for comfortable sleeping on both sides. We loved the “zero-gravity” option—where you can lift both your head and your feet at the same time—which was perfect for hanging out and watching TV. Thoughtful touches like the remote hook keep adjustment at hand throughout the night. Overall, we’re sleeping more soundly and waking up re-energized. Excellent results for the below-median price.

It’s Worth Noting 

  • We switched out the mattresses supplied for our existing Bear King because we found the 8-inch Linenspa mattresses too thin to minimize partner disturbance.
  • The split king also required two power outlets, which isn’t ideal if you’re already running multiple electronics in the bedroom.

Product Details:

  • Type: Adjustable base and hybrid mattress combo
  • Sizes: Twin XL, Full, Queen, King
  • Adjustability: Head and foot incline; zero-gravity
  • Trial Period: 30-day Prime return period

DreamCloud Adjustable Bed Frame

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Why We Like It

The wide range of motion of the DreamCloud Adjustable Bed Frame makes it super easy to find a comfortable position. And we love that the frame has a “zero-gravity” setting that evenly distributes your body weight by elevating your legs slightly higher than your chest. For side or stomach sleeping, initially, we struggled to fall asleep with the frame in any position other than flat. But we persisted and eventually were able to fall asleep in the “anti-snore” position on our side or backs with heads slightly elevated. 

Since we made the positional adjustment, we’ve found we don’t toss and turn as much, and we’re waking on our backs, feeling better rested in the morning. The variable massage settings are a nice touch for gentle, soothing vibrations. The USB ports would be handy if you’ve got limited power outlets available. But most of all, the intuitiveness of the controls—allowing you to easily find that sweet spot any time of day or night—and the adjustable height (via 8-, 3-, or 2-inch extenders) make this our top pick for adjustability.

It’s Worth Noting 

  • We were unimpressed that this bed was delivered without notification and left leaning against a garage door, which, if opened, could have caused the bed to fall on the car (or, worse, a person).
  • It’s also a very heavy frame (140 lbs) and took approximately two hours to assemble.
  • Our mattress tends to bunch up at the toe end, creating a gap at the headboard, so it would be worthwhile to check the compatibility of your mattress before you purchase. 

Product Details:

  • Type: Adjustable frame
  • Sizes: Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King
  • Adjustability: Head and leg incline; massage; zero-gravity; anti-snore; TV recline
  • Trial Period: 50 nights

GhostBed Adjustable Base

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Lowe’s


Why We Like It

Snoring is one of the most popular reasons to seek out an adjustable bed, and we like that the GhostBed Adjustable Base offers plenty of adjustability around the upper body to help combat it. After choosing from the leg height options, we had the simple setup done in under half an hour. Even though we’d ordered the split king, we set it up with a solid king-size mattress and synched both sides of the bed to adjust together. We loved how easy we found the settings and features to navigate via the intuitive remote. And the under-bed lighting is the feature we didn’t know we needed—perfect for people whose partner goes to bed earlier and doesn’t like to be woken by the bedroom light.

In combination with a Sleep Number mattress, immediately this bed base in the “sleep” position helped ease back and hip pain. And we’ve been using the “reading” position almost daily for some decompression time. We switched to dual twin XL mattresses halfway through testing, which unlocked the ability to customize each side. Overall, with the bed in the “sleep” position, we’ve been sleeping more soundly, and we’ve seen a reduction in snoring and pain.

It’s Worth Noting 

  • It’s not immediately clear that you can stop the bed mid-adjustment by simply hitting any button on the remote to manually customize the existing settings.
  • We also found that split mattresses move around on the base when not weighed down, so adjustments are best made while you’re sitting or lying on the bed.
  • The massage settings were too noisy to find them relaxing. 

Product Details:

  • Type: Adjustable base
  • Sizes: Twin XL, Queen, Split King
  • Adjustability: Head and leg incline; zero-gravity; anti-snore; reading mode
  • Trial Period: Not listed

Sven & Son Adjustable Base Frame and Mattress

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Why We Like It

During testing, we saw immediate improvements in sleep quality, reduced back pain, and in the “zero-gravity” position, we noted a big reduction in foot swelling. The one-click “anti-snore” position also worked wonders. Following the pain-free setup, we loved that the base fit into an existing box frame, which gave it a more finished look. The supplied memory foam mattress hit the right balance of comfort and support, limiting partner disturbance. The remote control was intuitive to use, making it easy to move through the various positions and functions. 

We also loved that the head can be adjusted from flat to nearly 90 degrees. The variable inclines and range of motion made it easy for a pregnant partner to stay comfy in multiple positions, get in and out of bed, and—eventually—breastfeed the baby. We’ve also found the under-bed lighting is excellent for night feeding or diaper changes. Overall, though there are a few design issues we’d love to see ironed out (see below), this bed topped our list for its “zero-gravity” performance.  

It’s Worth Noting 

  • This bed was delivered and left inconveniently on the sidewalk, and it took three people to carry all of the pieces inside and into position.
  • We found the massage function wasn’t powerful enough to permeate the mattress for much relief, though we would call it “soothing.”
  • Our strongest dislike was that ergonomically, the mattress didn’t bend in the right places to conform perfectly to our contours, and sometimes, there was a noticeable gap between the base and the mattress. 

Product Details:

  • Type: Adjustable base and mattress combo
  • Sizes: Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King, Split Cal King, Split King
  • Adjustability: Head and foot incline; zero-gravity; anti-snore setting; massage; position memory
  • Trial Period: 120-night trial

Serta Motion Perfect Adjustable Base

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Why We Like It

Once we got through the delivery and assembly (see below for more details) we immediately loved the adjustable inclines of this base: super comfy while watching TV, sleeping, and hanging out before bed. It was during a bout of COVID, however, that we really got to learn the benefits of all the features. Extended bed time allowed us to tweak sleep positions and split the difference between our preferences to find the exact setups that worked for both sleepers. And we found with slight leg elevation and using the “zero-gravity” setting we got relief from hip soreness.

We loved that we could use our existing mattresses with this base and found that, over time, it conformed to the flex points with less of a gap. The wireless remote was incredibly easy to use, and the bed’s action was so slow and silent that we could adjust during the night without waking a partner. We also noticed a reduction in snoring and reduced pain after workouts. All in all, the ease of use sets this base apart, with the pre-programmed “zero-gravity” and “anti-snore” head-tilt settings delivering on the manufacturer’s claims.

It’s Worth Noting 

  • The “white glove delivery” was far from it. The wrong frame was initially delivered, and the delivery people refused to assemble the bed after being helped to carry the (admittedly very heavy) base up the stairs.
  • Also, the assembly instructions were very confusing, although the assembly itself was straightforward. 

Product Details:

  • Type: Adjustable base
  • Sizes: Twin XL, Full, Queen, Cal King, Split King
  • Adjustability: Head and foot incline; zero-gravity; anti-snore setting; massage; position memory
  • Trial Period: 120-night trial

Saatva Solaire Adjustable Firmness Mattress

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Why We Like It

From the A+ white-glove delivery service to the firm comfort of the sleep surface and the almost imperceptible partner disturbance, the Saatva Solaire Adjustable Firmness Mattress is quality through and through. To be clear, this mattress does not provide head and leg inclines (you need an adjustable base for that). Instead, this “smart bed” allows you to inflate or deflate the mattress itself, to increase/decrease the firmness on each side.

We loved that the controls are super easy to understand—just up and down on a simple screen. Though we struggled a little to understand the memory settings (which required a YouTube tutorial to navigate), the nothing-short-of-lavish construction includes a plush organic cotton cover and several layers of memory foams, gels, latex, and vulcanized air chambers to determine adjustability. And with very little motion transfer, we’ve definitely had a better time sharing the bed. 

It’s Worth Noting 

  • This mattress is very tall, so may not be suitable for people with mobility issues.
  • And for an adjustable mattress, we expected the differences between firm and soft to be night and day—they weren’t. In fact, we found the difference between 0 and 50 a little more subtle than the other adjustable options on our list.

Product Details:

  • Type: Adjustable mattress
  • Sizes: Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, Cal King, Split Cal King, Upper-Flex Queen, Upper-Flex King
  • Adjustability: 50 firmness settings
  • Trial Period: 365-night trial

To determine the best adjustable beds in the above categories, our editors tested 10 popular models for two months at home—resulting in a whopping 4,800 test hours. Each bed was evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Ease of setup: Including delivery (or white-glove) experience, weight and ease of moving into position, assembly and instructions, and fit and compatibility of the existing mattress (for base-only installs).
  • Comfort: Including overall feel for editors plus partners, comparative comfort to other beds we’ve used, ease of finding suitable sleep positions, pain or discomfort, any particular features that enhanced the comfort of the bed, and overall impacts on sleep quality.
  • Performance: Including ease of adjustment, intuitiveness of controls, limitations in the bed’s range of motion, effectiveness of head incline functions and “zero-gravity” features, usefulness of pre-set options, noise of operation, and performance of base when used with an existing mattress. 
  • Design: Including aesthetic look and feel, extra features, comparative size and use of space, smoothness of function, sturdiness of construction, quality of materials, and overall levels of support.
  • Value: At the end of the test period, editors learned the retail price of their designated bed and were asked to determine whether the price represented good value, whether we’d be happy to pay full price, and whether we’d recommend each product to friends or loved ones.

To advise on what to look for in an adjustable bed, and to help us create our test methodology, we spoke with several physical therapists, and sleep and spinal experts. These included:

  • Angelie Mascarinas, MD, Board-Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Doctor with fellowship training in interventional spine and musculoskeletal care, Hospital for Special Surgery NYC. 
  • Mira Tadros, DO, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
  • Rahul Shah, MD, FAAOS, a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon.
  • Raj Dasgupta, MD, FACP, FCCP, FAASM, Chief Medical Advisor at Sleepopolis.
  • Karena Wu, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, CSCS, CKTP, CPI, FAAOMPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, owner of ActiveCare Physical Therapy in NYC & India.

Although these beds didn’t top our categories, they still scored well in our testing:

  • Casper Adjustable Base Max: Though we loved the comfort and functionality of this bed once assembled, we had issues with the delivery and missing parts, which took some time to resolve. We recognize, however, that everybody’s delivery experience is unique, and—that aside—this bed scored highly across every other metric.
  • Purple Ascent Adjustable Base: This bed and mattress’s marshmallowy comfort rated highly in testing, and we loved the bed’s look and the simplicity of the controls. However, the mattress didn’t exactly conform to the flex of the base and left a gap when the bed was unoccupied. It’s also a very deep mattress and requires deep fitted sheets.

  • Adjustability Settings: Depending on the model, adjustable beds have customizable inclines for the upper torso and head, as well as the legs, that can be adjusted via bedside or remote controls. Some models can be adjusted up or down, and some also offer a full bed tilt. The degrees of adjustability vary from model to model, so it pays to look at the specs before choosing a bed for a specific condition.
  • Zero-Gravity and Anti-Snoring: “Zero-gravity” settings are preset positions where the head and feet are both elevated to distribute your weight evenly. An “anti-snore” position places your head at a slight elevation, which has been shown to reduce snoring.
  • Massage: Many adjustable beds come with built-in “massage” functions, including several of the beds in our test. But don’t expect any deep tissue or shiatsu-style action. The massage functions we used during testing offered low vibrations ranging from soothing to slightly irritating.
  • Smart Features: Additional features on adjustable beds include USB charging points, position memory settings, and under-bed lighting. Throughout testing, we found the under-bed lighting particularly useful (the feature we didn’t know we needed!) for couples who turn in at different times.

Do doctors recommend adjustable beds? 

Yes! Dr. Tadros recommends adjustable beds for people with joint pain, as they can help reduce pressure on joints and alleviate pain while improving sleep quality. She also recommends adjustable beds for patients with obstructive sleep apnea or gastroesophageal reflux disease who can benefit from elevating the head of the bed. People with conditions that lead to leg swelling can also benefit from elevating their feet. She stresses that you must consult your medical provider about specific recommendations if you have any of the above concerns.

What are the disadvantages of an adjustable bed? 

Dr. Wu notes that while adjustable beds can deliver benefits, in general, they cost a lot more than a standard base. “There are maintenance costs if there is any breakdown, and they will be heavier due to the equipment needed for the mattress position changes,” she says. She also notes that the noise of some adjustable beds can be distracting, and adjustable bed frames can require specific mattresses that aren’t too thick so they fold where they are supposed to. 

How long does an adjustable bed last? 

Our experts agree that a good-quality adjustable bed should last more than ten years, with Dr. Dasgupta suggesting up to 20. They also note that you should check the manufacturer’s warranty conditions before purchase, as many brands offer 10-year, 15-year, or lifetime warranties. 

Samson McDougall is a journalist, copywriter, editor and biology graduate. His work encompasses everything from web copy for science museums to sexual health articles for universities, info sheets for first-in-category pharmaceuticals to brand messaging for wearable touch therapy by neuroscientists. Samson is a walker, hiker, biker and surfer and has multiple injuries to show for his active lifestyle. He is a side sleeper and has been prone to insomnia, but having children fixed that.

This article was edited by Jaylyn Pruitt

Jaylyn Pruitt is an associate commerce editor for Health who oversees sleep content. She has tested over 50 mattresses, helped to oversee mattress testing in our lab, and even toured a mattress factory to learn more about how mattresses go from raw materials to your bedroom.

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