Adjustable beds are quickly becoming a popular choice for the bedroom. While many may still associate an adjustable bed with something commonly found in a hospital room, others have made the switch from ordinary bed frames due to the versatility and customization an adjustable bed provides. Finding the best adjustable bed and mattress to meet your own unique sleep needs can seem difficult, as an adjustable bed mattress must be a certain height and firmness, but also provide you with the comfort and support you prefer from a bed.
In this guide, we’ll cover what to look for when choosing your own adjustable bed set as well as our favorite mattresses to complement an adjustable base.
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- What are Adjustable Beds?
- Our Adjustable Bed Mattress Choices
- What to Consider When Buying an Adjustable Bed and Mattress
What are Adjustable Beds?
Some people call them zero-gravity beds, others call them adjustable beds, but in the end, they’re talking about a bed that offers head and foot articulation. Originally, adjustable beds were designed to help patients relieve pain and receive more comfort. Recently, many bed manufacturers have decided to bring these into the mainstream market. Today, there are plenty of affordable options that you can enjoy at home.
The Advantages of an Adjustable Bed
By controlling the head, body, and foot areas, adjustable beds offer great adaptability when it comes to pain relief. For example, a zero-gravity function will lift your legs above your heart, which can reduce pain in your lower back. In a similar fashion, you can adjust your head’s height and reduce the pain in your neck and shoulder area.
Separate Comfort Sides
Both sides of an adjustable bed can be controlled individually with separate remotes. This way, you can sleep flat while your partner stays in the seated position without disturbing you.
By adjusting your partner’s head’s height, you can help silence snoring. When the head is elevated, the airways open up to allow for easier breathing and less snoring; adjustable beds are usually recommended to those who experience sleep apnea. This function of an adjustable bed is so popular that most remotes now have a “no snoring” function.
Suits all types of sleepers
Due to their multi-functionality, when combined with a high-quality mattress, adjustable beds suit all types of sleepers.
The Disadvantages of an Adjustable Bed
Adjustable beds are not built to be stylish. They tend to be bulky, take up a lot of space, and can often be difficult to match with the design of your bedroom.
Although they have become more accessible for most budgets, quality adjustable beds still have very high price tags.
When it comes to buying a mattress for an adjustable bed frame, the choices are pretty limited. Not all types of mattresses are suitable for this type of bed frame, and not all sizes work well. When choosing the height of your mattress, we recommend choosing a mattress between 10 and 14 inches in height, as anything smaller may not offer enough support and something taller may not have the flexibility an adjustable bed requires.
To give you a helping hand, we’ve compiled a list of What’s The Best Bed’s top 5 mattresses for an adjustable bed frame.
Our Adjustable Bed Mattress Choices
The Amerisleep AS3 Mattress
Amerisleep offers adjustable mattresses in Twin, Regular King, Queen, and Full Bed sizes. Each size comes in three different firmness levels: the AS3 which is medium-firm, the AS3 (medium), and the AS4 (medium-soft).
All of the AS models are packed with technological innovation. They are modern, eco-friendly, and relatively affordable. Additionally, they also sleep much cooler than ordinary memory foam.
The Amerisleep AS3 is their medium option, which is suitable for just about any sleeper, making it a great option for an adjustable bed.
Let’s have a look what makes the Amerisleep AS3 mattress a great choice:
- The cover of their mattresses is made from a thermo-reactive Celliant® fabric. It’s designed to absorb your body heat and convert it into infrared light, which improves local blood circulation.
- The first layer is extra breathable Bio-Pur® foam— this plant-based foam is five times more breathable than regular memory foam.
- Second, is the Harnessing Intelligent Ventilation & Energy (HIVE®) layer. It provides targeted support by smartly adapting to your body’s pressure points.
- The final Bio-Core layer provides support for the other layers and gives the mattress the needed bounce. This plant-based base layer is also very durable.
The combination of the Celliant® cover and plant-based foam makes the AS3 mattress very breathable. The minerals inside the Celliant® cover convert your body heat into infrared light, which helps to cool the mattress off. This effect, added to the breathability of the plant-based foam layers, and to the airy design of the HIVE® layer, makes the AS3 a very cooling mattress.
Because the AS3 mattress is made from high-quality Bio-Pur® foam, it has great motion isolation. Even if you share the bed with a restless partner or an active pet, you will be able to sleep through the night without any disturbance.
Using plant-based foam greatly reduces the chance of off-gassing occurring. Typically, these mattresses can be enjoyed as soon as they’re pulled out of the box.
Amerisleep has developed their HIVE® technology to help support your body properly while you sleep. The targeted zone system makes sure that you get enough support where you need it, and is soft enough where you want it.
The Amerisleep AS3 mattress comes at 12 inches tall. Slightly taller than the other mattresses we mention in this list, but still adaptable to an adjustable bed frame.
Sleep Trial & Warranty
Amerisleep offers the standard 100-night free trial and a longer 20-year warranty.
The AS3 mattress comes at $1099 for a queen size.
The Leesa Mattress
The Leesa memory foam mattress is rated as medium-firm to firm on its official website. While this is great for a large number of sleepers, it might be too hard for you if you enjoy sleeping on softer mattresses.
Let’s have a look at the layers inside:
- The Leesa mattress’s cover is made from a thick polyester blend. This makes it durable, while still allowing plenty of air to pass through.
- Under the cover is the first foam layer. It’s made from 2 inches of Avena foam and is meant to feel a bit similar to latex, giving it a cooling effect.
- Below is a 2-inch layer of memory foam, this cradles your body, providing a decent amount of pressure relief. Because it sits under the Avena layer, the memory foam doesn’t cause a build-up of heat during the night.
- The last 6-inch layer is made from high-density poly foam; this provides support for your body and prevents you from sinking too deep into the mattress.
While the Leesa is a memory foam mattress, the top Avena layer is very breathable and reduces excess body heat during the night. The top layer also has an “egg tray” design, creating air pockets to encourage air circulation. This makes the Leesa a fairly cool mattress to sleep on.
Motion is well isolated by the Leesa mattress, meaning you can get in and out of bed without ever disturbing your partner.
As with most traditional memory foam mattresses, the Leesa mattress produces some off-gassing when it’s first unpacked. However, it usually dissipates within the first few days.
The gentle contouring and the density of the foam layers provide the Leesa mattress with good pressure point relief and support. The spine also stays in its natural alignment, no matter what position you prefer to sleep in.
The Leesa mattress is 10 inches thick — an ideal size for an adjustable bed frame.
Sleep Trial & Warranty
Leesa offers 100 nights of free trial and 10 years of warranty.
The Leesa mattress in Queen size comes at the price of $995.
The Layla Mattress
The most unique selling point of the Layla mattress is the copper-infused memory foam. Copper naturally moves excess heat away from your body while killing bacteria and mold build-up at the same time.
Another interesting point about the Layla mattress is its flippable design. One side of it is classified as soft while the other is firm, letting you quickly change the firmness level simply by turning it over.
Let’s take a closer look at all of the layers inside:
- The cover of the Layla mattress is made from polyester that’s infused with a cooling gel; this creates a soft sleeping surface and allows better temperature control. The cover is removable but is dry clean only. Washing machines would ruin the gel and also void the warranty.
- Looking at the soft side of the mattress, next up is the 3-inch copper-infused memory foam— this is what creates the soft comforting effect and slow response.
- Next, is the 2-inch convoluted layer of high-density foam. This layer has a firmer feel than the foam above and creates a smooth transition between the soft first layer and thick base layer.
- Because of Layla’s flippable system, this is called the main support layer. It is dense and has a quick response rate. This is the mattress’ main support layer, regardless of which side you sleep on.
- At the bottom is a 1-inch thick firm comfort layer made from the same type of copper-infused foam as the top of the Layla mattress. The only difference is that it’s three times thinner, and has no transitional layer beneath it.
The Layla mattress combines a few different ideas together to combat heat build-up. First is the gel-infused cover, which helps to wick the heat away from your body. Combined with the copper-infused foam underneath, it does a decent job at temperature control. Also, on the soft side of the mattress, the convoluted transitional layer allows better air circulation. This further reduces excess body heat build-up. As for the firm side, the lack of transitional layer makes breathability not so great. That being said, the comfort layer is much thinner, so you should not produce as much heat in the first place.
The unique design of the mattress keeps motion transfer to a minimum. The dense foam layers absorb pretty much all movement; this makes the Layla mattress a great choice for combination sleepers, restless sleepers, and anyone that shares their bed.
Because the foam used in the Layla mattress is not plant-based, there is a chance of some off-gassing, but the smell shouldn’t linger for any longer than a few days.
When it comes to support, the Layla mattress doesn’t bring anything new to the table. There is no targeted support, and the main support layer is made from dense poly-foam.
This is not to say that the Layla mattress isn’t supportive, however, it just may not be supportive enough for some sleepers.
The Layla mattress comes at 10.5 inches tall; a great size for an adjustable bed frame.
Sleep Trial & Warranty
Layla offers 120 nights to decide if the Layla mattress is a good fit for you. If so, you receive a limited lifetime warranty.
A Queen-sized Layla mattress comes at $799.
The Zenhaven Mattress
The Zenhaven is another dual firmness mattress for adjustable beds. One side is Luxury-Plush, and the other is a Gentle-Firm.
The Zenhaven mattress is made from the Talalay latex. Although Talalay is a little bit less durable than Dunlop, it’s more breathable and buoyant. Because of this, it sleeps much cooler and contours your body better.
To further maximize the air flow, Saatva decided to make both comfort and support layers with pinholes; this creates plenty of space for fresh air to move around.
Let’s have a look at the layers inside:
- The Zenhaven mattress’ cover is made from organic cotton, which is known for its breathability and softness. The cover on both sides is also quilted with wool— this wicks the moisture away, keeping you dry and cool throughout the night.
- The Luxury Plush side of the mattress features a 5-zoned comfort layer, and this design offers you firmer support in the places where you need it.
- Underneath, is a 3-inch support layer. This layer is slightly softer than the 4th layer and provides a slightly plusher feel to the mattress.
- The third layer is another 3-inch support layer acting as a base layer for the Luxury Plush side, or the support layer for the Gentle Firm side of the mattress.
- The final layer is 1.5-inch, 5-zoned comfort layer that is made from firmer latex than the other side— this makes up the Gentle Firm side of the Zenhaven mattress.
Since it’s designed with pin-holed Talalay latex, there’s a lot of room for air circulation and temperature control, making the Zenhaven mattress sleep exceptionally cool.
The wool used in their design also helps to control the moisture of the mattress and prevents the build-up of sweat or condensation.
Because the Zenhaven mattress is made from latex, motion is a lot more noticeable than in memory foam mattresses, even more so on the Gentle Firm side of the mattress.
The Zenhaven mattress is made from 100% organic and eco-friendly materials, greatly reducing your chances of experiencing off-gassing with this mattress.
The 5-zone support layers offer a targeted support system. They provide a firmer base for the torso and shoulder areas, and a softer base everywhere else, an advantage for back or stomach sleepers. However, because of the extra pressure put on the shoulders, side sleepers might find this mattress uncomfortable.
If you’re a side sleeper, we recommend you consult our guide to find the best mattress for side sleepers.
The Zenhaven mattress comes at 10 inches in height — a perfect fit for an adjustable bed frame.
Sleep Trial & Warranty
Upon purchase, you get 120 nights to decide if you want to keep the mattress or not. If you decide to do so, there’s a 20-year warranty.
A Queen-sized Zenhaven mattress comes at a price of $1899.
The Spindle Mattress
Once you decide on what firmness layers you want to include, the Spindle mattress arrives in three different boxes. From there, you assemble the mattress yourself, which is quite a unique and unusual experience.
In case you decide that your Spindle mattress needs to be softer or firmer, you can replace one of the layers.
Let’s have a look at what’s inside:
- The cover of the Spindle mattress is made from cotton and is batted with natural wool; this allows plenty of breathability, and wicks all of the moisture away from your body.
- For the sleepers that don’t enjoy the latex feel, the batting of natural wool adds an extra soft layer between you and the latex.
- Both the first and the second layers are usually made from medium firmness latex to provide plenty of support and contouring.
- The third layer serves as a base and is made from a firmer type of latex, which provides stable support. If you decide you want to make your mattress firmer, you can move this layer to the top or middle of the mattress.
Latex is known for its natural temperature control. While it’s not as cool as an innerspring mattress design, it offers much better temperature control when compared to ordinary memory foam.
On the downside, because the Spindle mattress uses Dunlop latex instead of Talalay latex, it’s still not as breathable as it could be.
As with most latex mattresses, motion isolation is not the best part about the Spindle mattress. If you sleep with a restless partner you can be sure you’ll feel them move around in bed.
There is a slight chance of the Spindle mattress producing some off-gassing, but it’s unlikely. Very few customers have reported this occurring.
The Spindle mattress doesn’t have a specifically zoned support system. However, latex naturally provides some pressure point relief and support.
The Spindle mattress is 10 inches tall — an ideal size for most adjustable beds.
Sleep Trial & Warranty
Spindle offers 365 nights to try out their mattress and see if you like it. After the sleep trial, the mattress is backed by a 10-year warranty.
The Spindle mattress comes at $1349 for a Queen size.
What to Consider When Buying an Adjustable Bed and Mattress
When looking for the best mattress to combine with your new adjustable bed frame, there are some things you need to consider. Otherwise, you might not be using the full potential of your bed, or even end up with a mattress that’s unsuitable for the adjustable bed frame.
Thickness & Flexibility
When it comes to the adaptability of the mattress, the thickness is one of the most important factors. A mattress that is too thick will not be able to bend and adjust to various positions of an adjustable bed, causing it to lose quality and break down much faster than intended.
This is especially true if you are looking to buy an innerspring or hybrid mattress. Because of the way they are constructed, the coils inside might not be able to adapt as easily as memory foam or latex.
Because of their natural flexibility, memory foam mattresses work best with adjustable beds, with latex mattresses coming in at a close second.
As for the thickness, the most optimal height for an adjustable bed mattress is 10 to 12 inches.
Another important factor to consider is your sleeping position. Not every mattress is made equal, understanding your needs and learning how to cater to them is a very important part of your sleeping habits. Here is a quick rundown of different sleeping positions, and what kind of mattress suits them best:
Side sleepers comprise a large portion of the US population. Fortunately, this is considered the healthiest pose to sleep in. When choosing a mattress, you want to find one that will have good pressure relief. When you sleep on your side, extra pressure is placed on your shoulders and hips— without proper support, this pressure can lead to back pains.
Read our other guide to find the best mattress for side sleepers.
Stomach sleepers need to be wary about their sleeping position, as studies say it’s the unhealthiest option. When you lay on your stomach, a lot of your weight is at the center of your stomach, and this pulls your spine towards the mattress which can lead to chronic back pain. To reduce the chances of this happening, you should get a firmer mattress, as there will be more support at your core.
If you’re a stomach sleeper and none of the mattresses on this list interest you, read our other guide to find the best mattress for stomach sleepers.
Back sleepers should look for a medium or a medium-firm mattress, which will offer plenty of support and pressure point relief. You can also invest in a thin pillow that can be placed in the space between your back and the mattress— doing so will reduce the risk of lower back pain. If you experience chronic back pain, we recommend finding the best mattress for lower back pain.
Apart from the thickness of the mattress, the material is the second most important aspect to consider. And even more so when choosing a mattress for an adjustable bed.
Memory foam can be split into three categories:
Traditional memory foam is known for its slow response and heat retention. Being the most budget-friendly out of the bunch, it’s also the least eco-friendly.
To reduce heat build-up, scientists have infused traditional memory foam with gel beads, creating gel memory foam; this foam is a more cooling and breathable material with quicker response rates.
Plant-based memory foam reduces the amount of petroleum used in its manufacturing, creating a material that’s environmentally safer and healthier for your body. Plant-based foam also has a very wide cell structure, making it five times more breathable than ordinary memory foam— by far our favorite material for adjustable beds.
Latex is another great choice for adjustable beds. It’s naturally cooling and more responsive than some memory foams. Depending on which manufacturing process is used to make the latex foam, it can be either durable and dense, or breathable and bouncy.
The Dunlop method is the original way to make latex. The tree sap is whisked into a foam, poured into a mold, and then baked at a high temperature to create the rubbery substance. This makes it very durable and dense — great for those who like their mattresses firmer.
The Talalay method makes the mattresses more breathable and slightly bouncier. The first step is the same as with the Dunlop method, but the mold does not get filled to the top. Instead, it’s placed into a vacuum chamber and made to expand, filling the mold with less latex. Then it is frozen and injected with carbon dioxide gas. The final result is latex foam that’s more breathable and bouncy.
Although there are four types of innerspring mattresses, most are unsuitable for adjustable beds because they are not designed to be bent in any way. The only type of innerspring coil that might work for adjustable beds is pocketed coils. These coils are placed into individual pockets, and not connected to each other. This allows the design more flexibility and potential for bending.
Hybrid mattresses are manufactured from two different materials: a foam top and an innerspring bottom. While a great choice for a standard bed frame, the innerspring-inclusive design makes it a risky choice for an adjustable bed frame.
Overview of The Best Mattress for an Adjustable Bed
Adjustable beds are steadily becoming more popular and for a good reason. Their versatility and health benefits are hard to ignore and can complement almost any type of sleeper. We hope our guide has made it easier to choose which mattress you want to pair with your adjustable base.