What’s the Best Mattress For Adjustable Beds?

What's the Best mattress For Adjustable Beds?

Finding the best mattress for adjustable bed bases is an important part of getting a sleep system you will be happy with and comfortable on. In our last article, we discussed how owners’ adjustable bed satisfaction averaged around 85%.  However, average mattress satisfaction is much lower, around 65-75% depending on the source. This means choosing a good mattress proves more difficult, something that many a shopper is familiar with. When looking for an adjustable bed mattress, you also have additional considerations, as it must be able flexible and durable in addition to comfortable and supportive. So, in this article we will look at the different types of mattresses used on adjustable beds and which offers the best prospects for comfort.

Adjustable Bed Mattress Options

The mattresses available for adjustable bases comprise the standard range, including foam, and spring beds. Memory foam remains the highest rated mattress overall in consumer surveys, with latex a close second and innersprings a distant fourth or fifth. Thus, mattress comfort with adjustable beds is likely to be fairly similar, compounded by the natural flexibility of foam mattresses.

Here is how we rank the types, from best to worst:

  1. Memory Foam
  2. Latex
  3. Innerspring

What Makes Memory Foam the Best Mattress for Adjustable Beds?

The best mattresses for withstanding the rigors of adjustable bases will be flexible and durable. Memory foam mattresses and latex mattresses are ideal for adjustable beds, as their cellular structure is able to bend to fit the contours of the frame, and resilient enough to withstand repeated compressions. Additionally, these types of beds offer support regardless of position, whereas springs were designed with horizontal sleep in mind.

The advantages and benefits of combining a memory foam mattress with an adjustable bed are numerous. This setup grants users the pressureless, contouring benefits of memory foam and the positioning, pressure reducing benefits of adjustables, with the benefits of both products complementing each other.

Latex mattresses offer another good, spring-free alternative. This type of mattress offers a different feel than memory foam, while still offering highly durable, pressure free support.

Most people buy adjustable beds in an effort to reduce pain, however when used with innerspring beds, users will still experience pressure points and less than optimal support. While spring mattresses can be cheaper, another issue, especially with bases that have attached mattresses, is durability as the pillowtop compresses and the springs wear, meaning they will need to replaced more often than high-quality foam.

How to Choose the Best Mattress for Adjustable Beds

  • Opt for a mattress depth less than 12 inches. Memory foam and latex of 8″ should offer sufficient support for back sleepers and lighter individuals. Side sleepers or heavier individuals may prefer 10″-14″ beds, but keep in mind, the thicker the mattress the less flexibility you will have.
  • Make sure the bed is spring-free: memory foam beds have a poly foam core, however latex mattresses should be all latex and nothing else.
  • Most adjustable bases are non returnable, but the mattress should have a return or exchange period (whether bought separate or as a set).
  • Compare many models, shop online for the best deals.

Our Recommendation

Overall, to get the most of your adjustable sleep system and enjoy optimal comfort, we recommend a memory foam mattress. In a previous articles, we have compared leading brands of memory foam. Based on those comparisons, we  suggest Amerisleep’s memory foam mattresses for adjustable beds, as they offer a good value and generous return period. Additionally, the plant-based material does not contain the toxic VOCs and flame retardant chemicals found in some other brands, and sleeps cooler avoiding the heat issue. For mattresses only, prices start at $649. Adjustable packages start at $1399.

Adjustable beds continue growing in popularity as they provide more comfort than traditional beds while fitting into even the most modern of bedrooms. From sleeping horizontal, to lounging in zero gravity, these beds offer the pinnacle of sleep comfort for all ages and abilities. Whether you are looking to replace an old adjustable mattress or considering a new set, it is important to research and choose an optimal mattress, as this is the component that actually supports your body. By choosing memory foam, the best mattress for adjustable beds, you can ensure comfort and quality rest for years to come.

32 thoughts on “What’s the Best Mattress For Adjustable Beds?

  1. Your article, “What’s the Best Mattress For Adjustable Beds?” is followed by a link to a comparison of non-adjustable mattresses, the Amerisleep Liberty vs Tempur-Cloud Supreme Breeze.

    A comparison of adjustable foam and latex mattresses would be more helpful for those of us who came to the article specifically for adjustable bed information.

    1. Hello! This article was focusing on mattress options for adjustable bed bases (the ones that are sold separate from mattresses, which can be used with a mattress of the buyer’s choosing), rather than the adjustable beds with the mattresses attached or packaged with the base. For these types of bases, most memory foam (like Tempur and Amerisleep) and latex mattresses will make a good team. But I see your point, and will make a note to include comparisons of adjustable bed+mattress sets for an upcoming post. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hello,

      Memory foam material is polyurethane-based, and should be latex-free unless the mattress states it contains layers of latex foam as well.

      The article at the URL below has a section explaining the basics of memory foam ingredients, and Wikipedia also has an overview. If you have a specific bed in mind, I’d suggest calling the company and verifying ingredients. Thanks for reading!


  2. I have laid on a memory foam topper and I couldn’t move! I am also allergic to latex and have an adjustable base! I currently have a new mattress I will be returning. What can I do about memory foam and sinking I problem?
    Jane Ackerman

    1. Hi sorry we didn’t see your comment sooner! The “sinking effect” is a trait that can turn some people off of memory foam, but not all memory foams feel the same. Some brands use faster response or temperature neutral memory foams which minimize this sensation. You may also want to try a bed with a thinner layer of memory foam, just enough to provide cushioning but not so much that you feel trapped. If you prefer the way spring mattresses feel, there are some that are designed to work with adjustable bases, but make sure they specifically say so and know that they may need to replaced sooner. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  3. Can anyone tell me whether an adjustable base will fit with the bed I already have? I like my headboard and footboard.

    1. Hi there! You will want to look for an adjustable bed that has the “wall-hugger” design, which means that the head of the bed stays towards the nightstands, and that the bed will adjust within the footprint of the frame. If your current bed has a headboard and footboard that attaches to the metal frame, you’ll also want to ask the retailer to include both headboard and footboard brackets to attach them to the new base. If you have an all-in-one bed frame (where the headboard/footboard are attached to wood rails and the metal frame sits inside) than you would just use the adjustable bed within the current frame, and would want to ensure the dimensions are compatible.

  4. I have an very old adjustable bed whose mechanism seems to still be working. However, I had to put a memory foam topper on the current mattress to improve comfort. Can I remove the old (spring) mattress and the topper and get a whole new memory foam mattress as replacement?
    Will the foam mattress bend in the right place(s) when the motor raises head or foot of bed? A family friend seemed to think this could be a solution vs. purchasing a whole new bed.

    1. Hi there!

      If your base is the type with a separate mattress and adjustable base, you can certainly replace the mattress. The ones where the mattress and base are physically connected as one unit might be a little tricker to separate (but not necessarily impossible). Memory foam and latex mattresses usually work great with adjustable frames, and don’t have a problem flexing. A mattress under 12 inches thick would give you the best flexibility. Just be sure to check with the retailer to make sure the warranty is adjustable-compatible (regardless of mattress type). Thanks for reading!

  5. How can the tempur foam mattress be kept from shifing out of place? This is causing quite a problem for a freind with serious back issues. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hello,

      If the adjustable base came with a retainer bar at the bottom, make sure it is installed properly and the mattress is pushed close to it before adjusting the bed. Another helpful solution is to place a non-slip pad (the kind designed for rugs) between the mattress and base, especially if either has a slicker surface. Hope this helps!

  6. I have an old adjustable bed that is still in working order (so far). The mattress is attached to the base with a metal piece in the center under the mattress. The base does not have a retainer bar at the foot of the base. The mattress needs to be replaced. What mattress can replace it?

    1. Hello,

      If the base is the type that requires a specific type of attachment, check replacement options with the manufacturer or you could also see if they offer an attachable retainer bar that would allow you to use a mattress of your choosing.

  7. We are looking for 2 xl king beds with gel memory foam mattress and adjustable beds would like to no what doctors would recommend

  8. My mom is getting up there in years and wants to elevate her head but loves her bed and frame and was wondering if there was a mattress that she could adjust without getting rid of her bed.

    1. Hi Tracie,

      Many adjustable beds can be used within regular wood bed frame furniture (and then you would just use the mattress of choice on top). The “wall-hugging” feature means that the base moves within it’s footprint (not beyond), so it won’t affect headboards/footboards. You would want a model that has stationary legs (not casters), and would just need to measure the internal dimensions and the overall height of the bed frame to determine how high the adjustable bed would need to be to fit in. Several models have different leg heights to accommodate different beds. When shopping, you’d just need to confirm with the manufacturer that the base is designed for use within bedframes. Thanks for reading!

  9. I have seen some mattress makers claim that their conventional mattresses are fine for use on an adjustable bed but my firsthand experience, especially with thicker mattresses of 9+ inches, is that unless specifically designed for an adjustable bed, these standard mattresses will buckle and bulge when you raise the head of the bead up, thus making the mattress totally unsuitable contrary to what Leggett and Platt claim. It’s very disappointing for this company to deceive consumers who are investing hundreds of dollars in a mattress.

  10. I had an old adjustable bed and I was looking for a new mattress so you article is pretty good and help me to know what kind of mattress i need. Thank you.

  11. I have a full size Temper-Pedic Ergo adjustable bed with a Temper-Pedic 8″ or 9″ firm memory foam mattress. We are considering replacing the mattress in the near future. Is it possible to increase the mattress size to a queen while using the full size adjustable base?
    Thank you

    1. Hi there! Queen mattresses are about 5 inches longer and 6 inches wider than a standard full, so basically your bed will hang off a few inches on the head and either side. These additional areas would be unsupported, meaning they likely wouldn’t provide any more useable sleep space than the full, and it could cause your mattress to wear oddly. It may also slide around more and make getting out of bed awkward. Unfortunately I don’t think this would be an ideal situation. Maybe other users can chime in if they’ve tried something similar.

      Thanks for reading!

  12. Stay away from Kingsdown mattresses on adjustable bed frames! They bulge in the middle and tend to sink. Salesman swore up and down it would be fine! Over 4 grand and lasted six months! Go figure! Tempurpedic has shortened their warranty to ten years! Now, let me ask you; Are you going to purchase a Tempurpedic mattress and pay thousands only to have it sink in a few years, or less? Just read the online complaints, it is unbelievable! “Sorry Charlie!” You really didn’t tell us anything! I know from surfing and reading the “Net” that most mattresses only last four years! Yes, 4 years! Go to “Sleep Like the Dean” and read their summations. It used to be seven, and now it’s down to four! It’s time for a mattress revolution with all the manufacturers that sell us this crap, take our money, and make the warranties so constricting, they are impossible to prove! Write your congressman, States Atty’s Office and US Atty’s office and get this ball rolling!

  13. Hi Have just bought a adjustable bed is a king size in 2 single 2ft 6inch units. My problem is that the matress’s do not fit the base there is a almost 4inch gap in the middle if yoy place the matress’s on the side of the bed and if you put the 2 matress’s together there is a gap on both sides of the bed. Am I being unreasonable to expect the matress’s to cover the base? Was told that the matresss’s would ‘stretch’ to fit the base ……eventually feel like I am going mad??!!

  14. Hello,
    I have a client who has Parkinsons Disease. I think he is ready for an adjustable bed.
    I understand that an innerspring mattress not good. How about a Gel Foam Mattress? Would the gel cause the mattress to fail quicker?

  15. These comments are very interesting and helpful. I just bought a Kingsdown Mattress from Rooms to go and was told it works well with the adjustable base. But after reading comments above, I’m beginning to wonder. It is part memory foam and springs. Should I be concerned?

  16. I have a 10 year old Leggett and Platt adjustable bed frame that came with an innerspring mattress. After five years the mattress was sinking in the middle. No one ever mentioned a memory foam mattress to me at the time so I replaced the mattress with another innerspring. Now five years later this mattress is doing the same thing. I wonder if I could buy a Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattress topper to put on top of the existing innerspring to solve the issue?

    1. Hello!

      Toppers can be helpful for adding softness/pressure relief on top an existing mattress, so long as the bed beneath is still supportive. If you have deep impressions or feel the springs seem weak in some spots, a topper likely won’t be enough to correct the issue (and spending on a high-end one can often be almost as much as replacing the mattress).

  17. Will an all cotton futon work on an adjustable bed frame. Do latex mattresses come in firm support. I don’t like the sinking feeling of memory foam. Thank you.

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