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, air, 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.


  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.

    • 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!

  2. Alice Townsley January 21, 2014 Reply

    I’m allergic to latex. What is the composition o fmemory foam?

  3. Jane Ackerman April 2, 2014 Reply

    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

    • Author
      What's The Best Bed June 5, 2014 Reply

      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. Air bed mattresses would be another option to consider as well. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  4. Caroline June 2, 2014 Reply

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

    • Author
      What's The Best Bed June 5, 2014 Reply

      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.

  5. Lee Montemorra July 28, 2014 Reply

    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.

    • Author
      What's The Best Bed July 29, 2014 Reply

      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!

  6. Lee Montemorra July 28, 2014 Reply

    name and E seem to be included in spite of being “marked”. What’s wrong?

  7. 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.

    • Author
      What's The Best Bed August 30, 2014 Reply


      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!

  8. These questions and answers have been very helpful.

  9. Jacque Noles October 14, 2014 Reply

    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?

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      What's The Best Bed November 5, 2014 Reply


      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.

  10. have adjustable frame…leggett and platt how is simmons beautyrest as a mattress??

  11. Debra Sanders December 29, 2014 Reply

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

  12. Tracie Brunson January 14, 2015 Reply

    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.

    • Author
      What's The Best Bed January 30, 2015 Reply

      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!

  13. 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.

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