Best Mattress Options for Adjustable Beds
Learn how to pick the best mattress for your adjustable base.
Adjustable beds offer unbeatable personalization and comfort, but getting the best mattress proves important to unlocking the benefits of these sleep systems. Most modern adjustable bed bases serve as foundations and do not have mattresses attached. This allows owners to select the best mattress for their needs – but if you are new to this type of bed you may not know where to start. In this article, we will look at ideal features for adjustable bed mattresses as well as the best types of mattresses to use.
Electric adjustable beds continue to grow in popularity with all types of people. While health conditions may necessitate the purchase of an adjustable base for some, even perfectly healthy individuals can benefit from being able to read and watch TV more comfortably, and from the range positions available. Lifting the head and chest can lessen or eliminate problems with gastric reflux, sleep apnea, snoring and other breathing problems. Elevating the feet helps to improve circulation and reduce lower back pain. Pressure points can also be relieved or virtually eliminated by combining the best mattress options with a flexible base.
But if you have an uncomfortable or unsuitable mattress, these benefits might be diminished. So what considerations go into making the best mattress choice for use with an adjustable base? The following list can help you decide which will provide the best answer for your needs.
The Best Mattress Will Be…
Flexible. The ability of the mattress to move in segments while conforming to the underlying adjustable base contours is imperative. Stiff, rigid mattresses are not appropriate for adjustable bases as it will need to bend at a 45 degree angle while staying in position and recovering without damage.
Not Too Thick. The optimum thickness of a mattress for an adjustable bed is about 10 inches. This depth allows the mattress to bend and flex with the base, while maintaining enough support for the sleeper. Thinner mattresses will also work depending on your comfort needs, but more mattresses more than 12-14″ may hinder the flexibility of your system.
Durable. Durability is crucial when choosing the best mattress for adjustable beds, as they will be required to survive multiple adjustments per day throughout their lifetime. The mattress should be able to bend and flex without premature wear or damage to the structure.
The Right Size. Size is another important consideration. Adjustable bases are offered in most standard sizes, however they can also utilize less common sizes like Twin XL, Full XL, Split Queen and Split King. If purchasing your base and mattress separately make sure the measurements align. Also, if sleeping with a partner and room allows, consider a split queen or split king as this will allow both of you to adjust your position rather than compromising on one.
Best Mattress Types for Adjustable Beds
When looking at the above considerations, the best bed will be flexible, fairly thin, and durable – and of course comfortable! There are some types of innerspring beds designed to work on adjustable bases, but we have found that the best mattress options are memory foam and latex. Both materials prove naturally flexible and resilient, highly durable, and can be found in thinner profiles. Read more about the benefits and differences:
Memory foam mattresses have been available for awhile now, and can be found through many retailers and price ranges. This type of mattress provides support by evenly distributing body weight and contouring to your curves, all while maintaining the ability to return to its original shape. For an adjustable bed, you will want to look for densities between 4.0-5.3 lbs to ensure comfort and durability. Lower density foams may wear faster, though higher densities may not flex as well. Back sleepers might look for an 8″ thick model, though side sleepers may prefer 10-12″ models.
- Offers conforming, contouring support.
- Readily conforms to the base and sleeper.
- Reduces pressure points.
- Eliminates motion transfer between partners.
- Provides full body support, allowing the spine to relax into its natural position.
- Odor or heat may be an issue with some brands, but not all.
Plant-based memory foam offers the conforming, pressureless support the material is known for, but eliminates off-gassing, sleeps cooler, and is more friendly to the environment. We recommend Amerisleep’s plant-based memory foam mattresses for adjustable beds, based on their density (4.5lbs), exclusion of toxic VOCs, proven breath-ability and good consumer reviews. Their collection is also budget friendly, starting at $699.
Natural latex mattresses are another optimal type for adjustable bases. Latex is derived from the sap of the rubber tree which is whipped into a foamy mixture then processed using either the Dunlop or Talalay method. Both rate pretty similarly in terms of satisfaction, and can be found in different firmnesses and made with natural materials. Latex can often be found in a greater variety of firmnesses than memory foam, and offers a more resilient feel that some may prefer.
- Latex offers a buoyant, resilient support.
- Material conforms to base and sleeper.
- Reduces pressure points.
- Latex is very durable.
- Materials are hypoallergenic and dust mite/bacteria resistant.
- Variety of firmness levels.
- 100% natural latex is typically preferable for durability and responsiveness.
Natural latex mattresses offer a healthy, eco-friendly, and adjustable bed compatible sleeping surface. For this type of bed, we suggest Astrabeds’ 100% natural latex mattresses made with certified organic Dunlop latex and available in several height and firmness options.
Choosing a mattress is a personal experience, and no two people are likely to experience a bed the same. Though in nearly all surveys online, memory foam and latex prove the two highest rated types of mattresses, receiving anywhere from 15-25% greater satisfaction ratings compared to innerspring beds. The same properties that earn these beds rave reviews also make them most compatible with adjustable foundations. If you have never tried memory foam or latex beds, take some time to research the options out there and learn which would better match your preferences. Overall, when choosing the best mattress for your adjustable bed, you will want to consider how the bed will be used, how long you expect it to last, and your own sleep preferences.
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