An adjustable base allows you to customize the comfort of your sleep space by changing the angle at which your mattress rests. Essentially, it’s a foundation for your bed that has the ability to move the head and foot up or down until you find the positions that offer the most pressure relief and relaxation. But with all the recent advancements in adjustable base technology, changing positions isn’t all these unique bedroom accessories can do.
In fact, some adjustable bases are so advanced, they can charge your smart device and give you a massage at the same time. Whether you choose a base with all the bells and whistles, or prefer to stick to the basics, the primary function of an adjustable base is to promote healthy posture while you snooze. But how do you know which model is the best fit for you? Keep reading and I’ll show you my personal favorites, and let you in on my own tips for finding the perfect adjustable base!
Lucid L300 Adjustable Base
The Lucid L300 features a strong steel construction, but is covered in polyester for a cushy look and feel. An easy-to-use wireless remote allows sleepers to individually adjust the head and foot of the base until they reach their ideal comfort zone.
- For those looking for a straightforward design that offers just the basics, the Lucid L300 is a good way to go. Its remote is small, has fewer than 10 buttons, and can be controlled wirelessly.
- Sleepers have the option to move the head and/or foot of the base up and down at the same time or separately. Additionally, the motors are whisper quiet as the base changes positions.
- Though this base doesn’t come with dozens of features, the remote has a flashlight function, and the base has built-in USB ports!
- At around $400, this base is competitively priced and ideal for sleepers on a budget.
- Sleepers looking for a lot of special features might want to look elsewhere. The Lucid L300 offers just the basics.
- While many bases allow sleepers to preset three or more positions, the Lucid L300 only lets you save one.
A simple, straightforward set-up makes this base perfect for most sleepers!
Easy to Set Up
iDealBed 4i Adjustable Base
Manufactured by industry veteran Legget and Platt, the iDealBed 4i features a sleek design with a strong steel construction. In addition to standard adjustability functions, this base offers special preset positions, massage settings, a nightlight, and more.
- This base is made in the USA, and comes pre-assembled which makes set-up very easy. Simply unbox it, unfold it, and screw the legs in!
- The iDealBed 4i is very sturdy and has an 850 lb weight limit, which is relatively high compared to other bases I’ve tested.
- This base features a 3-speed massage function that’s controlled with a wireless remote. It also comes with three preset positions designed to promote pressure relief and healthy blood circulation.
- Unlike some adjustable bases, this one does not feature a wall hugging design, which might not be ideal for sleepers short on space.
- This is more of a warning than a con, but because it’s pre-assembled it’s already very heavy when it arrives. I suggest enlisting the help of a strong friend before you unbox this base!
The iDealBed 4i features a sleek design with a strong steel construction. In addition to standard adjustability functions, this base offers special preset positions, massage settings, a nightlight, and more.
Classic Brands Adjustable Comfort Base
The Classic Brands Adjustable Comfort Base is built from a strong steel construction, and can accommodate up to 1,000 lbs of weight. In addition to adjusting the head and foot of the base, this model comes with massage settings and preset positions designed to promote blood circulation.
- This base comes with a preset position called “Zero-Gravity” which is meant to relieve pressure throughout the entire body, and make the sleeper feel weightless.
- Two USB ports are built into one side of the base, allowing sleepers to charge their smart devices while they slumber.
- At about $500 for a Queen size model, the Classic Brands is one of the most budget-friendly bases I’ve ever seen on the market.
- Though it’s not loud, I wouldn’t call the motors whisper quiet either. Just note that this base does make a low whirring noise when it transitions positions.
- In my experience, most adjustable bases come with a warranty of 10 years or more, but this base comes with a 3 year warranty.
The Classic Brands Adjustable Comfort Base is built from a strong steel construction and features head and foot of the base, this model comes with massage settings and preset positions designed to promote blood circulation.
Most Special Features
Reverie DynastyMattress 8 Adjustable Base
Under-bed lighting, massage settings, preset positions, and USB ports make this base ideal for sleepers who want all the bells and whistles. It features a sturdy steel construction, comes in a wide range of sizes, and can be synced to your own smartphone.
- The wireless remote is clearly labeled and very easy to use which, in my experience, is not always the case with multi-featured bases like the Reverie!
- The “anti-snore” position is preset by Reverie, and tilts the head of the base upward in order to promote better breathing and open airways.
- When you find the base angles that suit you best, you can save them to your remote! In fact, you can save up to four personalized positions.
- While the multi-featured remote is easy to understand, this base is not ideal for folks looking for only the basics.
- The massage settings make the bed vibrate which causes a low rumbling sound. If you’re very sensitive to nighttime noises, this is something to consider.
Under-bed lighting, massage settings, preset positions, and USB ports make the Reverie base ideal for sleepers who want all the bells and whistles.
How We Picked
Now that we’ve taken a look at my favorite adjustable bases, let’s dive into the methodology behind my picks. Although shopping decisions are ultimately personal choices, there are a few guidelines that might help you in your search.
- Construction – Every base I have listed here is built from a strong steel construction. Why? Well, your base is the foundation for you and your mattress, and should be sturdy enough to accommodate at least 500 lbs. Not to mention, high quality steel is built to last, which is why most of these bases come with a nice, long warranty. However, I like to aim for adjustable bases that have the frame wrapped in polyester. This makes for a softer, less industrial look, and adds a bit of cushion as well.
- Assembly – Whether your base comes pre-assembled or you have to put it together yourself, remember that adjustable bases are heavy. Most weigh around 200lbs, but can weigh more than that depending on the size and materials used. That said, folks who aren’t too handy with a set of tools want to aim for a base that comes pre-assembled, or brands that offer white glove delivery service (which means the base is delivered to your home and set up for you). Either way, take comfort in the fact that every base comes with a User’s Manual that provides step-by-step setup instructions.
- Wall Hugging Design – There’s no getting around the fact that adjustable bases are big and heavy. However, some bases feature what’s called a “wall hugging” design, which is particularly beneficial for those short on space. Essentially, a wall hugging design allows the base to slide up and down against your bedroom wall (without hitting it, of course) rather than away from your wall. In my opinion, this saves space and makes for a cleaner look as well.
- Positions – All adjustable bases come with the ability to move the head and foot up or down, which is great for those looking for just the basics. However, some bases come with a variety of preset positions, purposefully designed to address specific needs. Let’s take a look at the most common preset positions so you can decide which you might want to prioritize:
- Zero-Gravity – This position raises both the head and foot of the bed in a way that’s meant to make the sleeper feel weightless (hence the name zero-gravity!). The foot of the base is raised slightly higher than the head, and is intended to promote blood circulation and provide pressure relief for the lower back.
- Anti-Snore – This position comes in handy for those who snore at night, as the head of the base is tilted slightly upward. Sleeping with your head raised can often promote clearer breathing but, of course, this function is not intended to be an alternative to medical care of any kind.
- TV – Essentially, this position turns your bed into one enormous reclining chair, which makes it ideal for watching TV. The head of the base rises so sleepers can get a good view of the tube, and the foot rises in order to relieve pressure and promote blood flow.
Flat – If you ever get confused about which position you want to be in, and you need to start from square one, just hit the “flat” button. This will immediately take the base back to its original flat position, and you can take it from there! It’s also worth noting that sleepers should leave their base in the flat position when it’s not being used (this keeps your mattress looking fresh and new!).
Remember: these are all preset, which means all you need to do is tap the button once and the base will automatically jump to your selected position. Some bases come with all of these preset positions, and some only come with a few. However, every base I’ve ever tested (and every base on this list) does come with the “flat” preset position.
- USB Ports – It is not uncommon for adjustable bases to come with USB ports, but some have more than others. If you’re a solo sleeper, getting a base with one or two USB ports on one side of the base will work just fine. However, if you sleep with a partner, I suggest looking into models that feature USB ports on both sides of the base. This way, you can both charge your devices at the same time, and keep them within reach of your side of the bed.
- Massage – Believe it or not, many adjustable bases come with massage settings! If this function appeals to you, take some time to determine exactly what you’d like it to do. For example, some bases offer multi-speed settings that allow sleepers to experiment with different levels of intensity. Additionally, some offer several different massage “modes” whereby users can localize the vibrations to certain areas of the base. It is important to note, though, that these massage settings feel like vibrations, and there are no external devices pressing into your body.
- Remote Control – Every adjustable base comes with a wireless remote that allows you to control the settings from the comfort of your bed. However, some remotes are more advanced than others. For example, some remotes feature LED screens that illustrate the motion of your base as you press each button. Additionally, some remotes can be synced to your smart device, which allows you to use your phone and remote interchangeably.
- Price – Ultimately, adjustable bases are large pieces of furniture, so they’re never going to be inexpensive. However, because they offer such a wide range of functionality, price varies quite a bit. Sleepers on a budget might want to stick with adjustable bases that provide just the basics (typically within the $400-$600 range), as special features tend to come at an extra cost.Conversely, sleepers looking for a luxurious, multi-featured base are likely to find models closer to the $1,000 mark. Regardless, I always suggest doing research into the brand and product to make sure your base comes with a reasonable return policy and warranty. In my experience, a generous return policy and warranty means the company proudly stands by its product, which inspires confidence in the shopper!
Still not sure what kind of adjustable base is best for you? Don’t sweat it. Below, I’ve listed a few tips and tricks that might help guide you in your search.
- Many brands offer complimentary white glove delivery service with the purchase of an adjustable base, and I strongly suggest taking advantage of that! Adjustable bases are very heavy, and sometimes setup instructions can be difficult to understand.
- If you’re someone who spends a lot of time in bed, I highly recommend getting a base with the “Zero-Gravity” function. I find this preset position to do the best job of relieving pressure throughout the whole body, and promoting blood circulation as well. Again, an adjustable base is never meant to take the place of any medical treatment, but those who spend a lot of time in bed might find this position to prevent bodily soreness.
- If you do opt for a base that comes with a bluetooth enabled remote control, just make sure it’s compatible with your specific smart device. That last thing you want to do is spend a little extra on a high-tech base only to realize it doesn’t sync to your phone!
We’ve officially reached the end of my guide to the best adjustable bases on the market, and you’re that much closer to finding the best fit for you. Just remember: whether you go for high-tech base with all the bells and whistles, or a classic model that comes with just the basics, it’s important to take your time and consider exactly what you want your base to do. Afterall, an adjustable base is an investment that will last you for years to come. Happy shopping!