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What are the pros and cons of an adjustable bed?

What are the pros and cons of an adjustable bed?

If you’re here, you’re probably already thinking about adding an adjustable bed under your mattress. You may have heard that they help reduce back pain, prevent snoring, or make it easy to sit up while you work from home – all true! What about the negatives, though? Is an adjustable bed really worth it? Of course, at Rize we think so, but we want everyone to make the best decision for their needs. So we’re going to give you all the information we can find and let you decide!

First, what is an adjustable bed?

If you haven’t seen our blog we have a long answer to that question. The short answer is that an adjustable bed (or power base, or electric bed) is a platform that goes under your mattress and moves the head and/or foot up and down to get your body into different positions. They are meant to relieve minor health issues like snoring, back pain, acid reflux, and more. Many modern adjustable bases also aim to provide support for leisure time as more and more people take to their beds to use their laptops and mobile devices to watch shows, read, work, and so on. There are models that move only the head, and there are models that offer a huge variety of features and position options.

Adjustable bed pros

  • Pain relief – We’ve already mentioned it, but it’s a big one! An adjustable base lets you select your own position so that you can move your body to where it needs to be to reduce pain and pressure. Problems from strained muscles to spinal stenosis can be eased by sleeping the right way.
  • Healthy sleep – Adjustable beds help with a number of other health issues too. Raising the head (called Fowler’s position) opens up airways to relieve snoring, heartburn, and congestion, while lifting the legs can improve blood flow.
  • Better rest – Helping relieve problems leads to better rest. If you sleep well, you will wake up refreshed and feeling better overall.
  • Convenient – If you stuff pillows behind your head to read or watch TV in bed, an adjustable bed lets you forget all that. Sit up and be supported! Being able to raise and lower your head with the touch of the button can be pretty helpful.
  • Intimacy – Did someone say “find your perfect position”?
  • Easy to use – Adjustable beds are meant to be used by anyone end everyone, with a few simple buttons on the remote to control your options. Setup is quick, too – take a look at some of our setup videos in our Resources section to see how it can be done in just a few minutes.
  • Customization - These beds come in split models, like a split King, so that each sleeping partner can choose their own position. You also don’t have to give up style, as most brands are made to fit inside a headboard/footboard/rail system or offer attachments (like this one for Rize) for your favorite headboard.
  • Extras – If you’re willing to pay for extra features, you can get even more out of the bed. Things like massage, lumbar support, USB chargers, under-bed lights – and our Aviada even has an inversion table position!

Aviada inversion position

Aviada Adjustable Bed - Inversion Position

Adjustable bed cons

  • Expense – Adjustable beds definitely cost more than the box spring they replace, there’s no way around it. While many retailers offer deals, especially around the holidays, it’s still something to budget for. The price can range from a few hundred dollars for beds with limited features, to several thousand on the high-end models.
  • Mattress compatibility – While most modern mattresses work with an adjustable bed, if you have a coil mattress with a metal border wire, it may not bend well. If you buy a size made up of 2 bases, like a split King, you’ll need to get a mattress for each side. This can add to the cost if you have to buy new!
  • Weight – Adjustable beds are made to be supportive. Add to that the motors and lifts required to make it move, and the high-quality models are pretty hefty. That means you might need help getting it into the house, and once it’s installed, you won’t want to move it.
  • Mechanical failures – We hate to even say it, but it’s possible that you could have a technical problem with the bed or remote. With a traditional bed about the only thing you have to worry about is the slats breaking – but there is a lot more going on with a power base. It’s important to make sure you choose a model with a good warranty (you can read about the Rize warranty here as an example).
  • Hassle – With extra options comes extra time to figure them out. You’ll get the most out of your bed if you adjust the position for all the things you do in bed, which means trial and error. You’ll also have to replace remotes in the battery, make sure you have grounded outlets, and if you have a split model you’ll need to find split sheet sets (and change them).
  • Choice – If you’re shopping in-store, or even online, you might be limited to what brands and models each store carries. For example, while some manufacturers like Rize offer a version that will fit on a platform bed, your local dealer may not carry it.
  • Quality – Like with everything else out there, there can be a huge range of quality when looking at adjustable beds. Some models use plastic rollers instead of metal for support, have limited weight allowances, or have a very thin, hard deck instead of padded upholstery. Lower price point models tend to take shortcuts, so be aware of this when you’re looking at your options. The warranty coverage is a good place to start to make sure your choice is covered.

Now that you know more about adjustable beds, you can decide if the pros are worth the cons. Have more questions? Check out our FAQ page, or go ahead and try a power base at a store near you.