Choosing An Adjustable Bed

An adjustable bed may be the answer to better sleep.

When choosing an adjustable bed, there are many factors to consider. This is a different purchase than just the conventional mattress and bedsprings.

Tips for Choosing An Adjustable Bed

Once considered a luxury, adjustable beds are fast becoming a popular option for people looking for high-quality sleep systems. As baby boomers enter their golden years, they're realizing that an investment in a good night's sleep can pay dividends in the form of better health and well-being.

If you're thinking about purchasing an adjustable bed, you should familiarize yourself with the different features and options. Unlike traditional mattresses, there's more to consider than just how the mattress feels. Understanding the different components will allow you to make an informed decision.


Few of us care to know how a motor works; we just want to know that it does and that it will continue to do it all the time. As you gather research before choosing an adjustable bed, the durability of the motor should be a key consideration. One way to evaluate the durability of the motor is to see how long the manufacturer's warranty covers it. The longer the warranty, the more likely it is that the motor is built to last. Another key to evaluating durability is determining whether the bed's motor is an AC or DC. Alternating current (AC) is the type of electricity commonly used in homes, while direct current (DC) is found in automobiles. DC motors tend to be smaller and less expensive, and they are typically quieter. On the other hand, AC motors, while louder, tend to be more durable. Keep this in mind when you hear a salesperson talk about how quiet the bed is.

Hand Controls

When evaluating the hand controls for an adjustable bed, remember these two key points:

  • Review the menu options. Are they intuitive or will you have to keep the user guide on your nightstand?
  • Understand the difference between wired and wireless remotes. If the bed has a wireless remote, you should know that wireless signals sometimes interfere with other household appliances, like cordless phones or microwaves. And if you're prone to misplacing the remote, remember that the bed won't move without it. If you lose it, you'll have to pay to replace it, or get used to the last position in which you left the bed.


With an adjustable bed, the mattress isn't the only component to consider, but it's certainly an important one. Several years ago, you had a limited number of choices when it came to mattresses for your adjustable bed. But today, companies not only offer the traditional innerspring, but also some of the newer mattress constructions, such as memory-foam. If you feel limited to only one or two mattress options, consider another manufacturer.

Warranties and Service

Find out exactly what your warranty covers before you purchase. With an adjustable bed, different components can have various warranty periods, and may only cover certain issues, so make sure to read the fine print on each one. Also, find out how much the manufacturer charges for a service call. Unlike a traditional mattress, an adjustable bed has moving parts that can break down. Understand what those expenses might be before making your final decision.

Spend Time Before Money

Choosing an adjustable bed doesn't need to be difficult. The following resources can help you get started.

An adjustable bed can make a big difference in the quality of your sleep. Spend some time doing the research to make the right choice for you.

Initial Author: Terricon

Choosing An Adjustable Bed