There are many adjustable beds on the market, with numerous features at myriad price points. When you make the decision to dive in and buy an adjustable bed, there is a lot to consider, and if you’ve never bought an adjustable bed before, or had a bad experience with one in the past, you want to know that you’re making the right decision. So we’re going to look at all of the criteria that goes into deciding what makes an adjustable bed the best, and then look at what the experts have to say on the matter.
How To Choose an Adjustable Bed
Choosing an adjustable bed is almost akin to choosing a car--there are so many features, so many variables. One may have good gas mileage and safety, but be very expensive, while another might have a good warranty and requires maintenance, but doesn’t have enough passenger room. The same is true with adjustable beds, and the truth is that there truly is no perfect bed for every person. The best you can do is to find the best bed for you, judging by all the criteria that are important to you. But there is some hope: there are non-profit sleep organizations who have evaluated adjustable beds and made some strong recommendations about which are the best available.
First, let’s look at some factors to consider.
What is Your Budget?
Determining your budget is important, because an adjustable bed can go from reasonable to extremely expensive very quickly if you’re not careful. Some of the biggest name brands charge a pretty penny just for their name to be emblazoned on the bed, and while that may fool some people into thinking that name recognition and high price translates into quality, don’t be fooled. Some of the most expensive beds can be ranked low by the experts and the customer reviews both.
Instead, determine your budget, and then decide which bed in that range is best for you. It won’t be a perfect solution, but it’s a good place to start.
What Features Are You Looking For?
Next you need to determine what you’re really looking for in an adjustable bed. They serve so many functions that what appeals to you may not appeal to someone else. Figure out what it is that you’re looking for in an adjustable bed, and then seek out the bed that best fits your needs. Here are some of the criteria people use to judge adjustable beds.
Size is a big deal for many people. Regardless of whether you’re sharing your bed with a partner (or with an animal) you want a bed that you can be comfortable in, that you won’t always be fighting over space in. For many people, this leads them to the king sized bed. Others are content with a queen, and still others are happy with a solitary full bed. Know that some beds--most of the higher-end beds--have different adjustment controls for each side of the bed so that you and your sleeping companion can have the bed at different levels: one person may want to lie down to sleep while the other still wants to sit up and read or watch TV. Having the proper-sized bed that allows you both the freedom to adjust individually will be very valuable, and should be considered when buying a bed.
There are so many accessories included in modern adjustable beds. First, there’s the movement: does the bed hug the wall as it moves up and down, staying close to the headboard and giving the room a clean and cohesive look (and keeps you close to the nightstand). Also with movement, some beds have a special control to lift your head so you can read and see vertically, rather than simply raising your back and head on the same plane. There are other movement considerations, including lumbar support, and independent head, chest and foot positioning.
Other accessories include the bluetooth and wireless capabilities of the beds. Long gone are the days when you needed to control your bed with a paddle of buttons attached to a cable. Now you can control all aspects of your bed with a simple app on your phone. It has never been easier.
Then there are accessibility features, including things like lifting you into a standing position, or lowering the mattress down so that it’s barely off the floor.
Type of Mattress
The type of mattress is also an important consideration, because some people live and die by their mattresses. Some adjustable beds allow you to use any mattress, spring, foam, gel, or hybrid. Spring mattresses are typically a little less common, because they are less flexible and don’t hug the various curves and lifts of the adjustable bed. Foam and gel mattresses are much more common, or a combination of the two.
Warranty and Return Policy
An adjustable bed isn’t a cheap purchase and you want to make sure that it works. As such, you want to be assured that it has a good warranty and that if anything breaks you won’t be stuck buying an all new bed frame. Some policies are better than others. The best policies send repairmen to your home to fix the problem, while others want you to bring the bed to them. Getting the right warranty can save you a lot of hassle.
How Comfortable is It?
This is where the rubber meets the road: how comfortable is the bed? Do you sleep better in it? When you’re awake in bed, watching TV or reading a book, are you able to get into a position you feel good in, or are you struggling to find the right spot? Comfort, of course, is in the eye of the beholder, and much of it depends on the mattress, but even the best mattress can’t make the worst adjustable bed into a good night’s sleep.
What Do the Experts Say?
There are many lists out there of what are the best adjustable beds, but you have to take them all with a grain of salt as most of them are put out by commercial companies who may very well have sponsorship deals or be getting kickbacks. That’s why we prefer to look at the expert advice of the Sleep Foundation, a non-profit organization.
The Sleep Foundation features a medical board, expanded sleep science coverage, data-driven content, consumer reports, and intensive reviews. This is why we prefer to rely on their non-profit and unbiased motives when choosing which adjustable bed is the best.
And what have they found when they dove into the world of the best adjustable beds? Well, they came out with their winners: Best Value, Best Modernist Design, Best Luxury, Best Overall Features, and Best Massage Feature. And who do you think ranked as Best Overall Features? The Dynasty DM9000s Series Adjustable Bed.
This was called the best bed for those who want all the bells and whistles when it comes to features, and as we outlined above, those features are pretty important. Just listen to the glowing review that SleepFoundation.org gives to the Dynasty DM9000s Series:
“In addition to a wide range of angles for the upper body and legs, owners can independently adjust their head to read, watch television, or cut down on snoring while they sleep. A patented support bar also rests beneath the lumbar region to alleviate aches and pains for those with lower back problems...
“The bed is a great choice for people who enjoy massage functions. You can time head and foot massages for 10, 20, or 30 minutes using the wireless remote…
“Adjustable legs are also a helpful feature if you have a hard time getting in and out of bed. The legs can be lowered to a profile of 6 inches off the ground.”
The bed comes in seven sizes, including the split king and the split California king. It has bluetooth-enabled speakers on either side of the bed.
And as for warranty, it has a 10-year repair and replacement warranty for all components, and a 25-year warranty for the frame.
Looking at all of the criteria that we’re interested in in an adjustable bed (including size, features, warranty, among others) as well as the experts’ opinion from the non-profit Sleep Foundation, we’re proud to say that our Dynasty DM9000s Series Adjustable Bed is the winner for Best Overall Features.
Are you ready to try an adjustable bed today?
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