The Best Adjustable Beds for Seniors (2017 Version)

As we age, our muscles and joints tend to ache. We start feeling a little stiff in the morning, too. While the natural aging process has a lot to do with it, our mattress also plays a role in how we feel when we wake up in the morning.

DynastyMattress Reverie 8-Series Adjustable Bed Base – Wireless – Bluetooth – Massage-Under Bed Lighting-SPLIT KING

Our top pick

Leggett & Platt S-Cape Bed Platform

A really great product

Classic Brands Adjustable Comfort Adjustable Bed Base with Massage

A Fantastic budget choice

An adjustable bed can alleviate pain while helping you sleep soundly. But which is right for your home? We’re going to share our top picks and tell you what to look for when choosing a model.

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What to Look for When Choosing an Adjustable Bed

There are many things to consider when choosing an adjustable bed, particularly when choosing one for a senior.

Size

Size is the first and most important thing to consider. Consider what sizes are available for each model, and whether split models are available. If you prefer to have independent controls over each side of the bed, a split model is a good option.

Keep in mind that some companies require you to purchase two twin-sized bases to make a king-sized bed. And some manufacturers do not make split queen-sized bases.

Weight Capacity

How much weight does the bed accommodate? Make sure that you consider the combined weight of everyone sleeping in the bed – and that includes furry friends.

Check the product description to find the weight capacity information.

Programmable Functions

Nearly all adjustable beds have programmable functions. Some have more memory positions than others, so you’ll need to consider how many you need.

Also, consider whether there are preset positions available, like zero-gravity and anti-snoring. These preset positions are convenient.

Massage Features

Many adjustable beds come with massage functions that help the body relax and alleviate tension. Massages may target the whole body or certain parts of the body, like the head or the legs.

These beds usually have adjustable intensity levels, too. Some even allow you to set an alarm so that you can wake up to a gentle massage.

According to Reverie, a bed’s massage function helps relieve stress at bedtime, allowing you to enjoy a more restful sleep.

Extra Features

Some models have additional features that add convenience or advanced functionality. Consider any extra features that the bed may offer, such as:

  • USB charging port
  • Underbed lighting
  • Wallhugging feature

USB ports allow you to charge your devices without having to get out of bed. Underbed lighting is also a nice feature that allows you to see in the dark if you have to get up to use the restroom. The wallhugging feature is a nice addition as well, and will ensure that the head of the bed is close to the wall to prevent the pillow from falling behind it.

The Benefits of an Adjustable Bed for Seniors

Why should a senior choose an adjustable bed? What are the benefits of sleeping with the head or legs lifted?

There are many reasons to consider buying an adjustable bed, including:

Acid Reflux Relief

Seniors who suffer from acid reflux may find relief by sleeping on an adjustable bed. According to Easy Rest, doctors recommend sleeping with the head elevated. Keeping the head elevated will keep the food in the stomach and prevent it from coming back up.

Most adjustable beds have programmable positions, so you can find just the right elevation level to prevent acid reflux symptoms.

Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is common among seniors, and the mattress that you sleep on can either make it worse or help alleviate it altogether.

Sleeping with the head and legs slightly elevated will take pressure off of the back and help alleviate the pain.

If you suffer from chronic back pain, an adjustable bed can help you carry on with your daily routine without making the problem worse. Lifting the head in the morning will make it easier to get out of the bed without having to make your back pain worse.

Edema Relief

Edema occurs when fluid builds up in the body’s tissues and causes swelling. It typically occurs in the ankles, feet and legs. Doctors typically recommend sleeping with the feet elevated to keep fluid from building up in the lower half of the body.

While you may not be able to cure edema, you can prevent swelling and discomfort by sleeping in an adjustable bed.

Better Circulation

Adjustable beds also allow for better circulation at night by keeping the legs elevated. Better circulation can also prevent swelling and help keep the heart healthy.

When the blood isn’t flowing properly, oxygen has a harder time getting to the brain and other organs.

Improved blood circulation can help improve cardiovascular health and ensure that your organs get all of the nutrients and oxygen they need.

Relief from Snoring

If you suffer from snoring or sleep apnea, an adjustable bed can also help you find relief. Keeping the head elevated can help keep the airways open, which will prevent snoring.

Snoring can make it more difficult to get into a deep sleep and will disturb your partner’s sleep.

Better Digestion

If you like to eat in bed or eat shortly before going to sleep, keeping your upper body elevated can help improve digestion as you rest. The body has an easier time processing food when you’re sitting upright or standing.

As Paleo Leap points out, the way you sit after eating affects carbohydrate intolerance, bloating and even IBS.

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Our Top Picks for the Best Adjustable Beds for Seniors

DynastyMattress Reverie 8-Series

The DynastyMattress Reverie 8-Series adjustable bed comes in a wide range of sizes – including split options – and offers advanced features that seniors will appreciate.

If you and your partner have different sleeping habits or favorite positions, the split-king and split-Calking sizes provide two bases that can be adjusted independently. Full, queen and twin XL sizes are also available, but these use one single mattress.

The Reverie 8-Series allows you to elevate the head and the feet to virtually any angle, so you and your partner can find the most comfortable position. Along with the included remotes, you can also control some of the bed’s features through the smart mobile app and the Bluetooth function.

The included remote stand puts the remote within easy reach and also includes two AC outlets and one USB port.

Seniors will also appreciate the massage feature, which includes ten intensity levels. The underbed lighting also makes it easier to see if you have to get up in the middle of the night.

An alarm feature allows you to wake up to a gentle massage or to your head being lifted.

The mattress is not included with this platform, and it will fit most standard bed frames.

Pros

  • Programmable positions and pre-set positions
  • Remote stand includes USB port and AC outlets
  • Underbed lighting helps you see in the dark
  • Massage function and ten intensity levels releases stress and tension

Cons

  • No wallhugger feature

The only complaint with this adjustable bed is that it doesn’t have a wallhugger feature. This means that when you lift the head, the mattress will pull away from the wall. That puts you pretty far away from the nightstand and makes it more likely that your pillows fall behind the mattress.

Still, we like that this mattress comes with virtually all of the features seniors want in an adjustable bed.

Legget and Platt S-Cape

The S-Cape bed from Legget and Platt offers both a split queen and a split king size, so senior couples have more options when choosing an adjustable bed. The brand also offers the classic queen, full and twin XL sizes.

One thing we really like about this bed is that it has a high weight capacity: 700 pounds. Most users will be able to sleep comfortably on the S-cape – even with a dog on the bed.

The backlit, wireless remote makes it easy to adjust the bed’s features and offers two programmable positions. There’s also a dual massage function that can be controlled with the remote.

The wallhugger feature means that the bed moves toward and up the wall instead of away and up. This prevents pillows from falling behind the mattress and also keeps you close to your nightstand.

The quiet motor helps you move into any position you want. An emergency power-down feature adds to the safety of the bed, and the flat bed button allows you to easily return to the classic sleeping position.

Pros

  • Quiet motor
  • Wallhugger feature
  • 700-pound weight capacity
  • Dual massage function
  • Split queen and split king sizes available

Cons

  • No underbed lighting

The S-Cape has no underbed lighting, which may be something some seniors want with their adjustable bed.

Lack of lighting is a small issue and doesn’t take away from the quality of the bed. We like the wallhugger feature, high weight capacity and massage function.

Classic Brands Adjustable Bed Base

The Classic Brands adjustable bed does not offer a split king or split queen size, but you do have the option of buying the base with the mattress if you wish. The base comes in four main sizes: twin XL, full, queen and king.

The Classic Brands base offers programmable positions, USB ports, massage functions and a wireless remote. The quiet motor won’t disturb your partner, and the bed includes the following built-in positions:

  • Lounge: Adjusts head and feet 15 degrees
  • TV/PC: Adjusts head 60 degrees; adjusts feet 20 degrees
  • Zero Gravity: Adjusts head 10 degrees; adjusts feet 30 degrees
  • Flat: Keeps the head and feet flat

The massage function can target the head or feet, and you can choose from three intensity levels: low, medium and high. You also have the option of setting a 15-minute timer for the massage.

The bed also has a USB charging port and a foot retainer bar that keeps the mattress from slipping while moving.

Pros

  • Massage function with intensity control and timer
  • Pre-programmed positions for convenience
  • USB charging port
  • Quiet motor

Cons

  • No split design
  • No underbed lighting

The biggest issue with this adjustable bed is that it lacks a split-mattress option and underbed lighting. These two features may not matter to some people, but they may be vital to others.

Still, the Classic Brands adjustable bed has convenient built-in positions, a USB charging port to keep you connected and a quiet motor.

Reverie 7S

The Reverie 7S is made by the same people who brought you the Tempurpedic Ergo mattress. This adjustable base elevates both the head and feet, and offers features that seniors will appreciate.

The base fits most standard bed frames and even includes headboard brackets. There are also four retainer bars that keep the mattress in place and provide lumbar support.

Two programmable positions are available as well as pre-set positions, which include zero gravity and anti-snore.

The Bluetooth functionality allows you to control the bed’s functions using a free app, and there’s also a massage function with 10 intensity levels.

Pros

  • Programmable positions for customized sleeping positions
  • Convenient built-in positions
  • Retainer bars provide support and keep the mattress in place
  • Compatible with most bedframes
  • Bluetooth functionality for app control

Cons

  • No USB port
  • No underbed lighting

The Reverie does not have a USB charging port, nor does it have underbed lighting. If these are two important features for you, this may not be the right mattress base for your home.

That being said, we like that this bed has pre-programmed positions for convenience and multiple massage intensity levels to meet your needs.

Lucid L300

Available in twin XL and queen sizes, the Lucid L300 offers a few advantages over other models, like better shipping options. The L300 has a folding hinge that makes shipping easy and affordable. Assembly also takes less than five minutes, which makes your life even easier.

The bed’s head inclines up to 60 degrees and the foot inclines up to 45 degrees. A wireless remote is also included with a flashlight and batteries. The remote also includes a programmable memory position.

Two USB charging ports allow users to charge their devices while lying in bed, and the motor is quiet.

The L300 does not come in a king size, but purchasing two twin XL bases will create a king-sized bed. And with a 750-pound capacity, this bed will accommodate most users with ease.

Pros

  • Hinged design makes shipping easier and more affordable
  • Quick assembly
  • USB charging ports
  • Accommodates up to 750 pounds

Cons

  • Split king size not available

The only drawback with this model is that you have to purchase two twin XL bases to make a king-sized base.

Still, we like that the Lucid L300 is cheaper to ship and is so easy to assemble. We also like the USB charging ports and that the remote has a programmable memory position available.

Conclusion

All of these adjustable beds are great quality and many offer features that add convenience. But if we had to choose one bed, we would pick the DynastyMattress Reverie 8-Series.

This base offers split options, and the Bluetooth feature allows you to control the bed’s functions. The USB ports also allow you to charge your devices while lying in bed, and there’s underbed lighting to help you see in the dark if you have to get up at night.

Did we also mention that this base has a wallhugger feature? This feature will keep pillows and other items from falling behind the mattress, and keep you close to the nightstand.

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