If you wake up every morning with an aching back, neck or shoulders, it may be time to buy a new mattress – and foundation. A flat bed frame or foundation may still leave you in pain. An adjustable bed alleviates pressure on your back and joints, so you can enjoy a restful night of sleep in a position that is just right for your body.
Leggett & Platt S-Cape Bed Platform
Our top pick.
Prodigy 2.0 Adjustable Split King Bed Set Sleep System Leggett & Platt
The complete package.
DynastyMattress Reverie 8-Series Adjustable Bed Base – Wireless – Bluetooth – Massage-Under Bed Lighting-SPLIT KING
USB charging ports.
We’re going to share our favorite split king adjustable beds in just a moment. First, let’s talk about why you should make the switch to an adjustable bed and how to choose one.
5 Reasons Why You Need an Adjustable Bed
Why get an adjustable bed when you can just buy a regular bed frame or foundation for a fraction of the cost?
1. It Will Save Your Back from Pain
You can’t put a price on health – and pain relief. A flat bed does not provide the level of support your spine needs.
An adjustable bed can save you from back pain, according to Proper Spinal. Why? Because it allows you to sleep at a slight incline and take pressure off the lower back. These beds allow you to raise and lower both the head and the feet, which means you can support underneath the knees.
2. It Will Stop Snoring in its Tracks
If you or your sleeping partner snore at night, an adjustable bed may help. In many cases, sleeping with the upper body elevated helps stop snoring.
Lying flat on a mattress can restrict the air tubes and make it more difficult to sleep properly. Raising the head, even just slightly, can help stop this from happening.
Snoring not only disturbs your partner’s sleep, but also makes it more difficult for you to enter the REM, or deep sleep, cycle.
3. It Will Allow You to Read or Watch TV Comfortably
Watching TV or reading a book in bed can be uncomfortable. Sitting up against the headboard can give you a stiff neck, and laying on your stomach can be equally as uncomfortable.
With an adjustable bed, you can raise the head, allowing you to sit up comfortably in bed while supporting your neck.
4. It May Provide Sciatica and Arthritis Pain Relief
Adjustable beds may provide relief from pain caused by sciatica or arthritis. Sleeping in a zero-gravity position may alleviate pressure on the joints and the sciatica nerve, which can often trigger pain.
Blood flow may also be improved while sleeping with your head and legs slightly elevated. Better blood flow can help prevent inflammation, pain and that “stiff” feeling that many people get in the morning.
5. It May Help Reduce Fluid Retention
Patients who are dealing with fluid retention in the legs and feet may find relief with an adjustable bed.
Arise Mobility says sleeping with the legs elevated can help prevent fluid from building up in these areas, which can reduce pain and discomfort.
What to Look for When Buying an Adjustable Bed
You know the benefits of an adjustable bed, but how do you choose the right one? Here are some things to consider.
Size is one of the most important things to consider. Many manufacturers of adjustable beds offer split king models, but others require you to buy two foundations to make one king bed.
First, check to make sure the bed is really a split bed. Second, check to see whether you need to buy one or two foundations to make a king-sized bed.
What level of adjustability is available? Most adjustable beds allow you to choose virtually any angle, but others have pre-programmed settings only. Ideally, you want a model that lets you choose any position you want.
Quality adjustable beds will have pre-set positions, programmable positions, and the option to choose any angle you want.
Adjustability and size are the two main concerns, but you also want to consider any other advanced features that the bed may offer.
Some beds have:
- USB and AC ports, which allow you to charge your devices right from the comfort of your bed.
- Underbed lighting, which acts as a nightlight for better visibility if you have to get up in the middle of the night.
- Massage function to help you unwind and relax after a long day. Most models allow you to control the location of the massage (head, feet, full body) and the intensity of the massage.
- Remotes that allow you to control the position, massage and other functions with the touch of a button and without having to get out of bed.
- App compatibility for more advanced controls. Some models can connect to a special app that allows you to set an alarm or control other features.
- Alarm function for a better wake-up. Some adjustable beds allow you to wake up to a gentle massage or a head lift – instead of a blaring alarm.
Advanced features are not essential, but they add to the overall experience. Most adjustable beds will have at least one of these features, so decide which ones are most important to you and use this to help you find the right one.
Our Top Picks for the Best Split King Adjustable Bed
Leggett and Platt S-Cape
Leggett and Platt’s S-Cape adjustable bed comes with a convenient remote, a wall-hugger feature and programmable positions that will help you enjoy a restful night of sleep.
Made by a respected brand in the industry, the S-Cape offers a number of features that most sleepers will appreciate.
One of the main benefits to choosing this platform is that it can support a lot of weight – up to 700 pounds. Whether you’re sleeping alone or with another person, there’s no need to worry about the platform not being able to support your weight.
The S-Cape also offers a quiet motor, an emergency power-off feature, a flat button and a press-and-hold safety option.
The backlit remote is wireless and allows you to control the bed without having to get up. Users can program two custom positions and control the dual massage function.
Wallhugger engineering means that this frame stays close to the wall. There’s no need to worry about losing your pillow or any other item behind the bed.
With the S-Cape, you can raise just your head, just your feet or rest in the zero-gravity position. And when it’s time for bed, the flat button allows you to return to the classic sleeping position.
- Dual programming options, so you and your partner can find comfortable positions.
- Quiet motor won’t disturb your sleeping partner if you have to move.
- The remote is backlit, so you can see the buttons in the dark.
- The dual massage function helps you unwind and relax.
- The high weight capacity makes this platform more accessible to users.
- A thin mattress may be uncomfortable on this platform.
The only issue with this adjustable bed is that a thin bed may be uncomfortable. With an eight-inch mattress, there is a chance that you might feel the metal bars when you lay down.
Still, we like the S-Cape because it offers a dual massage function and it has a quiet motor.
Prodigy 2.0 Adjustable Split King Bed System
The Prodigy 2.0 adjustable bed system is a complete set, meaning you get both the platform and the mattresses. This model comes with two 12″ thick mattresses infused with gel memory foam to keep you cool at night.
These mattresses contain Serene foam, which is five times more supportive than conventional memory foam and is not sensitive to body temperature.
The 2017 version of this bed platform features USB ports, underbed lighting and a head tilt feature. It also has app compatibility, which works with both Android and iOS devices. The app allows you to set a sleep timer and a gentle-awake alarm (among many other things). This model really does offer the complete package.
Each mattress is controlled separately using independent remotes. If you want to sit up in bed and read while your partner sleeps, you can do so without disturbing him or her.
The capacitive-touch remotes offer programmable positions and a convenient snore button. The bed comes with a tabletop holder to ensure that your remote is always within reach.
The Prodigy 2.0 has a MicroHook retention system, which keeps your mattress in place as the foundation moves. This system completely eliminates the need for a retainer bar at the foot of your bed.
- Comes with premium memory foam mattresses
- Independent controls for each side of the bed
- USB ports for devices
- Underbed lighting to help you see in the dark
- MicroHook retention system keeps mattresses in place as the bed moves
- App compatibility for more functionality
- Comes with mattresses
The fact that this frame comes with mattresses is both a benefit and a drawback. If you already have a mattress or you would prefer a different mattress type (other than memory foam), this platform may not be a good fit for you.
Still, we like that this bed eliminates the need to purchase a separate mattress, and we like the advanced features it offers.
DynastyMattress Reverie 8-Series
The Reverie 8-Series from DynastyMattress offers advanced features and a quiet design to help you get the best night’s sleep possible.
The head and foot of this mattress platform can be raised to improve comfort. Each side is controlled independently, so you and your sleeping partner can choose the best positions for your own unique bodies.
Like the Prodigy frame, the Reverie 8-Series also has app functionality, and is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. It has underbed lighting, too.
A remote stand is included to keep the remote in easy reach. The stand includes a USB port and two AC outlets, so you can charge your devices without having to get out of bed.
The remote has two programmable positions as well as pre-set positions, which include: zero-gravity and anti-snore.
The built-in massage function is quiet and offers ten intensity levels. You can choose to massage just your head, just your feet, or your entire body. The Reverie 8-Series also offers an alarm function that allows you to wake up with your head lifted or with a gentle massage.
A mattress is not included with this model, but it comes with many of the same features that the Prodigy 2.0 offers.
- Independent controls to ensure both partners sleep comfortably
- Underbed lighting helps you see in the dark
- Built-in massage function
- USB and AC outlets for charging
- App compatibility
- Alarm function
- Uses retainer bars to keep the mattress in place
The only issue with this bed frame is that it uses four retainer bars to keep the mattresses in place. Some people won’t have an issue with this, but others may find the bars to be uncomfortable if they have a thin mattress.
That being said, we like that this mattress has advanced features, like USB charging and lighting, and allows you to choose your own mattress.
Sealy Reflexion 4
The Sealy Reflexion 4 doesn’t offer a traditional split king base. To complete the set, you’ll need to buy two foundations. That’s really the biggest drawback with this bed, but it offers other features that may offset this issue for some people.
The adjustable base offers virtually unlimited positions, allowing you to raise your feet or head to any angle. While you can program your own positions, you can also take advantage of the built-in positions, which include:
- Zero-Gravity: A mode that raises the legs and head for pressure-relief.
- Lounge Mode: Raises your head and lowers your feet.
- Incline Mode: Raises your feet and lowers your head.
A massage feature is available in two zones and you have the option of choosing a full body massage. There are also three intensity levels available.
The wall-hugging feature keeps the mattress close to the wall even when the head is raised. This prevents your pillows from falling behind the mattress while you’re sitting up in bed.
Some people may also appreciate that you can use this system on a regular platform or frame. Just remove the 6.5″ legs, and you can use the Reflexion 4 on your existing frame.
- Can be used on a regular frame
- Massage function with three intensity levels
- Built-in and programmable positions
- You need to buy two foundations to complete a king set
The only issue with this bed is that you need to buy two foundations in order to complete a king set. Having to buy an additional foundation adds to the overall expense of this bed and the hassle of having two shipments.
But we like that you can use the Reflexion 4 on a regular bed frame and that it has multiple built-in positions.
Reverie 5D Deluxe Adjustable Bed
The Reverie 5D Deluxe bed is available in split California king size and offers independent controls via the two included wireless remotes.
This frame can support up to 850 pounds of weight, and is backed by a 20-year limited warranty.
The head and foot of the frame can be elevated with the push of a button, and the four corner retainer bars keep the mattress in place even as you change positions.
A quiet massage function is available, which offers ten intensity levels. And you can choose from virtually any sleeping position, including zero-gravity. Reverie says zero gravity can help alleviate back pain.
No mattress is included with this foundation, and it is not compatible with spring mattresses.
- Comes with two wireless remotes
- The massage function is ultra-quiet
- Ten massage intensity levels are available
- Can support a lot of weight – up to 850 pounds
- Allows you to sleep in virtually any position
- Delivery can be a hassle
Getting the Reverie 5D Deluxe to your door can be a hassle, but delivery issues are common with large purchases such as these.
Delivery issues aside, we like the simplicity of this bed, the quietness of the massage function and the ability to choose from so many different massage intensity levels.
If we had to choose just one of these adjustable beds, we’d choose the S-Cape from Leggett and Platt. The S-Cape has full-body massage function, a convenient flat button, backlit remotes, and other advanced features that users will appreciate.
The Prodigy 2.0 comes in a close second because this bed is the complete package. Not everyone wants a mattress – and some people prefer to choose their own mattress. That’s why we prefer the S-Cape over this model.
The other adjustable beds on this list also offer excellent quality, the ability to choose just about any sleeping position and programmable features that may help improve sleep quality.