The Best Mattress for an Adjustable Base

/ December 27, 2018

Adjustable beds are the latest darlings of the luxury sleep world. It's easy to understand why. Want to elevate your feet at the end of a long day? Just push a button on your adjustable base. Want to raise your head to the perfect viewing angle for binge-watching your latest obsession? Again, all you have to do is push a button on your adjustable base. Want to sleep in "Zero G" weightlessness that takes the pressure off your lower back? Well, you get the idea: An adjustable bed base can make that happen.

The benefits of adjustable beds

People often wonder if buying an adjustable bed would be a good investment for them. This type of bed does have quite a few benefits. For starters, a bed with an adjustable base makes it easy to get into the position that's most comfortable for you, while keeping your body properly supported. Lose the old-fashioned associations with motorized hospital beds: Today's adjustable beds are sleek and sophisticated and loaded with extras. Saatva's Lineal adjustable base, for example, has three massage settings and remote-controlled under-bed lighting.

Adjustable beds are also useful if you have a medical issue like snoring or acid reflux, as sleeping with your head elevated will help mitigate symptoms. If you have back pain, an adjustable base is a good option because raising your legs can alleviate some of your discomfort. Choosing the best mattress for an adjustable base can even be great for pregnancy. (Here are five ways an adjustable base can improve your health.)

If that sounds good to you, you're not alone. Sales of adjustable bases went up 200% from 2011 to 2015, according to Consumer Reports. And according to data released this year by the International Sleep Products Association, 17-18% of mattress shoppers 18 and older consider an adjustable base when scouting their bed options.

Once you start considering it, you'll likely be wondering if you need a special mattress, or if certain kinds of mattresses work best with adjustable bed bases. While there are caveats (more on those below), most new mattress styles are compatible with an adjustable base. Here's what you need to know.

Learn More About Saatva's Adjustable Base

Lineal Adjustable Base

With weightless, Zero Gravity support, the Lineal adjustable base allows you to set your ideal position for sleeping—and living—with one touch of the remote.


How to choose the best mattress for an adjustable base

Trying to find the best adjustable mattress for your bed can be overwhelming. Do adjustable beds damage mattresses? Can you use a regular mattress on an adjustable bed? Reclining mattresses that are compatible for use with an adjustable base are designed to be able to bend and flex on the base without slippage and without damaging the materials or the structure of the mattress, explains Samantha Amedeo, general manager for Lineal. “But in this day and age," she points out, "most mattresses are compatible with adjustable bases."

So, can you really use an adjustable base with any mattress? Virtually any foam mattress, whether it's memory foam or latex foam, can be used on an adjustable base. And Amedeo estimates that as many as half of the innerspring mattresses currently on the market would likely be compatible too. Exceptions are mattresses that are "too thick to flex properly," she says. Mattresses made with a border wire—a heavier steel rod used in some beds to keep the springs in position—also don't work with power bases, since the stiff wire would interfere with adjustments.

These Saatva Mattresses Pair Perfectly with an Adjustable Base

Saatva Classic

Our flagship luxury mattress is expertly engineered with coil-on-coil construction for durability, a layer of memory foam for enhanced back support, and a cushiony Euro pillow top for extra comfort.


It should be easy to find out whether any mattress you're considering will work with an adjustable mattress base, says Amedeo. Online descriptions usually include that information; if you're shopping in a store, ask the salesperson or reach out to the manufacturer of the specific mattress you're looking at directly. One way to be sure is to purchase your mattress and adjustable base as a set, especially if you're already considering getting a new foundation at the same time.

Another tip from Amedeo is to remember that while many beds come with comfort guarantees (in-home trial periods during which you can return a mattress for a full refund if you're not satisfied), most adjustable bases cannot be returned once they're in your home.

While these general guidelines can help steer you toward the many mattress options you have for an adjustable base, you'll still want to know for sure that the adjustable bed and support system you're planning on investing your money and sleep in are meant for one another. Here's some more essential information about foundations, box springs, and bases.

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