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Adjustable Bed Buyer’s Guide: Luxury Becoming Necessity | PlushBeds

If you’re in the market to buy an adjustable bed, you’ll find that you have many different models and features to choose from. We’ve created this Adjustable Bed Buyer’s Guide, to break down your options, and make it easier for you to choose an adjustable bed that’s perfect for your needs.

Why are Adjustable Beds Popular?

Adjustable beds are popular for a number of reasons. Some people enjoy the ability to raise the head of their adjustable bed, for a number of activities, before falling asleep:

  • Reading
  • Watching television
  • Working on a laptop
  • Enjoying crossword puzzles or word searches
  • Surfing the Internet
  • Exploring social media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.

Others enjoy the ability to raise the foot of their adjustable bed, to relax their legs and feet, after a long day of work. Whatever your favorite activity in bed may be, there is an adjustable bed position to assist you.

There are also some people who enjoy sleeping on an adjustable bed for health reasons:

  • Relief from heartburn and/or acid reflux
  • Sleep apnea relief
  • Helps digestion
  • Reduces snoring
  • Eases back pain
  • Boosts circulation
  • Reduces leg swelling
  • Lessens arthritis pain
  • Reduces fluid retention
  • Improves oxygen absorption throughout the body

Aging adults and those with certain injuries also find that adjustable beds help them to get into and out of bed. Plus, massage features that are included with many adjustable beds, offer additional relief for aching muscles.

People make the decision to buy adjustable beds for a variety of reasons. Whether you’re interested in promoting better health, better quality of sleep, or you just want greater comfort during the time you spend in bed, there is an adjustable bed that can help.

Choose the Mattress Before the Adjustable Frame

Adjustable beds are often sold as two separate parts. There is the mattress and the adjustable frame. While some retailers offer them as package deals, they are most often sold separately.

The frame provides the underlying support for your mattress, and it is very important. However, choosing the mattress, or at least the mattress type, first, allows you to focus solely on buying the adjustable frame that will work best with your mattress, your preferences, and your needs.

You must know the type of mattress you’re buying, because certain mattresses react differently to being folded or manipulated by an adjustable frame. Conventional coil innerspring mattresses, for instance, do not react well on adjustable frames. They simply are not designed to be used in any position other than a flat position. Mattresses that work best for adjustable frames include:

Natural Latex Mattresses

Memory Foam Mattresses

The mattress you purchase must be designed to work on an adjustable bed frame.

Adjustable Beds

Below are considerations to take into account when shopping for adjustable beds.

Sleeping Preferences

Adjustable beds are not a perfect fit for everyone. They are especially not perfect for every couple. There are many things you should discuss with your partner, if you’re considering an adjustable bed for your home.

One of those things is whether you both have the same sleeping preferences. For example, if one of you is a back sleeper, and the other is a side or stomach sleeper, an adjustable bed is not going to be a comfortable solution, unless you purchase a split bed. A split bed has two separate mattresses, and two separate adjustable frames, side by side. Each side of the bed moves independently with a split adjustable bed, and each side has its own remote control.

Options to consider for couples considering an adjustable bed include the following:

  • Purchase a split adjustable bed to support different sleep position preferences.
  • Explore a variety of positions to find the one that works best for both of you.
  • Be willing to compromise, to some degree, so that you can both enjoy the benefits of an adjustable bed.

Give each new sleep position or adjustment a few days to see how it is working for you. Write down how you feel the morning after, and elaborate on the quality of your sleep, for each position. Then decide which position works the best for your needs, and save the setting.

Consider the Weight

Adjustable beds can weigh between 500 pounds and 850 pounds, depending on the model and size. That’s a substantial amount of weight to carry up and down stairs, if you move frequently, or if you like to rearrange your furniture, and change things up seasonally.

Delivery and Assembly

Don’t forget to consider the delivery and assembly as well. Some companies offer white glove delivery services that bring the adjustable bed into your home, set it up in the location where you’ll use it, and assemble it for you. This might be an upgrade to consider if you’re worried about carrying it upstairs, or setting it up.

If delivery and assembly is not a concern for you, consider asking for assembly instructions before buying. Make sure they are easy to follow, and something you understand and can duplicate. Also, consider reading product reviews from verified customers, of the adjustable bed you’re considering, to see if they report any trouble with assembly.

Research the Features

Some people look for adjustable beds with all of the bells and whistles, while others look for basic features, which they can operate easily.

Popular adjustable bed features include:

  • Head raises to a full 70 degrees or more
  • Foot raises to a full 47 degrees or more
  • Whisper quiet lift system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Dual massage motors
  • Zero gravity capabilities
  • Gentle wake-up alarms

Other features you may be interested in include the sizes available for the adjustable bed. This is especially true if you’re interested in a split adjustable bed. Make sure you explore your options before getting your heart set on a specific model. Typical sizes include:

  • Twin
  • Twin XL
  • Full
  • Queen
  • Split Queen
  • King
  • Split King
  • Cal King
  • Split Cal King

Not all adjustable beds are available for all sizes, so take that into consideration during the selection process.

Check the Warranty

The warranty is a major selling point for adjustable beds. Different warranties offer different protections for varying lengths of time. Make sure you understand what is covered, how long it’s covered, and what you need to do if something goes wrong with your adjustable bed. It may seem like a simple matter, but some companies offer more transparency, when it comes to the warranty, than others.

The warranty is often a solid indication of how well a business stands behind the products they sell. For instance, PlushBeds offers a range of 10 to 20 Year Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty on our adjustable beds:

  • Buyers receive 1 year of a full warranty for parts and labor
  • Years 2 and 3 offer limited warranties that cover the parts, while consumers pay for shipping and labor
  • Years 4 through 20 offer further limited warranties

Look Into Extended Warranties

Also, don’t forget to include the ability to purchase an extended warranty when weighing the features of the adjustable bed. PlushBeds adjustable beds give you the option of an additional extended 5 year adjustable bed warranty or extended 10 year adjustable bed warranty. It’s an option that can bring great peace of mind for things not included in the standard warranty, such as:

  • Controllers
  • Electrical components
  • Mechanisms (vibrations, heat, recline, incline, etc.)
  • Motors
  • Power surges
  • Extended warranty also covers the costs of shipping and installation for parts the initial warranty excludes in years 2 through 10

The more you understand the warranty, and what it covers and excludes, the better prepared you are to make informed decisions about whether to purchase an extended warranty, or even if the adjustable bed you’re considering is the right choice for you.

Cosmetic Appearance

Gone are the days when all adjustable beds looked like hospital or nursing home beds. Today’s adjustable beds offer a wide range of stylish and attractive selections that will work with almost any decor and design. This is good news for discerning consumers, who are interested in buying an adjustable bed that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is practical and purposeful.

PlushBeds offers four distinctive styles of adjustable beds, to meet a variety of needs, interests, and style requirements. Whether your tastes are more traditional or modern, you are sure to find the right adjustable bed to meet your needs, among the PlushBeds offerings. Plus, all of PlushBeds adjustable beds are fully compatible with most modern headboards, allowing you to work with your existing decor, or a new headboard that works with your style.

Reputation of the Manufacturer

Don’t buy an adjustable bed from just anyone offering to sell them. Do your homework, and learn about the reputation of the manufacturer, for dealing with the following types of issues:

  • Mechanical problems
  • Questions
  • Warranty issues
  • Customer service before, during, and after the sale

Check out online reviews, and the Better Business Bureau, to learn about how the manufacturer handles issues that may arise under the warranty. Also, consider how responsive the company is to your questions, while you’re doing your research, to see if they are a good fit.

Adjusting Your Adjustable Bed

Most adjustable beds can be adjusted into a wide variety of positions, for comfort and health, including these listed below:

Head Raised Positions

The head of most adjustable beds can be raised to a variety of angles. PlushBeds adjustable beds accommodate maximum head lifting ranges between 58 degrees and 70 degrees, offering a variety, to accommodate the varied needs of our customers.

Raising the head of the bed is particularly useful for those with the following health issues:

  • Relieves acid reflux and/or heartburn pain
  • Reduces snoring
  • Promotes comfortable reading, working, or television viewing
  • Aids digestion
  • Minimizes airway restrictions
  • Eliminates post-nasal drip
  • Delivers relief from COPD, migraines, heart congestion, and inflammation

Many people find the ability to raise their heads, even minimally, while sleeping, is reason enough to purchase an adjustable bed, and the benefits are well worth the cost.

Feet Raised Positions

Sleeping with your feet elevated offers a variety of health benefits worth considering, including those listed below:

  • Provides relief from chronic back pain
  • Reduces swelling in legs and feet
  • Promotes better circulation
  • Reduces leg and foot pain
  • Promotes better sleep with fewer incidents of insomnia

Whatever the reason, some people prefer to sleep with their upper body flat, and their feet elevated. PlushBeds adjustable beds accommodate maximum foot elevations between 42 and 47 degrees.

Zero Gravity Positions

This term refers to a position in which your body achieves a sensation of weightlessness, similar to being in space. In this position, which all PlushBeds adjustable bases can achieve, your body experiences incredible pressure relief, allowing you to rest easier and more comfortably. Sleeping in the zero-gravity position provides the following benefits:

  • Reduces pressure
  • Relieves pain
  • Promotes circulation
  • Improves sleep

The improvements to quality of sleep alone, are worth the investment in an adjustable bed, as it helps to enhance mood, boost performance and reduce stress.

Wall Hugger vs. Wall Snuggler

Different manufacturers of adjustable beds use different terminology to refer to their technology. The terms wall hugger and wall snuggler apply to similar technologies that allow adjustable beds to move into different positions, without shifting away from the walls and bedside tables. With a traditional adjustable bed, the head of the bed pulls away from the wall whenever it is raised.

This does not occur with adjustable beds that have wall hugging or snuggling technologies. Instead, the head of the bed remains in the same position, close to the wall. Why does this matter? Because remaining in the same position allows you to reach your bedside table, without pulling it away from the wall. If your bed pulls away from the wall, it’s more difficult to grab things from your bedside table. Wall hugger and wall snuggler technology eliminates this issue, which is why it’s important to seek adjustable beds that offer this benefit.

PlushBeds Adjustable Beds

PlushBeds offers four different adjustable bed models, to accommodate a wide range of needs and interests. Read below, to learn about the different models and features of PlushBeds adjustable beds.

There are some basic features, common to all four PlushBeds adjustable bed varieties:

  • Head of bed lifts up to varying degrees
  • Foot of bed lifts up to varying degrees
  • Dual massage motors
  • Anti-snoring features
  • One-touch flat buttons
  • Quick assembly -- often in about 15 minutes
  • Compatibility with most modern bed frames and headboards
  • Free delivery
  • Compatible with all of PlushBeds Mattresses

There are also certain adjustable bed models with additional luxury features, on top of these, to truly enhance your sleeping experience:

Elevate (E255)

Sleep upright for an affordable price with the Elevate E255. The Elevate adjustable bed base gives you control over your head and foot elevation, with just the right features needed for comfort.  The Elevate E255 adjustable bed base gives you complete control over your head and foot elevation, so you can fine-tune your comfort. See if the programmed positions suit your needs, or try adjusting them yourself to find the ideal elevation.

Bed Base Features:

  • Adjustable base
  • Black upholstery on a strong metal frame
  • Ability to incline the head panel up to 60 degrees and the foot panel up to 45 degrees
  • Adjust everything with the included wireless remote control
  • Three preset positions
  • Program two extra positions
  • 12” legs elevate your mattress for maximum airflow
  • 750-pound weight capacity on each size
  • Foldable for easy moving and storage
  • Protects your mattress warranty
  • 10-year limited warranty

Smart Elevation (E455)

Enjoy the comfort of an adjustable bed base with upgraded smartphone features with the  Smart Elevation E455. Pair the Smart Elevation E455 with the award-winning app as a convenient and easy alternative to using the remote control. With a streamlined look and premium upholstery, along with maximum comfort, it’s a smart base for any PlushBeds mattress. Works with Siri voice commands, and has automatic snore detection. Customers love the zero-clearance design.

Bed Base Features:

  • Adjustable bed base
  • Grey upholstered base on a strong metal frame
  • Ability to incline the head panel up to 60 degrees and the foot panel up to 45 degrees for total comfort and customization
  • Adjust everything with the included wireless remote control
  • Three preset positions
  • Program two extra positions
  • Split size bed bases give each partner individual controls
  • Built-in Bluetooth® lets you adjust everything from your phone
  • Customize your comfort with the Malouf Base™ app (Android and iOS)
  • Use touch or Siri voice commands
  • Charge devices with USB ports on each side of the bed
  • 12” legs elevate your mattress for maximum airflow
  • 750-pound weight capacity on every size
  • Foldable for easy moving and storage
  • Protects your mattress warranty
  • 10-year limited warranty

Relax (M555)

Enjoy true relaxation with the Relax M555. A luxurious bed base with a built-in massager. You have complete control over the massage: moderate the intensity, from gentle to deep, and choose between four types of massage: oscillate, wave, pulse, or constant. Built-in Bluetooth allows you to adjust every setting from your phone. Also enjoy the 5 pre-set sleeping positions: Zero Gravity, Anti Snore, Lounge, TV, and Flat, and program two more of your favorites!

Bed Base Features:

  • Adjustable base
  • Grey upholstered base on a strong metal frame
  • Advanced vibration massage with variable settings
  • Ability to incline the head panel up to 60 degrees and the foot panel up to 45 degrees
  • Adjust everything with the included wireless remote control
  • Five preset positions
  • Program two extra positions
  • Split size bed bases give each partner individual controls
  • Built-in Bluetooth® lets you adjust everything from your phone
  • Customize your comfort with the Malouf Base™ app (Android and iOS)
  • Use touch or Siri voice commands
  • Charge devices with USB ports on each side of the bed
  • 12” legs elevate your mattress for maximum airflow
  • Under-bed LED nightlights
  • 750-pound weight capacity on every size
  • Foldable for easy moving and storage
  • Protects your mattress warranty
  • 20-year limited warranty

Ultra Ergonomic (S755)

The Ultra Ergonomic S755 adjustable bed base offers luxurious relaxation and ultimate comfort with advanced ergonomics and vibrational massage features. As it’s our most advanced base, the Ultra Ergonomic S755 is completely customizable: incline the head panel up to 60 degrees, and the foot panel up to 45 degrees. Thanks to the extra head tilt, you can say goodbye to snoring and poor head and neck comfort. With the Ultra Ergonomic’s twelve massage options the stress of the day will melt away.

Bed Base Features:

  • Adjustable base
  • Grey upholstered base on a strong metal frame
  • Extra head tilt and adjustable lumbar support
  • Innovative Reach Assist™ pulls the base back when elevated
  • Advanced vibration massage with variable settings
  • Ability to incline the head panel up to 60 degrees and the foot panel up to 45 degrees
  • Adjust everything with the included wireless remote control
  • Five preset positions
  • Program six extra positions
  • Split bases give each partner independent controls
  • Built-in Bluetooth® lets you adjust everything from your phone
  • Customize your comfort with the Malouf Base™ app (on Android and iOS)
  • Use Siri voice or touch commands
  • Set up automatic snore detection and head tilt while you sleep
  • Charge devices with USB ports on each side of the bed
  • 12” legs elevate your mattress for maximum airflow
  • Under-bed LED nightlights
  • 750-pound weight capacity on every size
  • Protects your mattress warranty
  • 20-year limited warranty

PlushBeds Adjustable Bed Comparison

Check this handy PlushBeds Adjustable Bed comparison chart that highlights the features differences of PlushBeds adjustable bed selection.

Your Search for the Perfect Adjustable Bed

We hope this Adjustable Bed Buyer’s Guide will assist you with finding the perfect make, model and features to meet your needs. Remember, PlushBeds has all of the top make, models and features, with free shipping. It’s our pleasure to assist you with your questions, and to provide you with this luxurious sleeping experience.

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