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What types of mattresses work best with adjustable beds?

When choosing a mattress to use with an adjustable bed (also known as a reclining bed) consumers can pick from a number of options. Each one differs in performance and function. The best choice for you will depend on a combination of how you plan to use your bed, the materials used to make the mattress, and its thickness.

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Types of mattresses best for adjustable beds

An adjustable bed base lifts the top and bottom of the mattress (the head and foot sections) between 40 and 70 degrees. This creates a more comfortable shape for you to read, watch TV, and even sleep.

That means the most important thing to consider when choosing an adjustable mattress is its flexibility and durability. A mattress that’s best for adjustable beds will bend and flex to follow the contour of the base, while still maintaining its support and structural integrity. The four types most commonly paired with adjustable beds are memory foam, latex foam, hybrid, and airbeds.

Memory foam, latex, and hybrid mattresses are usually the best choice to use with an adjustable bed. They are flexible enough to match the curves of the base, and if you pick a company that uses high-quality foam and materials, it will maintain its support and durability. However you should be aware that there are significant differences in construction among the manufacturers that make memory foam, latex, and hybrid mattresses.

Try to find a company that uses the best, most modern materials. Otherwise you could wind up with a bed that’s uncomfortable and wears out quickly. Airbeds can also be used on adjustable bases and reclining beds if necessary. They have a few issues shoppers should be aware of though, which we explain in this article.

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Memory foam mattresses

Memory foam conforms to your body shape and evenly supports your weight. That eliminates the common complaint of pressure points other mattresses have. When used with an adjustable bed, memory foam flexes easily to match the contour of the base without compromising comfort and support.

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Hybrid mattresses

Hybrid mattresses pair nicely with adjustable bed frames because they have adaptable foam layers and flexible pocketed coils—you won’t have to worry about breaking springs or damaging foam when elevating the angle of your head and feet. With hybrids, you can enjoy soft and bouncy support with your adjustable bed frame.

However, hybrid mattresses are not to be confused with innerspring beds. Many people use the terms “hybrid” and “innerspring” interchangeably when referring to mattresses because both mattress types contain coils, but these beds have distinctly different layers and materials.

Hybrids contain at least two inches of foam and pocketed coils. Innersprings feature a thinly-padded top and Bonnell coils; this makes them notably stiffer than hybrids. Therefore, most innersprings do not pair well with reclining beds or adjustable bases.

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Latex mattresses

Like memory foam mattresses, those made from latex are 100% foam and similarly effective at preventing pain and t points. However they have a different feel that is commonly described as “buoyant.” Because they are slightly more rigid, choose a thinner size so it can properly adapt to your adjustable base.

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Best Mattress Types for Adjustable Beds Compared

Mattress Types Memory Foam Hybrid Latex
Flexibility 10 10 8
Durability 10 8 10
Pressure Relief 10 10 10
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Our comparisons are based on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best.

Thickness

The last thing you need to consider about the mattress you pair with your adjustable bed is its thickness. No matter how flexible the material, it can become too stiff if it gets thick enough.

Depending on the mattress type, the ideal thickness is between 6” and 14”. The more rigid the material, the thinner the mattress should be. It should still be thick enough to provide a supportive night’s sleep, though.

The most common thickness for foam mattresses on adjustable beds is 10”-12.” Our most popular models to use in this situation are the AS3 and AS2 beds.

Now you know the four key things to consider when choosing a mattress for your adjustable bed: flexibility, durability, support, and thickness. If you’re going to use an innerspring or airbed, make sure that it’s designed for adjustable bases and reclining beds. Otherwise it may not work.

On the other hand, memory foam mattresses like the ones from Amerisleep perform best on adjustable beds, with latex following in a close second.

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AS1

Thickness:10 inches

Feel:Firm

Rating 4.7/5 Stars

Recommended For:Stomach & Back Sleepers

Available Mattress Types:Memory Foam

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AS2

Thickness:12 inches

Feel:Medium-Firm

Rating 4.7/5 Stars

Recommended For:Stomach & Back Sleepers

Available Mattress Types:Memory Foam & Hybrid

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AS3

Thickness: 12 inches

Feel: Medium

Rating 4.8/5 Stars

Recommended For:Side, Combo, & Back Sleepers, Sleepers with Hip or Back Pains

Available Mattress Types: Memory Foam & Hybrid

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AS4

Thickness:12 inches

Feel:Medium-Soft

Rating 4.7/5 Stars

Recommended For:Side & Combo Sleepers, Petite Sleepers

Available Mattress Types:Memory Foam

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AS5

Thickness:14 inches

Feel:Soft

Rating 4.7/5 Stars

Recommended For:Side, Combo, & Back Sleepers

Available Mattress Types:Memory Foam & Hybrid

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Organica

Thickness:13 inches

Feel:Medium

Rating New Release

Recommended For:Side, Combo & Back Sleepers, Plus-Size Sleepers

Available Mattress Types:Memory Foam

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Frequently asked questions

 
Are Amerisleep mattresses compatible with adjustable bed frames?

Yes, both our hybrid and memory foam mattresses are designed to work with adjustable bed frames. Our mattresses are all within 10 to 14 inches thick and are designed with flexible materials to bend with the base without causing any damage.

 
Can all mattresses be used on an adjustable bed?

No, not all mattresses can pair with an adjustable bed frame. Some beds with coils are too rigid to flex with the moving base, and are therefore best kept on flat foundations, instead. Many mattress brands today design their beds to work with these sleep-enhancing bed bases, but we always suggest checking with the brand to guarantee their compatibility.

 
Are hybrid mattresses good for adjustable beds?

It depends on the hybrid! Most hybrid mattresses today are designed to work just fine with adjustable bed frames; however, there are some out there that do not. The best way to determine whether or not a hybrid will work with an adjustable bed is to ask the brand or retailer directly.

It’s worth mentioning that if a brand carries both hybrid mattresses and adjustable bed frames (like us!), it’s safe to assume their hybrids will work just fine with their adjustable bases.

 
Do adjustable bases ruin mattresses?

Pairing a too-rigid mattress with an adjustable bed frame can cause damage to either the mattress, frame, or both. However, as long as your mattress is designed to pair with one of these frames, they should adjust together without any problems.

 
How thick should a mattress be for an adjustable bed?

Adjustable beds can pair just fine with thin mattresses. Thicker mattresses, on the other hand, may create issues. Beds taller than 14 inches won’t bend with the base as easily, so it's best to get something around 10 to 12 inches thick (but no thicker than 14 or 15 inches). It’s also important to note that mattresses should be no thinner than 8 inches for comfortable sleep. So really, you want to look for a mattress between 8 and 14 inches thick to sit on top of an adjustable bed frame.

 
How much do Amerisleep adjustable bed frames cost?

Our bed frames range in price, with our entry-level Adjustable Bed starting at $1,100 and our Adjustable Bed+ starting at $1,800. We also offer bundle deals with both of our adjustable bed frames, so you can save more when you pair one of our mattresses with an adjustable base.

 
Is an adjustable bed worth the money?

Many shoppers find adjustable bed frames offer an exceptional value because they deliver a true sleep upgrade and help those of all sleep needs achieve more comfortable rest. As a result, people wake up feeling more rested, refreshed, and ready to take on the day. You should never spend too much on an adjustable bed frame, but $2,000 to $3,000 for years of blissful sleep is usually worth the investment.

 
Which Amerisleep adjustable bed is better?

Both of our adjustable bed frames are top-notch, so determining which one is better really comes down to considering what you want and need from an adjustable bed frame. If you’re just looking for head and foot articulation and a few other convenient features, our Adjustable Bed will likely be a good fit. For more advanced features like built-in wave massagers, our more luxurious Adjustable Bed+ would be perfect for your bedroom.

 
How long do Amerisleep adjustable beds last?

Our Amerisleep adjustable bed frames are built to last at least 10 years. We back our Adjustable Bed with a 10-year warranty and our Adjustable Bed+ with a 25-year warranty to protect your investment. No matter which option you choose, you can rest assured knowing you’ll get comfortable sleep for at least a decade to come.

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