Adjustable beds are a saving grace for people all over the world. The flexibility and support provides relief for a multitude of health conditions including back pain and asthma, and gives greater independence to people with limited mobility.
If you’re considering purchasing one for yourself and are looking for the best mattress for an adjustable bed, we can help.
From memory foam to hybrid mattresses, we explore the best options to help you sleep comfortably.
What Is An Adjustable Bed?
An adjustable bed is one that can be moved into different positions through strategically placed hinges and manual or electric mechanisms. Different sections of the mattress can be adjusted to suit different sleepers;
- The head end of the bed can be raised to allow you to sit up in bed
- The foot end of the bed can be raised to allow blood to flow out of the feet and legs
- The bed can be raised and lowered
- The middle section can be raised to elevate the knees
Different adjustable beds come with different mechanisms and options to suit various medical and lifestyle related needs.
Why Choose an Adjustable Bed Base?
Adjustable bed frames have a range of benefits, including;
- Can help people with limited mobility to get in and out of bed, or sit up in bed
- Can help sleepers with back pain by relieving pressure on certain areas
- Can help elderly sleepers move around in bed
- Improves circulation
- Can help people find the most comfortable sleeping position
- Can help reduce swelling and varicose veins by raising the feet
- More convenient for reading or watching TV in bed
- Convenient for carers providing home care to bed bound patients
- Can cater to couples with different sleeping position preferences
- Can improve sleep quality for many health conditions including; asthma, fibromyalgia, heartburn, sleep apnea, acid reflux and snoring
Mattresses Suitable For Adjustable Beds
When looking for a suitable mattress for your adjustable bed, there are a few things you need to take into consideration;
- Each adjustable bed is different so check the specifications before you make the purchase
- Some innerspring mattresses are not suitable for use on adjustable beds as bending can cause damage
- Beds with hard elements cannot be used on an adjustable bed
- Not all mattresses are designed for use on an adjustable bed, so make sure you check the warranty
Best Mattress to Use on an Adjustable Bed
The best type of mattress to use on an adjustable bed is a mattress with a castellated foam base. This means that the base foam layer has a network of grooves (or ‘castellations’) in it, as in orthopedic foam mattresses.
However, let’s explore all of the options;
Memory Foam Mattress for Adjustable Beds
Memory foam mattresses are a good fit for adjustable beds as they offer increased flexibility. If you’re purchasing an adjustable bed for the superior comfort and health benefits, it’s likely that you want your mattress to do the same.
Memory foam conforms to your body to provide tailored support to ease aches and pains and help you sleep soundly. Higher density foams will be more durable for use on an adjustable bed.
Latex Mattresses for Adjustable Beds
Many latex and natural latex mattresses can also be used on adjustable beds as they perform in a similar way to memory foam. However, latex mattresses can be more expensive than their memory foam counterparts.
Innerspring Mattress for Adjustable Beds
Be careful when choosing an innerspring mattress for use on an adjustable bed. Not all spring mattresses are compatible as bending the mattress could result in broken springs and faster degradation.
If you do prefer springs, opt for a pocket sprung mattress which offers more targeted support, and add a memory foam mattress topper for extra comfort.
Best Hybrid Mattress for Adjustable Beds
Quality hybrid mattresses make a good compromise between spring and memory foam. A pocket sprung base topped with memory foam comfort layers can provide a luxurious sleeping surface. However, ensure the mattress is suitable for use on an adjustable bed before you buy.
Best Orthopedic Mattress for Adjustable Beds
Many people choose adjustable beds due to the back and joint pain relief they can offer.
An orthopedic mattress features grooves or air chambers cut into the foam to create a mattress which provides optimal support for your upper and lower back. The grooves soften the mattress in strategic places, which allows the mattress to fully support more tricky areas such as your lower back.
In terms of an adjustable bed, a castellated foam mattress is best because it’s more flexible. The grooves in the base foam enable the mattress to bend and adjust more freely, with reduced strain on the foam. So with a castellated design, your mattress will last longer, and you’ll reap the rewards of a supportive orthopedic mattress design too.
Our Orthopedic Mattress Collection
If you’re looking for a mattress that offers extra support and comfort, an orthopedic, medical grade foam mattress is excellent for sleepers with wide ranging conditions- from back pain to arthritis.
We’ve designed memory foam mattresses for the NHS, so we know a thing or two when it comes to orthopedic mattresses.
Here are some of our best-selling models;
Komfi Healthcare Mattress
With pioneering NHS grade foam, the Komfi healthcare mattress is ideal for providing heightened pressure relief. This mattress can help improve circulation, reduce muscle fatigue and cushion joints.
- Medium support
- Triple layer design
- Washable cover
- 10 year warranty
- 2000 micro pocket springs
4G Aircool Pedic Deluxe Memory Foam Mattress
Often wake up hot in the night? If so, the 4G Aircool Pedic mattress could be a lifesaver for those with back problems. Cooling technology promotes airflow by up to 95% and three layers of foam provide targeted support. Luxurious Eucalyptus covers offer a fresh sleeping environment.
- Medical grade foam
- Natural Eucalyptus infused cover
- Cooling sleep technology
- Washable cover
- Medium firm support
- 10 year warranty
ClassicPedic Ultra Memory Foam Mattress
Deep layers of orthopedic memory foam make the Classicpedic Ultra memory foam mattress a favourite with our customers. Castellated foam moulds to the shape of your body, promoting healthy spine alignment for a perfect night’s sleep.
- Medium soft support
- Supportive reflex foam base
- Luxury quilted cover
- 10 year warranty
What Size Mattress Do I Buy?
Naturally, with a single adjustable bed, one single mattress will do the job. However, if your adjustable bed is for two people and each half is separately adjustable, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that you’ll need two separate mattresses.
The great thing about this is that both you and your partner can choose your perfect mattress for your half of the bed!
What Mattress Firmness Do I Need?
This largely depends on your weight and sleeping preference. However, a medium firm mattress works well on an adjustable bed.
Your New Mattress
If you have any questions about adjustable beds or orthopedic mattresses, get in touch! We’ll happily explain the features and benefits of different mattress designs and help you on your journey to finding the perfect memory foam mattress for you.
For now, browse our full range of memory foam mattresses to be on your way to perfect sleep.
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