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If you are in the market for an adjustable bed, you want to make sure that your bed is compatible. Thankfully any mattress that comes roll packed in a box is a perfect candidate but there are some that are more suitable than others. Mattress that are not compatible with an adjustable bed are mattresses that incorporate wires along the side of the coil systems. These types of coil systems are usually found in cheap mattresses because they are easier to make. A good way to tell is to push against the top or bottom corner of the mattress and if you can feel a coil along the edge then it won’t work on an adjustable bed. The reason being is that when the mattress inclines, it will bend the coil and warp the mattress.
Basically just about every memory foam mattress is compatible with an adjustable bed with a few exceptions. With the advent of pocket coils and micro coils, more innerspring mattresses are also compatible. Pocket coils are individually wrapped coils that work independently and do not have a rail system along the edges so they can contour and be roll packed. It’s the same with micro coils which are basically mini pocket coil systems that are often found in memory foam mattresses to provide a bit more breathability.
Here’s a picture of a hybrid mattress with pocket coils and latex on the top. As you can see each spring is wrapped.
Here’s a video illustrating how well a memory foam mattress contours with an adjustable bed. Tempurpedic mattresses are especially well suited for adjustable beds because they use dense foam making the mattress heavier so that it contours better.
Sleep Sherpa’s top picks of best mattresses for an adjustable base.
Best Memory Foam Mattress for and Adjustable Base – Tempurpedic Cloud
The Tempurpedic Cloud is the first Tempurpedic mattress to come in a box and is one of their most affordable models. It has a medium-firm feel and has zero motion transfer. What I like about this mattress is that the foam is very dense so the weight of the mattress sinks into the adjustable base as it articulates. If you are looking for a softer, more budget-friendly option, check out the Idle Gel Foam mattress.
Best Natural Mattress for an Adjustable Bed – Plush Beds Botanical Bliss
If you want an all-natural mattress for your adjustable bed, your best bet is a mattress made with latex. There are many natural mattresses on the market but most of them are made with spring and latex. I would advise against this construction since the coils will absorb most of the vibration if you choose to utilize the massage feature. I am a big fan of Plush Beds all latex mattresses, in particular, the Botanical Bliss. This mattress is made with all-natural latex and will conform well on your adjustable bed and allow you to get the full benefit of the massage feature. Read the full Botanical Bliss Mattress Review Here.
Best Spring Mattress for an Adjustable Base – Brentwood Home Oceano
I don’t normally recommend a mattress with springs if you are going to utilize the massage features of your adjustable bed. However, you should always choose a bet that is most comfortable as you won’t be using the massage features while you sleep. The Brentwood Home Oceano is one of my favorite mattresses overall and it is a great choice for an adjustable bed. This mattress actually has 2 layers of springs but because the mattress is tufted, and it is made with pocket coils, you can still get some benefit from the massage feature. The tufting keeps everything in place while the pocket coils move independently so that your partner won’t be disturbed. This mattress contours very well on an adjustable bed meaning you won’t have to sacrifice comfort for functionality.