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When it comes to choosing an adjustable bed mattress, there are several options available but each differs in performance and function. The best option will depend on materials and construction, thickness, and of course, individual preference.
An adjustable base elevates both the head and foot sections of the bed between 40 and 70 degrees on average, meaning the foremost concern when choosing a mattress is flexibility and durability. The right mattress will be able to bend and flex, while still maintaining support and structural integrity. Adjustable beds can generally be used with four kinds of mattresses: memory foam, latex foam, traditional innerspring, or air beds. Let’s take a look at which of these options perform best and why.
Advanced foam mattresses offer the best range of features for use with adjustable bed bases. This is because they are flexible enough to adapt to the base’s elevations, support is not affected by bending, and quality foams can withstand motion and maintain comfort. Latex and memory foam both perform equally well, though each offers different comfort features for shoppers to consider. Innerspring and air beds can be used on adjustable beds, but have a few issues shoppers should be aware of.
Memory foam mattresses excel at relieving pressure and pain. The unique material absorbs pressure by spreading weight evenly across its surface and contouring to the natural shape of the sleeper. On an adjustable bed, the all-foam construction of this type of mattress flexes easily and allows the user to experience pain-free comfort in a wide range of positions.
Latex mattresses also feature an all-foam composition and prove effective at preventing pain and pressure points. Latex has a different feel than memory foam, often described as buoyant. This type of mattress can come in natural and synthetic varieties. Thinner latex mattresses can easily flex adapt to adjustable systems and quality latex foam proves highly durable.
Innerspring mattresses are familiar to most shoppers, with the classic spring or coil constructions topped with padding and foam. Standard spring mattresses will not be compatible with adjustable bases, though some manufacturers make more flexible models meant specifically for this purpose. While typically cheaper than quality foam beds, spring mattresses have the disadvantages of creating pressure points, limiting flexibility and requiring more frequent replacement.
Air bed mattresses, the kind with adjustable pressure systems, typically can be used on adjustable bases as well. These types of beds feature inner air chambers within an encasement, topped by padding or foams. However, flexing and bending can impede the flow of air, and single-chamber systems may seem overly rigid on adjustable bases.
When selecting a mattress for an adjustable sleep system, one must also consider the thickness. No matter how flexible a material is, there are limits to what will work effectively. A mattress with a profile between 6” to 14” would be ideal, depending on the type. Beds higher than 14” can impede the functionality of the base and limit the range of positions available to the user. With more rigid constructions, thinner is better, but you also want to ensure the mattress has enough support for your body type and sleep style. The most common thicknesses selected foam adjustable bed mattresses 10”-12”. At Amerisleep, our most popular models for adjustables are the Liberty and Revere beds.
Flexibility, durability, support, and thickness are all important considerations that will affect comfort and satisfaction on an adjustable base. Certain types like memory foam and latex are naturally better performers in these categories, and thus offer the ideal mattress for flexible sleep systems. The user’s preference of materials and support style will also play a big role, and should be weighed against the various adjustable bed mattress options to determine the ideal choice.
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