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An adjustable mattress can mean two things: a bed with customizable settings that allows you to change firmness and temperature, or a bed that’s suitable for an adjustable bed frame. Adjustable bed frames offer customizable sleep positions and provide a ton of different benefits, including better circulation, reduced snoring and improved spine alignment to help you get a better night’s rest. They can also help provide relief from acid reflux, as well as help with sleep apnea. 

Our best adjustable mattress review includes both and even a top-rated adjustable bed frame pick. I have personally tested over 100 beds and a list of different bed frames, tested inside our own facility where we store all the mattresses we try. My hope is to pair you with one of the top six beds that stood out as the best adjustable mattress picks. The prices listed are for queen size models, and you can often get a good discount when you bundle your adjustable base with your new mattress. 

What is the best adjustable mattress overall?

The Nectar mattress in between two blue night stands, with a wooden bed frame in the back.

Jonathan Gomez

The Nectar mattress and adjustable base bundle was chosen as the best adjustable mattress option for two main reasons. The Nectar mattress is a well-received and popular mattress choice with an attractive price tag. Paired with the adjustable base, you can have a premium setup with all the bells and whistles you could want for a great price. If you catch this bundle during a sale (like right now for Labor Day, you could walk away with a new mattress and adjustable base for around $1,500.

If you’re looking to upgrade your entire sleeping situation and get a better night’s rest, we can offer recommendations for the best sheets, pillows and more.

Read more: Best Mattress for Side Sleepers for 2023

Best adjustable mattresses of 2023

Mattress price scale:

$ = Budget: $799 and below

$$ = Average: $800 to $1,699

$$$ = Premium: $1,700 and up

These reflect MSRP or list prices. Sales might make a mattress less expensive, but are always changing.

Nectar

Type Memory foam mattressFirmness Medium to medium-firm or 6Trial 365 nightsWarranty Forever warrantyPrice scale $ Price $

Like

  • Nectar offers generous bundling deals when you buy a mattress and base
  • Nectar’s medium-firm feel accommodates combo, back and stomach sleepers

Don’t like

  • The Nectar might be too firm for strict side sleepers
  • Sleepers over 230 pounds will want to spend more for the hybrid model

Why we chose the Nectar mattress: The Nectar is a popular memory foam mattress with a medium-firm feel, and its base features everything you could want in an adjustable bed frame — even a massager. Like I mentioned above, you can score big during a big promotion and get a queen size base and mattress for under $1,500. I own this adjustable mattress base and can say it was a great upgrade to my mattress set up. 

The Nectar mattress and adjustable base set is one of the most affordable mattress bundles you can get your hands on, but affordability doesn’t equal low quality here. I like to compare to Tempur-Pedic (but cheaper), and the adjustable base comes with extra features that other brands make you pay extra for. With price and quality considered, the Nectar tops our list as the best adjustable mattress overall. 

The Nectar mattress is rated around a medium to medium-firm and it has a dense memory foam feel that will feel more firm upon first impression. After giving the bed a few seconds to warm from your body heat, it slowly molds around the curves of your body. Because of its firmness, I think it’s best for stomach, back and combination sleepers. 

Nectar Memory Foam

Saatva

Type Luxury air mattressFirmness Customizable firmness levelTrial 365 nightsWarranty Lifetime warranty Price $$$

Like

  • Adjustable firmness level accommodates all sleeping positions
  • Mattress is made with eco-friendly materials
  • Base comes with additional features like massager and an underbed light

Don’t like

  • More expensive than other options on our list

Why we picked the Saatva Solaire: Not your regular ol’ camping air mattress, the Saatva Solaire is a luxury air mattress that combines latex foam, memory foam and internal air chambers to provide a comfortable and customizable feel. With 50 firmness settings, it’s virtually suitable for any sleeping position and it can hold up to 800 pounds on each side. Pair it with a Saatva adjustable base for the ultimate bedroom setup. 

The Saatva Solaire adjustable mattress features certified eco-friendly foam, 100% natural Talalay latex, a top cover of organic cotton and a flame-retardant barrier of natural thistle pulp. With the Solaire, you can choose a standard mattress in seven sizes, or an Upper-Flex split-top variety in sizes, including queen, king and California king, to let you and your sleep partner choose different head elevations. 

One especially great feature of the Solaire is that you can use the included remote adjustable bed controls to customize your own personal firmness level out of a possible 50 combinations. This makes it perfect for all sleeping positions from side, back, stomach and combination.

Pair it with the Saatva Adjustable Base Plus that allows you to raise and lower your heat and feet for a more customized, elevated sleeping experience. It also comes with added features like a massager and underbed lights. 

Saatva Solaire

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Purple

Type Hyper-Elastic Polymer mattressFirmness Medium or 5Trial 100 nightsWarranty 10-year warranty Price $$

Like

  • Purple mattress has a firmness level that accommodates all sleeping positions
  • Soft, squishy material that’s unlike most mattresses
  • A great option for hot sleepers because of its breathability

Don’t like

  • Might be too unique for someone who wants a traditional bed

Why we picked the Purple mattress: The Purple is a unique mattress with what its maker calls Hyper-Elastic Polymer in the comfort layer. It’s squishy and gel-like and gives you a weightless feel that takes pressure off your joints and back. The Purple is also designed to hold less heat and provide a unique flexibility that’s comfortable alone or with an adjustable bed frame. When you pair it with Purple’s adjustable base, you can lift the head and foot of your mattress along with other fun features. 

The Purple mattress has become known for its one-of-a-kind Purple Grid feature, a gridded layer that promises to keep the sleeper’s hips and shoulders in a gentle contour while the spine is held in proper alignment. Purple Grid is made with an enduring temperature-neutral, hyper-elastic polymer, much more stable than most forms of memory foam, which often allows the Purple mattress to outlast the lifespan of average mattresses. The material makes you feel like you’re floating and offers a nice balance between supportive and pressure relieving, which does wonders for people who suffer from back pain.

There are Purple mattress bed frames to choose from, such as the Purple Adjustable Base. It lets you adjust the head and foot of your bed and offers different preset modes like anti-snore and zero gravity. It used to be purple, but Purple has since changed it to a neutral gray to blend in more with any bedroom set-up. Read more in our full Purple mattress review.

Purple Original Mattress

Lucid

Type Memory foam mattressFirmness Medium-soft or 3Trial 30 nightsWarranty 10-year limited warranty Price $

Like

  • Multiple mattress firmness options available
  • Multiple adjustable bed frames to pick from
  • Good pick for shoppers on a budget

Don’t like

  • Strong memory foam feel might put off combo sleepers when they try to change positions

Why we chose the Lucid 10-inch Gel memory foam mattress: Upgrade your bedroom setup on a budget with the Lucid 10-inch gel memory foam mattress and its budget-friendly adjustable base options. The Lucid Gel Memory Foam Mattress is a wallet-friendly bed and a popular pick on Amazon. Similarly, the adjustable bed frames offered by the brand give you the ability to customize your sleeping experience for less. The mattress has a soft, contouring memory foam feel and would be most suitable for side sleepers who want a plush profile.

Available in three firmness profiles and in six different sizes, the Lucid 10-Inch Plush Gel Memory Foam mattress combines the minimalist with the plush to create a budget-friendly mattress fit for adjustable bed frames. Its gel-infused cooling memory foam is 3.5 inches thick, creating a top layer that helps sleepers experience a regulated temperature all night. Read more in our full Lucid mattress review

Lucid also offers four different adjustable mattress bed frames with two entry-level models. The L100 is the most basic model with a look similar to a metal bed frame, while the L150 has more functions and looks like your traditional adjustable mattress. The L600 adjustable base is the most premium and loaded with additional features. 

Lucid 10-inch Gel Memory Foam

Type Latex HybridFirmness 7 or medium-firm with the pillow top (9 or firm without)Trial 365 nightsWarranty 25-year limited warranty Price $$$

Like

  • Made with environmentally friendly materials
  • Optional pillow top option for added softness
  • Three different bases to choose from
  • Optimal for back, stomach and combination sleepers

Don’t like

  • It’s an expensive mattress and bed frame
  • The mattress is too firm for strict side sleepers

Why we chose the Avocado Green mattress: The Avocado Green mattress is an environmentally friendly bed with an impressive list of organic certifications. It’s made with organic cotton, organic latex foam and recycled steel coils, and you can pair this green mattress with one of three adjustable bases for a sustainable and comfortable mattress bundle. At three different prices, they are essentially the brand’s “good,” “better” and “best” setups. 

The Avocado Green mattress is an environmentally friendly favorite made with sustainably sourced natural and organic products. It’s a latex hybrid mattress that utilizes certified organic latex foam, New Zealand wool, organic cotton and recycled steel. It’s as green of a mattress as you can get, hence the well-suited name. It has a firmer profile and it feels very supportive. The bed is bouncy and responsive, so it’s easy for a combination sleeper to move around and switch positions. 

Perfectly suitable for an adjustable bed frame, the Avocado Green mattress pairs nicely with any of the three adjustable bases offered by Avocado: Eco Adjustable Base, Eco Plus and Eco Pro. The Plus and Pro come with a few extra bells and whistles, but I think the Eco offers the best bang for your buck. Read more about the bed in our Avocado Green mattress review

Avocado Green

Spindle

Type Latex foam mattressFirmness Customizable firmness levelsTrial 365 nightsWarranty 10-year warranty Price $$$

Like

  • Removable and rearrangeable layers
  • Works for all sleeping positions
  • Breathable and made of all certified-organic materials

Don’t like

  • Pricey bed
  • Not as supportive as hybrid beds

Why we chose the Spindle Organic Latex mattress: When it comes to a latex mattress, the material tends to be around a medium-firm. If you want an organic bed that is softer on the firmness scale, there is an option for you. The Spindle Organic Latex mattress is unique in that the layers of the bed are not glued together. This means that each layer of latex can be taken out and rearranged. Depending on how you choose to stack them, you can change the firmness to your liking.  

The Spindle Organic Latex mattress consists of a first layer of organic cotton knit fabric. Then, there is a layer of organic wool — a material that is naturally breathable and temperature-regulating. The last layer is organic Dunlop latex. Depending on the latex layer you choose, the firmness of the bed can be soft, medium to firm.

Spindle Organic Latex

Other adjustable mattresses we’ve tested

CNET editors have tested a number of mattresses. Their experience enables them to curate best mattress lists like this one and pick the beds that stand out from the rest. While the beds above are great options, there are a few more beds tested by editors that could be up for consideration.

Casper mattress: The Casper mattress gets partial credit for bringing bed-in-a-box mattresses to the mainstream, and it’s arguably one of the biggest brands in the online market. So much so, you can now find this mattress in popular retail stores like Target or Costco. It’s an affordable all-foam mattress with a neutral, responsive feel unlike memory foam. It also has a zoned-support design that provides targeted support to the back and pressure relief to the hips and shoulders. It’s rated around a 5 or medium on the firmness scale, making it ideal for just about any sleeping position. 

Brooklyn Bedding Signature: This is a pretty basic hybrid mattress, but it has a quality design with a surprisingly low price tag for a bed with coils. It’s one of my top favorite brands because it manufacture its own beds, a feat most other mattress brands don’t do. This allows them to sell their beds for the low. This bed is offered in three different firmness levels from soft to firm, so it’s suitable for all sleeping positions from side, back, stomach and combo. Its hybrid design also makes it suitable for any body type. 

Amerisleep mattress: This is a memory foam bed similar to the Nectar mattress because it’s made with foam materials and has a dense, slow-responding feel. Though, with Amerisleep, it comes in five different firmness levels. The softer the mattress, though, the more you’re going to have to pay. A huge plus about this line of beds is they all come with removable, machine washable covers. A lot of mattress covers require spot cleaning, so this makes removing stains a lot easier. 

How we test adjustable mattresses

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An Original Purple mattress on top of a bed frame and it's cut open to show its layers inside

We opened the Original Purple mattress to see the layers and materials inside — take a look. 

Jonathon Gomez

  1. Firmness: Using our experience of testing over 100 different beds, we analyze how firm or soft a bed feels in comparison to other beds. We use a one through 10 scale with 10 being the firmest. 
  2. Feel: We get physical with the mattress and see what the material feels like. This is different from firmness. Depending on the foam and materials of a mattress, we see if the bed is bouncy, slow-responding, pressure-relieving or plush and fluffy. 
  3. Durability: It’s difficult to tell exactly how long each bed will last because we don’t test it for years on end. However, we are able to hypothesize a bed’s firmness by looking at its construction. Hybrid or innerspring beds are more durable and last longer than foam mattresses. 
  4. Best body type: Based on a person’s body weight, we determine how accommodating a mattress is. We use different size sleepers to test the beds, and focus heavily on a bed’s construction. 
  5. Best sleeping position: Using different sleepers, we test the mattress in each sleeping position: side, back and stomach. 
  6. Motion isolation: We use two people to test how well motion transfer across the bed is deadened, or place a glass of water at the edge of the bed to see how much it moves if we bounce around. 
  7. Edge support: We analyze construction and physically lay on the sides of the mattress to get a gauge on how supportive it feels. 
  8. Temperature: Instead of getting fancy, we rely on our own experience sleeping on the bed and a temperature gun. We are able to tell if a bed is cooling, breathable or hot by sleeping on it for a few nights. 
  9. Smell: Mattresses in a box emit a smell once they’re unpackaged like a new car does. Don’t worry, it won’t stick around. The smell will go away after 24 to 48 hours. However, some beds emit less of an odor than others. 

Read more on how we test mattresses.

Factors to consider when choosing the best adjustable mattress

The most important features to look for in the best mattress for adjustable beds that fits a moving bed frame are those that encourage flexibility — even the best adjustable bed frame can’t accommodate a mattress that isn’t meant to adjust. An adjustable mattress should bend where the adjustable bed base bends without too much resistance. That said, most bed-in-a-box mattresses these days are compatible with an adjustable bed frame because the materials inside are able to bend and flex. 

Although, you can make the argument that some work better than others, so there are some key things you want to remember before buying a new bed for your adjustable base. 

Flexibility: You want a flexible mattress that can bend without being damaged. Most bed-in-a-box and online mattresses fit the bill because they have supple foam and springs that move independently from one another. Older innerspring mattresses, however, have innersprings that move as one unit, which may not be as ideal for an adjustable bed frame.

No box spring: This also has to do with how flexible your mattress materials are. Box springs are not bendy or ductile, so I advise you don’t use a box frame with your adjustable base. The good news is that most modern mattresses, especially bed-in-a-box and online beds, don’t require a box spring. 

Best adjustable mattress FAQ

Are adjustable mattresses worth it?

Yes, sleeping in a more upright position can be beneficial for your health. The best adjustable bed mattress and base models can help alleviate joint pain, back pain, help prevent snoring, increase blood circulation and more. 

Does an adjustable base ruin your mattress?

Most mattresses are compatible with adjustable bed frames and they will not be ruined. Foam mattresses are great options and most hybrid beds are flexible enough to bend with your adjustable bed frame. If you’re curious, check the FAQ page of the bed’s manufacturer and they’ll usually address compatible bed frames. 

What mattress is best for an adjustable bed?

Most modern mattresses will be compatible with your adjustable bed frames, especially foam beds. However, the best include the Purple, Cocoon, Tuft and Needle, Casper, Saatva and Avocado. They are flexible mattresses that easily bend when you move your bed frame up or down. 

Do adjustable beds help with snoring?

Yes. Adjustable beds allow you to elevate your head, removing pressure on the back of your throat and opening up your airways and nasal passages which eases snoring. They also improve circulation and relieve joint pain.

What type of mattress is best for an adjustable bed?

Most bed-in-a-box mattresses are compatible with adjustable bases, but the best kind are ones that are flexible and allow for increased movement. Hybrid mattresses or beds with coils fit with adjustable bases, as well as latex foam, poly foam and memory foam beds. 

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