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Best Mattress for Adjustable Bed UK

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Written By Connie

CPD Sleep Consultant

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2 April 2024 4 min read

Adjustable bed has many advantages. But finding a suitable mattress for an adjustable bed base can be tricky and usually takes a bit longer. We will help you find the best mattress for adjustable bed.

Adjustable beds were invented for hospital needs. However, people quickly realised that they could benefit a lot from using such a bed base at home too.

Anyone suffering from health problems such as sleep apnea or mobility issues will be able to sleep much more comfortably using an adjustable than a regular bed frame.
One such bed frame is not only useful for coping with health issues, but all those who like to watch TV and read a book before sleeping should also take advantage of it.

Adjustable beds are certainly more expensive and it is more complicated to find the right one. In this guide by The Sleep Advisors, you'll find all the information you need, as well as our best picks for adjustable beds based on reviews and other factors.

Our top picks

After spending almost two months analysing the market and then testing the models we selected, we chose our top picks. Each of the following five mattresses met all our standards and now it is up to you to decide which one you want to buy.
    Mattresses 1
    a product image of Nectar memory foam mattress.
    Nectar Memory Foam Mattress
    Best Overall
    Mattresses 2
    a product image of Sleepeezee Gel Comfort 1000 Adjustable Mattress.
    Sleepeezee Gel Comfort 1000 Adjustable Mattress
    Best Value
    Mattresses 3
    a product image of Sleepeezee Pocket Natural Adjustable Mattress.
    Sleepeezee Pocket Natural Adjustable Mattress
    Upgrade Pick
    Mattresses 4
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    Sleepeezee Cool Comfort Memory Adjustable Mattress
    Best Cooling
    Mattresses 5
    a product image of Dunlopillo Orchid Mattress.
    Dunlopillo Orchid Mattress
    Best Luxury

Best Overall: Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

This high quality memory foam mattress will fit almost every adjustable bed base.
Best Overall
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Nectar is a well-known British sleep company famous for its small range of high-quality products and for its Forever Warranty. No other company that we know of offers a Forever Warranty other than Nectar Sleep. Nectar Memory Foam mattress is an all-foam product that has three different foam layers plus cover and base material.

It is very supportive, pressure relieving, and comfortable. We liked the 7-zone support base very much since it provides perfect edge support. For a memory foam mattress, it is quite good in temperature regulation. So, you don't have to worry about overheating during the night, unlike with some other memory foam mattresses.

Overall, we think this is an amazing mattress in any regard. So, the fact that it's suitable for an adjustable bed is just a bonus!

KEY FEATURES:
  • Size: Single, Small Double, Double, King, Super King
  • Type: Memory foam
  • Firmness: 6.5/10
  • Depth: 25 cm
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Trial: 365 days

Advantages

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Motion isolation
Forget partner's movement and disturbance.
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Great pressure rellief
Ensures enough pressure int he core areas.
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Forever warranty
You buy it and you get a forever warranty.

Disadvantages

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Possible off gassing
There might be some off gassing due to memory foam.
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Not sustainable
There are no sustainability certificat

Best Value: Sleepeezee Gel Comfort 1000 Adjustable Mattress

Sleepeezee Gel Comfort 1000 Adjustable mattress is perfect for those with disabilities.
Best Value
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The manufacturer would not put “adjustable” in the name if the Sleepeezee Gel Comfort 1000 Adjustable mattress is not 100% suitable for that purpose. It is approximately 22cm deep and we expect it to be comfortable for all three sleep positions.

Maybe back and side sleepers will like this one-sided mattress a bit more, but we have no doubt that it will be good for stomach sleepers as well. It is hypoallergenic and highly breathable. So, if you tend to get flare ups during the night, you won't have to worry about this adjustable mattress making things worse.

Gel foam is there primarily for pressure relief, but gel foam also retains less heat compared to traditional memory foam. So, it's quite a good pick for hot sleepers as well. Lastly, it comes with a 10-year warranty but no trial period.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Size: Small Single, Single
  • Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness: 7/10
  • Depth: 22 cm
  • Warranty: 10-year
  • Trial: N/A

Advantages

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Affordable
Great ratio of pice-quality.
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Hypoallergenic
100% safe for people that are suffering from allergies.
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Made in the UK
High quality domestic product.

Disadvantages

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Possible off gassing
There might be slight off gassing.
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One size
Available in only one size.

Upgrade Pick: Sleepeezee Pocket Natural Adjustable Mattress

If you prefer eco-friendly materials, go with the Sleepeezee Pocket Natural Adjustable Mattress.
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There is no denying that synthetic materials like memory foam are fantastic, even superior in certain categories, but we still always like to test a product that contains natural fillings. The Sleepeezee Pocket Natural Adjustable Mattress is a great choice for hot sleepers and allergy sufferers. Air vents plus a wool layer provide a hypoallergenic and breathable mattress.

In fact, wool is one of the champions when it comes to temperature regulation. This is why you'll often see it being used for higher-end mattresses.

As for other characteristics, it is medium firm. A thick layer of wool makes sleeping comfortable, and pocket springs neutralise motion transfer and provide support. Pressure relief is fine, but it is not good like in some mattresses with a memory foam layer. We have no concerns about durability and a 10-year warranty backs up that claim.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Size: Small Single, Single
  • Type: Poket sprung
  • Firmness: 7/10
  • Depth: 22 cm
  • Warranty: 10-year
  • Trial: N/A

Advantages

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Motion isolation
Perfect motion isolation you can sleep undisturbed.
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Wool
Natural wool that is hypoallergenic & warm.
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10 years warranty
You get 10 years warranty.

Disadvantages

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No trial
You do not get any trial for this one.
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One size
It is available in just one size.

Best Cooling: Sleepeezee Cool Comfort Memory Adjustable Mattress

Thanks to air vents, this mattress is highly breathable and cooling.
Best Cooling
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We had a dilemma whether to put the Sleepeezee Cool Comfort Memory Adjustable Mattress or the Sleepeezee Pocket Natural Adjustable Mattress as the best cooling because both are great in that category. However, the manufacturer helped us decide by putting “cool” in the name.

Although it contains memory foam, we did not experience heat retention and this is probably the coolest adjustable memory foam mattress we have tested while writing this guide. Support is good, but we would not say that it is orthopaedic support, as can be read on the website that sells this mattress.

Pressure relief is satisfactory. It comes with a 10-year warranty like the rest of Sleepeezee mattresses. So, you still get that sense of security.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Size: Small Single, Single
  • Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness: 6.5/10
  • Depth: 22 cm
  • Warranty: 10-year
  • Trial: N/A

Advantages

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No motion transfer
Forget partner's movement and sleep well.
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Highly breathable
Thanks to side air vents, you get enough airflow and great breathability.

Disadvantages

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One size
Available in just one size.
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Off-gassing
There might be some off gassing.

Best Luxury: Dunlopillo Orchid Mattress

Dunlopillo Orchid Mattress is a premium, 100% latex mattress suitable for practically everyone.
Best Luxury
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It is a shame there aren't more latex mattresses on the market. Although they are expensive and bulky, we would gladly buy one because of their excellent performance, durability, and eco-friendliness. The Dunlopillo Orchid Mattress is a flagship mattress available in seven different sizes.

Despite the fact that it is rated as firm, seven comfort zones provide targeted support so it is comfortable, supportive, and pressure relieving at the same time. It is also breathable, cooling, and hypoallergenic thanks to the 100% latex core. Not to mention that latex also provides a similar hugging sensation as memory foam, although a bit firmer.

The cover is not removable and the finish is soft-touch, knitted polyester with Actipro technology. So, you're instantly greeted with comfort when you jump into bed at night!

KEY FEATURES:
  • Size: Single, Small Double, Double, King size, Super King size, EU Small Single, EU Single
  • Type: Latex
  • Firmness: 7.5/10
  • Depth: 24 cm
  • Warranty: 24 cm
  • Trial: N/A

Advantages

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Cooling
You won't get hot with this mattress.
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Pressure relieving
Fantastic pressure relieving in the core areas.
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Hypoallergenic
Latex is naturally hypoallergenic & safe for allergies.

Disadvantages

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Non removable cover
You cannot remove the cover.

What to look for when buying a mattress for adjustable bed UK

What to look for when buying a mattress for adjustable bed? Well, there are quite a few factors at play here. And some mattress features play a bigger role than others. So, let's go over the most important ones!

Your sleep position

Sleep position plays a key role in choosing every type of mattress, including the one for aan djustable bed. There are three sleep positions – side, back, and stomach. Side sleeping is the most prevalent one. Combination sleepers are those who change positions often during the night.

Each position needs different characteristics, such as firmness, support, and pressure relief. Side sleepers prefer softer, pressure-relieving mattresses, while stomach sleepers need firm and supportive ones. Back sleepers typically also want a firmer model but it's not as strict as with stomach sleepers.

Our buyer's guide on best mattresses on the UK market can be a good starting point when you decide it's the perfect time to replace your old mattress. there you will be able to find the mattresses that we consider to be ‘the best of the best'.

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Here's a helpful infographic that can help you decide which firmness level is right for you and your adjustable bed! Generally speaking, you can use this to narrow down your ideal adjustable bed setup. Memory foam mattresses are typically on the softer side while pocket-sprung mattresses can be a bit firmer.

However, this isn't set in stone. So, make sure that you check the actual product description! A memory foam mattress that uses high-density foam can still be firm and a pocket spring mattress with fewer springs can be soft.

Back/neck/hip pain

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Back, hip, and neck pain can all occur due to an unsuitable mattress – that's where mattresses for back pain come into place. If a side sleeper sleeps on a mattress that's too firm, their hip and shoulder will likely hurt. In that case – look for some of the best mattresses for hip pain.

Back and neck pain are often the result of pillows, not just mattresses. So, keep in mind that you should also look for pillows that are good for neck pain.

Also, sleep is not the only culprit. A sedentary lifestyle, uncomfortable shoes, and lack of physical activity are just some of the reasons for aches across your body. Whether you already suffer from these problems or not, it is important to work on prevention.

Overall comfort & support

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A good night's sleep is the primary reason why we buy a new mattress. All those fancy features that manufacturers mention are actually there so that we can sleep comfortably. What one finds comfortable depends on many factors.

These are mostly personal preferences based on sleep position and body frame. Check how comfortable and supportive the mattress is before you keep it, because it's something you can solve only by buying a mattress topper, and there's no need to spend an extra amount of money. A mattress is certainly not a small investment and you might not need another one.

Compatibility

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Now we come to the most important part, which is compatibility. When you have a classic bed frame, practically every mattress is compatible. But that is not the case with adjustable beds. In fact, adjustable bed frames are quite particular when it comes to which mattress can be used. A rigid, innerspring mattress cannot be useful on a bed like this. This is why there weren't any innerspring mattresses in our recommendation list! You have to find a model that is flexible enough to be able to change the angle, but also to return very quickly to the starting position, which is completely flat.

Memory foam mattresses work well with an adjustable bed, as do hybrids and latex mattresses. If you are really facing problems with finding a compatible one, try looking for mattress toppers for hip pain. Not that they are cheaper, but it can be easier to find one that's compatible.

Edge support

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Edge support is a feature especially important for couples. Good edge support means you can use the entire surface. If the edge support is bad, then it will compromise your sleep and make you sleep closer to the middle.

This can be very uncomfortable if your partner is a restless sleeper who tosses and turns all night. Therefore, do not only check the support in the middle but also on the edges.

Plus, good edge support increases the effective size of the mattress. What good is a king-size mattress if you can't use 20% of it without the fear of ending up on the floor?

Plus, some people like sleeping near the edge so that their arm or leg can hang off. And if you're that person, pay extra attention to the edge support!

Material & type of mattress

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The market is overflown with different materials and types of mattresses. You will probably feel that you need a course in order to successfully choose a mattress. However, the difference between the models is not as big as it seems at first glance. Basically, all mattresses can be classified into one of the following groups: memory foam, spring, hybrid, and latex.

There are also other types, such as air mattresses and waterbeds but those won't ever be used for an adjustable bed. But you'll hardly ever see these mattress types being used with an adjustable bed frame.

Temperature regulation

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Temperature regulation is not only important for hot sleepers. We all want to avoid night sweats. Most manufacturers claim that their mattresses are “breathable and cooling”. And how will you know if these claims are true or not? Trial is certainly the best way, but you can learn a lot from the description. For example, memory foam is a material that retains heat and this is a major problem with traditional memory foam.

If you are buying memory foam, check whether an advanced type of memory foam is used, for example open-cell. The same applies to other materials. Wool is the supreme material when it comes to temperature regulation.

Tips for buying and using mattress for adjustable bed UK

Tips for buying and using mattress for adjustable bed are generally not that different from tips for buying and using mattress for some of the regular bed frame types. You have to pay attention to the same things. Start from your sleep position, and then think about what you find most comfortable and try to match all of that with the characteristics of the mattress necessary for an adjustable bed. Such a mattress must be flexible and not too rigid. If it is too rigid, you will not be comfortable, and the mattress will soon “break” and become unusable.

The advantages of owning a mattress for adjustable bed UK

The importance of the mattress is often overlooked. Many customers think that they just need any kind of sleep surface, not realising that the mattress is the difference between a great and average night's sleep. If the mattress is totally ill-suited, it can even lead to sleeping problems, and in extreme cases to insomnia.

That's why the advantages of owning a mattress for adjustable bed are comfort, pressure relief, support, allergen free and cool sleep environment. Above all, the mattress for adjustable beds has exactly those features that are necessary so that the mattress can follow the position of the moving part of the bed frame.

Conclusion

And that's how to find the best mattress for adjustable bed UK has to offer! But let's now hear from you. Have you ever used an adjustable bed? Did your adjustable bed help with a certain condition or just make you extra comfy? Tell us all about it in the comments!

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FAQs about your mattress for adjustable bed UK

Lastly, let's go over a few of the FAQs that people tend to have when it comes to adjustable beds, adjustable bed frames, and adjustable mattresses. And if we've missed any, feel free to ask in the comments!

Will any mattress fit an adjustable bed base?

No, you can’t use just any mattress for an adjustable bed frames.

Why are sprung mattresses not recommended for adjustable bed bases?

Such mattresses are too rigid so they can’t change their shape.

Are open-coil mattresses good for adjustable bed bases?

Open-coil mattresses are not an ideal solution, but you can try open-coil mattress and check whether it can serve its purpose.

Do hybrid mattresses work with adjustable bed bases?

Yes, hybrid mattresses are great choice for adjustable beds.

About the author

Connie
As a CPD certified Sleep Consultant I know how important sleep is. And as a combination sleeper, I have found it difficult to get products to suit my sleep style. I have more than 2 years product testing experience with The Sleep Advisors which means I have slept on, with and under more than 500 products with varying degrees of success. This is added to more than 2 years experience as a product reviewer for Closer, Heat and Grazia magazines, so I've got a rigorous process. I love sharing my sleep testimonials with our readers and hearing their experiences too.
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