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Adjustable Beds Comparisons

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01 Oct 2014 18:52 - 01 Oct 2014 18:53 #71 by Phoenix
Replied by Phoenix on topic Adjustable Beds Comparisons
Hi SleepOholic,

I haven't done the type of detailed comparisons that I would do if I had a specific intention of buying one since I've already purchased my adjustable bed but Leggett & Platt has come out with many new models and I think that they are much more competitive now than they were when I purchased my adustable bed and they would be "in the running" if I was to make a purchase now.

Phoenix

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12 Oct 2014 19:23 #72 by wukong543
Between the 3 brands primarily mentioned I've not read much regarding the hardware, motor, lifters. Are any of them better in that regard than the others, i.e. quiet, more durable, faster lift / better massage?

Thanks,
Patrick

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12 Oct 2014 20:39 - 12 Oct 2014 21:11 #73 by Phoenix
Replied by Phoenix on topic Adjustable Beds Comparisons
Hi wukong543,

I switched your post to the adjustable bed thread which is a more relevant topic and I would start with post #2 here to help you make some meaningful comparisons between adjustable beds.

In terms of the strength of the motor I would probably go by their rated weight capacity.

It's been a few years since I made some careful comparisons when I purchased my adjustable bed but at the time I tested them the Reverie had the strongest massage IMO but I would think that with all the new models that have come out since then that this may no longer be the case and I would do some testing between different models to decide which of the newer models have the "best" massage (although I would still consider them to be more of a "vibrator" than a "massage").

I also didn't think that any of them had a noisy or intrusive motor and all of them were relatively quiet but in general terms DC motors will be a little quieter than AC motors but AC motors will tend to be a little stronger. In most cases you wouldn't be using the motor when you are asleep anyway.

I also don''t remember noticing any significant difference in the speed of the lift and none of them were particularly "fast".

Perhaps some of the other members here will have more recent experiences than I do and can share their thoughts about some of your questions as well.

Phoenix

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13 Oct 2014 12:22 #74 by wukong543
I went ahead and ordered the Ergomotion 400 Queen with DC motor & 500lb lift for $1189. I called the ergomotion.us in California and they were helpful and says they have a 20 year warranty on everything including the motors. They also have a AC motor version called the 400ds which has a 800lb lift and will lower and raise the bed faster. They said it wasn't any noisier than the DC version. The Ergomotion 400 comes with 9" legs putting the top of the frame 17" off the ground. They also have 6" legs. I like the look of the Ergo 400 bed frame and remote (larger & fewer buttons, though doesn't allow for user presets) over the S-cape model.

The online seller I purchased through was patient and answered lots of questions as did the rep. at Ergomotion. Before I ordered the ergomotion 400 I called atlanticbeds.com on a Leggett S-cape which had an DC model listed at $1035 with a 450lb lift (They also had an AC S-cape option for $1135 with a 600lb lift) but the guy was short & impatient so I didn't have a good feeling about that. If he was that way presale I'd hate to think how he'd be trying to get warranty work.

The Reverie Deluxe had some negative reviews about the motor on Amazon and was more expensive so didn't seriously consider that one.

Btw - Ergomotion is phasing out the 400 so it won't be available much longer.

Thanks for the help here!

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13 Oct 2014 14:49 #75 by Phoenix
Replied by Phoenix on topic Adjustable Beds Comparisons
Hi wukong543,

Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it ... and congratulations on your new adjustable bed :)

Phoenix

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25 Oct 2014 09:10 #76 by msuclay
Replied by msuclay on topic Adjustable Beds Comparisons
Phoenix,

First post, so I first would like to say thanks for all the information. I am in the process of purchasing a mattress, which has resulted in my wife and I wanting an adjustable base.

Too many mattress choices, so I start at a local mattress store and learned about Temper Pedic, which I think I like but not sure about the cost. From your site I have learned about Brooklyn Bedding, which seems more in my piece range, but I'm not sure if I can purchase a mattress without trying it. Also I learned about Latex instead of Memory Foam. Bottom line, I still need to do more research before I purchase a mattress.

However, I have found an adjustable base that I like and ready to purchase online. The Leggett and Platt Prodigy.

1) Am I dumb/crazy to purchase the base before I decide on a mattress?
2) Anyone had any issues with Richmond Bedding? Spoke with Tim and seems really knowledgeable.
3) Any other adjustable base that I should consider or at least research before purchasing.

If it is not crazy, I think I will purchase the adjustable base and spend another few weeks/months making sure I purchase the correct mattress.

Thanks!!

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25 Oct 2014 11:45 - 25 Oct 2014 11:46 #77 by Phoenix
Replied by Phoenix on topic Adjustable Beds Comparisons
Hi msuclay,

Too many mattress choices, so I start at a local mattress store and learned about Temper Pedic, which I think I like but not sure about the cost. From your site I have learned about Brooklyn Bedding, which seems more in my piece range, but I'm not sure if I can purchase a mattress without trying it. Also I learned about Latex instead of Memory Foam. Bottom line, I still need to do more research before I purchase a mattress.


Just in case you haven't read it yet ... the best place to start your mattress research is the mattress shopping tutorial here which has all the basic information, steps, and guidelines that can help you make the best possible choices ... and know how and why to avoid the worst ones (including the major brands). There is also more information that can help you compare latex to memory foam in post #2 here although in the end the the type of materials in a mattress you purchase is always a personal preference.

1) Am I dumb/crazy to purchase the base before I decide on a mattress?


Not at all. All adjustable bases perform the same basic function and as long as you purchase a mattress that is flexible enough to be suitable for an adjustable base then buying the base first makes no difference.

2) Anyone had any issues with Richmond Bedding? Spoke with Tim and seems really knowledgeable.


I have also found Richmond Bedding to be knowledgeable and helpful about adjustable beds and they are one of the stores that I use for a "value reference" that are listed in post #6 here .

3) Any other adjustable base that I should consider or at least research before purchasing.


Buying an adjustable bed is more of a "commodity" purchase than a mattress because as long as the mattress you buy is suitable for an adjustable base then any adjustable base will work for that mattress. In general ... I would choose an adjustable bed based on a comparison of the features or "bells and whistles" it has that may be important to you vs the price (see post #2 here in this topic).

Phoenix

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25 Oct 2014 16:56 #78 by GW208
Replied by GW208 on topic Adjustable Beds Comparisons
We purchased 2 of the Designer Series split king bases from Tim at Richmond Bedding last December and were happy with the purchase.
Unless you have a couple of strong young guys available, make sure you get the white glove delivery service. The bases are really, really heavy.

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27 Oct 2014 15:05 #79 by wukong543
Here is my Amazon review of the Ergomotion 400 Queen non-split model, price paid was $1189 which included shipping.

I researched the Ergomotion 400, S-cape, and Reverie Deluxe as they were all in the similar price range. The Reverie had a few reviews on Amazon of which some complained about the motor. The S-cape had lots of good reviews so I called a dealer,who called me back and was very short and said he'd call back again when he had more time but I didn't hear from him. I researched Synergy Health on the internet and found positive reviews so called and spoke with Greg who was very pleasant and helpful. Next I called Ergomotion based in California and the lady there was helpful as well and indicated the 20 year warranty covered everything to include the motors but you need to register it. Monday afternoon I went ahead and ordered directly from Greg and was expecting the bed in about a week to 10 days. Tuesday I get a call saying they'd be delivering it on Wed. Turns out Ergomotion had a warehouse in Portland a few hours away. I didn't order "white glove" service where they bring it in to your house and set it up so I had a friend there to help me. The truck arrived and 2 guys get it out and unboxed it and proceeded to carry it into the house and asked if I'd like it setup to which I said sure. They set it all up and I tipped them as I wasn't expecting that. When they left I looked at the receipt and it included "white glove" delivery and here I thought the delivery guys were just being nice. So Ergomotion or the seller included it at no additional charge, possibly due to delivery being much cheaper than if it were shipped a few states away.

I've used the bed quite a few times and will give my first impressions of it though I don't have another bed to compare it to. The head raised higher than I'd like at the full setting to where the pillow fell to the middle of the bed, so goes plenty high enough at the head. The feet do not go so high which is fine. It is an odd sensation going from sitting up with feet raised to totally flat, it's feels like your body is stretching as the bed goes flat. The bed can be ordered with 2 different size legs, I ordered it with the taller of the two options which made the bed about 2" higher than I had it with the non-adjustable frame. The wall-hugger really doesn't keep you close to the night stand, but no adjustable can really do that due to the fact that as the bed rises it puts you above the night stand and about 6" or more in front of it (due to the angle and width of the mattress) which makes for a hard angle to reach anything. Still that is closer than the non-wall hugger types..

The vibration modes at the foot and head make a random tingly sensation adjustable with a low, medium, high. You can have just the feet or head on, or both. It'll go off by itself after awhile and also has a longer timer with 3 selections. Rising it up is nice to watch T.V. though can't really snuggle with a partner as easily as lying down flat. My partner snores occasionally and I noticed that when she is lying on her back and I raise the bed just a bit she stops snoring. This didn't work though when she snored while lying on her side.

There is a battery pack that takes 4 9 volt batteries that if the power goes out you're supposed to unhook the power supply and plug in the battery pack and it's supposed to allow the bed to go back down. The batteries will only last for that one use though. My mattress is a Tempurpedic with a softer foam topper that worked just fine on it. There is a large metal rod at the end of the frame that holds the mattress in place. I had to cut a long slit in the bed skirt in order to get it to go on and look normal but the slit is under the mattress and not noticeable. My son has a different brand, so once I try that out I can post more about the differences.

Btw - I like the simplicity & elegance of the remote with the large buttons, easy to figure out what to push without even looking at it. It has a Zero Gravity preset which basically raises the head and feet at a certain angle to minimize pressure points.

Note - I believe this model is being phased out sometime around Nov. 2014 as they have a new model coming out.

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27 Oct 2014 16:28 #80 by Phoenix
Replied by Phoenix on topic Adjustable Beds Comparisons
Hi wukong543,

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and feedback about your Ergomotion 400 ... I appreciate it.

We also enjoy the "stretching" feeling that goes with lowering an adjustable bed as well :)

Phoenix

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