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Thanks for your inquiry.
Unfortunately what you're looking for isn't available. Reviews of adjustable beds never cover all the "bases in today's world" as you asked for. Reviews are often just comparisons and the models are never actually in the reviewer's hands.
If you're lucky enough to find someone who actually possesses a few different models and compares them, they won't work them every night for years to test long-term durability. A lot of cheap Chinese beds are fine out-of-the-box but won't stand the test of time. So a review of new units, if it existed, can be somewhat meaningless.
Then there's the problem with so-called reviews sites. Most of them are one of two things.
1. An affiliate site that receives compensation when you "click" on the bed they highly recommend.
2. A "shell" site operated by a seller who builds a fake review site to direct traffic to them.
We warn consumers about these and other practices on our website as well as HERE in this forum.
We are obviously biased towards Leggett & Platt beds because we've been one of their top online dealers for years. Here are a few reasons we stick with this particular brand.
1. LONG-TERM REPUTATION
Leggett & Platt has been in business for over 130 years. In the early 70's they invented the adjustable bed. That's been over 40 years ago. They have survived every recession as well as the Great Depression. No other adjustable bed manufacturer has anything approaching this track record.
2. OUTSTANDING BUILD QUALITY
Leggett & Platt Adjustable Beds are recognized within the bedding industry as the highest quality available. They’ve been sold for decades under the CraftMatic name, as the Sleep Number FlexFit Foundations and they used to be the exclusive supplier to the Tempur-Pedic Stores. CraftMatic and Sleep Number still use them. Tempur-Pedic switched to the Chinese made ErgoMotion bases in 2008 to increase their profit margin.
3. LONG-TERM PARTS AVAILABILITY
We (or our customers) can get replacement parts for a 25 year-old Leggett & Platt bed sent to us overnight. The Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturers haven't been making adjustable beds for 10 years and don’t maintain long-term relationships with their parts suppliers. Although the overseas manufactured adjustable beds are fine out-of-the-box and possibly for a couple of years, the problems with replacement parts typically shows up in 3 to 5 years (possibly sooner). The Chinese and Taiwanese companies will switch parts suppliers without notice just to save a few cents. While that’s good for their bottom line, it’s not so good for you when you need a part for your bed in a few years.
That’s when you have to wait weeks or months for a replacement part and after the long wait you might get a part that doesn’t fit or won’t work. Why? Because the vendor who made your motor, remote, switches, sensors….etc…was left swinging in the wind when the factory switched vendors overnight. Also, when the factory switched vendors they modified the design to fit the new parts. That means their current replacement parts often won’t fit your older bed. Then you’re faced with trying to find someone to modify your bed for the new part, or replacing the entire adjustable bed.
4. FINANCIAL STRENGTH THROUGH DIVERSIFICATION
Most of the other adjustable bed manufacturers ONLY manufacture and sell adjustable beds. Should the demand for adjustable beds drop in half tomorrow, most of the manufacturers will be out of business. Leggett & Platt, which pioneered sleep technology when it introduced its bed spring more than 125 years ago, is an S&P 500 diversified manufacturer. Serving a broad suite of customers that comprise a "Who's Who" of U.S. companies, Leggett & Platt conceives, designs, and produces a diverse array of products that can be found in most homes, offices, and vehicles. Founded in 1883, the company is made up of 20 business units, 18,000 employee-partners, and 130 facilities in 17 countries.
5. MADE IN THE US BY AMERICAN WORKERS
Leggett & Platt Adjustable Beds are made in Georgetown KY and Joplin MO.
ErgoMotion beds are made in China. Rize beds are made in Taiwan. Other dealers attempt to claim their beds are made in the US. They may have a domestic plant in that manufactures using Chinese parts. By far, the greatest percentage of the beds they sold in the US today are imported from China.
Thanks for your reply! It was very helpful. As far as L&P goes:
How do they handle their warranties?
What is the general length of their warranties?
Who performs warranty services?
We would be interested in a basic adjustable bed that provides a zero gravity position. We have seen a multitude that provide massage, USB ports, lights, etc. We are slightly interested in a fill tilt position for gastro esophageal reflux issues. Which model would you recommend? Which is the best model as far as bang for the buck?
Thanks for your questions.
These questions can all be answered much more efficiently by telephone then through this forum.
When you have a chance just give us a call at 800-859-8000.