Adjustable or not? That is the question...

Good morning all! Great forum here.

My wife and I are shopping for a replacement for a 10 year old memory foam mattress.

We have landed on a reverie bed but are trying to determine if an adjustable base would be a good addition. We don’t frequently watch TV in bed (maybe a couple of times per month) but the massage function does sound appealing.

I would appreciate any comments on the massage function and any perspective on having the ability to adjust the bed.

I am also curious, even though I have already ordered a Reverie 7s to use with a memory foam mattress set. I know I really want the ability to lift the head and feet up, but I am not sure how much I will use the massage function. I did read one blogger not on TMU who said he uses it quite frequently, as in multiple times everyday. I realize it won’t be like a massage chair that kneads your back with roller balls, but I am also interested with how other members enjoy or do not enjoy the function.

The amount of massage you’ll actually feel depends upon the strength of the massage unit, the number of massage units and the type of mattress you’re using. Thicker mattresses, and memory foam mattress, will tend to minimize the amount of massage that you’ll feel. These massage units are definitely more of a buzzer than an actual kneading massage feature, of course. Your own preference will dictate the amount of use you’ll actually get from the massage, but in my personal experience massage is one of the least used features on an adjustable base. Your priority for purchasing an adjustable base should be the head/foot adjustments.

Hi dwink,

As Jeff mentioned the massage function is more of a “moving vibration” and not a “real” massage that has a “kneading” action. Most of them have different massage options and wave functions that can change the “feel”, speed, massage pattern, and intensity of the “massage” but there is also a mattress between the massage components and the person which attenuates how the massage feels to different degrees once it “goes through” the mattress.

While some people like it and use it on a regular basis to help them relax … for others it’s not nearly as important. In our own case we only use it rarely although we do “like” it when we do (our adjustable is also on a wooden floor so we put the adjustable bed legs on rubber cups to reduce the noise of the vibration) but we don’t use it nearly as much as we thought we would when we purchased it. In other words we wouldn’t miss it if we didn’t have it (although it’s still “nice” to have) and the ability to raise and lower the mattress is much more important to us than the massage function (although we sleep on it flat).

There is more information about choosing an adjustable bed in post #3 here and the main adjustable bed topic that it links to that can help you choose an adjustable bed based on price vs features comparisons and also includes some retailers that you can use as good sources of information about the features of the adjustable beds they carry and as pricing references as well (in post #6 in the main adjustable bed topic). Of course there are many other sources as well and prices can change on a regular basis so I would also include some internet searching in your research and I would also keep in mind that online advertised prices are often price controlled so make sure you call the stores you are considering to find out their best prices rather than just looking at websites.