Adjustable Bases vs Standard Box Springs Comparison

Adjustable Base

Adjustable Base Benefits

Adjustable beds are beneficial to all types of sleepers; those looking to maximize comfort, reduce medical issues or injury, reduce snoring, and much more. An adjustable bed base lifts the top and/or bottom of the mattress (the head and foot sections) between 40 and 70 degrees, creating a more comfortable shape. Adjustable base benefits include:

  • Easier to read a book, use a laptop, or watch TV in bed.
  • Ability to raise your feet and head up to a customized sleeping position, beneficial for a back sleeper.
  • Great additional options for recovery or relaxation, such as massage features.
  • Elevating your head can help alleviate sinus issues, acid reflux, snoring, and more for a better night's sleep for you and your partner.
  • Ability to elevate your legs to help sports injuries, sprained ankle, and circulation problems.
  • Elderly people enjoy adjustable bases to make it easier and safer to get in and out of bed.
  • Additionally, adjustables are great for customizable sleeping positions with partners. Different adjustments can be set on both sides to allow for different sleep settings in some bases.

Adjustable Base Features

Adjustable bases offer multiple feature options for whatever your needs may be. Adjustable base features include:

  • The ability to raise the head and/or feet up, creating the best position for reading, watching tv, or any medically beneficial position.
  • Massage feature, some models include multiple massage features. You can control the intensity of the massage, and even change the pattern of the massage.
  • Memory positions, some models have the ability to save your favorite position and return to it whenever you’d like.
  • Remote control, remotes will be hardwired to the bed or can be wireless for easy access to whatever setting you're looking for at a touch of a button.

Compatible Adjustable Base Mattresses

The most important thing to consider when choosing an adjustable mattress is its flexibility and durability. Adjustable beds will bend and flex, memory foam and latex mattresses are usually the best choice to use with an adjustable bed because they’re flexible. Companies that use high-quality foam and materials will maintain its support and durability.

Adjustable Bases Prices

Explore our full line of adjustable foundations for your mattress. Adjustable foundations replace the traditional box spring setup and can be paired with most headboards. Nearly all of the mattresses we carry here at American Mattress are compatible with an adjustable bed unless otherwise noted. Find the perfect adjustable for you with our team!

Head Up Adjustable Base

Head Up Adjustable Base

Starting Price $300.00


An entry level adjustable bed base that can ship by UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc. right to your door. The “UNO” Adjustable Bed Base goes from “Box-to-Bedroom” in minutes with full functioning head adjustability featuring 3-in-1 adjustable legs to allow for three height options and a hand-wired or wireless remote.

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Head Up Adjustable Base

Head Up/Foot Up Adjustable Base

Starting Price $500.00


Our Newest DUO Adjustable Base debuts as one of the lightest adjustable bases to hit the U.S. Market. The DUO base goes from “box-to-bedroom” in minutes with full functioning head and foot adjustability featuring three-in-one adjustable legs to allow for three height options and a wireless remote.

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Ease Adjustable Base

Ease Adjustable Base

Starting Price $850.00


EASE® 2.0 has all the features you need in a power base, for custom comfort. With nearly unlimited ergonomic head and foot positions and presets for customized comfort, the EASE® is an essential part of a complete and seamless sleep experience.

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Clarity Adjustable Base

Clarity Adjustable Base

Starting Price $1,050.00


Rize Clarity Adjustable Bed Bases are new, economically priced, full-featured adjustable bed bases with telescoping legs that allow for height adjustability and manufactured with support foam, latex, and compressed coil mattresses.

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Ergo Adjustable Base

Ergo Adjustable Base

Starting Price $1,400.00


The TEMPUR-Ergo® power base is an essential part of a holistic sleep system, combining premium technologies like QuietMode™, USB ports, and underbed lighting.

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Box Spring Benefits

Benefits of a box spring can be look, price, feel, and warranty. Box springs prevent the mattress from sagging and support it properly, dispersing body weight evenly across the foundation. They add support and absorb body weight, which extends the life of the mattress. Some mattress warranties require the use of a box spring because of this as an adjustable bed may cause more damage due to their unconventional positions and strain. Box spring benefits include:

  • Height makes it easier to slide out of bed.
  • Absorbs body weight and extends the life of the mattress.
  • Support of a box spring prevents the mattress from sagging.
  • Design style preferred by traditional decor lovers.
  • Price, box springs affordable and generally universally function with any type of mattress.

Box Spring Prices

American Mattress offers a wide variety of box springs at great prices. Choose from Simmons, Sealy, or Tempur-Pedic brand box springs to complete your bed foundation. Protect your mattress investment with the right foundation for your mattress. Each foundation is constructed to provide your new mattress with the right support to prevent sagging of your mattress as well as giving you the right height for your new bed. Complete your new bed with the support right for you and your mattress.

CDBB Box Spring

CDBB Restonic Box Spring

Starting Price $160.00


Find the right support for your new mattress with the Consumer Digest Best Buy Box Spring by Restonic! Available now at American Mattress you will find the foundation you need to support you during a restful and full night sleep.

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SMB Box Spring

SMB Box Spring

Starting Price $200.00


Get Exceptional Comfort with Sealy SMB - a foundation that gives your family years of supportive sleep!The key to protecting your mattress investment is using the right foundation for your mattress. This Sealy foundation will help to stop your mattress from bowing or sagging, extending the life of your mattress.

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Biltmore Box Spring

Biltmore Box Spring

Starting Price $200.00


Find the right support for your new mattress with the Biltmore Box Spring by Restonic! Available now at American Mattress you will find the foundation you need to support you during a restful and full night sleep.

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Scott Living Box Spring

Scott Living Box Spring

Starting Price $220.00


Find the right support for your new mattress with the Scott Living Box Spring by Restonic! Available now at American Mattress you will find the foundation you need to support you during a restful and full night sleep.

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Perfect Sleeper Box Spring

Perfect Sleeper Box Spring

Starting Price $160.00


The Serta Perfect Sleeper Foundation provides the perfect support for your Serta mattress and is designed to provide durability and long-lasting comfort. Pairing the matching box spring to your Serta mattress will support it for the life of your mattress and help isolate the effect of your partner’s movement.

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Beautyrest Black Box Spring

Beautyrest Black Box Spring

Starting Price $180.00


Keep your mattress firmly planted in place and enjoy an undisturbed night's sleep with the solid steel strut design of Beautyrest's Black Box Spring. Available now at American Mattress you will find the box spring you need to support you during a restful and full night sleep.

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Tempur-Pedic Box Spring

Tempur-Pedic Box Spring

Starting Price $200.00


Engineered to support your Tempur-Pedic® mattress — and upholstered in matching grey fabric — with a perfectly solid, flat surface at a height that’s right for you.

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The decision to purchase a box spring or an adjustable base is dependent on your lifestyle needs. If you're looking for a more basic and more affordable option, standard box springs are perfect for you. If you want something multifunctional with a multitude of features and benefits, going for an adjustable bases may just be right for you! Either way, shop American Mattress for great prices today on all adjustable bases and standard box springs!

Adjustable Bases vs Standard Box Springs FAQs

A mattress sits inside a bed frame whereas a mattress sits on top of a foundation.

An adjustable bed base lifts the top and/or bottom of the mattress (the head and foot sections) between 40 and 70 degrees.

Some adjustable bases require a frame or foundation that works with the adjustable base.

Adjustable bases offer numerous benefits including the ability to customize your sleeping position and the ability to alleviate sinus issues, acid reflux, snoring, and more.

Adjustable bases can offer everything from remote controls and memory positions to massage features and different sleep settings for each side in some bases.

Not if you’re using a compatible mattress with the appropriate level of flex.

Most mattresses manufactured in the last five years are compatible with adjustable bases as long as they are flexible enough to bend a little. Most memory foam, latex foam, and traditional innerspring mattresses work just fine with an adjustable base.

Box springs prevent the mattress from sagging and support it properly, they also add support and absorb body weight, which extends the life of the mattress.

Box springs offer additional height to make it easier to slide out of bed, can help absorb body weight, extend the life of your mattress, and help prevent your mattress from sagging.

Adjustable bases are more expensive due to all the moving parts and features. You can get a good standard box spring for under $200 where an adjustable base can go from $799 to $2,000.