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Adjustable beds can help you sleep better. Whether you have certain medical conditions, need to elevate your head to avoid snoring, or like to watch TV in bed, an adjustable frame is the way to go. But which mattresses should you use with it? We’ll look at how to choose the perfect mattress in Canada for your adjustable bed below, but let’s check out some recommendations first.

Each of the mattresses on our list was recommended by testers and excelled in every evaluation we performed in our test lab. We considered both sets of feedback when recommending mattresses to you. We looked at special areas that work best for adjustable beds in Canada, including compatibility, durability, flexibility, special features, and available sizes.

Our best picks for mattresses for adjustable beds in Canada

  • Best Overall: GhostBed Flex
  • Best All Foam: The Douglas Mattress
  • Best for Couples: The Endy Mattress
  • Best Split King: GhostBed Luxe
  • Best Firmness Options: The Novosbed Mattress

We chose each of the mattresses on our list for a very specific reason. As we tested these mattresses (and many more), they started to stand out in certain categories. Of course, those that stood out made it onto our list of recommendations. Here’s why each of these mattresses made our list.

The GhostBed Flex Mattress is the best option for adjustable beds in Canada overall. This hybrid offers great support, outstanding cooling features, and pressure relief, and comes in Split King size for some adjustable frames.

The Douglas Mattress, on the other hand, was our best all-foam option. This mattress is cool and comfortable. The responsive surface will last a long time, as it’s engineered to stand up to the rigors of constant adjustment with an adjustable frame.

The Endy Mattress is the best option for couples because of its outstanding active motion isolation. This mattress is perfect for adjustable frames where couples share the adjustment levels.

The GhostBed Luxe is the best Split King option on our list. Like the GhostBed Flex, the Luxe is a comforting, cooling mattress available in a Split King format. Couples with different preferences will love this mattress.

The Novosbed is also great for couples with different needs. The firmness options work great for adjustable frames. After all, why not make your bed as comfortable as possible?

GhostBed Flex

Features:

Type: Hybrid
Height: 13”
Firmness: Medium
Sleep Trial: 101 nights
Available Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Double, Queen, King, California King, Split King

GhostBed Flex Mattress

It’s Great For:

  • Canadians who want a thicker option for their adjustable frames
  • Those who overheat during the night
  • Side sleepers in need of pressure relief
  • Couples with split adjustable beds

GhostBed Flex is one of GhostBed’s premium hybrid mattresses. With over 20 years of experience in the sleep industry, GhostBeds are created to provide the ultimate comfort, temperature control, and support possible in a luxury mattress. This hybrid is a full 13” thick. Seven layers of premium materials work together to create one of the best sleep experiences for your adjustable bed.

This mattress has a medium firmness level, which provides middle-of-the-road support for most sleepers. Those who prefer a firmer mattress may require something different, but most side and back sleepers will love the way this mattress feels. If you and your partner have different preferences for your mattress, that’s okay! The GhostBed Flex can be comfortable for both of you. If you have a split adjustable bed, you can even order the Split King size. This site is essentially two Twin XL GhostBed Flex mattresses, so you and your partner can both appreciate what the Flex has to offer.

The cover is a phase-changing Ghost Ice material. This material works to maintain a specific temperature. If the mattress gets too hot, this cover works to channel heat away, using the layers below to disperse heat effortlessly. The cover is padded with a half-inch of cooling fibre, which promotes airflow and works to reduce heat overall.

The next layer is a half-inch of gel memory foam, layered on top of a 1” layer of a hybrid material called Ghost Bounce. This proprietary layer contours like memory foam but is as responsive as latex. It’s the perfect comfortable blend to keep you elevated out of the mattress. The next layer is the transition layer made of gel memory foam, which helps with your deepest pressure points.

The coil layer features hundreds of breathable pocketed coils for support, while the edge features strong Spirited Edge coils. These coils help give the mattress the same level of support throughout. Finally, the 7.5” high-density support layer improves durability, boosts alignment, and helps your mattress endure the use of your adjustable bed.

The Highlights

GhostBed Flex is available in Split King size, which is great for couples with split adjustable frames. Tons of cooling features, including the Ghost Ice cover and layers of cooling gel foam help, prevent overheating, while the Spirited Edge support perimeter around the coil layer provides extra support from edge to edge. The flexible hybrid coil layer offers great alignment while providing the flexibility you need for adjustable beds.

  • Available in Split King for split adjustable frames
  • Phase-changing Ghost Ice cover and cooling features discourage overheating
  • Spirited Edge support perimeter helps those who sit or sleep near the edge
  • Flexible hybrid coils give you great support while providing flexibility

From the Test Lab

“GhostBed Flex has it all: cooling features, support, a great height for adjustable frames, and enough durability so you don’t have to worry.”

The Douglas

Features:

Type: All Foam
Height: 10”
Firmness: Medium-firm
Sleep Trial: 120 nights
Available Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Double, Queen, King, California King

The Douglas Mattress

It’s Great For:

  • Couples and co-sleepers
  • Canadians who wake up sweaty and uncomfortable
  • Eco-conscious sleepers
  • Sleepers who are allergic to latex

The Douglas mattress is Canadian at its core. This mattress features a ton of convenient changes that make it superior to a lot of other memory foam mattresses, including better temperature control, a more responsive surface, and better alignment from the supportive core. On top of that, layers of eco-conscious foams create a surface that helps you sleep a little easier – and not just because of its great pressure relief.

Every layer of the Douglas mattress was designed to be better than the other memory foam mattresses on the market. The CoolSense Tencel cover is soft and sustainable. It can be removed so it’s easy to wash. You can refresh your bed at any time by throwing this cover in the wash with the rest of your bedding. A beautiful motif featuring the Canadian Rockies is stitched into every cover. The cover and every other part of the mattress are assembled in Canada with Canadian materials, so this motif serves as a reminder of the mattress’s pedigree.

The first layer of the mattress is 2 inches of ecoLight cooling foam. This foam is made with up to 40% less carbon input than standard memory foam, but it has the same durability, pressure relief, and contouring properties as memory foam. The cooling gel aspect ensures that you won’t wake up sweaty or uncomfortable, even if you are prone to overheating.

The middle layer is 2 inches of premium Elastex. This non-allergenic natural latex alternative doesn’t contain many chemicals used to make natural latex, which means fewer Canadians will be affected by latex allergies. Finally, the support layer is a 6-inch slab of motion isolation support foam. This foam helps reduce motion transfer across the mattress but also retains the mattress’s durability.

This medium-firm mattress is great for most sleepers and is flexible enough to use with an adjustable bed. The 10” height is perfect for making small adjustments, too.

The Highlights

The Douglas mattress features layers of eco-conscious foams, including those made with fewer chemicals or alternative options. Every part of the mattress was designed and engineered in Canada, and each mattress is assembled using Canadian materials. The breathable foam structure helps reduce overheating, creating better airflow for those who sleep hot. Finally, the responsive surface is perfect for most sleepers, especially those who move around a lot during the night.

  • Layers of alternative and eco-conscious foams
  • Designed, engineered, and assembled in Canada
  • Breathable foam layers reduce overheating
  • Responsive surface for most sleepers

From the Test Lab

“The Douglas Mattress has many features that our testers enjoyed. The breathable foam, responsive surface, and comfortable design was a hit with those who owned adjustable frames.”

The Endy

Features:

Type: Memory foam
Height: 10”
Firmness: Medium
Sleep Trial: 100 nights
Available Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

The Endy Mattress

It’s Great For:

  • Canadians who co-sleep with children or restless partners
  • Those who live in areas where there is a noticeable seasonal change
  • Back and side sleepers
  • Sleepers who don’t wake up sweaty very often

The Endy mattress is Canadian-made and prides itself on being a no-nonsense type of mattress. It doesn’t include a lot of the frills that other mattresses might. As a result, it focuses on perfecting the things that matter. This mattress is extremely durable and bends well with your adjustable base. The flexibility gives most sleepers the perfect sleeping surface no matter what position their bed is in.

Endy prides itself on two different factors: motion isolation and temperature neutrality. These features elevate the mattress above and beyond other mattresses in its class. Open-cell foam layers create the perfect recipe for total motion isolation. Each cell actively absorbs motion rather than allowing it to move through the mattress, so you stay asleep even when your partner is tossing and turning.

While some memory foam mattresses might feel different depending on the season and the ambient temperature, the Endy retains the same feel throughout the year. These specially-treated foams won’t feel firmer in the winter or softer in the summer, so you can get a consistently good night of sleep.

This mattress has a medium firmness level, which is ideal for most sleepers. Those who sleep on their backs and sides will feel comfortable sinking into the mattress. Inside the 10” mattress are three layers of foam, including an open-cell top layer, a responsive transition layer for pressure relief, and a high-density support layer to help keep you aligned and supported.

The Highlights

The Endy mattress uses flexible, breathable foam layers to create a durable mattress. It’s perfect for use with adjustable frames of all types. The temperature-neutral foams retain their feel throughout different seasons, as they aren’t affected by ambient temperature. Overall, this pressure-relieving mattress is great for most sleepers, particularly those who share a bed. The open-cell foam creates active motion isolation so you can stay asleep throughout the night.

  • Flexible foam layers and durable materials for adjustable beds
  • Temperature-neutral foams maintain a feel throughout the seasons
  • Greatly reduces motion isolation for couples and co-sleepers
  • Pressure-relieving foam layers create a comfortable experience for most sleepers

From the Test Lab

“Endy provides perfect pressure relief and motion isolation. It bends effortlessly as your adjustable frame moves.”

GhostBed Luxe

Features:

Type: All foam
Height: 13”
Firmness: Medium
Sleep Trial: 101 nights
Available Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Double, Queen, King, California King, Split King

GhostBed Luxe Mattress

It’s Great For:

  • Canadians who overheat often
  • Sleepers who need better lumbar support
  • Back sleepers and side sleepers
  • Those who use adjustable beds with independent controls for each side

The GhostBed Luxe offers one of the most versatile sizing options for adjustable frames. This is one of the only mattresses on our list (and one of a select few in Canada) that is available in Split King, which is ideal for couples with different sleep preferences. If your adjustable frame has different controls for each side of the bed, this mattress is the size that you need. The medium feel is best for most sleeping positions, including back and side sleepers.

The GhostBed Luxe uses layers of temperature-control foams to create a cooling mattress. It’s sometimes called “The Coolest Bed in the World”, and it’s got the materials to prove it. The cover is a plush Ghost Ice material, with phase-changing properties to maintain a constant temperature throughout the night. The cover section includes a layer of gel memory foam. Both are threaded through with breathable cooling fibre.

The first layer of foam is another Ghost Ice material, which helps absorb body heat and transfer it as far away from you as possible. Another layer of gel memory foam beneath this helps relieve pressure and isolate motion, so you won’t feel your partner’s every movement.

A transition layer made of proprietary Ghost Bounce elevates you away from the support layer, providing a more responsive surface than other mattresses. Finally, a layer of durable, supportive support core helps support your entire body and reinforce the mattress. A 25-year warranty helps reinforce how durable this mattress is.

The Highlights

The GhostBed Luxe is one of the only mattresses on our list that is available in Split King, a special size exclusively for adjustable beds. If your frame has independent controls for each side of the bed, this is the size you need. This medium mattress features some of the best temperature control features in the sleep industry right now, perfect for those who overheat often. The high-density core helps support most sleepers. It’s also extremely flexible, so you can easily change position as often as you need.

  • Available in Split King size, which is great for couples with different preferences
  • Excellent temperature control features
  • Medium firmness is ideal for most sleeping positions, especially side sleepers
  • The high-density core is both flexible and extremely supportive

From the Test Lab

“GhostBed Luxe is cool to the touch, and you can feel the difference when you first lay down. It’s perfect for hot sleepers with adjustable frames.”

The Novosbed

Features:

Type: Memory foam
Height: 11”
Firmness: Soft, Medium, or Firm
Sleep Trial: 120 nights
Available Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Double, Queen, King, California King

Novosbed Mattress

It’s Great For:

  • All body types and sleeping positions
  • Couples with different preferences
  • Canadians who have trouble finding their ideal firmness
  • Those who need better pressure relief and spinal alignment

The Novosbed mattress is unique, especially when compared to the other mattresses we looked at. It’s a memory foam mattress, made with next-generation open-cell foam. However, it’s also extremely customizable. There are three different firmness options you can choose from initially. After you try the mattress, you can order a Comfort+ topper. These toppers can increase or decrease firmness depending on your preference, which means that you can fine-tune how your mattress feels.

That makes this mattress truly universal. All sleeping positions and body types will find that this mattress is well-suited to them. It’s also extremely durable. The luxury foam materials create a mattress that’s made to last, even when used with an adjustable bed.

The durable foam core helps support your body, providing perfect alignment no matter how you sleep. Side sleepers will love the pressure relief, which is exceptional even among foam mattresses. The soft Tencel cover is washable and eco-conscious, making it the perfect top layer for the Novosbed. Inside is an interior cover that further protects the foam layers.

The top layer of this mattress is a comfort layer, which helps circulate air close to your body. This means less heat retention for the mattress overall. The transition foam provides contouring for all of your pressure points but also reduces motion isolation. Both layers are made with open-cell memory foam. Finally, the support foam layer helps provide balanced support and keeps the mattress from sagging.

This mattress is great for most sleepers, and perfect for use on your adjustable bed.

The Highlights

The Novosbed has a unique Comfort+ system, which allows you to add toppers that increase or decrease firmness. There are three firmness levels available at checkout, which gives you up to 9 different firmness options. The durable high-density core supports the mattress and helps keep you aligned, with great support and contouring from the layers of open-cell memory foam.

  • Comfort+ system allows you to fine-tune the firmness of the mattress to your preferences
  • Choose from three firmness levels at checkout
  • Durable high-density foam core
  • Outstanding pressure relief and motion isolation

From the Test Lab

“The difference in each Novosbed was noticeable. We can’t get over how much you can change the firmness!”

Why Trust Us?


We don’t recommend mattresses lightly. Each mattress is selected based on an in-depth process that involves extensive lab testing and tester feedback. Each of our testers is given very specific instructions and provides detailed feedback after 30 nights of sleeping on the mattress. We compare tester information with our tests to arrive at our recommendations. Here are some of the criteria we used to select the mattresses on our list.

  • Mattress Type and Compatibility. Some mattresses simply don’t work with adjustable bases. Because of the very specific recommendation criteria here, we checked to make sure each mattress was compatible with adjustable beds and was of the correct type to make using one simple.
  • Durability and Flexibility. To withstand constant movement, a mattress must be durable and flexible. We looked at the materials within each mattress to recommend those that would flex easily and keep supporting you for the life of the mattress.
  • Available Sizes. The sizes the mattress is available in can impact compatibility with your adjustable bed. We looked for mattresses available in the largest sizes, including a select few available in Split King.
  • Special Features. We looked beyond the basics for each of our mattresses. Instead of looking at just type, firmness, and feel, we also looked at temperature control features, motion isolation, edge support, and more. We looked at the entire package before recommending these mattresses to you.

The Ideal Mattress for an Adjustable Bed

Choosing a mattress for your adjustable bed can seem difficult, but it’s fairly simple to determine which mattresses might work. The ideal mattress for an adjustable bed is:

  • Compatible with adjustable frames
  • Memory foam, latex, or hybrid
  • Made with durable materials
  • Flexible
  • Between 8” and 12” thick, or up to 15” thick
  • Made with pressure-relieving materials
  • Extremely supportive for most sleeping positions and body types

These are the parameters we started with when determining which mattresses would be best for adjustable beds in Canada. You’ll find that most of the mattresses on our list exemplify most of these qualities, making them ideal for those who own adjustable frames.

How to Choose a Mattress for an Adjustable Bed

Before you can choose a mattress for your adjustable bed, you should understand a few basics about mattresses in general. Knowing what you’re looking for at a basic level can help you determine if a mattress is right for you or not.

Type of Mattress

There are a few different types of mattresses on the market, but only a few of them are compatible with adjustable beds. Keep in mind that each mattress is different, regardless of its type. Check each mattress for compatibility before you decide to use them with your adjustable bed.

  • All Foam. All-foam mattresses are made with layers of memory foam or latex. While some mattresses can be exclusively one type of foam, most use a combination of foam types.
    • Memory foam mattresses are great at isolating motion and relieving pressure. They contour to your body to prevent pressure points and deliver support right where you need it. Memory foam can also retain heat, so temperature control features are necessary for those who sleep hot.
    • Latex provides the same contouring relief as memory foam without heat retention. Latex is more responsive and helps eliminate the quicksand feeling often associated with memory foam.
  • Hybrid. Hybrid mattresses use a combination of foam and pocketed springs to create a comfortable, supportive surface. Hybrid mattresses can be more supportive than foam mattresses. However, they don’t isolate motion as well. Only select hybrid mattresses are compatible with adjustable frames.

Innerspring mattresses should not be used with adjustable beds. They are rigid, and attempting to use one with an adjustable bed may lead to damage to both the mattress and the frame.

Firmness, Body Type, and Sleeping Position

Every mattress has a certain firmness level. The firmness level you prefer is entirely personal, though it’s often tied to your body type and sleeping position. The following chart can guide you towards choosing the firmness that’s right for you. However, it’s important to note that these are just guidelines – your preferences may vary.

Firmness

Sleeping Position

Body Type

Soft

Stomach sleepers

Up to 130lbs (59kg)

Medium

Side sleepers

Between 130lbs and 230lbs (50kg – 104kg)

Firm

Back sleepers

More than 230lbs (104kg)

Durability and Flexibility

Two of the most important attributes of a mattress used with an adjustable bed are durability and flexibility. The mattress must be made of materials that are durable enough to stand up to adjustment. They must move with the base regularly without breaking down or tearing.

Your mattress also has to be flexible enough to bend without being damaged. For the best mattress that offers both durability and flexibility, consider a memory foam, latex, or hybrid mattress. These options are usually made to be compatible with adjustable beds.

Height

The height of the mattress is something you must consider when you use an adjustable bed. Ideally, you should look at a mattress between 8” and 14” for the best Canadian adjustable bed experience. Mattresses taller than 14” may not bend when adjusting the bed, as their thickness works against them. However, steer clear of mattresses that are less than 8”. These thinner mattresses may not be as durable as their thicker counterparts, meaning that they won’t work as well with your adjustable bed.

Pressure Relief

One of the most important parts of your mattress is pressure relief. Every sleeper needs some form of pressure relief, regardless of how you sleep. A mattress with thick foam layers and lots of memory foam and latex layers will relieve pressure better than most other options. Consider a mattress that offers soft transition layers to support your deepest pressure points.

Temperature Control

A lot of Canadians overheat as they sleep. Foam mattresses can make this worse. Memory foam retains heat, meaning that those who already sleep hot will be even more uncomfortable on standard memory foam. However, many mattresses have taken steps to decrease heat retention in their foam mattresses, including the use of cooling gel foams, aerated foams, cooling covers, and other measures.

If you sleep hot, consider a mattress with as many temperature control features as possible. It’s worth noting that hybrid mattresses are more breathable in general, which can lead to better outcomes for those who sleep hot.

Motion Isolation

Whether you sleep with your children, pets, or have a restless partner, motion isolation ensures that you sleep better. Foam mattresses, especially, are great at reducing the transfer of motion across your mattress. When your partner tosses and turns, or even gets out of bed, you won’t be able to feel the resulting movement on your side of the bed. This means you won’t wake up as much during the night.

Foam mattresses are best at preventing motion transfer, though mattresses with pocket coils do a great job, too.

Available Sizes

What sizes is the mattress available in? Most adjustable beds come in larger sizes (King, Queen, California King, or Split King). Many of the mattresses on our list are available in smaller sizes as well, but it’s important to choose the correct size for your adjustable frame.

Split King is a special size that works with adjustable beds. If each side of your bed can adjust independently, a Split King is ideal. Essentially, Split King is two Twin XL mattresses that can connect to create a single mattress or detach for custom adjustment. If you and your partner have different needs, this might be the perfect size for you.

Edge Support

Sitting or sleeping near the edge of some foam mattresses can create a sinking or sliding feeling. Often, edges don’t get the same support as the centre of the mattress, meaning you often wake feeling uncomfortable.

If maintaining support to the edge of your mattress is important, consider choosing a mattress with edge support perimeters, denser coils at the edges, or other edge support features.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, you can’t use just any mattress with an adjustable bed. Most foam and hybrid mattresses in Canada are great for adjustable beds, but you should check compatibility for each mattress separately. Some are not compatible with your adjustable frame and can rapidly wear down.

Experts recommend using mattresses that are at least 8 to 12 inches thick with your adjustable bed. This gives you plenty of great pressure relief and weight distribution, even when the mattress is tilted or folded.

Of course, whether an adjustable bed is worth it is a personal choice. However, adjustable beds can help with certain medical conditions and allow for a more comfortable sleep with less strain overall. Evaluating whether an adjustable bed is right for you is the first step to determining if it’s worth it.