Tempur-Pedic's cheapest adjustable bed frame offers customization and support without all the flashy features of more expensive models
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- When I reviewed the Tempur-Luxe Adapt mattress, I chose to pair it with Tempur-Pedic’s Ease Power Base.
- The Ease is an adjustable bed frame that offers raised head and foot positions controlled by a wireless remote.
- It’s the company’s cheapest adjustable frame and starts at $849 for a Queen.
Tempur-Pedic sells foundations if you’re set on making a previous frame work, but because Tempur-Pedic mattresses are also meant to provide a highly-customizable experience, it felt like a missed opportunity to not try it with an accompanying adjustable base.
As such, I tested Tempur’s Ease Power Base for three months, provided by the company for review. This is their entry-level adjustable frame and is pretty standard, lacking the bells and whistles of its upgraded counterparts which boast USB ports, massage features, and automatic snore detection.
You don’t technically have to own a Tempur-Pedic mattress to use one of its power bases, though; they’re designed to work in tandem and other brand mattresses may not adapt to the adjustable features quite as well, if at all.
Here’s what it’s like to sleep on the Ease power base, and why I was so impressed.
Design and specs
The Ease Power Base is one of four adjustable base options offered by Tempur-Pedic and may be used with any Tempur-Pedic mattress.
The platform design consists of a simple, wide, flat surface with a subtle foot bar to keep the mattress in place when it’s repositioned. There’s no headboard, or option for one.
While these bases are designed to work with the brand’s own mattresses, you may use another mattress so long as it doesn’t exceed the average weight limit of 650 pounds, inclusive of the weight of the mattress. Just note that the base is designed to work with Tempur-Pedic’s adaptable memory foam and may not be appropriate for other mattresses. Check with your mattress manufacturer to see what frames are approved.
This standard adjustable platform base allows you to personalize your sleep experience by raising or lowering the head and foot positions from a wireless remote control. Move one at a time or both to a height that suits you, with a max head tilt of 57 degrees, and bottom raise range of 46 degrees.
This range is what the company considers “zero gravity,” because elevating your head and feet in this manner can simulate weightlessness and help relieve pressure.
While I can’t say I felt shipped off to space, I can vouch that the frame offered an elevated (no pun intended) way to enhance the experience of my mattress as it was a pretty comfortable way to watch TV.
As the entry-level offering, the Ease is Tempur-Pedic’s cheapest base, starting at $849 for a Full or Queen size, and also offered in Twin, King, California King, and Split King sizes.
Unlike Tempur mattresses, the Ease does not offer a free trial period. The warranty period, however, is much longer and covers any manufacturer defects that may occur within 25 years of purchase (a mattress warranty from Tempur-Pedic runs 10 years), so long as you purchased it from Tempur-Pedic or an authorized retailer.
Both the Tempur-Pedic mattress and Ease Base aren’t cheap, but together, they formed quite the power couple for comfort and support.
Delivery and setup process
White glove delivery comes standard with any Tempur-Pedic mattress, foundation, or power base. This includes in-home setup and removal of your old bed, if you wish.
Setting it up was fairly easy, though a bit slow. I ordered my base along with my mattress and received a call from the delivery service a little over a week after placing my order. I was then able to schedule a delivery date another week later, which was the soonest available. While this took more time than I anticipated, I also attributed the delay to the fact that my mattress was being delivered amid a global pandemic that resulted in mail and delivery delays across the board.
As a result of the pandemic, I also feared that the end-to-end service would be suspended and I’d be stuck with a giant, heavy bed frame sitting in my driveway.
Fortunately, two people delivered the mattress and base into my house without a problem and wore masks. From start to finish, it took just 20 minutes for them to put together the base and place the new mattress on top. The delivery team simply unfolded it, checked a few wires, screwed on the support legs, plugged it in, and handed me the remote. It seemed easy enough to manage should I need to move it on my own in the future.
Review of the Tempur-Pedic Ease Power Base
I never thought I needed an adjustable bed before. It’s likely why I opted for the most basic model. But I was quickly impressed by how enjoyable it was to be able to raise myself up to watch TV, read a book, or just relax in bed. The feature also came in handy since I was pregnant at the time, and the positioning made it easier for me to get up and out of bed or elevate my feet. Now that I’ve had my baby, it’s also very convenient for middle-of-the-night nursing.
Fair warning though, once you start sitting in bed this way, it will be hard to go back to simply relying on propped up pillows to get the best view of the TV. I found myself saying all too often to my husband, “let’s watch TV in bed,” rather than retreating to the family room in a more civilized manner. For those that try to separate their bed as solely a place to sleep, using a base like the Ease may prove challenging.
And the Ease is still Tempur-Pedic’s basic model, which really only comes with three functions: raise the head, raise the feet, or raise both, cocooning yourself in a taco-like state.
All three features are controlled by a wireless remote control, which also has a nifty button in the center to bring everything down flat at the same time.
Cons to consider
One of my chief concerns when selecting a bed was motion reduction. The Tempur-Pedic sleep experience improved this dramatically, especially over a spring-style bed, but it wasn’t an immediate cure-all.
I was initially still aware of my husband’s movements, which I mostly attributed to the design of the power base, rather than the mattress itself. The platform frame is just a solid, open flat base on which the mattress sits. It stresses utility and function over design and aesthetics. There’s a small foot bar, but no headboard or raised sides.
As such, when my husband moved dramatically, I felt a slight shift. Had the mattress been surrounded by four solid sides, I believe it would have prevented all motion by keeping it more firmly in place. But these movements were very minor. And after sleeping on it a few weeks, I was unbothered. But if you’re quite concerned by any motion at all, I’d recommend pairing this mattress with a more supportive frame. Just be sure to buy the accompanying foundation, too.
The look of the Ease also means you won’t make a design statement. There’s no option to add a headboard or hide the bottom with a bed skirt. If you’re looking to create a certain style aesthetic, you’re better off choosing a different platform.
Despite these minor issues, the Ease provided a more customizable sleep experience than I would have found with a standard frame, and cost far less than Tempur-Pedic’s upgraded models, which is important if you want to offset the cost of an already expensive mattress.
What are your alternatives?
The Ease suited my needs fine, but it’s hard not to be dizzied and impressed by the slick features of Tempur-Pedic’s flashier Tempur-Ergo bed frames, of which there are three varieties.
Those upgraded models come with tech-forward enhancements such as a quiet mode, USB ports, head and foot massage, under-bed lighting, split functionality, and smart capabilities that can detect and prevent snoring automatically.
They also come with a companion smartphone app that relays minute-by-minute sleep analysis and insights through AI-powered sensors. All of these data points then provide sleep tips and may be connected with other smart home tech such as Google devices.
My base had none of that. All we had in common was simple head and foot elevation.
However, I found the standard, cheaper model to be more than adequate. Such snazzy customizations were novel, but my husband and I both prefer to sleep flat, and would probably be wasted on us.
Plus, the fancier frames range from $1,299 to $2,199 for Queen models, and that’s before you even factor in a Tempur-Pedic mattress that can easily cost around the same price.
The bottom line
I didn’t know I wanted an adjustable frame before, and the features made my bed a place where I wanted to spend extra time. I watched more TV in bed than I previously had (which some may consider a negative), took calls in it, and generally loved just sitting in it.
However, it favors function over design, and I wished I had more control over the look and style of the frame, and my room, with a headboard.
Still, the white-glove delivery, easy setup, generous warranty, and comfort made the Ease a, well, easy and affordable choice when purchasing a Tempur-Pedic mattress.
Pros: Easy and free setup included, long warranty, ability to customize head and foot positions to desired heights
Cons: Tempur-Pedic power bases can’t be customized for style or design needs, not as smart or intuitive as upgraded models, expensive, no trial period
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