The Pros and Cons of Investing in an Electric Bed for Your Home

The Pros and Cons of Investing in an Electric Bed for Your Home

An electric bed is a type of bed that is designed to be adjustable using a motorized mechanism. Standard beds do not offer the same support and comfort as an electric bed. This is because electric beds can raise or lower, and the head and foot sections of the bed can be adjusted. Electric beds are becoming increasingly popular, particularly among the elderly and people with chronic pain or mobility issues.

In this blog, we will explore the pros and cons of investing in an electric bed for your home.

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Better Night’s Sleep

One of the main benefits of investing in an electric bed is the potential for improved sleep quality. By being able to adjust the bed to your exact needs, you can find a more comfortable sleeping position, which can lead to better sleep.

Not getting enough quality sleep is often referred to as sleep debt. Sleep debt is the cumulative effect of lack of sleep, and can be especially important for those with chronic pain or mobility issues. In many cases. traditional beds do not provide adequate support to these types of people.

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At Opera, our range of profiling care beds and adjustable beds are designed to provide a great night’s sleep and make life easier.

Pain Relief

Electric beds can be particularly helpful for people with back pain or joint pain. By being able to adjust the bed to a more comfortable position, you can alleviate pressure on certain areas of the body, leading to pain relief. Additionally, electric beds can be used to elevate the legs, which can help with swelling and pain in the legs and feet. This is also more practical than using pillows or leg-rest support wedges to prop yourself up in bed.

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Improved Mobility

For people who struggle with their mobility, and electric bed can be a huge investment. Unlike a regular bed, electric beds with height adjustment let you raise and lower the whole bed so it becomes easier to get in and out. Additionally, the back and leg-res sections of the bed are adjustable to allow for a wider range of positions to get comfortable. In doing so, this can help improve overall mobility and independence.

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Improved Digestion

An electric bed can also be helpful for people with digestive issues. As we know, electric beds can help you sleep better and reduce stress which helps your gut against inflammation, bloating and more.

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By elevating the head of the bed, you can help to prevent acid reflux and heartburn. Additionally, raising the legs can help to improve circulation and prevent swelling, which can be beneficial for people with oedema.

Reduced Snoring

Electric beds can also be helpful for people who snore. By elevating the head of the bed, you can help to open the airways, which can reduce snoring. This can lead to better sleep quality for both the person who snores and their partner.

Man sleeping in bed with his head raised

Our range of adjustable beds features anti-snore technology as standard. Learn more about our adjustable beds or request your free brochure.



One of the biggest drawbacks of investing in an electric bed is the cost. Electric beds can be quite expensive, especially if you opt for a high-end model with lots of features. While there are more affordable options available, you may still need to budget carefully to afford an electric bed.

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Our extensive range of electric beds vary in price, with cost-effective options to our premium adjustable beds we have options to suit all needs and budgets. Meanwhile, if you or loved one have a named medical condition you can pay VAT free across any of our products. Learn more about VAT relief.


Electric beds require more maintenance than traditional beds. The motorized components need to be checked and maintained regularly to ensure they are working properly. Additionally, the frame and other components may need to be tightened or adjusted over time.

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Every Opera bed is backed by a generous warranty for peace of mind your comfort is covered. Visit our warranties page to learn more.


Electric beds can be quite noisy when they are being adjusted. This can be a problem if you share a bedroom with someone else or if you are a light sleeper. While some models are quieter than others, it's important to keep this in mind when choosing an electric bed.

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Electric beds tend to be larger than traditional beds, which can be a problem if you have a small bedroom. Additionally, some models may require more clearance around the bed to allow for the motorized components to move properly. If you are unsure how much space you’ll need, speak to our dedicated advisors who are happy to help.

A bed with a lot of space around it


Not all mattresses are compatible with electric beds. You may need to purchase a special mattress or mattress pad to ensure that the bed functions properly. Additionally, not all bed frames are compatible with electric beds, so you may need to purchase a new frame as well.

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Our full range of comfort mattresses and pressure care mattresses are compatible with an Opera electric bed. If you are planning to keep your existing mattress with an adjustable bed, be sure to check with the manufacturer if it’s suitable.


Overall, investing in an electric bed can be a great choice for people with mobility issues, chronic pain, or other health issues that impact sleep quality. While there are some drawbacks to consider, the benefits can be significant. Before investing in an electric bed, it's important to do your research, consider your budget and ensure your mattress is suitable if you are keeping your existing one.

With over a decade of experience, our team can find you the perfect solution through a consultation call. If you’d like to see instant recommendations tailored to your needs try our online bed selector – it takes less than 5 minutes to complete.

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