Like most people, I’ve always been pretty content with my bed: medium-firm mattress, crisp white sheets, cushy down comforter, and plenty of room even when the kids pile on to watch Survivor. The thought of an adjustable bed had never occurred to me until recently when, at Real Simple, we heard about a new, modern version from Saatva called The Lineal. It moves your mattress so you can get into the most comfortable positions for reading, texting, TV-watching, breakfast in bed, and more.
It is on the pricier side—$1,300 for a full size, and up—but it’s also pretty genius, and a good investment if, like me, your bed has become the perpetual family hangout spot. I took the chance to try one out, and here’s how it works:
Push a button on the remote to move the head of the bed (say, for a better TV view) or the foot (for a loungey recline). Or move them both. The mattress glides into position and the motor makes barely any noise. If you want to level out the bed later for sleeping, just press “Flat” to return it to its original setup. You can even program the remote to remember your favorite settings.
As a bonus, there’s a Brookstone-like feature too: head, foot, and full-body massage options powered by remote control. It’s not the kneading strength of an actual shiatsu session, of course, but it’s a fun little extra that makes you feel pampered (and a big hit with the kids).
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Another plus: under-bed lighting. Press a button to subtly illuminate the room at night when you need to find your way to the bathroom, or anytime you’re cleaning to get all the dust bunnies.
The Lineal works with most mattresses that are able to flex, but you can also find mattress options compatible with an adjustable base on Saatvamattress.com. The bottom line: It’s high-quality, easy to operate, and takes lounging to a whole new level—a worth-the-splurge purchase for anyone who’s big on spending time in bed.