on June 13, 2011
I actually ended up buying this frame with my bed from the local store; however, I was going to order here at Amazon (Amazon didn't have the mattresses I wanted and the local guy beat the price). I wanted to write this review simply because the frame has been a great purchase, no matter where you buy it. The price at Amazon is very good, too. Here's a few items worth mentioning about the bed. In all, these items add up to the value of the extra money you'll pay for this frame.
My wife and I both have bad backs, mine from arthritis and her's from a failed back surgery. She spends a lot of time in bed because of her new disability (thanks Doc for your incompetence!). So finding a decent combination of mattress and adjustable frame was a must for us. We had looked at the Leggett & Platt frames at several stores, and new that the S-cape series had many features we wanted. This included adjustability of both leg and foot position along with the massage. To be honest, I hadn't planned to buy the massage originally, but now I'm glad we did.
The L&P frame provided a little higher lifting level for the feet, something that was very important to my wife. Other frames, such as the Ergo and the frame for the Serta iComfort bed, didn't lift the legs as high.
The massage feature seemed to be an extra I would not use much. That's where this Prodigy series begins to shine. I actually have used the massage more than I ever thought I would, but surprisingly it has been in the mornings. The ability of this frame to set the massage as an alarm is actually a big advantage, especially if you suffer from back pain or have tightness in the mornings. Most mornings I woke up very achy, and I knew that was in part because of the bed I was using. So buying a new mattress helped, but now getting up is assisted even more when there's a gentle massage along with the alarm. I set the massage to start a few minutes before I actually want to get up, and it slowly increases intensity over time. My guess is the massage starts the blood flowing a little earlier, and it helps to ease the tension generally caused by my joints being inactive over night. It is pretty amazing, though I won't say it is the answer to all my prayers as an arthritis sufferer. If you have arthritis then don't kid yourself, no bed is going to make all the pain go away. But every little bit can help.
Let me get onto a couple other features that make this adjustable frame a standout in the industry. My wife loses her remote controls all the time. It is amazing how a person can be in bed and lose the remote. If you sleep with someone who has to call their cell phone to find it then the remote locate feature on this bed is worth a little extra money. Maybe someday I'll even lose the remote, and if so then this thing will be worth even more. ;-)
The snore feature is pretty decent. It allows you to adjust your partner's side of the bed when they are snoring. My wife and I joked that we would have a snore-war after we got this bed, figuring we'd be busy using it on each other all night. The reality is that I've only used it a few times, and usually only when I'm watching TV after my wife has gone to sleep. It moves the bed just enough to get the person to shift, without actually waking them, and that is enough to stop (or at least soften) the snoring. She has reportedly used it on me a couple times as well, though I don't recall being roused that much while I am asleep. So I'd say this feature is a plus, so long as you don't abuse it.
The programmable positions are also a great feature. We each control our own settings, which means that we each get a programmed position that fits us individually. There are four positions that you can set. I use setting 1 for the primary sleep position, setting w when working on the computer, 3 for TV, and 4for just relaxing or taking a quick nap. These positions allow me to quickly position the bed, and if they are not perfect for that moment then it also allows me to adjust from the position without having to do it all manually. In most instances, I use settings 2, 3 or 4 for typical nights, but sometimes I have to make just a little slight adjustment from time to time. The quick select program position allows me to get to the most used position and then go from there as my need changes. Frankly, I'm not sure you'd need more than 4 preset positions, but I guess someone might. The great thing is that I get to decide what my preset positions will be, not someone at the factory.
The Sleep Timer is also pretty cool. My wife likes to fall asleep watching TV, so this feature is a great addition. She can set it for 30 or 60 minutes, and then when the timer goes off the bed moves to the primary position (usually the sleep position for most folks). I've also used this feature a couple times, and I can see how someone might get into a position where they'd use it all the time. I know the couple times I have used it I didn't really notice that I'd fallen asleep until the bed started moving. I had set my TV timer as well, so when the bed did move the TV was already off. It was actually as easy to do it this way than it was to turn the TV off, adjust everything, and then try to go to sleep. By being in the adjusted position I was already pretty comfortable, and that probably helps you to fall asleep faster anyway.
Back to the massage feature for a moment. If you're like me, you probably remember the "Magic Fingers" massage beds in some hotels during the 60s and 70s. As a kid I thought those gizmos were great, but later in life I began to associate them with "cheap motels" rather than a quality sleeping experience.
I also figured the massage system could be duplicated by sticking a cheap vibrator (the therapy kind, not the other) under the mattress. The problem with this thinking is that it is both more dangerous and a lot less convenient. Simply put, you'd have to shove at least 3 vibration sources under the mattress to even start to get close to what these systems do. And then you would not get the sleep timer or the alarm system.
The massage itself is actually fairly good. You can set head and foot separately, which makes the overall system pretty nice for someone that has different needs at top and toe. I also like that the "wave" function moves the vibration up and down, according to how you set it.
Let's wrap this up with some fiscal analysis. If you're in need of an adjustable frame, or you just want one, then the L&P models seems to be good choices. Once you make that plunge then you're in for at least $700 for a decent system from a reputable manufacturer. I won't even address the less expensive versions that are out there, let's just say that when it comes to your sleep comfort you do pretty much get what you pay for. With that said, the issue is really one of whether you chose to afford this setup. The difference in price between the S-cape and Prodigy was less than $200, and in the long run it was well worth it. The warranty is long enough to make you feel good about buying this product (and L&P has been around long enough you know they are probably going to be there if/when something goes wrong). So I figured that over the conservative estimate of the life of this system (probably 10 to 12 years) I would be spending less than $20/year ... or about $.05 a night for this kind of system. Well worth the investment, to me at least.
Should you get an adjustable bed? Absolutely. Being able to adjust your bed is a life changer, plain and simple. Whether you are old and decrepit or young and active, you will relax more easily and sleep better than you ever have in your life. If you can at all afford an adjustable bed, GET ONE. The only question is how much to spend. If the Prodigy is totally out of your price range, don't despair. Most adjustable beds are surprisingly reliable (my mom has had one for over 20 years with no problems), and from what I've read, most people are extremely happy with whatever model they get.
My husband and I thought about getting Leggett & Platt's S-Cape model, which we found for about $400 less than the best price we found on a Prodigy (in a split king), but we talked ourselves into getting the Prodigy for many reasons.
WEIGHT CAPACITY AND SOUND
The S-Cape can be purchased with either a quieter DC motor with a 450-pound weight limit (per side) or an AC motor, which is a lot noisier, but can handle 600 pounds. However, the Prodigy has a different type of motor, so it is supposed to have the best of both worlds: They claim that it is the quietest motor made, but it has a 600-pound capacity. In the store, we could barely hear the motor. At home, we found it to be a lot louder than we remembered. This made me glad that we got the allegedly quietest motor. How loud is it? If your partner is soundly asleep, it probably won't wake him/her up, especially if you have some white noise (like a fan) going in the background. But if he/she is just starting to drift off and the room is otherwise very quiet, it might be startling. My husband and I are up and down all night, but I don't recall (yet) being woken up by the motor on his side. And he says he only notices I'm adjusting my side if he's already awake and sees the bed moving.
Neither of us weigh anywhere near the weight capacity of the DC motor, so why should that matter? I was concerned about maxing out the 450-pound limit if we were both on the same side at the same time. Also, a motor that typically lifts far less than its maximum capacity will tend to last longer. And, as it turns out, a 600-pound capacity isn't really a 600-pound capacity (more about that later in this review under "MOTORS").
REMOTE AND EXTRA FEATURES
The Prodigy is the only adjustable bed I have seen that has a display on the remote. It has a clock (not as useful as you'd think; more on this later), and it shows you what level you are at (both for elevation and intensity of massage). Why does this matter? With other remotes, I found it frustrating to think, "Is this the max massage? Or one more click . . . ? No, that's back to low" (many other remotes have a single button that you push repeatedly to cycle through three different intensity levels). This happened to me over and over again. With the Prodigy, when the window says 100, I know I'm at full power. I also liked that I could see what incline I was at. This made it easy for my husband to precisely match his side to mine. No eyeballing it. I just said, "Hey, meet me at 47!"
In practice, now that we actually own the beds, we have never used this feature for matching each other a single time. We don't really pay attention to where each other is at. Even with the beds at different heights, it's easy to roll over the "cliff" to snuggle up on the other side. However, I still like having the display to know where I'm at in elevation and to make sure I have the massager turned up all the way.
The Prodigy has four user-programmable memory buttons (no presets except "flat"), whereas the S-Cape has only one. When you program one of the buttons, it remembers the elevation of the head, the foot, and whatever massage function you had going at the time (if any). I have found that having my "sweet spots" programmed is invaluable, and the longer I have the bed, the more I value this feature. However, your preferences will change from one day to the next, so you might tweak your inclines each time you use one of the memory buttons, anyway. So if you need to get a less-expensive bed that does not have the customizable memory buttons, don't despair. Most remotes have a few presets, such as "reading" and "zero-gravity" (legs up quite a bit and head elevated moderately; it's supposed to be the most soothing for your back; note that the Prodigy does NOT have a zero-G preset).
Sleep Button and Timer
The first memory button is your sleep position. It comes preset to "flat," but you can change it to whatever position you prefer to sleep in. The remote uses the settings of this button for two other sleep-related features: the sleep timer and the snore function (and if you don't use either of those, you can treat this button the same as any of the other three memory buttons). You can set a timer to return you after 30 or 60 minutes to your designated sleep position from whatever position you are currently in. Prodigy is the only bed I know of with this feature. This could be particularly useful if you often fall asleep reading or watching TV (set this at the same time you set the sleep timer on your TV!).
I use the sleep timer for the opposite purpose: to sit me up so I don't unintentionally lie flat for too long. Most of the time I sleep with both the head and the foot of the bed elevated somewhat. By sleeping this way, I have completely eliminated morning backaches, and my migraine headaches have been reduced by probably 80-90% (I have read that sleeping flat causes elevated intracranial pressure, which, in some people, can make them more susceptible to migraines). Sometimes I still like to stretch out and lie flat. But I found that if I sleep flat for too long, I wake up with my lower back hurting (as it used to, before I got my Prodigy) and with a stuffy head. So now when I want to sleep flat for a while, I set the timer so I will be returned to my programmed sleeping position (with my head and feet elevated) after 60 minutes. It wakes me up when the bed starts moving, but I just roll over onto my back and quickly fall back asleep. No more waking up with a backache!
The snore function is not terribly useful in a split bed. The IDEA is good: Your partner starts snoring, so you just press the snore button, which will raise your partner up a bit so he quits snoring (the default is 7 degrees, but you can change that to whatever you want). After 30 minutes, it will return him to his specified "sleep" position. The problem is that you can't activate this feature using YOUR remote (unless you have a non-split bed, which I don't recommend for a couple. You know how it drives you crazy when your partner hogs the remote control to the TV? The remote control to the BED is a LOT bigger of a deal. When trying out a non-split bed in a store, my husband made me positively SEASICK with the remote. Seriously, don't even consider getting a non-split adjustable bed). My husband and I keep our own remotes and we use them repeatedly throughout the night, so exchanging remotes is not possible, and activating this function on the other remote would not be easy to accomplish.
If you don't plan to use the snore function you can just store another favorite position there, but be aware that it will start moving you into your sleep position after 30 minutes. You can avoid this by simply pushing the snore button again after the bed reaches the stored position (the first time puts you in whatever position you have stored there, and then pushing it again turns off the snore function, leaving you in that position; but don't push the remote the second time until you've reached the stored position, because pushing it the second time will stop the bed from moving).
Clock and Alarm
The Prodigy has a clock built into the remote, which I thought was a great idea at first, but it's not well designed. Having the display to show the time continuously (without backlighting) would have used minimal battery power, so I don't know why they didn't design it that way. Unless you are currently using the remote, the screen is blank. And, astoundingly, there is not a dedicated clock button. You can push the "Time Set" button, which will take you directly to the clock, but be careful not to change the time accidentally. (You can also force the display of the clock by pushing any other button, then waiting for the display to change briefly to the clock.)
Speaking of that, the fact that you activate "Time Set" by just pushing one button, however briefly, is just asking for trouble. I can see accidentally changing the time while fumbling with the remote in the middle of the night. Even worse, the "Alarm Set" button is the same. These functions should have had sliders.
You can choose to have the bed wake you up at a set time by vibrating the bed, beeping the remote, or both. The beeping sounds like a standard alarm clock, with a repeating series of five beeps. I guess I can't really complain about that, but I think they really missed an opportunity to do something special with the alarm (such as being able to choose from a few different sounds, as you can on most cell phones).
The vibration alarm function isn't bad. It definitely wakes you up. It's not too unpleasant of a way to wake up (unless you live in an earthquake zone; then it might make your heart pound for a few minutes), but, again, I think L&P kind of missed an opportunity here. Rather than have the vibration instantly go to full throttle, it would have been nice if it had started out very subtle and gradually increased in intensity. Also, the beeping and vibration start at roughly the same time (with the beeping starting just slightly before the vibration). It would have been nice if the audible alarm started a bit later to give you a chance to wake up by the vibration alone before having the audible alarm as a backup.
You can snooze the alarms for five minutes by pushing any button, but to turn the alarms completely off, you have to push the "Alarm Set" button repeatedly until the alarm icons are cleared from the display on the remote. Considering that the icons are one or two millimeters in size, good luck turning off that alarm when your eyes are bleary from sleep.
The Prodigy is the only adjustable bed I know of with the alarm function, and that's one reason I wanted the Prodigy. I thought using the vibration alone as an alarm would be a good way to wake up without waking up my husband. But the vibration is very strong, so even though it only activates on my side, it wakes him up, too. Despite the shortcomings of the alarm, I've found myself using it a lot.
Remote Control Locator
The remote control locator function is largely useless. L&P even ships their beds with this feature turned off. Why? Because it EATS batteries and they know that customers will quickly become dissatisfied with a battery-eating remote. The problem is that once the feature is turned on, the remote has to "listen" for the base unit calling to it, and this uses a lot of power. And you can't turn the function on AFTER you've lost the remote because it can only be done WITH the remote. Additionally, even once you "call" a lost remote (you have to push a button on the power box under the bed . . . an awkward and dusty proposition, I'm sure), it can take at least one minute (possibly longer, I've heard) for the remote to start beeping (this is probably because the remote only "listens" intermittently to somewhat reduce power consumption).
So, for example, my husband lost his remote in our covers this morning. We dug and dug for it. It would have been nice if we could have "called" it like a lost cell phone. But even if we'd activated the feature (we hadn't), by the time we got out of our warm bed, crawled underneath, fumbled around for the control box, found the button, pushed the button, and waited a minute (or more) for the remote to beep, we'd have found it (it was under him). The only time I can think that this feature would be useful is for an elderly person who is prone to leaving things in odd places (even then, a caregiver would probably have to come push the locator button).
The Blue Menace
The buttons on the remote are backlit with a blinding blue light that is activated when you push any button. It's so bright, you could almost read by it. This seems kind of cool until all you want to do is to "go flat" in the middle of the night, and as you fumble for the button, it's like having police lights in your rearview mirror. I quickly learned to find the buttons I want by feel, and I hold the remote under the covers as I push them. This, of course, completely negates the whole purpose of having the buttons backlit, but there you go. Poor design. A better idea would have been to have a much dimmer backlight that could be deactivated.
The display window lights up in a still-bright, but slightly less rousing, orange. I wish there was a way to disable the backlighting entirely, but there is not. (I've uploaded a picture of the remote.)
Rather than being infrared like most remotes are, the Prodigy remote is wi-fi. This means that you don't have to point the remote at the control box under the bed to ensure a good transmission. This might be an overhyped and unnecessary feature, but, in my experience, it was indeed the most responsive remote I tried. I didn't particularly aim ANY of the remotes, and they generally worked, but not always. I've yet to have the Prodigy miss a command. In fact, I found that it actually worked from about 50 feet away and through a wall while facing away. This might bring up the concern that if your neighbors have a Prodigy, too, you might accidentally (heh-heh) adjust each other's beds. But you don't need to worry about that. Each remote is shipped already paired to the control box it's shipped with. Remotes can be re-paired to different control boxes, but you have to have physical access to both the remote and the control box to do so.
Oddly, I often get an error code on the remote which translates to meaning that the remote has lost contact with the control box. Yet even when I get this message, the bed still does what I just told it to do. There is some kind of glitch here. Since my husband's bed does it, too, clearly the problem is not uncommon. This is another one of those minor issues that make the Prodigy feel a bit like a beta test.
The batteries in my husband's remote gave out after five months. Mine are still going, which is surprising, because I use my remote a lot more than he does his. I guess five months isn't terrible (but keep in mind that each remote takes FOUR batteries), but without that awful lighting, they'd last a whole lot longer.
Not all beds have the "wallhugger" feature. As you raise the head, the entire bed slides backwards so that you don't end up so far away from where you started. This is a great idea in theory. Unfortunately, it doesn't work as well as you might hope. There has to be room for your mattress and the base to clear the wall (or headboard), so that alone puts you well over a foot forward from the wall. And the bed bends much farther down the mattress than you would have pillows propped. So even with the wallhugger sliding you back as far as it can, your nightstand is still going to be WAY behind you. We still haven't entirely figured out what to do about this problem. Move the nightstands out away from the wall? Get bigger nightstands? Put them at the side of the beds, rather than at the head? Whatever the solution, as big as this problem is, I can't imagine how much worse it would be in a bed that doesn't have this feature. So even though it doesn't entirely solve the issue, it's a feature worth looking for.
For me, the massage feature was one of the biggest selling points for getting an adjustable bed. I have a very good massage mat somewhere, but I have to get it out, position it, plug it in, then put it away, so I don't often use it. How convenient to have the feature built into my bed! However, oddly enough, I found that most men, including my husband, hate the massage feature. Male sales associates shuddered with revulsion when talking about it and said something along the lines of, "I'd never use it, but here's the massage button." My husband hates it so much that I don't use the massage if he's in bed because it vibrates his side, too.
I wish the massage were actually a bit stronger (it's not as intense as my massage mat), but it's powerful enough that one time when I was in another room and my daughter got into my bed, I could tell, through a closed door, when she turned on the massage. So I'm guessing that if you have shared walls or floors with neighbors, they will hate you.
Most L&P beds have the "wave" function for the massage, so this isn't exclusive to Prodigy, but it's worth mentioning in case you are considering a different brand. What the wave function does is turn the intensity of the vibration up and down (at an adjustable speed), alternating between the head and foot (if you have both turned on) so you kind of have the sensation of movement back and forth. I find this MUCH better than just a steady, even vibration. I think it would be less likely to cause the "itchy" feel that some people get from the vibration because it's not constantly at the same level. When I tried beds without this feature, I still enjoyed the massage function, but I missed the wave. This is a BIG deal to me, and this tiny sub-feature alone made me narrow our choices down to just Leggett & Platt.
However, something I don't like about the massage function on the Prodigy is that there is not a simple on/off button. Unless you have it programmed into one of your memory buttons (which remember not only position, but massage level), you have to turn on the head and foot separately. They start out at a default of 47% strength, and then you have to adjust each up and down separately. If you want to turn massage off completely, you have to hold the "down" button until each reaches 0%. This is annoying and time-consuming. I really wish I could just push one button that would return me to my last massage setting, or, once the massagers are on, turn them completely off.
To get around this flaw, you can push one of the memory buttons (as long as you don't have massage programmed into it) or the "flat" button very quickly. This will stop the massagers. Unfortunately, if you are not quick enough on the button, it will start moving you to the position of the button you pushed (but you can stop the movement by quickly pushing the button again).
The biggest disappointment about the massage feature (and this is probably common to all brands) is that you can't use it constantly. I had visions of working all day on my laptop in bed with the massager turning my back to jelly. But buried in the owners' manual (okay, it's on the first page, but it's still buried in stuff most people wouldn't read very carefully), you are cautioned to not use the massage function for more than two hours out of every six hours. Does this mean that I can run it for two hours at a time as long as I cool it down for four hours afterwards? Or does it mean that when it shuts off automatically after 30 minutes, I should always wait at least an hour before using it again? (I've adopted the latter policy.)
On the same warning page, you are also warned to not use the lift motors for more than four minutes out of forty minutes ("10% duty cycle"). Just lowering the headboard from fully upright takes about 30 seconds, so this sounds extremely restrictive, but most of the time you will not be making such extreme adjustments of position. I often make little tweaks up and down, but that's just a second or two at a time on the motors. Even when I go flat, I'm never starting from completely upright (the most upright position is REALLY, uncomfortably upright), so I guess I'm usually staying well within the "duty cycle" recommendations.
A more concerning limitation, however, is this: "The recommended weight restriction for Prodigy bases is 600 lb. The base will structurally support the recommended weight distributed evenly across the head and foot sections. This product is not designed to support or lift this amount in the head or foot sections alone. . . . For best performance, consumers should enter and exit the adjustable base with the base in the flat position. DO NOT SIT ON THE HEAD OR FOOT SECTIONS WHILE IN THE RAISED POSITION."
Okay, I don't know about you, but that eliminates a LOT of activities I had planned for this thing.
Even aside from that, isn't part of the appeal of an adjustable bed to make it easier to get out of bed (with the head raised)? And if my daughter comes in and wants to sit at the foot of the bed for a little chat, do I really have to lower it first? These unexpected restrictions (which I'm sure are standard for all adjustable beds) make me extra glad we sprang for the higher-capacity Prodigy. Because, let me tell you, we will largely ignore these lift-motor restrictions. If I had to return my bed to flat every time I got up, I would quickly use up my four minutes!
Ironically, Leggett and Platt's proudest feature on the Prodigy, the wi-fi Apple integration, is really something of a sham. I think they added the option just to make the Prodigy sound unique and very high-tech. "Control your bed with your phone!" However, you have to buy a separate wi-fi bridge for about $300 to allow your iPod or iPad to "talk" to the Prodigy. Then all it does is act as a remote control (with no additional features, as far as I can tell, and without even a very elegant interface). If ditching the included remote control and using your Apple device as a $300 remote is very important to you, then sure, consider this as a good feature. But, oddly enough, there is not an Android app, so if you're not an Apple person, using this "feature" isn't even an option.
PRODUCT DELIVERY AND ASSEMBLY
If you buy your bed from an authorized dealer, it will be shipped directly from Leggett & Platt. Ours came from California and took nine days (to Colorado). As we were warned, these things are unbelievably heavy and unwieldy. We got a split king, which is really just two twin XL's. Each one weighs 150 pounds, and the box is slightly larger than the size of a twin XL bed. There is no disassembling to make it smaller, lighter, or in any way more manageable to carry and maneuver. Unless you have arranged otherwise, the freight company will drop your bed(s) at your curb, and YOU are responsible for hauling them inside. I was pretty much useless in helping with this (I could barely even lift my side of the box), so it's good that I have a strong husband. If you don't, keep this in mind and arrange to have help.
Assembly itself was unexpectedly simple. Just screw in the legs, turn it over (ooph!), plug it in, and you're ready to go. Okay, there are just a few other details. There is a box into which you should install two 9V batteries as backup for being able to return the bed to "flat" during a power outage (note that each set of batteries is good for doing this only once, so don't unplug the bed and try it just for fun). This was easy to do, and the batteries were included (Energizers! Nice touch!). You will also need to install four AAA batteries into the remote (also included, and also Energizers!).
My husband felt that the way the power cables dangled down was just asking for trouble, so he looped them over the non-moving crosspiece. This could have been better engineered, but it's not a huge deal. Just take a look at where the cables are once you've flipped the bed, and watch where they are as you raise and lower both ends.
This seems to be a well-made bed. Every component feels solid and durable. This impression was backed up when we discovered that even extremely vigorous activities do not make the bed rock, creak, or bang against the wall. This is one HUGE advantage of the bed being so heavy and being shipped fully assembled in one piece. There are no joints in the frame to flex, no wooden slats to rub and squeak. Combining the stability of the bed with its adjustability, we have discovered positions that were not previously practical, comfortable, or sustainable. Add the firmness and non-bounciness of a memory foam mattress, and it is not an overstatement to declare that "this changes everything." In the past, I think adjustable beds were marketed primarily to older people, and they still have the association of being a "hospital bed" to stigmatize them, so that's probably why this aspect is not played up in the marketing. But as far as I'm concerned, it's a legitimate reason, all by itself, to get this bed.
As an added bonus, the solidness of the bed also means that we both get a better night's sleep because we almost never wake each other up anymore; turning over, or even getting in and out of bed, is totally silent.
The base is thickly padded along the sides and covered with a suede-like fabric that is very pleasant to the touch. The top of the base is covered with a somewhat rough fabric that will help keep your mattress in place. The mattress-retaining bracket at the end of the bed does a fine job of keeping the bed from sliding down, but I wish the base had a similar bracket at the side. I quickly discovered that raising and lowering the head makes the mattresses scoot off a bit at the top. It's not a huge deal, even though it causes a gap between our mattresses, but a little side bracket near the top would have been so nice.
The Prodigy is not a flawless product, so I had to give it less than five stars. However, how much do I enjoy it? IMMENSELY. I have no regrets in getting an adjustable bed, and not even in choosing the more-expensive Prodigy, despite its flaws. My backaches have been virtually eliminated (although, granted, at least some of the credit for this probably goes to my new mattress), I sleep MUCH better, and I wake up without any stiffness. When was the last time you were able to bound out of bed in the morning? I feel 15 years younger. Converting from a flat queen to a split king adjustable was a VERY expensive proposition, but I'm so glad we did it. My only regret is in not getting one YEARS ago.