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Best Hospital Beds for Home Use

By December 23, 2015 3218 Views

Date: December 11, 2020
By Burt Cancaster

Medically Edited and Reviewed by Dr. Erin Zinkhan MD, BSBE

Updated: 03/16/2021

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Hospital beds are available in many sizes and functions. Modern hospital beds are very adaptable to the changing needs of individual patients as well as from one patient to another. While sleeping, many patients require a flat, level surface to sleep. While awake, many patients require head elevation, or foot elevation and often elevation in the knee area for comfort or for therapy. Hospital beds are better suited to match the needs of recovering patients than standard beds. The key advantage of a hospital beds over a standard bed is the ability to adjust the height of the bed, the mattress head and the mattress foot. This article will explore many of the best options modern hospital beds offer and the considerations you may want to use in Selecting the Best Hospital Bed for your needs.

What is the typical size of a hospital bed?

Hospital bed sizes begin at a width of 35 Inches and go up to inches. The most typical width is 35 inches. The length range for most hospital beds is from 75 to 88 inches. The most typical hospital bed length is 80 inches. Wider and longer hospital beds provide a greater degree of comfort for the patient and are more accommodating to different size patients. Some hospital beds are adaptable with extension kits to make them larger. Drive Medical makes a hospital bed extension kit for its Full Electric Hospital Bed (15005) and Ultra Light Semi Electric Bed (15030). The Graham Field Hospital Bed Extension Kit adds more length to the Patriot Full Electric Hospital Bed. A new innovation in the hospital bed market are beds that can expand its width and length to accommodate individual patients without adding parts to the bed. The Primus Expansion Bed is an example of this new innovation.

What are the types of hospital beds?

These height adjustments allow for better patient recovery as well as comfort. A hospital bed frame in the low position is easier to get in or out of bed. In its highest position, it is easier for caregivers to serve the patient. Elevation of the head and/or foot aids in therapy and with comfort for the patient depending upon whether they are awake or sleeping. There are six major types of hospital beds currently in production--the full-electric, semi-electric, manual, low bed, Bariatric, and Trendelenburg.

Full-electric Hospital Beds

A full electric bed allows electrical adjustment of the height of the bed frame, the height of the header and the height of the footer. Most full electric hospital beds can be adjustable by a remote control device, allowing the patient to determine the best position. Many full electric beds can lock-out the patient controls to protect the patient from accidental repositioning that could harm them. In these cases, many of these hospital beds have the controls embedded in the footer panel, allowing the caregiver to adjust the bed position. The most popular full-electric beds are the Invacare 5410VC and the Graham-Field Patriot Homecare Bed.

Bed Type Advantages Disadvantages
Drive Medical Ultra Light Plus Full-electric Hospital Bed
Full-Electric Hosptial Beds

fully electric
easy adjustments
less physically demanding

slightly higher costs

Semi-electric Hospital Beds

Semi electric hospital beds are very similar to full electric beds, except that the height of the semi-electrical bed frame is adjustable manually by a hand crank. The header and footer adjustments are accomplished electrically. Formerly, semi-electric beds were much less expensive than full electric beds, but advances in technology have brought the prices of these two types of hospital beds closer together. The Invacare 5310IVC is one of the best selling semi-electric beds. Currently, the Medline Basic Homecare Bed is the lowest priced Semi-electric. For patients that do not adjust the bed height often, semi electric beds are a good choice.

Bed Type Advantages Disadvantages
Semi-electric Hospital Bed
Semi-Electric Hosptial Beds

easy head and foot adjustments

slightly higher costs
more physically demanding

Manual Hospital Beds

Manual beds do not use electrical power to make adjustments. Hand cranks positioned around the bed provide the mechanism to adjust the bed and mattress height. Manual beds offer the most economical hospital bed solution; however, many hospital bed manufacturers have stopped making these types of beds. Manual hospital beds can be purchased for less than $600. The Drive Medical Manual Hospital Bed is currently the lowest price manual bed.

Bed Type Advantages Disadvantages
Manual Hospital Bed
Manual Hosptial Beds

lower cost

manual adjustments
burdensome adjustments
more physically demanding

Low Hospital Beds

Low hospital beds have frames that go adjust to a minimal height just inches from the floor. This low position allows for easier ingress and egress from the bed for patients that may be weak or at risk of fall injuries. Low hospital beds also provide more safety for patients who are at risk of falling out of bed. The Invacare Low Hospital Bed is the best selling low bed and comes with a minimum 9.5 inch bed deck height.

Bed Type Advantages Disadvantages
Invacare 5410LOW Low Hospital Bed
Low Hosptial Beds

increased patient safety
low profile
minimizes fall risks
fully electric
easy adjustments
less physically demanding
caregiver friendly

higher costs

Bariatric Hospital Beds

Bariatric hospital beds are heavy duty beds that can support more weight than other hospital beds. Many of these beds can support 1000 pounds or more. These beds are often wider, providing more room for the patient. The bed deck has a more solid appearance but is still able to adjust the mattress head and foot for the patient. Examples of Bariatric hospital beds include the Drive Medical Super Heavy Duty Bed and the Graham Field Bariatric Bed.

Bed Type Advantages Disadvantages
Invacare 750 Bariatric Hospital Beds
Bariatric Hosptial Beds

fully electric
easy adjustments
heavy duty
most durable
increased width
less physically demanding

higher costs

Trendelenburg Hospital Beds

Trendelenburg Hospital Beds provide for many versatile and clinical positions. These beds allow for many therapeutic positioning options and eliminate the need for most pillows and bed wedges. Trendelenburg positioning can provide a recliner chair type functionality required by many aging patients. These hospital beds offer the most adjustability and function of all the hospital bed options. Hospital beds with Trendelenburg positioning require additional room space to avoid contact with walls and furniture. Examples of Trendelenburg hospital beds include the Joerns UltraCare XT and the Primus Primelus 750.

Bed Type Advantages Disadvantages
Joerns UltraCare XT Trendelenburg Hospital Bed
Trendelenburg Hosptial Beds

fully electric
most adjustments
most utility
less physically demanding

highest cost
requires more room space

Who are the top hospital bed manufacturers?

There are a number of hospital bed manufacturers many of which sell their beds exclusively to hospitals and long-term care facilities. There are also manufacturers that supply hospital beds for homecare use. The top hospital bed manufacturers of homecare type bed are Invacare, Graham-Field, Drive Medical and Joerns. Invacare is the most well know manufacturer. Each of these manufacturers is well respected in the industry. These manufacturers supply replacement parts for their beds that can be special ordered to keep you hospital bed in good working order. Some of these manufactures use interchangeable parts between their beds, better ensuring that the part you need will be on-hand when you are ready to order.


There are many hospital bed options to meet your specific needs. Balancing the advantages with the disadvantages each type of hospital bed offers will help you identify the best hospital bed for your personal needs. If you have a questions about the right options for you, give the staff at Vitality Medical a call at 800-397-5899.

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Burt Cancaster, Author

Vitality Medical
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Salt Lake City, UT 84121
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