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Waterbeds are unique bedding solutions.  The beds are different, so it’s no surprise that a number of myths are related to them.  However, if you’re seriously considering buying a waterbed, it’s necessary to separate fact from fiction, debunking myths and misconceptions.  Waterbeds can be an incredible purchase or a horrible one; it’s essential to know the truth about them.


Some bedding experts state that a regular mattress has a life limit.  Due to use, it will get lumpy, go flat, and begin to deteriorate.  Such is untrue about waterbeds.  A lifespan of a waterbed is determined by its cover.  Waterbeds with foam tops may have the top wear but the mattress itself will stand the test of time.  Durability is a reason some parents choose waterbeds for kids; it addresses the changing needs of the child as they grow.

Motion Transfer

Motion is a common problem among couples.  The tossing and turning of one person affects the rest of the other.  However, you don’t have to make waves while the other partner sleeps.  Particular models have separate bladders.  Additionally, couples can be selective regarding the firmness and warmth of their side of the bed.  Customizing sleeping conditions is something that a normal mattress cannot do.

Spine Health

Waterbeds provide great support depending on the chosen mattress and firmness.  A poorly constructed traditional mattress can be bad for the neck and back, sagging downwards rather than providing support.  Additionally, provided warmth from the heated water relaxes tight back muscles.


A waterbed mattress is easy to clean.  A waterbed mattress is less likely to attract dust mites, bacteria, and disease-related elements.  Most waterbed mattresses don’t provide enough space for breeding.


Some prefer a bit of white noise in the bedroom whether it’s caused by a television, humidifier, or the sloshing of water.  It’s really a matter of preference; like a television, some people like the emitted sound when falling asleep while others prefer absolute silence.


Waterbeds are heavier and more difficult to transfer from place to place than conventional mattresses.  You’ll have to investigate the integrity of an apartment or a home’s structure before deciding to place a waterbed in an upstairs bedroom.  Also, unlike traditional bedding solutions that can roll across the floor, once you put a waterbed in place, you’ll want to keep it there.  Additionally, it makes cleaning under the bed difficult; if you want to move the bed, you’ll need to drain most of the water which can take several hours.


Not every bedding supplier has waterbeds available in the showroom or has them available at all.  This requires more research in locating a potential supplier.  Of course, modern day shoppers have access the convenience of online sites such as waterbeds at


Of course, waterbeds can leak.  Over time, the associated technology evolved and it’s not as major of an issue as before.  Pets can pose a threat regarding the integrity of the bladder.  Cats scratch and may cause small punctures in the surface of the bed.  Also, small dogs can threaten the integrity of a bed’s bladder.

Electric Bill

A waterbed uses a heater to keep the contained water warm.  If the water is not kept warm, it can grow uncomfortable, especially in cold temperatures.  Depending on the model, the bed’s contribution to the electric bill can be small yet remains an added cost.  A 300-watt heater will raise the temperature of a bed about 3-6 degrees every 24 hours.  Be mindful of where you’re getting the water to fill the bladder; if the water is 70 degrees, it will take about 3 days for the water to be comfortable enough to sleep on.  Fill the bed from the inside with hot and cold water.

Water Purity

Odors derive from two places.  Odor can come from unconditioned water.  Bacteria grows at a rapid rate when you neglect to condition the water in the mattress.  If the bladder begins to emit a foul odor then a shock treatment is in order.  Once treated, the foul smell will subside inside a week’s time.

Also, water mattresses can condensate which provides an environment for water to grow on the outside (Look for black spots.)  To treat, use a combination of baking soda and water.  A water-based vinyl cleaner may be available through your vendor.  Vinyl is another reason for a bad odor.  Some mattresses are made from recycled vinyl, which produces a bad smell over time.  There is no great solution to this problem aside from replacing a mattress.

Laura Lawson knows a thing or two about choosing furniture and beds having worked in the family furniture store for more than 10 years. During her spare time she enjoys writing, sharing her knowledge with a wider online audience.