With more than 20% users, waterbeds became a popular consumer item in the United States in the 1980s. Also called “pleasure pits” reports through the 19th century suggest that waterbeds served as medical aid and enhanced the overall bedroom experience. Waterbeds started to lose their popularity in the early 2000s and people started to avoid them since they were bulky, hard to move, and leak-prone.
A waterbed, also known as a flotation mattress, is a vinyl mattress filled with water. Waterbeds consist of water tubes called bladders and are either one large bag or a group of tiny tubes. Modern-day waterbeds support themselves, eliminating the need for a separate frame. Some waterbeds have temperature-control devices to make the water warm so that you can stay warm at night.
In 3600 BCE, the Persians used goat-skin mattresses filled with water. In the 18th century, many experts and scientists made efforts to invent a patented waterbed. In the early 19th century: hospitals used waterbeds made of rubber.
In 1968, a design student named Charles Hall invented a patented vinyl waterbed as a part of his master’s project. Although waterbeds gained a lot of popularity in the 1990s, they soon failed to make it into people’s bedrooms because of their impracticality.
Few varieties of waterbeds are available in the market, but waterbeds broadly come in two main categories, hardside and softside.
A hard-side waterbed holds its shape with an external wooden frame. Traditionally, hard-side waterbeds are rectangular wooden boxes with a vinyl bladder inserted in them. Fabric is coated over the vinyl shell to give it padding. Hardside waterbed frames come in unique sizes making it difficult to find accessorize them. They also come with a waterbed headboard and footboard, eliminating the need to buy one.
A Softside waterbed maintains its shape with foam bolsters and a fabric casing covers these foam bolsters with a padded top. The foam frames present a level surface and more comfortable side support compared to wood frames. They are thinner yet last longer than the traditional hardside waterbed.
Maintenance is one of the most important reasons for the downfall of waterbeds. Below are some of the reasons for the continuous requirement of maintenance to a waterbed.
The waterbed can be beneficial and comfortable for a few but it is definitely not meant for everyone. Let’s evaluate the pros and cons of a waterbed.
Waterbed price depends on the size, brand and features added.
These are free-flow waterbeds and do not come with a frame. You have to buy a liner, frame, waterbed heater, and pump separately, and hence the total cost goes up. The price of these waterbeds ranges between $50 and $150.
These are hardside waterbeds that come with waterbed heaters and pillow tops. The price ranges from $150 to $300. Occasionally you may get a self-supporting softside waterbed in this price range. These waterbeds may have semi-waveless or waveless motion baffles. You can get full-wave mattresses and hardside wooden frames, along with heaters and pillow tops in this range.
These waterbeds come with all the accessories you need for a comfortable sleep. The accessories include a portable heater, waterbed conditioner, electric pump, and vinyl repair kit, and the price ranges from $300 to $2000. They also have outside frames and a pillow top for extra padding. If you are comfortable with a larger waterbed, you need to add $500 or more for California King and Queen size waterbeds.
Waterbeds might benefit people with back pain and some hospital patients, but they are not always worth the price, especially with the high maintenance associated with them. NectarSleep’s memory foam mattress provides the same support and pressure relief without any extra effort at an affordable price. What are you waiting for then? Your next foam mattress is just a click away.