1. Pure_Agnostic

    My partner and I had a waterbed for a few years. We gave it up when we moved to California a decade ago.

    The bed was comfortable for sleeping and fun for sex, but it was quite wavey. There were quite a few problems associated with that. Vigorous sex is trickier to do on a wavey waterbed than on a regular bed. Neither of us could get up in the middle of the night without sending a tsunami to the other side of the bed and waking the other. Reading in bed became impossible as we constantly interrupted each other by every slight motion. But you’re getting the dual-mattress kind with motion-reduction mechanisms, so maybe you won’t jostle each other as much as we did.

    Some things to consider:
    * If the heater gives out, you will feel very cold at night as the water steals your body heat. Make sure you have a well-insulated bed.
    * The heater consumes power, so that adds to your electrical bill. Also, some people consider waterbeds as non-environmentally friendly as normal beds because of the power consumption.
    * We had to “burp” the air out of the mattress every few months. It only takes 20 minutes to an hour, but be aware of this extra maintenance task.
    * No matter how well sealed the mattress is, you will need anti-algae chemicals. So another extra cost.

    Sweet dreams on your bed!

    • Anonymous

      Hi, So I read your waterbed article and am in the same boat. I had a softside waterbed with tubes of water from 1994-just a few months ago. I was going to “be an adult” and buy a regular mattress but I don’t like them as much as I loved my softside waterbed. When I bought that I’m pretty sure the “shallow fill” “deep fill” etc didn’t exist. I am not at all familar with any of that. Like your blog says, you can’t find any in stores, can’t find reviews, 1970’s looking websites, etc. It’s very frustrating. My softside looked like a regular mattress but had tubes of water in it. I am thinking of getting something just like it, but it appears the shallow fill etc are much more popular (not that waterbeds are popular) Any advice?

  2. Lisa

    We are undergoing the same process right now. I am at about step 7 right now and really confused. We live in a small town and there is no waterbed store around. I have found a listing for one 100 miles away, but haven’t called them yet.

    How do you like your Boyd dual? Thanks for the informative post.

    • diana

      We’re very happy with the Boyd dual we got. It actually fixed the problem of us waking each other. Doesn’t have as much wave as the old mattress, but it still feels like a waterbed.

  3. Lacey

    Probably would have been cheaper to buy direct from Boyd than ABC. Everything else was dead on. I don’t understand why with all the improvements in design, waterbeds haven’t made a comeback. No mattress will last as long and stay as close to the way it was as when you bought it. I have been using the mattress from hell for 7 years. It was hugely expensive and began to deteriorate after the first year. Never really comfortable either. I had three prior waterbeds, all hard sided before at over about 18 years. Not because they wore out but because I changed from full wave to semi waveless and later moved and had a husband that couldn’t empty it properly. The baffles were all bunched up so he just went out and got another one. I believe they tether them not so that isn’t as much of an issue. I never had a leak or a bad nights sleep in all those years. I just purchased my first softsided sigh unseen from Boyd and am waiting for them to send it. I hope it is as good as you say. Won’t take much to improve on what we have : )

  4. Janice

    The website you referred us to has lots of info….Thanks. I sent them a message, that I will ask here too.. Has anyone found a frame/bed for a hard side mattress that is more stylish than the 70’s beds? I want a massive oak 4 poster. We have a dark wood 4 poster but short posts about 3 feet at the foot and about 4 1/2 at the head. I guess I should be lucky it is not as plain jane as it could be. But I really want something that is more in style and big! Anyone have a place I can find one?

    • bob

      Yes, you can find a 2014 stylish waterbed hard side frame!!! The catch is that you will need to build it yourself or remodel an antique from the 1970s. We remodeled a 1970 version. First if was off with the mirrored headboard, then we cut off the frame horns( where the headboard was, then we cleaned and polished the wood. We picked out a new headboard and attached it to the hardside frame. Then we made custom (it was easy) padded side caps and bang!!! a hard side waterbed that does not look like it was from the 1970s. BTW, we used Strobel dual waterbed mattresses with a thermal divider and they are great. I have full motion on my side and 75 percent on the other side. Mine is at 90 degrees and the other side is at 85. We did buy a very thin mattress cover that zips all the way around the mattress and liner. We love the minor amount of soft fiber on top and the amazing warmth that still comes through. I am 50 plus years old and the last 6 months have been the best sleep I have had since I was a kid.

  5. Chelle

    I have found a waterbed place through my studies, it is STL beds, they have waterbeds and other beds. The one thing that impressed me about the beds was if you have problems with any piece you can replace the piece, not the whole bed. The beds they sell are called Sterling and come out of calif. They have been in business since 1986 selling water beds and beds. As I have not ordered, I am still looking, I guess I am wondering if anyone knows anymore about this company or softside waterbeds? Like all you have said waterbeds have became a thing of the past and I do not understand, I loved mine, and can’t wait to get another one!

  6. Lindamh

    I have had a Land and Sky 7-tube queen for almost 20 years and just tossed it in a move. Never a leak even with moving the bed several times (I used baby powder to reduce any rubbing) and it just started getting a bit saggy at the hip level. Looking at mattresses and prices – I’m ready for a new soft-side tubed queen. Tubes are so much easier to fill/empty than single/dual bladders (ask me how I know). Seems like you can replace the top of a Somma as well as tubes/liners as needed. Nice.

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