Forget every stereotype you have about waterbeds – the slightly tacky, fluid sacs that became a punch line from the 70’s and 80’s have transformed into some of the most advanced mattresses available today. All the original problems, from leaks to lack of support to the constant, undulating motion, have all been refined to provide a better sleep experience. In fact, some waterbeds can now provide the same support and comfort you expect in a Sleep Number bed and TV brand memory foam mattress while still retaining the temperature control and floating sensation that made the original waterbed so unique.

There are two types of water beds available today – the soft-sided waterbed, and the hard-sided waterbed. The hard-sided type is familiar – this is the classic, free form water-filled bladder that is placed within a frame that helps it maintain its shape. While the basics are still the same, the vinyl bladders have been constructed to be much more durable than before, and also offer the option of motion dampeners and multiple chambers that can be placed within the mattress to moderate the motion of the water. Temperature control, which was one of the benefits of the original water bed, still remains, and many enjoy the relaxing heat especially on cool nights.

The second, newer type of soft-sided waterbed is much like any high quality innerspring mattress, but instead of a core of coils, this mattress has foam and upholstery surrounding a core of water. The movement of the water is not as sensitive as a hard-side waterbed, but the extra support is much more conducive for motion sensitive sleepers. Temperature control is also optional, but also a welcome feature for those who remembered why they loved the original waterbed so much, but opted for a more conventional mattress.