Water Bed Mattresses

Mattress made by American National, a major waterbed manufacturer.

One of the most important pieces of furniture in most homes is the bed and the type of mattress that is on the bed generally sets the tone for how the day will go. Backaches from a bad night’s sleep or a smile on your face if you wake up rested bring out the difference between a good mattress and one that’s not so good. Information about the best types of beds can be found in a mattress review based on the size and type of bed you’re looking for.

Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down For a Water Bed Mattress?

In terms of water bed mattresses there are typically only two sides: one side loves them, the other side hates them and usually there is no middle ground. The amount of water in the mattress can be raised or lowered to help adjust the firmness. However, if the bed is shared, one may like it firmer than the other and that can cause dissention in the bedroom. Although traditional mattresses are the same firmness across the board, something in the middle can sometimes be found to benefit both partners.

In cold climates, a water bed mattress is heated and can be much more comfortable climbing into than a regular mattress. Many people say that they like the warmth when they get into bed. In warmer weather the adjustable thermostat can be turned down on a water bed mattress for a cooler sleeping environment.

Water bed mattresses are not always one large bladder that can cause motion sickness in some people. Most of the newer water bed types of mattresses have baffles to make them waveless or at least semi-waveless. This can also stop one problem often cited in a mattress review of one person being disturbed by their partner getting in or out of bed. This can be especially bothersome, along with unwanted noise, if any air is in the mattress.

No Dust Mites, What a Revelation!

One of the other advantages of a water bed mattress is that it does not offer a friendly home for dust mites. Although the mites can live in bedding, they will not find a home in the mattress. Typical sheets for water bed mattresses are also different than those for traditional beds. The so-called fitted sheet and top sheet are usually attached at the bottom, basically because you can not tuck them under the mattress to hold them in place.

The mattress itself may take getting used to, especially for someone who has slept on a regular mattress and box spring for many years. However, in the event of an accidental spill they are much easier to clean. Simply remove the bedding and wash them down with warm, soapy water and you’re good to go. Some couples have commented that they thought intimate activity would be different in a water bed, but found that not to be the case.

Another issue posed on mattress review sites is the weight of mattresses. When filled with water, a water bed mattress will be impossible to move. However, when empty, most of these mattresses are lighter than traditional mattresses and box springs, depending on the size of the bed.

Like most beds, different manufacturers offer different features and it is best to read many mattress reviews before buying one to hear about other people’s experience with a particular brand.

Visit American National Manufacturing to see the newest in waterbed technology.

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Jerry Smith March 15, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I would advise against buying a waterbed mattress manufactured by American National. Mine sprung a leak – after four years – definetly substandard life span. I’ve had a waterbed since 1976, owned three mattresses prior, and learned to replace them after 10 years. The only other one that leaked was one of the early ’80’s model and it was tweleve years old (two years past its warranty limit). This American National mattress sprung a leak at the reinforced corners pads. This was the 7000 series line also, so it wasn’t the cheap line. I’m definetly not impressed with this company.


lars March 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm


Thanks for the feedback.

Have you switched to a different brand? If so, what are you using now, and do you like it?


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