Top 10 Reasons People Get Rid Of Their Waterbeds

A must read list of the reasons why waterbeds have lost their popularity

  1. Landlords of apartment complexes or rental properties do not allow waterbeds.
    This is true some rental situations either require renters insurance or will not allow them at all. We believe that as long as there is insurance coverage that extends to the waterbed why not. There have been numerous insurance claims for failed water supply lines on washers, toilets, and aquariums. Unlike the previously mentioned waterbeds have a safety liner and 99.9% of all leaks are very small and stay contained within the safety liner.
  2. My waterbed broke so I did not buy another one.
    Failures from poorly constructed and poorly maintained waterbeds are the main cause for failure. This frustration drove and still drives many people who were otherwise sleeping comfortably on their waterbed.
  3. Sex was not very good on a waterbed.
    Personally I disagree with that statement. There have been many opinions both in favor and against sex on waterbeds. Our opinion is, give it a try (after first consulting your doctor and getting consent that you are healthy enough to engage in sexual intercourse).
  4. Waterbeds are only for people still trying to relive their youth (AKA the 70s, 80s and 90s)
    I don’t really agree with that but I will admit that I had the mullet and the mustache for a long time. I kept them until the early 90’s when the day came that I finally realized that look was no longer for me. My softside waterbed is a different story and is still a big part of my life and to this day is one of the favorite things that I own because of its comfort and support not nostalgic reasons.
  5. I really liked my waterbed, but I got rid of it because they aren’t popular anymore.
    This has to be one of the dumbest reasons for getting rid of a waterbed. Even if you have a very modern styled, antique, or colonial look in your house there is a waterbed that will work with your décor especially since the introduction of softside waterbeds, which use regular sheets and headboards.
  6. I got rid of my waterbed because I was told they are bad for my back.
    It is our opinion that we do not think a waterbed is any worse or for that matter better for your back. There are opinions on both sides of the argument. What we can tell you is for over 22 years our customers with bad backs and without bad backs have praised waterbeds and put them down. A sad fact we would like to add to this is that many doctors will recommend and suggest one type of a mattress over another with little to no knowledge of the product they just recommended or objected to.
  7. Only hippies own waterbeds anymore and went out of style with the hippies.
    The hippies may have introduced them but the hippies themselves went out of fashion in the late 1970’s before the waterbeds even hit their peak of popularity. Even today waterbeds make up a large segment of the specialty bedding industry. I don’t think we could say the same for the hippies.
  8. I got rid of my waterbed because I could not find a waterbed dealer to sell me the replacement parts I needed.
    This is true and many retailers got out of the waterbed business several years back. There has been a strong resurgence especially with the Internet and specialty mattress stores like STLBeds.  If you need waterbed parts, we can get them for you!
  9. I can’t buy a waterbed because there are no waterbed dealers in my area.
    As mentioned above look to the Internet.  All of your waterbed needs can be filled there in a timely manner if there is no waterbed store in your city or town.
  10. Waterbeds are too heavy and can fall through the floor of my bedroom.
    This is completely false. We suggest talking to your insurance agent, contractor, or an engineer to get the truth. The weight is less than 50 pounds per square foot and if where you are living cannot hold that, you most likely have a bigger problem and may want to look for an alternative place to live.
    Related article: Will a Waterbed Crash Through My Floor?

Did we miss one?  Why did you get rid of your waterbed?

Or better yet: Did you buy a waterbed “back in the day” and still have and love it to this day?


Doug Belleville and his father Dave own and run STLBeds - a specialty sleep store located in Arnold, MO. The staff at STLBeds is highly educated about sleep, comfort and their special sleep products. STLBeds only carries high quality mattresses and bed-related products. You won't find the brand names here - just call and ask us why!

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We have slept comfortably on a hard side king waterbed for over 22 years. Why choose a waterbed? The answer is why not?

Modern waterbed mattresses are not the bouncy full wave things we played on in the early 70s. They are serious competitors to both the traditional inner spring mattresses and the foam mattresses.

Comfort – we both find our waterbed consistently more comfortable that any spring mattress we have owned. We tried and rejected foam.

Firmness – Waterbed is the only mattress than you can easily adjust to be a bit more firm or a bit less firm by simply adding or draining a bit of water. My bride has multiple and permanent back problems and can only sleep through the night on the waterbed.

Cost – A deluxe waterbed mattress with a 20 yr warranty costs a fraction of ANY other kind of mattress.

Wear – Spring mattresses develop depressions and flat or broken springs. Foam mattresses over time (sometimes not a lot of time) also develop depressions and body impressions and can become spongy. A waterbed vinyl mattress keeps its’ shape and firmness indefinitely and if you add conditioner to the water and keep body oils from the vinyl a waterbed mattress will easily outlast several regular mattresses.

Over 22 years we have had two mattresses. We replaced the first after 13 years wanting something 100% waveless as we had gotten older. Our total mattress expense for both mattresses was less than $600.00!

Heated – How wonderfully cool and elegant to have a bed heated to always exactly the right temp and specially on cold winter nights.

Firmness with support that molds to your body without being too soft with no springs or foam to wear out and delightfully heated at a price no other mattress can get close to.

Take our word. Try a new, modern waveless and firm waterbed.

Comment by james — January 26, 2009 @ 8:43 pm

When I was in Jr Hi, I saw a waterbed that had a 55 gallon aquarium built into the wooden headboard and I’ve been searching for one ever since! I use to own a waterbed and loved loved loved it!

Comment by Sarah — February 27, 2009 @ 10:32 am

Sarah, you are correct there was a manufacturer who built water beds with a fish tank built into the headboard. The manufacturer to the best of my knowledge is long gone. However I have had a few customers over the years build them from scratch. If you choose to build your own fish tank waterbed contact companies like mine who can sell you everything you need for the waterbed and then contact your local pet shop, they can help you with the rest.

This is not a complicated project and the results are very cool looking, as you know. Have Fun & Good luck. Please send pictures if you take on the project and I will post your pictures on our site for other to see. Feel free to call me with questions. 636-296-8540

Why did you get rid of your waterbed and have you considered getting another one? You can get them now where they look like a regular mattress.

Comment by Doug — February 28, 2009 @ 9:37 am

Thank you for your comments! Yes I would love to get another, my husband and I have been considering it for quite some time now. Once we have our new place, we are for sure planning on getting one. I use to have a king size that someone gave me back when I was in high school. I had to give it away when first my kitten decided to chase bubble, claws out, across the bare mattress *sigh* and then I moved away to college. I raise fish here now and so the idea of a tank in my headboard is very cool to me:) I’m sure we can figure something out if the headboards that you sell are strong enough to hold up the weight of a tank (because of course I’d want at least a 55g…lol) thank you again and if we do decide to do this, I will take pics and send them to you!

Comment by Sarah — February 28, 2009 @ 11:53 am

I’ve had a waterbed for over 20 years now. I started with a hard side semi-waveless which I used for nearly 10 years before I decided to get a softside one and some new bedroom furniture. No one can tell that my water matress is a waterbed! It’s funny that people who have never owned a waterbed or have never slept in one that wasn’t a full wave bed have this very wrong impression that all waterbeds are bad. The fact is, they are wonderful in the winter because they are toasty and warm and great in the summer cause you can turn down the heat and keep cool without heating up the bed with your body heat. A tip for waterbed owners—do not EVER forget to add conditioner to the water on a regular basis! It truly extends the life of your waterbed far beyond any other matress out there. Also–I slept in a “sleep number” bed a few nights in a hotel and they are the WORST. I could not get comfortable at any number!

Comment by PM — May 30, 2009 @ 1:12 pm

I am getting rid of my waterbed. Its been too hard to maintain, and the mattress is quite old. I probably have had my waterbed for over 20 years, and had too many leaks in it. I am getting rid of it, and getting a regular bed. I’ll miss it, but I won’t miss dealing with any maintance anymore…can’t sleep on it because it keeps sinking, so its going.

Comment by Patti — August 7, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

The sheets!
Too hard to make, always looked messy when made, and the sheets wouldn’t stay put.

Comment by Eden Valle — January 1, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

Eden, I know what you mean. I used to have an old hardside waterbed and ugh what a pain. We have had a softside waterbed for years now which uses regular sheets no complaints. Thnx for the comment Doug

Comment by Douglas Belleville — January 1, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

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