Thinking of buying a waterbed?. Here we have put together a guide to help you buying your waterbed, new customers may be unfamiliar with some of the terminology used, so carry on reading below and soon you will sound like a fully fledged aficionado.

Waterbeds primarily come in two types of styles – hardside and softside

The Hardside waterbed

A  hardside waterbed (commonly called a timber frame) is exactly what it sound like, – made of wood which can either be finished in a wood stain and wax finish or upholstered in fabric, they were popular in the 1970’s but have fallen out of fashion since the arrival of the more popular softside waterbed, they look like a giant size match box sitting on a recessed pedestal base, their popularity waned because getting in and out of a hardside bed can be awkward for less agile people.

The Softside Waterbed

A softside waterbed looks like a normal divan bed or bed frame, you would not know it was a waterbed until you actually got on the bed, they are far and away the most popular waterbed across the globe, because of the looks and the ease of getting in and out of bed, the top section is made of a high density foam that creates a box like structure that holds the water mattress, the foam is often encased by a border with a removable zip on cover, the top section sits on a sturdy base that helps distribute the weight evenly across the floor. In our opinion they are a superior bed to the hardside and outsell by a factor of around 20:1. Both hardside beds and softside waterbeds commonly come with underneath storage in the base below for easy storage with drawers.

The Waterbed Mattress

A waterbed mattress whether it’s a hardside waterbed mattress or a softside waterbed mattress do vary in size, with the hardside mattress being slightly bigger than the softside, however in principle they are exactly the same. Each mattress comes in various option from a 0 layer up to a 5 layer.

The layers, refer to movement – or motion you experience when on the bed, the layers are sometimes referred to as baffles but perform the same function, that is to control the amount of movement yet still provide the required support. The amount of movement often confuses people when they are purchasing a waterbed or new mattress. so read below and i will provide you with the necessary information.

0 Layer mattress, contains no layers, or baffles, it’s just a large vinyl bag, other names given are a “free flow”  that takes around 15 – 20 seconds for the water to stop moving.
2 Layer mattress, contains two layers of fibre to reduce water movement, other names given are typically a 50% or semi motionless that takes around 8 – 10 seconds for the water to stop moving.
3 Layer mattress, contains three layers of fibre to reduce water movement, other names given are typically a 75% or semi stable that takes around 5 – 7 seconds for the water to stop moving.
4 Layer mattress, contains four layers of fibre to reduce water movement, other names given are typically a 95% or stable that takes around 2- 4 seconds for the water to stop moving.
5 Layer, contains five layers of fibre to reduce water movement, other names given are typically a 99% or super stable that takes around 1 – 2 seconds for the water to stop moving.

What is a dual system waterbed?

Simply a dual system waterbed features two waterbed mattresses in the same bed as opposed to one mattress, each individual mattress can have a different layer to the other, and they have their own heating element, and they are separated by a thermal divider. The dual system allows two people sharing the bed to have their own level of comfort regarding the amount of layers, each side can have their own unique temperature settings, so one side can be cool and the other warm, the thermal barrier prevents any heat convection.