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The Top Five Waterbed Mattresses on the Market Today

Waterbeds became all the rave back in the seventies and eighties, but have kept in steady demand over the years for just plain fun, a decorative look, or to use for medical therapies. They are now becoming popular again for just as many reasons. Waterbed mattresses are known for being long-lasting while aiding the buyer with a better sleep solution. They can definitely give you a more peaceful, comfortable sleep than you can ever imagine.

Made from PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC) material, waterbed mattresses are extra durable with water inside a strong foam. Most have an extra covering for added comfort as well as added protection from accidental punctures. However, sides and corners can be vulnerable and need extra care. Furthermore, animals should be kept off of waterbed mattresses as well as sharp objects. After all, you don't want an accidental flood on your hands. How long your waterbed lasts is up to. Special care is required, but some waterbed mattresses last up to twenty-five years or more.

Waterbed mattresses offer different levels of comfort and part of that is in the degree of motion. Some people may not like the feeling of floating waterbeds give you, so be sure to check one out before purchasing. The degrees of motion from which to choose are the following: wave fewer, which uses a combination of foam and fiber to produce no motion or waves; semi-wave fewer, which uses foam to reduce motion and the feeling of floating; and free flow, which typically uses a wooden frame to keep the mattress in place, has full wave and feeling floating. Choose the one you are most comfortable with and think about how you will feel sleeping on the waterbed mattress night after night before choosing the degree of motion.

Waterbeds are generally more expensive than regular mattresses, so keep that in mind. However, it does depend on brands, too. Some may actually be cheaper. In addition, you have to factor in longevity when factoring cost. Lastly, be sure to check the warranty. Even though most last well beyond ten years, a good warranty needs to be in place to cover manufacturing flaws and faults. With all of that being said, here's the best five waterbed mattresses on the market today.

1. Classic California

Classic California is a company known for its best sleep products and their line of waterbeds are premium. This waterbed mattress has full movement, with movement lasting fifteen to twenty seconds, giving you the feeling of floating on the water. This free flow king-sized bed allows you and your muscles to completely relax, distributing your weight evenly and reducing overall pressure.

Reinforced corners add to its durability, keeping it stronger for longer. This hard side type mattress with nine inch dept fits flawlessly into a wood frame. The company also offers a twelve year warranty along with a free bottle of conditioner to get you started. With such an affordable price, this waterbed mattress is great value.


  • Easy-to-reach fill valve & easy to fill
  • Lightweight, supple vinyl
  • Strong & durable
  • Longer life span than average
  • Great value


  • Corners may be weaker than average
  • Tag may form lump

2. InnoMax Genesis

For best sleeping comfort, the Genesis gives you quality wave reduction. The waterbed mattress reduces motion in order to help you fall asleep using custom hydrodynamics. Recommended by both chiropractors and doctors alike, this feature helps your body maintain perfect alignment, leading to better, more comfortable sleep and less pain upon awakening. This king-sized mattress has a depth of nine inches and will fit perfectly into a full rigid side box frame. Motion varies from full to semi wave.

This waterbed mattress provides mid-body support using a fluid suspension feature which uses gravity to give the body more support and comfortable contouring. The durable T-corner seam system is reinforced, providing added strength and durability. This waterbed mattress is so durable is comes with a twenty year warranty, making it a valuable purchase for its price.


  • Aligns body & mid-back support
  • Great quality
  • Well made & durable
  • Longevity
  • Great movement


  • Not as waveless as some may want
  • Seams may be weaker than average

3. InnoMax Sanctuary

From a company with forty years of superior performance and experience, the design of this waterbed mattress is pure high-class quality. Among other features, this bed offers full wave motion, keeping your body perfectly aligned during sleep while reducing stress all over your body. With the zero wave elimination and Low Tension design, support is given to your body at every angle, responding as you move. This king-size waterbed mattress has a depth of nine inches and will fit snugly into a wooden or rigid box frame.

Its T-corner seam construction is double reinforced, providing double the strength and durability. The quality of this premium waterbed is enhanced further by its Specific Gravity feature which reduces movement disturbances made by another sleeper. Along with an eight layer mid-body support system, you'll definitely get a comfortable and peaceful night's sleep. With the company's twenty year warranty, this is one of the best waterbed values on the market today. If comfort is important to you, this bed may be what you're looking for.


  • Longevity
  • Premium quality
  • 20 year warranty
  • Comfort & support
  • Cost efficient


  • Some may not like the dark red color

4. Boyd’s Waterbed Mattress Lumbar Supreme

This waterbed mattress from Boyd Company, a leader in the waterbed industry since 1977, is a queen-size but it comes with the same full comforting features as most king-size. This bed evenly distributes your weight in order to perfectly align your entire body, relieving pressure, and giving you a peaceful night's sleep. Long-lasting virgin vinyl enhance the quality of this waterbed mattress, providing extra strength and protection. In addition, this bed has a ninety-nine percent motion reduced feature with four-layer wave reduction. You won't even feel the person next to you move!

Both seams and sides seem to be strong and durably made. This Boyd's waterbed comes with a five year warranty in addition to a twelve year pro-rated warranty. However, it's one of the best beds on the market right now in its price range. The company also gives you three bottles of conditioner with your purchase of mattress.


  • Reduces back pain
  • Firm and almost completely waveless
  • Durable construction/reinforced seams
  • Valuable price


  • There's really not much to complain about, but the top is quilted. (Typically makes top warmer/hotter)

5. Boyd Specialty Sleep Waveless Waterbed Mattress

Another Boyd's hits the list with their new waterbed mattress which comes complete with a full kit including conditioner. This particular mattress may just be the answer to all your sleeping needs. The waterbed mattress includes three lumbar fiber layers in order to give you the best support. In addition, its five layers intentionally made to reduce waves make for an absolutely waveless mattress. Reduced surface tension adds to contouring and comfort for better sleep. You won't feel any movement of another sleeper.

This Boyd's mattress has four patented Quadra-tech, adding to its lifespan and durability. This king-size bed fits perfectly into a waterbed frame and is available in purple, green, and blue.


  • Almost 100% waveless
  • Durable
  • Strong material
  • Comfortable
  • Seems to hold up to pets


  • Lumpy from extra material
  • No air release

Bottom Line

The bottom line is before you purchase a waterbed mattress, be sure that's what you want. In addition, be aware of what your personal needs and situations are as well. A waterbed is a purchase that ends up paying you back in the end if you choose the right one. Always do your research and shop around. Make sure what you get is really what you want. After all, this is a purchase not too often made. We want you to make it right the first time around.

Garrett Parker

Written by Garrett Parker

Garrett by trade is a personal finance freelance writer and journalist. With over 10 years experience he's covered businesses, CEOs, and investments. However he does like to take on other topics involving some of his personal interests like automobiles, future technologies, and anything else that could change the world.

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