Today’s waterbeds are as new and varied as the consumers who choose to sleep on them.
Both air and water mattresses should be purchased using the same tips the Better Sleep Council provides for traditional mattresses, says Panus:
- Give yourself plenty of time to try several styles of mattresses.
- Visit a retailer you trust.
- If you have a sleep partner, shop with him or her.
- Above all, trust yourself. Only you know the right mattress for your best night’s sleep.
Sweet Dreams (on Air and Water)
While traditional innerspring mattresses are still most popular, you may be missing out if you haven’t considered the benefits of air and water mattresses.
- by J.D. Walker
It’s time to wake up. Comfortable sleep is no longer limited to dreaming on innerspring and foam beds. Air and water mattresses have come a long way since their introduction several decades ago.
Grandma and grandpa used to huff and puff to inflate the old-fashioned air mattresses their grandkids used for sleepovers. No more, says Sarah Panus of Select Comfort Corp. Minneapolis-based Select Comfort is the manufacturer of the Sleep Number bed that uses air chamber technology.
Today’s air mattresses are marvels of technology with wireless computerized controls that noiselessly adjust the air in the mattress to the sleeper’s comfort and firmness preference. However, Panus points out, air mattresses are more than just electronically controlled air chambers.
The outer shell of air mattesses have evolved too. For example, Select Comfort’s Innovation series features a temperature-balancing material that keeps the sleeper at just the right temperature. Sleep Number mattresses also use the latest anti-microbial treatments in all its foams, and all its mattress covers are treated to be anti-microbial and anti-fungal, adds Panus
Henry Willcox of AwesomeWaterbeds.com is old enough to remember the simple waterbeds that were introduced in the 1960s. But it’s an entirely different market now, says Willcox. Today’s waterbeds are as new and varied as the consumers who choose to sleep on them.
A major selling point of waterbeds is they are the original adjustable sleep surface. The liquid core allows the mattress to mold to the contours of each sleeper’s body. Want a firm bed? Add more water. Need something a little softer? Reduce the amount of water in the core.
Another benefit to waterbeds is their advanced heating systems, says Craig Miller, president of American National Manufacturing. a company that’s made waterbeds since the early 1970s., The early innovation of heaters has evolved to dual heaters so that couples can have individual settings, explains Miller. They can even have two “bladders” or two separate water chambers in one bed—providing individualized firmness settings. Modern waterbeds also feature extra lumbar support and the same types of memory foam or latex layers that are found on traditional beds, Miller says. Plus, some styles of soft-side waterbeds allow consumers to use the same sheets and bed linens as innerspring mattresses, says Willcox.
With new technologies and innovative materials, today’s air mattresses and water beds have more to offer more than ever before.