Pros and Cons of Waterbed Mattresses

The main feature of waterbed mattresses is the use of liquid for support, just like air is used in air/dial mattresses. The main benefits are a their unique feel, temperature control and firmness/softness control with some models. With latest improvements in construction and durability of waterbeds there is very low risk of puncturing or bladder leakage.

Most of the past problems have been eliminated but there are still concerns with initial odor, possible noise, weight and maneuverability, and necessary assembly and maintenance.

Pros Cons
Temperature control Potential punctures and leaks
Possibly adjustable firmness Potential noise
Floating-like feel Operating cost
Contouring to body Weight and maneuverability
Pressure relief Possibly assembly required
Long lifespan and affordability Initial mattress odor
Affordability Out of fashion