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There is a lot of confusion over softside vs. hardside waterbeds and how they differ from each other. Softside waterbed are the more modern version of the product, with a shape and feel that matched more traditional mattresses. But if you truly want the waterbed experience, the hardside waterbed can not be beat.
Hardside waterbeds were the original style. The first waterbeds were pretty simple. They weren’t really much more than glorified bags of water. However, hardside waterbeds today have become increasingly specialized to the point where they are unrecognizable to their early counterparts.
The waterbed is a great product. In terms of therapeutic value, they can not be beat. The support surface of the water can make even the roughest of bodies feel relaxed but waterbed is made of vinyl which can spring leaks from time to time.
Over the years a lot of myths have been said about waterbeds, but the idea that the waterbed will burst or spray if punctured in one of the more enduring. This is completely untrue. There is no internal pressure in the waterbed that would force the water out at such a rate.
One of the reasons waterbeds fell so far from the fashionable furniture throne was their appearance as pieces of equipment with a ton of maintenance required. While it is true that the waterbeds of old were large and heavy the modern waterbed doesn't look that different from a traditional mattress. These new redesigns have made it much easier to maintain the waterbed without any hassle but with all of the wonderful benefits.
The stereotypical waterbed is thought of as a big, hulking, wavy piece of equipment with tons of accessories and maintenance. While this may describe the waterbeds of old, the new incarnations are indistinguishable from traditional mattresses.
Indistinguishable in terms of looks but not in comfort and that is why the softside waterbed exists. Softside waterbeds offer the same therapeutic values of a waterbed, it releases all pressure from the joints and the vertebrae allowing the spine to relax fully offering the best possible sleeping surface for orthopedic problems.
Softside waterbeds are the same shape and size as a traditional mattress so no specialized sheets or comforters are needed. Most of the time, softside waterbeds can fit in the same foundation or frame as a typical mattress so there isn't any extra equipment involved.
80% of Americans are affected at some time by back pain. Chronic back pain can be painful, costly and debilitating. For back pain that is worsened by certain positions and movements, caused by joint degeneration, fractures, or strains, a mattress can be the perfect cure.
But what mattress can truly call itself the best mattress for back pain? Even the most expensive traditional innerspring mattress cannot evenly distribute weight and relieve pressure as well as specialty sleep mattresses. In fact, more than 20% of traditional spring mattress owner’s report chronic back pain from their bed.
For those who are willing to get rid of their back pain once and for all, the benefits of a waterbed cannot be overstated. No mattress conforms to the body better and the contouring effect allows the spine to relax, reduces pressure points and prevents tossing and turning. Softside waterbeds offer additional support from memory foam and other comfort fabrics aiding the already beneficial support of the water.
Often featured in movies and television, pop culture has created a lot of misconceptions about waterbeds. Extremely popular from the 1970’s to the 1990’s, Waterbeds were on the forefront of promoting specialty sleep. While many waterbeds have disappeared from the mattress stores, waterbeds still have large following among those who swear by its therapeutic properties.
Whatever Happened to Waterbeds?
No mattress has ever been able to be as ‘cool’ as the waterbed. The popularity in the 1970’s deemed them the Bed of the Sexual Revolution. By 1986, waterbeds represented 20% of the bed market but then it became a victim of its own success. While waterbeds were associated with being trendy and fun, they weren’t associated with sleep. Older waterbeds also had technological problems; springing leaks, heaviness, excessive maintenance, and compilation.
However, waterbeds have come a long way since then. Newer beds used air and water pockets to reduce the wave sensation but still allowed the bed to maintain its benefits. Vinyls have become more sophisticated and refined, solving many of the earlier complaints and allowing waterbeds to become more specialized to sleep.
With the waterbed’s fall from the fashion world and other specialty sleep options entering the market such as memory foam, latex foam and air beds, waterbeds are increasingly hard to find.