One significant advantage that waterbeds have over other mattress types is their lifespan. While a memory foam mattress
may only last eight to ten years, a waterbed can last for up to twenty years (and may also come with an extensive warranty as well).
However, the biggest component in a waterbed’s lifespan is how well it’s taken care of. Unlike traditional mattress types
, waterbeds run the risk of leaking, bursting, or popping if their owners don’t properly care for them. To prevent this, most waterbed owners need to keep up with regular maintenance.
This includes filling your waterbed and making sure that it’s correctly installed when you first purchase it. A waterbed that’s overfilled may burst after enough use while one that’s underfilled may not be able to provide the support that a sleeper needs.
Another thing that waterbed owners typically need to do is add a waterbed conditioner at least once a year to make sure the vinyl layer stays supple. Without conditioner on a regular basis, the vinyl in your waterbed can become brittle and start to “crack,” a precursor to leaks.
Speaking of leaks, most waterbeds—regardless of how sturdy they are—may develop a leak from time to time. Waterbed owners may have to take the time to patch up a leak every few years.
While waterbeds may require maintenance that a traditional mattress doesn’t, the benefit is that these mattresses often last for much longer.