The following list includes just a few of the most important points.
Support - It is a scientific fact water can not be compressed, it can only be displaced. What this means in terms of using water in a bed is that it will naturally conform to your body's shape and does not "push back" against your body weight. With all other forms of sleep systems your body weight compresses the materials they are constructed of, meaning they can't help but push back against you. This pushing back effect will exert pressure points on your body which leads to reduced blood circulation, muscle stiffness, and for people confined to bed for long periods of time, severe bed sores. Flotation style of support by displacement on a waterbed allows the sleeper using the bed to lay comfortably in any sleeping position, whether you are a side, back, or even stomach sleeper. Every new form of bed developed over the last few decades (pocket coils, memory foam, gel beds, etc.) have all been trying to achieve the full body support that water gives naturally. Oh yes, and they are not temperature controlled like a flotation sleep system is.
Therapeutic warmth - We have all known for years about the soothing effects of warm water on sore stiff muscles. Remember hot water bottles? The waterbed is the largest form of a hot water bottle in the world, and you can sleep on it every night. Imagine slipping into bed after a hard day's work (or play) and having your temperature controlled sleep system relieve your pain while you sleep. Ask anyone who suffers from arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc. how the warmth of a heated waterbed relieves their suffering.
Most newer sleep systems make the user too warm or too cold, while the waterbed allows you to set the temperature exactly where you want it, and accurately maintains the setting until you decide to alter it.
Continuity - Another benefit of this system of support is that when you lie on a waterbed it conforms to your body's shape and when you leave the bed the water flows back to a flat position. This happens repeatedly for as long as you sleep on the bed. What this means is that while all forms of beds that work on compression are deteriorating in their ability to feel like they did when you bought them, the waterbed will deliver the same great feel and support in 20 years as it does the first time you sleep on it.
Cleanliness and non-allergenic properties - Dust, dead skin cells, dust mites. Wouldn't it be great if there was a type of mattress that didn't allow these things to collect inside? Oh wait, there is! None of these things can penetrate the vinyl used to contain the water with a flotation sleep system. Simply wipe it clean with a damp cloth and you have the cleanest, healthiest, most allergen free sleeping environment you can own.
Another benefit of this system of support is that when you lie on a waterbed it conforms to your body's shape, when you leave the bed the water flows back to a flat position, and this happens repeatedly for as long as you sleep on the bed. What this means is that while all forms of beds that work on compression are deteriorating in their ability to feel like they did when you bought them, the waterbed will deliver the same great feel and support in 20 years as it does the first time you sleep on it.
Your economy - Just about any doctor, chiropractor, or sleep expert will tell you that you should replace your mattress every ten years, no matter how high quality or how much you paid for it. This is because anything that works on compression, and gets used every day for roughly eight hours per day, is quite literally worn out by then. Waterbeds don't wear out in this fashion, but as with anything they do not last for ever. Imagine how inexpensive being able to replace any component in the bed individually is compared to having to replace a conventional mattress. Long time waterbed owners can tell you that they have saved hundreds, if not thousands of dollars over the years.
These are just a few of the long list of advantages of owning a flotation sleep system. Please contact us by phone or email for more information. You will be glad that you did.
Q. Will I feel seasick on a waterbed?
A. Waterbed mattresses are available with varying degrees of motion stability systems, but many people find some movement very relaxing and conducive to sleep. A fully motion reduced system will have very little movement. Any motion you give to the mattress tends to be gentle and soothing and ceases as soon as you stop moving. If you select a very stable mattress there will be minimal movement at any time, even if your partner moves. The pressure reduced support of a waterbed also minimizes the need to toss and turn while you are sleeping. The option of a "dual system" further eliminates any possible movement as each mattress is totally independent of the other.
Q. Are waterbeds good for my back? A. YES! A waterbed provides the best support your back can get. When you lie on a flotation mattress the liquid displaces to contour to your shape, and does not “push back” (pressure points) as all other forms of mattresses do. Combine this with the soothing warmth provided by the heated surface and you get the most therapeutic sleep possible.
Q. Are there different types of mattresses?
A. Yes. There are several variations of motion stability, from free flow, with lots of movement, through to fully motion reduced mattresses. There is also a dual mattress system available which allows individual stability and/or temperature control within each mattress. The soft sided style of waterbed has also gained huge popularity in recent years. They offer many advantages such as ease of entering and exiting the bed, use of regular size bed linens, and adaptability with any style of bed headboard or frame you already own.
Q. What if it punctures – won’t it flood?
A. The mattress containing the water is made of very durable vinyl. Unless someone makes a deliberate attempt to puncture the bed with a sharp instrument, it is unlikely to rupture. However, in that unlikely event the safety liner within the frame will contain the liquid, preventing spillage. The damage could then easily be repaired, often without emptying the mattress.
Q. Don't I need a firm bed?
A. The worst bed to sleep on is a soft, shapeless mattress providing little or no support. In the past, a firm bed was thought to be the alternative to this, but this firmness increases the pressure points of hard contact between you and the mattress. These pressure points often restrict your blood circulation and induce more tossing and turning. By contrast, a waterbed provides a therapeutic sleeping surface combining the essential qualities of support, temperature control, and comfort.
Q. How long do waterbeds last?
A. Most manufacturers say twelve to fifteen years is the average life expectancy of the waterbed mattress, and as with any bed the maximum life will depend upon how you care for your bed. Another great advantage of waterbeds is that any individual component of the bed can be replaced, making it far less expensive than replacing a complete mattress and foundation system.
Q. How do the heaters work and are they safe?
A. The heater system uses a low wattage flat heater pad that is placed on the decking underneath the mattress and safety liner. A thermostat constantly maintains the water temperature at your pre-selected setting. Yes - they are safe. They are double insulated and specifically designed to warm your waterbed.
Q. How often do I have to change the water?
A. Only when you need to move the bed. A conditioner should be added annually to prevent the growth of algae or bacteria, and to keep the mattress supple. With regular care the original fill will go on supporting you for years.
Q. What is the weight of a waterbed - aren’t they to heavy for my floor?
A. The weight depends on the size and style of bed. The soft sided models are lighter than hard sided models. A full depth, hard sided, king size waterbed is the equivalent of about 12 adults standing in the room. On average a waterbed will weigh approximately 40 - 45 lbs. per square foot. The weight of the bed is well distributed and the pressure on the floor is less than that of a person in a bath or a freestanding refrigerator. The load on the floor is well below building code minimum requirements.
Q. How much does it cost to heat a waterbed?
A. With today's modern solid state electronic heating systems the cost range can be $8.00 - $10.00 per month to heat your hard sided waterbed and less than half of that for soft sided styles. It will depend what bedding covers the mattress and how well you keep it dressed. The heater only comes on to replace the heat lost to the bedroom. Your heating bills can actually be reduced with the use of a temperature controlled waterbeds, by lowering your thermostat a couple of degrees in winter and raising your a/c setting during the summer during your sleeping hours.
Q. What is waterbed conditioner?
A. Waterbed conditioner is an algaecide/bactericide which is added to the mattress annually. The conditioner maintains the quality of the water so there is no risk of bacteria or algae growth inside the mattress. A proper quality waterbed conditioner also helps to maintain the suppleness of your vinyl mattress to prevent cracks.
Q. How long does it take to get used to a waterbed?
A. If you are new to the flotation sleep experience it may take a couple of nights. However - once your body has adjusted to the level of support it provides you will never want to return to an ordinary bed again. Just ask someone who owns one!
Q. Can I sleep on a waterbed while pregnant?
A. YES! In fact women who sleep on a waterbed find it is the only sleeping surface which allows them get any rest at all in later months of pregnancy. Flotation support systems can offer increased comfort to women during pregnancy by enabling them to lie comfortably in stomach-down or side positions, thereby alleviating much of the pressure that the heavy uterus exerts.
Q. My kids are bugging me to get them a waterbed. Are they safe for children?
A. Once a child has reached the age where they are ready to move out of a crib to a larger bed the waterbed is ideal. A child's skeletal structure is developing from the time they are born until they are approximately 16 years of age. Sleeping on a flotation system which conforms to their body correctly without pressure points allows proper development during these formative years.
We hope that these questions, and the answers provided will help you with your decision to purchase the most comfortable, supportive, therapeutic, allergy free, and all around best sleep system ever invented. If you have any questions that are not answered here please contact us. We are always happy to share our unsurpassed knowledge of flotation sleep systems
I am amazed at how much better my body feels. I noticed a difference the first morning and each day since it is getting better. I have not had to take Tylenol 3 for the past few days and my pain went from 10 to about a 2 which I can manage. Your advice on which model was best for me was right on, I just love this bed! I wish I had found you 20 years ago. Thank you so much. Best $$$ I ever spent.
506 Broadview Dr.
Pembroke, ON K8A 0B7
After I fractured my neck in a skiing accident in the early 1980's a good night's sleep was impossible. One night in a waterbed and the pain was gone.
As you know, I have been dealing with your firm since I moved to Brampton. You and your staff have always been accommodating and professional as it relates to both of the waterbeds I have purchased from your company. I would highly recommend ANYONE with back or neck pain to purchase a waterbed from your firm. The knowledge base and after sale service at your company are second to none.
It has been 34 years since that devastating ski injury, and I know that without a waterbed restful sleep would be impossible. I hope your firm is around for many years to come as I don't even think of calling anyone else when it comes to waterbeds.
Hoping for your continued success in converting the masses.
Lance Orr - Precise Engineering
Well we got it all together and there is only one word to say how we feel about our soft sided waterbed. That is PERFECT! Marge and I took a couple of nights to get used to the plushness, but now we both sleep just great, with little or no moving during the night. We wake up feeling very rested but we don`t want to get out of bed, lol.
Paul, I can`t stress enough that everyone should be sleeping on a waterbed, either it be a hard or soft sided. It is the best sleep ever and good for posture. Also, you know that we have had a hard sided bed for a long time and have enjoyed it very much but this bed is just over the top. Thanks for the very friendly service and excellent product.
Thanks, Ken and Marge - Listowel ON.
I spent many months researching waterbeds and finally made up my mind about getting one. Unfortunately where I live (Newfoundland) they are very hard to come by so I came to the conclusion that ordering one online was my best option. I was looking for weeks, checking many websites, getting prices on beds (and shipping of course) until I found Waterbed City. I shot them off an email and within a few hours I got a response from Paul who was beyond helpful answering all my questions, (and I had many).
After deciding on which bed was right for me, he made the purchasing process so easy for it being the biggest purchase I have ever made online. Everything ran so smoothly, even the shipping.
I love my new waterbed and Paul was excellent. I would recommend Waterbed City to anyone. You will NOT be sorry!
Darren Richards - Conception Bay South, NL
After searching for years for a good Waterbed store, I finally found Waterbed City in Brampton. I spent 2 days syphoning water and only emptied half of the contents so I placed a telephone call and owner Paul Drysdale immediately came to my rescue. He had the bed emptied in under 30 minutes. He also returned to fill it up, removed and replaced my old sides and even helped me with another problem I was having in my home. And all at a very reasonable price. I not only give the store 5 stars but also to the owner, Paul. In this day and age of scams and over pricing, I highly recommend Waterbed City for all your Waterbed needs. Thanks Paul! I greatly appreciated your swift help, reasonable prices and just dealing with a true and honest gentleman was an added plus. I will be a returning customer forever.
Denice - Toronto
My name is Judith Crawford and I owned a waterbed for over 20 years. When I decided to downsize from a house to a condo, my children talked me into getting rid of my waterbed to try a regular bed. Well, I did give it a try for a little over 6 months and hated it because I was not comfortable and I woke up with aches and pains in my body every morning. This bed cost me close to $1500.00 and I was told its new technology was almost as good as my waterbed. THAT IS SO NOT TRUE!
In any event I went on the internet, got in touch with Waterbed City and spoke to Paul, the most amazing person you ever want to know. Very knowledgeable and experienced in waterbeds, he got me the best waterbed ever. He set it up, made sure everything was properly done, and I have been sleeping comfortably since then with no aches and pains. It's the best investment ever!
Thank you Paul for a job well done and your excellent service.
Great showroom! Lots of demos to try and they build custom beds and furniture at very reasonable prices. Quality furniture made from real wood. John and Paul are very knowledgeable in their trade. Learned lots, purchased product and highly recommend them to you.
Alex - Brampton
Due to a mobility impairment followed by a motor vehicle accident, I realized that the only way I might be able to sleep comfortably again was to purchase a new waterbed. I was referred to Waterbed City because they have years of experience with all types of waterbeds. During my first visit to the store, I met Paul. I explained all of the unique challenges I was facing getting onto and being comfortable on a bed. We spent two hours talking about my needs. I was so impressed with his insights and sensitivity. He asked so many questions and demonstrated an unbelievable commitment to finding the perfect bed for me! I was also assisted onto several different beds so I could determine if they were suitable for me. When I left the store I could still not believe that an owner/salesperson would care that much about one single person! I can not say enough about how important I felt! Even after my bed was purchased, follow-up continued until the bed was delivered and installed. I highly recommend this location and can say without hesitation that the staff is amazing.
Lisa J. - Mississauga
I have been on a waterbed since 1983. Used to be a chronic back sufferer. Chiropractor recommended a waterbed. Never looked back since. When I tell my friends they go out and buy one, then tell me, "Thanks, love my waterbed." With the fantastic service from John and Paul I will not be changing my waterbed. Great service. Thank you GTA Furniture. If you require further confirmation that this is a real Google review. Call the shop and they will give you my phone number
Chris Lee - Brampton
I first met Paul from Waterbed City in February of 2013, when I was debating whether to buy a regular bed or a waterbed. After a long and very informative phone call with Paul he had me convinced that the waterbed was definitely the smarter choice. HE WAS SO RIGHT!
After a year of sleeping on the double size soft sided waterbed which I purchased from them a few days later, I have drawn the conclusion that this waterbed has been very supportive for my spine, therapeutic, and comfortable. I quite enjoy the gentle rocking motion which this waterbed gives me!
Paul is an excellent ambassador for waterbeds. On a personal level he is very easy to talk to, and will always take the time to courteously answer any questions you may have about waterbeds in a very knowledgeable and factual manner. Honesty is a very important quality, needless to say, and you will always get honesty and reliability with the staff at Waterbed City.
Bob Norris - Mississauga
From start to finish this company was a pleasure to deal with. I had a lot of questions as this was my first waterbed purchase. Paul was very helpful and also excellent at recommending a bed that would work for our situation. Paul is very knowledgeable about waterbeds and will go above and beyond to ensure you are happy! We had him come to install our bed frame and mattress and this was done professionally. He went out of his way to come to Peterborough and do this! So impressed with that level of service! The bed is PERFECT! I would highly recommend a waterbed to anyone and also this company to deal with. You won't be disappointed
April - Peterborough
We first met Paul in September 2011. We had just moved from Germany to Canada and we had to find "someone" to set up our waterbed that we brought with us. It seemed very difficult to find a specialist for that, but then we found Paul from GTA Furniture Central/Waterbed City. Enjoying waterbeds for more than 10 years already (all in Germany) my wife Anett and I never experienced better service than with Paul. Fast, friendly, clean and reliable is how we would describe the service. As we moved from a Condo to a house (because of the birth of our son) we bought a mattress and furniture from Paul, and again we experienced the same fabulous service as soon as we stepped into his shop in Brampton. By the way, our guests love this bed that Paul recommended, and we appreciate the great deal he gave us on the purchase!
If you are visiting his site now, go ahead and make an appointment with him for whatever you need. You won't be disappointed, that's for sure!
Thanks very much Paul for your great products and services over the years since we have been here.
Anett, Raphael & Stephan
In early 2012 we were recommended by our doctor to get a waterbed. The first store we visited was Waterbed City and we liked their soft sided models, but having no idea of what a waterbed should cost we decided to shop around. We purchased one elsewhere for $200.00 less and thought we got a good deal.
After less than 6 months the frame collapsed and punctured through the outer cover, water bladder, and safety liner. We were told by the place we had bought it from that there was nothing they could do for us (other than sell us a new bed) as it had been punctured and therefore it was not a warranty issue. We were ready to throw the whole thing out and go back to a regular mattress, but after we calmed down we realized how much we liked sleeping on the waterbed. We went back to Waterbed City prepared to buy a new bed. Instead they got our cover repaired, got us a new bladder and liner, and came out and repaired and reinforced the frame, the way it should have been in the first place, for less than half the cost of replacing the complete bed. Of course we would have still been about $400.00 ahead of the game had we just purchased from them originally. LESSON LEARNED!
We have since purchased two more waterbeds for our kids and other waterbed supplies from Waterbed City and everything is excellent quality with no problems. If you’re going to buy a waterbed, this is the place.
Thanks for all your help guys, Natalie and Tim - Toronto