Waterbed or mattress? These are the advantages and disadvantages
The purchase of a new bed (z.B. Waterbed) can be quite a challenge, after all, there are many different sleeping systems to choose from.
Thus not only a slatted frame, on which a pocket spring core or cold foam mattress rests, comes into question, but also, for example, a waterbed.
But where are the differences between the various bed systems? And is the better choice ultimately to buy a waterbed or do the advantages of a conventional mattress outweigh the disadvantages?? The following article provides information.
In a waterbed the temperature can be regulated individually – this is already a great advantage compared to a conventional mattress.
The integrated heater ensures that the water is always pleasantly warm, in the warmer months, of course, a cooler temperature can be set.
So there is always an optimal sleeping climate.
Of course, this also has the disadvantage that monthly electricity costs are incurred for heating the bed. The maintenance of a waterbed is therefore associated with running costs.
In addition, it is necessary to add an agent to the water in the waterbed at regular intervals, so that the formation of algae is prevented.
Also these costs must be considered with the acquisition of this sleep system. The regularly necessary deaeration of the waterbed also represents a certain effort.
However, the waterbed convinces with regard to its hygienic properties all along the line. The mattress can be wiped clean and the topper can be washed in the washing machine. Mites have so hardly a chance to spread in the bed.
The wear and tear is also very low with a waterbed, because there is no need to worry about the mattress sagging.
The sleeping comfort is also exceedingly high, because the mattress can be individually adjusted to the needs of the sleeper by changing the filling quantity.
The conventional mattress
A price comparison of the two sleep systems, i.e. waterbed and conventional mattress, is not quite simple. This is due to the fact that consumers can hardly assess what quality of mattress they can get at what prices.
According to Stiftung Warentest, a conventional mattress in the size 90 x 200 centimeters costs between 200 and 500 euros. In addition, however, the bed frame and slatted frame must also be purchased.
Thus, a conventional bed, which has a mediocre quality, with a cost of about 1.000 to 1.500 euro connected.
The limited life span of the mattresses must be considered with this calculation however likewise, because this amounts to only approximately six to seven years. The cost of a waterbed is similar, so the price is not necessarily the decisive factor in making a decision.
Over time, a conventional mattress is always subject to a certain amount of wear and tear. Also mites and dust that settle in the mattress, ensure that they can not be used indefinitely.
The particles also penetrate into the cover of cold foam mattresses. An alternative is the purchase of a special mattress for allergy sufferers – it is always important that the cover can be removed and thus washed.
Thus, the classic combination of mattress and slatted frame is in any case inferior to the waterbed in terms of hygiene. It is also not easy to find a mattress that perfectly fits the individual requirements of the sleeper.
The result is often persistent back pain, because the spine is not in an optimal position during sleep.