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Battle of the Beds: Foam vs. Water

Should a water bed gently rock you to sleep? Or do you prefer the calming stillness of foam?

During the 19th century, Scottish physician Neil Arnott devised a type of bed that would be used for medical therapy. Instead of foams and feathers, he used water in hopes of providing support for those having physical deformities. After several years of innovation, the modern-day water bed came to be during the 1970’s and became a rival to the foam bed. People now have a choice among types of bed rather than just the brand.

Today, water beds have the technology to change temperature depending on the person’s liking and can even imitate a body massage. With water beds as a viable competitor of foam beds in the market, you might be curious to know which one is actually better. Let’s look and compare the two types of bed.


Water beds can adjust to the position of the person’s body as water easily displaces. This allows the back to relax because the water does the support for the entire body. On the other hand, foam beds have also been developed to provide good support to the person’s body. But in the most scientific terms, water beds do have the advantage over foam beds as they can provide ideal support to every square inch of the body.

Verdict: Close call but water bed wins this. Foam 0 – Water 1


Water beds do not attract dust and dead skin cells which makes them easier to clean than foam beds. For very thick foam beds, cleaning the dust inside is a very big chore that would often require some professional help.

Verdict: Foam 0 – Water 2


If you compare two of these beds of the same size, water beds are much more expensive than foam beds. The more advanced water beds which allows you to control the water temperature is even much more expensive. You might consider going to the spa for a massage rather than buying one.

Verdict: Foam 1 – Water 2


If you think it’s difficult to move foam beds, wait till you try to move a water bed. Not only is it difficult, the bed is also prone to punctures when moving it from one place to another. And when the expensive water bed pops, there goes your money down the drain.

Verdict: Foam 2 – Water 2


For long term investment, foam beds are more ideal because they’re known to last longer than water beds. Water beds are prone to leaking and punctures even to zippers and buttons. The constant change of water temperature destroys the covering of the bed as well. Water beds also have a lower tolerance to a person’s weight.

Verdict: Foam 3 – Water 2


Have you tried sleeping on a water bed? If not, have you tried to do floating in a pool? If you have, then that’s pretty much how you would feel while sleeping on a water bed. While water beds may be for good for medical therapy, it’s definitely not comfortable and people would have a hard time experiencing decent sleep – especially for those who toss and turn a lot while sleeping.

Verdict: Foam 4 – Water 2


Could your kids jump around a water bed and play pillow fights? ‘Nuff said.

Verdict: Foam 5 – Water 2

Foam bed definitely wins this one. Of course, it’s also a matter of the brand of bed you use to provide the ultimate comfort and body support for a good night’s rest. Uratex foam beds provide the support your body needs while giving you superior comfort – all that you need to help you feel energized the next day.