Waterbeds have long been a desirable bedding option for many decades. However, there have been many arguments suggesting that these beds are as bad for your back and in general, bad for your health. However, with the advances in technology and waterbed manufacturing, waterbeds are now becoming a great choice for many consumers. Since there are two sides to every story, I am going to take a look at both the benefits and risks of buying a waterbed. Some benefits of buying a waterbed include: - A waterbed will never sag; thus you will never have to turn that mattress. - The surface of a waterbed is extremely easy to clean and difficult for allergens to penetrate, like they can with with regular mattresses and couch pillows on a futon. - Waterbeds provide gentle support and are less susceptible to causing bed sores. - Highly beneficial to those with arthritis. Some disadvantages to owning a waterbed include: - While uncommon, waterbed can leak from time to time. However, almost any high quality waterbed is manufactured with a waterproof liner to contain any leaks that may occur - Since many waterbeds come with heaters, there is a risk for fire. - Some people with bad backs have reported that war beds don't provide enough support, and have aggravated their conditions. Now that we have gone over some pros and cons of waterbeds, let's look at the various types on the market. Almost every brand of waterbed comes in all standard bed sizes, and generally their weights can vary from about 200 lbs. to twice this amount. It is important to note that both size and depth can play a huge role in the comfort of any waterbed. Waterbeds also come in different styles, from wavy to motionless. It is a personal choice which style you prefer, but if you are prone to motion sickness, I highly suggest buying a motionless waterbed. Most high quality waterbeds will start around $500 and most will last up to 15 years if cared for properly. While there are benefits and risks to owning a waterbed, I personally feel that almost anyone who buys a high quality waterbed will fall in love with it. However, to find a waterbed that is just right for you, be sure to do the proper research and take into consideration any medical problems that you might have before your final purchase.