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Afloat Essential

If you want to take the plunge into modern waterbeds, the Afloat Essential waterbed is the place to start. It’s our most budget-friendly solution, with everything you need to get better sleep now. With 100 nights to prove Afloat is the best sleep solution for you, what do you have to lose?

Afloat Essential Waterbed Sizes

The Afloat Essential waterbed comes in Queen, Standard Eastern King, Dual Eastern King, Standard California King, and Dual California King sizes. The ancient Greeks discovered that it takes more water to float more weight. Our Queen provides complete flotation comfort and support up to 300 pounds, while the King provides complete flotation comfort and support up to 400 pounds of combined sleeper weight. A Queen = 59” W x 79” L, Eastern King = 75” W x 79” Land a CA King = 71” W x 83” L.

Key Features

  • The Afloat Essential King provides complete flotation comfort and support up to 400 pounds of combined sleeper weight. The Afloat Essential Queen provides complete flotation comfort and support up to 300 pounds.
  • Oversized mattress and liner (two water mattresses and a thermal divider in Dual)
  • Solid State temperature control system with digital display (two systems in Dual)
  • Stretch-knit washable cover
  • Afloat wave suppression and support system
  • Smooth edge platform deck
  • 20-year limited manufacturers warranty
  • FREE shipping within contiguous United States (Hawaii and Alaska require separate shipping fees)

Charles Hall, inventor of the original waterbed and inventor of Afloat, with Dean Karnazes.

Afloat Essential Waterbed Options

Beyond overall size, the choice of Standard or Dual in the King size Afloat Essential waterbed gives you the power to control your individual sleep zone. While every Afloat mattress includes a temperature control system, the Dual versions include two control systems and isolated mattresses for personalized comfort. The thermal insulator separates the mattresses so your side of the bed remains uniquely yours.

Additional options include standard firmness or a memory foam layer for an even firmer experience. You can also opt for one of our Space Saver foundations in either 14-inch or 16-inch heights, which give you storage space underneath the bed. If you prefer, you can opt to do it yourself, and provide your own foundation. See our Do It Yourself (DIY) instructions by scrolling down, then clicking on “Instructions”.

More About Our Afloat Essential Waterbed

With state-of-the-art temperature controls and our Afloat wave suppression system, the Afloat Essential waterbed is a modern take on a timeless classic. After all, our Afloat mattresses were designed by none other than the original inventor of the waterbed! We’re so sure you’ll love your new Afloat Essential waterbed mattress that we offer free shipping to the contiguous United States and a 20-year limited manufacturer warranty. Experience the difference of the Afloat Essential today!

  • Do you offer free shipping on all orders?

    Afloat offers FREE shipping to the 48 contiguous United States (not including Alaska and Hawaii). There will be an extra charge for shipping outside this area. After you purchase an Afloat product one of our customer service representatives will contact you to provide the additional shipping costs. If you prefer to know your estimated shipping costs prior to your purchase, please contact us at; include your name, phone number, and desired ship to address.

  • What are the different bed dimensions?
    • Standard (Eastern) King = approx. 76” W x 80’ L
    • California (Western) King = approx. 72” W x 84” L
    • Queen = approx. 60” W x 80” L
  • How much do the filled beds weigh?

    A king size Afloat with the traditional foundation or the Space Saver platform and two averaged sized adults together weighs about 1800 pounds. This weight is spread over a large area. The “floor loading” or “weight per square foot” is well within building code requirements. The weight is a lot like having 8 people sitting at a dining room table. A queen weighs 15% to 20% less than a king.

  • What sheets do I need for my Afloat waterbed?

    Great news, no special sheets are required; all you need are standard sheets in the appropriate size.

  • Are the beds pet friendly?

    The biggest problem will be trying to get your dog or cat to stay off Afloat, because cats and dogs love the soft, warm surface. Assuming your cat is not a mountain lion or Bengal tiger, claws are not a problem. Just keep Afloat covered with a mattress pad, sheets, and a comforter or bedspread. Even without bed linens a properly-filled Afloat is puncture-resistant because the vinyl surface is loose…not under surface tension. Another plus: if your pet has an “accident” the Afloat stretch-knit fabric surface is removable and machine-washable, and the vinyl water mattress surface is easy to clean. With any other type of bed, a pet “accident” can be a permanent problem.

Installation Instructions

Here you'll find all of the information you'll need to put your bed together. For your convenience, all instructions are offered in both video and PDF formats.


Customer Testimonials

See what other customers have to say about the Afloat Experience

3 Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Ann on Apr 16th 2022

    Love it

  • 5
    So easy and so comfortable

    Posted by Amy Hynes on Apr 20th 2021

    I love my Afloat Essential Waterbed. My hubby was able to build the base with 1 quick trip to Home Depot and it took less than 10 minutes to cut the wood. The instructions are easy to follow and the quality of sleep is unmatched. I don not know how we have been living without this bed for so long. We are certainly enjoying a better nights sleep!
    -Amy Hynes

  • 5
    Fantastic Bed at a Fantastic Price

    Posted by Kym Rion on Apr 20th 2021

    Finding a quality waterbed at an affordable price makes me feel like I won the lottery. Thank you Afloat, for developing an affordable waterbed. To many great nights of sleep!

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