Ritz Carlton, Westin, and other Marriot properties do the same. I believe some are just bedding but several sell the mattresses.
And some anecdata: When I wanted to return an online mattress, I had the option of showing a receipt for giving it to a charity, or having the mattress company pick it up. None of the local charities I looked into took even slightly used mattresses. So the mattress company "pick up" was from a junk disposal company, and they just took the mattress to the waste transfer station on its way to the landfill.
Or, buy a new mattress before returning the one you didn't like. This way you only need to store a superfluous mattress for a short period of time.
I feel like these are solveable problems.
I'm non-too happy, and a bit disillusioned about the idea that latex matresses last longer.
(I know it's not really "bedless", but whatever, at least I'm feeling better rested lately)
I can vouch for this. I've recently started sleeping on the floor, and at first my back hurt some, but after a couple of days I got used to it and now it's feeling so much better. I have really poor posture and constantly slouch when I'm sitting in my chair, and so usually have back issues. Sleeping on the floor has worked wonders.
Even when I'm not sleeping on the floor, I prefer firm mattresses, as soft ones are horrible for my back.
I have an old memory foam mattress that is getting less and less firm. After waking up with a sore back at 3am 2 nights in a row I flipped it over and slept on the bottom, much firmer side. Has been working perfectly for the past week while I wait for my new mattress.
Why do you need a new one if the existing one works "perfectly"?
The floor would make me numb.
I still prefer to have something underneath me. You're right sleeping directly on the floor sucks. I meant more on the floor with a blanket or some foam or something underneath me as opposed to a soft sinking type bed.
That said, they use electricity (you will not sleep long on an unheated water bed), take a small bit of maintenance, and keep the dogs and cats off it. I'm happy with our memory foam mattress.
An electrically heated water bed sounds like a recipe for disaster.
IOW, file it under “Things I Worry About When I am Done Worry About Killer Bee Attack’s”. It ain’t gonna happen.
I'm less worried about vinyl wearing through than I am about punctures, tears and shoddy manufacturing.
If the heater broke, you were in for miserable nights until it was fixed. Sleeping on top of multiple layers of blankets, if you even have that many (try fitting them in a small apt) only partially mitigates it - your bed will suck the heat right out of you.