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How To Wash Mattress Protectors The Right Way

A mattress cover works to keep fluids, dust mites, dead skin, and other assorted nasties away from your mattress. It does so by bearing the brunt of the damage itself – it’s waterproof / allergen-resistant membrane holds the threats at bay while the surface fabric absorbs the fluids and collects the allergens.

This means that the cover gets dirty with each night you sleep on it, and has to be cleaned adequately, lest it develop yellow stains from sweating (or worse), or start giving off an odor that is indicative of bacterial growth. The general perception about protectors is that laundering can cause them damage – so it is completely understandable if you’re reading this just to figure out whether you can wash your protector to begin with!

Luckily for you, not only will this guide answer that question, but it will teach you how to wash mattress protectors the right way, so you don’t have to spend a chunk of cash on a new cover ‘cos the old one got damaged in the wash.

Can You Wash A Mattress Protector?

The short answer is yes: since a protector generally has a fabric surface and plastic backing, it can very much be cleaned in a standard washer / dryer combo. However, the plastic is susceptible to deforming / breaking apart from the top fabric if you set the temperature too high, or use a harsh detergent or bleach.

The exact temperature threshold for washing these covers varies from product to product, but it is generally a safe bet to never go beyond a lukewarm setting. In fact, cheaper products may even recommend never going beyond the cold setting.

You might get tempted to wash the cover on a high heat setting because it would get rid of the odor and absorbed fluid more effectively, but in reality, all it would do is weaken the waterproofing so that the next time you use it, the fluid goes all the way into your mattress!

First Time Wash

Note that washing a protector before using it for the first time is recommended by some manufacturers, as it gets rid of any chemical odors and softens up the top fabric for greater comfort – just be sure to carefully read the provided cleaning instructions (and the general guidelines in the subsequent sections) before you proceed.

Can I Dry Clean?

Never dry clean or iron your protector, as this will most definitely damage the waterproof membrane of the protector.

How Often To Wash Mattress Protector?

Since the bed sheet on top of the protector will take the most apparent beating (i.e. get stained and accumulate dust and debris), it needs to be washed / changed far more regularly than the cover itself. That said, you should clean the cover every two months regardless of whether you’ve had any spills or not.

You’ll need to do this more often if you’ve got pets, or suffer from allergies, to make sure the cover stays hygienic enough for your daily use. Eventually you’ll figure out the perfect timeframe with trial and error.

What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial

Now that we’ve cleared up the preliminaries, let’s get down to business. Here’s what you’ll need to safely clean your protector:

  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Bleach-free laundry detergent

Step By Step Instructions

Remove The Protector From Your Bed

This is simple enough – take off the cover using its elastic sides, starting from the corners. If you’re using an encasement style protector, you’ll need to unzip it, which takes a little longer – this is why fitted sheet covers are preferred if you expect frequent laundering.

Put It In The Washer

Wash the cover on a normal cycle (if the surface is made from a tough material such as wool or terry cloth) or delicate cycle (if the surface is made from a thin material such as bamboo rayon or polyester) on low / mild heat. Use only a non-bleach, mild detergent to ensure no damage occurs to the plastic membrane, or the material binding it to the surface fabric.

Pro Tip

You’ve already taken off your bedsheet and cover, why not clean up the mattress itself while you have the opportunity? Sprinkle some baking soda on the surface (this helps to absorb the odors), and vacuum it to remove any dust / dead skin that may have escaped the protector.
You could also use this opportunity to spray on some Lysol to kill any microbes that may have started to nest in it.

Tumble Dry

Tumble dry the protector with your other laundry on a low heat setting, and remove from the dryer as soon as the cycle is complete to prevent any wrinkling.

Pro Tip

Some dryers come with a ‘wrinkle guard’ feature that periodically spins up the laundry to prevent any wrinkling, after the main cycle has completed, until you take it out. Turn this off when you’re drying the protector, as additional spinning will only contribute to further wear and tear.

Conclusion

I hope this tutorial answers all the queries you had regarding cleaning up your protector; it is surprising that something so seemingly trivial can require such careful handling. This guide is but a small effort to ensure others don’t have to learn how to wash mattress covers the hard (and expensive) way, like I did.

Be sure to share your feedback and voice your queries in the comments section below, and do share it with your friends – who knows, you may be saving them from an unnecessary expense.

Disclaimer

The mattress cover washing instructions described in this guide are a general tutorial – actual instructions may vary between manufacturers, and even models. Be sure to observe the official care instructions to keep your warranty intact.

What Is The Best Mattress Protector For Toddlers?

Babies are cute and lovable – but they’re also very high maintenance. One of the first daunting tasks you’ll be faced with after you’ve been blessed with one will be to give them a comfortable, secure sleeping place. Cribs are the most obvious choice, but a crib mattress and a sheet alone won’t do the trick:

You’ll need something to protect the bed from the literal crap-storm that is coming its way – a toddler has no control over its bowels or bladder, so the mattress will be under constant threat from getting soaked in urine or worse!

Besides ruining the mattress, such an incident, if not contained in a timely manner, can also lead to bacterial / fungal growth that can adversely affect your toddler’s health. The easiest solution to contain fluid spills, deter bacterial growth, and keep out allergens, is a mattress protector.

Here’s my guide to choosing the best mattress protector for toddlers – it’ll educate you on the specific factors you need to consider when looking for a cover for your baby, and will be especially helpful for first time parents.

Table of Contents

Best Memory Foam Mattress Protector Comparisons

Brand

Material (surface / membrane)

Waterproof

Allergen Proof

Bedbug Proof

Warranty

Extra Features

Our Ratings

Cotton top; plastic membrane

Yes

Yes

No

30 day money back guarantee

Easy fit / removal

Bamboo-derived rayon terry top; plastic membrane

Yes

Yes

No


Lifetime money back guarantee

Easy fit / removal; Uses eco friendly polyurethane; temperature regulating; anti-bacterial; hypoallergenic

Cotton terry top; plastic membrane

Yes

Yes

No


10 year warranty; 30 day money back guarantee

Easy fit / removal; GREENGUARD Gold Certified; does not contain harmful plastic chemicals

Organic cotton top; breathable polyester middle; knitted polyester laminated TPU membrane bottom

Yes

Yes

No


30 day money back guarantee


Easy fit / removal; Quilted cushioned surfaced

Bamboo rayon top; plastic membrane

Yes

Yes

No

30 day money back guarantee

Easy fit / removal; Phthalate, lead, BPA free; temperature regulating; anti-bacterial; hypoallergenic; washer / dryer friendly

Why Should You Get A Baby Mattress Protector?

  • To Keep The Mattress Clean And Safe
  • To Ensure Your Baby’s Good Health
  • To Keep Out Allergens

Baby mattresses may not be that expensive, but nobody wants to buy one twice. If you don’t have a waterproof cover in place to contain fluid spills (urine, poop, regurgitated milk) to the surface, you will likely be faced with this situation.


What To Look For In The Best Crib Mattress Protector?

Comfort

While this is true for every bedding product out there – you need to pay special attention to comfort where a toddler is concerned. A baby’s body is developing rapidly – especially when they’re sleeping, so you need to make sure that their sleep is as comfortable as possible.

A mattress cover usually has an impact on the feel of the bed (no matter how minor it is) – so you must get one that has a positive (or, at the very least, neutral) impact i.e. the surface becomes soft or stays like before. A plastic-feeling surface will be uncomfortable for your baby, which could compromise sleep quality; this in turn may affect the baby’s growth rate.

Waterproofing

Strong waterproofing is a must where toddlers are concerned, for reasons that should be obvious by now. A leak needs to be prevented at all costs, and that is only possible with a tight micron size (this denotes the size of the microscopic holes in the waterproof membrane).

While the ideal size would be 1 micron or less, you may need to make a compromise for the sake of breathability in hotter climates, and go with about 5 microns. This will restrict the fluid on the surface long enough for you to clean it up.

Absorbency

This feature determines whether the protector will cause the fluid to pool up on its surface, or absorb it in its top fabric to take it away from the sleeper. The latter outcome is favored, since a baby is sensitive to cold and accumulated fluid in contact with your body will definitely cause cooling.

So to make sure the baby doesn’t suffer from a cold (or even pneumonia in colder climes) just because you were too late to clean up the fluid, you need to get a protector made out of an absorbent material. Absorbency is also essential in warmer areas – to transport sweat away from the baby’s body so that the sweat glands don’t get blocked and cause a rash.

Breathability

Breathability (or how well the protector let’s airflow through it) is, as mentioned above, also related to the micron size - a looser micron size will ensure good breathability.

This feature becomes important in warmer climates where the plastic waterproof membrane in a protector can lead to excessive sweating. Absorbency may be good to take the sweat away, but breathability, by ensuring adequate cooling, will prevent the sweating from occurring in the first place.

It is therefore a proactive solution, not just to prevent skin problems, but also to ensure that the baby doesn’t wake up (and wake you up!) in the middle of the night because the bed become too hot for it to sleep in.

Surface Materials

Organic materials are favored for crib covers because of their natural comfort, breathability and health safety. The best organic crib mattress protectors will be made out of the following fabrics:

  • Cotton
  • Bamboo
  • Tencel

Natural cotton is known for its softness, breathability and absorbency. Manufacturer’s tend to use terry cotton or brushed cotton in covers that are meant to provide greater comfort and cooling than cheap plastic. The absorbent nature of cotton makes it necessary for there to be strong waterproofing underneath it though.

Chemical Safety

Children are prone to serious health issues if they are exposed to harmful chemicals present in certain plastics e.g. PVC, vinyl, and phthalates. Exposure to dioxins released during their manufacture and decomposition can lead to learning and developmental delays, and immune system abnormalities, among other nasty conditions.

Fortunately, most reputed manufacturers now carry health safety ratings from third party organizations, such as OEKO-Tex Standard 100, GREENGUARD and CertiPUR-US. These certifications mean that the product has been tested and found not to contain harmful chemicals.

For added surety, you could opt for a product whose surface material is made from a 100% natural fabric. This ensures that your baby’s skin will not come in direct contact with any plastic (safe or otherwise). One further telltale sign of at least some threshold of health safety is when the product clearly states that it has been manufactured in the United States.


Easy To Launder

As I’ve stated above, babies don’t have a grip on their excretory functions – they’ll defecate / urinate impulsively. The protector is supposed to bear the brunt of it and keep your mattress safe.

However, in turn, the protector will have to be cleaned every time such an incident happens. This means that you’ll be taking it off and putting it on quite often, so your best choice would be a fitted-sheet style product with elastic sides.

Next, the laundering itself: many protectors are sensitive to laundering / drying on high heat because their plastic waterproof membrane melts / deforms at these settings. But since you’ll be dealing with a urine soaked cover quite frequently, you may want to invest in a protector that can be washed / dried on at least a medium heat setting.

The best way to make certain that a protector can survive constant laundering is to scour consumer reviews – from personal experience, if a product does not last after a few washes, you will be able to find dozens of complaints from users online.

Sizing

There is quite a large variety of mattress protectors available in the market today – but most of them do not come in crib size. Before you look for anything else, make sure the candidate protector is available in the size of your child’s bed.

If Possible, Always Get Two

It may already have occurred to you, but for the benefit of every parent out there, it is a smart move to get at least two mattress protectors of the same brand. This way, when one gets dirty, you can take it off and put it in the laundry, and put the other one in its place so that the crib’s protection isn’t interrupted.

For this reason, some manufacturers sell their crib products in discounted packs of two.

Top Rated Crib Mattress Protector Reviews

Utopia Bedding Waterproof Crib Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Cotton top; plastic membrane
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: Easy fit / removal
    • Warranty: 30 day money back guarantee

The manufacturer does not specify it, but the top is made from cotton (or a high-cotton / polyester blend) that yields a smooth, adequately soft surface without becoming overly plush. The fabric is absorbent enough – being able to contain all but the most excessive of fluid accidents.

The waterproofing is sufficiently reliable, with the majority of people stating that it can keep nighttime accidents from reaching the mattress quite effectively. However, there have been some reports of defective units, and broken waterproofing after a few washes.

This isn’t very surprising for this cheap a cover, but you may want to take things with a pinch of salt and test out the protector’s capabilities with a little bit of water before you put it on your baby’s bed. Further, avoid using excessive heat while washing the product.

There’s a silver lining in the fact that protector fits perfectly on standard crib sized mattresses, and it comes with a 30 day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with its performance.

Pros

  • Cheap.
  • Adequately reliable waterproofing performance.
  • Breathable, absorbent and comfortable cotton surface.
  • Easy fit / remove on standard crib size mattress.
  • 30 day money back guarantee.

Cons

    • Requires careful laundering.
    • Some complaints of defective units.

Recommended For

This ultra-cheap crib protector is geared towards budget bound parents who want a low-risk, low-investment solution to secure their baby’s mattress against common threats.

Margaux & May Ultra Soft Waterproof Crib Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material:Bamboo-derived rayon terry top; plastic membrane
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: Easy fit / removal; Uses eco friendly polyurethane; temperature regulating; anti-bacterial; hypoallergenic
    • Warranty: Lifetime money back guarantee

Sporting a bamboo-derived terry cloth top, the cover is discreetly comfortable, breathable and moisture wicking. The bamboo fabric gives it inherent anti-microbial and hypoallergenic capabilities as well. It also conceals the plastic feel / crinkly noise of the underlying waterproof backing (which is made out of eco friendly PU).

Thanks to a 9” deep skirt size, the cover is able to fit the vast majority of crib mattresses, and the elasticized sides mean that putting it on and taking it off the mattress isn’t a chore either. Users have praised the product for its durability, comfort, and ease of fitting / removal.

There have been complaints of waterproofing failures after laundering at too high a heat setting – but these have occurred after several months, and in any case, the manufacturer warns against this expressly in the product description.

Impressive for such a cheap price tag, Margaux & May offer a lifetime money back guarantee – which means they are willing to place a massive bet on the performance of their product. It should also be noted that most competitors only offer a month long money back guarantee at most.

Pros

  • Inexpensive.
  • Bamboo terry cloth surface is comfortable, breathable and absorbent.
  • Bamboo fiber naturally repels allergens and bacteria.
  • Can be put on and removed easily for quick maintenance.
  • Lifetime money back guarantee.

Cons

  • Requires careful laundering.

Recommended For

If you’re looking for an ultra-soft, naturally anti-bacterial cover to secure your toddler’s mattress, you may consider this product from Margaux & May.

SureGuard Crib Size Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Cotton terry top; plastic membrane
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: Easy fit / removal; GREENGUARD Gold Certified; does not contain harmful plastic chemicals
    • Warranty: 10 year warranty; 30 day money back guarantee

A pure cotton terry top results in a comfortable and breathable sleep surface for toddlers. Underneath, a thin film of polyurethane (free from PVC, vinyl and phthalates) with 1 micron pores ensures stringent security against spills, making it perhaps the best waterproof mattress protector for potty training.

Despite the tight micron size, the breathability of the product is impressive to the point that many people use its larger sized versions for their memory foam mattresses (which have inherent heat retention problems)!

It is worth noting that a GREENGUARD Gold certification accompanies the cover, which validates the manufacturer’s claim of it not containing any hazardous materials. As per the manufacturer, if you follow the proper laundering instructions, the protector will keep functioning reliably wash after wash, and based on feedback from consumers, I will have to say that this claim does hold up.

There have been some limited complaints of manufacturing defects – but a 30 day money back guarantee as well as a 10 year warranty mean that you can easily get a replacement in such an eventuality.

Pros

    • Comfortable, breathable cotton terry surface.
    • Tight micron size for strong waterproofing and allergen proofing.
    • GREENGUARD Gold certification for chemical safety.
    • Reliable long-term performance.
    • 30 day money back guarantee / 10 year warranty.

Cons

    • Slightly expensive.
    • Limited complaints of manufacturing defects.

Recommended For

Those in need of a thoroughly reliable protector that can maintain its performance after frequent laundering may find this product up their alley.

American Baby Company Waterproof Quilted Mattress Cover

Key Points

    • Material: Organic cotton top; breathable polyester middle; knitted polyester laminated TPU membrane bottom
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: Easy fit / removal; Quilted cushioned surfaced
    • Warranty: 30 day money back guarantee

The top is made from organic cotton, fluffed by an inch or so of breathable polyester: this creates the padding effect to make for a plusher sleeping experience for the child. The waterproofing consists of knitted polyester backed with a thin TPU film.

Thanks to the padding effect of the cotton and polyester, the crinkling that is normally created by a polyurethane membrane is eliminated. The cover can readily fit standard crib mattresses up to 6” deep, and may just as quickly be removed for clean up after an incident.

However, it should be washed cold if you want it to last – although some users have reported that the cover handles laundry abuse quite well. Praise has also been directed at the core waterproofing and padded comfort.

This being a Chinese product, there have been some complaints regarded broken waterproofing from the get go, but there’s a 30 day money back guarantee included that should protect your investment.

Pros

  • Organic top with polyester filling provides soft, breathable and padded comfort.
  • Generally reliable, long lasting performance.
  • Can withstand some laundry abuse.
  • 30 day money back guarantee.

Cons

    • Slightly expensive.
    • Minor likelihood of waterproofing failure.

Recommended For

This cover is directed towards parents who want a pad-protector combo for their toddler (not infant) which protects the bed and increases its comfort in a single package.

Swaddlez Pure Guard Bamboo Crib Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Bamboo rayon top; plastic membrane
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: Easy fit / removal; Phthalate, lead, BPA free; temperature regulating; anti-bacterial; hypoallergenic; washer / dryer friendly
    • Warranty: 30 day money back guarantee

The cover derives most of its qualities through the bamboo rayon it uses for its surface layer – it is soft to the touch; good at rapidly absorbing any spills; inherently antimicrobial and hypoallergenic; and adequately breathable to maintain a comfortable temperature all year round.

A 9” skirt ensures that the product fits normal sized crib mattresses. Underneath the bamboo layer is a completely waterproof TPU membrane responsible for keeping fluids and allergens from reaching the mattress. Even though the membrane is plastic, it is free from phthalates, lead and BPA.

It is worth pointing out that this protector’s membrane has been made washer / dryer friendly, so it can perform day in and day out even with regular laundering. This has been confirmed by multiple users.

The protector has accrued vastly positive feedback from consumers in every department, with only a few quality assurance concerns sprouting up in between – but these can easily be remedied through the included 30 day money back guarantee.

Pros

    • Reasonable price.
    • Comfortable, breathable, temperature regulating bamboo surface.
    • Bamboo also lends hypoallergenic and antibacterial qualities.
    • Strong waterproofing that is free from harmful chemicals.
    • Can handle frequent, intensive laundering.

Cons

    • Very few complaints pertaining to QA.

Recommended For

The Swaddlez Pure Guard mattress protector is a reasonably priced, thermally regulating, inherently absorbent, and highly soft solution that covers almost every base, and is thus ideal for parents in need of an all-round solution for their baby’s crib.

Conclusion

Having finished my guide, you should appreciate by now that choosing the best mattress protector for kids isn’t nearly as simple as choosing one for an adult bed – the reason being that children (and babies in particular) are more sensitive to discomfort and heat, and may not be able to tolerate an uncomfortable / dysfunctional protector as well as a grown up can.

This affects their sleep quality, which in turn can have a bad impact on their general wellbeing, and mental/physical development. So you need to take into account factors like comfort, waterproofing, absorbency, breathability, environmental safety, before making a decision.

The surface material as well as the plastic membrane play a role in these. And this isn’t all – for your convenience, you would also need to look for a product that is easily installable and removable, and can last through several washes.

With these things in mind, my pick for the top spot would have to be the Swaddlez Pure Guard Bamboo Crib Mattress Protector. Its bamboo surface covers all of the considerations mentioned above, and even throws antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties into the mix.

Further, its plastic membrane doesn’t use harmful chemicals and is built to sustain frequent laundry cycles. It achieves these qualities at a remarkably low cost, has gathered widespread applause for its performance from consumers, and comes with a 30 day money back guarantee – a winning package by any means.

Best Mattress Protector For Tempurpedic

Tempurpedic is a major pioneering name in the memory foam bedding market, and their viscoelastic mattresses are regarded as a benchmark for luxury and comfort. They don’t come cheap either (and have kinks in their warranty) that necessitate their protection against threats that could damage them.

These threats include dust mites, dander, dead skin, mold and mildew, and even bed bugs (if you’re unfortunate enough). Not only will they ruin your sleep experience on your expensive mattress, they will also void the warranty that protects it.

Mattress protectors offer a simple solution against these miscreants, but given the viscoelastic nature of Tempurpedic, not every cover out there will do the trick. With that in mind, I have written this guide to help you choose the best mattress protector for Tempurpedic mattresses.

Table of Contents

Best mattress protector for Tempurpedic comparisons

Brand

Material (surface / membrane)

Waterproof

Allergen Barrier

Bedbug Proof

Warranty

Extra Features

Our Ratings

Terry Cotton / Plastic

Yes

Yes

No

10 years

PVC, vinyl, phthalate free; FDA Class 1 Medical Device

Tencel / Plastic

Yes

Yes

No


10 years

Organic top surface; hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial

Undisclosed

Partial

Yes

No


10 years

Guaranteed to fit Tempur products

Polyester / Polyurethane

Yes

Yes

No


10 years


Vinyl free

Tencel / Plastic

Yes

Yes

Yes

15 years

Organic top surface; hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial; phase-changing membrane

Core Protection Features

If you’re willing to compromise on everything else, you’ll still need some basic features in the cover you pick for your Tempur mattress.

Waterproofing

First, there is waterproofing. Memory foam is very good at absorbing water – essentially, if water reaches the surface of your Tempur bed, you can consider it ruined. It can also lead to the growth of mold if the water accumulates inside the mattress.

Allergen blocking

Next, there’s allergen blocking. Most protector manufacturers, when they talk about ‘allergen blocking / proofing’ are referring to the ability of a protector to block out dust mites. Allergens can lead to a number of nasty symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, rashes, itches and so on.

Anti-microbial treatment

Anti-microbial treatment (such as Silver Chloride / chemical spray / natural substances) can be an additional protective feature to consider if you live in a home where spills are quite likely. These prevent the growth of bacteria / fungi on the surface of the protector where water tends to gather.

Comfort And Feel

You brought your Tempurpedic mattress to enjoy a lavishly comfortable sleep, but a run-of-the-mill waterproof mattress protector, with its wrinkly plastic surface, is bound to get in the way of that. Consider the following to ensure that you are able to fully enjoy your high-end bed while using a protector:

Profile

Ideally, you should pick a protector that has an ultra-thin surface – this will minimize its impact on the overall ‘feel’ of your bed.

Breathability

Memory foam is inherently poor at letting out heat – even with all the recent developments in Tempur’s lineup that enhance cooling, you still won’t get the same thermal dissipation as a simple innerspring. To keep your protector from making things worse, make sure you buy a product that is ‘breathable’.

This means that the tiny holes on in its membrane allow air to pass through, even as they block out water molecules and dust mites. Breathability will also enable the mattress to wick away moisture from perspiration during the night.

Another factor that affects breathability is whether the protector is six-sided or five-sided. A six-sided (encasement style) cover will envelop the mattress, which will keep bed bugs out, but it will also prevent air from readily escaping your mattress.

In my opinion, unless you’re dealing with a bedbug infestation, it is better to stick with a five-sided (fitted sheet style) product if you’ve got a memory foam mattress.

Surface Material

Cotton

A soft surface material such as natural cotton camouflages the plastic sensation that is inherent to a cover’s membrane. Cotton has the advantage of being softer and cooler, but it isn’t waterproof (so you’ll want to make sure the underlying membrane is plastic).

Polyester

Spun polyester is another option – this strikes a middle ground between softness and protection, since it is soft to the touch while also being waterproof. More often than not, these protectors suffer from some plastic feel.

Vinyl

Cotton and polyester protectors aren’t very easy to clean (they usually have to be laundered) – if you’re dealing with a bed wetting situation your best bet will be a vinyl cover that can be wiped down quickly and easily.

People with pets should also stick with thick vinyl protectors as these can sustain damage from claw scratches. On the other hand, vinyl protectors are notorious for the crinkling sensation and noise they create during sleep.

Note: vinyl based plastics are not recommended for use by children due to their potentially harmful effects on human health.

Do I Need To Buy Branded?

Tempur sells their own branded mattress protector which, in their own words, is made to fit Tempurpedic mattresses. The truth is that almost every other brand will work just as well, provided that you choose the product based on the criteria discussed above.

Warranty

While warranty isn’t always an accurate metric for predicting a mattress cover’s reliability and quality, it does nevertheless indicate a manufacturer’s confidence in their product. With that in mind, look for a product with at least a decade long warranty so that you know that it can protect your expensive mattress after multiple washes.


Top Rated Tempurpedic Mattress Protector Reviews

SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Terry Cotton / Plastic
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: ​PVC, vinyl, phthalate free; FDA Class 1 Medical Device​​​​
    • Warranty: 10 years

The top surface is made out of cotton terry, which dulls out the plastic feel of the underlying membrane. The cotton is soft, breathable and silent, so you won’t be experiencing the crinkling that is typical of a cheap cover. Since it has a fitted sheet style construction, it won’t move under the mattress as you sleep.

It comes with an FDA Class 1 Medical Device certification, and the membrane is guaranteed to be free of harmful chemicals e.g. vinyl, PVC, phthalates and fire retardants. Parents concerned about protecting their kids (particularly eczema / asthma sufferers) from exposure to hazardous materials will appreciate this.

In spite of its affordable cost, the protector comes with a hefty 10 year warranty – I only found minimal complaints about its performance though, so it is likely you may never need it! The protector is machine washable with mild detergents, and can be dried on low heat. Ironing / dry cleaning is not permitted.

Pros

    • Provides dependable protection against moisture and allergens.
    • Does not appreciably change the feel of your mattress.
    • Does not contain harmful chemicals.
    • Affordably priced.
    • 10 year warranty.

Cons

    • No protection against bed-bugs.

Recommended For

Here’s a fitted sheet style mattress cover that will provide soft, noiseless protection for your Tempur mattress.

Protect-A-Bed Luxury Waterproof Mattress Protector

Key Points

  • Material: Tencel / Plastic
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Allergen Proof: Yes
  • Bed Bug Proof: No
  • Extra Features: Organic top surface; hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial
  • Warranty: 10 years

Thanks to a top surface composed of Tencel (a material derived from eucalyptus) the cover is inherently soft, cool, and good at transporting moisture away from your body. It also possesses hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial properties that keep fungi / bacteria from invading your bed.

Protect-A-Bed’s proprietary ‘Miracle Membrane’ is the chief mechanism for keeping out allergens and fluids – it is a thin plastic lining that achieves this while also retaining much better breathability than its competitors.

I didn’t come across significant issues while scouring through user feedback, and my only concern is the slightly steep pricing – but it makes sense considering that the top surface is made of an exotic material. The cover comes with a 10 year warranty that should assuage some of your worries about the price tag.

Pros

    • Fully organic top surface is soft and cool.
    • Plastic membrane is breathable yet offers reliable protection.
    • Top surface is inherently anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic.
    • 10 year warranty.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Complaints about minor manufacturing flaws.

Recommended For

This cover is recommended for those who will be using their Tempuredic in a warm, humid setting that can lead to sweating and bacterial growth.

Tempur-Pedic Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Undisclosed
    • Waterproof: Partial (water resistant)
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: Guaranteed to fit Tempur products
    • Warranty: 10 years

If you put your faith in a brand, then this mattress cover, made by and for Tempurpedic mattresses, is worth consideration. Its biggest selling point is its thin construction which discreetly stretches over your bed and – as per consumer feedback – makes no noticeable changes to the feel of the bed.

While the exact nature of the material used for making this product is kept hidden by the manufacturer, it should be noted that it is water-resistant as opposed to waterproof (which also makes it more breathable).

There have been complaints by certain buyers where the protector failed to contain the fluid spill to its surface and the mattress got ruined. Also, due to the thinness of the membrane, it is somewhat susceptible to damage from drying even on low heat.

As is the industry standard, the protector comes with a 10 year warranty. However, it does cost a lot: aside from the fact that it is guaranteed to fit a Tempurpedic, it isn’t really advisable to use it for heavy duty protection.

Pros

    • Perfect fit for Tempur products.
    • Thin form factor does not leave an impact on overall feel of bed.
    • 10 year warranty.
    • Highly breathable.

Cons

  • Not fully waterproof.
  • Expensive.

Recommended For

If you put your faith in a brand, then this mattress cover, made by and for Tempurpedic mattresses, is worth consideration.

LINENSPA Premium Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Polyester / Polyurethane
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: Vinyl free
    • Warranty: 10 years

Sporting a thin, stretchy polyester surface, the protector maintains a low profile on your bed, letting you enjoy the conforming comfort of your viscoelastic mattress undisturbed. The underlying polyurethane membrane keeps out harmful fluids and allergens, but without exposing you (or your children / pets) to harmful substances like vinyl.

Users have complimented the cover for its reliability, good fitting, and subtlety, which is quite impressive given its remarkably low cost. While it is by no means a perfect product (there have been some durability / quality assurance issues), it does come with a 10 year warranty that is on par with far more expensive rivals.

Pros

  • Remarkably cheap.
  • Dependable protection against fluids and allergens.
  • Does not appreciably alter the feel of your mattress.
  • Free from harmful chemicals.
  • 10 year warranty.

Cons

    • Some durability concerns.

Recommended For

If spending big on a Tempur bed has left you short on cash, you can use this cover to safeguard your investment against allergens and fluids without breaking your wallet or exposing yourself to bad chemicals.

Malouf Sleep Tite Encase® Omniphase™ Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Tencel / plastic
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: Yes
    • Extra Features: Organic top surface; hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial; phase-changing membrane
    • Warranty: 15 years

Dealing with a bed bug infestation requires the use of an encasement style mattress cover – but if you’ve got a viscoelastic bed, this becomes difficult due to the heat retentive effect the two have once combined. This cover offers you a solution for keeping out bed bugs (and other threats) without having to deal with excessive heating.

The surface consists of Tencel which, as discussed above, is an organic material that is cool, comfortable and inherently anti-bacterial. Furthermore, the underlying H2Pro membrane guards against fluids and allergens effectively, while the signature Omniphase™ phase changing system transports heat away from your body.

To prevent bed bugs from invading, the cover uses a six-sided encasement form factor coupled with a Micro-Tite zipper that is specifically designed to keep the critters from slipping through. Consumer feedback is largely positive, and a generous 15 year warranty puts the protector further ahead of the competition.

The only problem with the product is its expensive price tag which puts it out of the reach of the average buyer.

Pros

  • Strong protection against allergens, bed bugs, and fluids.
  • Tencel surface is comfortable, cool, moisture absorbent, and inherently anti-bacterial.
  • Phase changing mechanism ensures adequate cooling in spite of plastic membrane.
  • 15 year limited warranty.

Cons

    • Expensive.

Recommended For

This cover offers you a solution for keeping out bed bugs (and other threats) without having to deal with excessive heating.

Conclusion

It should be clear to you that selecting the best mattress protector for Tempur Pedic beds is a matter of deciding what core features you want (waterproofing, allergen-proofing, bed bug protection) and then finding the product that manages these features with minimal alteration to your sleeping surface in terms of comfort and heating.

In other words, what I pick for the top product may not be the best for your situation. That said, I would go with the Protect-A-Bed Luxury Waterproof Mattress Protector for my Tempur mattress. Its Tencel based top surface, in addition to being cool, comfortable and absorbent, also packs anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic benefits.

The underlying surface is thin so that the plastic doesn’t feel hot or crinkly as you sleep, yet it manages to provide reliable fluid and allergen protection. The protector is expensive, but not too expensive, and a 10 year warranty means you’re covered in the (rare) event of a manufacturing flaw.

It does not protect against bed bugs though, but that is a special case which requires a costlier product in the context of a viscoelastic mattress.

Can you use a mattress cover with your electric blanket?

Those who have lived in colder climates will know that there are times when you need something extra to warm up in bed, other than what the radiator can provide. An electric heating pad is the most popular solution in that regard, but for those who have to use a mattress protector too, it poses a dilemma.

Can you put a mattress protector over an electric blanket? Is it safe? Do you put it over or under the blanket? Will the blanket provide enough heat if you put the cover on top? These are all valid queries, which may not have as straightforward an answer as you might imagine.

This post is meant to address these very questions, and should hopefully help you decide how best to combine your mattress cover with an electric blanket.

Can You Use A Protector Alongside A Blanket?

The short answer is yes. Modern electric blankets are designed with safety features that should eliminate any chance of a fire starting due to overheating caused by an added layer of plastic and fabric. As this is the concern that worries most individuals, you should know at the very least that you can combine a cover and an electric blanket these days.

A risk of fire does, however, exist in older electric blankets, that lack an auto-shutoff feature in case of overheating caused by having a protector on top of the blanket. You can verify whether your blanket has this feature or not by carefully perusing the manual that comes with it.

What Goes On First?

There are proponents of both theories, so I’ll discuss them both, and see which one is suited to your scenario:

Cover On Top Of Blanket

This viewpoint makes sense when your main priority is protecting your bed against fluid spills, leaks, allergens and similar threats, and/or you’re not in need of serious heating. When you put the protector over the blanket, this allows it do its intended job of safeguarding your bed (including the blanket), against these threats.

Since most protectors have thick underlying plastic membranes to keep fluids from reaching whatever is underneath them, this does pose a risk of trapping heat from the blanket if the cover isn’t breathable (so that it doesn’t reach you, but builds up under the cover). Breathability can be determined by the micron size of the membrane.

In case the cover isn’t breathable, a new-gen electric blanket will automatically shut itself off after the heat accumulates beyond a certain temperature threshold. Keep in mind that a flimsy membrane may get damaged by the heat accumulated in this way, in any case.

Blanket On Top Of Cover

This approach is suited to people who are more intent on warming up their bed than they are concerned about protecting it against the threats described above. The blanket is able to offer you heat directly, without any issues with accumulation since the cover is underneath it – thus, even older blankets with no self-shut-off mechanism can be used safely in this manner.

This will, of course, expose the blanket to all those harmful agents that the protector was intended to guard against. Fluids in particular may pose a shock hazard if the wiring inside the blanket has been frayed at any point.


Conclusion

As far as putting a cover over a blanket goes, you have your answer in the form of a yes. But you will now have seen that there is more to it than that – you could even put the cover beneath the blanket, depending on your particular situation:

Start by deciding what the priority is for you - heating the bed, or protecting it against fluids and allergens. Next, read the product details of both the blanket and the mattress cover, to become fully aware of their functionality e.g. an auto-shutoff feature for the former, and breathability for the latter.

Use the answers to these questions to choose the most beneficial configuration for yourself. Feel free to leave your questions and comments below, and I will try to answer them as best as I can.

Best Mattress Protector

A mattress will only serve the purpose of enabling sound sleep if it is kept in good shape – but that shouldn’t be so difficult, right? From personal experience, I would advise you to think again: there are multiple threats that can harm and greatly reduce the usability of your mattress (and by extension, the quality of your sleep).

Fluids, moisture, allergens such as dust mites, mold, fungi, and bed bugs; these are what I like to refer to as the ‘usual suspects’. The good news is that all of the aforementioned nuisances can be dealt with through a single, simple product: the mattress protector.

By coming between the outside environment and the mattress, it keeps out all the nasties so that your mattress remains almost good as new for as long as possible. The trick is to choose the best mattress protector to match your bed, and that’s what I’ll help you do with this in-depth guide.

Table of Contents

Best Mattress Protector Comparisons

BRAND

DETAILS

OUR RATINGS

Protect-A-Bed Luxury Waterproof Mattress Protector

Material: Tencel surface,
polyurethane membrane

Waterproof: Yes

Allergen Proof: Yes

Bed Bug Proof: No

Warranty: 10 years

Luna Premium Mattress Protector

Material: Cotton terry surface, plastic membrane

Waterproof: Yes

Allergen Proof: Yes

Bed Bug Proof: No

Warranty: 15 years

Priva Hypoallergenic Waterproof Vinyl Mattress Protector

Material: Vinyl

Waterproof: Yes

Allergen Proof: Yes

Bed Bug Proof: No

Warranty: 10 years

Material: Polyester surface, Polyurethane membrane

Waterproof: Yes

Allergen Proof: Yes

Bed Bug Proof: No

Warranty: 10 years

PureCare Total Encasement Mattress Protector

Material: OmniGuard Advance surface, polyurethane membrane

Waterproof: Yes

Allergen Proof: Yes

Bed Bug Proof: Yes

Warranty: 10 years

Slumber Cloud Dryline Mattress Protector

Material: Polyester 98% / Lycra surface, Outlast(R) PCM, plastic membrane

Waterproof: Yes

Allergen Proof: Yes

Bed Bug Proof: No

Warranty: 60 days

Why Do You Need A Mattress Protector?

If the mere mention of the usual suspects doesn’t alarm you enough, here is a detailed breakdown of why they are bad news, and why a mattress cover will help you against them:

  • Fluids and moisture
  • Allergens
  • Bed bugs
  • Voided warranty

As if dust mites aren’t trouble enough, your bed may also come to harm from a far more persistent enemy: bed bugs are tiny insects that thrive on your blood. They can make their way inside your home concealed in everyday items such as garments, luggage and furniture.
Once inside your mattress, they will lay hundreds of eggs that will eventually lead to an infestation. They become active at night and feed via your skin for up to 10 minutes, leaving bites that are initially painless but later become irritated welts.

If you do not counter these insects at the first sign, the infestation may become irreversible, to the point that your mattress may have to be disposed of (or permanently sealed to keep the bugs inside for good).

A six-sided, encasement style protector that envelops (and seals off) your mattress from all sides will effectively keep bed bugs out.

What To Consider When Buying A Protector?

Waterproofing

Mattress covers are available in multiple degrees of water resistance – some are fully waterproof, others are partly so, while some aren’t waterproof at all. Waterproofing is directly related to micron size i.e. the size of the microscopic holes in the protector’s membrane.

A tighter micron size results in stronger waterproofing, but it also means less breathability (i.e. you may sleep hot at night). Therefore, you need to carefully consider the degree of waterproofing you require, so that you don’t have to deal with a higher temperature rise than is necessary.

Allergen Proofing

Allergen proofing is, again, tied with micron size – the smaller the size of the hole, the harder it will be for tiny insects i.e. dust mites and bed bugs, to burrow in. If you’re dealing with an acute dust mite issue, try to look for a product that clearly specifies a micron size of 1 or less.

While a bed bug infestation does not classify as an allergenic concern, it is worth discussing here because it is just as much a nuisance. Only a thoroughly zippered, six-sided protector will provide adequate safety against bed bugs – but since it will enclose the mattress from all sides, it will also lead to a temperature rise.

Only go for a six sided protector if you’re sure that you’re dealing with bed bugs in your house, otherwise, you’ll do just fine with a decent four sided (fitted sheet style) protector.

Materials

There are several types of mattress protectors, based on materials; and the type of material has a direct impact on protection, thermal regulation, and overall comfort provided by the mattress cover.

  • Cotton
  • Plastics
  • Organic Derivatives

Advanced high-end products may use derivatives of natural materials such as eucalyptus, bamboo, latex and wool, for creating mattress covers that provide functionality coupled with a high degree of luxury.

They are expensive of course, but they offer unparalleled cooling and moisture wicking compared to mainstream products. Oftentimes, they also come with the added benefits of inborn anti-bacterial protection.

Furthermore, such protectors are suitable for individuals who are uncomfortable being in contact with artificial plastics that may have long term health hazards.

Heat Dissipation

Heat dissipation is related to the type of material used for the top surface, the permeability of the underlying protective membrane, as well as the environment you plan to use the cover in.

These factors have already been discussed in detail in the previous subsections, so be sure to keep them in mind when making your choice, especially if you’re picking a cover for a memory foam mattress (they are inherently heat retentive).

Comfort

Comfort is a highly subjective experience, but in this context, I’ll discuss it in terms of the surface feel of the protector. For most people, the best mattress cover with regards to comfort would be one that serves its protective functions without having any impact on the overall feel of your bed.

This is, of course, impossible to achieve entirely, but there are certain ultra-slim protectors that can actually come quite close – these, however, aren’t as reusable as thicker products, and are prone to breaking down if laundered improperly.


Reusability

This is an important determinant if you’re using the protector for chronic bedwetting problems. You’ll need a protector that can be cleaned up and be ready to use again as quickly as possible. A vinyl cover will suit you best, since this tough material keeps the fluid on its surface so it can be simply wiped away with a wet cloth.

Other materials that are more absorbent will need to be laundered, and that is where the true test of durability comes in. A cheap product with a weak membrane will fail after a few washes, while a superior product may last for several dozen washes.

Unfortunately, there is no sure shot way of predicting the reusability of a product. Your best bet is to scour through consumer reviews which will portray a more or less accurate picture of how long the protector will last.

Warranty

While not always true, the period of warranty coverage can give you an indication of how reliable a product is. The industry average is 10 years, but higher end products often come with a 15 year warranty.

Generally, a product with favorable user feedback and a decade long or higher warranty claim should last you through multiple washings. Conversely, a period shorter than this implies poor quality since the manufacturer is unwilling to stand behind their product for long.


Third Party Certifications

Several top tier manufacturers have gotten their products certified by reputed third party organizations to ease the consumer concerns pertaining to the environment- and health-friendliness of the materials used in their protectors.

Examples include the GREENGUARD Certification and the STANDARD 100 OEKO-Tex®, both of which certify that the product does not contain harmful chemicals that could negatively affect the quality of air in your home.

These safety standards are particularly important for people who plan to use mattress protectors in their children’s rooms.

Give It A Test First

If you plan on using a protector for a super expensive mattress that you absolutely don’t want stained, it is always better to test your purchased mattress cover on a secondary, less critical surface.

Simply spill some water in the protector’s middle and observe it every half hour. You will be able to deduce the effectiveness of the product’s waterproof membrane quite easily in this manner, and in case there’s any trouble, you can claim its warranty without learning about the defect after your main bed is ruined!

Top Rated Mattress Protector Reviews

Protect-A-Bed Luxury Waterproof Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Tencel surface,
      polyurethane membrane
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: Nature derived top surface, inherently anti-bacterial
    • Warranty: 10 years

The protector’s top surface has been made from eucalyptus leaves – a material known as Tencel, which makes it softer, cooler and more absorbent than cotton (and most definitely plastic) while also lending it hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial capabilities.

For keeping out allergens and fluids, the product uses the ‘Miracle Membrane’ – a waterproof layer underneath the surface that keeps out moisture and mites while still allowing for adequate air flow. Coupled with the Tencel on top, this ensures solid protection alongside ample thermal regulation.

There have been only a few complaints regarding the long term reliability of the cover, and in any case, the 10 year warranty should have you covered in case of a defect. One thing that should be noted is that the use of organic material makes the product a bit pricey.

Pros

    • Natural surface layer.
    • Superb cooling, comfort and moisture wicking.
    • Anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic.
    • 10 year warranty.

Cons

    • Expensive.
    • Limited complaints regarding defects.

Recommended For

This mattress cover is geared towards those who are temperature conscious during sleep, so that they require reasonable protection with minimal rise in temperature.

Luna Premium Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Cotton terry surface, plastic membrane
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: Does not use PVC or phthalates, made in USA
    • Warranty: 15 years

Thanks to a cotton terry surface the protector doesn’t feel wrinkly like cheap plastic products, which enhances its overall low profile. Furthermore, the plastic membrane doesn’t heat up as much as the competition because of Luna’s Waterproof Airflow Technology which is able to keep out allergens and fluids while remaining breathable.

The plastic membrane is devoid of harmful substances such as phthalates and PVC. While the cover has received largely favorable feedback for its unobtrusive nature and reliability, the slim profile also necessitates caution while laundering since it can easily get damaged by hot water.

Impressively, the protector comes with a 15 year warranty, which is higher than the market average.

Pros

    • Dependable, unnoticeable performance.
    • Surface cotton terry layer enhances comfort.
    • Plastic membrane is free of dangerous chemicals.
    • 15 year warranty.

Cons

  • Slim profile means it is prone to damage from hot water during laundering.

Recommended For

Thanks to a remarkably thin form factor, the Luna mattress protector is suited to people who wish to keep the feel of their bed unaltered even as they use a cover for warding off damage.

Priva Hypoallergenic Waterproof Vinyl Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Vinyl
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: Rated for 300 machine cycles; free from phthalates and BPA
    • Warranty: 10 years

It is made from vinyl, yet its surface is softer and more unnoticeable than routine plastic protectors – this I’ve deduced from consumer feedback. Naturally, since it is plastic, you can expect it to get a little hotter than organic materials.

If you’re concerned about the hazards of exposing yourself to vinyl, you should know that this cover’s vinyl is free from both BPA and phthalates, that major miscreants associated with this plastic.

The most useful aspect of this product is its 300 wash cycle rating – this is a far larger rating than the majority of products in its price range, and this is exactly why I recommend it for people who can’t be bothered with careful, low-heat laundering to extend their cover’s lifetime.

The manufacturer advertises this cover as being a ‘bed bug barrier’ when it is quite clearly not – it is a fitted sheet style product that does not cover up the back of the mattress from where beg bugs can easily make their way in.

A 10 year warranty accompanies this protector.

Pros

    • Cheap.
    • Highly reusable and easy to clean.
    • Vinyl is durable, free from harmful substances, and offers superb waterproofing.
    • Not as plastic feeling as one would expect.
    • 10 year warranty.

Cons

    • Tends to get a little hot.
    • Not a bed bug barrier as touted.

Recommended For

This low cost protector is intended for use with cases of extreme bedwetting where frequent cleaning is needed.

LINENSPA Premium Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Polyester surface, Polyurethane membrane
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: Vinyl free
    • Warranty: 10 years

Its thin, flexible polyester top lets it sit undetectable on your mattress, so you can enjoy the feel of your bed without any major change. The waterproof membrane is made out of polyurethane – a relatively safe form of plastic that keeps the harmful stuff out without exposing you to noxious chemicals.

The product has received praise for its excellent fitting, dependability, and understated performance, a formidable achievement given its cheap price tag. That said, the Linenspa protector isn’t completely without flaw – there have been a few complaints pertaining to QA, but these are part and parcel with a product this inexpensive.

The manufacturer has included a 10 year warranty with this cover.

Pros

    • Extremely cheap.
    • Reasonably reliable protection against major threats.
    • Doesn’t have a big effect on overall mattress feel.
    • Free from harmful vinyl.
    • 10 year warranty.

Cons

    • Limited concerns about durability.

Recommended For

If you’ve depleted your cash reserves after spending big on an expensive mattress, and now you’re looking for a low cost, chemically safe solution to secure it against common threats, you may want to consider the Linenspa Premium Mattress Protector.

PureCare Total Encasement Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: OmniGuard Advance surface, polyurethane membrane
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: Yes
    • Extra Features: Anti-microbial AgCl lining, washable on hot setting, OEKO Tex® certified
    • Warranty: 10 years

The surface of the cover is made from OmniGuard Advance fabric that has been designed especially to provide a comfortable, unchanged sleeping experience – but since this is an encasement that will seal the mattress off, you should be prepared for some heating

Its MiteTight seams, in conjunction with a lockable zipper, completely close off your mattress against insect threats and pet dander that would otherwise seriously compromise its lifetime. Furthermore, if you’ve already got an infestation, it will keep the creepy crawlies in until they run out of air and die.

An anti-microbial silver chloride lining counters the growth of mold and fungi from any residual moisture. It is also noteworthy that this cover, just like all other PureCare products, comes with an OEKO-Tex® certification, which means it is free from hazardous substances.

I haven’t come across any complaints with regards to failed waterproofing, and the product has also been praised for its noiselessness as you sleep on it.

Pros

    • Total protection against bedbugs, dust mites, pet dander, and fluids.
    • OmniGuard Advance fabric makes for low profile.
    • Silver chloride actively combats microbial growth.
    • Can be laundered in hot water for thorough cleaning.

Cons

    • Six sided form factor may lead to heating.
    • Expensive.

Recommended For

The Total Encasement Mattress Protector from PureCare is meant for consumers who want complete protection against mites, fluids, and bedbugs.

Slumber Cloud Dryline Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Polyester 98% / Lycra surface, Outlast(R) PCM, plastic membrane
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: Outlast(R) Gold standard phase change mechanism, made in USA
    • Warranty: 60 days

By utilizing Outlast(R) phase change thermocules in its core, this US-made cover is able to absorb excess heat given off by your body as you sleep. Once the temperature of your skin begins to cool down, heat is released from the thermocules to ensure that you don’t get too cold.

This temperature regulation yields a restful sleep surface regardless of the time of the year - and even works with thermally incompatible couples. The surface itself is made out of a lycra/polyester blend, which yields comfort with some durability.

The waterproofing is standard fare - a plastic membrane to block out fluids and allergens. Consumer feedback about the product has been vastly positive thanks to the way it safeguards your mattress without the usual sweat-inducing plastic sensation.

A 30 day money back guarantee as well as a 60 day manufacturer’s warranty accompany the Dryline protector.

Pros

    • Comfortable top surface.
    • Active temperature management solution with Outlast(R) technology.
    • Can provide individualized cooling/heating for thermally incompatible couples.
    • Reliable protection.
    • 30 day money back guarantee.

Cons

  • Somewhat expensive.
  • 60 day warranty is somewhat stingy.

Recommended For

This cover is targeted at temperature sensitive sleepers who want an active heat management solution to ensure an individually restful sleeping experience.

Conclusion

Having reached the end of this guide, you will now have realized that the choice of the best mattress cover is largely dependent upon the intended application as well as how much you’re willing to compromise on the temperature rise / change in feel.

The fact remains that the most reliable protector will always cause some heating and alter the surface feel of your bed – you’ll need to select the product that serves you just right and nothing more. For instance, those who are only concerned about random, infrequent spills may go with a cool, comfy organic top product, but those who are dealing with continuous bedwetting will need a tough plastic protector that can be readily laundered.

With that said, I would go with the Protect-A-Bed Luxury Waterproof Mattress Protector because it combines reliable and adequate protection for the average consumer while also offering super comfort thanks to its Tencel based surface.

If you’re in need of something less expensive and more durable, you could look at the Priva Vinyl Protector – but be warned: this will not be especially comfortable.

Which Is The Best Cooling Mattress Protector For You?

Keeping your mattress safe against stains, spills and allergens is a priority to ensure its longevity, but the protectors used to achieve this may have side effects that can be problematic in their own right.

One such issue is that of heating – unfortunately, it plagues the majority of mattress covers available in the market these days, and for many people, it is a major hindrance in using a protector to secure their mattress.

That said, not securing your expensive mattress against threats can be quite a gamble, especially if you have pets or children around. The solution then, is to find covers that don’t raise the temperature of the bed, so you have no reservation about using them to secure your bed.

Here’s my guide to choosing the best cooling mattress protectors – I’ll cover the various aspects that go into getting the ‘Goldilocks’ standard for your bed, and I’ll augment the guide with select reviews so you have an idea of what to look for in the market.

Table of Contents

Best cooling mattress protector Comparisons

BRAND

DETAILS

OUR RATINGS

Lulltra Bamboo Mattress Protector by Coop Home Goods

Material: Bamboo/polyester top; plastic membrane

Waterproof: Yes

Allergen Proof: Yes

Bed Bug Proof: No

Warranty: 15 year warranty 

Malouf Sleep Tite Mattress Protector

Material: Cotton terry top; plastic membrane

Waterproof: Yes

Allergen Proof: Yes

Bed Bug Proof: No

Warranty: 15 year warranty 

Malouf Sleep Tite Encase® Omniphase™ Mattress Protector

Material: Tencel top;
plastic membrane coupled with PCM

Waterproof: Yes

Allergen Proof: Yes

Bed Bug Proof: Yes

Warranty: 15 year warranty 

Protect-A-Bed Luxury Waterproof Mattress Protector

Material: Tencel top; plastic membrane

Waterproof: Yes

Allergen Proof: Yes

Bed Bug Proof: No

Warranty: 10 year warranty 

Zen Bamboo Mattress Protector

Material: Bamboo top; plastic membrane

Waterproof: Yes

Allergen Proof: Yes

Bed Bug Proof: No

Warranty: Lifetime / 30 day money back guarantee

Why Do Mattress Protectors Make The Bed Hot?

Before we go about exploring ways to prevent it, let’s get clear on what actually causes the problem. In the case of mattress covers, the issue lies with the very material used to protect your bed against all the baddies - the plastic membrane.

This membrane is designed to block out larger particles (such as water molecules, dead skin, dust mites, pet dander and so on) while allowing air to freely pass through. In spite of this, you are still placing an inherently non-porous material over your mattress, and it won’t allow completely free passage of air.

The restriction on air flow prevents heat from being dissipated away from the surface of the bed, thereby causing a raise in temperature that can cause sweating and prevent sleep.

How Does A Cooling Mattress Protector Help?

A cooling mattress protector uses specialized mechanisms (discussed in detail later on) to assist in the transportation of heat away from the surface of the bed, so that the temperature can go down. It may do so through breathable fabric, or phase changing materials, which are intended to regulate temperature to a tolerable limit.

Do I Really Need To Get One?

In some cases, it may be that a cover causes you some inconvenience initially, but after a week or so, you get used to the slightly raised temperature and start sleeping comfortably as before. Getting a special cover to stay cool prematurely would be a waste of money in such an eventuality.

However, there are a couple of situations where it makes sense to go with a cooling product from the outset:

Why
  • You’re sleeping on a naturally warm mattress
  • You live in a tropical region
  • You suffer from a medical condition

If you already feel warm in bed when sleeping without a mattress protector (quite common with cheap memory foam mattresses), it is very likely that you’ll be sweating once you get a plastic protector. It would therefore be a smart choice to opt for a slightly pricier, but considerably cooler, product.


What Makes A Good Cooling Mattress Protector?

Micron Size

This refers to the size of the microscopic holes present in the waterproof membrane of the cover. The tinier these holes are, the better the protector is at keeping out moisture and allergens, but at the expense of poorer airflow and heat dissipation.

The strongest waterproofing and allergen proofing starts at 1 micron or under, but this is only recommended for those who are anticipating serious threats from fluid spills and/or acute allergen infestations. Those who just want protection against the occasional accident will be fine with a higher micron size e.g. approx. 5.

The higher micron size means better passage of air, so that the mattress doesn’t get too hot as you sleep in it. It is also worth noting that certain protectors don’t have any holes in them at all – while these offer absolute protection, you can guess that they lead to serious hikes in the temperature!

Moisture Wicking

Although not directly related to bringing down temperature, the ability of a protector to absorb your sweat can go a long way in making long nights more tolerable, particularly in a humid climate. Accumulated sweat can wake up you up in the middle of the night, feeling sticky and/or clammy, so a cover that absorbs moisture inside itself is necessary if you need an uninterrupted sleep.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to launder such a product more frequently to get rid of all the absorbed fluid, so it should be one that can sustain multiple washes (cheap protectors are notorious for getting their membranes broken when washed excessively).

Materials

  • Cotton
  • Bamboo
  • Tencel
  • Phase Change Materials

Tencel is a branded fabric that is derived from eucalyptus trees in a completely non-toxic manner, and has gained a reputation for its softness and absorbency. Not only does it absorb more moisture than absorb more moisture than cotton, it is also inherently breathable and antibacterial.

It is a high end material, so protectors made out of it will be considerably more expensive than those made from other substances.




5-sided or 6-sided protector?

A 5-sided or fitted sheet style protector will not cover the base of the mattress, so even though it protects against most threats, it won’t keep bedbugs out. A 6-sided or encasement style protector will offer more thorough protection, and will definitely secure your mattress against bedbugs.

However, since the encasement will envelop the entire mattress, it will make it difficult for heat to escape from your mattress and into the surroundings. A fitted sheet cover, on the other hand, will have no such issues, since the base of the mattress will be exposed.

In my opinion, if you’re not anticipating a bed bug infestation, a fitted sheet style protector is the better choice because of the improved air circulation it enables thanks to the uncovered base.

Top Rated Cooling Mattress Protector Reviews

Lulltra Bamboo Mattress Protector by Coop Home Goods

Key Points

    • Material: Bamboo/polyester top; plastic membrane
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: OEKO-Tex Certified; does not use PVC, vinyl or phthalates; hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial
    • Warranty: 15 year warranty / 30 day money

With a surface made out of bamboo-derived rayon and polyester, the cover exudes a luxurious, smooth and silent finish that belies its cheap price tag. The bamboo, of course, has more benefits than mere cosmetics: it is hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial – and most importantly – temperature regulating.

The underlying membrane, whilst being waterproof, has been designed to promote airflow. The product is OEKO-TEX certified, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with vinyl, phthalates or PVC. While user feedback regarding its performance (protection, cooling) has been overwhelmingly positive, there have been some complaints centered on durability.

The manufacturer recommends machine washing in cold water and tumble drying, so you shouldn’t stray from these instructions if you want the product to last. That said, it does come with a 30 day money back guarantee as well as a 15 year warranty, so you’re plenty covered in case you end up with a defective unit.

Pros

    • Modest pricing.
    • Bamboo rayon / polyester blend gives a luxuriously smooth and noiseless surface.
    • OEKO-TEX certified.
    • Bamboo provides decent cooling.
    • 15 year warranty / 30 day money back guarantee.

Cons

    • Not especially durable.

Recommended For

The Lulltra mattress protector is a simple, affordable solution for people who want to keep their mattress secure against common threats without appreciably raising the temperature.

Malouf Sleep Tite Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Bamboo/polyester top; plastic membrane
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: OEKO-Tex Certified; does not use PVC, vinyl or phthalates; hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial
    • Warranty: 15 year warranty / 30 day money

The cotton terry used for the surface layer besides being soft and unobtrusive, is inherently absorbent, so it wicks away the moisture that results from sweating. Not that you’ll have to be much concerned about it – the Sleep Tite H2Pro waterproofing technology is designed to allow for the passage of air whilst blocking out bigger particles.

The product is able to fit mattresses up to 22” and is completely free from harmful chemicals such as phthalates, vinyl and PVC, so it is also great for environmentally conscious consumers. User response has been laden with applause – directed towards core protection, heat dissipation and fitting.

There have been some issues with defective waterproofing, which could stem either from manufacturing defects or from not following the correct laundering directions. As far as the first cause is concerned, the lengthy 15 year warranty should secure you a replacement – but the second one can only be prevented through caution.

Pros

    • Reasonable pricing.
    • Cotton terry surface is soft, unobtrusive and absorbent.
    • Can fit mattresses up to 22”.
    • Free from harmful chemicals.
    • Waterproof membrane is designed to promote airflow.

Cons

    • Small chance of manufacturing defects.
    • Won’t survive improper laundering.

Recommended For

With its cotton terry surface and proprietary Sleep Tite technology, this cover is intended for people who wish to preserve the underlying feel of their mattress whilst also enjoying reliable, cool protection.

Malouf Sleep Tite Encase® Omniphase™ Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Tencel top;
      plastic membrane coupled with PCM
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: Yes
    • Extra Features: Hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial; Micro-Tite zipper; PCM active temperature regulation
    • Warranty: 15 year warranty

It achieves its purpose through the use of Tencel, an organic eucalyptus derivative that is known for its comfortable feel, heat and moisture absorbency, and inherent antibacterial properties. This cover carries the same H2Pro membrane as the simple cover reviewed above, but it has been enhanced with a Phase Change Material system called Omniphase™ to actively enhance temperature regulation.

The product has an encasement style form factor to secure your bed against all kinds of threats; a special Micro-Tite zipper is incorporated to prevent bed bugs from slipping through the gaps left by larger zip-teeth.

The majority of users has been quite satisfied with the protection and cooling provided, with a few complaints about noisiness. That said, exorbitant price tag makes it unaffordable for mainstream consumers.

A 15 year warranty comes with the protector.

Pros

    • All-round coverage against fluids, allergens, and bed bugs.
    • Organic Tencel surface coupled with PCM ensures ample heat dissipation.
    • Tencel is cool, comfortably, and anti-bacterial.
    • 15 year warranty.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • May create some noise.

Recommended For

The combination of a thermally absorbent surface with active PCM technology and a breathable membrane make this perhaps the best mattress protector for hot sleepers who want all-round protection for their beds.

Protect-A-Bed Luxury Waterproof Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Tencel top; plastic membrane
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features:Hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial
    • Warranty: 10 years

Tencel, being a good heat dissipater, moisture absorbent, and anti-bacterial fabric, works really well in humid climates. It’s cool, supple feel goes a long way in mitigating the plastic sensation caused by the waterproof membrane present underneath it.

The cover uses a “Miracle Membrane” for blocking out fluids and allergens – it is thin and breathable, to further reduce the thermal footprint of the product.

Most consumers have found the cover to work as advertised – and particular praise has been directed towards the cooling and comfort, but, I have come across enough complaints with defective waterproofing to advise you to thoroughly test the product out before putting it on your expensive mattress.

The 10 year warranty should have you covered in case you end up with a defective unit.

Pros

    • Organic Tencel surface yields comfort and cooling.
    • Tencel is naturally good at absorbing heat and moisture, and repelling bacterial growth.
    • Thin, breathable plastic membrane.
    • 10 year warranty.
    • Somewhat affordable.

Cons

  • Still not the cheapest product out there.
  • Scattered complaints about defective waterproofing.

Recommended For

This protector may be a good fit for people who want all the benefits of Tencel at a (relatively) balanced price point.

Zen Bamboo Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Bamboo top; plastic membrane
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: OEKO-Tex Certified; hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial;
      Does not use PVC, phthalates and vinyl
    • Warranty: Lifetime / 30 day money back guarantee

The primary feature responsible for enhancing its ability to transport heat is its bamboo surface. Bamboo is known for its breathability, so that it doesn’t impede the airflow necessary to dissipate heat. Being inherently anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic, it is also a good match for those who suffer from allergies.

The waterproofing on this protector seems to be highly reliable – I only came across a couple of complaints directed towards it among hundreds that praised its protective capabilities; quite impressive for such a low cost item. The product also enjoys almost unanimous approval for its cooling properties.

An OEKO-Tex certification means that you don’t have to worry about breathing in any phthalates, vinyl or PVC. A 30 day refund policy accompanying a lifetime warranty took me by surprise, again, because this is much more generous than what most pricey competitors offer.

Pros

    • Affordable.
    • Bamboo top provides sufficient cooling and comfort.
    • Dependable waterproofing.
    • Generous lifetime warranty and month long refund policy.
    • OEKO-Tex certified.

Cons

    • A couple of complaints about broken waterproofing / excessive heating.

Recommended For

This product is geared towards people who want a cool mattress protector that doesn’t break their wallet.

Conclusion

Almost all manufacturers tend to claim that their protectors will not raise the temperature of your bed, but it is only through careful sifting that you can find a product that can really be classified as a cooling mattress protector.

With that said, this guide will have equipped you with some understanding on what you need to look for to find the right cover: breathability, moisture absorbency, the right material and the right form factor. Besides this, always be sure to go through user feedback about any candidate mattress cover to see how it performs in the real world.

Based on this criteria, I will choose the Zen Bamboo cover as the best cooling mattress protector in the market – it may not have the high end comfort offered by a $100 product, but it nevertheless manages to provide reliable, environmentally safe protection in conjunction with superb cooling and absorbency at a truly accessible price point.

What makes it especially attractive is the lifetime warranty and 30 day money back guarantee that accompanies it. It is far more generous than what the other, pricier competitors have to offer, and indicates that manufacturer is confident in the capabilities of their product.

What’s The Best Mattress Protector For Memory Foam

Memory foam, or viscoelastic foam, has been one of the biggest innovations in sleep technology ever since the introduction of innerspring mattresses. Originally intended to be a cushioning material for astronauts doing space flights, it has evolved into a comfortable, accessible, and pain relieving bedding material.

One major downside to viscoelastic is that it can trap a lot of your body heat; in recent years, manufacturers have had only partial success in improving its thermal conductivity using various other additives.

High end memory foam mattresses such as these can cost a fortune, so having a protector on them is a must. Except a protector, with its plastic membrane, causes heating issues of its own. So you’ve got the added burden of finding a protector that doesn’t added to viscoelastic foam’s inherent heat retention.

This can be a challenge for the uninitiated, so here’s my guide on finding the best mattress protector for memory foam, bolstered with reviews of actual market products to give you a good idea of what to look for.

Table of Contents

Best Memory Foam Mattress Protector Comparisons

Brand

Material (surface / membrane)

Waterproof

Allergen Barrier

Bedbug Proof

Warranty

Extra Features

Our Ratings

Terry Cotton / Plastic

Yes

Yes

No

10 years

PVC, vinyl, phthalate free; FDA Class 1 Medical Device

Bamboo/polyester top; plastic membrane

Yes

Yes

No


15 year warranty / 30 day money

OEKO-Tex Certified; does not use PVC, vinyl or phthalates; hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial

Bamboo top; plastic membrane

Yes

Yes

No


Lifetime / 30 day money back guarantee

OEKO-Tex Certified; hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial;
Does not use PVC, phthalates and vinyl

Tencel / Plastic

Yes

Yes

No


10 years


Organic top surface; hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial

Tencel / Plastic

Yes

Yes

Yes

15 years

Organic top surface; hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial; phase-changing membrane

Why Do I Need A Special Mattress Cover For Memory Foam?

Most of us don’t want to pay a lot of attention to something as seemingly trivial as a mattress cover, but in the case of a viscoelastic mattress, it is actually quite smart to do a little homework: 

To Avoid A Spike In Bed Temperature

You’ve invested in a product to enjoy customized, plush comfort. For it to be ruined by a sharp hike in temperature would be a disappointment, but that is exactly what a cheap, plastic protector would do.

This would be especially painful if you purchased one of the high-end memory foam products with cooling gel in its surface layer – it won’t do you much good if the heat doesn’t transfer over from the mattress cover to the surface of the bed!

To Ensure A Fast Enough Response Time

Furthermore, memory foam adapts its profile to your body based on the heat your body emits – if that heat is blocked by a protector in between, you will have to deal with a pretty slow response time (memory foam being a slow reacting material by itself!).

This can be a major nuisance if you change positions during sleep – the foam would not contour to the shape fast enough, leaving you with an uncomfortable sleep experience.

Essential Features To Look For

Protection

  • Waterproofing
  • Allergen Proofing

The dead skin cells and moisture (e.g. from sweating) create the ideal breeding ground for dust mites – the chief allergen that can infest your mattress. Itches, rashes, coughing, and even asthmatic attacks – these insects can trigger serious hazards thanks to a nasty allergen present inside their poop (disgusting, but true).

Comfort

A memory foam mattress is usually purchased to enjoy the specific contouring comfort it provides – an ordinary protector will dull this sensation because of its wrinkly, plastic feel.

In order to secure your bed without compromising its comfort, you must seek a cover that has an ultra-thin profile which does not dilute / alter the original feel of your bed. Breathability and surface materials are closely tied to this point, and shall be discussed individually in the subsequent sections.

Sleeping Like A Baby

Breathability

This refers to the ability of the cover to let air pass through it: every waterproof protector will block the flow of air to some degree – this is largely dependent on the size of the microscopic holes in its plastic membrane.

Referred to as micron size, this property determines the waterproofing and allergen-blocking capabilities of the product, as well. In other words, you need to strike a compromise between protection and breathability to ensure adequate thermal ventilation.

Those dealing with an acute dust mite infestation may have to go with a super-tight, minimally breathable 1 micron size protector, but most of us, who just want security from dead skin and the occasional spill, will do fine with a 5 micron size protector with considerably improved breathability.

The increase in air flow will ensure adequate transportation of heat to the surface of the mattress itself, which will in turn result in better response to (changes in) your sleep posture. Besides this, you will obviously sleep cooler, which is a concern in itself as far as memory foam beds go.

Moisture Wicking

Using a memory foam mattress with a protector in a warm, tropical climate is bound to cause some sweating during the night. Unless you’re OK with waking up in the middle of the night feeling hot and sticky, I would advise seeking a product whose surface is good at absorbing excessive moisture.

Surface Material

  • Cotton
  • Bamboo
  • Tencel
  • Phase Change Materials

Viscose rayon fabric derived from bamboos is known for its silkiness, breathability, absorbency, and anti-bacterial properties. It is an excellent choice when you’re looking for minimal alteration to the comfort level of your bed, but it does lack in durability somewhat, so manufacturers often blend it with polyester to ensure that it can survive laundering.

Fitted Sheet vs Encasement Style Protectors

5-sided (fitted sheet) protector does not cover the base of the mattress, so it gives some room for breathability. But this comes at the expense of exposing it to a bed bug infestation. A 6-sided protector will safeguard the bed against bedbugs as well, but because it completely envelopes the mattress, it will lead to more heating.

Personally, I’d recommend sticking with a fitted sheet style protector unless you’ve got a definite bedbug infestation. There’s also the fact that a fitted sheet cover can be removed and installed easily for laundering purposes.

User Feedback

No matter what the manufacturer says, the surest way to become educated about the qualities and limitations of a product is too check what the consumers are saying about it: if a cover is good at staying cool (or conversely, if it causes people to sweat / feel uncomfortable) you’re bound to find people discussing it in the reviews section.

Top Rated Memory Foam Mattress Protector Reviews

SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Terry Cotton / Plastic
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: ​PVC, vinyl, phthalate free; FDA Class 1 Medical Device​​​​
    • Warranty: 10 years

The top surface is made out of cotton terry, which dulls out the plastic feel of the underlying membrane. The cotton is soft, breathable and silent, so you won’t be experiencing the crinkling that is typical of a cheap cover. Since it has a fitted sheet style construction, it won’t move under the mattress as you sleep.

It comes with an FDA Class 1 Medical Device certification, and the membrane is guaranteed to be free of harmful chemicals e.g. vinyl, PVC, phthalates and fire retardants. Parents concerned about protecting their kids (particularly eczema / asthma sufferers) from exposure to hazardous materials will appreciate this.

In spite of its affordable cost, the protector comes with a hefty 10 year warranty – I only found minimal complaints about its performance though, so it is likely you may never need it! The protector is machine washable with mild detergents, and can be dried on low heat. Ironing / dry cleaning is not permitted.

Pros

    • Affordable pricing.
    • Solid protection against fluids and allergens.
    • Soft cotton terry muffles plastic sensation without altering core feel.
    • Free from harmful chemicals.
    • 10 year warranty.

Cons

    • Doesn't provide cooling for excessively hot environments.

Recommended For

With a cotton terry top surface, this cover yields soft, discreet and breathable protection that is sufficient for the average memory foam mattress sleeper without excessive cooling needs.

Lulltra Bamboo Mattress Protector by Coop Home Goods

Key Points

    • Material: Bamboo/polyester top; plastic membrane
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: OEKO-Tex Certified; does not use PVC, vinyl or phthalates; hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial
    • Warranty: 15 year warranty / 30 day money

This is a relatively affordable product intended for users looking for a comfortable, cool, eco-friendly protector for their memory foam mattress.

The surface is a blend of polyester and bamboo rayon – with the bamboo providing the silky, breathable comfort, and the polyester adding some strength to the fiber so that it doesn’t rip apart in the wash. The rayon also happens to possess anti-bacterial and allergen repelling properties.

The waterproof membrane has been designed to block fluids and allergens, without hampering the flow of air. Since the cover is OEKO-Tex certified, you don’t have to be concerned about exposure to harmful chemicals such as PVC, phthalates and vinyl.

While most consumers have been thoroughly pleased with the performance of this protector, it needs to be washed and dried at a low heat setting if you want it to last. That said, a 30 day money back guarantee, as well as a 15 year warranty, are ample insurance against ending up with a bad unit.

Pros

    • Reasonably priced.
    • Comfortable and breathable surface.
    • Bamboo rayon adds allergen and microbe repelling capability.
    • OEKO-Tex Certification.
    • 15 year warranty and 30 day money back guarantee.

Cons

  • Requires careful laundering to extend lifetime.

This is a relatively affordable product intended for users looking for a comfortable, cool, eco-friendly protector for their memory foam mattress.

Zen Bamboo Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Bamboo top; plastic membrane
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: OEKO-Tex Certified; hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial;
      Does not use PVC, phthalates and vinyl
    • Warranty: Lifetime / 30 day money back guarantee

Here’s another bamboo-derived rayon cover that should work great for people who want to keep their viscoelastic mattress cool on a budget, sans the polyester blend as present in the product above.

The bamboo fiber excels at providing understated comfort that doesn’t alter the feel of your bed, and it can regulate the temperature of the bed thanks to its decent breathability. Thanks to its natural propensity to repel allergens and bacteria, it also makes the cover a good catch for allergy patients.

Surprising for a product this cheap, the protector’s waterproofing functions with a high degree of reliability, something that is abundantly clear from the glowing consumer feedback. Its ability to keep the temperature down has garnered considerable praise as well.

Like the Lulltra cover, it also carries an OEKO-Tex certification which ensures that it is free from hazardous substances. What’s most impressive is that it does all this, and packs a lifetime warranty and 30 day money back guarantee, while costing less than the competitor from Lulltra!

Pros

    • Cheap.
    • Bamboo rayon surface is cool, soft, hypoallergenic, and anti-bacterial.
    • Reliable waterproofing.
    • Surprisingly generous lifetime warranty / 30 day refund policy.
    • OEKO-Tex certification.

Cons

    • Very limited complaints about faulty waterproofing.

Another bamboo-derived rayon cover that should work great for people who want to keep their viscoelastic mattress cool on a budget, sans the polyester blend as present in the product above.

Protect-A-Bed Luxury Waterproof Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Tencel / plastic
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: No
    • Extra Features: Organic top surface; hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial
    • Warranty: 10 years

Those who intend to use their viscoelastic mattress in an environment that causes lots of sweating should consider this cover.

The top layer, made out of eucalyptus-derived Tencel, ensures luxuriously soft, absorbent and breathable cooling. The material also incorporates intrinsic anti-microbial and hypoallergenic properties that should deter the onset of fungi / bacteria / dust mite infestations.

The manufacturer’s signature ‘Miracle Membrane’ is responsible for blocking fluids and allergens from reaching your mattress – the miracle, purportedly, is that it does so without impeding the flow of air, a frequent problem with these membranes.

While the protector is generally good at its job, going by user reviews, there have been some reports of manufacturing defects where the waterproofing failed – I’d suggest testing it out before installing it on your pricey mattress; if there’s an issue, take advantage of the included 10 year warranty.

One other thing, Tencel, as mentioned before, is a high-end material, so the protector costs a little above the market average.

Pros

    • Organic top surface that is sleek, cool and absorbent.
    • Tencel possesses natural anti-bacterial and allergen repelling properties.
    • Plastic membrane is waterproof / allergen proof, but still breathable.
    • 10 year warranty.

Cons

    • Pricey
    • A few reports of waterproofing failure.

Those who intend to use their viscoelastic mattress in an environment that causes lots of sweating should consider this cover.

Malouf Sleep Tite Encase® Omniphase™ Mattress Protector

Key Points

    • Material: Tencel / plastic
    • Waterproof: Yes
    • Allergen Proof: Yes
    • Bed Bug Proof: Yes
    • Extra Features: Organic top surface; hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial; phase-changing membrane
    • Warranty: 15 years

With a Tencel surface, dedicated Omniphase™ PCM technology, and an encasement style design, this protector is intended for consumers in need of all-round protection and strong temperature regulation in a single package.

As mentioned above, the Tencel creates a soft, airy and absorbent surface (not to mention anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic) that only serves to enhance the feeling of luxury generated by a high-end viscoelastic mattress.

The waterproof membrane ensures strong protection against fluids and allergens, and thanks to the Omniphase™ phase change material that it is combined with, you get a pleasant sleep regardless of the temperature of the environment.

The six-sided design with its Micro-Tite zipper completely seals your mattress off against all major threats, including bed bugs. Users have found the protection and temperature regulation of the product to be quite satisfactory, but there have been a few complaints of plastic noise – which is surprising given the Tencel surface.

This cover is considerably expensive because of all the high-end materials it uses, so only get it if you’re expecting serious heating problems. A 15 year warranty is included with it, which is significantly greater than the 10 year industry standard.

Pros

  • Reliable protection against fluids, allergens and bed bugs.
  • Organic Tencel surface ensures comfort, heat dissipation, and moisture wicking.
  • PCM and Tencel combined offer excellent thermal regulation all year around.
  • Tencel has innate ability to stopper bacterial growth and deter allergens.
  • 15 year warranty.

Cons

  • Considerably expensive.
  • Scattered complaints of plastic noise.

With a Tencel surface, dedicated Omniphase™ PCM technology, and an encasement style design, this protector is intended for consumers in need of all-round protection and strong temperature regulation in a single package.

You must have realized by now that getting a mattress protector for a memory foam bed means prioritizing certain considerations over others: breathability, discreetness, and comfort.

The first is necessary because of how memory foam tends to get hot on its own, while the next two ensure that you get to enjoy the feel and comfort of your bed as intended, without any alteration from a protector.

You will also have seen that options are available in a range of budgets, based on the degree to which they match the above described criteria. Naturally, the more advanced covers with PCM technology will offer the best temperature regulation, but their cost makes them overkill for the average consumer.

In fact, an inexpensive protector with a surface made from cotton terry, such as SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector, with a waterproof membrane underneath it, will do just fine unless you’re in an especially extreme environment.

Cotton is a reasonably breathable, absorbent material, so it will be able to transport heat away from your body quite well. Add to this the fact that this particular product comes with an FDA Medical Class 1 rating and a 10 year warranty, and I feel justified in picking it as best mattress cover for memory foam.

How To Find The Best Mattress Topper

A good mattress doesn’t come cheap – but it is nonetheless an important requisite for a restful sleep. Unfortunately, not everyone is in the financial condition to dole out cash on a high end mattress if their current one begins to show signs of degradation.

You may not know this, but there’s a less expensive (if temporary) solution to the predicament: a mattress topper (or its closely related cousin, the mattress pad) is your go-to solution for modifying the comfort / support level of your present mattress, if you can’t afford to get a whole new one.

Just as there are many ways in which a mattress’s performance can be modified, there is a wide variety of toppers that helps you achieve these modifications. I’ve written this guide to help you sift through all the different kinds of toppers and pads on the market, so you can find the best mattress topper for your intended use.

Top 5 Mattress Topper Specifications

Name

Materials Used

Available Thickness (inches)

Warranty

Special Features

Our Ratings

Memory foam [plus HD support foam for thicker models]

1.5” – 4”

5 years

Green tea extract, natural oil, CertiPUR-US certified

Gel memory foam

2”

3 years

Ventilated design

Gel memory foam

2”

3 years

CertiPUR-US certified, Made in the USA

Pure natural latex

1” – 3”

5 years

4.0 lbs./cu.ft., 20 ILD, hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, dust mite resistant, temperature regulating

Fabric: 35% bamboo, 65% polyester;Filling: 100% polyester

~1”

30 day money back guarantee

Pillow-top / fitted sheet style construction; Machine Washable

Top 5 Mattress Pad Specifications

Name

Materials Used

Available Thickness (inches)

Warranty

Special Features

Our Ratings

Cotton top with down alternative filling

2”

Money back guarantee

Deep Pocket Fitting, Machine Washable

American virgin wool on pure cotton backing

-

1 year warranty / 30 day money back guarantee

Deep Pocket Fitting, Machine Washable, Made in the USA

Brushed 1800 Microfiber / Velvet Microplush surfaces; down alternative filling

2”

Money back guarantee

Dual surface types, Machine Washable, Deep Pocket Fitting

Polyester top, Olefin bottom, polyester filling

-

30 days

Deep Pocket Fitting, OEKO-Tex Standard 100 certified

Memory foam

3”

3 year warranty

Made in the USA

Who Should Get A Mattress Topper?

People On A Budget

It goes without saying that everything a topper does, a dedicated mattress can do better – but as I said before, it isn’t always within one’s reach. So if you’re dissatisfied with how your bed feels at the moment but can’t change it full-time, you may want to get a topper to make your sleep more tolerable while you save up for a better bed.

People Who Want To Enhance A New Mattress

Sometimes, you get a new mattress that feels very good initially, but after using it for a few weeks, it settles into a somewhat firmer comfort level than what you were expecting. Now most manufacturers won’t let you exchange this purchase for a softer one just because it feels different from what you had expected. For instance, you miscalculated the firmness of a latex mattress which initially seemed quite plush but became somewhat hard after a while. You can remedy this on the cheap by getting a memory foam topper.

As another example, your brand new memory foam mattress is making you sweat – instead of turning up the AC (if you have it!) you can get a cooling gel mattress pad that dissipates heat away from your body without changing the conforming feel of your bed. On yet another related note, if your budget has compelled you to get a sofa bed / foldaway bed instead of the real deal, you may be able to make the sleep experience more palatable by putting a relatively inexpensive topper on top.

People With Shoulder / Back Pain

Back and shoulder pain can often result from an improper / insufficiently supported sleeping position – and is a frequent complaint with side sleepers sleeping on unyielding beds. If you’re hesitant about getting a latex / memory foam mattress to solve your problem, why not try out a mattress topper made from the same materials and see if the problem goes away.

If it does, you’ll be certain about what you need to save up for next, and if not, it wasn’t a big investment risk that you took!

Mattress Pad vs Mattress Topper

These two products bear plenty of overlap in their design and functionality, but they address needs which may be somewhat different, here’s a comparison to help you decide which is for you:

Mattress Topper

A topper is thicker, pricier and comfier than a pad. Its primary purpose is to enhance the comfort / support level of your bed.

Pros

  • A mattress topper can be used to boost the comfort of a worn out bed, resulting in a drastic (if temporary) improvement in sleep quality.
  • Because of its thicker composition, it also muffles some of the movement produced by your partner, resulting in less interruptions in your sleep.
  • Can address a number of comfort related needs.

Cons

  • Decent mattress toppers can get quite expensive.
  • Doesn’t offer much thermal regulation.

Specialized Types

  • Cooling
  • Pillow Top
  • Organic

An organic topper is one that incorporates natural materials e.g. latex / wool / down / bamboo. Obviously, finding a true organic product (one that does not involve any artificial additive in any stage of its production) will be a challenge; most just use a natural material as a filler and call themselves organic.

Mattress Pad

This is thinner than a topper, and while it doesn’t offer much in terms of comfort, it tackles peripheral issues such as temperature regulation. It is cheaper than a topper.

Pros

  • Affordable solution for marginally enhancing comfort / protection.
  • Often comes with thermal regulating capabilities.
  • Low cost means it is an expendable product that doesn’t require a high warranty.

Cons

  • Not recommended for those who want a considerable boost in comfort / support.
  • Not especially durable.
  • Won’t offer much motion isolation.

Specialized Types

  • Cooling
  • Heated
  • Fitted

Mattress pads with stretchable sides, or anchors that affix to the corners of the beds, are available for people who can’t tolerate the pad bunching up under them as they move around in their sleep.

Note that while pads and toppers may offer circumstantial protection, they are not protective products – if your requirement is to secure your bed against threats such as spills, allergens and bed bugs, you’ll need to get a protector / encasement.
Note also that in spite of the differences I’ve underscored above, most manufacturers will use the terms ‘pad’ and ‘topper’ interchangeably.

Factors To Consider

Comfort Level

While this consideration plays a much smaller role where pads are concerned, for a mattress topper, you’ll definitely need to ascertain the level of comfort you require from your purchase. This will largely be dependent on the material used in its construction and the thickness of the material used.

We’ll get into the various materials available to you a bit later, but suffice to say, soft / plush products offer conformity and contour well to the shape of your body, whereas firm products provide support that pushes back on your joints and muscles, which some people find alleviates soreness.

Material

  • Memory foam
  • latex
  • down
  • Fiber
  • wool

One of the most prevalent comfort materials used in mattress toppers, viscoelastic foam conforms to the posture you’re sleeping in, so that even support is applied on your muscles.

Cheaper memory foam toppers may give off a peculiar smell for a few days after unpacking. They may also suffer from excessive heating.

Here's a video comparison of memory foam and latex for better illustration:

Durability

While it is a foregone conclusion in most cases that toppers and pads are temporary solutions that will wear out eventually, you can extend their lifetime by making right choices with regards to the materials used in them.

For example, organic materials such as wool, down and latex will always outlast artificial ones such as polyfoam, memory foam and down alternative. The former can be sprung up with a little maintenance, while the latter will settle down and lose their plushness sooner or later.

The density of material used also plays a role in determining how long the topper will remain supportive. Higher densities will be able to sustain larger weights for longer periods of time:

Warranty

Toppers and pads, by their very design, are supposed to be short term solutions for improving the condition of your mattress. In other words, they aren’t supposed to last you for decades. Therefore, you’ll be hard pushed to find a topper with a warranty that goes beyond 5 years (and this is for the best mattress toppers from the lot!).

Mattress pads, being thinner and less durable even than toppers, may not even come with a warranty at all.

Top Rated Mattress Topper Reviews

Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Key Points

  • Material: Memory foam [plus HD support foam for thicker models]
  • Thickness : 1.5" - 4"
  • Warranty:  5 years
  • Special Features: Green tea extract, natural oil, CertiPUR-US certified

The Zinus Green Tea is a seemingly traditional viscoelastic topper that will appeal to health conscious consumers through its odor killing, anti-bacterial and environment friendly qualities.

Available in multiple sizes, and thicknesses ranging from 1.5” to 4”, the topper gives you a lot of freedom in specifying the exact degree of contouring support you’ll get from your bed. While the lower thickness models exclusively use memory foam, the thicker (and pricier) models use a layer of memory foam in conjunction with HD support foam for a bit more push.

Zinus uses CertiPUR-US certified memory foam in their product, and replaces some of the usual petroleum with natural oil to give it a touch of environment friendliness. The green tea extract counters bacterial growth and prevents odors. The topper also has activated charcoal which absorbs moisture, helping to keep it fresh.

While the majority of consumers have found the product to be comfortable and conforming – just like memory foam is supposed to be, there have been a few complaints of it being either too firm or too soft. This is likely due to choosing the incorrect thickness, so you may want to exercise caution there.

Issues pertaining to poor quality control are rare but present, but the topper comes with a 5 year warranty which should have them covered.

Pros

  • Affordably priced.
  • Multiple thicknesses of memory foam available to customize support / comfort level.
  • Green tea extract acts as anti-bacterial agent / odor eliminator.
  • Activated charcoal gets rid of moisture.
  • CertiPUR-US certified.
  • 5 year warranty.

Cons

  • Some complaints of excessive plushness / firmness.
  • Minimal QC complaints.
  • Off gassing odor.

Recommended For

A seemingly traditional viscoelastic topper that will appeal to health conscious consumers through its odor killing, anti-bacterial and environment friendly qualities.

LUCID 3-inch Gel Memory Foam Topper

Key Points

  • Material: Gel memory foam
  • Thickness: 2”
  • Warranty:  3 years
  • Special Features: Ventilated design

With a significantly thick and ventilated memory foam structure, this topper is a good pick for people who want plush, contouring comfort without the usual heating concerns associated with viscoelastic items.

The 3” of ventilated gel memory foam have a special formula that results in responsive and airy pressure relief. Hundreds of uniformly spaced miniscule air holes, in conjunction with the gel infused viscoelastic, ensures that the temperature doesn’t shoot up as you sleep during the night.

What the topper lacks in aesthetic appeal (the corners are prominently boxy), it makes up for in its superb comfort – something that has been attested wholeheartedly by existing users. Most (but not all) users have also found it cooler than traditional, low cost memory foam toppers.

I haven’t come across any complaints regarding manufacturing defects, and that makes sense, since the topper isn’t the cheapest product out there. That said, it does come with a 3 year warranty which should take some of the sting off the price tag.

Pros

  • Soft, contouring comfort.
  • Ventilated design and gel infusion ensures regulated temperature.
  • Off gasses quickly.
  • 3 year warranty.

Cons

  • Slightly pricey.

Recommended For

A good pick for people who want plush, contouring comfort without the usual heating concerns associated with viscoelastic items.

DreamFoam Bedding 2” Gel Swirl Memory Foam Topper

Key Points

  • Material: Gel memory foam
  • Thickness: 2"
  • Warranty:  3 years
  • Special Features: CertiPUR-US certified, Made in the USA

The extra-soft viscoelastic composition of this topper makes it a good choice for people looking to alleviate their back pain problems on the cheap.

This topper is simply a 2” slab of plush memory foam that is meant to up the comfort level of a firm mattress. Note that when I say plush – it means plush even as memory foam goes:

Several users have reported that the topper did away with their chronic back pain problems (no doubt stemming from a cheap / hard mattress) in just a few weeks, which is indicative of extreme conformity. Conversely, this also means that you can’t count on this product to enhance the supportiveness of an old, sagging mattress.

Even though the foam is called ‘gel swirl’, it doesn’t have a lot of impact on the temperature regulation of the bed. The good news is that the topper is US made, and uses foam that has been CertiPUR-US certified – so you don’t have to worry about inhaling any harmful chemicals during the off gassing period.

A 3 year warranty accompanies the product.

Pros

  • Affordable price.
  • Plush memory foam provides superb contouring and pain relief.
  • CertiPUR-US certified.
  • Made in the US.
  • 3 year warranty.

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer a lot of support.
  • ‘Gel Swirl’ doesn’t have a noticeable impact on thermal regulation.

Recommended For

The extra-soft viscoelastic composition of this topper makes it a good choice for people looking to alleviate their back pain problems on the cheap.

Pure Green 100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper

Key Points

  • Material: Pure natural latex
  • Thickness: 1” – 3”
  • Warranty:  5 years
  • Special Features: 4.0 lbs./cu.ft., 20 ILD, hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, dust mite resistant, temperature regulating

With a completely natural latex make-up and a range of thicknesses, this topper offers customized, springy yet conforming support that you can use to alter the feel of both old and new mattresses as needed.

The topper incorporates 4.0 lbs./cu.ft. (20 ILD) of natural Dunlop latex that is completely devoid of any synthetic additives (the manufacturer makes a huge point out of this). This results in a soft but springy feel that offers pinpointed pressure relief without the loose, sinking feeling of viscoelastic.

Furthermore, the natural latex makes the topper inherently hypoallergenic and anti-microbial. The open celled structure allows for free passage of air, so the topper does not raise the temperature of the bed either.

It is available in thicknesses of 1”, 2” and 3”, with the 1” intended to yield a marginal change in feel (e.g. for a brand new mattress), and the 3” meant to drastically improve support and comfort (e.g. for an aging mattress well past its prime).

The vast majority of purchasers seem to be extremely satisfied with the way the topper supports their posture without causing them to ‘sink in’, but there have been those who have found it excessively hard or soft – they may have ended up with a bad batch, but it is more likely that the latex feel did not match their tastes.

In any case, you’ll need to be prepared for the initial chemical smell of latex (which isn’t harmful but irritating nonetheless). The product comes with a 5 year warranty, and I wouldn’t have expected anything less, given its hefty price tag.

Pros

  • 100% natural latex composition.
  • Offers springy yet conforming support.
  • Multiple thicknesses give freedom to customize resulting feel.
  • Inherently hypoallergenic and anti-microbial.
  • Ample airflow.
  • 5 year warranty.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Springy feel of latex may not match everyone’s tastes.

Recommended For

With a completely natural latex make-up and a range of thicknesses, this topper offers customized, springy yet conforming support that you can use to alter the feel of both old and new mattresses as needed.

Zen Bamboo Ultra Soft Bamboo Mattress Topper

Key Points

  • Material: Fabric: 35% bamboo, 65% polyester; Filling: 100% polyester
  • Thickness: ~1”
  • Warranty: 30 day guarantee
  • Special Features: Pillow-top / fitted sheet style construction; Machine Washable

The Zen Bamboo mattress topper may be worth consideration if you want to add pillow-top-like cushioning to your bed without breaking your wallet.

Sporting a bamboo fiber / polyester cover that has been double-needle stitched into balanced chambers containing polyester filling, the topper yields plush, cloud-like comfort that should take the pressure off of firm mattresses.

By including bamboo in the fabric blend, the topper achieves a smooth surface feel as well as optimal thermal regulation. An elastic skirt lets it fit onto mattresses as deep as 18”. The product is machine washable for easy maintenance, in spite of its silky appearance.

According to consumers, the topper definitely adds a touch of light luxury and comfort to their beds, and most (but not all) also agree about its heat dissipating capabilities. Some users have found that it flattens quickly, but that has to do with the weight of the sleeper.

That being said, there have been a few complaints pertaining to manufacturing defects, which is why I would advise you to thoroughly inspect the product on arrival, and avail the 30 day money back guarantee if necessary.

Pros

  • Reasonable cost.
  • Bamboo fiber mixed with polyester yields a luxurious finish.
  • Superbly constructed with double-needle stitching and ample filling.
  • Elastic skirt ensures snug fit up to 18” deep.
  • Bamboo fiber ensures adequate heat dissipation.
  • 30 day money back guarantee.

Cons

  • May settle down after a few months.
  • Some complaints of manufacturing defects.

Recommended For

The Zen Bamboo mattress topper may be worth consideration if you want to add pillow-top-like cushioning to your bed without breaking your wallet.

Top Rated Mattress Pad Review

Balichun Down Alternative Quilted Mattress Pad

Key Points

  • Material: Cotton top with down alternative filling
  • Thickness: 2”
  • Warranty: Money back guarantee
  • Special Features: Deep Pocket Fitting, Machine Washable

This low-profile, moderately priced down alternative pad is great for increasing the comfort and / or breathability of your mattress without changing its core feel.

Bearing a fitted sheet style construction, the pad can fit any mattress in the thickness range of 8” to 21”. Underneath its 100% cotton top is 42 oz. Storm goose down that is plush and breathable, so the pad is able to boost up the overall comfort and airflow of your bed.

While the pad is noiseless and doesn’t interrupt your sleep due to motion transfer, it should be noted that it won’t offer much in terms support enhancement. It is machine washable so you can get it cleaned without going into any complicated procedures.

Consumer ratings are filled with applause about how this pad has breathed new life into years old mattresses, and even improved the pressure relief capability of new ones. In spite of all the praise, there have been complaints from people who ended up with units that were entirely flat and uncomfortable, which points to manufacturing defects.

Fortunately, the pad comes with a money back guarantee so long as it doesn’t have any visible signs of being used upon return.

Pros

  • Balanced price.
  • Comfort and airflow improvement thanks to cotton and down alternative.
  • Noiseless.
  • Machine washable.
  • Money back guarantee.

Cons

  • May be too thin for some people.
  • Limited QA concerns.

Recommended For

This low-profile, moderately priced down alternative pad is great for increasing the comfort and / or breathability of your mattress without changing its core feel.

SnugFleece Elite Wool Mattress Pad

Key Points

  • Material: American virgin wool on pure cotton backing
  • Warranty: 1 year warranty / 30 day money back guarantee
  • Special Features: Deep Pocket Fitting, Machine Washable, Made in the USA

If you’re looking for a mattress pad that can bolster the support and pain relief of your mattress for an extended period of time, without raising its temperature, you may want to consider this one.

The SnugFleece Elite Wool Mattress Pad consists of American virgin wool affixed to a 100% cotton backing. The wool’s naturally crimped fibers result in a cushioned, springy (if a little firm) support that provides ample pain relief - people looking for a middle ground between memory foam and latex may find it right up their alley.

The wool, being inherently thermo-regulating and moisture absorbent, stays at a comfortable temperature all year round. It is stain resistant and dust resistant, as well as hypoallergenic. Even if it does settle down after some months of use, you can easily make it fluffy as new by simply vacuuming it. The pad can be dry cleaned or machine washed as per your discretion.

User feedback has been positive for the most part – but there have been some complaints about an animal-like odor, which can be remedied by machine washing and air drying the pad once. Aside from that, the expensive price tag on this product does put it out of reach of many consumers.

It is worth mentioning that the natural origins of both wool and cotton mean that you don’t have to worry about ingesting harmful chemicals while using it in your bed. A 30 day money back guarantee, as well as 1 year warranty accompany the product.

Pros

  • All natural construction.
  • Wool provides pressure relief, temperature regulation and springy support.
  • Wool is durable and stain resistant.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • 30 day money back guarantee and 1 year warranty.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • May have some animal smell initially.

Recommended For

If you’re looking for a mattress pad that can bolster the support and pain relief of your mattress for an extended period of time, without raising its temperature, you may want to consider this one.

Bare Home Pillow-Top Premium Mattress Pad

Key Points

  • Material: Brushed 1800 Microfiber / Velvet Microplush surfaces; down alternative filling
  • Thickness: 2"
  • Warranty: Money back guarantee
  • Special Features: Dual surface types, Machine Washable, Deep Pocket Fitting

With one surface consisting of a velvet microplush fabric, another of double brushed microfiber, and a 2” thick down alternative pillow-top construction, this pad is meant for people who want to bring affordable luxury to their bed.

The immediately noticeable aspect of this pad is that regardless of the side you choose to sleep on, the surface feel is extremely lavish and comforting. The goose down filling ensures soft, plush pressure relief while also possessing hypoallergenic qualities, so that people with asthma and allergies can use the product safely.

An 18” extra deep pocket enables the pad to fit mattresses up to 20” thick, and the chambers have been end-to-end box stitched to prevent the filling from shifting around as you sleep – both these features ensure that fidgety sleepers won’t wake up during the night.

Most people have found the pad to be extremely comfortable and luxurious, but there have been some who have ended up with defective units, whereas others with shallower mattresses have found that it moves around a lot.

In any case, the mattress pad is accompanied by a money back guarantee, which should get you a refund if you aren’t satisfied with how it performs.

Pros

  • Reasonable pricing.
  • Choice of velvet microplush and double brushed microfiber in one product.
  • Overfilled, box-stitched pillow-top design ensures luxurious comfort.
  • Extra deep pocket fit.
  • Money back guarantee.

Cons

  • May not snugly fit shallow mattress.
  • Limited complaints of defective units.

Recommended For

With one surface consisting of a velvet microplush fabric, another of double brushed microfiber, and a 2” thick down alternative pillow-top construction, this pad is meant for people who want to bring affordable luxury to their bed.

Pinzon Microplush Mattress Pad

Key Points

  • Material: Polyester top, Olefin bottom, polyester filling
  • Warranty: 30 days
  • Special Features: Deep Pocket Fitting, OEKO-Tex Standard 100 certified

The Pinzon Mircoplush Mattress Pad is a low cost solution for anyone looking to increase only the softness of their bed surface without adding anything to the overall support.

The pad is overfilled with pure polyester filling, and end-to-end box stitched into chambers to prevent the filling from moving about. Combine this with a soft microplush fabric surface, and you’ve got an inexpensive yet remarkably comfortable add-on for improving the feel of your hard mattress.

That said, don’t expect any improvement in the support of an old, sagging bed. The pad has been made in a factory that adheres to the rigorous OEKO-Tex Standard 100 rating. It has elastic sides that let it fit up to 18” thick mattresses.

While users have been quite happy with the amount of plushness it adds at such a low asking price, it is neither especially cool nor durable; you’ll have to dry clean it if it gets dirty, and there’s only a 30 day return policy for it.

Pros

  • Extremely cheap.
  • Adds a lot of comfort to bed at low cost.
  • Conforms to OEKO-Tex standard 100.
  • End-to-end stitching keeps filling in place.
  • 30 day return policy.

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer any support.
  • Retains heat.
  • Requires professional laundering.

Recommended For

The Pinzon Mircoplush Mattress Pad is a low cost solution for anyone looking to increase only the softness of their bed surface without adding anything to the overall support.

iSoCore 3.0 Memory Foam Mattress Pad

Key Points

  • Material: Memory foam
  • Thickness: 3”
  • Warranty: 3 year warranty
  • Special Features: Made in the USA

This no-nonsense mattress pad is geared towards consumers in need of a low-cost solution to considerably enhance the conformity of a firm bed.

It comprises of a simple 3” thick slice of memory foam that adheres to the contours of your body, providing support and relief to your pressure points regardless of the posture you sleep in. The slow-response nature of the memory foam also eliminates motion transfer.

Because it is open celled, the viscoelastic foam used in this pad does not noticeably raise the temperature of your bed. Still, if you’re extra sensitive about heat during your sleep, you may want to look into a higher end gel memory foam model.

Note that the foam used in this product is low density, so it may require frequent rotation when used by bulkier individuals. However, for as long as it retains its initial shape, you can expect ample pain relief and comfort.

To ease the concern regarding durability, the manufacturer really does stick to their 3 year warranty backing this product, as pointed out by one consumer whose purchase began to lose shape after some months.

Pros

  • Cheap.
  • Offers the contouring support that memory foam is known for.
  • Open cell structure doesn’t retain a lot of heat.
  • 3 year warranty.

Cons

  • Low density viscoelastic may not last long for bulky individuals.
  • Still not the coolest viscoelastic product out there.

Recommended For

This no-nonsense mattress pad is geared towards consumers in need of a low-cost solution to considerably enhance the conformity of a firm bed.

Conclusion

You’ve reached the end of my guide, and hopefully, you will be better informed now as to which topper will best suit your needs. Based on the many factors that I’ve discussed, you will also have deduced that there is no simple, singular way to answer the ‘what mattress topper is best’ query.

A lot depends on your specific requirements e.g. comfort and/or support, durability, budget, temperature tolerance and so on. With that in mind, I’ve tried to suggest suitable candidates for the most common requirements that I’ve come across in my market research:

Best Mattress Topper For Back Pain

Back pain can be caused by a mattress that is unable to adequately support your posture (either because it got old, or because you made a bad choice), but like I said before, it isn’t always feasible to throw the current one out and get a new one.

If that is the case with you, I’d recommend the Pure Green 100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper with its all-natural Dunlop latex construction.

The 4 lbs. density and 20 ILD makes it superbly accommodating regardless of the posture you sleep in, and the point elastic nature of latex ensures adequate responsiveness to your movements. Furthermore, you won’t have to deal with the ‘sinking-in’ feel that is customary of memory foam products designed for similar purposes.

Additionally, you can choose from thicknesses of 1”, 2” and 3” – depending on the amount of alteration in surface feel you require. A 5 year warranty is included with topper, but given the general degree of user satisfaction, you probably won’t have to use it.

Best Cooling Mattress Pad

Getting a pad that is comfortable and durable requires considerable market research, but finding one with these qualities which also stays at the right temperature all year round is quite rare. Fortunately, the SnugFleece Elite Wool Mattress Pad offers such a solution.

If you’re willing to put up with a slight animal odor initially, the pad offers springy, slightly firm support that goes according to the tastes of most consumers. The American virgin wool is inherently durable, temperature regulating and moisture wicking, so it works well even if you’re sleeping in a tropical climate that makes you sweat.

The best part? Even if the pad gets flattened by continuous use, you can puff it up readily using a vacuum! Of course, it is expensive, but that is the price you pay for excellence.

Best Mattress Topper For The Money

High-end toppers’ prices can go up in the hundreds, but for many of us, the main reason for getting a topper is to spare ourselves from splurging a huge amount of cash. The Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress Topper is one product that gives a lot of bang for the buck:

Priced well under 100, the Zinus is packed with features that will enhance your sleep experience. For starters, it is available in variable thicknesses, so that you can specify the exact degree of comfort and support you require.

The memory foam used in the Zinus topper is CertiPUR-US certified, so you won’t have to worry about breathing in harmful chemicals, and is augmented with green tea extract and activated charcoal – these counter odorous bacterial growth and moisture, respectively.

To top it off, the product comes with a 5 year warranty, which is about as high as it can get for a topper – quite surprising, considering the cost. There have been a few complaints about manufacturing defects, and you’ll have to put up with off gassing smell, but these are necessary compromises when your budget is limited.

What Is The Best Mattress Protector For Bedwetting

Bedwetting is one of the top threats to the well-being of any mattress – while it mostly concerns toddlers, it can in some cases affect older individuals – even adults may suffer from bouts of incontinence. Its causes may be psychological or physiological, and while it can be treated in most cases – in the meantime – your bed needs to be protected.

One of the most proactive and popular solutions is getting a mattress protector. As the name implies, this product will safeguard your bed against threats such as fluids, allergens and bacteria. Today, there are dozens of brands selling covers that tout themselves as offering total protection.

The truth is a little different: you see, in order to cater to as wide a consumer base as possible (while keeping costs low) certain manufacturers use cheaper / flimsier materials in their products. While they may suit someone with milder concerns, they are certainly not meant for protection against continuous fluid exposure.

This guide will help you choose the best mattress protector for bedwetting based on what I’ve picked up in the industry over the years. I’ve supplemented it with choice product reviews to give you an actual idea of what to look for.

Table of Specifications

Name

Materials Used

Waterproof

Allergen Proof

Bed Bug Proof

Warranty

Extra Features

Our Ratings

Polyurethane and vinyl

Yes

Yes

No

10 years

Elastic sides

Bamboo and plastic

Yes

Yes

No

Lifetime / 30 day money back guarantee

Hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial;free from PVC, phthalates and vinyl

Cotton terry surface, plastic membrane

Yes

Yes

No

15 years

Does not use PVC or phthalates, made in USA

Vinyl

Yes

Yes

No

10 years

Rated for 300 machine cycles; free from phthalates and BPA

Tencel surface,polyurethane membrane

Yes

Yes

No

10 years

Nature derived top surface, inherently anti-bacterial

Why Do You Need To Protect Your Bed Against Bedwetting?

Aside from the fact that urine is a waste product from the human body which makes it inherently repulsive, it can wreak havoc with your mattress if it manages to seep past its surface:

Permanent Odor

The moist inside of your mattress will become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, which will in turn produce odor. Even if you put it out in the sun to dry, it will not completely get rid of the smell.

Discomfort

If enough fluid gets in, you may have to deal with it seeping back out of the surface when you lay on the bed, essentially ruining your sleep.

Health Concerns

The microbial growth on (and inside) your mattress could cause allergy problems for you with prolonged exposure. The fungi / mold may even start thriving on your wooden bed (moist wood is an ideal breeding ground for mold).

Reduced Lifetime

Once moisture enters the mattress, it will weaken the structure of the foam and hasten its deterioration. It may also compromise the adhesive that binds the various layers of the mattress together.

Voided Warranty

Even the most high end manufacturers won’t provide coverage for a product that has been ruined by fluid exposure.

What Features To Look For?

  • Waterproofing
  • absorbency
  • Easy to launder

This may seem quite obvious – but as I briefly stated above – modern protectors come in several degrees of waterproofing. Waterproofing is related to micron size – a term that defines the size of the microscopic holes in the protector’s membrane.

The smaller the micron size, the better protection you get against fluids and allergens. However, this comes at the cost of increasingly poor thermal ventilation, which is why cheap protectors are notorious for making people sweat at night.

For this reason, some manufacturers will make products with materials that have larger micron sizes to allow for better breathability and cooling. These are not reliable from a bed wetter’s security perspective and may even be labeled water-resistant as opposed to waterproof.

You should go for a product that is clearly stated as waterproof (user reviews may be a good indicator of its true capability). Even if it causes a bit of heating, it only means that it’s doing its job well.

Top Rated Bedwetting Mattress Cover Reviews

Linenspa Premium Waterproof Mattress Protector

Key Points

  • Material: Polyurethane and vinyl
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Allergen Proof: Yes
  • Bed Bug Proof: No
  • Warranty:  10 years
  • Extra Features: Elastic sides

The LinenSpa protector, made out of polyurethane and vinyl, is an ultra-cheap product that is well suited to the needs of someone dealing with frequent, repeated episodes of bedwetting.

The all plastic composition ensures that fluids stay on its surface even several hours after the incident occurred. Additionally, the cover is able to provide dependable protection against allergens such as dustmites.

The top layer is more breathable than the underlying membrane, and the overall form factor of the product is quite slim, so it doesn’t heat up as much as one would think. That said, you still have to deal with crinkly noises – but that is to be expected from a sub-$20 cover.

The major concern with this protector is that it won’t last after several washes, unless you follow its care instructions to the hilt – this means drying it on low heat (not beyond 125 F), and using only a small amount of mild washing detergent.

The good news is that manufacturer offers a 10 year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship, and stand by it more often than is the norm for such products. The protector has elastic sides that let it fit mattresses up to 18” deep.

Pros

  • Incredibly cheap.
  • Solid waterproofing.
  • Can be cleaned rapidly by wiping down.
  • Elastic sides allow it to fit deep mattresses.
  • 10 year limited warranty.

Cons

  • Prone to damage from improper laundering.
  • Makes typical crinkly noise.

Recommended For

The LinenSpa protector, made out of polyurethane and vinyl, is an ultra-cheap product that is well suited to the needs of someone dealing with frequent, repeated episodes of bedwetting.

Zen Bamboo Mattress Protector

Key Points

  • Material: Bamboo and plastic
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Allergen Proof: Yes
  • Bed Bug Proof: No
  • Warranty:  Lifetime / 30 day money back guarantee
  • Extra Features: Hypoallergenic; anti-bacterial;free from PVC, phthalates and vinyl

With a surface made of bamboo, this somewhat unorthodox cover may be worth considering if you want a reasonable degree of cooling in addition to strong waterproofing.

The bamboo surface offers superior breathability and cooling as compared to cotton counterparts, while also negating much of the plastic sensation caused by the waterproof membrane underneath. The fact that bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial makes the protector suitable for allergy sufferers too.

Based on user feedback, the plastic membrane does its job as intended – keeping the fluid on its surface like mercury. Users have also been extremely appreciative of the comfort and cooling that this cover has to offer, especially at its low price point.

The product comes with an OEKO-TEX® certification meaning that it is free from PVC, vinyl and phthalates, another plus for those who are averse to harmful plastics.

The manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty for their product as well as a full 30 day refund policy – a strong indicator that they stand behind their claims. Given the dearth of complaints though, you will probably not have to use either.

Pros

  • Reasonably priced.
  • Bamboo top surface is naturally hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, cool and breathable.
  • Top surface conceals feel of underlying membrane.
  • Reliable waterproofing.
  • Lifetime warranty + 30 day refund policy.
  • OEKO-Tex® certified.

Cons

  • Very limited complaints of heating / non-breathability.

Recommended For

With a surface made of bamboo, this somewhat unorthodox cover may be worth considering if you want a reasonable degree of cooling in addition to strong waterproofing.

Luna Premium Mattress Protector

Key Points

  • Material: Cotton terry and plastic
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Allergen Proof: Yes
  • Bed Bug Proof: No
  • Warranty:  15 years
  • Extra Features: Does not use PVC or phthalates; made in USA

With an especially thin construction and a cotton terry top, this cover is for individuals who want to keep urine away from their mattress without altering the feel of their bed.

The cotton terry surface is far more comfortable than standard spun