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A review of the Linenspa Premium Mattress Protector

A review of the Linenspa Premium Mattress Protector

Mattresses, at least good ones, aren’t cheap – heck, even the cheapest ones cost more than a hundred bucks. Moisture happens to be one of the biggest threats to an exposed mattress – it seeps in, creates odor, encourages the growth of bacteria, and causes it to become a breeding ground for dust mites and bed bugs.

Ironically, our bodies are an excellent source of moisture during the night – our sweat alone, if allowed to seep into the mattress, is sufficient to cause the unpleasant consequences discussed above. And this is discounting the occasional accidents that happen to kids and indisposed elders.

Suffice to say, mattresses need to be protected if they are to remain conducive to sleep, and a mattress protector is the answer. But not everyone wants to spend a chunk of money on an aftermarket accessory either, especially if they’re strapped for cash.

Linenspa has a product that may help you out in such a scenario – here is my in-depth Linenspa Mattress Protector review to help you decide if it is worth your investment.

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Essentially soft and unobtrusive.
  • Easy fit / remove.
  • Core protection features work reliably.
  • 10 year warranty.

Cons

  • Made entirely of plastic materials, so it does make some noise and feel slightly crinkly.
  • Sensitive to improper maintenance.

Specifications

Materials

Pocket Depth:

Sizes Available

Warranty

Surface & Sidewall 100% polyester

Backing 100% polyurethane

Depth: 6” – 18”

Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, King, California King

10 years limited

Enter the Linenspa Premium Waterproof Mattress Protector

This offering from Linenspa is meant to be a budget solution – so don’t attach premium quality, luxurious aspirations to it.

That said, the Linenspa Premium Waterproof Mattress Protector, made out of polyurethane and vinyl, is designed to provide reliable protection against fluids, allergens and stains for your mattress, at a price that amounts to a tiny fraction of even the cheapest mattress.​

The thin, breathable top layer is intended to provide a comfortable sleeping surface, minus the typical plastic feel associated with budget protectors (as per the manufacturer). The layer is hypoallergenic too, so it keeps common allergens such as dust mites and fungi from entering your mattress. Polyurethane backing keeps the fluids out.​

Given its cheap nature, it is an excellent choice for securing your guest mattress from a night time spill (particularly when young children are involved), or even for your own mattress’s security, given you’re able to tolerate the problems associated with plastic.

Here’s what I found while testing the manufacturer’s claims:

Features and Benefits​

Protection

According to Linenspa, their mattress cover offers total protection against fluids, while also providing essential shielding against common allergens. From what I’ve gleaned from user feedback, the cover definitely lives up to its claims as far as waterproofing goes.

Even after the fluid has been allowed to stay on the surface for several hours, there is virtually no seepage – it stays as a pool on top of the protector, and does not even slide away to the sides and compromise the mattress from there.

The underlying thin plastic film also does its job in terms of keeping dust mites out – but since the cover is five sided, the back of your mattress is exposed - so you shouldn’t expect this protector to safeguard against bed bugs effectively.

Build​

The product has elastic sides which go over the mattress like a fitted sheet, so putting it on and removing it for washing is no hassle. The surface is 100% polyester – soft brushed, so it is softer than run-of-the-mill covers made out of regular plastic. The underlying backing is 100% polyurethane, to keep fluids out of the mattress completely.

The top surface has been made breathable, according to Linenspa, to prevent their customers from sleeping hot. In spite of this, it able to keep out dander, dust mites and dead skin flakes, all of which can seriously compromise the lifetime of your mattress and your own wellbeing.​

One noteworthy aspect of this protector is that even its elastic sides have been made waterproof – so even if the liquid slides to the sides, it won’t make its way inside. This is a common complaint with cheap protectors, that their waterproofing is limited to the top surface only. Depending on the size you opt for, the protector can fit mattresses with depths ranging from 6 to 18 inches.

​Comfort

Even though the product is touted as being noiseless and soft, I knew it would be a surprise if this really was the case. A sub-$20 protector made primarily from plastic simply can’t achieve that. Indeed, this was the case: while the noise was lower than some of the competition, it was definitely present and perceptible.​

The softness was adequate, considering the cost and materials involved, but for the more sensitive sleepers, I’ll recommend using an extra cover on top to negate the somewhat wrinkly feel of the protector. However, in spite of the noise and slight crinkliness, the mattress cover was not obtrusive enough to disrupt my sleep.

Thermal Profile​

The cover is ultra-thin, with a breathable top layer, even though it is made of polyester and polyurethane, it performs rather admirably in terms of dissipating heat. Multiple users have reported that it stays surprisingly cool during the night, but I suspect part of it has to do with the ambient conditions they’re sleeping in too.

Warranty​

A 10 year limited warranty is provided by Linenspa, covering defects in workmanship and materials. Normal wear and tear is not covered, as well as damage caused by incorrect maintenance. Pretty much standard fare as far as terms and conditions are concerned, but still, this goes a long way to indicate that they have confidence in their offering – even if it costs under 20 bucks.

Care Instructions​

With low end products like these, it is important to follow the care instructions to the hilt if you want them to perform for a long time. With this protector, make sure you use only a tiny amount of washing powder. Tumble dry after, on a low heat setting.

Using a setting higher than 125 Fahrenheit will affect the waterproof layer. Indeed, this could be the cause for some of the negative feedback this product has received for its waterproofing (that the majority praised quite clearly).

User Feedback​

As discussed above, the biggest reservation about the product that I gathered from user feedback was that its protection did not last after multiple washes. Since the manufacturer has deliberately made it very thin (so as to be unobtrusive), it is very much possible that rough handling could compromise its lifetime.

There were no major complaints of odor, and the allergen barrier seems to work as advertised too. In terms of surface feel, there were both those who found no plastic sensation at all, and those who couldn’t tolerate it. I guess it comes down to personal preference, but if you fall in the latter camp, it is nothing an extra sheet on top won’t solve.

This seems to be one of those rare cheap products with a warranty that actually delivers if needed – since there were multiple complaints, and the support department did resolve them.

Conclusion​

Ultimately, I find this to protector to be a very reasonable bargain for its asking price – provided you follow proper care and maintenance instructions, it yields dependable essential protection for your mattress against threats like fluids, allergens and odors.

Obviously, given its polyester / polyurethane composition, it won’t work in a luxury bed setup where everything has to be completely comfortable and in harmony, but the thinness of this protector does make it low-profile enough to have negligible impact on the sleep quality of all but the most sensitive sleepers.

Combine this with a 10 year warranty that the manufacturer does live up to, and this is one of the best budget mattress protectors out there.

If you’ve got a question, or comment, do leave it in the comments below, and I’ll get back to you promptly.​

Malouf Mattress Protector Review

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The biggest problem with mattress protectors flooding the market nowadays is that – in spite of being functional in terms of waterproofing and allergen blocking – they run hot and noisy during the night. Basically, you have to compromise on the quality of your sleep to ensure that the quality of your mattress is not compromised!

I think, and you’ll probably agree, that this renders the whole point of having a good bed void – fortunately, some manufacturers also share this view, and one of them is Malouf. Although their Sleep Tite line of mattress protectors has something for all budgets, they’ve taken the time to create higher end protectors that expressly provide essential protection without making your night a hot mess.

One of my favorites from among their higher priced offerings is the Sleep Tite Encase® Omniphase™ Mattress Protector, which uses proprietary materials in its construction to minimize heating during the night. Impressed as I was with Malouf’s claims about its performance, I decided to do an in-depth Malouf mattress protector review to provide an honest appraisal of its capabilities to my readers.

Pros

  • Soft and comfortable top surface.
  • Tencel fiber wicks away moisture.
  • Omniphase material actively regulates surface temperature.
  • Reliable core protection.
  • Protects against bed bugs, in addition to other common allergens.
  • 15 year limited warranty.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Not completely free of plastic sensation.
  • Difficult to put on mattress alone.

Specifications

Materials

Support Depth

Sizes Available

Warranty

Tencel with H2Pro fluid proof membrane, Omniphase phase changing material

6 – 22 inches (for all sizes)

Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, Split Queen, King, Split King, California King, Split California King

15 Years Limited

Enter the Malouf Sleep Tite Encase® Omniphase™ Mattress Protector

Malouf have an established reputation as a manufacturer of high quality, dependable bedding solutions – and on the surface, the Encase Omniphase mattress cover seems to promise as much.

‘Omniphase’ is the name given to the special material used in the protector to make it feel a lot cooler than the competition, and the cover also uses ‘Tencel’, a proprietary fabric, to enhance its moisture removing ability, so you don’t have to sleep in a pool of your sweat (or worse), as is common with low-budget offerings.

Besides this, the protector is six sided, and uses patented Micro-Tite zipping technology to keep bed bugs, among other allergens, out. All these are pretty sweet features, and point to a product that can be used as part of a premium bedding setup where comfort and relaxation are prioritized.

Malouf Encase Sleep Tite Mattress Protector

However, we can’t really take them at face value – and that’s why I’ve done a feature by feature investigation to ascertain the truth in these claims.

Construction

The protector has a six-sided form factor, pretty much identical to an encasement, as opposed to the more prevalent five sided, fitted-sheet style favored by protectors in general. A layer of phase changing material (Omniphase) is incorporated to promote temperature regulation, so that the protector feels just right in a wide range of ambient conditions.

Six Sided Protection

Tencel fabric is used to take moisture away from your body, instead of having it pool up and affect your sleep. The protector uses a lab-certified H2Pro® liquid-proof membrane, which is touted as being both breathable and quiet.

These materials are assimilated in a ventilated, durable, elastic, and most importantly, waterproof protector that envelopes your mattress completely. The mattress cover can fit mattresses ranging from 6” to 22” in depth, which is quite a wide margin compared to the market average.

That said, installing this six sided protector may be an exercise in frustration for a lone individual – I personally was unable to figure out how to put on the cover over my 18” deep mattress by myself, and had to invite a friend over for tea to coax them into helping me!

Protection

The H2Pro membrane is responsible for basic waterproofing and allergen blocking (I’m talking about dust, dust mites, dead skin, dander and the like). Tencel fabric then wicks away the moisture from the product, thanks to its superior breathability and absorbency, compared to even cotton based protectors!

You would be concerned that if the protector absorbs fluids, it may not be easy to get rid of the accumulated mess even after laundering. However, I found that after a prolonged spill test, the protector works just as advertised: it absorbs the fluid without letting it seep to your mattress, and you can easily wash it out via a standard wash and dry cycle. No hint of coloring remains after the protector has been allowed to dry.

In terms of allergen control, the protector performs completely satisfactorily – the six sided, tightly zippered, elastic enclosure that it creates ensures no pests can compromise your mattress from any angle. Bed bugs, in particular, are kept out effectively in this manner (since regular five sided protection leaves the mattress’s back exposed: a perfect entry point for these nasty insects).

Protection Features

Surface Feel

Tencel Surface

Once again, Tencel saves the day: besides being breathable and absorbent, it is soft too, therefore you can expect a snug, unperturbed sleep with this protector. Bear in mind though that the H2Pro membrane still produces a slight plastic sensation – and depending upon your tolerance (and the thickness of your bedsheet) – you may find it hard to ignore.

For the vast majority of consumers though, the product was comfortable and synergized well with their mattresses.

Heat Retention & Sound

This is where, according to the manufacturer, the Encase protector really shines – here’s what I think:

In terms of getting rid of excess heat, the phase changing material used in the protector does indeed work by absorbing excess heat and releasing it away from the surface so you get a cooler sleep experience. Plenty of users, too, have attested to its superior cooling as compared to run of the mill products.

That said, your body type, the overall composition of your bed, the ambient conditions, will all play a role in how the protector performs; it’s just that this one will perform better than regular plastic / cotton. And if, given you’re sleeping in tropical weather, you do sweat a bit – the Tencel will simply wick away the moisture, thereby still ensuring a much more comfortable experience than cheap protectors.

Omniphase Material For Heat Dissipation

That said, the protector wasn’t completely noiseless – better than conventional covers – but definitely audible. However, by now, I’ve learned to accept that all manufacturers tend to exaggerate this point to attract consumers.

User Feedback

The general feedback from users has been very positive – something I can attest to after scouring dozens of Malouf mattress protector reviews left by consumers online. Lavish praise has been directed at its snug fitting, softness, core protection and coolness.

There have been very scattered complaints pertaining to waterproofing failure, and some issues with noisiness, but the majority is clearly happy with the product’s performance. In any case, even if you do run into a hiccup, the 15 year long warranty has you covered.

Care Instructions

The protector should be washed initially before using it. You can launder it in either hot or cold water, but don’t exceed the 120F mark. A mild non-alkaline detergent is recommended, one that doesn’t contain any harsh whitening chemicals or bleach.

While line drying is the recommended way, you can tumble dry on low heat, too, along with your other bedding accessories. Just makes sure you don’t over dry or use a temperature setting beyond 125F, as this will cause damage to the waterproof membrane and compromise the lifetime of the product. Ironing and dry cleaning are not allowed.

Warranty

There’s a 15 year limited warranty accompanying this protector, which covers defects in workmanship as well as mattress protector materials. The warranty also covers any stains on the mattress caused by these defects, provided you’re the original purchaser of the protector.

A sales receipt is required for processing the warranty. Note that the warranty shall be void if you do not follow care instructions properly, or otherwise subject the protector to abuse.

Conclusion

It is rare to find a mattress protector that exudes an aura of quality, but as is evident from my Encase mattress protector review, this one seems to nail it almost perfectly:

With its combination of laboratory tested, proprietary design practices and materials, it achieves dependable essential protection against fluids, allergens and bed bugs, while also staying cool and comfortable for the most part. While a slight plastic feel still escapes the protector, it is much more subtle than what is typically expected in mattress covers.

The protector is doubtlessly expensive, but its multitude of premium features, coupled with a 15 year warranty (that even covers mattress stains to an extent), more than justify the expense for someone in need of a high end protective solution for their luxury mattress.

Feel free to leave any queries and comments that you have below, and if you found my review informative, be sure to share it with your friends on social media.

A Review Of AllerEase Mattress Protectors

Mattresses are a crucial (and expensive) part of our sleeping gear, so they need to be protected from threats such as fluids, allergens, bugs and fungi in order for us to get the most out of our investment. That’s where mattress protectors come in – today, they are available in all manner of materials and sizes in the market – so much so in fact, that fresh buyers may find themselves in a pickle.

Having spent years developing my expertise in everything related to bedding, I’ve got my own selection of mattress cover manufacturers that put their money where their mouth is: AllerEase happens to be one of them.

Though their protectors aren’t the most luxurious, they are effective where it counts, and for those on a tight budget, they promise decent value. Below you’ll find a guide written by yours truly, complete with candid AllerEase mattress protector reviews, to help you decide if this company is worthy of your patronage.

AllerEase Mattress Protector Comparisons

Brand

Material

Supported Sizes

Waterproof

Allergen Proof

Bed Bug Proof

Extra Features

Our Ratings

AllerEase Waterproof Allergy Protection Mattress Protector

Polyester with polyethylene film

Twin, Full, Queen, King

Yes

Yes

No

Machine washable

AllerEase Bed Bug Allergy Protection Zippered Mattress Protector

Polyester with polyethylene film

Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King

Yes

Yes

Yes

Machine washable

AllerEase Maximum Allergy Protection And Bed Bug Mattress Protector

Polyester with polyethylene film

Twin, Full, Queen, King

Yes

Yes

Yes

Machine washable, soft top fabric, breathable layer

AllerEase Ultimate Protection and Comfort Allergy-Protection Mattress Protector

Polyester with polyethylene film

Twin, Full, Queen, King

Yes

Yes

Yes

Anti-microbial, machine washable, soft top fabric, temperature balancing, breathable layer

AllerEase Naturals Organic Cotton Allergy Protection Fitted Mattress Protector

Organic cotton with plastic sides

Twin, Full, Queen

No

Yes

No

Machine washable, naturally breathable

A Little Background On The Company

Founded over two decades ago, AllerEase, in their own words, are ‘the leader in allergen barrier bedding’. While this is a tall claim, it is indeed true that they specialize in woven bedding fabric that serves to isolate the mattress from nearly every allergen out there.

Their products are affordable for the mainstream consumer, and are tested and certified from Good Housekeeping Seal.

What Can You Expect From AllerEase’s Mattress Covers?

Material Type

Inorganic

For the majority of these products, the top layer and the waterproof membrane layer are made out of plastics i.e. polyurethane and polyethylene. The obvious reason for this is that plastic is a cheap material, and serves as an excellent barrier against all potential threats to a mattress.

But since it isn’t breathable, it does tend to run hotter than say, a latex or cotton mattress protector. This is reflected in several complaints from consumers of sweating excessively while using these products. Then again, lots of people have spoken the complete opposite: stating that they did not experience any perceptible heating.

This leads me to believe that both personal tolerance, and the ambient temperature and humidity conditions, will affect how these covers perform – in other words, you may want to avoid them if you live in a tropical climate.

Organic

For those who can’t handle plastics, the manufacturer has an organic offering that has a top surface made of organic cotton – although the 100% claim seems a bit doubtful. This particular product does not have an antimicrobial chemical sprayed on it either.

Keep in mind that the manufacturer has made this one five sided, instead of the six sided form factor followed by the plastic models, which means it won’t offer much protection against bed bugs. Furthermore, the cotton is by no means waterproof – you’ll need to add a second waterproof layer on your own if you want that.

Having said that, breathability gets a boost, so sweating and heating are appreciably reduced.

Functionality

While far from premium quality, Allerease protectors definitely work as advertised: the underlying polyethylene based membrane keeps fluids, dander, pollen, dust mites and other common allergens out of your mattress.

The fabric is also impermeable to bed bugs, and is given an anti-bacterial finish that stoppers the onset of odor causing bacterial growth. The encasement is able to easily stretch to fit up to 17” deep mattresses, but as noted by some users, may require a second pair of hands in the case of larger sized mattresses.

The protectors are six sided, as opposed to the typical five sided products in the market, so they envelope the mattress from all sides, which makes them effective against bed bugs. Furthermore, they utilize a Velcro flap that completely covers the zipper, so there’s no chance of any bed bug ingress from that weak spot either.

Comfort

Inorganic

Speaking with complete honesty, the protectors that are made of plastic do carry some wrapping paper-like feel on their surface, in spite of what the manufacturer claims. That said, the top fabric on the better models has been made soft and comfortable, so if you can tolerate the wrapper like feel, you’ll be able to sleep fine – a reasonable compromise when you’re on a strict budget.

Additionally, some of the higher end Allerease products feature ‘temperature balancing technology’ and/or a breathable top layer which, judging by user feedback, does marginally improve the thermal profile of the protector.

Organic

The organic cotton mattress protectors offer improved breathability, and a genuinely softer surface feel – but not exactly on par with premium organic protectors, not surprising considering how cheap they are priced.

Affordability

Allerease mattress covers manage to shine in this department – even the most advanced offering is priced under $75 – which means that for a fraction of what your expensive mattress cost you, you can shield it against harm and enhance the value of your investment.

Reliability

The manufacturer claims that there products have been tested by an independent lab, and have been given the Good Housekeeping Limited Warranty Seal, which guarantees a refund of the purchase cost up to $2000, or total repair / replacement, if the manufacturer does not do so. They only award this seal to products that have been tested and found to adhere to a certain standard of quality.

This is all dandy, but to be sure, I scoured through feedback from users and did find some complaints pertaining to complete waterproofing failure – i.e. fluid seeping through to the mattress. These covers are made in China, so this kind of random defect is to be anticipated (no matter how unlikely) – I’ll advise you to test the protector’s waterproofing on a secondary mattress before you put it on a super expensive mattress just in case.

Warranty

AllerEase has an in-house 10 year limited warranty policy for all their mattress and pillow protectors, provided the product has been bought in the US or Canada. It covers defects in materials and workmanship, and excludes fiber compression, punctures, tears or damage stemming from incorrect laundering.

It isn’t the most generous policy, but this makes sense given the small price tags on these products.

Care Instructions

To prevent the layers from sticking and/or deforming, you’ll need to exercise some care when washing an AllerEase protector. The manufacturer advises machine washing warm, and only using non-chlorine based bleach if necessary.

The protector should be tumble dried on low heat and promptly removed. In case you’re using a gas dryer, dry the protector in ten minute intervals on low setting. Additionally, these protectors should not be ironed.

Top rated AllerEase Zippered Mattress Protector Reviews

AllerEase Waterproof Allergy Protection Mattress Protector

Key Points

  • Polyester with polyethylene film.
  • Available in Twin, Full, Queen, King sizes.
  • ​Waterproof.
  • ​Allergen Proof.
  • Machine Washable.

Made out of polyurethane plastic, it is reliable enough at keeping damage from night time accidents at bay, and can also handle allergens such as dust mites and dander pretty effectively. Like its siblings, it forms a six sided, zippered enclosure for your mattress, but don’t confuse this for bed bug blocking:
This protector lacks the bed bug barrier that is present in the manufacturer’s more expensive products, so don’t count on it to keep these pests out – also, it doesn’t have an anti-microbial finish, so it won’t prevent fungal / bacterial growth in the mattress either – in other words, in the event of an incident, you’ll need to clean it promptly to make sure no fluid seeps into its inner layers (not that this is likely).
In all honesty, I can only recommend this protector for cool and dry climates, where humidity and heat can’t promote the growth of bacteria. Also, if your mattress has bed bugs (or there has been in an occurrence related to them in your home before), you’ll want to pass on this one for health reasons.

Pros

  • Extremely cheap.
  • Performs core protection effectively.

Cons

  • Not breathable.
  • Noisy.
  • No bed bug protection.

Recommended For

This mattress cover is suited to individuals who want extremely inexpensive, barebones protection against fluids and basic allergens.

AllerEase Bed Bug Allergy Protection Zippered Mattress Protector

Key Points

  • Polyester with polyethylene film.
  • Available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King sizes.
  • ​Waterproof.
  • ​Allergen Proof.
  • Bed Bug Proof.
  • Machine Washable.

This one builds over the features of the lowest priced offering by throwing bed bug protection into the mix without raising the price appreciably.

It performs pretty much identically as all the other plastic covers from the manufacturer in terms of allergy protection and fluid blocking, and the zippered enclosure combined with the bed bug barrier does its job satisfactorily too.

Besides the characteristic wrinkling (that you may need to conceal with a top sheet), the protector will also run hot in humid / tropical climate zones, so it may not be the best choice if you live in such a place, especially because these conditions promote bacterial growth, and this protector doesn’t have an anti-microbial finish either.

Pros

  • Adds bed bug proofing with minimal price hike.
  • Workable waterproofing and allergen protection.

Cons

  • No bacterial protection.
  • Poor breathability.
  • Will have to tolerate plastic like feel.

Recommended For

Ultimately, it’s a low cost option for someone who wants basic bed bug protection and isn’t too particular about heat or noise.

AllerEase Maximum Allergy Protection And Bed Bug Mattress Protector

Key Points

  • Polyester with polyethylene film.
  • Available in Twin, Full, Queen, King sizes.
  • ​Waterproof.
  • ​Allergen Proof.
  • Bed Bug Proof.
  • Machine washable, soft top fabric, breathable layer.

This is the middle ground of the manufacturer’s lineup, providing an economical blend of features that focus on basic protection as well as comfort, and is thus suited to those who want a bit more comfort than what an extremely low-budget plastic protector offers.

The fluid, allergen and bed bug protection seem to work as advertised, judging from consumer reviews. As expected, the majority of the complaints were directed towards the ‘wrinkly feel’ and ‘heating up’, in spite of the fact that the manufacturer has made the top softer and the bottom layer more breathable.

This is because the materials used are still polyurethane and polyethylene i.e. plastics that are inherently poor thermal conductors. That said, the protector should feel a lot more comfortable and somewhat cooler than the cheaper offerings I’ve covered above – just nothing close to luxury.

Pros

  • Combines protection with improved comfort and durability.
  • Essentially reliable performance.

Cons

  • Doesn’t ward off bacteria.
  • Doesn’t completely eliminate heating / crinkly surface.

Recommended For

This protector is suited to those who want a bit more comfort than what an extremely low-budget plastic protector offers.

AllerEase Ultimate Protection and Comfort Allergy-Protection Mattress Protector

Key Points

  • Polyester with polyethylene film.
  • Available in Twin, Full, Queen, King sizes.
  • ​Waterproof.
  • ​Allergen Proof.
  • Bed Bug Proof.
  • Anti-microbial, machine washable, soft top fabric, temperature balancing, breathable layer

This is the best mattress cover that AllerEase has to offer, incorporating temperature balancing enhancements as well as a soft top fabric. This makes it suitable for those who demand the coolest, most comfortable sleeping experience on a very strict budget.

Just as every other offering from AllerEase, the protector is waterproof, and allergen resistant. It is also bed bug proof, with a zippered closure that completely seals its six sided envelope. The cover has also been given an anti-microbial finishing on its surface to prevent odorous bacterial infestation – but this is a chemical, and may not appeal to everyone.

Thanks to the soft top fabric, the plastic like feeling of its cheaper sibling is somewhat mitigated, and a breathable layer as well as the AllerEase’s signature ‘temperature balancing’ technology ensures much less heat retention and sweatiness.

Note that while most users have been pleased with the protection and comfort it offers at what is still a remarkably low cost, even these enhancements haven’t been able to completely address the plastic feel and heating concerns.

Additionally, some users have had issues with the size, claiming that the protector ended up being larger than their mattress – so you’re advised to pay close attention to the recommended thickness quoted by the manufacturer.

Pros

  • Still quite cheap.
  • Soft top fabric enhances comfort and reduces plastic feel.
  • Somewhat improved thermal dissipation and breathability.
  • Anti-microbial and completely bed bug proof.

Cons

  • Still not as cool as other materials.
  • Won’t perfectly fit shallower mattresses.

Recommended For

It is suitable for those who demand the coolest, most comfortable sleeping experience on a very strict budget.

AllerEase Naturals Organic Cotton Allergy Protection Fitted Mattress Protector

Key Points

  • Organic cotton with plastic sides
  • Available in Twin, Full, Queen sizes.
  • ​Allergen Proof.
  • Machine washable, naturally breathable

Standing apart from most other offerings from AllerEase, the Naturals Organic Cotton protector is meant for individuals who want affordable allergy protection minus the plastic and potentially harmful chemicals.

The protector has a five sided profile, as opposed to the regular six sided style observed in the rest of the lineup, and the manufacturer claims that it is made from pure organic cotton that is more breathable (and decidedly softer) than the plastic surfaces of the other products.

The improved breathability leads to less heating and sweating, but the protector is still woven tightly enough to prevent the accumulation of dust as well as other common allergens. The fitted construction makes it easy to put on and remove, so washing the protector isn’t as much a chore as with the plastic variety.

However, one major drawback with this protector is that it isn’t waterproof – you’ll have to throw in a second sheet underneath it to protect the mattress against spills. Since it doesn’t cover the back of the mattress, it doesn’t effectively ward against bed bugs either.

About the 100% organic cotton claim: the top is indeed made from cotton, but the sides and the film underneath are definitely plastic – somewhat misleading, but then again, what else can you expect at this cheap a price?

Pros

  • Organic cotton top.
  • Does not use a chemical anti-microbial finish.
  • Improved breathability.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Easily installable / removable.

Cons

  • Not waterproof.
  • Not bed bug proof.
  • 100% organic cotton claim is misleading.

Recommended For

The Naturals Organic Cotton protector is meant for individuals who want affordable allergy protection minus the plastic and potentially harmful chemicals.

Conclusion

I tend to avoid passing definitive judgement when it comes to bedding, because it is too subjective a matter – however, in this case, given the incremental nature of this limited lineup (evident from the Aller Ease mattress cover reviews I’ve done above), singling out the best pick isn’t that difficult:

AllerEase Ultimate Protection and Comfort Allergy-Protection Mattress Protector is the clear winner thanks to its combination of effective water-, allergen- and bed bug-proofing, with dedicated features to make it cooler and more comfortable to sleep on. It may not be perfect, but this is the most reasonable compromise between functionality and comfort as far as this manufacturer is concerned.

It also helps that the price is still pretty much within the reach of budget bound consumers. There’s a 10 year warranty included, along with backing from Good Housekeeping, which should have you covered in case you get a defective product (this can’t be discounted because these protectors are of Chinese make).

As far as the organic cotton cover is concerned, I’d advise saving for a better option since this one isn’t even fully organic to begin with, and lacks core protection features for which you’ll be paying extra anyways.

The Best Mattress Protectors On The Market – Buyers Guide

The Best Mattress Protectors On The Market - Buyers Guide

Keeping your mattress protected is the best thing that you can do to ensure the longevity of your bed. Not only that, but it also helps to keep your warranty intact. If anything were to spill on it, your warranty would be void. I can personally attest to the fact that mattress companies do not take back beds that have been soaked in sweat or have stains on them. So, with this said, I want to make sure that you are able to easily find the best mattress protector for your bed to keep your mattress fresh, clean, and covered.

Looking for something for bed bugs? We recommend a mattress encasement.​

Best Mattress Protector Comparisons

Brand

Special Feature

Weight

Warranty

Prices

Our Ratings

LUNA

Hypoallergenic

1 pound

10 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

$$$$$

SKY Bedding

Hypoallergenic

2.1 pounds

Lifetime Manufacturer’s Warranty​

$$

Sleep Tite

Hypoallergenic

2 pounds

15 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

$$$$

SafeRest

Hypoallergenic

1 pound

10 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

$$$

LinenSpa

Hypoallergenic

1.6 pounds

10 Year Manufacturer's Warranty​

$

What Are They For?

As I said earlier, mattress protectors help to ensure that your bed stays protected to make it last longer and keep it covered under warranty, but, they are not only good for that. They are ideal for allergy protection, bedwetting protection, comfort and more.

Allergies

Dust mites are one of the leading dust allergy triggers while you are sleeping or in bed. If you suffer from sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, red, itchy or watery eyes, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing, or itching, you probably have a dust allergy that is set off by the mites or pet dander. Not only can you suffer from those various symptoms, but a dust mite allergy is a very common cause for asthma in children. One simple way you can prevent these allergies is to protect your bed with a hypoallergenic protector.

Bedwetting

Also known as “nighttime incontinence”, bedwetting is a common occurrence in children and elderly adults with bladder control issues. The most common protector for this issue are made from vinyl and can sometimes be referred to as “plastic sheets”. They can be easily wiped clean and can last quite a few years if taken care of properly. If one of these are on your bed, you are helping to keep moisture away from the mattress, which can cause a void in your warranty and a not so nice smell in your room.

Comfort

Yup, it is as simple as that, a protector for comfort. Some people do like to keep their mattresses protected from sweat, dust, dander, spills, and bed bugs, but they also like to add just a touch of softness as well. You can find mattress protectors that have comfort fill that acts like a pillow top for your bed. So, instead of spending the extra money on a fancy pillow top mattress, you can save a few hundred or even thousands of dollars by investing in a fluffy cotton protector.

Types Of Mattress Protectors

Unlike other products, you can get mattress protectors in a variety of different textures, materials, depths and more because not everyone has the same preference. I would like show you how many different options you have when it comes to purchasing the best mattress cover for you.

Membrane Versus Non-Membrane

These options are ideal for those who suffer from allergies. Membrane covers help to protect your bed by offering a waterproof top with a non-fabric barrier. You can also get this option with a zipper that helps to protect your mattress from bed bugs.

Non-Membrane covers feel similar to cotton and have a tightly woven fabric that does not allow the allergens to pass through the barrier. They are silent, lightweight, and comfortable, but they do not have the waterproof effect like the membrane covers do.​

Fitted Versus Zippered

When choosing between fitted and zippered, you should keep your strength and bug protection preference in mind. If you want to protect yourself against bed bugs and other critters that could enter your mattress, you are going to want a zippered protector. This will ensure that the entire bed is protected because it wraps the entire thing from top to bottom.

​Fitted protectors are quick and simple to install and they do not involve you picking up the mattress. They are just like a fitted sheet and usually have elastic edges to keep it in place. These types, however, only protect against moisture, sweat, mildew, etc. They will not keep the bed safe from bugs.

Organic Versus Non-Organic

You read it right, there are such things are organic mattress protectors. Organic protectors are made from all-natural fibers that were grown without the use of harmful chemicals, pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. They also help to provide a healthier sleeping environment by protecting against allergens with their hypoallergenic properties. These are great for those who have allergies, eczema, delicate skin or asthma.

If you are an an environmental advocate, it is another reason to go with organic because they are better for the environment. Instead of using potentially harmful and dangerous pesticides, farmers use sustainable farming methods when growing their cotton, helping to make these protectors biodegradable. On the downside, these are more expensive since they are organic.

Also, make sure you are actually getting a 100% natural cover if you are choosing organic. Sometimes, companies will tell you that their product is organic when they really aren’t. All you need to look for is the GOTS label. This stands for Global Organic Textile Standard and is only used if something is 100% natural.

Non-organic mattress protectors are usually made with flame retardants and other unhealthy chemicals and materials such as vinyl and urethane, which are most commonly used in the waterproof covers. Non-organic products are filled with toxins and may not be as healthy for you or your children. The only upside to these are that they are less expensive and have more options.​

Vinyl Versus Urethane

This applies to a mattress protector that is deemed “waterproof”. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone complain that their protector was not 100% waterproof. Well, the problem with this is that not all of these covers are made with the same materials and are sometimes only “water resistant” rather than waterproof. Also, not all waterproof protectors are made the same and each have their own different features.

A vinyl barrier tends to not be breathable, but they are more economical. They are also very noisy and take more time to dry. If you are someone who does not like to be warm while you sleep, vinyl would not be an ideal choice for you because they tend to be hot to sleep on.

A vinyl barrier tends to not be breathable, but they are more economical. They are also very noisy and take more time to dry. If you are someone who does not like to be warm while you sleep, vinyl would not be an ideal choice for you because they tend to be hot to sleep on.

Urethane barriers, on the other hand, allow heat transfer and they will stay cool during the summer and warm in the winter. They are generally more quiet than vinyl and they wash and dry at a faster rate of time. The downside is that they cost more, but, they do last longer, so the additional cost is probably well worth it.​

How Do They Differ?

Contrary to what some may believe, mattress protectors differ from mattress pads and encasements for many reasons. A lot of people will buy a pad thinking that it will protect their bed, but they don’t always do that, this is why it is important to know the difference.

Protectors

Protectors are usually like a fitted sheet. They fit on your bed, based on size, and help to protect your mattress against allergens, moisture, bacteria and more. These are generally much cheaper than encasements and pads, but they offer more protection against liquids. Although, this is not always the case if the protector is not completely waterproof.

Encasements

Encasements are more for bed bug protection. Yes, they do offer complete coverage for your mattress, but they are not always waterproof. They will keep the bed bugs away, but they will not keep liquid out which could void your warranty.

Toppers

A mattress topper is more for comfort than protection.They are usually in memory foam or eggshell form and are a few inches thick. A lot of people will go out and buy a pad but find that they get ruined just as quickly as a mattress without a protector on it. These are also way more expensive with little to no protection.

Mattress Protector Reviews

Luna Premium Hypoallergenic 100% Waterproof Mattress Protector-Queen

Key Points

  • 12 x 3.5 x 12 inches
  • 1 pound
  • ​Waterproof
  • ​Hypoallergenic
  • Fits up to 18”
  • 10-year warranty

To ensure that everyone has the option to choose the Luna Mattress Protector, they have 7 sizes to choose from that fit any standard size bed. They also took the added precaution and designed a Sure-Fit sizing band that fits up to 18 inch mattresses. They also went ahead and added a waterproof membrane that protects your bed from spills and moisture. If it gets wet, just take it off and throw it in the washer per manufacturer instructions.

​This protector is also ideal for those who may be suffering from allergies. It helps to prevent allergy triggers from getting through the membrane material while also allowing the mattress to breathe. We can thank the exclusive Airflow technology for this feature.

The microscopic pores allow air to pass through while blocking anything else that shouldn’t. The hypoallergenic cotton terry surface will not disrupt sleep from being noisy like vinyl does. It will also not change the feel of your mattress. If for any reason you need to return the Luna, you are covered by a 10-year warranty.

Pros

  • Noiseless
  • True fit
  • Good quality construction
  • Breathable
  • Truly waterproof
  • 10-year warranty
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Lightweight
  • No smell

Cons

  • Some people still slept hot
  • Complaints of leaks
  • Stretched out

Recommended For

Ideal for those who may be suffering from allergies.


Sky Bedding 100% Waterproof Mattress Protector-Queen

Key Points

  • 60 x 80 inches
  • 2.1 pounds
  • Waterproof
  • ​Hypoallergenic
  • Fits up to 22”
  • Lifetime Manufacturer’s Warranty

Sky Bedding has created a mattress protector that is ideal for keeping your mattress dry and clean, guaranteed. This hypoallergenic cover helps to protect your bed from stains, moisture, spills, and more. It is extremely easy to put on and it can be washed in the washing machine, no matter what size.

This protector can fit a mattress up to a whopping 22” and will stay in place without hassle. As it is on your bed, it will help to protect you against pesky allergens and germs. You may no longer wake up to red, itchy eyes, a stuffy or runny nose, and you won’t have to spend half of your night sneezing and sniffling due to dust mites or other triggers.

You will also not have to worry about crinkly sounds or noisy movement during the night since this protector is not made from vinyl, PVC or phthalates, which is what normally makes the crinkle sound on the waterproof barrier. The tind cover will leave your mattress just as comfortable as it has always been. You will also not sleep hot with the breathable cotton terry surface.​

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Deep pockets-can fit a topper
  • Noiseless
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Affordable
  • Doesn’t change feel of mattress
  • Easy to wash
  • Doesn’t cause hot sleeping
  • Fits perfectly

Cons

  • Complaints of it not being breathable
  • A few complaints of leaks
  • Stretched out

Sleep Tite by Malouf® Hypoallergenic 100% Waterproof Mattress Protector-Queen

Key Points

  • 60 x 80 inches
  • 2 pounds
  • ​Waterproof
  • ​Hypoallergenic
  • Fits up to 22”
  • 15-year warranty

Fitting at an amazing 16 sizes, the Sleep Tite has an option for literally everyone, which includes RV size beds and cribs/cots. You will also find that these fitted sheet style protectors fit mattresses up to 22” deep and protects against all fluids thanks to its 100% waterproof barrier. Since the average person can lose up to 1 liter of liquid a night, the Sleep Tite has the capability to absorb up to that 1 liter with its polyurethane membrane.

The way this protector works is by preventing the accumulation of moisture and skin sheddings that escapes our bodies each night. These flakes mixed with moisture is the perfect feeding and breeding ground for bacteria and dust mites. Dust mites have been a proven factor in children’s asthma, a trigger for those who have asthma, and one of the leading causes of eczema. This protector cuts off all food supplies to these mites and kills them off, thus, reducing allergies.

A great bonus feature of this protector is that it helps body heat to pass through the mattress resulting in a cooler night of sleep. The fabric will not change the feel of your mattress as it conforms to the shape of it naturally.​

Pros

  • PVC, Vinyl, and Phthalate free
  • Naturally absorbs moisture
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to put on
  • Easy to wash
  • No overheating
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Deep pockets
  • Users noticed reduced allergy symptoms

Cons

  • Not completely noiseless
  • Has an odor
  • Complaints of leaks

Recommended For

Fitting at an amazing 16 sizes, the Sleep Tite has an option for literally everyone, which includes RV size beds and cribs/cots.

SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector-Vinyl Free-Queen

Key Points

  • 1 pound
  • 60 x 80 inches
  • ​Waterproof
  • ​Hypoallergenic
  • ​Fits up to 18”
  • 10-year warranty

The SafeRest is registered with the FDA as a class 1 medical device along with being hypoallergenic. It protects against dust mites, allergens, bacteria, perspiration, urine and fluids. It is helpful for those who may have pets, allergies, children or incontinence. This protector traps fluids, dust mites,skin cells and other irritants on the surface where they can be washed away during the advised quarterly launderings. This will ensure an allergen free environment for sleeping for the entire family.

The cotton terry surface is breathable, noiseless, and will keep you cool as you sleep. You may be thinking “how can it be waterproof without a vinyl top”? Well, cotton terry naturally absorbs moisture while being noiseless and since the back of it is coated with a waterproof and hypoallergenic membrane layer, it keeps the moisture at bay.

​Thanks to the SafeRest Invisa-ShieldTM technology, this protector will not change the feel of your mattress. This is ideal for all types of mattresses including innerspring, memory foam and latex. What makes it even more of an ideal choice is that it is backed by a full replacement 10-year product warranty.

Pros

  • Registered with the FDA
  • Breathable
  • Tests proved waterproof
  • Washable
  • Easy to install
  • Comfortable
  • Affordable
  • Doesn’t crinkle
  • Doesn’t sleep hot

Cons

  • Doesn’t wrap around the whole bed
  • Strong smell
  • Not completely noiseless

Recommended For

This is ideal for all types of mattresses including innerspring, memory foam and latex.

LINENSPA Premium Mattress Protector-Queen

Key Points

  • 60 x 80 inches
  • 1.6 pounds
  • ​Hypoallergenic
  • ​Waterproof
  • 10-year warranty
  • Fits up to 18”

The fully elasticized fitted sheet style LINENSPA Premium Mattress Protector makes protecting your mattress a breeze. The deep pockets help to ensure a smooth and secure fit on mattresses up to 18” deep without changing the natural feel of it. This is a great feature because you can’t have a fully protected mattress if the sides keep popping up, exposing it to allergens and bugs.

The hypoallergenic fabric of this cover is made with a noiseless polyurethane backing helps to block allergens, dust mites, and other allergy triggers while being waterproof. The 100% waterproof top surface helps to keep liquids, perspiration, urine, bodily fluids and accidental spills away from your mattress, which also keeps your warranty intact.

You will also be able to sleep better knowing that the breathable barrier does not make you sleep hot. The air will pass through the barrier for comfort while keeping everything else out. If you have any issues with it, you are covered by a 10-year warranty.​

Pros

  • Deep pocket design
  • Has a breathable barrier
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to maintain
  • Good Quality
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Makes noise
  • Claims of failed waterproof backing

The Best One Is..

After reviewing everything about all of these products, there is no doubt in my mind that the Sleep Tite by Malouf® Hypoallergenic 100% Waterproof Mattress Protector is the ideal choice here. Yes,the other ones are great too, but this one is the only one that can fit 16 different size mattresses, including cribs and cots.

There were very minimal reviews stating that it wasn’t truly waterproof and it is free from 3 main harmful chemicals. If I were to put a mattress protector on my bed, this one would be it. It may be the most expensive one on the list, but usually the rule of thumb is that you get what you pay for, and if I am paying more for this one, I would hope that it gives more than the others.​