How to Pick Out a Good Mattress Protector

Sleep better knowing your mattress is fully covered.

Bed with mattress protector.
Extend the lifetime (and comfort) of your mattress.Mary Whitney, Pexels

No mattress lasts forever, but with the right protective cover, you can help yours outlive its expected lifespan by several years. It’s a worthwhile investment that can keep a mattress from getting soiled, stained or ripped as well as shield it from liquid, allergens and bed bugs.

SafeRest King Size Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector - Vinyl Free
The smooth cotton terry surface absorbs fluids without trapping air and heat, keeping the bed cool and dry.SafeRest

The best mattress protectors have a layer of performance fabric on top to wick away heat and moisture and keep things cool under the covers. This is not a feature of all mattress covers, but whatever type you choose, there should be two non-negotiables: it should be both breathable and waterproof.

PlushDeluxe Premium Bamboo Mattress Protector – Waterproof, Hypoallergenic & Ultra Soft Breathable Bed Mattress Cover for Maximum Comfort & Protection - PVC, Phthalate & Vinyl-Free (Twin)
Designed for memory foam, latex and spring mattresses and fitting any depth up to 18 inches, it won’t make a crinkling sound when you move around.PlushDeluxe

You can’t go wrong with bamboo—it’s eco-friendly and it minimizes allergens, helping to ward off nighttime sneezing attacks. It’s also silky soft, so your skin will appreciate it as much as your sinuses.

Linenspa Zippered Waterproof, Dust Mite, Bed Bug Proof, Queen Size Hypoallergenic Breathable Protector, Mattress Encasement
Covering up to 12 inches of depth and all six sides, it can be cleaned in the washing machine and tumble dried on low heat.Linenspa

A brand that offers 360 degree coverage, from top to bottom, will more effectively keep bed bugs at bay. To make laundry day easier, some models are designed so that the top half zips completely off.

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