Mattress Protectors Buyers Guide and The Top 5

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It is recommended by the National Sleep Foundation that adults should get 7-9 hours of sleep each night, and children needing more. Since your mattress is going to be used for at least 7 hours each night, why would you not want to keep it fresh and protected?

The best way to make sure that the mattress you spend so much time on stays in “like new” condition is to equip it with the best mattress cover you can find. These covers help to protect against moisture, mildew, sweat, accidental bedwetting, can be hypoallergenic and can aid in reducing symptoms of eczema, asthma, and severe allergies, especially to dust mites.

protector testing

We tested each of these mattress protectors with an 8 hour 8 oz spill test. Scroll down for our top list.

If you want a mattress protector that is going to last, be sure to do your research, find one with a good all around rating, and not just buy the cheapest one you can find. Let me help you decide on which protector is going to be the best bed cover for your needs by providing you with mattress protector reviews for you to compare. 

 

Bear and Slumbercloud protectors were sent to us to review, the other protectors we purchased for our testing.

Looking for full mattress encasements? Check out our recommendations.

Looking for something to make your bed a little more comfortable? Check out our recommendations of mattress toppers here.

5 Best Mattress Protector Comparisons

ModelMaterialSizeWarrantyShipping WeightOur Rating (Out of 10)

SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector
Cotton TerryTwin, Twin XL, Queen, King, California King10 Years1.0 lbs8.9
Read Our Review

Slumbercloud Dryline Mattress Protector
Polyester/LycraTwin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King60 DaysAbout 2lbs9.1
Read Our Review

Bear Mattress Protector
HeiQ Adaptive FabricTwin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King10 Years5 lb shipping weight9.1
Read Our Review

Protect-A-Bed Therm-A-Sleep Snow Protector
Polyester, Polyurethane laminate, PolypropyleneTwin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split California King10 years2 lbs.9.0Read Our Review

LUCID Premium Waterproof Mattress Protector
Cotton TerryTwin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, King15 Years1.8lbs8.3
Read Our Review
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LINENSPA Premium Mattress Protector
Vinyl and
Polyurethane
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, King10 Years1.6lbs8.1
Read Our Review
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Luna Premium Hypoallergenic Mattress Protector
Terry Cotton
and Waterproof
Membrane
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King15 Years1.4lbs7.8
Read Our Review

Are Mattress Protectors Necessary?

Some may argue that mattress protectors are an unnecessary accessory for your bed. I know someone who argues every decision I make, and if I were to buy a protector, she would tell me that it is a waste of money and that if I just keep my sheets and blankets clean and don’t eat or drink in bed, there will be no need to protect my mattress.

Some would agree with her, but those who do their research would tell her otherwise. Your mattress requires protection against more than the occasional crumb or spill. With that said, this is why they are necessary:

Clean Mattress

Keeps The Mattress Clean

According to a study done by Ohio State University, 10% of the weight of a pillow that is two-years old can be filled with dead dust mites and their droppings. A mattress may also have 100,000 to 10 million dust mites inside of it.

Personally, the idea of dust mites adding up to several pounds of my bedding disgusts me. You can’t launder a mattress, but you can certainly wash a mattress protector. If you cover your mattress with a protector, it can keep those dust mites away and keep it clean.

Follow these steps to clean your mattress.

Like New Mattress

Warranty

Any kind of moisture that hits your mattress shortens its comfort life by wearing down the foam. Without a protector, you will need to replace your mattress more often for that “like new” feel. Not to mention the fact that moisture and spills may void the warranty of the mattress. The majority of mattress covers today have a waterproof layer to keep sweat, urine, and other liquids from reaching your mattress. That adds up to a much cleaner, longer lasting mattress without stains.

Protector Benefit Allergies. Woman Sneezing into tissue.

Allergy Relief

As I will discuss later on, allergies affect how you sleep. If you have a protector on your mattress that is hypoallergenic, you may find yourself sleeping better and not suffering from the usual runny nose or itchy eyes. Even if your sleep isn’t interrupted by allergies, the discomfort allergens cause can lead to poor sleep quality so you are tired during the day and never quite catch up.

How Allergies Affect Sleep

“Allergies affect from 20% to 50% of Americans”. Yes, allergies are a nuisance and can drastically affect your sleep which may cause drowsiness, irritability, and other issues that may just ruin your day. It was shown in a study that people who suffer from allergic rhinitis from hay fever and other different allergies, have more of a rough time sleeping and are twice as likely to experience insomnia and other sleep disorders. Those who suffer from a dust mite allergy, pollen, pet dander, and other allergies may also have a hard time sleeping.

Man stuffed up from allergies, can't sleep with head on pillow and hand on alarm clock

Dust Mites: The Silent Stalker

Dust mites are tiny, itty bitty, annoying pests that live, eat, and sleep on and in your mattress and pillows. They are only around 0.4 millimeters long and enjoy feasting on the flakes of your skin that naturally shed off of you. These things are so tiny, so you may be asking yourself how and why they can be so dangerous, here is your answer.

Close up of a dust mite.

As disgusting as this is going to make you feel, dust mites defecate in your bed and on your pillows. No, you can’t see it, but it is there. Their poo, for lack of a better term, contains a very potent allergen called DerP1.  If you suffer from symptoms such as eczema or sinus problems that just will not go away, this may be the first clue that you have a dust mite allergy, especially if your symptoms get worse when you are in bed.

The Sleep Study

Out of 591 people studied by French researchers who were being treated for allergic rhinitis and 502 who had no allergies, sleep complaints were higher in those who had allergies than those who didn’t. Here are a few numbers just so you have an idea; 63% of the study said that they felt they were not getting enough sleep, compared to 25% of the controls, 36% of those who suffer from allergic rhinitis said that they suffered from insomnia, compared to the 16% of the control group who don’t have allergies, and 42% of those with allergic rhinitis said they had difficulty falling asleep, compared to 16% of the control group.

If you ask me, it seems like there definitely is a link between allergies and sleeping habits. If you are an allergy sufferer, one way to help with this is to put a hypoallergenic or anti allergy mattress protector on your mattress and even on your pillows. The things that cause your allergies while you are sleeping won’t be able to penetrate your mattress and linger, thus helping to relieve your allergies, even if it is just a little bit.

What To Look For

Before you go out and buy the first protector you see, it is essential and beneficial for you to know what to look for or what you are going to be using it for. If you are looking for indoor use rather than outdoor use for camping, the features are going to be different. So, what exactly is it that you should be looking for? Let me give you a rundown of some of the things that you need to consider before buying one.

Everyday Use
If you are looking for just a little bit of protection, a cotton cover will suffice. No, this will not protect your mattress from spills or liquids, but it will protect your mattress from dirt and dander.
Liquids and Spills
If you sweat a lot or are looking to protect your child’s mattress from accidental bedwetting, you are going to want something that is made from a waterproof fabric. The fabric will help to wick away moisture and stop spills and leaks from penetrating your mattress. Nobody ever wants to have to replace their mattress due to a small accident that just won’t go away, even after being scrubbed and power washed.
For Allergy Sufferers
If you have allergies, you are going to want to look for something that will fully encase your mattress and something that has anti-allergen features. The full encasement will also protect bed bugs with the bed bug barrier, nobody wants bed bugs, yuck.
Temperature Control
Mattress protectors that are made from latex and/or wool are best for regulating your sleeping temperature. A cotton protector by itself can be washed in the washer and is lightweight, but when you add in moisture-wicking and fabrics that regulate temperature, you may sleep more comfortably and cool.

Take a look here for our recommended heating and cooling mattress pads.

Comfort
If you want something that is just going to add a touch of comfort while protecting your mattress, a quilted cover will work. These tend to be made from comfort enhancing fabrics such as cotton or polyester.

Top 5 Mattress Protector Reviews

Saferest Mattress Protector

Overview

  • Material: Cotton Terry
  • Size: Twin, Twin XL, Queen, King, California King
  • Odor: None
  • Warranty: 10 Years
  • Shipping Weight: 1.0 lbs

Perhaps the first thing I found exciting about the Saferest Premium Mattress Protector was the 10-year full replacement warranty, which let me know the company was confident enough in the product to assure great performance. On top of that, I instantly found that the cotton terry material that topped the protector was comfortable and aided in keeping the waterproof layer beneath from crinkling and awakening you with noise during the night as you shift in your sleep. To make this even better, the cotton terry material is hypoallergenic.

To test the waterproof layer – since this is the essence of what a mattress protector should prevent from reaching your mattress – I poured a cup of liquid on the Saferest mattress protector. I noticed instantly that it did not seep into the cover but spread and remained atop the protector. I thought that it might run down the sides, but it seemed to pocket the liquid on top, holding it in a reasonably small area and waiting for me to clean it off. This remained the case after several hours.

Maybe the only thing that wasn’t top notch about the Saferest was that, though the cotton layer on top is breathable and allows for airflow, this particular product slept a little too hot for my liking. While this is typical of many mattress covers due to the waterproof layer, I’ve had better (and worse) experiences. It’s tolerable, and with the many other benefits, I can’t complain too much.

Other great things about this mattress protector include the range of sizes, lack of odor, and light weight. It’s machine washable, and you can tumble dry (always on a low heat setting, though).

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Pros

  • 100% waterproof covering
  • Cotton Terry material for breathability and noiseless use
  • 10-year warranty
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Deep elastic sides
  • Affordable
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Cons

  • Held in heat a little too much for my liking
  • Doesn’t fit the bed quite right

Slumbercloud Dryline Mattress Protector

Overview

  • Material: Polyester/Lycra
  • Size: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Odor: None
  • Warranty: 60 Days
  • Shipping Weight: About 2lbs

Slumbercloud sent us the Dryline mattress protector and it may not be the most cost effective solution to outfitting your mattress with a protective cover, it is by far the highest quality among those I’ve tested – and totally worth the added expense. It is thicker and more comfortable than the average mattress protector, but it also incorporates Outlast technology, which really does keep you cooler during the night. It actually helped prevent sweating (I tested it during a hot summer) and aided in keeping me fast asleep.

Maybe the only thing lacking here is the warranty, which is only 60 days. But really, you won’t need to use the warranty, since the product itself is amazing. Liquid spilled on the mattress cover did not soak in right away, but then, the cover is quite thick and still kept the juice in place so there was no draining and no penetration through to the mattress.

The material – lycra and polyester – make the Slumbercloud Dryline soft and thick, and I found it to be extremely comfortable. I would not recommend using it for a mattress thicker than 16 inches, but otherwise, it is a great fit and comes in a wide variety of sizes. My mattress with its topper is 14 inches thick, and it was snug enough not to have to worry about shifting and making noise. Yes, this is a noiseless product, too! Overall, I would have to say I was impressed with this particular mattress protector.

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Pros

  • 100% Waterproof
  • Brilliant Outlast technology, which helps you keep cool during the night, preventing sweating and helping directly with the quality of sleep
  • Nice, thick and very comfy

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Cons

  • A little pricey
  • Only fits a mattress 16 inches deep or thinner
  • Liquid takes a little while to soak in

LUCID Premium Hypoallergenic 100% Waterproof Mattress Protector

Overview

  • Material: Cotton Terry
  • Size: Twin, Twin XL , Full, Full XL, Queen, King
  • Odor: None
  • Warranty: 15 Years
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8lbs

Lucid is no stranger to the bedding material market, and that gave me a confident feeling when I received the mattress protector for testing. Even more exciting was the 15 year warranty they offer, since this is definitely above and beyond the norm for mattress protectors.

Most important for mattress covers is to prove their waterproof capabilities, so I always perform an 8 hour test, checking back periodically after spilling juice on the mattress protector (this helps guage retention of odor and stain as well as liquid penetration). With the Lucid premium waterproof mattress protector, I found not a single damp spot on the towel I placed beneath the mattress cover, which was quite impressive.

Also of import is the fact that it is completely hypoallergenic, which will help you rest easier, whether you have allergies or not. The terry cotton material is comfortable for sleeping and negates the nasty crinkling sounds that come with plastic mattress protectors. Unfortunately, the ‘stay cool’ feature of this particular mattress protector didn’t work as well as I would have liked, since I have problems with overheating at night. It didn’t seem to cool me, though it didn’t trap additional heat, either. You shouldn’t see excess heat based on your current sleep environment. If you aren’t completely satisfied, Lucid allows full returns within 120 days, and you can be sure they’ll back their 15 year warranty in full. Just be sure to take proper care of the mattress protector, laundering on medium heat (or cooler) and tumbling dry on low heat to avoid damage to the waterproof material.

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Pros

  • 100% waterproof covering
  • Cotton Terry material for noiseless use
  • 15-year warranty
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Deep elastic sides
  • Affordable

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Cons

  • Held in heat a little too much for my liking

LINENSPA Premium Mattress Protector

Overview

  • Material: Vinyl and Polyurethane
  • Size: Twin, Twin XL, Full,  Full XL, Queen, King
  • Odor: None
  • Warranty: 10 Years
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 lbs

If you invest in a good mattress protector, you’ll find that the technology doesn’t just keep liquids from seeping through to the mattress. It also incorporates a technology that pulls moisture away from your body. Perhaps this is one of two small complaints with the Linenspa premium mattress protector, which otherwise receives incredibly high ratings based on my trial. First of all, this product is very soft and thin, and it feels much like a standard bed sheet. However, it is 100% waterproof, as proven by my typical spill test. It doesn’t retain odor from the spill, either, and though I didn’t let the juice continue to set after the 8 hour test, the color came right out when I washed the protector.

The thin cotton cover and the under-layer of polyurethane work well together to create a nice fit for your mattress, utilizing elastic siding to make sure you get a tight fit. In comparison to other protectors, the Linenspa is quite thin, but it’s still completely waterproof. Being so thin also means it doesn’t retain a lot of heat and sleeps comfortably. Of course, other issues come with this particular design, and that’s where I have my other disappointment.

According to the manufacturer, the product is noiseless, but I didn’t find this to be the case. While I’ve slept on much noisier mattress protectors, this one wasn’t particularly silent. I managed to sleep without interruption most of the week I tested this mattress protector, though. The Linenspa mattress protector does come with a 10 year warranty, and while I didn’t find any issues with the product that might concern me in terms of warranty needs, there have been others who reported such. Overall, I feel that, while the Linenspa isn’t necessarily the top of the line, it is among the best mattress protectors for the value.

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Pros

  • 100% waterproof
  • A soft cover very similar to a standard bedsheet
  • 10-year warranty

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Cons

  • Plastic-type feeling and noise when sleeping on it
  • Liquid pools on top rather than seeping in and away from body

Luna Premium Hypoallergenic Mattress Protector

Overview

  • Material: Terry Cotton and Waterproof Membrane
  • Size:Twin, Twin XL, Full Queen,  King,  California King
  • Odor: None
  • Warranty: 15 Years
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 lbs

I’ve included the Luna premium hypoallergenic mattress protector among the ranks of the top 5 products because it is a great value, comes in a number of sizes, and has an excellent 15 year warranty that the manufacturer fully backs. When it comes to sleep products, Luna has a great reputation, and this mattress protector hits the mark to keep that reputation intact, even if there were a couple of small issues that didn’t quite satisfy me.

When it comes to protection, the Luna premium hypoallergenic mattress protector worked wonders, not only proving it was completely waterproof during my typical spill test but also showing the ability to draw in the moisture and move it away from the surface so that there was no concern that I would be sleeping in puddles of sweat during the night. One thing to keep in mind is that the solidity of its waterproofing does lead to a hotter sleep environment, though it’s a moderate change.

This particular mattress protector has a terry cotton top and a waterproof membrane underneath, and it is completely hypoallergenic, and it is textured for a great sleep. I found it very comfortable, with the exception of the slight plastic sound on occasion when I shifted. With the performance, I dare not complain too much about that, especially since the elastic corners made it fit my mattress great with no slipping and shifting during the night.

Care is easy enough, though I would warn against laundering and drying too frequently (as with any mattress protector) to avoid thinning of the material. Generally, most manufacturers recommend washing every 3-4 months, barring a spill, and while I didn’t test the product for this long, I can see waiting at least a couple of months to do the deed.

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Pros

  • 100% waterproof
  • Coming from a brand with an excellent reputation
  • Comes in a variety of sizes
  • 15 year warranty
  • Hypoallergenic

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Cons

  • Did have a bit of a plastic sound when I slept and moved around
  • Seemed to thin out a bit after washing

The Verdict

I’ve considered the results of these tests and the reviews several times, trying to decide which particular mattress protector triumphs over the others. After long and careful considerations that take all aspects into account, I have to say that the winner is the SLUMBERCLOUD Dryline Mattress Protector – 100% Waterproof – Hypoallergenic – with Outlast Cooling Technology.

This particular mattress protector managed to outshine the others by a hair, with its added thickness that assists in creating a more comfortable sleep environment while also offering complete protection against moisture as well as allergens. It absorbed moisture and pulled it away from my body so I could continue to rest comfortably, and there was no sound to irritate me in the middle of the night. It even kept me cooler so there was less sweat to be absorbed and drawn away than usual.

If I take all things into consideration, I want to know that my mattress, my child’s bed, and my guest bed are protected from any irritant, and I can rest easy and satisfactorily knowing that the Slumbercloud Dryline has done its job. And if I do have an accident to attend to, I can just pull the Slumbercloud mattress protector off, stick it in my washing machine, and have it clean and ready to use in the evening! In my opinion, the slightly higher cost of this model over the others at the top of the list is worth paying to give me the peace of mind I need in my house.

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