Protect-A-Bed Cooling Mattress Pad Therm-A-Sleep Snow Protector Review
Our Rating: (9.0 / Out Of 10)
Your bed may be cozy and comfortable now, but is it well-protected? Protection comes in many forms: waterproof, allergen-resistant, and stain-resistant. The Protect-A-Bed Cooling Mattress Pad Therm-A-Sleep Snow Protector promises all three types of protection. There’s more to a mattress protector than that though. You want to make sure it will fit your bed, feel comfortable under your sheets, and do what it says it will do. This review will give you a good idea of what to expect when you buy this bed protector.
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When mattress protectors were first created, they weren’t exactly comfortable or quiet. They served one purpose: to protect your bed. So, they were often made out of plastic which can repel liquids and stains easily. But sleeping on a sheet of plastic – even if you had the softest, most luxurious sheets on top – is uncomfortable, hot, and noisy.
Over time, bed protectors have improved but they still added a layer between your body and the mattress, which means heat gets trapped and then reflected back to you. By then, you’ll likely wake up a sweaty mess.
Having a cooling mattress protector is even more necessary with other common memory foam and latex mattresses. Plus, a bed protector is sort of a must to keep your bed warranty intact – no warranty will let the stain slide.
The Therm-A-Sleep Snow Protector offers all the protection you’ll need to keep the stains at bay and prevent any moisture from seeping into your bed. It’s made mostly of polyester, which can keep dust mites and other allergens away from your bed. The quilted top offers a bit of loft, which makes your bed a bit softer and more comfortable.
Plus, this bed protector won’t make those annoying crinkly sounds like other older protectors do – so you won’t feel like you’re sleeping on a shower curtain or packing materials. And perhaps the best part and the biggest selling point is the cooling effect that the “Nordic” fabric on top offers. Most bed protectors don’t put as much importance on your personal comfort when it comes to temperature.
- 7 standard sizes
- Rated FDA Class 1 medical device
- No crinkly noise
- Deep corner pockets for snug fit
- Soft surface
- Includes long warranty
- May shift on your mattress
I was happy to see that it’s machine washable at any temperature. Although the polyester, polyurethane, and polypropylene materials are all allergen- and bug-resistant, I prefer to wash all my beddings in hot water – just in case anything needs to be killed off. So, I did and never found any major difference after slipping it back on my bed. It was a little snugger, but it still fit great.
Things of Note
Also, because of the design of this cooling protector, your bed won’t be totally protected from dust mites, mold, and other nasty things. The cover doesn’t fully encase your bed, so the bottom of your bed is still exposed. If you’re sleeping on a latex or memory foam mattress, you won’t have to worry much. However, if you’re still rocking an old-fashioned innerspring bed, your mattress is still vulnerable to dust mites making a home out of your mattress and box spring. If you want something that fully encases your mattress, take a look at our mattress encasement reviews.
• “Nordic Chill”
Protect-A-Bed calls its Therm-A-Sleep Snow Protector fabric that lays on top of the bed protector “Nordic Chill” fabric. The materials are about a half-and-half blend of Polypropylene and polyester. What that means is that it’s basically a plastic fabric. This material is often used in carpet, ropes, and even thermal underwear. It’s non-flammable, but it will melt at high temperatures, like polyester.
Perhaps one of the reasons these materials are used for the top of the mattress protector is because when woven, they’re soft, but they also maintain the properties of the plastic, which is to wick sweat and moisture away from whatever it’s making contact with. This is why the mattress protector feels cool to the touch.
• “Miracle Membrane”
Waterproof mattress covers and protectors have improved so much over the years, and the Therm-A-Sleep Snow Protector is no exception. The waterproof barrier, which Protect-A-Bed dubbed the “Miracle Membrane” is thin but effective. It helps protect against any dust mites or allergens getting into the fibers and setting up shop to make you sneeze or feel congested.
The protection from this layer also extends to moisture from sweat, incontinence, or spills. Perhaps one of the best benefits of this feature is that it’s so quiet. Unlike mattress protectors from days past, this one doesn’t make that awful crinkling sound with each movement you make in bed.
• Snug Fit
Some mattress protectors and even some fitted sheets don’t quite fit modern mattresses. The Therm-A-Sleep line of mattress protectors, including the Snow model, is 22 inches deep, so you can be sure it’ll fit from corner to corner on your bed. The elasticized corners snap into place on your mattress, and they should stay put.
• FDA Class 1 Medical Device
This feature may not matter to you, but to those it does, this is an important distinction. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration classifies some products as medical devices and then assigns them to categories based on the risks associated with them. In the case of the Protect-A-Bed Therm-A-Sleep Snow Protector, it is classified as a Class 1 Medical Device. It is considered low-risk and does not require FDA approval before use.
If you have a family member who is sensitive to materials, allergens, or particulates, then you don’t have to worry about them using this product. For example, if you are a caretaker of someone who suffers from incontinence or who is bedridden, this would be a good mattress protector to use.
You use a mattress protector to extend the life of your mattress and to keep your mattress’ warranty valid, but it’s good to know that that protection is also protected. The Protect-A-Bed Therm-A-Sleep Snow Protector is backed by a 10-year warranty. You’ll have to register the mattress protector because will mean faster response if you ever have to make a warranty claim. Be sure to keep your original receipt!
As long as you follow all of Protect-A-Bed’s instructions on the use and care of this protector, such as not using bleach on it, you should be able to get a replacement if anything goes wrong. The 10-year warranty covers any defects in product or workmanship, so the company will replace it if defects are present.
– Temperature Control
A mattress protector is kind of a necessary purchase. Waterproof mattress protectors can help extend the life of your mattress and the validity of your mattress warranty. The Protect-A-Bed Therm-A-Sleep Snow Protector ensures your mattress stays stain-free, and it keeps you cooler when you sleep than using a traditional mattress protector.
The top of this mattress protector is quilted and offers a softness I don’t recall standard mattress protectors having. The fit was snug on my thicker mattress but needed bed suspender to keep from shifting on my lower-profile bed. It also remained as quiet as my soft sheets, which was a welcome surprise.
To me, the Therm-A-Sleep Snow Protector feels much cooler to the touch than other materials, and I slept comfortably on it, so it seems to actually wick away moisture and not reflect it back to my body as I slept.
Better than anything I tried, it’s a mattress protector that is truly waterproof. It won’t transfer any liquids or sweat to your mattress, which is the main reason to buy a mattress protector.