Do you need a waterproof mattress protector? You probably do. Whether your mattress set is brand new or a couple of years old, a mattress protector is always a good idea.

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Product Features Price

Nectar Sleep Waterproof Mattress Protector



  • Low cost
  • Highly absorbent
  • Comfortable and cool to sleep on
  • Machine Washable
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LUCID Premium Hypoallergenic 100% Waterproof Mattress Protector



  • Waterproof
  • The terrycloth layer is soft and comfortable, and absorbs sweat too
  • Provides some cooling, no heat retention
  • Stays on all night
  • True to size
  • No odors
  • Machine washable
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SLEEP TITE Five-Sided Mattress Protector



  • Breathable
  • Quiet
  • Cool
  • 100% waterproof
  • Elasticized design covers like a fitted sheet
  • Thin, but quiet for sleepers who toss and turn
  • Doesn’t change the feel of your mattress
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Queen Size SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector



  • Fits mattresses up to 18” deep
  • Features a hypoallergenic cotton terry surface and a membrane back coating that’s waterproof, breathable and quiet
  • Doesn’t change the feel of your mattress
  • Ten-year warranty
  • Machine washable, dry on low heat (no bleach)
  • The only mattress cover that’s registered With The FDA As A Class 1 Medical Device
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PharMeDoc Waterproof Reusable Bed Pad



  • Waterproof protection for any size bed
  • Comfortable
  • Quiet
  • Breathable
  • Works well with “cooling” mattresses
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Tastelife Waterproof Mattress Pad Protector Cover



  • Light, comfortable terry cloth on top absorbs liquid while the waterproof liner keeps it away from your mattress
  • Thin, quiet and breathable
  • Goes on like a fitted sheet
  • Fits well and stays in place
  • Machine washable and dryable (dry on low or air-dry)
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Best Waterproof Mattress Protector For Tempur-pedic


  • Fits mattresses up to 14” like a fitted sheet (king size zips on)
  • Stretches, with no bunching
  • Higher quality materials than lower-priced protectors
  • Comes with a ten-year warranty
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Best Waterproof Breathable Mattress Protector


  • Affordable
  • Easy to put on and take off
  • Stretch sides ensure a snug fit on all sides
  • Not noticeable under sheets
  • Stays put, doesn’t slide or bunch
  • Great customer service
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LINENSPA Zippered Encasement Protector


  • Fits mattresses up to 12” thick
  • Protects against moisture, bedbugs, dust mites and other allergens
  • Quiet (no “crinkly” noise when moving or turning over)
  • Stays in place, doesn’t move under sheets
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Depending on the type you buy, a mattress protector can keep your mattress clean, help you sleep cooler, protect your warranty, guard against bedbugs, and keep your mattress looking new longer.

Waterproof mattress protectors are a particularly good idea for a number of reasons.

Spills, excess sweating, and the occasional baby or animal accident will ruin your mattress, invalidate your warranty and wear out the foam a lot faster.

If you have a spill or stain on your mattress, you can’t put your mattress into the washing machine to clean it.

But you can remove a mattress pad, wash it, and put it back on the bed when it’s finished drying. (Better: buy two or three and swap them out with the bed linens—especially if you have to do this with a child in the middle of the night.)

Allergies, particularly from dust mites and pet dander, can disrupt your sleep and keep you awake longer. Allergens in your mattress are hard to get rid of. But they can be easily washed out of a mattress protector in the washing machine.

Most mattress covers are added directly on top of the mattress and around the sides, like a fitted sheet. Some completely cover and encase the mattress and zip closed.

Since you won’t be sleeping directly on the mattress, even with sheets, it won’t be exposed to anything that could damage it.

There are two different types of waterproof mattress protectors. The first is made of a thick fabric (i.e., terry) that absorbs liquid and holds it.

Others have a built-in waterproof layer to repel water completely and keep it from going near the mattress.

Most modern waterproof covers don’t use vinyl, but a breathable PVC coating or layer. Some of the less-expensive types may use vinyl, and give off a crinkly noise every time you move, sounding like mattress storage bags.

The best mattress waterproof protector both absorbs spills and has a layer that prevents moisture or spills from seeping down to the mattress. They may be more expensive, but will offer a better layer of protection.

Best Waterproof Mattress Protector For Bedwetting Reviewed

Incontinence is an embarrassing problem that can happen to anyone, and ruin a good night’s sleep. Bedwetting (or diaper leaks) by children or animals that sleep with you can also cause problems, and ruin your mattress.

The solution—waterproof mattress pads that are easy to use and machine washable.

A quality waterproof mattress pad should be comfortable, quiet and absorb a large amount of liquid, keeping it away from the mattress.

These mattress protectors have come a long way from the noisy vinyl wrappings from ages ago.

Today’s waterproof mattress protectors have different types of layers and coatings that are breathable, cooler and quiet. Many models are also hypoallergenic.

What type should you get? Here are a few we’ve found that can help.

Nectar Sleep Waterproof Mattress Protector

Nectar’s mattress protector is designed to offer a protective barrier between everything that might happen in the bedroom and the mattress underneath.

That means spilled beverages and other liquids, plus dirt and debris of all kinds (very important if you like to snack in bed, or if you have pets and kids napping on your mattress!)

Where some mattress protectors make crinkling sounds, the Nectar mattress pad is completely noiseless. Even though it does a great job of keeping liquid and other stains away from your mattress, it offers a silky, soft feel.

The top layer is quilted for added softness, and the stretchy sides fit most beds up to 22 inches thick, meaning you can protect just about any mattress with the Nectar pad.

In case you’re wondering, the Nectar mattress pad is breathable as well as waterproof so you don’t feel hot and sticky while you’re sleeping, even in the warmest summer weather.

This mattress pad is machine washable and it can be tumble-dried on low, so it’s easy to keep clean even if a messy spill has happened. It’s also allergen resistant, so your bedroom environment and your mattress stay cleaner.

Whatever your mattress size, Nectar has a protector to fit. The Nectar waterproof mattress pad is available in Twin, XL Twin, Full, Queen, King, and California King sizes, so your investment is protected!

Every mattress protector from Nectar comes with a 30-day trial period so you can decide whether it’s right for you or your family member.

Pros:

  • Breathable
  • Highly absorbent
  • Allergen-resistant
  • Machine Washable
  • 30-day money-back trial period

Cons:

  • Costs a touch more than some other mattress protectors

LUCID Premium Hypoallergenic 100% Waterproof Mattress Protector

Lucid waterproof mattress protector

Priced at $19.99, Lucid is only slightly more expensive than other models, but still affordable to buy two or three to swap out as needed.

This model is actually a mattress-sized model that slips on the bed like a fitted sheet, under your regular sheets. Pillow protector sets are also available. It’s an Amazon’s Choice with more than 4,000 reviews, with 80% of them 4- and 5-star ratings.

Pros:

  • Waterproof
  • The terrycloth layer is soft and comfortable, and absorbs sweat too
  • Provides some cooling, no heat retention
  • Stays on all night
  • True to size
  • No odors
  • Machine washable

Cons:

  • Some users find it noisy and hot
  • Fluids may soak through if left for a long time; might not be suitable for regular bedwetting children
  • Doesn’t offer good edge protection

SLEEP TITE Five-Sided Mattress Protector

SleepTite waterproof mattress protector

Offering 100% waterproof protection, it covers the five sides of your mattress for 100% waterproof protection. It is, however, more expensive than the previous two models.

At around $74.99 for a queen-sized model, you might not buy multiples like the other two.

But the SLEEP TITE offers more complete coverage, including protection from bacteria, dust mites and bed bugs as well. Available in sizes twin to split king and split Cal king, the SLEEP TITE boasts a 15-year warranty. The fitted-sheet style can cover mattresses from 6” to 22” thick.

Pros:

  • Breathable
  • Quiet
  • Cool
  • 100% waterproof
  • Elasticized design covers like a fitted sheet
  • Thin, but quiet for sleepers who toss and turn
  • Doesn’t change the feel of your mattress

Cons:

  • May not work on an adjustable bed
  • More expensive than some models
  • Vinyl may flake off after a few washes
  • May not be as waterproof as claimed

Queen Size SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector

Saferest waterproof mattress protector

This hypoallergenic cotton protector is an Amazon’s Choice with over 29,000 reviews and a #1 Seller for mattress protectors.

Its fitted-sheet design holds comfortably on your bed, and is reasonably priced at $26.95 for a queen size.

The SafeRest protects against bedwetting, sweating, spills, bacteria and other mishaps. It also keeps your mattress safe from bedbugs, dust mites and allergens, giving you a better night’s sleep. The waterproof, breathable membrane is free of vinyl, phthalates and PVC, so there’s no off-gassing. The membrane blocks liquids from the mattress while preventing heat buildup.

It’s machine washable, and is designed to work with any type of mattress.

Pros:

  • Fits mattresses up to 18” deep
  • Features a hypoallergenic cotton terry surface and a membrane back coating that’s waterproof, breathable and quiet
  • Doesn’t change the feel of your mattress
  • Ten-year warranty
  • Machine washable, dry on low heat (no bleach)
  • The only mattress cover that’s registered With The FDA As A Class 1 Medical Device

Cons:

  • May not be as waterproof as advertised
  • Some users report it sleeps hot and noisy
  • Sides are not waterproof
  • Off-gassing of polyurethane has been reported

Best Waterproof Mattress Protector For Adults

If you don’t have children around (or have only grandchildren who visits occasionally) you may not need something quite as heavy. But even without bedwetting, spills are always a possibility, as well as with medical conditions (like pregnancy or post-op convalescence.)

Protect your mattress from the chance of an accidental morning coffee spill or other unintended liquid exposure with one of these.

PharMeDoc Waterproof Reusable Bed Pad

PharMeDoc waterproof mattress protector

This inexpensive solution can lay right on top of your regular bedsheets and keep everything dry and clean.

They’re thin, comfortable and last over 300 washes. These four-layered pads come in one size, 34″ x 52″ inches, so you can put the protection right where you need it. It’s made of polyester/rayon fiberfill and an ultra-absorbent inner layer in between a soft quilted absorbent surface.

The skid-resistant, waterproof PVC liner keeps it in place and makes sure nothing gets past it, and stays quiet.

The PharMeDoc pad can also be used for a baby’s changing pad or for reusable dog training/protection pads. At just $14.95 each, you can buy more than one and just swap them out as you need to and wash in the morning.

Pros:

  • Waterproof protection for any size bed
  • Comfortable
  • Quiet
  • Breathable
  • Works well with “cooling” mattresses

Cons:

  • Pad may shift, bunch and not always stay in one place
  • Thicker than some other pads
  • May be warmer than other mattress pads

Tastelife Waterproof Mattress Pad Protector Cover

TasteLifePad waterproof mattress protector

This thin, vinyl-free hypoallergenic protector fits mattresses from 8” to 21” thick easily. Machine washable and dryable, this soft, comfortable cover is also microbial, and protects from mold and mildew.

Nontoxic and SGS certified, TasteLife’s cover is also free of PVC, vinyl, phthalates, fire retardants and other toxic chemicals.

Slips on like a fitted sheet and tucks under most mattresses, it’s TPU certified and NBH2O to be anti-microbial, water-resistant, comfortable and breathable.

Pros:

  • Light, comfortable terry cloth on top absorbs liquid while the waterproof liner keeps it away from your mattress
  • Thin, quiet and breathable
  • Goes on like a fitted sheet
  • Fits well and stays in place
  • Machine washable and dryable (dry on low or air-dry)

Cons:

  • Only waterproof on top; the sides are covered but not protected
  • May not be as waterproof as claimed
  • Some users experience noise when moving around
  • May leak after washing

Best Waterproof Mattress Protector For Tempur-pedic

TEMPUR-Protect Mattress Protector

TempurPedicCover waterproof mattress protector

Of course, if you have a Tempur-pedic mattress, it makes sense to buy a mattress protector made for it, right?

Made from lightweight ThermalSense fabric, the 100% polyester Tempur-Protect provides comfort with continuous airflow, helping you sleep cooler without changing the feel of your mattress.

A waterproof coating protects your Tempur-pedic from spills, sweats and other moisture.

It’s easy to put on and take off your bed, and stretches to stay on if you tend to move around at night. This Made in the USA protector is made specifically for the Tempur-pedic mattress series, and is machine washable.

Pros:

  • Fits mattresses up to 14” like a fitted sheet (king size zips on)
  • Stretches, with no bunching
  • Higher quality materials than lower-priced protectors
  • Comes with a ten-year warranty

Cons:

  • More expensive than other protectors
  • Won’t fit mattresses over 14”
  • Protects only the top of the mattress, not the sides
  • Waterproof layer may melt in the dryer even on low heat

Best Waterproof Breathable Mattress Protector

LINENSPA Premium Smooth Fabric Mattress Protector

LinenSpa waterproof mattress protector

This breathable, hypoallergenic mattress pad is an Amazon’s Choice at just $15.99 for a queen-sized. Free of vinyl and very quiet, it’s 100% waterproof and comes with a ten-year warranty.

The ultra-thin design won’t change the feel of your mattress, and it keeps your sleeping temperature comfortable.

The fitted-sheet style fits and works well with mattresses from 5” to 18” thick, and is safe for both children and pets.

This crinkle-free, flexible plastic protector is nonporous, so it keeps dust mites and allergens out of your mattress but stays cool and breathable. You can wash it and tumble dry it on low, and is odor free. Thin but strong, and doesn’t stop a cooling mattress or retain heat.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Easy to put on and take off
  • Stretch sides ensure a snug fit on all sides
  • Not noticeable under sheets
  • Stays put, doesn’t slide or bunch
  • Great customer service

Cons:

  • Small spills are OK, but may not be 100% waterproof with major accidents
  • Slight rustling sound may be evident when moving around
  • No terrycloth top, so may not be as comfortable as others

LINENSPA Zippered Encasement Protector

LinenSpa2 Waterproof Mattress Protector Encasement

If you prefer a full zippered encasement cover, this version of Linenspa’s waterproof cover completely envelops your mattress.

At around $24.99 for a queen-size, it’s an Amazon’s Choice for “bed bug mattress cover” with more than 3400 reviews.

Covering all six sides and closed with a zipper to keep your mattress clean, the LinenSpa Zippered Encasement cover is smooth waterproof polyester without vinyl.

It’s safe for kids and pets. Bedbugs, dust mites and other allergens are blocked out of your mattress. You can wipe off small spots, or machine wash it (tumble dry on low.)

Pros:

  • Fits mattresses up to 12” thick
  • Protects against moisture, bedbugs, dust mites and other allergens
  • Quiet (no “crinkly” noise when moving or turning over)
  • Stays in place, doesn’t move under sheets

Cons:

  • More difficult to put on and remove than the fitted sheet type
  • Some users report seam holes are big enough for bed bugs to travel through
  • Some users report that it “sleeps hot”

Which Waterproof Mattress Cover Should You Chose?

We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, and sleep is so important. It makes sense to create the most optimal sleeping environment you can, and a clean, hygienic mattress is a critical part.

Whatever mattress protector you use to keep it waterproofed, your warranty will be intact, and your sleeping investment will last for many more years.

The best waterproof mattress cover is the one that stops any kind of moisture from getting to your mattress and staining it.

Keeping your mattress protected from anything damp or damaging is one of the best investments you can make after you’ve found the right one. Waterproof mattress covers come in all types and price ranges. Do some reading, and find the one that’s right for you.

About Amy ODonnell Amy O’Donnell is a blogger and copywriter. She lives in rural Louisiana with her partner, two dogs and a cat, but considers herself a Texan after 18 years in Houston. Amy writes for a number of different genres, including health, technology and legal. You can visit her copywriting website amycopywriting.com and her personal foodie blog over at HeatCageKitchen, where she writes about new trends in food, health, kitchen and occasionally annoying her partner.

Bed bugs are tiny, but they are able to generate a major obstacle if you find an infestation in your home.

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Sometimes people don’t realize they have a bed bug problem, until they wake up and begin to discover peculiar bumps on their skin, small red stains on the sheets which can be blood droplets or crushed bugs, and yellowish tinted skins that baby bed bugs, identified as “nymphs,” shed as they grow.

If any of these are evident in your home, it usually indicates the presence of these pesky blood suckers.

How Will I Know If I’ve Been Bitten By a Bed Bug?

Similar to mosquitoes, bed bugs survive by consuming the blood of other species.

However, unlike the mosquito, the bed bug doesn’t leave one small welt on your skin. Instead, these insects place small clusters of red bumps, usually along the upper body near the arms, torso, and neck.

Eventually, these bumps can become itchy, red, and inflamed.

In many cases the bites will blister over, further irritating the site. It has also been noted that, depending on the person, a reaction to bed bug bites can lessen or become worse over time.

In addition to being bitten, you may also notice a smell similar to mildew, or clothing that has been damp for a long period of time.

Bed bugs give off pheromones that leave behind this noticeable scent. As soon as you notice any of these things, it is pertinent to inquire about pest control, and purchase a mattress cover for extra protection.

What Should I Look For In A Bed Bug Mattress Cover?

When purchasing a mattress cover, you’ll want to ask yourself a few questions to ensure that you purchase the most effective design possible.

First of all, figure out what type of mattress size and box spring you have (king size, queen, twin, etc.) and purchase according to those measurements.

The cover will be no good if you are unable to completely zip it up around the entire mattress; the zipper teeth also need to be close enough to prevent any bed bugs from slipping through.

In Fact, The Zipper Is the Most Crucial Part of the Operation!

The best type of anti-bed bug mattress will also have flaps around the zipper for added protection.

You may need to procure a special type of padding for the corners of your mattress to prevent wear and tear. By failing to adhere to this precaution you may risk bugs easily slipping through any holes or open crevices.

Corner padding can be purchased in vinyl, plastic, and foam and is usually available at places such as mattress stores, most home improvement stores, Wal-Mart and Home Depot.

Just like your mattress cover, be sure to write down your measurements and bring it with you.

Bed Bug Mattress Covers Reviewed – Our Top Picks

Amazon has some great models for bed bug prevention and plenty of additional features for your family’s health comfort. The options below have commendable ratings of 4.5 and above, with recommendations by customers like you!

Customers with Amazon Prime accounts can also take advantage of discounted pricing, shipping, and bundles; not to mention the excellent variety of mattress covers.

The PlushDeluxe Zippered Mattress Encasement

With an admirable 4.7 star rating from consumers, this mattress cover is one of the best in preventing against bed bugs, dust mites, bacteria, and allergens such as pollen.

This encasement is both waterproof and quiet; it won’t make a crumbling sound when you get into bed or change positions. This cover also has a terrycloth outer layer provided for both comfort and protection from liquids.

Several people who have purchased the PlushDeluxe Zippered Mattress Encasement have testified through reviews that this product works against spills, accidents, and easy to install.

Pros:

  • Restricts moisture from leaking into the mattress
  • It’s very simple to put on and won’t move around, a snug fit
  • Customers have stated that their allergy symptoms are greatly reduced
  • Machine washable, this product is durable, however it is always best to place mattress covers on tumble dry.

Cons:

  • If you own a seasonal mattress, you may not be able to flip it due to the terrycloth layer
  • Some customers had issues with faulty zippers

The PlushDeluxe Zippered Mattress Encasement costs $45.49 and comes with free shipping, so far the quality of this product has been worth the price for those who have purchased this anti-bed bug mattress cover. For warranty information, view the manufacturer’s website.

WEEKENDER Commercial-Grade Encasement Mattress Protector

If you’re looking for the best bed bug mattress cover with great quality, but doesn’t leave as much of a dent in your wallet, the Weekender Mattress Protector may be right for you.

At Around $29.99 and free shipping, this product is an excellent suit of armor against the invasion of bed bugs. With 3 layers worth of material, this mattress encasement is effective against liquids and heat resistant; you’ll have no problems putting this product in a dryer.

What Do Consumers Have To Say About The Weekender?

With an almost perfect 4.8 out 5 stars rating, people have had mostly positive comments toward this product. With such great quality and a long term warranty, the Weekender has definitely been a mattress case that brings customer satisfaction.

Pros:

  • Slides on quickly with little to no effort
  • Heat resistant, can be placed in a dryer or air dried
  • Quiet, doesn’t make noise when you shift positions while sleeping
  • Comfortable, doesn’t get hot throughout the night

Cons:

  • So far there isn’t any negative feedback for this product! It is recommended by most consumers

The Best Feature of This Mattress Cover 

The Weekender is available through Amazon in all sizes from Twin to California King.

It has a tamper-proof zipper that remains locked so that guests cannot remove it in places like hotels and AirBnB renters, and the extra flap works as an extra layer of protection against bed bug infestations. This product comes with an additional 10 year warranty.

Utopia Bedding Waterproof Zippered Mattress Encasement Cover

The Utopia Encasement cover is not only water proof, it is also made with a stretchy, flexible polyester material that is comfortable sleep on and bed bug resistant. This is a great item if you’re having guests over or need some liquid proof padding for children.

Consumers Agree That This Product Is an Excellent Bed Bug Deterrent

While there are many different brands and designs that provide resistance to an infestation, the reviews for this product purchased this brand specifically credit the Utopia for its ability to reduce the presence of bed bugs. Consumers were extremely satisfied with anti-dust mite capabilities as well, most people have recommended purchasing more than one for each mattress in the home.

Pros:

  • Bed bugs and dust mites can neither enter or exit the mattress cover
  • Machine Washable (tumble dry only)
  • No crinkling sound from the plastic or “new” smell

Cons:

  • Some people have had issues with zippers breaking or being broken upon arrival, these items can be exchanged by contacting Amazon
  • May be too deep or wide if the wrong size is purchased, be sure to take measurements before placing your order

What Are Some Other Perks?

The Utopia anti bed bug mattress cover is only $28.99, and comes with free shipping with customers who are members with Amazon Prime. This anti-bed bug mattress cover is also recommended by those employed in the pest control business, according to a top-commenter on Amazon.

The Original Sleep Defense System

Originally priced at $50.00, the Original Sleep Defense System has dropped down to around $32.00 and includes free shipping. However, sizing is limited to Twin 12 inch Standard, Twin XL 12 inch Standard,

Full 12 inch Standard, Queen 12 inch Standard, and King/California King 12 inch standard. These items sell through quickly, so be sure to purchase your size as soon as it becomes available.

Pros:

  • Great for pregnant women and those who suffer from allergies
  • 5-year limited Manufacturer’s Warranty

Cons:

  • If not sealed properly, bugs can wiggle their way in and out of the zipper
  • Some customers have mentioned this product may not be entirely waterproof

Is The Original Sleep Defense System Worth It?

According to several customer testimonials on the Amazon site, this product is successful in reducing bed bug infestations. One customers also mentioned they have almost completely eradicated their bed bug problem by using a pesticide spray as a secondary method, and then adding the anti-bed bug mattress cover as a primary deterrent for these blood sucking critters.

Overall, this product has received very good feedback.

Spahr Bedding Bed Bug Mattress Cover

At around $43.00 and free shipping and notable reviews online, this anti-bed bug mattress cover works well against pet dander, fleas, allergens, dust mites, and moisture.

The Spahr case is quiet and doesn’t have the sound of crinkling plastic like cheaper models may have. It’s cool, breathable, and won’t trap heat under the sheets while you’re sleeping.

Pros:

  • Includes a Lifetime Warranty
  • Machine Washable
  • Perfect fit for any mattress

Cons:

  • Several customers have made complaints that the zippers tend to break

Mibio Bed Bug Mattress Cover

The Mibio brand is one of the top rated mattress covers on Amazon, 74% of customers have given this product a five star review.

At around $31.97 and free shipping, this product includes six-sided padding for extra coverage for people with children and pets. This anti-bed bug mattress can be purchased in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King/California. The Mibio Company even provides covers for cribs and mini cribs!

Pros:

  • Fine-toothed zipper, mostly good feedback
  • Hypoallergenic, customers have noticed a reduction in allergic reactions
  • Velcro enclosure to keep bed bugs and dust mites from entering or exiting
  • Machine Washable

Cons:

  • Some reviews suggest that sizing information may be inaccurate or incomplete
  • The material make more noise than the anti- bed bug mattresses in this comparison

This Would Be One Of the Best Brands of Anti- Bed Bug Covers Available!

The Mibio brand has done a great job in improving the quality of their bed beg products, and has expanded to pillow cases as well. Velcro straps and other barriers need to be secure, a zipper alone cannot be your only solution. Bed begs are very, very small; without an outer seal it isn’t very difficult for them to get through no matter how tight your zipper teeth are. According to customers, this product “gets the job done,” and works well for anyone who has bed bugs or is simply trying to prevent them from infecting your home.

Always Give Yourself Secondary Protection

While they happen to be a sturdy form of protection against bed bugs, mattress covers alone cannot completely prevent the spread. Before ordering one, try to find out where the bugs are coming from and call an exterminator, or use a fogger to smoke the majority out. You can easily find a human-safe pesticide through Amazon. They will usually offer a discount when you spend a certain amount, so you can purchase it at the same time as your anti-bed bug mattress cover.

Spray your mattress first, then you can install your cover. This process will help keep your problem from reemerging, and you’ll have the additional benefits of protection against dust mites, allergens, and a number of other favorable assets. Invest in a mattress cover for you, and your family!

About Dabora Dabora is Chief editor at Sleeping Culture. She is a proud mother of two, passionate about sleep and finding ways to live a healthier and stress-free lifestyle.

You’ve finally bought the new mattress set you really wanted. Now that it’s all set up, you probably can’t wait to put new sheets on it and make the bed. Not so fast. Before you do, you should protect your investment with a mattress protector.

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Why Do You Need A Mattress Protector?

You spend one third of your life in bed, and experts say you should get 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night, so a quality mattress is important. Even a “discounted” bed can be expensive. Mattress protectors offer a barrier shield between you and your mattress, as well as an additional layer of comfort. Sweat and other fluids can seep into your mattress during the night, causing yellowing, deterioration and odor. A good mattress protector will you keep your mattress clean, dry and comfortable to sleep on, and you’ll extend the useful life of your mattress.

A mattress protector can also help with:

  • Cleanliness—a protected mattress is cleaner and healthier. A mattress cover is much easier to wash than a mattress.
  • Warranty—most mattresses come with a warranty against defects. But moisture, spills or staining could invalidate your warranty.
  • Allergens—regularly washing a mattress protector removes any allergens (including dust mites) that can affect your sleep.
  • Bedbugs and other pests—use an encasing mattress protector that completely covers the mattress, you’ll be able to keep free from the possibility of pests.
  • Keeps the mattress new longer—since you’ll make contact with the protector and not the mattress itself, there is less wear and tear from regular use.

Walk into any store that sells home goods, and you’ll be greeted with a myriad of choices. With so many mattress protectors to choose from, you may not even want to bother! It can be a challenge to find the right one for you and your sleeping needs, but it’s just a matter of figuring out the right one.

Some are more expensive than others, and that may be a consideration. Buying them at the mattress store may leave you with sticker shock, and you may decide to just buy the cheapest one you can find. But if you’re interested in keeping your mattress fresh, clean and stain-free, nearly any mattress protector is better than none. Decide on what you need, and how much you can spend for one. A little research goes a long way in making an informed decision. Most have warranties and refund policies, so if you don’t like one, you can try another.

Need some help finding the best one for your bed? We’ve gathered a list of different mattress protectors to keep your mattress clean, comfortable, and help it last longer while you sleep better. Keep reading to find the one that’s right for you and your sleeping situation.

Best Organic Mattress Protectors

Happsy Organic Mattress Protector Pad

A full organic cotton mattress pad with a waterproof liner that sleeps cool and is certified organic and GOTS non-toxic. There’s no chemical smell and no off-gassing to worry about. Vinyl-free means the ultra-thin liner is waterproof without noise, and they’re machine washable. Priced at $119 for a queen-sized version, they’re manufactured in the US. The pad is a quarter-inch thick, and similar to canvas but softer.

Pros:

  • Organic, sustainable
  • Cool to the touch
  • Made without vinyl/PVC, phthalates, perfluorinated compounds, and flame retardants, so no chemical off-gassing
  • More affordable than bigger-name products
  • Allergy-free design repels bedbugs

Cons:

  • May stain easily (but it’s better than your mattress staining)
  • A little more expensive than others, but not as expensive as bigger-name products
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SnugglePedic’s Memory Foam Mattress Protector, Organic Cotton With Eco-Friendly Greenshield Water Resistance

SnugglePedic protector

Priced at $89.99 for a queen-sized version, this cover is made for memory foam mattresses to keep that “plush” feeling. The organic cotton surface is soft, sleeps cooler and it’s fully washable. Made in the USA, it breathes well and also has a quiet moisture barrier to keep your mattress clear of any accidental spills.

Pros:

  • Soft
  • Machine washable
  • Thin, not bulky, won’t change the feel of your mattress
  • Cooler to sleep on

Cons:

  • Not entirely organic, only 52% organic cotton
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Best Zippered Mattress Protectors

Keeping your mattress clean is one thing. Keeping allergens and pests completely out of it is quite another thing. A mattress cover that doesn’t cover the entire bed isn’t going to protect it. Bedbugs are very difficult to get rid of, if not impossible, so prevention is the key to protect your investment from an invasion.

If you’re looking to protect your entire mattress, or you live in an area where bedbugs are a concern, a full zippered mattress protector (also called an encasement) is the best way to prevent bugs from getting into and camping out in your bedding. These two are made to do just that, protect it from the usual dangers as well as block the entry of pests.

SLEEP TITE ENCASE Lab Certified Bed Bug Proof Mattress Encasement Protector

Keeping your mattress clean and pest-free is easy with Sleep Tite’s encasement protector. Two halves zip together around the middle to form an impenetrable barrier to protect your mattress. The vinyl-free H2Pro membrane is quiet, and gives it the waterproof properties you need while keeping out dust mites, bed bugs and allergens. The top half zips off for easy machine washing, and has a zipper that prevents bugs from getting in. It fits mattresses up to 22” high. Lab-certified to protect against bed bugs and liquids, Sleep Tite offers a 100% waterproof guarantee and a 15-year warranty. At $135 for a king size, it’s a more expensive option.

Pros:

  • 100% waterproof on all sides
  • Accommodates all mattresses up to 22”

Cons:

  • Polyester; not organic
  • More expensive than other options
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SureGuard Mattress Encasement

Another six-sided zippered cover that’s less than half the price, it fits mattresses 13” to 16.” SureGuard’s protector is also hypoallergenic, fully zippered and comes with a 10 year warranty. A quiet, comfortable protector, it’s also Independently lab tested and GREENGUARD Gold certified, as well as free from vinyl, PVC, phthalates, fire retardants and other toxic chemicals. It’s machine washable and get softer with every wash.

Pros:

  • Easy to put on
  • Velcro tabs cover the zipper ends to prevent bed bugs from getting in and out
  • Comfortable, quiet sleep
  • Free from vinyl, PVC, phthalates, fire retardants, and other toxic chemicals
  • Machine washable/dryable

Cons:

  • Not suitable for those with chemical sensitivities
  • Some users report that it is not waterproof and does not completely stop bedbugs from getting into the mattress.
  • Not suitable for bedwetting.
  • Might be difficult to put onto larger mattresses
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Best Cooling Mattress Covers

It’s no secret that sleeping on memory foam can be like a giant heating pad for some sleepers, especially during the summer months in the South. If you tend to sleep hot, or wake up sweating, consider a cooling mattress protector. It prevents trapped heat from the mattress from sweating you out with trapped heat. While it doesn’t prevent hot flashes and night sweats, it can help keep collected heat from the mattress from waking you up at night, and making a hot flash even hotter.

ExceptionalSheets Bamboo Mattress Pad with Fitted Skirt Extra Plush Cooling Topper

This top rated Amazon’s Choice for “bamboo mattress topper” is made by a veteran owned company in the US with excellent customer service. The hypoallergenic down-alternative filling is stitched with a double-needle baffle box stitch to keep it from shifting if you move around. It works with any type of mattress, whether memory foam, innerspring or latex, and fits snugly. It’s plush–but because it’s not memory foam, it won’t “sink” or lose its shape. At about $100, it’s a little more expensive than most, and tends to be too big for a standard home washing machine. While it doesn’t change the feel of your mattress, it does offer additional cushioning, which will come in handy during pregnancy, or if you have arthritis or other chronic pain.

Pros:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Bamboo diffuses heat, helping you sleep cooler
  • Made in the US with a money-back guarantee

Cons:

  • Some users report that the original pads didn’t make it through the washer; however, the company has replaced those free of charge with newer ones that are manufactured differently.
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Utopia Bedding Waterproof Bamboo Mattress Protector

This vinyl-free mattress protector is an Amazon’s Choice for cooling mattress pads. It’s hypoallergenic, waterproof and resistant to dust mites, as well as breathable for a better night’s sleep. Bamboo also adds moisture wicking to keep you dry and comfortable all night. The waterproof TPU backing keeps moisture and liquids away from your mattress, but you won’t hear any “crinkling” noises when you move around. The cover is also free from Vinyl, PVC, Phthalates, fire retardants and other offgassing chemicals. Utopia Bedding’s “Smooth Grip System” ensures that the protector stays in place no matter how much you move around in your sleep or how many times you turn over.

Pros:

  • Protects mattress from dirt and stains
  • Releases heat trapped by a memory foam mattress
  • Breathable
  • Machine washable

Cons:

  • Tends to slide around at night, pulling sheets with it.
  • Takes a long time to dry
  • Some users have found it to hold heat and not cooling as claimed
  • Some users have found it not to be waterproof as claimed
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Best Mattress Protector for Bedwetting

Nobody likes talking about this, but it’s a problem that can happen to anyone (or anyone with children.) Any kind of liquid can damage a mattress and invalidate a warranty. But bedwetting is a bigger problem, because you just can’t clean a mattress like you can a mattress cover. So if you’re dealing with this delicate issue, for whatever reason, you’ll need a more waterproof mattress protector to keep your mattress from getting damaged.

Like the others, there is no end to the type you can buy, some better than others. Most mattress covers made now incorporate some kind of waterproofing element into their products. We’ve located a few for your consideration that we hope will make this uncomfortable problem a little easier to deal with.

SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector (Vinyl Free)

SafeRest Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector

This #1 Amazon Choice best-seller has nearly 30,000 customer reviews, with more than 85% of them 4-star and 5-star ratings. Made to fit beds up to 18” deep, it will not change the feel of your bed, and is registered with the FDA as a Class 1 Medical Device. The hypoallergenic cotton is soft and breathable, yet waterproof and quiet to sleep on. It’s also Free from vinyl, PVC, phthalates, and fire-retardant chemicals, as well as machine washable. Resistant to bedbugs, dust mites and other pests, it’s also great for families with children and pets. The fitted sheet design ensures that it stretches to fit your particular bed easily, and it comes with a 10-year warranty.

Pros:

  • Budget priced
  • Breathable
  • Noise-free
  • Machine washable (dry on low heat or air dry)

Cons:

  • Some users report that it sleeps hot, is noisy and not completely waterproof as claimed
  • Rough texture makes it uncomfortable
  • Made in China
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Luna Premium Hypoallergenic 100% Waterproof Mattress Protector

The cotton terry surface of this mattress protector is also cool, breathable and comfortable using Luna’s Airflow Tec It’s made and sourced in the US, free from phthalates, vinyl, and PVCs and machine washable (although dry on a lower heat setting or air dry.) An Amazon’s Choice mattress protector that’s also hypoallergenic—so allergy, asthma and eczema suffers can sleep better. While the top layer absorbs moisture, the inner layer prevents it from seeping through to your mattress, keeping it dry and clean.

Pros:

  • Fitted-sheet design
  • Made in the USA
  • Machine washable
  • Noise free
  • Breathable, cooler

Cons:

  • Chemical smell
  • Some users find it not as waterproof as advertised, especially with children.
  • Not as breathable or quiet as advertised
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SLEEP TITE Hypoallergenic 100% Waterproof Mattress Protector

An Amazon Choice product, it’s vinyl free and has a 15-year warranty, and is moderately priced at $50 for a queen sized model. The fitted-sheet style fits beds up to 22”. The 100% cotton terry cover makes for a breathable, quiet and comfortable night’s sleep while keeping your mattress clean and free of stains and moisture. They’re especially good for memory foam, but will work with any type. The absence of vinyl keeps it quiet and eliminates chemical smells that may come with it.

SleepTiteWaterproofMattressProtector

Pros:

  • Comfortable and undetectable under sheets
  • Doesn’t change the feel of the mattress
  • Guards against dust mites and other allergens
  • Cooler to sleep on
  • Machine washable (cold or warm water, line dry)
  • Made by LinenSpa

Cons:

  • Some users report that it isn’t as waterproof as advertised
  • Chemical smells
  • Terrycloth cover makes it “sweaty”
  • Noisy, scratchy and tears easily
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Best Mattress Protectors For Moving

When you’re in the middle of a move, you may not think about protecting your mattress. But that’s when they can suffer real damage, and you may end up buying a new one anyway. Think about how you (or a crew) handled your mattress when you bought it, and was probably wrapped in plastic. Without all that protective shipping plastic, what will happen to your mattress between your old bedroom and the new one?

Military families who move frequently know this all too well. From sliding them around to dropping them into moving trucks (or on the ground in the dirt), your wonderfully comfortable mattress may not make it to your new home intact. Water, dirt, bugs and any other manner of damage can happen to a mattress and quickly ruin it. If the mattress and box spring are intended for long-term storage, mattress moving protectors are essential to keep them from accumulating dirt and attracting pests. Protecting your mattress during the moving process will keep your mattress clean and safe so you don’t have to buy another one before it’s time.

It’s a product most people don’t realize they need until they need it, or after a move. If you or someone you know is planning to move soon, get some now, while you’re thinking about it. These mattress moving protectors are just the thing to make sure nothing happens to your sleeping investment during a move or in storage.

MovingHost’s Queen Sized Mattress Bag For Moving

MovingHostQueenMattressProtector

An Amazon’s Choice for mattress moving protectors, this reusable plastic protector is a commercial-grade 5 mils thick and much more durable than standard mattress moving bags. Made to fit any size and type of queen-sized mattress, including pillowtops and extra-thick. No handles on your mattress? Slide the mattress into one of these bags and handle it with ease. It’s also good for returning a mattress if you’ve discovered you’ve bought the wrong one. Sealing is easy—just close up the ends and seal them with packing tape to keep bugs, dirt and moisture out and away from your mattress. At just $15.99, these heavyweight pillowcase-style bags are an easy and economical way to protect your investment from the elements and other damage that can happen during a move. MovingHost also makes these moving mattress protectors for king, twin and full sizes, so you can protect any and all of your mattresses during a move and/or in a storage facility. When you’ve finished with them, they fold up and store for another day.

Pros:

  • Durable heavyweight plastic
  • Easy to move mattress in and out
  • Great value for the price

Cons:

  • No handles or grips, making it a little difficult to maneuver
  • No closures, must use packing or duct tape to seal.
  • Noisy plastic crinkling during use
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Adoric Life Mattress Bag for Moving & Long-Term Storage

AdoricQueenMattressProtectorForMoving

These clear vinyl bags are 4 mil thick, reusable and puncture resistant. These bags open up into 3D shapes to ensure complete coverage for your mattress, and uses packing straps to keep them closed without adhesive. They’re made to protect your mattresses through moving and storage, and keep them clean and dry while they’re there. The plastic is breathable, so moisture buildup won’t be a problem while it’s moving or in storage. When you’re done with them, just roll them up and secure them with the packing straps for the next time you need them. A two-pack is just $18.99, and will last through many uses.

Pros:

  • Sturdy durable plastic
  • Opens on one end to slide mattress into and out of
  • Re-usable

Cons:

  • No handles or grips, making it a little difficult to maneuver
  • No closures, must use packing or duct tape to seal
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BedStars Reusable Zippered Durable Waterproof Bed Protector Cover

This easy-to-use protector is much thicker than standard plastic, and is 1,000% stronger than the standard plastic bags. They’re made to fit standard sized mattresses, with a heavy-duty zipper to keep them closed and protected. These nylon cases are sturdy and will fit even the thickest mattresses, giving you peace of mind that your bed will be ready to sleep on when you take it out. A queen set is priced at $45.

BedStarsMattressProtectorStorageBag

Pros:

  • Waterproof nylon instead of plastic
  • Re-usable

Cons:

  • More expensive than the heavy plastic bags
  • Some users report it may not be as waterproof as claimed
  • Zippers may not be as durable as they should be
  • May have chemical odors from manufacturing
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Mattress protectors are a great and inexpensive way to protect your investment as well as improve it. Whatever your needs, you’ll find a great variety of products to keep your mattress in new condition for a lot longer.

About Amy ODonnell Amy O’Donnell is a blogger and copywriter. She lives in rural Louisiana with her partner, two dogs and a cat, but considers herself a Texan after 18 years in Houston. Amy writes for a number of different genres, including health, technology and legal. You can visit her copywriting website amycopywriting.com and her personal foodie blog over at HeatCageKitchen, where she writes about new trends in food, health, kitchen and occasionally annoying her partner.