Mattress Protector Buying Guide
What is a Mattress Protector?
While it’s safe to say that finding a mattress protector whose quality can trump that of either of the above three will be a rather tricky ordeal, you may have your own set of needs which you feel aren’t covered by the above list. If that’s the case, it may be beneficial to do some shopping for yourself. When doing so, keeping the below considerations in mind can ensure you still walk away with the best product you can possibly get your hands on.
What are you protecting against?
Liquid resistance is likely the closest thing to a standard feature you’ll be able to find in mattress protectors across the board. Outside of this particular form of protection, things tend to stay rather up in the air from model to model. As such, it’s not only important to know what each protector protects against in the first place, but you should also know what type of protection you’re after before you go into shopping to begin with.
For example, if you’re purely looking for something which can protect your child’s bed against any nighttime accidents, you likely only need a waterproof mattress protector which will prevent against stains. If you’re the type to eat in the bedroom with cutlery, or if you have a day bad-style couch, mattress protectors can be had which are rather resilient to cuts and scrapes. However, the latter feature also introduces its own set of drawbacks, the biggest of which being its level of thickness. If you love your mattress’ outer softness, such a cover will likely ruin this for you. It’s always a good idea to get just the level of protection you need – no more, no less.
Durability or Comfort – You Can Pick One
Of course, a mattress cover’s level of thickness will, in whole or in part, dictate just how durable it truly is. As such, you can be sure that the thickest protector possible will likely give you an above-average level of durability and longevity (though there are perhaps a few other factors at play). On the other hand, a thicker mattress protector will likely take away from the level of comfort already exhibited by your mattress, especially if you have a very soft spring mattress or a memory foam mattress. As such, you’ll have to decide whether you want lots of durability, lots of comfort or a little bit of both.
Do you get hot when you sleep?
As with a few modern-day mattresses, there are many mattress covers which “breath” to a certain extent, keeping you somewhat cooler as you sleep. While this can be great in terms of getting an increased level of comfort that your current mattress just can’t provide, you’ll either have to sacrifice other features to get such a model or pay a higher price. On the other hand, if normal mattresses don’t make you hot as you sleep, you likely don’t need a breathable mattress protector in the first place.
Types of Mattress Protection
There are several types of damage your typical mattress protector can prevent. Do you know which types of damage you need protecting against?
- Stains – The vast majority of mattress protectors are made waterproof. Of course, this is done so to prevent stains. It can also help keep the inner portions of your mattress clean through preventing it from collecting perspiration. Even the most basic of mattress protectors will offer this type of protection.
- Holes and Scratches – This type of protection is found in a much lower variety of mattress covers. If you know you’ll have sharp objects around the bed (forks, sharp jewelry, etc.), you may find this beneficial. On the other hand, such a mattress protector should only be used when deemed necessary, as this may lower your overall level of comfort through its almost “crunchy” feel.
- Microbes – Not all mattress protectors come with this form of protection. Despite this, such a feature is very beneficial. Whether you’ve come to realize it or not, the type of damage your mattresses have most accumulated over the years most likely revolves around the collecting microorganisms. With such a mattress cover, those horror stories on the news about dust mites will no longer apply to you.
Common Mattress Protector Features
While whether or not any given mattress protector will work for you comes down to your own personal needs, there are a few features you should want to see in any mattress protector. Here are those features.
- Hypoallergenic Materials – Whether or not you actually have allergies is, in this sense, largely irrelevant. You’ll find these materials not only to prevent you from experiencing allergy problems, but to keep your mattress from of germs and other microscopic nasties. This is a huge plus that won’t only keep your mattress preserved for a longer amount of time, but will lower the rate at which you find yourself cleaning your mattress protector. It can also be great for overall health, as you can imagine laying in a pile of germs every night isn’t exactly recommended by doctors.
- A Warranty – While a warranty may be a nice added bonus in most products, it is downright essential when it comes to mattress protectors. At the end of the day, you’re buying a product which is meant to protect a piece of equipment for which you paid hundreds or thousands of dollars. If the manufacturer isn’t confident that their protector will work successfully, what does that say about the product? It’s best not to take a chance.
Outside of assuring that your next mattress protector comes with a warranty and fights against germs, which features you decide to look for are up to you to decide. Keep all of the above considerations in mind – or choose a product from the list we went over earlier in the review – to ensure your mattress stays as good as new for years or even decades to come. When it comes to mattresses, it’s just not worth taking a chance.