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Best Mattress Protector of 2020

By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Review Editor
Tuesday July 14, 2020
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Hoping to save your mattress, but unsure where to turn? We researched 20 of the top mattress protectors of 2020, then chose the best 10 to test side-by-side. We spilled various liquids on them to see how protective they really are. We tested their stain resistance and laundered them repeatedly to see how well they retain their protective properties. We put them on beds and slept on them, checking their breathability and noisiness. Whether you're looking for a protective layer for potty training your toddler, a hypoallergenic bed cover to eliminate your stuffy nose, or just wanting to protect your brand new (and very expensive) mattress, we've found the best solution for your needs and your wallet.

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Best Overall Mattress Protector


LINENSPA Smooth Waterproof Hyopallergenic 5-sided


Editors' Choice Award
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$15.99
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Surface Material: Brushed (100% polyester) | Fit: Regular (5 sides)
5 sides of protection
Easy to use and clean
Quiet
Doesn't change the feel of your bed
Not the most breathable
No cushion on top

The LINENSPA Smooth 5-sided mattress protector is a solidly protective covering that doesn't change the feel or sound of your bed. Unlike most cover, that only protect the top of your mattress, the LINENSPA is 100% protective on all five sides of your mattress. It's as easy to put on as a fitted sheet and simple to clean in your machine at home. It offers solid protection from liquid spills and passed our wine stain test spectacularly. Its smooth surface doesn't change the feel of your mattress, and the slight noise it adds is so subtle that we only noticed it when we were looking for it.

On the other hand, this smoothness adds no extra cushion to your bed, so if you're looking for something to even out your sleep surface, this won't suffice. And because its silky surface is 100% polyester on all 5 sides, it's much less breathable than nearly every other protector we tested. However, if layered under a mattress pad and under a fitted sheet, we doubt you'll notice a significant difference in the temperature of your bed. If you're after general, reliable protection from everyday hazards of life in your home, this is our top choice.

Number of protective sides: 5; top and sides
Water-resistant material: Polyurethane backing

Health rating: None

The LINENSPA offers a full 5 sides of protection and doesn't change the feel of your mattress.
The LINENSPA offers a full 5 sides of protection and doesn't change the feel of your mattress.

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Best Bamboo Protector


PlushDeluxe Premium Bamboo


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$36.99
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Surface Material: Cushioned (40% bamboo, 60% polyester) | Fit: Regular (5 sides)
Comfortable, cushioned top
Fairly breathable
Solid spill protection
It takes a long time to dry
Elastic and sides are weaker

Are you searching for a mattress pad and protector all in one? Check out this partial bamboo option from PlushDeluxe. The soft, squishy surface helps even out any "hills and valleys" at the top of your mattress, while the polyurethane backing protects your mattress from potential disasters. While nearly every mattress protector claims to be "quiet," this one actually makes no different noise than a mattress alone. The thin mesh sides help keep it breathable, as does the partial bamboo filling on top.

Among models we tested, this has one of the highest percentages of bamboo fibers and still offers a high level of accident protection. While we appreciate the ease of use and extra breathability of the thin sides, the thin elastic Is much weaker than on many others, giving concerns about its ability to stay in place as well or last through hard use. Nevertheless, we're big fans of the feel and performance of this bamboo blended model.

Number of protective sides: 1; top only
Water-resistant material: Polyurethane backing

Health rating: None

It's hard to beat this combination of comfort and protection provided by the PlushDeluxe Bamboo cover.
It's hard to beat this combination of comfort and protection provided by the PlushDeluxe Bamboo cover.

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Best Bang for the Buck


ZMAT 100% Waterproof Cover


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$25.95
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Surface Material: Terry (80% cotton, 20% polyester) | Fit: Regular (5 sides)
Good protection
Most comfortable terry tested
Inexpensive
Terry may stain
Limited options available

We tested a LOT of terry-topped options, and this is our favorite. It offers solid protection against accidents and spills and was among the most stain-resistant of the terry models. Though no terry top escaped our wine test without some sort of stain, the stain on the ZMAT was the faintest. It also has finer terry loops than most of the others, making it both softer and quieter than the other terry protectors. We could hardly feel the terry below our fitted sheet, which is more than we can say for many others. Also, it's also one of the least expensive options we tested.

However, none of the terry protectors we tested are completely noiseless, nor can any of them boast a truly unchanged sleep surface feel. But the ZMAT is the least offensive of the bunch. It, like all the other terry options we tested, also tends to soak up spills fairly quickly, proving them more difficult to wash out in the laundry. But if you seek here for some protection that won't break the bank, this model fits the bill.

Number of protective sides: 1; top only
Water-resistant material: Polyurethane backing

Health rating: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified

The ZMAT does a good job of protecting your mattress for less money than most.
The ZMAT does a good job of protecting your mattress for less money than most.

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Best Option for Absorbing Liquids


Priva High Quality Ultra Waterproof


Top Pick Award
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$22.74
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Surface Material: Quilted (50/50 cotton/polyester surface) | Fit: Sheet topper (1 side)
Absorbs a surprising amount of liquid
Easiest to clean
Travel friendly
Does not attached to the mattress
Stains more easily than some

When you know you need to protect your mattress against accidents, the Priva waterproof pads are the ideal choice. This absorbent pad lies on top of the sheets for the simplest cleanup in the middle of the night. Just pop it into the washer and put down a second one; no need to clean all the sheets as well. It easily soaks up an astonishing amount of liquid while still feeling relatively dry, making it ideal for larger leaks. Because it's just a pad that lies on top of the sheets, it's a great choice to take on vacations with kids still being potty trained or putting on the couch for your elderly dog without total bladder control.

However, because it simply lies across your top sheet, it can also move around as you sleep, potentially bunching up on one side and allowing accidents full access to your mattress. It's best to use a size or two larger than the area you're hoping to cover. For extra protection, consider pairing it with a traditional mattress protector. Because its surface is 50% cotton/50% polyester, it may also hold onto stains. However, its vinyl backing and sturdy construction make it the only option we tested that can be bleached. Despite these shortcomings, when you're expecting an accident, the Priva is our top choice for minimizing the effects.

Number of protective sides: 1; top only
Absorbent material: 7 oz. fiberfill (65% polyester, 35% rayon)
Water-resistant material: Polyester-backed vinyl

Health rating: None

The Priva isn't just limited to use on your bed - it also makes a great couch protector for elderly pets.
The Priva isn't just limited to use on your bed - it also makes a great couch protector for elderly pets.

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Best for Breathability


SureGuard Waterproof Hypoallergenic


Top Pick Award
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$39.97
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Surface Material: Terry (100% cotton) | Fit: Regular (5 sides)
Fine, softer terry
More breathable than most
Good fit for deep mattresses
Stains easily
Elastic a bit weak

One of the biggest downsides to waterproof fabric is its relative lack of breathability compared to normal fabric. The SureGuard mattress protector is better than most with a 100% cotton terry top that helps to absorb and evaporate your sweat on a muggy summer night. It also has thin sides, further aiding its breathability. The finer, small-looped terry helps keep this protector's noise and sleep surface closer to the natural feel of a your mattress. Also, It has some of the deepest pockets of any model we tested, making it a solid choice for some of today's super-thick mattresses.

Like most of the terry-topped covers we tested, this one stains more easily than we'd like. Its ultra-deep pockets also give it a lot of extra room to slide around on mattresses that are not thick. The elastic is a bit thinner and looser than would provide a secure fit. But if you're looking for a simple, more breathable option, the SureGuard is a solid choice.

Number of protective sides: 1; top only
Water-resistant material: Polyurethane backing

Health rating: GreenGuard certified

Thin side panels and 100% cotton terry top make the SureGuard more breathable than you might expect.
Thin side panels and 100% cotton terry top make the SureGuard more breathable than you might expect.

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Best Full Mattress Encasement


PlushDeluxe Premium Zippered Encasement


Top Pick Award
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$42.99
(4% off)
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Surface Material: Terry (80% cotton, 20% polyester) | Fit: Encasement (6 sides)
Solid 100% surface area protection
Fine-toothed, protective zipper
Easy to use
Can't be flipped
Stains more easily

If you're hunting for a mattress protector that zips completely around your mattress, protecting it from damage from any angle — or protecting you from pests that have taken up residence inside — the PlushDeluxe Premium Zippered Encasement is the best of the bunch. Iit has a fine-toothed zipper concealed in tight folds of fabric, with two Velcro strips to help seal it closed. Compared to other encasements we tested, this one seems the most secure — assuming you close it properly! We also found it simple to put on a mattress, even with just one person, and it performed adequately in our liquid resistance testing, keeping the bulk of our spills from soaking into the terry top.

Once again, this terry top holds onto stains more than we'd prefer.When putting on your bed you will need to get the air out before sealing it; otherwise you will create a balloon effect on top of your mattress. We found this simple to do by making a few "snow angels" on the bed before closing the last several inches of the zipper. The PlushDeluxe model has its terry surface on just one side, making it not conducive to flipping. In sum, this is the most impressive-performing full-encasement mattress protector we tested.

Number of protective sides: 6; all sides
Water-resistant material: Polyurethane backing

Health rating: None

A small-toothed  tight zipper with close-fitting velcro helps keep this encasement from leaking pests from inside.
A small-toothed, tight zipper with close-fitting velcro helps keep this encasement from leaking pests from inside.

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Works, but Expensive


SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof


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$26.95
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Surface material: Terry (80% cotton, 20% polyester) | Fit: Regular (5 sides)
Decent liquid protection
Straightforward use
Reasonably breathable
Rougher terry surface
Expensive

The SafeRest Premium mattress protector is exactly what we've come to expect from a terry-topped cover. It offers solid protection, soaking up minimal spills. Its standard 80% cotton, 20% polyester terry surface, and thin polyester sides allow for adequate breathability. Its standard design makes it simple and easy to use, clean, and replace.

It's within the acceptable range of what a mattress protector should do, but the the terry surface of the SafeRest is a bit rougher and noisier than we'd prefer. Also, it's significantly more expensive than most others we tested, without offering anything extra to justify the 2-3x cost. There are better value options out there.

Number of protective sides: 1; top only
Water-resistant material: Polyurethane backing

Health rating: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified

The SafeRest is a typical terry-topped protector that just doesn't stand out enough to justify the extra cost.
The SafeRest is a typical terry-topped protector that just doesn't stand out enough to justify the extra cost.

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For Ultra-Thick Mattresses


LUCID Premium Hypoallergenic 100% Waterproof


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Surface Material: Terry (80% cotton, 20% polyester) | Fit: Regular (5 sides)
Decent liquid protection
Super deep pockets
Inexpensive
Noisier than many others
Can feel the terry much more than others
Doesn't stay put as well on thinner mattresses

Among terry-topped mattress protectors, this is relatively uninspiring. Its mesh sides offer some added breathability to its average 80% cotton, 20% polyester terry surface. It performed respectably in our liquid resistance tests and has exceptionally deep pockets that can accommodate much thicker mattresses than many other options. It's also less expensive.

However, the actual terry surface is our least favorite of the bunch. It's made of larger loops that are rougher and easier to feel through a fitted sheet. It's also one of the noisiest protectors we tested, with a louder version of that typical "terry woosh." If your mattress isn't super deep, this cover's thin mesh sides and average elastic allow a lot of wiggle room for the LUCID to move around on top of your mattress. Although its lower price tag may seem appealing, we tested far better options available at similarly low prices.

Number of protective sides: 1; top only
Water-resistant material: Polyurethane backing

Health rating: None

The LUCID is noteworthy only in its exceptionally deep pockets that can accommodate some seriously thick mattresses.
The LUCID is noteworthy only in its exceptionally deep pockets that can accommodate some seriously thick mattresses.

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Bamboo on a Budget


Utopia Bedding Bamboo Cover


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Surface Material: Cushioned (30% bamboo, 70% polyester) | Fit: Regular (5 sides)
Pleasant cushioned top
Virtually noiseless
Relatively breathable
Sub-par liquid protection
Takes longer to dry

The Utopia Bedding Bamboo Cover offers extra cushion for the top of your mattress. It is the quietest protector we tested and the only one that we actually could hear no difference whatsoever with it on the bed vs. without. The partial bamboo fiber top and mesh sides help it be reasonably breathable as well. And if you're on a budget, this low price tag is probably more in your wheelhouse.

However, if you're looking for serious liquid protection, the Utopia Bedding Bamboo let us down. It immediately failed our basic liquid protection tests, both soaking up everything we poured on it and allowing it to easily soak right through in less than 30 minutes. All this has been noted online by other users. The bamboo fibers also take longer than many to dry. And while it's advertised as bamboo, it's only 30% bamboo — much less than other bamboo options we tested.

Number of protective sides: 1; top only
Water-resistant material: Polyurethane backing

Health rating: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified

Unfortunately  when it comes to liquid protection  the Utopia Bedding Bamboo Cover falls short of the competition.
Unfortunately, when it comes to liquid protection, the Utopia Bedding Bamboo Cover falls short of the competition.

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If You Want to Flip Your Mattress


Utopia Bedding Waterproof Encasement


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Surface Material: Brushed (100% polyester) | Fit: Encasement (6 sides)
Full coverage from every angle
Can flip your mattress
Less impressive bed bug security
Not great liquid protection
Smaller zipper opening

The Utopia Bedding Waterproof Encasement offers identical protection on all six sides, allowing you to flip your mattress over if that's important to you. It provides the same level of protection on every surface of the 100% polyester encasement. It costs less than most of the competition.

However, we were let down by this model on several fronts. It's one of just two options we tested that failed our most basic liquid protection tests, allowing the inside of the encasement to become damp after just half an hour of standing water. It also has a much larger-toothed zipper in a fight against bed bugs, with a Velcro zipper seal that leaves a long escape channel for the pests in question. And with a smooth, completely polyester surface, it's one of the least breathable options we tested. There are other options that offer much more for your money.

Number of protective sides: 6; all sides
Water-resistant material: Polyurethane backing

Health rating: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified

We pitted these protectors head to head for our intensive testing so you can figure out which one offers the protection you need.
We pitted these protectors head to head for our intensive testing so you can figure out which one offers the protection you need.

Why You Should Trust Us


This review is headed up by Senior Review Editor, Maggie Brandenburg. Maggie has been working from home for several years, spending more than the average 1/3 of her life in bed. From mornings typing away with a cup of coffee nearby to winding down in the evening with a glass of wine and her dog by her side, Maggie isn't one to underestimate the value of bedding that can withstand everything she (sometimes literally) throws at it. Both she and her partner are self-described clumsy people, spilling more than their fair share of, well, pretty much everything. Maggie puts her background in scientific research to good use designing and carrying out experiments to test the limits of whatever she's working on. She's been testing and writing for GearLab since 2017 and also co-leads our numerous sheets reviews along with Senior Review Editor, Aaron Rice.

Before even testing these products, we spent hours combing through and researching the top mattress protectors on the market today. Choosing the best options out there, we set about devising a thorough testing plan to find the limits of what these covers are capable of. We left them sitting for hours with puddles of liquid pooled on them, poured full glasses of wine on them, and slept on them. We considered how they feel against the skin and under a fitted sheet and compared their noisiness to one another and to a pad-less bed. We investigated laundering directions of each model and cleaned them repeatedly to see how it affected their protective properties. We also considered the various sizes and options available and read hundreds of user reviews online to identify recurring problems. No matter what you're trying to protect your mattress from, we've found the right cover for your bed.


Analysis and Test Results


Here at GearLab, we take a systematic approach to testing every product we purchase. We divided our investigation into four mutually exclusive categories that, put together, give a comprehensive picture of how well each one performs relative to one another. Each category is also weighted in accordance with its overall importance to the product's performance. In this next section, we'll break down each of these four metrics (protection, comfort, ease of cleaning, and usability) to highlight which mattress protectors stand out in what areas and why.

Rest easy  knowing your mattress is protected from everyday hazards.
Rest easy, knowing your mattress is protected from everyday hazards.

Protection


The most important aspect of a mattress protector is right in the name — protection. Whether it's protection from nighttime bed-wetters or from exuberant dust mites, a good mattress protector must be, well, protective. We tested this in several ways. First, every single model went through our numerous levels of liquid protection, both from water and from red wine (we didn't have access to several gallons of chemically identical urine to dump on them), to see how well they can withstand a quick slop to a puddle that sits for an extended period of time. We also considered each one's coverage, from top-only options to full-encasement models. And for those designed to keep the bed bugs at bay, we examined the sealing ability of their zippers to assess the likelihood of truly trapping those pests.

What's in a spill?

While it's tempting to think that the worst part of spilling on your mattress is the liquid itself, that's just the tip of the iceberg. You're probably well aware that coffee and red wine can stain most fabrics if not removed right away, but what about urine? Turns out, not even all pee is equal.

If your child comes in at 3 am and tells you he wet the bed, it's (relatively) easy to get up, clean up, and go back to sleep. But if your dog or cat pees on the guest bed, you may not find it for hours or even weeks. As it turns out, cat urine is particularly concentrated and can actually corrode some types of metal if left to sit, let alone your fabric mattress protector. While it's possible to clean from many surfaces (including your mattress), cat pee can easily ruin the waterproof layer of your mattress protector very quickly, requiring a total replacement of the cover. Don't let this fool you into thinking your mattress protector is a failure, though, as even the hardiest of coverings can't withstand extended exposure to the concentrated chemicals that come out of your kitty.

The most protective model we tested is the PlushDeluxe Premium Zippered Encasement. Not only is it a full-mattress cover that protects all six sides in either direction, but it also performed well in our liquid resistance tests. Compared to other encasements we tested, the PlushDeluxe has a small zipper with tight teeth and a velcro flap to seal the deal. Though we didn't invite bed bugs into our homes to test it out, when used properly, this mattress protector seems more than capable of stopping a pest exodus from an infected mattress. The LINENSPA 5-Sided also stands out when it comes to protection. Though it's not a full encasement, it offers five sides of protection where most others provide top-only. It did an excellent job in our testing of keeping liquids puddled on top and preventing even a drop from soaking through.

The fine-toothed zipper of the PlushDeluxe Encasement is well-hidden and impressively protective.
The fine-toothed zipper of the PlushDeluxe Encasement is well-hidden and impressively protective.

Also notable in this metric are the PlushDeluxe Premium Bamboo topper and Priva pads. The PlushDeluxe Bamboo soaked up some liquid but didn't allow any through to the mattress underneath. The Priva absorbent pads are designed to soak up an astonishing amount of liquid while still feeling fairly dry to the touch. They're an ideal option for when you know an accident is going to happen, and you need to soak it up and keep the rest of your bedding dry.

The Priva pads are highly absorbent  making them an ideal choice to protect not just your bed  but any furniture when an accident is imminent.
The Priva pads are highly absorbent, making them an ideal choice to protect not just your bed, but any furniture when an accident is imminent.

While we don't typically like to highlight poor performers, sometimes products let us down in ways that are too big not to mention. This is the case with both Utopia Bedding protectors we tested. The Utopia Bedding Bamboo Cover let a lot of liquid through to the mattress below, even before a single wash. The Utopia Bedding Encasement also allowed a small amount of liquid to soak through, but let us down more in regards to its seal. This encasement has a larger-toothed zipper with more spread apart velcro sealers that leave a sizeable channel for bed bugs to march up and down. Again, we didn't test it with actual bed bugs, but from our visual inspection and airtight-seal test, we have very little confidence in its protective powers.

The LINENSPA consistently remained bone dry inside through all our liquid resistance testing.
The LINENSPA consistently remained bone dry inside through all our liquid resistance testing.

Comfort


Protection is what we're after, but it's not worth much if it makes your bed uncomfortable. While much of the comfort of your bed comes from the mattress and sheets you use, waterproof layers like these protectors often restrict the breathability of your bedding and can even make a noise that keeps you awake at night. We compared the noisiness of these covers to each other and to a protector-less bed. We tested their breathability in hot summer weather. We also compared their skin feel and if and how they change the feel of the bed under a fitted sheet. Finally, we considered their fit and ability to stay in place no matter how fitfully you may sleep.

Measure your mattress!
Just because you've got a queen size bed, doesn't mean just any queen size mattress protector will fit. A huge component of finding the right bedding involves the thickness of your mattress (referred to as 'depth'). If your mattress pad (or fitted sheet) is too small, the corners are bound to ride up while you sleep. Too large, and your sheets may slide around and pool underneath you. Measure how thick your mattress is, add 1-4 inches to that number, and that's the pocket depth you'll need for your bedding.

The bamboo-blend toppers proved to be the most comfortable options we tested. The Utopia Bedding Bamboo Cover and PlushDeluxe Premium Bamboo create no extra noise compared to a mattress alone, and their cushioned tops fit smoothly over the surface. They both breathe fairly well, as the bamboo-blend fiber insides help maintain airflow. And they both have thin sides that add further breathability and are deep enough to accommodate thick mattresses without being so loose they move more than is comfortable while you sleep. The PlushDeluxe Bamboo is 40% bamboo (60% polyester), while the Utopia Bedding Bamboo is just 30%. Theoretically, this should make the PlushDeluxe slightly more breathable, but we couldn't fell a significant difference.

The bamboo-topped protectors we tested are among the most comfortable and silent of the bunch.
The bamboo-topped protectors we tested are among the most comfortable and silent of the bunch.

If sheer breathability is what you're after, our Top Pick for Breathability award goes to the SureGuard. One of the numerous terry-topped options we tested, it's the only one with 100% cotton terry (the rest are a cotton/polyester blend), making up a significant portion of its wicking and breathing prowess. It also has thin, breathable sides that help this model be one of the best options on a hot night. The ZMAT is also exceptionally comfortable. Though slightly less breathable, with its partial-polyester top, it has our favorite-feeling terry surface. Short loops of fine thread make this the softest terry-topper we tested and the only one we couldn't feel at all underneath a fitted sheet.

Even the dog approves of the breathability of the SureGuard on a hot summer afternoon.
Even the dog approves of the breathability of the SureGuard on a hot summer afternoon.

Ease of Cleaning


As something you're about to spend 1/3 of your existence using, it's important that you're able to clean your mattress protector since it's going to be protecting your mattress against everything from sweat to excrement. We put this to the test by reading every label and laundering instructions and washing each of them several times. We noted which ones are simple and which require special care and come with a long list of Do's and Don'ts. We recorded which ones took longer to dry, which ended up tangled in the wash, and which are more challenging to fold. We inspected and tested their waterproofness throughout this process to see how it is affected.

Prolonging the Waterproof Coating
Just as the old days of wearing thick, plastic-feeling rain jackets are (mostly) behind us, the days of using what equates to a plastic tarp to protect your bed are gone. These days, most mattress protectors have a polyurethane coating that's been heat-welded to the back of a fabric surface to give the bedding waterproof properties. While this coating is more breathable and much quieter than laying on a plastic sheet, it doesn't last forever. Careful laundering on a gentle cycle and only drying on low heat with several towels will help extend the amount of time it stays waterproof. However, if the bed in question is regularly soaked, and/or your mattress protector is frequently laundered, you'll most likely need to replace your mattress protector about once a year.

The easiest model to clean that we tested are the Priva pads. These absorbent pads are meant to be laundered a LOT. They advertise they can handle up to 300 washings, which is far more than you'd expect to do for a regular mattress pad even over a couple years of use. They also have the least specific laundering directions and are the only model we tested that can be bleached. On top of that, they are the only one of this crowd that uses a sturdy vinyl backing rather than a polyurethane coating that degrades more rapidly. If you need your mattress protector to soak up accidents and be laundered easily, the Priva is your best bet.

The absorbent Priva pads are backed with vinyl  making them sturdier and easier to clean than the many polyurethane-coated models we tested.
The absorbent Priva pads are backed with vinyl, making them sturdier and easier to clean than the many polyurethane-coated models we tested.

All the other non-encasement-style covers are varying degrees of similar to clean. The LINENSPA 5-Sided stands out as being particularly stain-resistant, as are the bamboo models we tested. However, the bamboo models also took the longest to dry. All of the terry-topped protectors came out the other side of their laundry experience with differing amounts of pink leftover from their wine spill testing. The encasement-style covers both have a tendency to grab other objects in the wash and trap them inside and consistently came out of the dryer still very damp.

All the terry-topped protectors we tested (pictured here) collected stains during our testing.
All the terry-topped protectors we tested (pictured here) collected stains during our testing.

Usability


This metric covers every other aspect of mattress protectors, from the sizes and options that are available to the thousands of other online reviews they have. Some manufacturers offer a wide range of sizes, from cribs to split kings as well as pillowcase covers, box-spring protectors, and even moving and storage bags.

How it's Made

We all want to know that what we're sleeping on isn't going to put harmful chemicals into our bodies. Fortunately, there are some helpful benchmarks to cue you into the safety (or lack thereof) of your products.

A GreenGuard certification is approved by a third-party (aka no testing or certification biases) that strictly tests for harmful VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions. They use currently published scientific standards in their testing to determine if the product in question is giving off unsafe levels of gasses into your home. However, they only test off-gassing and do not cover possible inclusion of other, non-gaseous chemicals, including heavy metals such as lead and mercury.

An OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification is a third-party certification (yay, no biases!) that shows the materials a product is made from have passed tests for both low VOCs and have no harmful amounts of chemicals associated with damaging impacts for humans (like heavy metals and banned substances such as formaldehyde). They follow the most strict global guidelines for harmful substance levels and even test for numerous harmful chemicals that aren't yet regulated. In terms of your safety, this is the best certification out there.

However, it's important to note that neither of these certifications say anything about how the product was created and what effects the entire supply chain may have on the environment. For a complete breakdown of the many different certifications products like these may carry, read our article on Certifications, Labels, and Greenwashing.

Though most models we tested offer similar size options, the LINENSPA 5-Sided not only comes in a wide variety of sizes, but the company also offers pillow protectors, encasements, pads, box spring protectors, mattress storage bags, and numerous non-waterproof mattress pads with quilted tops, gel tops, and more. In addition to the encasement and bamboo options we tested, PlushDeluxe also offers regular mattress protectors, pillow protectors, and bamboo pillow protectors, and can be purchased as small as mini-crib sized. The zippered encasement we tested also comes in two different thicknesses to better fit your specific mattress.

The Priva pads offer the flexibility to come with you when you travel  handily protecting hotel beds from accidents.
The Priva pads offer the flexibility to come with you when you travel, handily protecting hotel beds from accidents.

Utopia Bedding also offers plenty of options for sizes and styles of coverings. We're not sure if their other products offer better protection than the two we tested though. The SafeRest protector can be acquired in regular mattress sizes as well. Additionally, they make a bamboo version, bed bug encasements, box spring covers, regular mattress pads, and crib-sized options.

Whether you need protection from allergens or from your coffee habit  we've found the perfect protector for your mattress.
Whether you need protection from allergens or from your coffee habit, we've found the perfect protector for your mattress.

Conclusion


There are more reasons to use a mattress protector than there are against. And though they may all start to sound the same, we went through all the ways to test these covers side by side to help you find the one that will meet your needs. No matter if you're keeping dust mites at bay or caring for an elderly family member, there's a mattress protector out there for you.

Maggie Brandenburg