We get a lot of reader questions here at SleepZoo, which we happily answer. Some common questions we get concern mattress protectors – questions like what is mattress protector, or why use a mattress protector? In this guide, we will answer these common questions, and explain why we believe that everyone with a decent mattress should have a mattress protector.

 

What is a Mattress Protector?

A mattress protector is a thin, waterproof bedding accessory that is placed on top of your mattress, underneath your sheets. It is typically made of a durable blend of plastics and fabrics, which allow it to be waterproof while retaining comfort.

As the name suggests, mattress protectors are designed to protect your mattress from spills, stains, sweat, odors, bacteria, dust, dust mites, allergens, and more. By providing a durable, leak-proof layer between you and your mattress, they keep your investment safe by improving the cleanliness of your bed.

A mattress protector is different than a mattress pad. If you’re looking for something to help boost the comfort of your bed, you’re better off going with a mattress pad over a mattress protector.

 

Why Use a Mattress Protector?

In short: if you care about your mattress, there’s no reason NOT to use a mattress protector. A good protector costs very little compared to the cost of the mattress itself, and can extend its life significantly. Plus, when you have that protective layer, you don’t have to worry about accidental spills, your child’s accidents, pet stains, etc.

We recommend that just about everybody should have a mattress protector. If any of the factors listed below apply to you, then you absolutely should get one:

If you have kids, you should add a mattress protector to their beds. This will protect against urine stains, spills, dirt, etc. and also keep your child healthier by blocking bacteria and allergen buildup on the mattress.

If you have a nice mattress, you should protect your investment by getting a good protector. Think of it like car insurance for your new car – except, it’s much cheaper, and is just a one-time cost instead of a monthly expenditure!

If you have allergies, adding a protective layer to your mattress can work wonders. After all, you can wash your sheets weekly as recommended, but allergens will still make their way down to your mattress. And since it’s difficult to clean your mattress, those allergens will likely build up and stay there.

If you like things clean, a mattress protector provides significant peace of mind. Did you know that most of us sweat in our sleep, without even realizing it? And that’s not to mention the odors, dust, dust mites, pet hairs, dandruff and more that can build up over time!

 

What’s a Good Mattress Protector to Buy?

What is a mattress protector that is worth its price? Since we often get readers looking for recommendations, we put together a list of the best mattress protectors on the market. Choose a product off that list, and protect your mattress today!

Austin Meadows

Austin Meadows is a freelance writer, CPAP user, and self-proclaimed sleep enthusiast from the Seattle area. When he's not writing or researching about sleep science, you can find him snowboarding, cooking or traveling the world. Contact him at [email protected]

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