What to consider when buying a mattress protector
Considering a few simple things will ensure you enjoy using your new mattress protector:
Ensure you understand what type of mattress protector you’re buying. Generally, they fall into 3 categories:
- Fully enclosed – this covers 100% of your mattress, including the bottom. You normally open and close this type with a zip. Best for keeping all dust mites and nasty things out, they can be difficult to put on, especially if you have a large mattress. You normally need a hand to put one of these on.
- Fitted – like a fitted sheet, this protector tucks under your mattress.
- Elasticated strap – this protector lies on top of your mattress. Four elastic straps wrap around the corners. Because it’s only anchored by thin straps, that can lose their elasticity over time and repeated washing, this type of protector can move around your mattress.
For the best results (i.e. keeping your mattress clean and healthy), you’ll need to wash your mattress protector. Look for one that you can machine wash and tumble dry. This will save you time and money on dry cleaner visits.
Take care to follow all care instructions. Too high a heat setting can damage your protector’s waterproof layer.
Some waterproof protectors come with a distinctive crinkling noise. This could be irritating as you sleep, especially if you move around a lot. If you’re after a waterproof protector, look for one that promises no noise.
Not all mattress protectors will fit all mattresses. This is especially true if you have a very deep mattress. Although some of the protectors we reviewed fit up to 55cm, it’s worth double-checking the depth before buying.
If you’re looking for an additional comfort layer, it may be better to choose a mattress topper. A mattress protector is, first and foremost, intended to protect your mattress. If comfort’s important to you, consider a thick quilted mattress protector.
Additionally, be aware that a mattress protector can make you hotter while you sleep. If this would be a problem for you, be sure to choose a protector that is more breathable, and avoid plastic versions.
Look for a good manufacturer’s warranty. This should be at least 10 years. Ensure you read the warranty, register your product and follow the care instructions.