Here at Two Moms Review we are mattress protector advocates. People don’t really think enough about mattress protectors enough, but they’re one of those things that you should get any time you buy a mattress. It keeps you protected – sort of like buying a bike helmet if you own a bike. Anytime you clean a mattress or have concerns about its cleanliness you should get a mattress protector. Before you even sleep on your mattress you should cover it. After you clean a mattress you should cover it with a mattress protector.
It seems a shame to spend a lot of money on your brand new mattress and then leave it unprotected, especially if you have children or pets sleeping with you. You’ve got urine, and vomit, pee, blood, hair, sweat and all of that going on. The second something like these things hit your mattress, bacteria starts coming in and your mattress starts breaking down. It won’t last as long. It could develop smells.
You can’t throw your mattress into the washer, pull it out again and hang it up to dry. You can do that with a mattress protector.
Best Mattress Protector
Malouf makes the Sleep Tite line of mattress protectors. All are waterproof and come with a 15 year warranty. So they will likely outlive your mattress and you can use them on your next one.
So what is the best mattress protector? That’s the question we had when we visited one of the top mattress protector brands – Malouf. It’s the brand you’ll see at retail mattress stores and that gets consistently high ratings on Amazon.
A mattress protector is like a fitted sheet and should have these qualities:
- Keeps the original feel of the mattress
- Doesn’t build up heat and make your mattress sleep hotter
- Make noise when you move like a shower curtain or stiff plastic might – you should not even know it’s there
Spills will stay on top of the mattress where they can be wiped off, will be absorbed into the bedding or your PJs and washed off. If you want something that protects sheets, try their sheet protectors which actually absorb and hold liquid.
We want to talk about the good, better and best mattress protectors. We’ll start with our 3rd pick and move to the top one.
Top Pick #1: The Basic Bestseller T0p Only Waterproof Mattress Protector
This is the best seller, a lot of people get this. smooth top
- Attractive entry level price point.
- Protects the top only. It will not protect the sides.
- Breathable fabric, it won’t keep you hot at night or change the feel of your mattress but it will protect from spills on the top.
It has one sided protection. It does have sides, but they are not waterproof, just the very top is waterproof. It fits onto your mattress just like a fitted sheet, so it’s easy to get on and off.
Verdict: It’s better than nothing and does a great job at protecting the top of your mattress. If you’re pretty clean, never eat in bed and don’t need anything else, this mattress protector is a great buy.Click here to see this on Amazon –> SLEEP TITE PR1ME Smooth 100% Waterproof Hypoallergenic Mattress Protector with 15-year Warranty – Queen Size
Top Pick #2 All Sides Waterproof Protection
This is the five sided mattress protector from Malouf. It’s like our previous one except better – it covers the top of your mattress AND all sides. The front and the sides are all waterproof, in case a spill or a child wets the bed and it goes onto the sides. If you spill something and it runs off the edge of the bed, you’re covered. This is a solid mattress protector and we recommend it if your bed gets a lot of crumbs or is full of people or pets.
This one also has elastic and is fitted like a sheet. It covers all 4 sides of your bed plus the top – hence it’s called a 5-sided mattress protector.
Verdict: This mattress protector covers all 5 sides and is ideal if you want more coverage but aren’t worried about bed bugs or dust mites. This would be ideal for putting on after you cleaned pee out of a mattress. Click here to read our post for a simple effective way to get pee out of a mattress.
Click here to see this on Amazon –> SLEEP TITE 5 Sided 100% Waterproof Hypoallergenic Mattress Protector with 15-year Warranty – Queen Size
Need a new mattress? Check out our Nectar Mattress Review.
Top Pick #3 Bed Bug Resistant Mattress Protector
All Sides Covered and Encased Mattress Protector with Zipper
This mattress protector covers the entire mattress, even underneath. It’s not only waterproof but it keeps out dust mites. If you’re in an area where bedbugs are a concern or if you don’t want to take the chance of one grabbing hold of your luggage and coming home with you, this mattress protector is the best choice.
It’s an encasement protector so, this zips on and off and it’s all encased completely so nothing can get through at all. This is good if you are worried about bed bugs or anything like that, or if you’re just a really OCD person, like some of us are. It will protect you really well.
All of these Malouf mattress protectors comes in standard sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King. It zips on and off so the bottom stays on your bed, you unzip the top and wash it.
They are universal fit to accommodate all heights of mattresses (6″-22″ depths). The protectors are machine washable but you must dry them on low heat or you’ll ruin the protective fabric. We recommend you air dry your mattress protector.
Verdict: This mattress protector covers all 5 sides and is ideal if you want more coverage but aren’t worried about bed bugs or dust mites. This would be ideal for putting on after you cleaned pee out of a mattress. Click here to read our post for a simple effective way to get pee out of a mattress.Click here to see this on Amazon –> SLEEP TITE ENCASE OMNIPHASE Bed Bug Proof Waterproof Temperature Regulating Mattress Protector – Split Queen
Mattress Protectors on Amazon
Here are mattress protectors on Amazon. Click on the photo to go see the reviews:
SLEEP TITE PR1ME Smooth 100% Waterproof Hypoallergenic Mattress Protector with 15-year Warranty – Queen SizeSLEEP TITE Five Sided Mattress Protector – 100% Waterproof on Top and Sides – QueenSLEEP TITE ENCASE OMNIPHASE Bed Bug Proof Waterproof Temperature Regulating Mattress Protector – King
In addition to mattress protectors, Malouf has mattress bags. Why would you need one?
- Ideal for storing your mattress or for a move – they will keep your mattress clean.
- Sealable and heavy duty so they won’t tear.
- Use to seal and safely contain and dispose of a bed with bed bugs or mold.
- Large enough to fit deep mattresses.
MALOUF Seal Tite Heavy-Duty Sealable 76
Cheap Mattress Protector
If budget is a concern, Amazon’s brand is a good choice. They are under $20 for all sizes and gets good (not great) reviews.
- Comes in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and Cal King sizes.
- Fits mattresses up to 18 inches deep.
- Good choice for a sofa bed but we can’t recommend it for kids or a bed that needs to be waterproof. Though it claims to be waterproof, many report that it isn’t.
- Good to prevent crumbs from getting on mattress, to help keep it clean.
- No zipper.
Mattress Protector Review Video
Here’s our video on YouTube so you can see each one of these mattress protectors.
There you have it – our top mattress protector picks. What is yours?