The Best Waterproof Mattress Protector Options for Your Bed
From time to time mattresses get damp, whether it’s urine, sweat, leaking baby bottles or drinks before bed. The best way to keep them dry is to invest in a waterproof mattress protector. This mattress cover can be removed and washed if necessary, keeping your mattress fresh, clean and dry.
Before you buy your waterproof mattress protector, there are a few decisions you need to make first. Would you like a waterproof mattress protector that is also hypoallergenic? Is the item you are considering available in the right size for your bed? The materials and test methods used in the manufacture of the products are also important to consider. Below are our picks for the best waterproof mattress covers and our assessments of why they stand out from the competition.
- BEST OVERALL: SafeRest Premium waterproof mattress protector
- BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: Vekkia organic mattress protector
- BEST UPGRADE: Whisper Organics, 100% organic mattress protectors
- BEST ATTACHED: Utopia Bedding mattress with zipper
- BEST BREATHABILITY: PlushDeluxe Premium bamboo mattress protector
- ALSO CONSIDER: Sumitu 100% Egyptian cotton waterproof protection
What to consider when choosing the best waterproof mattress protector?
Before you start shopping, decide how much of your mattress you want to waterproof. There are several types of waterproof mattress protectors and the item’s packaging should indicate how much the mattress will protect. There are three common types of waterproof mattress protectors: top, five-side, and wrap.
- With Top protectorsAs the most common type, the top of the mattress is the only part that is really protected from water and other liquids.
- Five-sided protectors are the next step in protecting your mattress from spills and sweat. These cover the top of the mattress and all four sides. Both the top and five-sided protectors fit on a mattress similar to a mattress pad or a fitted sheet.
- Wrappings Zip all around to protect the entire mattress – top, bottom and on all four sides – and therefore ideal for keeping various allergens and bugs as well as liquids away from your sleeping area. The only real downside to wrappers is that it takes some effort to get one onto a mattress. You need to lift the mattress off the frame to enclose it.
First, consider how much protection each family member needs to determine the best waterproof mattress covers for the beds in your home.
Material & fabrics
If you are looking to buy a waterproof mattress protector, try to find a non-vinyl model. The ones made without vinyl are more breathable and don’t rustle loudly when you roll over in bed. Many of the better waterproof mattress covers on the market are also hypoallergenic. Some even keep bed bugs and dust mites off your mattress.
The best mattress protectors are made from organic cotton or wool, and there are also quality protectors made from rayon, bamboo and polyester. If you think you may need to wash it frequently, make sure it is well made and machine washable.
Size & fit
In the US, mattress sizes are standard so you have an easy starting point for measuring your mattress protector. Measure the depth of your mattress (or “pocket”) carefully to find the right mattress protector.
When choosing your mattress protector, make sure that it is big enough to cover your entire mattress. If it’s not big enough, you’ll be making and remodeling your bed often as the mattress protector fits too tight and doesn’t catch the corners well enough to keep tucked away over time. Also, remember to read the protector’s washing instructions before throwing it in the washing machine. You don’t want to use the wrong wash setting and turn your queen mattress cover into a twin size mattress cover after washing.
Our top picks
Now that you know a little about waterproof mattress protectors and why they’re useful, it’s time to go shopping. Our guide offers recommendations for the best waterproof mattress protectors regardless of your budget or bed size.
The SafeRest Premium Waterproof Mattress Protector is available in six sizes (Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King and California King) and has a super soft, high-quality cotton terry material on the surface and a waterproof, breathable, hypoallergenic membrane coating underneath. The membrane is vinyl-free, PVC-free, phthalate-free and has not been treated with flame retardants.
This top protector offers protection against asthma, allergies, eczema, sweat, dust mites, liquids and much more. The SafeRest protector is registered with the FDA as a class 1 medical device. Quarterly washing is recommended to keep it in top condition.
The mattress protector from Vekkia is covered with organic cotton terrycloth. This protector offers great breathability, great water resistance, and is machine washable and dryable so you won’t be too bothered if you spill a cup of coffee while sitting on it. This top protector is vinyl-free, PVC-free, phthalate-free, latex-free and hypoallergenic. It’s safe enough to be used by babies and toddlers, making it ideal for use during the potty years.
The only possible downside to Vekkia’s mattress protector is that you may feel warm on the bed with this protector. When you have a hot sleep, you may want to lose a blanket or two. It is available in six standard mattress sizes.
Made from certified organic cotton, grown without pesticides or herbicides and dyed without harmful chemicals, Whisper Organics’ luscious mattress protector offers plastic-free, hypoallergenic comfort. You may well be surprised by the softness. This top protector also has a cooling quality so you stay comfortable no matter how warm or cold it is outside.
We like the eco-friendliness of this protector, its natural ivory hue, and the fact that its pockets are 17 inches deep. Since it doesn’t contain any synthetic materials, it’s not entirely 100 percent waterproof. Available in Twin, Twin XL, Queen, King, California King.
The waterproof mattress protector from Utopia Bedding is easy to wash and tumble dry. It’s remarkably stretchy and repels dust mites and bed bugs. The back is silent, breathable and impermeable, but allows a healthy flow of air. The micro-zip of this cover, which keeps even tiny bugs away, protects the entire mattress on all sides, below and above.
We think it’s good that the mattress cover from Utopia complies with the safety and environmental standards of OEKO-TEX, so that you know that you are sleeping on a safe surface. To ensure that the mattress is always protected, you can buy two protectors per mattress so that one can be used while the other is in the wash.
The 100 percent waterproof PlushDeluxe premium bamboo mattress protection is free from vinyl, PVC and phthalates. It is remarkably soft and not only protects against liquids, but also against dust mites and dirt. Because it’s hypoallergenic, it’s a great option for people with eczema, allergies, asthma, or other environmental sensitivities.
We love that this top guard is moisture wicking and promotes airflow so you are unlikely to overheat on your bed.
The five-sided waterproof mattress protector from Sumitu has a luxurious top made of 100 percent Egyptian cotton. This soft, vinyl-free protector is at least 50 percent more breathable than other brands and durable enough to withstand numerous laundries.
Using special processes, Sumitu protectors are brought so far that they no longer shrink or shrink and flake off. You can look forward to the fact that there is no (or very little) audible sound when the sleepers are turned over, and there is virtually no chemical odor when the package is opened. If you notice an odor, hang this mattress cover in a well-ventilated place for a day or two to help it dissolve. It fits mattresses up to 18 cm deep.
FAQs about your new waterproof mattress protector
If you are new to waterproof mattress protectors and you still have questions, don’t worry. Here you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about waterproof mattress covers and their care.
How do you wash a waterproof mattress protector?
Most should be washed on a gentle cycle with a mild, bleach-free detergent in cold water. Do not dry clean. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions on your product for details.
How do you dry a waterproof mattress protector?
Tumble dry your mattress protector on low heat. Don’t iron it.
How often should you wash a waterproof mattress protector?
Wash your waterproof mattress protector every two to four weeks to avoid bacteria, allergens and dirt build-up.