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The Best Mattress Protectors on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the highest-rated mattresses, mattress toppers, Egyptian-cotton sheets, flannel sheets, and the best sheets in all categories, here we’re zeroing in on the best mattress protectors, as reviewed on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best fully encased mattress protectors

Hospitology Products Sleep Defense System - Waterproof/Bed Bug/Dust Mites - Premium Zippered Mattress Encasement & Hypoallergenic Protector - Queen

“I’d struggled with intense allergies for months, not knowing why or where it was coming from. I had my carpets cleaned, my house tested for mold… I just couldn’t breathe easy in my room, and it caused me severe lack of sleep and frustration because my nose would be so congestion constantly, so irritated for months straight. I tried everything. Finally, I made an appointment with my ENT, and we found that my sinuses were in terrible condition. At this point, I had been getting regular nose bleeds due to the irritation. Once I finally got in to see my allergist, we found that I’m highly allergic to dust mites, and ever since I got this mattress cover, I’ve been able to sleep better because I’ve been able to breathe better. Nose bleeds have stopped, and I’m a happy girl. Also, I was worried that my two mattress toppers weren’t going to be able to fit inside the cover, but both of them do!!!! Would absolutely recommend. You won’t regret it!”

SureGuard Mattress Encasement 100% Waterproof, Bed Bug Proof, Hypoallergenic - Queen

“My cat is not the smartest one, and, when stressed by guests or being locked in a room by accident, has a tendency to urinate on a bed. This thing is like a 100% working solution to keep the mattress clean as new. Just throw this thing in the washing machine with the rest of the bedding, and it comes out clean, without smell, and you don’t have to go through a hassle of cleaning your mattress with deep chemicals to get rid of the stain and smell.”

Utopia Bedding Zippered Mattress Encasement - Queen

“My family and I were getting bitten my bedbugs and I wanted to try a cheaper remedy before paying a professional. I purchased this last year for all the mattresses and box springs in my home and since then none of us has gotten a single bite and almost one year later the covers are holding out strong with no rips or holes. Will definitely recommend this product!!!”

AmazonBasics Fully-Encased Waterproof Mattress Protector - Queen

“It’s exactly what I needed! I would have loved to have had one of these before my sister brought my nephew over and let him sleep on a new mattress without a pamper when he wasn’t even potty trained. Everyone should have this. Trying to get spots off of mattresses can be impossible, so I would get this rather than risk letting one get ruined. I love the fact that it is waterproof. I don’t have to worry about spills or spots or anything else. I was skeptical about how well it would fit my queen sized deep mattress, but it slid on like a glove. I did need my husband’s help to get it on, but I think that one person could probably do it. The fabric is good and it doesn’t feel odd when you sleep on it. It doesn’t make you sweat or get hot. It doesn’t feel any worse than a regular mattress pad, but the full enclosure makes it a much better choice. I would recommend this to everyone!”

Linenspa Zippered Encasement Waterproof, Dust Mite Proof, Bed Bug Proof, Hypoallergenic Breathable Mattress Protector - Queen

“I have two fairly new (and expensive) memory foam mattresses that were going to be in storage for approximately six months in uncontrolled climate conditions. I was very worried about moisture, bugs, mildew and odors. I purchased two of these in hopes they would protect the mattresses for the duration. After EIGHT months, the mattresses came out of storage. Because some of the fabric items stored along with the mattresses had a very musty smell, I was concerned the mattresses would have the same odor. However, they were in pristine condition! They had no musty smell, no stains, no bugs and no moisture. I could not be more happy with this product!”

Best fitted-sheet-style mattress protectors

PlushDeluxe Premium 100% Waterproof Mattress Protector - Queen

“The day after I put this on my bed, I had a 20 oz. Mountain Dew Code Red slowly leak on my bed. Before I realized it, more than half was gone. I was dreading to see what my new mattress would look like and how wet it would be, because there was no way the pad prevented all of it from soaking through. I couldn’t believe it when I lifted it and saw that the mattress was completely dry!!! I’ve had other pads that were ‘plastic/vinyl’ and they made noise and made me feel clammy when I lay on them. With this one I don’t even notice it’s there AND it did a SUPER job protecting my mattress. Highly recommend this.”

Red Nomad Bamboo Hypoallergenic Mattress Protector - Queen

“I have a bulldog puppy who, when I miss his number 1 schedule, occasionally likes to whiz on the bed. Maybe his passive-aggressive way of punishing me? Well, this mattress protector was much cheaper than a doggy therapist. Since I got these ten months ago he’s had two such episodes, and the mattress stayed completely dry. I’ve washed them four times in hot water, no fabric softener, and they’ve retained water the ability to protect the mattress. I have ungodly allergies and live in deep southern Georgia, and they seem to have really helped with dust mites as well. I use them with hypoallergenic sheets and bamboo pillow, and the combo has made a noticeable difference. I plan on buying another for the guest bed.”

Masirs Waterproof Bamboo Mattress Protector - Queen

“I’m so happy with this purchase. I needed this to protect my very expensive wool mattress that cannot be washed. When I first removed it I thought it might be worthless because it was so thin. Before even placing it on my bed I did a waterproof test on the corner with a tad of vegetable oil. (If it’s truly waterproof even oil won’t get through.) It held up to my test. It didn’t go through the pad, and neither did water. The material is very soft and no noise whatsoever. It had a slight odor right out of the bag but went away after about 15 minutes. I was worried it might take away some of the comfort I get with my wool mattress but it’s perfect, it actually accentuated it. I would definitely recommend this product.”

SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Vinyl Free Waterproof Mattress Protector - Queen

“My wife went into labor and that labor went very quickly… so quickly that she ended up giving birth on our bed in the presence of EMTs. We then went to the hospital where I stayed overnight with my wife and new baby girl. The next day, once things had calmed down, I went home to clean up before they came home. For those who have witnessed or gone through child birth, you know what a mess I arrived to. For those who haven’t, suffice to say there are many different types of fluids and a lot of them. Let’s just say I was fully expecting to be purchasing a new mattress. To my amazement, once I’d bagged our sheets and this mattress pad, our mattress was perfectly fine. I bought another one immediately and will continue to use this brand as long as it exists. I challenge anyone to put it through a more rigorous test and I’m positive it can stand up to some sweat or your child’s pee in the middle of the night.”

Hypnos Waterproof Mattress Protector - Queen

“THIS COVER WORKS!! I have two toddlers, one who is learning to sleep through the night without a pull-up and, one who regularly makes his way into my bed at night. The cover has now survived two bed-wettings and my new mattress topper is not only dry, but does not smell of urine!! Also, we didn’t catch the accident right away so it’s not time dependent. For those who care beyond this fact, the cover doesn’t feel like plastic and does not make me sweat at night. The top feels more like a terry cloth.”

LUCID Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector - Queen

“I purchased this mattress cover six months ago and after an incident this morning with our new puppy, I felt like I HAD to come back and write this review. I originally bought this because I have very severe allergies to dust and bed mites so I wanted to make sure our new mattress was kept safe for me to sleep in. After the first week of protecting my mattress with this I immediately felt the difference. It kept my new mattress clean and sealed of any allergens and I noticed it as my allergy symptoms began to decrease. Also it claims to keep liquids out and this is a FACT! Our new puppy got a little too excited this morning and made a HUGE puddle of pee right on the bed and when I removed my sheets I was horrified that it might have gone through the cover onto the mattress and once I slipped off this cover to my surprise my mattress was SPOTLESS! I highly recommend this cover to protect your mattress as well as the pillow cases that go with it. So thankful I purchased this!”

Luna Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector - Queen

“We love these mattress protectors and wouldn’t buy any other kind! These have literally saved my kid’s mattresses from the stomach flu, several nighttime accidents during potty training, a sneaky 4-year- old child bringing a glass of water upstairs and into bed with her and the discovery that our oldest daughter has some sort of food allergy to red dye that makes her body reject everything she’s ever eaten. Everything. Everywhere. Suffice it to say, these protect your mattress from pretty much anything!”

Hanna Kay Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector - Queen

“I went way to long (years) using no mattress protector and then a vinyl mattress protector. This terry cloth protector is seriously a sleep changer. I have been sweating puddles in my sleep for years so my wife and I always thought I was just a sweaty guy when I slept. My crappy old vinyl protectors finally shredded to the point of no return so I had to buy new ones. I bought these and I can’t tell you how much better I sleep now. I just figured it would protect the mattress from the sweat stains I cause but no, it actually prevents me from sweating at all. I wish I would’ve bought these sooner. Also, they make very, very little noise. The only thing I can’t verify is whether or not they are waterproof. I haven’t been sweating or spilling things in bed so I can’t say if that claim is true. So happy I bought this. Oh yeah, I have a DEEEEP mattress with an pillow top attached to it and it still fits perfect.”

Coop Home Goods Lulltra Waterproof Mattress Protector - Queen

“We have a foam mattress and wowee this REALLLLY makes it cooler and more comfortable!! I cannot recommend it enough. We have a zero gravity bed frame (so it moves like a hospital bed), and it hasn’t slipped at all - it fits well on the mattress! And it is not noisy like some waterproof mattress covers. It actually feels like a mattress cover that is not waterproof. I have been sweating in my sleep but that has cut down significantly since we put this on.”

Tastelife Waterproof Mattress Pad Protector - Queen

“We have a cat who is extremely high maintenance. If the littler box is the tiniest bit dirty she will not use it. Instead, she likes to use the bed. Have you ever tried to clean cat pee off a mattress before!? If so, I hope you have a comfy couch. By the time you scrub down the mattress and allow it to dry, only to still smell pee and start the process all over again, you’ll wish you bought this mattress cover months ago. Honestly, it has been a life-saver. The waterproof aspect of the cover has been life changing. No more scrubbing down the mattress — just take off the mattress cover and throw it in the washer and dryer and you’re good to go! Couldn’t be happier with this purchase!!!!!!”

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The Best Mattress Protectors on Amazon