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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, 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 ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about lots of mattresses before — including the best mattress toppers, the best mattresses that you can buy online, and best foam mattress toppers — here, we’ve rounded up the best mattress protectors, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon. Each starting price listed is for queen-size mattresses unless otherwise noted, to best represent the range of costs, but there are other sizes available for each mattress protector.

Best-rated mattress protector

SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Vinyl Free Waterproof Mattress Protector - Queen

With over 28,000 five-star reviews, this mattress protector is lauded by thousands for being waterproof. One mom bought this for her son that isn’t quite potty-trained yet, noting, “We have had two incidents of bed wetting since buying and the mattress stayed 100 percent bone dry.” But waterproof doesn’t mean uncomfortable, as one parent, who purchased this for her kids’ beds, occasionally sleeping on it when her “youngest has a nightmare,” explains: “There was no crinkling sound when moving on the bed nor did I feel like I got sweaty as I sleep because of lack of absorption due to the waterproof barrier.” One reviewer recounts a particularly messy incident when his wife went into labor early and had their baby girl in their bed. “For those who have witnessed or gone through childbirth, 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,” he writes, continuing, “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 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.”

Best-rated (less expensive) mattress protector

Linenspa Mattress Protector-100% Waterproof-Hypoallergenic-Top Protection Only

“When they say 100 percent waterproof, they mean it,” says one reviewer of this Linenspa mattress protector, whose two-year-old tested just how waterproof it is. “It passed the test — not a single drop made its way to the mattress.” And while many say this holds up to bed wetting, this also protects your mattress from adult accidents, too. “I got a beautiful new mattress and shortly after purchasing this mattress protector I lost my footing and spilled wine all over my bed,” one reviewer writes. ”I had a total melt down and ripped the sheets off to assess the damage. I forgot I put this protector on and was SO relieved that the wine didn’t even touch my mattress.” Dozens of reviewers agree that this provides great waterproof protection, but thankfully, according to one, without a ‘swishing’ noise or plastic ‘crinkle’ noise when you lay down or roll over.” Another perk is that the protector fits a deep mattress. One user says “the deep pockets stay on my 14-inch mattress with no problem.” And no matter the mess, the protector is good as new after the wash according to this reviewer: “The protector washed up nicely … No piling or anything.”

Best undetectable mattress protector

LUCID Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector - Queen

“I can honestly say this mattress protector has saved my brand-new mattress,” celebrates one customer. One pregnant customer purchased this for peace of mind, because she was afraid of her “water breaking in the middle of the night,” and put it on without telling her husband: “A couple weeks went by and as I got closer to my due date he asked if I was going to order the cover just in case something happens. To which I replied that I already had and we’d been sleeping on it for two weeks already. He hadn’t even noticed.” One reviewer says his head was “spinning” after testing this cover because it’s so great, explaining, “It doesn’t bunch. It makes no sound. It isn’t noticeable in any way whatsoever.” Another mom attests that she didn’t “even notice it under our sheets,” adding, “Our 2-year-old sleeps with us sometimes so we have to have a cover to protect our memory foam mattress just in case. Thank goodness I put this on because the next night she got sick and puked everywhere. This made it a piece of cake to just take sheets off and cover off and put new ones on a clean mattress.”

Best mattress protector for bed bugs

Hospitology Products Sleep Defense System - Queen

Hundreds of satisfied reviewers purchased this mattress protector specifically to protect against bed bugs, and many attest that it works. “I put one of these on my mattress and another on my box spring and went from being eaten alive nightly to zero bites immediately,” celebrates one reviewer. Another highly selective reviewer struggled with bed bugs, writing, “As I read the description, I noticed they said ‘lab tested,’ so I checked out the lab too, which was legit. When they came, they were very soft and the zipper was tiny, that’s a good thing because then the tiniest of bedbugs can’t get through it.” And as this expert concludes, “We run a high-quality pest-control company, and these are the only bed bug covers we resell to our customers because we trust the quality and the pricing is great.”

Best hypoallergenic mattress protector

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

Best encased mattress protector

Utopia Bedding Zippered Mattress Encasement - Queen

Reviewers searching for an encased mattress protector settled on this waterproof option from Utopia. “These encasements are very good quality, they are thick but soft and provide durability. They wash really well, leak proof. My son had a spill and no stain,” raves one customer. Another reviewer had bed bugs years ago, and always covers her mattresses now just in case, noting, “Years ago I brought bed bugs home from a hotel, and I learned then how important it is to protect your own mattress. So when I recently replaced my mattress I got a new encasement and selected this one. I really like the breathable fabric and the Velcro that covers the end of the zipper.” Another reviewer is married to a professional, adding, “My husband is the general manager of a well-known pest control company that treats bed bug infestations and they supply mattress covers (that are NOT cheap and run his company $60+) to their customers after treatments. He was the one who put this cover on our mattress and was very impressed with the quality and price.” One reviewer explains how important mattress protectors are to your health, adding that this encasement version works the best: “The materials seal out dirt and bugs. It’s something like a plastic but feels more like cloth. This is my second one for a second mattress purchase. I highly recommend getting one of these.” Plus, as one sums it up, “I was afraid it would feel like plastic, but it doesn’t.”

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