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Mattress Covers & Pads Buying Guide

Buying a mattress is no minor purchase. Costing from a couple hundred to several thousand dollars, a mattress serves as an important component in your bedroom and it directly affects your sleep and your health. Unlike a fitted sheet, a comforter, or other bedding items, the mattress cover or pad contributes to the longevity of the mattress and it adds to your sleeping comfort as well. 

Types of Mattress Pads & Covers

Types of Mattress Pads & Covers

By defining types of mattress covers and pads, we’ll help you shop efficiently. A quick review of product descriptions and photos will help you choose the cover or pad you need.

Covers

Mattress cover is a loose term that applies to any number of fitted plush covers that reach edge to edge on a mattress and extend down its sides. Some covers encase the entire mattress, much like a pillowcase. Covers come with different features, including memory foam, quilted batting, or even heating or cooling pads to be felt and enjoyed by the sleeper. Primarily, a mattress cover offers a protective layer to the mattress’s fabric upholstery, shielding it from stains and wear and tear. Secondarily, the cover cushions the sleeper from the bumpy mattress quilting and hard welted edges.

Barriers

Barrier mattress covers encase the mattress and zip-closed to prevent liquids or pests from passing through. A plastic barrier cover, for example, protects a mattress when a child is being potty-trained. Bed-bug barriers, required in many hotels and apartments, prevent bed bugs from harboring in the mattress. Hypoallergenic covers keep common allergens, such as dust mites, from collecting in the mattress and irritating the sleeper.

Toppers

Rather than extending down the sides of a mattress like a fitted sheet, a mattress topper or pad resides only on the surface of the mattress. Stretchy straps hold it in place at the mattress corners. A topper protects the mattress top and cushions the sleeper from the taut mattress upholstery.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Basic mattress covers can be quite inexpensive, but take time to survey the extra features offered by some covers. A cover that boosts the feel of your mattress and preserves it is a wise purchase, particularly if you remedy health concerns or fix a problem with your mattress without having to replace it.

Health Concerns

People who have allergic reactions to dust mites fight multiple battles in the bedroom, where soft fabrics, rugs, and bedding provide welcoming homes to the microscopic irritants. By encasing your mattress (and your box spring as well) in a hypoallergenic cover, you win on one front. Mattress covers that eliminate homes for bed bugs also put your mind and body at ease. Additionally, people who spend a great deal of time in bed, who are prone to bed sores, or who have fragile skin benefit from the cushion provided by a mattress cover.

Sleep Comfort

A mattress cover or pad can be the first step in getting a good night’s sleep. If you often get overheated, look for a cover with a cooling pad or breathable material. If you get too cold at night, some mattress covers come with warming components similar to electric blankets. If you like pillow-top comfort but own a standard mattress, you can add the extra layer with a mattress cover. And for light sleepers, memory foam toppers help muffle the extra movements of a restless partner.

Problem Fixes

Mattresses simply wear out over time. Bearing the weight of sleeping bodies every night, they begin to sag in one or more channels. If not turned regularly, mattresses also develop low spots and slants. Some older mattresses pick up odors. If replacing a mattress is not in your budget or rental agreement, look for a mattress cover or pad to remedy the problem. An encasing plastic cover blocks odors. Foam toppers camouflage low spots. And a cover with firm support as well as loft helps fill in sagging channels.

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Slumber Solutions
$129.99-$159.99 $235.00-$295.00
at Overstock.com

The Slumber Solutions Collection 3.5-inch Memory Foam Mattress Topper Features a unique two-piece construction to include a luxuri...ous 2-inch layer of responsive Memory Foam designed to support your body and eliminate pressure points and a 1.5-inch overlay of blended gel fiberfill offers unprecedented individual comfort with enhanced therapeutic support for your entire body. Type: Memory foam Measures 3.5 inches thick, 2 inches of memory foam plus 1.5 inch fiber filled cover Density: 3 pounds Temperature-sensitive memory foam provides the ultimate in comfort Fiberfill provides down-like comfort Gently cradles your body to provide a restful nights sleep Fiber cover offers 3-inch gusset with a stretch-to-fit 17-inch contour skirt Cover thread count: 220 Meets all flammability standards Care instructions: Spot clean Dimensions Twin: 37 inches wide x 73 inches long Full: 52 inches wide x 73 inches long Queen: 58 inches x 78 inches King: 75 inches x 78 inches California king: 70 inches x 82 inches Memory Foam Dos and Donts: To maximize expansion, remove from packaging within 72 hours of receipt. Product arrives tightly packed. Please unwrap and allow 48 hours for product to return to original shape. Being sealed in plastic packaging sometimes traps odors. Air a few hours to remove odor. Due to machine cutting manufacturing processes, there may be slight variances in the dimensions of this product. Due to the nature of Memory Foam the firmness level of each item is unique. Topper dimensions may be slightly smaller than your mattress dimensions. Size has been designed to allow you to easily secure your fitted sheet over your new memory foam topper. read more

Slumber Solutions 3.5-inch Memory Foam and Fiber Mattress Topper
Simmons
$53.99-$89.99 $120.00-$220.00
at Overstock.com

Comfortpedic Loft from Beautyrest Big Bump means big comfort. The sculpted foam design provides support and additional air flow fo...r improved comfort. Memory foam is designed to reduce motion transfer and distribute weight evenly to help relieve stress points and muscle tension. Measures 3 inches thick Density: 3lbs Twin: 37 inches wide x 73 inches long Full: 52 inches wide x 73 inches long Queen: 58 inches wide x 78 inches long King: 75 inches wide x 78 inches long Cal King: 70 inches wide x 82 inches long Originally designed for NASA, this space age foam cradles your body, reducing pressure points that cause tossing and turning Eliminates motion transfer and uncomfortable pressure points Disperses your weight evenly Helps rejuvenate tired muscles and eases back pain Meets all flammability standards Memory Foam Tips: To maximize memory foam expansion; remove from packaging within 72 hours of receipt. This product arrives very tightly packed. Please unwrap and allow 48 hours for this product to return to its original shape. Being sealed in plastic packaging sometimes traps odors. A few hours of airing usually removes the odor. Due to machine cutting manufacturing processes, there may be slight variances in the dimensions of this product. Due to the nature of Memory Foam the firmness level of every item is unique. Topper dimensions may be slightly smaller than your mattress dimensions. Size has been designed to allow you to easily secure your fitted sheet over your new memory foam topper. read more

Beautyrest Big Bump 3-inch Convoluted Memory Foam Topper
Splendorest
$69.99-$119.99 $94.59-$172.49
at Overstock.com

The Splendorest 3-inch slab memory foam topper is a great way to rejuvenate an existing mattress. The 3-inch slab memory foam topp...er adds new life by providing head-to-toe support for total comfort and restful sleep. Materials: Visco elastic memory foam Mattress measurement: 3 inches thick Density: 2.5 pound density Cover: Not included Care instructions: Spot clean Memory foam resistant to dust mites and naturally antimicrobial Originally designed for NASA, this space age foam cradles the body, reducing pressure points that cause tossing and turning Temperature sensitive foam adjusts to body temperature Improves circulation Disperses weight evenly Meets all flammability standards Dimensions: Twin: 34 inches wide x 72 inches long x 3 inches thick Full: 50 inches wide x 72 inches long x 3 inches thick Queen: 56 inches wide x 76 inches long x 3 inches thick King: 74 inches wide x 76 inches long x 3 inches thick Memory Foam Tips: Remove from packaging within 72 hours of receipt to maximize memory foam expansion. This product arrives very tightly packed. Unwrap and allow 48 hours for this product to return to its original shape. Being sealed in plastic packaging sometimes traps odors. After unwrapping, allow product to air for a few hours. Due to machine-cutting manufacturing processes, there may be slight variances in the dimensions of this product. Due to the nature of Memory Foam the firmness level of every item is unique. Please be advised that even similar products may produce different firmness results. Once opened this product is non-returnable. read more

Splendorest 3-inch Slab Memory Foam Topper
Dream Form
$98.99-$206.77 $249.99-$499.99
at Overstock.com

Dream Form fresh gel memory foam is the first odorless, breathable and plant-based mattress topper. The topper provides the cradli...ng comfort of memory foam and the support of gel, relieving pressure points and neutralizing foam odor. Thickness: 2.5 Density: 3 pounds Cover: Nano-tex Coolest Comfort Cover Cover care instructions: Machine washable Memory foam is resistant to dust mites and is naturally antimicrobial Originally designed for NASA, this space age foam cradles your body, reducing pressure points that cause tossing and turning Temperature sensitive foam adjusts to your body temperature so you stay warm Improves circulation while reducing pressure points that can disrupt your sleep Meets all flammability standards Dimensions Twin: 2.5 inches high x 38 inches wide x 74 inches long Full: 2.5 inches high x 53 inches wide x 74 inches long Queen: 2.5 inches high x 59 inches wide x 79 inches long King: 2.5 inches high x 75 inches wide x 79 inches long California king: 2.5 inches high x 71 inches wide x 83 inches long Memory Foam Tips: Remove from packaging within 72 hours of receipt to maximize memory foam expansion. This product arrives very tightly packed. Unwrap and allow 48 hours for this product to return to its original shape. Being sealed in plastic packaging sometimes traps odors. After unwrapping, allow product to air for a few hours. Due to machine-cutting manufacturing processes, there may be slight variances in the dimensions of this product. Due to the nature of Memory Foam the firmness level of every item is unique. read more

Dream Form Fresh 2.5-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper with Cover
Boscov's
$14.99 $54.99
at Boscov's

Breathable waterproof mattress pad. Cotton construction and Cotton Terry Top. Hypo Allergenic. Stretch to fit skirt, fits up to 18..." mattress. Machine washable. King size. read more

Serene Dreams Waterproof Mattress Pad - King
Splendorest
$119.99-$169.99 $129.99-$229.99
at Overstock.com

This innovative mattress topper from Splendorest features a 2-inch visco-elastic memory foam base topped with a 2-inch layer of do...wn alternative fibers. This luxurious mattress topper has a 300 thread count cotton cover that can accommodate a 14-inch mattress. Type: Memory foam, Fiber bed Measures 4 inches thick Materials: High density memory foam, polyester fiber, cotton Density: 2.5 pounds Naturally antimicrobial, resistant to dust mites Cradles your body, provides greater support, improves circulation AngelSoft micro-denier down alternative polyester fiber provides cloud-like comfort Gusseted 300 thread count baffle box cotton cover with 14-inch stretch-to-fit skirt Cover care instructions: Machine washable Dimensions: Twin: 39 inches wide x 75 inches long Full: 54 inches wide x 75 inches long Queen: 60 inches wide x 80 inches long King: 76 inches wide x 80 inches long Memory Foam Tips: Remove from packaging within 72 hours of receipt to maximize memory foam expansion. This product arrives very tightly packed. Unwrap and allow 48 hours for this product to return to its original shape. Being sealed in plastic packaging sometimes traps odors. After unwrapping, allow product to air for a few hours. Due to machine-cutting manufacturing processes, there may be slight variances in the dimensions of this product. Due to the nature of Memory Foam the firmness level of every item is unique. Please be advised that even similar products may produce different firmness results Topper dimensions may be slightly smaller than your mattress dimensions. Size has been designed to allow you to easily secure your fitted sheet over your new memory foam topper. Item made in USA, the cover is imported read more

Splendorest Perfect Harmony Down Alternative and Memory Foam Mattress Topper
Boscov's
$29.99 $59.99
at Boscov's

Your prescription for healthy sleep. Orthopedic gel foam topper improves the comfort of any mattress. 5-Zone design for personaliz...ed comfort. Provides more support than memory foam. Relieves pressure points. Breathable and odor neutralized. 1.5" Thick. 100% Polyurethane foam pad. Twin size. read more

Comfort Rx Gel Foam Mattress Topper - Twin
Grand Down
$73.99 $118.40
at Hayneedle

Even the most comfortable mattress can stand to be a little more comfortable. That's where the Mattress Topper Down Alternative - ...White comes in. This plush topper is filled with down alternative and stitched in a baffle box design to prevent shifting, so you'll have the same consistent comfort every night. This mattress topper is also hyperallergenic, and features a smooth microfiber exterior. read more

Grand Down Mattress Topper Down Alternative - White
Waverly
$32.49 $64.99
at Boscov's

Microfiber cover with lofty pillow top and stain release for easy care. Hypoallergenic fill. Expand-A-Grip® 18" skirt. 100% Microf...iber. Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low. read more

Waverly Microfiber Mattress Pad
Home Classics
$249.99 $539.99
at Kohl's

Home Classics breathes new life into each morning. In white.   Get 2 free pillows! Purchase this Home Classics gel memory foam m...attress topper and follow the instructions on the rebate form to receive 2 free memory foam cluster pillows by mail (with payment of shipping and handling). Offer valid on purchases made June 1 - July 31, 2014. View the Home Classics mattress topper rebate here.   Features  76" x 80" Hypoallergenic Fits most mattresses up to 18" deep Construction and Care Cover:  Egyptian cotton, machine wash Topper: viscoelastic foam, spot clean Manufacturer's 5-year limited warranty Imported Memory Foam Tips Remove from packaging within 72 hours Allow 48 hours for this product to return to its original shape After unwrapping, air product for a few hours to eliminate trapped odors Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Home Classics® 3-in. Gel Memory Foam Reversible Mattress Topper - King
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