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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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The Company Store
$262.99 $329.00
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Memory foam mattress topper. Unique mattress topper offers variable support: heavier parts of your body receive additional support.... Exceptional pressure point relief from unique gel particles suspended within the foam. Antimicrobial and hypoallergenic memory foam mattress topper. Green tea additive eliminates odors naturally. 2? memory foam mattress topper. Mattress topper available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king and California king sizes. Spot clean foam; machine wash poly performance cover. USA and imported. Enjoy a blissful night?s sleep night after night with our Blueflex Gel Memory Foam mattress topper. An innovative sleep solution, this 2-inch memory foam mattress topper combines the benefits of ViscoFresh® and Nanogel® technology to relieve pressure points as you sleep. The unique gel particles, suspended within the memory foam, prevent pressure from building in any one area while also providing additional support for heavier parts of your body. The result is consistent head-to-toe comfort and support. You?ll be amazed what a difference a Blueflex Gel memory foam mattress pad can make in the quality of your nights sleep. Wake up feeling energized, refreshed and relaxed. Most importantly, our Blueflex Gel Memory Foam mattress topper prevents the aches and pains associated with sleeping on a too soft, too firm or overall poor quality mattress. The unique gel particles in our Blueflex Gel Memory Foam work wonders to relieve pressure points. Available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king and California king sizes, the memory foam mattress topper is also made with Green tea additives, which helps to eliminate odors naturally. read more

Blueflex Gel Memory Foam Topper
Ralph Lauren
$94.50-$129.50 $135.00-$185.00
at Ralph Lauren

Made in the USA, this soft mattress pad is crafted from a 233-thread-count cotton and features an all-cotton Expand-A-Grip® skirt ...that stretches to fit mattresses up to 20" deep. 100% cotton. Machine washable. Made in the USA. read more

Supreme Cotton Mattress Pad
Ralph Lauren
$87.50-$126.00 $125.00-$180.00
at Ralph Lauren

Filled with comfortable Dream-Loft® fiber, this luxurious mattress pad is made in the USA and features an Expand-A-Grip® skirt tha...t stretches to fit mattresses up to 20" deep. Shell: 100% cotton. Skirt: 100% nylon. Fill: 100% Dream-Loft fiber. Machine washable. Made in the USA. read more

Dream-Loft Mattress Pad
Kohl's
$37.49 $49.99
at Kohl's

Top off your bed with this smart and convenient mattress topper protector. In white. Features 60"W x 80"L x 3"D Fits most mattre...ss toppers up to 4" deep Waterproof Knit fabric Zipper closure Construction and Care Polyester Machine wash Imported Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Waterproof 3-in. Queen Mattress Topper Cover - 60" x 80"
Simmons
$69.99-$129.99
at Walmart

The Beautyrest Heated Mattress Pad has been designed with innovative Secure Comfort technology to help you enjoy a pleasant and re...laxing night's sleep. Stay warm when cold weather puts a chill in the air with a temperature control that can warm your bed up to 80 degrees. This heated mattress pad is available in twin, full, queen, king and California king sizes. Larger sizes come with dual controllers to accommodate co-sleepers. This Beautyrest mattress pad features a 200 thread count and is made of a cotton and polyester blend that makes it soft and durable. It also features an advanced design that helps eliminate electromagnetic field emissions. Soft flexible wires protect sensitive pressure points, and a quilted top helps ensure all-over comfort. This Beautyrest heated mattress pad features a 10-hour automatic shut-off and has five temperature control settings. It also has a fitted skirt that has been designed to provide a secure, non-slip fit. read more

Beautyrest Heated Mattress Pad
Natura
$379.98 $494.00
at Walmart

The Reversible Wool on Top Mattress Pad delivers a cozy, soothing surface for a delicious nights rest- The insulating exposed Natu...raWool layer regulates temperature and controls moisture for a fresh, dry sleep environment- Tame late-night restlessness with the pressure-buffering advantage of a pure and natural woolmattress protector- Features durable elastic corner straps to keep pad secured to the mattress, so you can sleep easy- Fleecy, 1 1/4'' exposed wool pile top, 2-65 lbs cotton fill, unbleached cotton blend backing, elastic corner straps for a secure fit- Length: 16- Width: 23- Height: 23 SKU: NTRA183 SKU: NTRA183 read more

Natura World 441WL4 Reversible Wool on Top Mattress Pad - King
Natura
$299.98 $390.00
at Walmart

The Reversible Wool on Top Mattress Pad delivers a cozy, soothing surface for a delicious nights rest- The insulating exposed Natu...raWool layer regulates temperature and controls moisture for a fresh, dry sleep environment- Tame late-night restlessness with the pressure-buffering advantage of a pure and natural woolmattress protector- Features durable elastic corner straps to keep pad secured to the mattress, so you can sleep easy- Fleecy, 1 1/4'' exposed wool pile top, 2-65 lbs cotton fill, unbleached cotton blend backing, elastic corner straps for a secure fit- Length: 16- Width: 23- Height: 23 SKU: NTRA181 SKU: NTRA181 read more

Natura World 441WL2 Reversible Wool on Top Mattress Pad - Full
Natura
$329.98 $429.00
at Walmart

The Reversible Wool on Top Mattress Pad delivers a cozy, soothing surface for a delicious nights rest- The insulating exposed Natu...raWool layer regulates temperature and controls moisture for a fresh, dry sleep environment- Tame late-night restlessness with the pressure-buffering advantage of a pure and natural woolmattress protector- Features durable elastic corner straps to keep pad secured to the mattress, so you can sleep easy- Fleecy, 1 1/4'' exposed wool pile top, 2-65 lbs cotton fill, unbleached cotton blend backing, elastic corner straps for a secure fit- Length: 16- Width: 23- Height: 23 SKU: NTRA182 SKU: NTRA182 read more

Natura World 441WL3 Reversible Wool on Top Mattress Pad - Queen
Natura
$189.98 $247.00
at Walmart

The Washable Wool-Filled Mattress Pad transforms your mattress into an ultra-cozy, enviro-friendly haven- The plush layer of Natur...a Smart Wash Wool is paired with breathable cotton to provide a cozy barrier between your mattress and sheets- It also buffers sensitive pressure points to eliminate late-night tossing and turning for calmer, more restorative rest- A silky cover soothes skin with the delicate caress of 100% cotton sateen- This washable wool mattress pad stays fresh thanks to easy machine laundering- 2-13 lbs Natura Smart wash wool TM fill, unbleached 100% cotton sateen percale cover- Length: 19- Width: 14- Height: 16 SKU: NTRA147 SKU: NTRA147 read more

Natura World 420102 Washable Wool Fitted Mattress Pad - Full
Perfect Fit
$69.99-$129.99 $77.97-$155.97
at Walmart

From Serta, one of the world's most recognized names in bedding, this waterproof electric warming mattress pad is like having two ...pads in one, offering all of the comfort features of Serta's best pads along with complete waterproof protection. Treated with patented Scotchgard stain repellent and with a special laminate waterproof laminate built in, this Serta Waterproof Warming Mattress Pad is the ideal pad for preventing spills and "nighttime accidents" from ruining one of your most important investments: your mattress. The ultra-thin wires are three times thinner than conventional warming product wires and, as a result, are virtually indiscernible to the touch. read more

Serta Waterproof Warming Mattress Pad, White
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