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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
Slumber Solutions
$169.99-$209.99 $330.00-$439.98
at Overstock.com

A unique blend of gel particles infused into memory foam gently conforms to your body for a new level of sumptuous support and pre...ssure-free comfort. This pad is also accompanied with a fine Egyptian cotton cover. Gel infused into foam to prevent shedding Topper sized slightly smaller than mattress to ensure proper fit of sheets Type: Gel Memory foam Mattress topper measures 3 inches thick Materials: Polyurethane foam and gel Density: 4 pounds Helps rejuvenate tired muscles and eases back pain Meets all flammability standards 300 thread count 100-percent Egyptian cotton Cover stretches to fit 17-inch mattress Cover care instructions: Machine wash Dimensions: 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 California king: 70 inches wide x 82 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. read more

Slumber Solutions Gel Memory Foam 3-inch Mattress Topper with Cover
Hollander Sleep Products
$8.47-$15.88 $9.88-$15.88
at Walmart

Mainstays Super Bed Mattress Pad is a super soft pad that contains a polyester fiberfill for softness. This soft mattress pad is e...asy to care for and can extend the life of your current mattress. This durable mattress pad and topper comes with a 13" skirt with easy-fit technology. read more

Mainstays Super Bedsaver Pad
Boscov's
$14.99 $49.99
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. Queen size. read more

Serene Dreams Waterproof Mattress Pad - Queen
Simmons
$54.99-$84.99 $120.00-$220.00
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ComforPedic Loft from Beautyrest revolutionary Memory Foam infused with cool, rejuvenating gel in a dual-sided design provides the... ultimate supportive and comfortable sleep experience. Gel absorbs pressure and channels heat away, preventing excessive heat build-up that causes sleep disturbances. Measures 2 inches thick Density: 3.2 pounds Temperature sensitive foam adjusts to your body temperature Draws uncomfortable warm air away from your body Open nature of textured side provides improved air flow Eliminates motion transfer and uncomfortable pressure points Disperses your weight evenly Helps rejuvenate tired muscles and eases back pain Meets all flammability standards Dimensions: Twin: 38 inches wide x 74 inches long Full: 53 inches wide x 74 inches long Queen: 59 inches wide x 79 inches long King: 75 inches wide x 79 inches long Cal King: 71 inches wide x 83 inches long Memory Foam Dos and Donts: 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 2-inch Sculpted Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper
SensorPEDIC
$89.99 $179.99
at Boscov's

2" Thick sensor memory foam topper with fitted cover. Premium pressure relieving memory foam. Dual comfort convoluted design offer...s 2 comfort options: Firm and Cushion Firm. Zoned topper offers specialized pressure relieving support in key areas: Shoulders, Lower Back, and Hips. Full size. This item requires oversize delivery. Please refer to the Order Summary in the Shipping step at checkout for delivery charge. Please note that all Polyurethane foams are synthetic products made from various petroleum-based components. Therefore, we recommend that upon opening the packaging, you allow the product to air out by itself for at least twenty-four hours before use. read more

Sensorpedic SlumberSupreme Memory Foam Topper-Full
Perfect Fit
$29.99-$49.99 $50.97-$78.97
at Walmart

This luxurious, soft 500-thread-count mattress pad is made with premium Egyptian cotton in an elegant dobby stripe weave and featu...res Clean and Fresh protection. With Clean and Fresh odor eliminator fabric treatment your pad does more than simply resist and repel spills and stains ? it actually eliminates odors from your home like smoke, pets, food, cleaning fluids and more. Clean and Fresh works to completely remove them from the air, leaving your entire bedroom smelling clean and fresh. It doesn't just mask odors ? it eliminates them. read more

Ultrasoft Clean and Fresh 500-Thread-Count Mattress Pad
Perfect Fit
$39.99-$66.99
at Target

Fabric Treatment: QuiltedFiber Content: 100 % CottonFill Material: 100 % Thread Count: 200Weave Type: PlainDimensions: 80.0 " L x ...60.0 " W read more

Magic Loft Mattress Pad
Boscov's
$12.49 $24.99
at Boscov's

Hypo Allergenic 100% Polyester quilted top mattress pad. Micro Cotton feel. Stretch to fit skirt, fits up to 18" mattress. Machine... washable. read more

Serene Dreams Quilted Mattress Pad - Full
Perfect Fit
$32.99-$69.99 $47.97-$88.97
at Walmart

The Ultrasoft Plush Memory Foam Mattress Pad can give your ordinary mattress the feel of a soft, yet supportive memory foam mattre...ss. Memory foam conforms to your body's contours, offering pinpoint support where your body needs it most. The top fabric features super soft plush fabric quilted to a layer of supportive memory foam in a three-inch channel stitch pattern. The poly knit stretch skirt is designed to fit mattresses up to 18 inches. read more

Ultrasoft Plush Memory Foam Mattress Pad, White
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