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.


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.


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.


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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Better Homes and Gardens
$17.70 $17.51

Better Homes and Gardens Comfort and Support Quilted Mattress Pad, Multiple Sizes:Twin: 38" x 75"Full: 53" x 75"Queen: 60" x 80"30...0 thread count100% polyesterPolyester fiberComfort mattress pad features easy care and is machine washableMicrofiber top clothHypo-allergenic fiber for allergy sufferersStain release for easy carePolyester mattress pad is available in sizes twin, full, queen or king read more

Pine Cone Hill
$172.00 $129.00

Down-alternative mattress pad features a polyester fill with quilted Tencel lyocell top. Bottom layer is polyester. 54 x 75. wash. Made in the USA. read more

$43.72 $31.99

The Serta Perfect Sleeper Overfilled Smart Defense Mattress Pad has a soft cotton cover with anti-microbial polyester fiber fill, ...which keeps your pad fresh. The dense fill provides comfort, and the stretch skirting ensures that the pad fits snugly on... read more

$99.99 $49.46

Slip into warmth and comfort every night with the Sunbeam Thermofine Non-Woven electric heated mattress pad. Full Size (54 in x 75... in), with single heating control, fits mattresses up to 16 inches deep. You can even save up to 10 percent a year on your... read more

$134.99 $69.90

Enjoy a warm night's sleep with the Sunbeam Quilted electric heated mattress pad. Personalized warmth and quilted comfort combine deliver a relaxing sleep experience. Fits mattresses up to 18 inches deep. Soft touch 100% polyester fabric. You can... read more

$182.99 $109.95

Warmth and relaxation await you with the Sunbeam CC7 Premium Luxury Quilted Mattress Pad in California King. A decorative quilt de...sign paired with digital control, 10 personalized heat settings, 10 hour auto-off and preheat features provides... read more

Home Fashions
$119.99 $44.99

HFAS1167 Features Sherpa two-in-one reversible mattress pad Material: 100pct Polyester Plush Sherpa side is warm and cozy for the ...winter Breathable seersucker microfiber side keeps you cool and dry during the summer 220 GSM polyester fill for the... read more

Home Fashion Designs
$79.99 $32.99

Wouldn’t you love to start each day feeling well rested and refreshed? The Cassidy Collection Premium Comfort Hypoallergenic Fitte...d Mattress Pad instantly makes any mattress more comfortable so you can get the good night’s sleep you deserve. It also... read more

Rio Home
$30.21 $27.60

The Dream Cloud Microplush Mattress Pad can provide you with extra comfort so that you can get a good night's sleep. This polyeste...r mattress pad features overfilled polyester fiber fill with a microfiber bottom that will give your mattress extra... read more

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