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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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Hollander Sleep Products, Llc
$72.00 $49.99

Twin price shown. Croscill Luxury Mattress Pad adds extra comfort to your bed. Soft, white, pima cotton mattress pad has 500 threa...ds per square inch and is filled with hypoallergenic Adjustaloft(R) polyester fibers. Nylon Expand-A-Grip(R) supreme skirt... read more

Hollander Sleep Products, Llc
$135.00 $79.99

California King price shown. Supreme Mattress Pad has 200 threads per square inch and 20 oz. high loft fiber fill that is hypoalle...rgenic. Polyester Expand-a-Grip(R) skirt holds pad firmly to a mattress up to 15" deep. White cotton mattress pad has a... read more

Blue Ridge Home Fashion
$115.00 $75.99

King price shown. The Elle(R) Pinstripe Quilted Mattress Pad provides another beautifully comfortable layer to your bedding ensemb...le for that added touch of relaxation. Embellished with a subtle pinstripe design, the white, 1,000 T.C., cotton/polyester... read more

Blue Ridge Home Fashion
$100.00 $65.99

Queen price shown. The Elle(R) Pinstripe Quilted Mattress Pad provides another beautifully comfortable layer to your bedding ensem...ble for that added touch of relaxation. Embellished with a subtle pinstripe design, the white, 1,000 T.C.,... read more

Hollander Sleep Products, Llc
$100.00 $57.99

Full / Double price shown. Supreme Mattress Pad has 200 threads per square inch and 20 oz. high loft fiber fill that is hypoallerg...enic. Polyester Expand-a-Grip(R) skirt holds pad firmly to a mattress up to 15" deep. White cotton mattress pad has a... read more

Hollander Sleep Products, Llc
$80.00 $42.99

Twin price shown. Supreme Mattress Pad has 200 threads per square inch and 20 oz. high loft fiber fill that is hypoallergenic. Pol...yester Expand-a-Grip(R) skirt holds pad firmly to a mattress up to 15" deep. White cotton mattress pad has a polyester... read more

Hollander Sleep Products, Llc
$135.00 $79.99

King price shown. Supreme Mattress Pad has 200 threads per square inch and 20 oz. high loft fiber fill that is hypoallergenic. Pol...yester Expand-a-Grip(R) skirt holds pad firmly to a mattress up to 15" deep. White cotton mattress pad has a polyester... read more

Simmons Beautyrest
$56.99 $48.44

Enjoy a better night's sleep, and ensure that your mattress is protected from stains, water damage and odor-causing bacteria with ...this mattress pad. The mattress pad is waterproof and bacteria-repellent, and it's made of stain release cotton with a... read more

Simmons Beautyrest
$49.99 $42.49

Turn your bedroom into the rejuvenating haven you need with this Beautyrest cotton mattress pad. Featuring a 400-thread count, thi...s hypoallergenic mattress pad lets you easily recover from a busy day. This high-quality mattress pad is antimicrobial,... read more

Croscill
$62.99 $53.54

Get a good night's rest by topping your bed with this Croscill 500 thread count Egyptian cotton mattress pad. The top material is ...soft to the touch with a polyester fill for extra comfort. The side material is made from a poly and spandex blend that is... read more

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