The best mattress protectors: keep your bed feeling fresh

Sport-inspired fibres, ethical producers, subtle waterproofing – there’s a lot more to mattress protectors than you might think

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Car insurance is a given, so is contents, but when it comes to protecting our investments it can be easy to forget about the smaller stuff. Mattresses can cost anywhere from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand, and if you want it to last you as long as the manufacturers promise it will, you’ll probably want to take a look at the best mattress protectors money can buy.

As well as shielding against stains, mattress protectors serve an important purpose as dust mite defense and as an extra padded layer for cushiony comfort. Depending on the one you buy, you also might be treated to a layer of waterproofing, ideal for keeping any potentially damaging liquids away from your prized sleeping platform and keeping you, or the intended recipient, dry and comfortable too.

If you suffer from allergies, look to the White Company Luxury Anti-Allergy Mattress Protector for relief; if you tend to get a bit sticky during the night, give the Snuggledown Proactiv Mattress Protector with its absorbent Tencel fibres a go. For everything else, keep reading below.

The best mattress protector

1. Tempur Fit Mattress Protector

Don’t lose your Tempur, protect it with this deep-sided, cleverly waterproofed cover

Specifications
Best for: All-round
Size: Small single, single, double, king, super king
Material: Tencel, polyurethane
Quilted?: No
Waterproof?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Breathable, absorbent Tencel+Waterproofing without discomfort

The words “waterproof mattress protector” might summon up images of crinkly plastic sheets, but this breathable cotton mattress cover puts paid to that idea straight away. Rather than employing a sweaty plastic layer to deal with spills and leaks, it uses a smart polyurethane membrane in conjunction with a breathable, absorbent Tencel surface layer to keep things dry, comfortable and undamaged. Ideal for use with Tempur memory foam mattresses, it has deep sides to cover all mattress thicknesses – and eventualities.

The White Company Luxury Anti-Allergy Mattress Protector

2. The White Company Luxury Anti-Allergy Mattress Protector

A hypoallergenic mattress protector to keep dust mites at bay, from your littlest lord or lady to the master bedroom

Specifications
Best for: Allergies
Size: Cot, single, double, king, super king, emperor
Material: Cotton
Quilted?: No
Waterproof?: No
Reasons to buy
+Great for allergy sufferers+Sizes from cot to emperor

A clinically useful mattress protector doesn’t always have to look like one. This geometric quilted mattress protector from The White Company wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury hotel, so if you’re big on Insta-ready roomscapes, but not so big on bed bugs, you might want to take a look at something like this. The pure cotton mattress cover is filled with plush layers for comfort, and finished off with a hygiene treatment to stop dust mites and bacteria from settling, making it our best mattress protector for allergy sufferers.

Snuggledown Proactiv Mattress Protector

3. Snuggledown Proactiv Mattress Protector

Sporty materials work wonders in this snooze-ready and surprisingly snuggly protector

Specifications
Best for: Regulating temperature
Size: Single, double, king, super king
Material: Polyester, Tencel
Quilted?: No
Waterproof?: No
Reasons to buy
+Breathable and wicking fibres+Ethical and eco-friendly production

Who knew you could put sports-inspired materials and technology to work even while you’re sleeping? Snuggledown did, and thus this high-tech mattress protector was born. Naturally sourced and super-absorbent Tencel fibres are combined with micro polyesters (whatever those are) to wick away moisture for a non-sticky sleep, even on balmy nights. Plus, responsible sourcing, lower-waste production, and UK manufacturing to reduce this sheet’s carbon footprint mean you can rest easy in more ways than one.

Terry Cotton Waterproof Mattress Protector

4. Terry Cotton Waterproof Mattress Protector

Traditional terry is comfortable as can be, and the waterproofing is a great bonus

Specifications
Best for: Comfortable waterproof
Size: Single, double, king, super king
Material: Cotton, polyester
Quilted?: No
Waterproof?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Washes and keeps beautifully+Thick and soft

Good old M&S can always be trusted to come up trumps when it comes to bedding, and this mattress protector, according to its many fans, is no exception. It can be tumble-dried on low and users found it laundered well, staying soft but strong through multiple washes – especially good to know should any accidents arise. The fibre filling makes it surprisingly lofty and pleasingly plush, and the cotton rich cover is intended to be soft and breathable next to the skin while the waterproof layer does its thing.

John Lewis Specialist Quilted Mattress Protector

5. John Lewis Specialist Quilted Mattress Protector

The name might say specialist, but with comfortable leak-proofing and deep sides, we’d say its skills are pretty varied

Specifications
Best for: Deep mattresses
Size: Single, double, king, super king
Material: Polyester, cotton, polyurethane
Quilted?: Yes
Waterproof?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Low-key, effective waterproofing+Very comfortable

This quilted mattress cover has the benefit of being waterproof with none of the squeaking or crinkling you might expect – reviewers say you’d never know it was a waterproof cover, and that while it’s held up well to complete soakings, it offers a superbly comfortable sleeping experience too. How? Magic, we suspect, but with the sheer volume of rave reviews we’re not going to question it. How it differs from our previous pick, though, is in its dimensions, as this one is recommended for very thick, deep-sided mattresses that are often stumped by regular bedding.