The 7 Best Mattress Pads to Buy in 2018

Shop for the best mattress pads to keep your bed protected

Considering that we spend one-third of our lives in bed, it’s important to make sure that your bed is incredibly comfortable. Not only do you want to feel snug and sleep well, but you also want to make sure that your mattress is well protected from things like dust, allergens, and liquids. After all, a good mattress can be pricey, so you’ll want to ensure it stays clean and damage-free for its entire lifespan.

A mattress pad will help you with all of the above. It can enhance your sleeping...MORE experience by providing a little extra cushioning and an added layer of protection—one that can be removed and laundered easily.

The first step to choosing your mattress pad is figuring out whether you just need an extra layer or if you require one that does double duty and protects your bed from allergens or accidents (important in any kid’s room). Below, see seven of the best mattress pads available online right now. Whether you’re looking for an inexpensive option or one that will cover all your bases, these are the best options on the market.

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    A number one bestseller in its category, this quilted mattress pad provides cushy comfort and a hypoallergenic fill and is great for allergy sufferers. It has knitted sides that stretch to fit mattresses up to 18 inches deep without worrying about rips or tears. Made of breathable poly-cotton, it’s machine-washable and can go in the dryer as well. The mattress pad is also backed by a 10-year warranty.

    The majority of customers give it five stars for overall quality. One reviewer who suffered from...MORE bad allergies before buying the mattress pad said that since getting this, they haven’t sneezed as much in bed and can breathe better at night. Many say it’s a great value for the price. In terms of critical reviews, one customer said it isn’t as cushioned as they were hoping. So if you’re looking for a mattress pad to add a plush layer to your bed, this might not be the right pick.

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    Understandably, many buyers don’t want to spend a lot on an out-of-sight, out-of-mind product like a mattress pad. The Utopia Bedding Quilted Fitted Mattress Pad proves you don’t have to, but can still get a quality product. It covers the top and sides of mattresses up to 16 inches thick. The top is brushed microfiber, and inside the diamond-stitch quilting is high-loft polyester fiberfill. It’s also hypoallergenic, so allergy sufferers can sleep easy.

    Though some reviewers are disappointed that...MORE it’s not waterproof, most say this Utopia pad provides good bang for their buck and rarely slips once it’s in place thanks to a Smooth Grip Skirt System. They like that it can be machine washed and dried, too – just be sure to follow instructions, which recommend the gentle washing cycle and lowest dryer temperature. The pad is available for all major mattress sizes: twin, extra-long twin, full, queen, king and California king. 

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    If you or your kids have bad allergies, you’ll want a mattress pad that is hypoallergenic, protecting against dust mites and other allergens. You’ll also want to look for one that is vinyl-free (which this one is) since that can cause allergies to flare up as well.

    Available in all sizes from twin to California king, this mattress pad is made from hypoallergenic cotton and has a coating on the back that protects your bed from allergens and liquids. So no need to worry about accidents or spills...MORE from those Saturday morning breakfasts in bed. The sides are connected with an elastic band to be sure the mattress pad stays firmly in place—you won’t even notice it underneath your sheets. It can be machine washed and dried, but don’t use products that contain bleach for the best results. You can also rest assured knowing that it’s backed by a 10-year warranty.

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    Made with a thin membrane of polyurethane, this mattress pad is 100 percent waterproof, but won’t crinkle or crack loudly as you’re crawling into bed thanks to its sturdy construction. It’s also good for people who have allergies, asthma, or eczema since it traps allergens on the surface making them easy to wash away. The pad is also breathable and can be washed and dried in your washing machine. It can fit any mattress depth from 6 inches to 18 inches and includes a 10-year warranty.

    Most...MORE customers who have purchased this product have been satisfied with it. Many have said the fit is great and it keeps fluids from spills and accidents from ruining the mattress. Others have raved about the silence of the mattress pad when you move around on it and the fact that it doesn’t raise the temperature of your bed while you’re sleeping. In terms of negative reviews, some have had issues with leaks into the mattress, but most people have been happy with its performance.

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    If you’re looking for extra comfort, a down alternative mattress pad is a great choice for more cushioning. This mattress pad includes two inches of memory foam and microfiber fill, along with a comfy microfiber cover. It’s machine washable, although some customers have had issues after running it through the washer and dryer.

    The majority of customers have been satisfied with the mattress cover. One said it turns a boring bed into a comfy pillow top. Another said it gave them the best night’s...MORE sleep they’ve ever had thanks to the plush feeling. Overall, customers were happy with the performance of this mattress pad.

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    Worried about the creepy crawlies getting into your bed? This mattress pad is specifically designed to be 100 percent bed bug-proof. This zippered cover can stretch to fit any mattress depth from 12 to 18 inches, completely encasing your mattress to keep the bugs out. Made of a high thread-count polyester knit fabric and a polyurethane waterproof layer, it’s designed to repel small liquid spills and can also ease asthma symptoms by blocking allergens as you sleep. You can machine wash and dry...MORE this product, and it comes with a five-year limited warranty.

    Those who have this mattress pad in their home have been mostly happy with the product. Some reviewers who had bed bugs before buying it say it brought comfort and peace of mind to their sleep at night. Most negative reviews were those unsatisfied with how this product held up over time. A couple of those with major bed bug infestations still had issues with bugs in the bed. But the majority of those who used it for bed bug protection would recommend it to others.

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    Looking for a mattress protector for your child’s crib or bed? This one from American Baby Company is a great choice. Made to fit crib mattresses or toddler beds, it’s constructed from 100 percent polyester with waterproof vinyl in the middle layer, which protects the mattress from fluids. It also has elastic all around the edges, which means it hugs the mattress and won’t shift no matter how much your little one moves around in their sleep. The mattress pad can be washed and dried in the...MORE machine.

    The majority of customers would recommend this product to others. One said that even though it’s waterproof, it doesn’t make a crinkling sound when the baby moves around on it. Another said that it works well in terms of its waterproof effectiveness. A few customers have mentioned that they had issues with it holding up in the wash. But most were happy with their purchase.

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