Bonus: Your mattress will stay pristinely clean.
After finding your dream mattress, you may think the next step is putting on your sheets. But first, you should really consider adding a mattress protector. Mattress protectors are worth it because they're designed to extend the life of your mattress by acting as the first line of defense against wear and tear, allergens (like pet dander and pollen), spills, and even bed bugs. Best of all, while cleaning your mattress is difficult, you can wash a mattress protector by tossing it into the washing machine. When accidents inevitably happen, you will be counting your lucky stars that you invested in a mattress protector before the damage.
The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab tests hundreds of bedding products each year, from sheets to comforters to pillows to mattresses. Our expertise means we can identify great mattress protectors from brands. Our picks have either excellent laboratory performance, or rave reviews and innovative features from trusted brands to help build your ultimate bed.
Want easy cleanup and bed bug protection? Layer an encasement protector over the mattress and then a five-sided protector on top for the best of both worlds. And if you're worried about frequent spills and accidents, make sure you invest in a truly waterproof mattress protector. These are the best mattress protectors, according to our Lab pros: