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Mattress protectors aren’t only meant for young kids of potty-training and bed-wetting ages. They’re a good idea no matter what situation your mattress is in or who’s sleeping on top of it, because they protect your mattress from all kinds of spills, stains, and unpredictable messes. If you own a mattress and want it to last longer (and clean it less often), a mattress protector is a must-have. And don’t worry, it won’t look anything like those ancient rubbery protectors from the past.
Today’s mattress protectors are designed to fit easily and stylishly over any mattress. When you’re using it, you won’t notice it’s there. But when an accident happens, you’ll be so glad it’s there. Protectors are made with different fabrics, all of them comfortable enough to want to sleep on, and we tested many of them to learn which are worth your investment. Our favorite affordable option costs only $47 for a queen size, and it will change the way you think about mattress care forever.
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Manufactured by Coop Home Goods, the Ultra Luxe Waterproof Mattress Protector is made from their proprietary Lulltra fabric: a blend of 60 percent polyester and 40 percent rayon derived from bamboo. As we’ve learned from testing bamboo-based bedding, textiles made from that plant are incredibly cool to sleep on — because they naturally wick away moisture — and they have a pleasant silk-like texture that’s more environmentally friendly than traditional silk. Plus, they’re hypoallergenic. Then behind that soft, snuggleable top layer is a waterproof polyurethane backing that keeps your bed safe from the outside world.
While testing Coop’s mattress protector we ran it through the gamut of Unfortunate Household Accidents: spilled drinks, pet throw up, and potty-training messes. And it performed excellently! It kept the mattress dry and released stains easily after running it through the wash. If you know your mattress protector is going to be called upon to soak up stains on a regular basis, you’re going to have to replace it sooner or later no matter how often you wash it or which kind you buy. In that case, having a hardworking option that’s more than $200 cheaper than certain luxury models is a big help to your budget.
The one feature to keep in mind with this particular model is that the sides, where it fits over your mattress like a fitted sheet, aren’t lined with the polyurethane backing. This certainly isn’t a dealbreaker, and in our experience it didn’t negatively impact the protector’s performance. You should also pay attention to only dry it on low heat if you put it in your dryer, as higher heat levels could damage the waterproof material.
Overall, this mattress protector made our Best List because it worked as well as the more expensive options and didn’t have any kind of crinkly or rubbery feel that you might find on cheaply made ones. Just as you would put your mattress in a zip-up bag to protect it when you’re moving, we recommend getting a mattress protector to keep your bed safe from wine, coffee, and even sweat stains. AT contributor Kendall liked Coop’s “because of its awesome price, but also because it pretty much never slips off, and is undetectable and silent.”
Plus, Coop gives you 100 nights to test it out and get a full refund if you don’t like it. There’s really nothing to lose by trying it! Grab one today and help your mattress stay fresher and cleaner — without you having to do any extra work.