If you’ve ever owned a memory foam mattress, you’ll know how difficult it can be to find a mattress protector that fits some of their rather specific requirements. For those new to memory foam, there are a few things to keep in mind when buying a mattress protector, fitted sheet or mattress cover, and we’ll take a look at these below.
First things first, memory foam can get quite warm, so it’s important to get a mattress protector that’s breathable. You’ll want to make sure that there’s plenty of airflow on the sides where most memory foam mattresses regulate temperature from. On top of this, waterproof mattress protectors are often plastic, vinyl or other materials that don’t flex so well – so you’ll need to find one with some stretch.
Lastly, if you’ve invested in a memory foam mattress that’s highly adaptable and contouring, you don’t want a mattress topper, protector or any other accessory to block this movement. If you’re lying on a mattress protector or mattress pad that’s taut, you’ll not be able to fully ‘sink’ into the foam.
With all that out of the way, read on below to take a look at our best mattress protectors for memory foam mattresses.
SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Vinyl Free Waterproof Mattress Protector
Topping our list for being a dynamic all-rounder is the Premium Hypoallergenic Vinyl Free protector by SafeRest. This protector is one of the highest-rated on the web, is waterproof and also wicks away most bacteria and allergens, ideal for kids and adults with asthma or sensitive skin.
To add, the water wicking technology helps the mattress protector easily keep water from penetrating the waterproof membrane. That said, when there’s an accident, a spill or when a pet can’t hold it in, you won’t be stuck with a waterproof protector that springs a leak.
Most parents online have also touted that the mattress made light work of keeping the bed comfortable and dry in the event there was a bedwetting issue.
Finally, the SafeRest topper is also praised for its cushioning top, lack of ‘crinkle’ and good range of motion when it comes to moving about the bed. There’s plenty of flex to it, no irritating movement-related sounds and it’s generally just a standout memory foam mattress protector.
Ideal for Kids
Low Crinkle Sounds
Plenty of Stretch for Memory Foam
LUCID Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector
When you’re looking to cover a mattress in an ‘undetectable’ protector, this hypoallergenic option from Lucid is your best bet. Sometimes a mattress protector can be embarrassing, or just annoying, especially on a new mattress that you want to sleep on without any unnecessary additions.
We’re glad to say that the peace of mind the Lucid product brings is fantastic. The waterproofing is top-notch for everything from accidents, spills and more.
Most reviews have highlighted the ‘unique’ texture atop the protector, which gives it a great feel and helps to keep you comfortable in bed. As expected, the design makes sure there’s no crinkling sound whatsoever here, keeping nights totally silent.
The top layer is extremely absorbent to boot, which means there’s no ‘puddling’ or pooling of liquids on the mattress protector, but rather a damp patch that doesn’t result in an even bigger mess. The protector is washing machine friendly and also really easy to pull off the bed, so there’s no midnight struggle.
Unique Comfortable Texture
Linenspa Mattress Protector-100% Waterproof-Hypoallergenic-Top Protection
To one of the most waterproof mattress covers on the list, the Linenspa product is ideal for parents, or anyone else, who needs the best of the best waterproofing. The tightly woven materials in the protector are certainly going to lock out any nasties and liquids that will try to make their way to the mattress, and with anti-crinkle materials, you’re not going to hear a sound either.
A major perk of this memory foam mattress topper is that it’s able to stretch and move with the foam, a feature that other highly-water-resistant products can’t offer. You’ll be hard pressed to notice that this protector is even under your sheets, making it arguably one of the best mattress toppers on the market, especially for memory foam.
Reviewers online have also outlined that the protector even locks out food and drink spills with ease, even red wines that have a habit of sneaking partially through waterproof protectors now and then.
One final perk of the mattress protector is its elastic band which makes sure it truly adheres to, and covers the entire mattress. There are no unexpected shifts which could expose parts of your mattress when there’s an accident.
Repels All Liquid
No Crinkle Sounds
Washer and Dryer Friendly
Hospitology Products Sleep Defense System
To an encasement mattress protector now, the Sleep Defense System from Hospitology is the ideal solution if you’re looking to completely cover your mattress. These protectors allow you to essentially wrap the entire mattress in the protector and zip it up, keeping all liquids out from top to bottom.
This type of design has a tonne of perks, from keeping out all bed bugs, allergens, dust mites and even dead skin cells. You’re essentially keeping your mattress brand new by having this protector wrapped around it, and we’re glad to say that it’s easy to wash and put right back on when there’s a spill or an accident.
The breathability also checks all the boxes, making it a standout hit for memory foam. You’re going to be able to rely on this protector to keep your mattress cool at night, and also trust in it to conform and adapt to your body as you sink into the foam.
A big perk of the zipper design is that although the mattress is completely covered in the protector, the zips enable you to simply unzip it and whip it off with no trouble at all. This is a lifesaver when there’s an issue at night time and you’re not up for wrestling the mattress.
Easily Zipped and Unzip
Provides Full Protection
SureGuard Mattress Encasement 100% Waterproof, Bed Bug Proof, Hypoallergenic
Another encasement protector is the model from SureGuard, which also touts waterproofing and bed bug resistance. This protector is just as easy to get on and off the mattress in no time, though the unique design allows it to fit deeper mattresses. Customers with this protector will also be able to rely on it to keep stains, liquids and more off of their mattresses with its anti-wicking technology.
Buyers have reviewed the protector as being breathable and plenty flexible for memory foam, making it another great option for an encasement protector for memory foam beds. It is a little more costly than some of the others on our list, though if you’re looking for a reliable bed bug proof product, this is for you.
One drawback may be the fact that it is a little hard to get on at times, though encasement protectors do have this problem. On larger mattresses, where the fit is snug, you may need a second person to help you get it on correctly, though for looser fitting beds, you’ll be able to quickly whip it on and zip it up.
Fits Deep Mattresses
Can Be Quickly Unzipped
Red Nomad Bamboo Hypoallergenic Mattress Protector
A mattress protector that may have been exclusively designed for memory foam is the Red Nomad Bamboo protector. With a material selection that was chosen explicitly for ‘coolness’ and airflow, it’s arguably the best option hands-down for memory foam.
Although all other protectors on this list are breathable and promote airflow, they don’t hold a candle to Red Nomad’s option. The bamboo material selection stands in place of cotton or vinyl and is temperature-regulating in the most effective of ways.
There’s internal padding included in the protector’s design that some users have touted as actively working to cool their bed and sheets as they slept, which is ideal for memory foam beds in warmer climates.
Add to these features the mattress protector’s dust mite protection, silent ‘crinkle’ and hypoallergenic features, and you have a protector that will make every night’s sleep a little more comfortable, and a lot drier.
Designed for Coolness
Temperature Regulation Tech
Ideal for Memory Foam
Decroom Quilted, Fitted Sheet Mattress Protector
Going back to traditional style mattress protectors, the Decroom series of protectors are fitted-sheet-style protectors that sit below your fitted sheet and grasp the edge of the mattress to prevent movement.
These protectors are made of a microfibre material and padded for extra comfort. Not only are they water wicking, but they add a little extra plush where needed.
All of the microfibre materials and the top layer of the protector are breathable, making it ideal for memory foam and keeping you and your mattress cool during the night. A vast majority of reviews online also call the topper the ideal blend of protection and comfort as the thickness adds just a touch of extra support below the sheets.
This protector, however, isn’t wholly waterproof but rather moisture wicking to keep small messes and accidents under control. You’ll not want to rely on this protector for complete waterproofing, but it does offer added protection for the mattress below.
Added Padding for Comfort
Easy to Get On and Off
Moisture Wicking Materials
Grippy Fibres Hold Sheets on to the Bed
Choosing a Mattress Protector for Memory Foam
As we outlined above, there are a few things to keep in mind when we protect our memory foam mattresses with a protector. You’re going to want to keep the airflow of the mattress completely open and also ensure that there’s not too much plastic or non-stretch vinyl in the way.
If you’re going to take a look online or in store for your own protector, consider a few of the following points.
Airflow a Must
All memory foam mattresses sleep a little warmer than their innerspring counterparts, so it’s important to choose a protector that is open, or breathable. This is especially important in warmer climates as you could quickly be forced to de-layer your bedding.
Material Movement is Important
A number of protectors have a small clause on the packaging that will let you know whether there’s good stretchability or not. For a memory foam mattress that you could sink inches into, it’s vital your protector allows you to do this. Opt for variants that have plenty of ‘give’ when it comes to movement.
Waterproofing, Allergens and Dust Mites
Although not a necessity, it’s always a good idea to choose a mattress protector that keeps out more than just spills. The more hygienic a protector enables you to be, the better sleep you will have, and the cleaner the mattress will be in the long term.