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Best mattress protector for memory foam that won't interfere with feel 22 Feb 2013 17:38 #1

I am curious what you think is the best mattress protector for a memory foam bed (I am getting a cool foam bed so i really would like to remain cool on this bed) and also not really interfere with the feel of the bed.

I've heard about the St. Dormier, but not sure if it'd be too thick and mess with the feel of the bed? I've also heard about protect-a-bed, but again i'm worried about the breathability of it, as well as the Luxa.

I don't need completely waterproof at all. Just something to would help stop like sweat and give a little bit of protection.

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Best mattress protector for memory foam that won't interfere with feel 23 Feb 2013 00:24 #2

Hi jaswhite,

Post #89 here talks about the pros and cons of different types of mattress protectors and has some good examples of each.

The St Dormier is one of the suggestions mentioned there and it's both thin (for a wool protector) and stretchy and would have less effect on a memory foam mattress than others that were thicker and less stretchy but by the very nature of having a thin wool layer it would affect the memory foam a little more than the other two types (the thinner membrane type and the stretch cotton type).

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Best mattress protector for memory foam that won't interfere with feel 08 Nov 2013 10:14 #3

So after spending $2k on a SleepEZ mattress, I will spend whatever it takes to protect it.

My concerns are dust mites and of course the cover being waterproof.

I found this thread. this thread. However when you search on Amazon, even those with really high average ratings - end up having some 1 star ratings stating that their mattress was ruined because it really isn't waterproof.

The Luna Premium, the SafeRest Premium, and maybe 1 or 2 others both fitting the above... Great overall reviews, but then some really horrible ones that make me question the quality.

I can't find any reviews on the Healthguard or SafetyShield.

I wonder how much of the problem is the fact that you really can't have something breathable and waterproof - versus the companies just trying to remain competitive (inexpensive) and not doing a very good job?

In my case - I have no problem spending $100 if it is going to work - block dust mites, be waterproof, not tear.

But I can't seem to find one that will definitely suit my needs regardless of the cost.

Any up to date thoughts on high quality waterproof mattress protection?

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Best mattress protector for memory foam that won't interfere with feel 08 Nov 2013 13:31 #4

Hi JackBauer,

I found this thread.this thread. However when you search on Amazon, even those with really high average ratings - end up having some 1 star ratings stating that their mattress was ruined because it really isn't waterproof.


I think that this is part of the category itself rather than a particular manufacturer because the membranes can melt or break down with higher heat (or not following care instructions) which is the cause of most of the problems that you read about.

There are also differences between the types of membranes that are used (see the end of post #2 here ) but this isn't the type of technical information that you would be able to find out when you purchase your protector. Anything waterproof will also be less breathable and can affect temperature regulation.

Any washable mattress protector will prevent skin flakes from reaching the mattress which are the primary source of food for dust mites and any protector that is more breathable can also reduce the buildup of moisture in a mattress and humidity levels inside the mattress can also have a big effect on the dust mite population. There is more about dust mites in post #2 here .

Any up to date thoughts on high quality waterproof mattress protection?


The post I linked (and the links it includes) are up to date and talk about the tradeoffs involved between the main types of mattress protectors available.

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Best mattress protector for memory foam that won't interfere with feel 08 Nov 2013 16:48 #5

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We use this material for our massage table toppers with great success, and its made in Canada
www.zenima.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=42&Itemid=81&lang=en

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Best mattress protector for memory foam that won't interfere with feel 09 Nov 2013 06:07 #6

Thanks.

I'm seriously considering the Serta SleepToGo Elite Encasement .

I'm a bit concerned with no real reviews out there. But it has ScotchGuard and silver ions, and made by a reputable company. (And you can remove the top without removing the mattress)

I still am not sure on encasement versus protector - in that with my bed frame it will not be super easy to remove/wash/replace.

However after spending $2k on a mattress, I like the idea of protecting attackers from all directions. An encasement will keep it pristine clean for a very long time.

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Best mattress protector for memory foam that won't interfere with feel 09 Nov 2013 13:39 #7

Hi JackBauer,

I still am not sure on encasement versus protector - in that with my bed frame it will not be super easy to remove/wash/replace.


An encasement completely surrounds the mattress and is generally used for people with more severe allergies to dust mites or for those who have bed bugs in their mattress.

A mattress protector protects the top surface of the mattress (sometimes down the side as well) and is much easier to remove and wash like a sheet. It will also help protect the mattress from skin flakes which is the main source of food for dust mites.

A waterproof protector can reduce the ventilation in the mattress which can increase sleeping temperature (waterproof membranes don't ventilate as well as wool or cotton mattress protectors) and this would be worse with an encasement which has the membrane on all 6 sides. A waterproof encasement can also contribute to moisture buildup inside the mattress which doesn't evaporate as easily.

For most people that don't have significant allergies to dust mites a protector that can be removed would be the preferred choice.

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Best mattress protector for memory foam that won't interfere with feel 09 Nov 2013 14:21 #8

Phoenix wrote: Hi JackBauer,

For most people that don't have significant allergies to dust mites a protector that can be removed would be the preferred choice.


Hello Phoenix.

That's what the experts say and I'd kind of overlooked their advice - figuring the extra effort might be worth it with an encasement.

However you just gave a good technical reason why an encasement might be counterproductive - moisture build-up inside.

So many of these protectors claim to be waterproof (sometimes they more properly claim water resistant), but say that the material breathes... Which to me means that it is not a water VAPOR barrier - even if it did happen to be liquid waterproof.

Eh, still don't know what I'm going to buy, probably a protector based on your thoughts regarding moisture - but still not sure which one. My priority is probably waterproof over sleeping hot as you can control that to a good degree by taking sheets / blankets off (in my mind).

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Best mattress protector for memory foam that won't interfere with feel 09 Nov 2013 14:29 #9

My wife happens to be extremely allergic to dust mites, and we have a dust mite encasement (happens to be cotton, and not with a moisture barrier). Anyhow, one thing to note with encasements is they can be a pain to put on.

Latex is really heavy, and it's not entirely trivial to slide a heavy, rubbery, queen/king mattress into an encasement. I ended up disassembling the king mattress and rebuild it inside the encasement. Obviously, different methods could be used, and also would depend on your mattress and the design of the encasement.

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Best mattress protector for memory foam that won't interfere with feel 09 Nov 2013 14:31 #10

dn wrote: Latex is really heavy, and it's not entirely trivial to slide it into an encasement.


Oh yes - I know... That's why the only encasements I considered are two-piece, where you could take the top off to wash it, and of course makes it easier to install (by putting it under your mattress before you start assembling it)

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