The advantage of having a basic mattress protector is that they succeed pretty well in their primary function; they protect the mattress. They are also lightweight, pretty easy to care for, machine washable and at the cheaper end of the range.
The three main types are;
- waterproof mattress protector,
- a high-density fabric (eg terry cotton) mattress protector,
- a thin quilted material protector.
These protectors offer little relief to lumpy, soft or hard beds. You certainly wouldn't use them as camping mattresses.
These are great if you have children or elderly. They are good for creating a barrier for dust mites and other allergens.
Most waterproof mattress protectors have PU (or a plastic-like) coating on the underside. If you want to guarantee nothing getting onto your mattress, this is the type to get. This is our most popular waterproof mattress protector.
This is a waterproof, non-woven material, and generally not breathable. To make these waterproof toppers breathable, a breathable material or layers of material is attached on top; the air circulates through these.
Due to a lack of breathability, I wouldn't really recommend them for hot sleepers. (Go a waterproof pillowtop protector instead if you need complete waterproofing.)
So if you just need a mattress protector that will protect the mattress from bodies, skin, fluids, stains and can also help with allergies and mites; these mattress protectors are the toppers you want.
If you think you may want a little more softness, but still be waterproof, check out our Pillow Top Protectors here.