Everyone Needs a Mattress Protector—Here’s Why, Plus 5 Options to Shop

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We often think of mattress protectors when it comes to shared mattresses (hi, college dorms) or for young children who wet the bed. But everyone should be using a mattress protector for the longevity of their mattress and their quality of sleep because, spoiler alert: Mattresses are hotbeds for common allergy and asthma triggers. Without a mattress protector,  you're leaving yourself vulnerable to the effects of dust mite allergens, says immunologist Purvi Parikh, MD.

"For things like dust mites, we actually recommend mattress protectors that go around the mattress and the box spring," says Dr. Parikh. "Because those act as a barrier between you and the dust mites while you're sleeping every day." Dust mites feed on dead skin cells, so not only does a mattress protector keep you away from them, but it also cuts down on the amount of skin cells going into your mattress for the dust mites to eat.

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Additionally, a mattress protector can help safeguard your bed from the wear and tear that comes with regular use. From night sweats to period leakage, your mattress protector (which can be removed and cleaned) helps to keep your bed clean. Shop five mattress protectors below.

Brooklyn Bedding Luxury Cooling Mattress Protector — $99 to $149

This mattress protector is made with a hypoallergenic design that protects against bacteria, bed bugs, and dust mites. It’s machine-washable and waterproof to shield against liquids and fluids. And it’s made from a conductive material that draws heat out and away from your body, creating a cooler sleep environment.

Protect-A-Bed AllerZip Smooth Full Mattress Encasement — $50 to $150

Certified allergy-and-asthma friendly by Allergy Standards, the Protect-A-Bed AllerZip mattress cover is great if you know you have a dust allergy. It’s machine-washable, stain-proof, breathable, and comfortable while protecting your bedding against allergens, bacteria, human skin cells, dust, and pet dander.

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Ettitude Bamboo Mattress Protector — $98 to $158

This breathable and hypoallergenic mattress is made from 100-percent organic bamboo. In addition to offering protection, it provides a thin, quilted layer of soft cushion, and it’s machine-washable.

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Casper Breathable Mattress Protector — $119 to $159

This machine-washable mattress protector is made from a spacer knit design that increases airflow to help keep you cool. It features a water-resistant finish to protect your mattress from moisture. It fits any mattress up to 16-inches deep.

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Buffy Plushy Mattress Protector — $99 to $149

This protective casing provides a plush buffer between you and your mattress. Covered with eucalyptus fabric and filled with snuggly layers of 100-percent recycled fiber, this mattress cover is made from fibers that are naturally resistant to dust, mites, and mold. (Just note that it’s dry clean only.)

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