To establish which is the best waterproof mattress protector we have to look at the problems that can occur from choosing the wrong waterproof mattress protector.
Noise – By their very nature, to be waterproof the protector has to have some sort of waterproof barrier built in to it. This is in the form of a membrane that is on the underside. This membrane can be made from a variety of materials and of course like many things the cheapest option isn’t always the best , if a manufacturer wants to keep the price down then they will often use PVC for the barrier. PVC is relatively thick and as a consequence it can crinkle, wrinkle and rustle in use. This noise can be enough to disturb your sleep. The quietest waterproof mattress protectors use a polyurethane membrane as these can be virtually silent in use. So look for one with a polyurethane (or PU) membrane.
Heat – Some mattress protectors can make you quite hot and sweaty when using them. This again relates to those that don’t have a PU waterproof membrane. Polyurethane is breathable yet waterproof, just like our own skin. This allows heat to dissipate rather than to trap it in. So again choose a mattress protector that has a polyurethane membrane.
Washing Temperature – to kill dust mites and to hygienically wash bedding it must be capable of being washed at at least 60c, but preferably 90c. Many mattress protectors can only be washed at 30c or 40c. For health and hygiene reasons it would be best to avoid these.
Construction – Even if you have chosen a waterproof mattress protector with a polyurethane membrane you still might find that there are issues with it. This relates to how the protector has been manufactured. There are two different ways in which the waterproof membrane is attached to the upper surface. The simplest method is to apply it as a liquid coating which then sets in place. This method requires the liquid PU to be poured onto the upturned fabric and then spread about using paddles. The problem with this method is that it produces an uneven finish. Some parts will only get a thin coating which wears through quite quickly, other parts might get too much which can be felt through the surface. The best method is where the membrane is constructed as a separate film that is even and consistent throughout. This means that there are no weak spots or high spots. This film is then bonded to the underside of the upper surface. The problem is that most manufacturers don’t tell you which method they use.
Chemical Content – waterproof mattress protectors are used by both young and old, and you need to know that they are completely harmless. The best way to ensure this is to choose one that has an independent certification. This is carried out by Oeko-Tex an independent testing and certification system. If the mattress protector has been granted Oeko-Tex Standard 100 then you know that it is completely safe for use by anyone from babies to the elderly and it won’t contain any harmful chemicals.
So there we have it, if you choose using these factors then you will have bought the best waterproof mattress protector you possibly can. Our Allergon Mattress Protector meets all of the requirements listed above and can be purchased here. The Best Waterproof Mattress Protector