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Mattress Pad vs Mattress Protector: What's the Difference?


Mattress Pad Mattress Protector

Your bed is more than just a mattress. You buy a new mattress, but this is only the first step toward building the perfect sleep system for you. For many, the next step is either a mattress pad or mattress protector. While many people mistakenly use these two terms interchangeably, they are not the same product. What’s the difference? Which one is right for you? Let’s answer these questions right now!

Mattress Pads

A mattress pad is a wonderful addition to your sleep system because it adds several inches of plush comfort. Mattress pads also help alleviate back pain, keep you cool, alleviate your allergies, and more. 

The right mattress topper can help relieve pressure points and support natural spinal alignment, which also contributes to reduced back pain. What you want is a topper that combines pressure relief and spinal support to help cradle the hips, without putting a strain on the spine. If your mattress is not hypoallergenic, a mattress pad that is can make for a simple, affordable add-on. They can also keep you cooler or warmer at night, depending on which you need. 

If you love the feeling of memory foam and want the benefits of a bamboo mattress pad, the Soft-Tex Bamboo Charcoal Infused 3-Inch Memory Foam Mattress Topper combines everything you want and need. If you’re looking for a true luxury sleep experience, you want the SFERRA Arcadia Mattress Pad. This mattress pad, made by a brand known across the world for the height of luxury, helps provide you with the rejuvenating good night’s sleep you deserve! If organic is top of your mind, you cannot go wrong with the PranaSleep Organic Mattress Pad. The PranaSleep brand is known for luxury, which is exactly what you can expect from this organic mattress pad. This 300-thread count organic cotton mattress pad makes your bed softer, without the use of any harsh chemicals or materials.

Beyond these, we carry many other mattress pad options from well-known name brands, including Beautyrest, Kathy Ireland Home, Tommy Bahama, and more. 

Mattress Protectors

A mattress protector does one thing, protects your mattress! Your mattress wasn’t cheap, and you certainly want to do what you can to make sure your investment lasts. That’s precisely what a mattress protector was designed to do! 

An accident can happen in a second, whether it’s spilling wine or your new puppy thinking your bed is their potty. A protector guarantees against spills and stains. Remember, a soiled mattress means your warranty is void. If there were to be a manufacturer’s issue from the factory and the mattress has been damaged in your home, you won’t be able to take advantage of the warranty you would have otherwise been owed. This is a really big deal!

We sell dozens of mattress protectors, both in our stores and online. While we recommend you purchase a mattress protector at the same time as your mattress so you don’t go even one night without the protection you need, you can always add one afterwards. Our mattress protectors come from top brands in the bedding industry, like Luonto, Malouf, PureCare, and even our own City Mattress DreamFit Dreamcool Waterproof Mattress Protector. This cooling fitted mattress pad features silky-soft and comfortable eucalyptus fibers and a 100-percent waterproof barrier to keep you dry and provide a dual-climate sleep zone, along with bacteria and allergen-resistance. It’s even machine washable. It’s so good, we put our name on it!

Mattresses are typically well over one thousand dollars, while a mattress protector is around one hundred or even less. Spending a little bit now can prevent you from needing to spend hundreds or even thousands on a new mattress after a major spill! While you’re at it, don’t forget a pillow protector too. Designed to be placed in between your pillow and your pillow case, think of these products like miniature mattress protectors. They keep your pillow safe from drool, sweat, skin cells, moisture, germs, and all other sorts of nasty stuff that shortens the lifespan of a pillow. 

You put a lot of time, energy, and money into finding the perfect mattress. A good mattress is made even better with a mattress pad. A good mattress is made safe with a mattress protector. It’s as simple as that!