Updated: November 2017
Mattress Pad Reviews:Many of us buy multiple bed mattresses over our lifetimes which means we have to decide on a mattress pad, or mattress cover to go with it. Choosing the right mattress pad has become a little tougher now that you can get heated mattress pads or even mattress toppers which are usually made of memory foam. We have a complete review on mattress toppers here, so this article will focus on the traditional mattress pad. Some people say that a mattress pad isn't even necessary but I beg to differ since I know they help protect the mattress from water, spills, and damage. In our household we have quite a few of the dust mite mattress covers which insulate them and help those with allergies to dust mites. In any event, buying a mattress pad is a good idea if you want to get the most life from your mattress and pads can often add more comfort to your sleeping experience.
Buying Guide - A fitted mattress pad is the best way to go and those that are water resistant are definitely what you need if you have little kids (they may wet their beds) or if you own a water bed. You will find them in all sizes - twin, full, queen, king, and california king. In our research online and in magazines, the queen mattress pad outsells all others by a wide margin. Materials for mattress pads range from cotton, down and feather fill, polyester, and synthetic to a wool or wool-blend. The pillow top mattress pads are harder to find, but they are out there since that is what I buy for our master bed. There are even magnetic mattress pads which are designed to help improve your circulation and get more oxygen into your bloodstream but these pads run closer to $300 and are not proven to work. Another popular alternative to a traditional mattress pad are those that are heated, or electric. Unlike an electric blanket that sits on top of you as you sleep, a heated mattress pad is down below you. Personally, I prefer the heat below me as compared to having a warm blanket on top of me when trying to sleep. The electric mattress pads are inexpensive to run at night (certainly cheaper than heating your entire house with a furnace) and they cost about $50 to $150. Sunbeam heated mattress pads are the best on the market and worth considering. The best mattress pad brands include Simmons, Serta, Sunbeam, Newpoint Home, Pike Street, LinenSoft, Croscill, Sealy, and AllerZip. Want to read some mattress pad reviews? There are plenty on sites like Target.com and Epinions, but we STRONGLY RECOMMEND going to Amazon.com for the best selection of reviews. You can browse the best selling mattress pads online here.