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.
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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.

Best Mattress Pad:

BEST - The leading seller on Amazon is the Deluxe 100% Cotton Damask Stripe Mattress Pad from Newpoint Home. You get a 250 thread count 100% cotton top with a Damask woven stripe. Fits up to a 22 inch mattress and the top is fully quilted. The mattress pad is machine washable and dryable so it's easy to maintain and care for. The queen mattress pad sells for about $20 and owners say this price is "a bargain". Threat count may not be all that important to some of you but a higher thread count usually means a nice pad that will last longer. We also RECOMMEND the Newpoint International 370- Thread Count Mercerized Cotton Mattress Pad which is only slightly more expensive. A thicker mattress pad is something like the Pike Street Overfilled Ultra Soft Microplush Mattress Pad which is somewhere between a mattress topper and mattress pad in terms of comfort. You get a pad that is overfilled with 50 ounces of polyester fiber and sewn with ultra-soft microplush fabric. Owners note that for a few extra $$'s you get a much more comfortable sleep at night.

Heated Mattress Pad - Electric Mattress Pad:

As we mentioned above, many homeowners consider a heated mattress pad to be an essential way to cut back on their overall energy bills. Why heat the house when you can turn down the heat and still climb into a warm bed? Electric mattress pads are an excellent solution to staying warm at night even when the temperatures drop. RECOMMENDED - One of the top sellers on Amazon.com is the Soft Heat Electric Warming Mattress Pad - twin size starts at about $90 and the California King goes for $130. What you get with the Safe-n-Warm Technology is an evenly heated mattress pad with plenty of luxury features. The controls include 15 minute mattress pad pre-heat and10 hour automatic shut-off. It's made from a blend of polyester and cotton and the pad is totally machine washable. Just make sure you tumble dry the mattress pad so it won't shrink or lose its original shape. Comes with a 5 year limited warranty from the manufacturer. Another excellent choice would be Sunbeam Imperial 140-Thread-Count Polyester Cotton Blend Comfort Heated Mattress Pad which features a digital control with 10 settings. Owners say the dual controls come in handy between spouses who like different heat levels on their side of the bed.