Just the thought of bed bugs is enough to make many people squirm. But the reality is that bed bug infestations do happen — and they can be treated. Choosing the best mattress cover for bed bugs is one of the first smart steps you can take if you suspect you have bed bugs or want to ensure any future bed bugs know they aren't welcome near your mattress.
The first thing to know about mattress covers is that they aren't all created equal. A chemically-treated cover is not a substitute for a mattress encasement that can truly block bed bugs from infiltrating it. An encasement, like the mattress protectors and covers on this list, protects your mattress on all sides. It features a zipper that zips all the way around and is, ideally, held in place with something like a Velcro flap. Considering the fact that bed bugs can actually maneuver their way through zipper teeth (a horrifying thought), the smaller and more protected your zipper, the better.
This list of mattress covers for bed bugs includes options at a range of price points, and while the top pick is a $50 cover that is certified to be bed bug-proof and comes with a 10-year warranty (not to mention it has thousands of positive Amazon reviews) there are also great options that still offer protection at lower price points.
1Best Overall Mattress Cover To Protect Against Bed Begs
SafeRest Premium Mattress Encasement
Why it's great: It's certified bed bug-proof, has a 10-year warranty, and is highly rated on Amazon.
This is one of the most highly reviewed mattress covers on Amazon, with more than 2,800 reviews (and counting) and a nearly perfect rating. It's made from breathable terry cotton which makes it great for hot sleepers and those with sensitive skin. It comes in six mattress sizes, is offered in four varying depths. It even comes with a 10-year warranty.
As for its bed bug protection, the cover has a 360-degree micro-zipper that seals tight with a Velcro flap. It has been tested by a lab and certified to be bed bug proof. Plus, it does an amazing job of protecting against liquids, bacteria, dust mites, and other common allergens that make sleeping difficult. Unlike many other covers, this one won't create a rustling sound when you move and shift in your bed — although, that is true of all the covers on this list.
One of the most reliable reviewer quotes comes from someone who found this cover possibly helped prevent a bed bug outbreak in their home, writing: "Between these protectors (I bought one for the boxsprings and one for the mattress), a heat gun, and copious amounts of Diatomaceous Earth ... the bug was never seen again."
2A Less-Expensive (But Still Great) Polyester Mattress Cover For Bed Bugs
Hospitology Products Sleep Defense System Mattress Encasement
Why it's great: According to independent lab testing, it's 100 percent bed bug-proof, it has a five-year warranty, and it's cheaper than the top pick.
This polyester mattress cover is slightly less expensive than the top pick, but it's still lab-tested to be bed bug-proof and it comes with a five-year warranty. The polyester knit fabric is breathable, durable, and quick-drying. It provides a barrier on all six sides of your mattress with a zipper that, like the overall best pick, is held in place by a secure Velcro flap. Plus like the others on this list, there's no vinyl, so it's quiet, too. This waterproof cover is available in seven mattress sizes and three different thickness (although, not all size and depth combinations are available).
"We had some bugs hitchhike back to our house from a trip, but the encasements not only protected our mattresses but also made it easier to see where the bugs were and treat them," reads a satisfied Amazon review. "They couldn't get into the mattress so they tried to cling to the outside of the encasement, but we could then vacuum them up and treat the surrounding area."
3The Most Affordable Mattress Cover, But It Offers The Least Protection
AmazonBasics Mattress Protector
Why it's great: It reduces exposure to bed bugs, has a one-year warranty, and it's the most affordable on this list.
Despite boasting one of the lower price points on this list, this affordable mattress cover still reduces exposure to bed bugs and allergens like dust mites. Unlike the others on this list, however, it has not been lab tested, but it does come with a one-year warranty. The cover is made from 100 percent knitted polyester (which means, there's no loud, crunch vinyl) and provides a full zipper closure to protect it on all sides. It’s also waterproof and will guard against leaks and spills.
The cover is offered in low profile 9-inch depth and standard 12-inch depth but can fit mattresses as deep as 18 inches. Plus, like the first option, it comes in six mattress sizes.
A happy Amazon reviewer wrote that it covers their flip-fold mattress without issue. They noted, "[It] also covers the ENTIRE mattress so no fear of bed bugs and more."
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