You've probably been buying, washing, and replacing pillowcases for ages, but adding a pillow protector could dramatically improve your quality of sleep. The best pillow protectors resemble zippered pillowcases. However, dig a little deeper, and you'll find that they can mean the difference between a night of sneezing and mornings waking up with puffy sinuses and a more restful sleep.
A pillow protector's main purpose is to protect pillows from common allergens like dust mites, pet dander, and even the pollen that breezes in through open windows. Some high-end protectors are even lab-certified to be able to allow air to permeate while stopping liquids and allergens. They can also keep bed bugs away from your pillow — and who wouldn't sleep just a little better knowing that?
If you are a sweaty sleeper, have kids, or sometimes spill that glass of water you keep on your bedside table, waterproof pillow protectors help keep pillows stain-free and prevent mold and mildew from forming inside. Those looking for a little allergy protection with added beauty sleep benefits for hair and skin should consider a zippered silk case.
No matter your budget or which protector you choose, you'll sleep better, keep allergens at bay, and protect your pillows so that they last longer.