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Although mattress covers offer benefits that should not be underestimated and are not expensive to buy, store and care for, many British people still do not use them. This is probably also due to the fact that many people are not aware of how practical mattress covers can be and that they can make a decisive contribution to hygiene in the bedroom. In the following, we would like to explain this product to you in more detail and at the same time introduce you to the best products.

The most important facts

  • Mattress covers are mattress toppers that are stretched between the mattress and the bed cover and are intended to additionally protect the mattress against dirt and sweat. Unlike the topper, they are only 2 to 3 cm thick and do not serve as a supportive additional mattress.
  • In addition to hygiene, an underbed can also serve other purposes, such as comfort, warmth or protection of the back or allergies. In most cases, the material is the decisive criterion for differentiation.
  • Mattress covers come in a wide range of sizes and prices. In order to be able to use a mattress covers for as long as possible, it should be washed regularly and stored in suitable boxes or covers.

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Buying and evaluation criteria for mattress covers

Since a mattress cover is intended to serve different purposes depending on the person, it may be useful to present the most important buying and evaluation criteria here in particular. In our opinion, these are:

In the following, these individual criteria will be explained in more detail.


When it comes to the material, there are great differences and different types of mattress covers. For example, a mattress cover can be made of cotton, virgin wool or sheep's wool. The buyer should be clear about the purpose of the product, for example hygiene, warmth, comfort, moisture protection, and then decide on the suitable material.

Furthermore, the material also plays a role with regard to certain allergies. Since the material also influences other criteria such as impermeability to water, hygiene and ease of cleaning, it is also one of the most important criteria.


Since mattresses and beds have different sizes and shapes, there are also different sizes of mattress covers. Actually, all mattress sizes are catered for. They are available in the typical standard sizes, 90 x 200 cm, 140 x 200 cm, 160 x 200 cm and 180 x 200 cm, but also in children's sizes 60 x 120 cm and 70 x 140 cm. In general, it can be said that mattress covers are even more useful for larger mattresses, as they are even more cumbersome to clean.


Waterproofness is an important criterion because it is an important aspect of the hygiene of the mattress or the whole bed. Since people sweat a lot during sleep, an underbed here prevents sweat from penetrating the mattress and thus ensures better hygiene of the mattress.

In addition, it generally protects the mattress from moisture, and makes accidents caused by drinks or bed-wetting less tragic. Waterproofness depends on the material, on the one hand, and on certain additional accessories, such as a protective film, on the other.

Ease of cleaning

As a rule, mattress covers can be washed in the washing machine without any problems. Depending on the material, there can be differences in the setting. There are mattress covers that should only be washed at 30 °C and others that can be washed at up to 90 °C.

Most mattress covers can also be dried in the dryer, but if this is not recommended because of the material, you can always dry them on the clothesline. To prevent moisture from accumulating in the mattress cover for a long time, it should be aired out regularly and frequently.

Shopping Guide: Frequently asked questions about mattress covers answered in detail

In order to provide you with even more detailed information, the answers to frequently asked questions are given below. The focus is on the benefits, price and care of a mattress cover.

For whom is a mattress cover suitable?

Since, as already described in the buying criteria, a mattress cover can fulfil different purposes and exists in different sizes, it is basically suitable for everyone. For example, it can specifically promote bed hygiene for children and specifically increase sleeping comfort for adults and take allergies into account. Since almost everyone in Germany sleeps in beds and on mattresses, a mattress cover is almost a standard household item.

What types of mattress covers are there?

There are no clearly defined categories for mattress covers, but there are mattress covers that offer different things and have different focuses.

One could make a rough distinction between mattress covers that are more suitable for summer and mattress covers that are more suitable for winter.

For example, there are mattress covers that can be heated or that provide more warmth due to their material and thickness and are therefore well suited for winter. In addition, there are mattress covers that are particularly moisture-repellent, which in turn makes them useful for summer. In addition, some manufacturers focus particularly on allergy-friendliness, which could be another type.

How often should you change a mattress cover?

Mattress covers are easy to clean in the washing machine, but since they are constantly exposed to moisture or dirt, you should change them after a certain period of time because permanent dirt, such as mould, can develop over time.


Most mattress covers can be cleaned well in the washing machine. However, it often depends on the right temperature. (Image source: Rodnae/ Pexels)

In addition to care, the stability and longevity of mattress covers also depends on the choice of material, material processing and storage. With regard to storage, there are specific boxes or vacuum bags that have a gentle effect and extend the longevity. It is therefore difficult to make a general statement about exactly how many years it takes to change a duvet.


The more you know about mattress covers, the more interesting and useful they appear as an additional useful accessory for your own bed. Moreover, you already get good quality at a reasonable price, which is reflected in the material, the practical usability and the fulfilment of different purposes.

If you want to buy an mattress cover, it is advisable to compare several mattress covers and look at them on the basis of purchasing criteria such as material, waterproofness, washability, etc. This way, you get an overview of the most suitable mattress covers for your bed.

This way, you get an overview and at the same time become clearer about what you could best use yourself. For example, you might be looking for a waterproof mattress cover and discover that there are also heatable waterproof mattress covers that also warm your own cold feet.

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