Have you ever thought about how much time you spend in bed? If we’re supposed to get 7-8 hours of sleep a day, then an adult who lives to be 80 years old will have spent 233,600 hours, or ~9733 days, in their beds. Now think about how frequently we wash our beds. Have you ever “washed” your bed? Odds are, you haven’t. We diligently put sheets on our bed and wash the sheets. We ignore the fact that as we sleep, we sweat which gives moisture the opportunity to transfer from our body to our sheets, and since our sheets aren’t water proof, onto the fabric of our mattresses underneath us. That movement of moisture alone should be enough to put an extra layer of protection between us and one of the pieces of furniture that lives with us the longest and gets washed the least. A perfect solution to help protect our beds is a protector from Protect-A-Bed.
Originally developed in South Africa in 1980, Protect-A-Bed has spread across the globe and is a leader in mattress protection. Their mattress and pillow protectors use innovative methods to help keep our beds clean and healthy to sleep in. How do they keep us healthy to sleep in? By helping to prevent bacteria and dust mites, which contribute to asthma, eczema and rhinitis, from living where we sleep. In addition, “Protect-A-Bed products are listed as a Class 1 Medical Device with the Food and Drug Administration and have received the Good Housekeeping Seal.”
I recently purchased a new bed and immediately started using the Protect-A-Bed Premium Mattress Protector and the Premium Pillow Protector to ensure my bed stays as pristine as possible. The mattress protector and the pillow protector have a soft cotton terry cloth surface outer layer which is nice and soft. Here’s a shot of the outer terry cloth:
The interiors use a special “Miracle Membrane® with Total Heat Transference Formula” that makes whatever is being protected “waterproof, stain proof and air vapor porous.” In this shot, you can see that the interior of the Protect-A-Bed Premium Pillow Protector is a different texture and is smoother than the outer layer. What was intriguing to me was that it seemed like a plastic layer, but it didn’t have the same “crinkly” feel or sound as other protectors that definitely use plastic to create the barrier. The zipper on the pillow protector helps to prevent moisture (and bed bugs) from getting into your pillow.
Both the Protect-A-Bed Premium Mattress Protector and Premium Pillow Protector come with warranties (10 years and 5 years respectively.) They are waterproof yet still allow air to flow, which helps keep moisture away from your mattress. Both are machine washable and tumble dry safe.
After sleeping with both of these protectors on my bed for the past few weeks, I have a couple of decided opinions about them. First, they are my favorite protectors ever! With other mattress pads I’ve tried, I found that they typically warmed the bed up a few degrees more than normal. I hated that some of them would go “crinkle crinkle” every time I moved, and on one of them, part of the siding actually tore while I was trying to put it on my bed. You can see from the picture below that the Protect-A-Bed Premium Mattress Protector fits easily onto my queen-sized mattress, with extra room to spare for fluffier beds. Since the protector goes all the way down the sides, it also helps to make sure the entire mattress is protected instead of just the top.
The pillow protector performs just as well in my mind. With the zipper, I know that my pillow is fully enclosed and protected. I also love that it is waterproof because I have a habit of going to bed without fully drying my hair. In the past, I’ve taken off pillow protectors only to find that mold had started growing from the moisture of my hair (ew! ew! ew! I can’t believe I just admitted that.) With the Protect-A-Bed Premium Pillow Protector, that will not happen, so I can go to sleep with my wet hair to my heart’s content. Just as with the mattress protector, the pillow protector helps to keep the bed at my optimal temperature without adding additional heat that may make it more uncomfortable.
There’s a peace of mind knowing that when you’re sleeping, you are helping to protect yourself against dust mites and potential allergens. If you would like to protect your bed or pillow with Protect-A-Bed, they are available in mattress stores and Sears stores nationwide and online. The Premium mattress protector is available in Twin, Twin XL, Twin XXL, Full, Full XL, Queen, King and California King and the pillow protector is in Standard, Queen and King sizes. For more information about Protect-A-Bed and to view their full product line, please visit www.protectabed.com.
Here’s a quick YouTube Video from Protect-A-Bed that talks about many of the benefits I talked about here, just with cooler animations. 🙂
Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. Your experiences may be different. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive free Protect-A-Bed products from the manufacturer or their representing PR agency to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.