For a very affordable price, the SafeRest Mattress Protector provides a whole lot of value and durability. It may not be the perfect solution for everyone, especially those who are more interested in a mattress protector that serves as a “bag” for your mattress; but for most sleepers who desire a protector surface that is waterproof, noiseless and hypoallergenic, the SafeRest Mattress Protector is a guaranteed safe bet.
I tested out the SafeRest Waterproof Mattress Protector (Queen-size) using the Zen Sleeping Score System for Mattress Protectors. We award 20 points each for 5 factors: Material, Feel & Fit, Noise, Heat Regulation, and Waterproof Test. I will provide an exhaustive account of how well the protector lines up in these areas, as well as uncover any negative aspects that may surprise would-be purchasers. By the end, you will be well-informed Zen Sleepers!
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The sleep surface material of the SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector is made of 80% cotton and 20% polyester terry cloth, but what is terry cloth? Basically, terry refers to a style of looping in which the fabric is woven or knitted into long loops that are able to absorb moisture. The surface is also back coated with a membrane layer that is hypoallergenic and 100% waterproof. The lining of the protector is made with 100% polyurethane, and the skirt from 100% polyester.
I’m not a huge fan of polyester for the sleeping surface – I usually prefer 100% cotton. The good thing is that the SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector does not use any vinyl, which is not breathable at all. The 100% polyurethane lining is fine, and so is the 100% polyester skirt – it’s just the surface that I prefer to be 100% cotton.
The terrycloth surface is a nice touch, and I assume it will hold up quite well during the waterproof test.
Overall I award 16 out of 20 points in this section.
There is a lot to test in this section. First, I will fit the mattress protector over a queen-size mattress to test how snug it fits. Then, I’ll test whether the feel of my overall mattress changes at all as a result of using this mattress protector. Lastly, I will review the cloth to gauge how durable or flimsy it is, since this will have definite implications when it comes to washing and drying the protector.
The SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector features an elastic band on the side skirt. This band is used to make the protector fit snugly over your mattress, as well as capture excess material under the mattress. To put it to the test, I brought the protector over to my queen-size memory foam mattress (80x60x12) and went to work. I am glad to report that the protector fit snugly over the mattress; while there was some excess protector on the sides, the elastic bands do a great job of tightening everything to ensure a good fit. However, if you are someone who prefers a mattress protector that provides 360-degree coverage like the Mattress Guard Premium Protector (currently going for a good bargain on Amazon), this protector is not for you. On the other hand, if you don’t care about 360 coverage and are a bit worried about getting too hot, then a protector designed like the SafeGuard Premium is a better choice.
Testing the feel of my overall mattress is, unsurprisingly, very simple: I simply slept on my mattress with the SafeGuard Premium Mattress Protector a few nights! The mattress protector did not change the feel of my mattress at all, which to me is a good thing. Some sleepers like their mattress protectors to be more like pads – that is, to have some added fluff. If that’s what you’re looking for, you won’t find it on this mattress protector but you may have better luck with something like the Soft Heaven Mattress Cover (best price on Amazon).
To test durability of the SafeGuard Premium Mattress Protector, I considered four key factors: garment construction, surface / edge abrasion, colorfastness,and stain release. For a few of these factors, I interviewed verified purchasers who have owned the product for at least 6 months; they are the perfect candidates to rate some of these factors, as they have used, washed, and dried the protector considerably longer than I have.
Garment construction refers to how resistant the protector is to tears at the seams, body and sleeves. The SafeGuard Premium Mattress Protector did pretty well in this test; while the fabric does actually feel pretty thin and flimsy, a resounding majority of verified purchasers claimed that the garment has not torn at all yet. Many of them did not, however, like the fact that the protector was very thin.
Surface / edge abrasion refers to how resistant the mattress protector is against wearing away when rubbed against another surface. Since the protector will be rubbed against the mattress, your skin, the washing machine, the drier, and everything in between, this is an extremely important factor to review. 90% of the verified purchasers noted that the SafeGuard Premium Mattress Protector does an excellent job at resisting abrasions; 10% noted edge abrasions on the side skirts where the elastic band is. This is a great result, as the 10% who reported abrasions also noted they did not follow the official washing/ drying instructions. SafeRest recommends tumble drying the mattress protector on low heat, but I would go even a step further: hang dry it!
Colorfastness refers to how well the mattress protector maintains its color after many wash and dry cycles. A good indicator of a high-quality fabric is its ability to maintain its color. Of the verified purchasers I interviewed, 95% reported not noticing any fading of color, which is great.
Lastly, stain release refers to how effectively the mattress protector can release stains. While this may be a more important factor for clothing, I think its also important for mattress protectors since no one likes to sleep on mattresses with old, gross stains! Of the verified purchasers I interviewed, 60% of them attested to the stain release qualities of the SafeGuard Premium Mattress Protector; 40% were not too thrilled. While this is not a dealbreaker, it certainly would’ve been nice to top off this section with a near-perfect score!
I award 17 out of 20 points in this section.
In the world of mattress protectors, noise can be a big deal-breaker. There are few things more annoying than hearing the swishy-swashy sound of your body (or your partner’s) while you’re trying to drift off to a perfect night’s sleep. Thankfully, I am here to report that the SafeGuard Premium Mattress Protector is almost 100% noiseless. The quality of the fabric is quite high, or else there would be a definite noise when tossing and turning on the mattress protector.
20 out of 20 points here!
To provide an accurate review of the SafeGuard Premium Mattress Protector’s heat regulating abilities, I consulted with verified purchasers of the product and also tested the protector for a week, recording my general feelings throughout each night. The result: a bit of a toss-up! 55% of verified purchasers believed the mattress felt neutral, 40% thought it to be a bit hot but not bad enough to prevent a good night’s sleep, and 5% thought it to be way too hot and prevented them from sleeping well. My personal result was that it also felt a bit hot, so if you’re someone who is sensitive to heat, you should either purchase a second cover to throw on top of this mattress protector, or look for another mattress protector.
14 out of 20 points for this section.
I don’t always like to rely on just one data point in my analysis of mattress protectors (or any products), but an awesome Amazon reviewer happened to conduct a waterproof test very similar to the one I was thinking of doing. Long story short, they placed the SafeGuard Premium Mattress Protector over a stainless steel pot, poured water over and let it sit for a few minutes. The protector did exactly what it was supposed to: no water leaked into the pot! To see the full review, check out the full Amazon review.
20 out of 20 points here!
We at Zen Sleeping believe that a mattress protector with a score of >70 passes our performance standards. After adding up the totals of each section, we are glad to report that the SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector has attained a Zen Sleeping Score of 87! Below you will see a breakdown of how each section in this review stacks up against one another.