Are you looking for dust mite covers for your mattresses and pillows?
Then you've come to the right place.
In this Pest Strategies product review you can expect to learn:
- What are dust mites?
- What are dust mite covers?
- Do they work?
- Which dust mite covers are the best?
- DIY methods of stopping dust mites?
- And our overall #1 pick
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Allersoft Mattress Protector
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Sable Mattress Protector
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LinenSpa Mattress Protector
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SafeRest Mattress Encasement
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Luna Mattress Protector
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Our Overall #1 Rated Pick
(updated as of 12/18/2018)
Of all the Dust Mite Covers we researched and reviewed, our top pick goes to the Allersoft Mattress Protector.
We chose it because it focuses strictly on dust mites instead of getting sidetracked into being waterproof, although some people want that included.
But it's not germane to our efforts here.
And because it does what it's designed to do by using a tight cotton weave to keep dust mites and allergens out.
There's no plastic to contend with, which makes it easy to wash and dry, as well as in eliminating those irritating plastic crinkly noises.
Want to learn about the rest of out top picks? Continue reading!
5 Best Dust Mite Covers
Are you short on time or just want a quick answer?Check out our list below for a summary of our results. Keep on reading to learn more about dust mite covers.
What Are Dust Mites?
Dust mites, more formally known as House Dust Mites. They are so tiny and translucent they are barely visible to the naked eye. They average in size from 0.2-0.3 millimeters in size.
For reference, that's about 0.008-0.012 inches in size. They eat skin flakes from animals, including people. They live in areas where it's warm and humid.
Considering the aforementioned characteristics, the most likely place you'll find them is in your bed!
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They can quickly and easily work their way into the carpet, mattresses and box springs on your bed, furniture that's upholstered, stuffed toys, pillows, clothes, towels. In short, they can be in almost any fabric item in the house.
Dust mites breed very rapidly, and just one of them can leave behind over 2000 pieces of fecal material including dust particles covered with partially digested enzymes from their gut in a matter of weeks. All this contributes to a wide variety of allergic reactions such as wheezing and skin problems.
They're not quite as bad as bed bugs though, but they're close.
What Are Dust Mite Covers?
Encasing covers that zip up around the entire mattress of your bed.
They're designed to keep dust mites and their allergens completely away from you.
This is accomplished in one of two ways; by a super tight weave in the fabric of the cover, or by using plastic to make it airtight.
Often known as “allergen-impermeable” covers, dust mite covers are special bedding products designed specifically with dust mites in mind. True dust mite covers aren't concerned with anything else.
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How Can You Protect Yourself from Dust Mites?
- Encase your mattress, box springs, and pillows with dust mite covers.
- Vacuum weekly. Use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA Filter. That will keep the dust mites in the vacuum.
- Wash all the bedding at least once a week. Make sure the water is at least 130ºF and dry them on high heat.
- Get rid of all bedding that has feathers in it.
- Use only pillows and bedding that are stuffed with synthetic fibers.
- Avoid using comforters. If you have to use them, wash them separately once a week in hot water and dry on high heat.
- Use hardwood, tile, or linoleum instead of carpet. Wash throw rugs just as you do the bedding.
- Don't lay the carpet directly on concrete. Always use plastic and padding under it.
- Wet mop at least once a week.
- Keep the humidity in your house below 50%.
- Use damp clothes when dusting to prevent stirring up dust and allergens.
The video below provides a closer look at these microscopic unwanted guests.
Dust Mite Covers We Reviewed
As a quick recap, here are the five dust mite covers we looked at.
Our #1 pick went to the Allersoft Mattress Protector, but some of the others might be more suited to your needs.
Be sure to take a look at the Allersoft Pillow Protector who don't need a full mattress protector, but only something to protect their pillows.
This is a hypoallergenic tight-weave, 300 thread count, 100% cotton mattress encasement.
The pore size in the weave is 3.44 microns. By way of comparison, a human hair is about 50 microns in diameter and a dust mite is about 400 microns long.
On queen or king size mattresses it will probably take two people to get the mattress inside it. But once it's done, it fits well, it's cool to sleep on and does breathe. There are no plastic crinkly noises to contend with either because there's no plastic in it.
Be aware though that it's neither waterproof nor is it really intended to be. It will repel water for a little bit, long enough for you to wipe it dry with cloth or towel. But sooner rather than later, it will soak in.
It's a comfortable cover for your queen size mattress and a reliable barrier against fluids, stains, mites, allergens, and bacteria. So if you are fond of enjoying a nice breakfast in bed, you wouldn't have to worry with your food and drink spilling over your mattress.
Made out of breathable cotton, you can only expect the best of relaxation with this mattress protector. With fully elasticized anchor bands, you can expect to enjoy crinkle-free fit for smooth and comfortable sleep experience.
This mattress cover surrounds the entire mattress, completely encasing it.
The plastic is strong enough to “give” without tearing but, for the most part, doesn't make all the noise older mattress covers do. The zipper is solid, without any of the problems that so often occur on these things.
It is very thick and comfortable and seems to breathe nicely. The crinkly noise that most mattress covers make is supposed to be absent, but as with anything made with plastic in it, there is going to be some noise.
Quality control on the assembly line may not be what it should be as some of these are nice and quiet, while others definitely aren't.
The major problem with encasement protectors is getting them on and off of king size mattresses. Oftentimes, the opening isn't larger enough to get the mattress into the encasement without standing it on its side.
If you've ever tried to muscle a king size mattress around, you know what a problem that can be.
As long as the zipper remains intact, dust mites shouldn't be able to get through it. The material is hypoallergenic and seems to do the job.
SafeRest has an encasement design covering the entire mattress. The zipper is called a Micro-zipper with very fine teeth to prevent bugs from getting through it.
The zipper also seems to be the main problem in the newer models of this cover. Older models work the way the manufacturer claims, but the newer ones have some serious problems with the zipper.
You have to be extra careful and slow with it or it'll bust on you before you get it on the first time. Once it's on you're in good shape. But getting there shouldn't be such a hassle.
Like many other mattress covers, it's made from a hypoallergenic cotton terry that breathes fairly well. It also claims to be noiseless, but like other mattress covers, that's not entirely true. The quest for a waterproof, truly noiseless mattress cover still continues.
This line of mattress protectors are available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King sizes to fit every mattress. It protects you against allergens and bodily fluids.
It's made of hypoallergenic cotton terry that is supposed to breathe but it doesn't feel like it. You keep waking up in a pool of sweat. It's very hot. However, it does repel liquids as promised.
Instead of being an encasement, it has a fitted sheet design but no elastic anchors to secure the sides of the mattress. This gives it a tendency to sag like an oversized underwear. It's not a very pleasing look.
Our Top Pick: Allersoft Mattress Protector
There are a lot of dust mite covers on the market.
Some of them do more than just protect you against dust mites, which you may or may not need.
All of them will work to one degree or another, but there can only be one winner.
It focuses just on dust mites, so it doesn't have any crinkly plastic noises when you move around on it. It's soft, cool, and actually breathes.
It completely encases your mattress and zips closed to stop dust mites and their allergens.
A close second is the Sable Mattress Protector because it is made of 100% breathable cotton, hypoallergenic, and waterproof.
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