I Didn’t Think I Needed a Mattress Topper — But This One Changed My Mind (And it’s On Sale!)

updated May 27, 2022
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If you love your mattress, keeping your bed in tip-top shape is the best way to make sure it lasts a long time. That’s why mattress protectors are so important — but the problem for me? I never met a mattress protector that I actually liked. While I appreciated the concept in theory, every time I tried one it either rustled like plastic or was too crisp and stiff. One too many of these encounters put me off them completely for a while, but I knew I had to protect the mattress I love! I decided to try the Organic Cotton Mattress Pad Protector from Avocado, and taking that chance has altered my perception of mattress protectors altogether.

What stood out first was how soft the mattress pad is compared with those I’d had in the past. The Organic Cotton Mattress Pad looks like a fitted sheet, but it’s a whole lot easier to put on the bed. Handmade in California, it features a plush quilted top with reinforced edges and an organic cotton skirt that tucks neatly into place.

When I got my Avocado Green Mattress, I opted for a built-in pillow top, which increased the height of the mattress by two inches. That might not sound like much of a change, but it’s the difference between a mattress protector that fits and one that doesn’t. I love that Avocado’s comes in two pocket sizes: for standard mattresses or those that are more than 16 inches thick. Getting the right size mattress pad is imperative to saving your mattress shape from distorting.

They say that a good mattress protector doesn’t change how a mattress feels, but a bad one certainly does! The Avocado’s Organic Cotton Mattress Protector preserves the coziness of my mattress, and (even though it’s not waterproof) it saved my mattress from what could have been a nasty cranberry juice stain. The mattress pad is machine washable and can be tumble-dried on low, (aka low maintenance and convenient). After going through the wash and dry cycles, there was none of that disappointing clumping in the quilted sections. It still looks just as good as when I first got it.

This mattress pad has completely reshaped the way I think about mattress protectors. There’s no need to choose between a comfortable sleep or a long-lasting mattress. We can — and should — have both!

Right now, you can score the the Organic Cotton Mattress Pad Protector and more AT-editor favorites from Avocado by using the code SAVE10 for 10 percent off sitewide.

Buy: Avocado Organic Cotton Mattress Pad Protector, Queen, $269.10 (originally $299)