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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Review: Allerzip Waterproof Mattress Protector plus a Giveaway!

Well, it has been an embarrassingly long time since I was approached by reps from Protect-A-Bed* to do a review and a giveaway for their mattress protectors.

In my defence, I have had some very valid (and sad) reasons in the last half of 2010 not to be thinking about mattress protectors, but part of my delay was due simply to procrastination, and for that I apologise.

Without further ado, I would like to give you my two cents on Protect-A-Bed's Allerzip product.

MasterSeven has been plagued with allergies since birth. Lucky him, in addition to the milk and egg allergies, which he has thankfully given away recently, he suffers from allergies to tree nuts and dust mites. Both he and his father suffer from the dust mite allergy. Or to quote my husband, "an allergy to dust mites and dust mites' faeces". Well thank you for sharing. Anyway, my husband and my eldest son can keep the chemist in business with all the tissues and anti-histamines we buy.

When MasterSeven was just a tot, we bought a dust-mite barrier for his cot mattress, but guess what? It wasn't waterproof! Kids and waterproof mattress protectors kind of go hand-in-hand, especially during potty training time. It doesn't stop there however. Kids get all sorts of lovely tummy bugs and aren't always the best at anticipating the worst, so even after toilet training was finished, I have always had some sort of waterproof protector on my children's beds.

When the opportunity arose to review a dust mite barrier that was waterproof, I jumped at the chance. Finally there was a product that combined the protection against dust-mites (and their faeces) with protection from accidents of any sort.

Allerzip Waterproof Mattress Protector
So, what is the Allerzip mattress protector? It is basically a mattress protector that encases the entire mattress, forming a barrier between your child and the nasty dust mites, but it is also waterproof and can be washed in hot water, and wait for it...tumble-dried. Unheard of!

Any waterproof protectors I have had in the past, always required the utmost care in making sure that they NEVER saw the inside of a dryer, otherwise the plastic coating would crack and they would no longer be waterproof. I have been known to threaten my husband with his life as he stood with waterproof mat in hand, poised at the dryer door ready to drop it in. "Put the mat down and back away slowly.", I would say as I scooped it up and carefully pegged it on our clothes line, out of the sun and at an ambient temperature of 24.5 degrees Celsius. With THIS mattress protector, I can scrunch it up, jump on it and hurl it into the dryer at 50 paces, switch it on and walk away. Not that I actually do that, but I am trying to make a point here.

This is what the company says about the product and my response to their claims:

Dust mite barrier and allergy protection - When I first put this protector on MasterSeven's bed, I thought that it really wasn't going to make much of a difference. He has carpet in his room, and let's face it, I am not the most diligent at vacuuming under his bed. Having said that, I can't remember the last time I heard complaints from him at night time about his nose being blocked. Whereas before I put the protector on his bed, it was a nightly occurrence. The fact that it is making a difference truly surprises me.

Protects against allergens such as pet dander, pollen and mould - I can't comment on this as we have no pets, and MasterSeven isn't allergic to those other things, thank goodness!

Air vapour porous and waterproof - Definitely waterproof, and I will prove it later.

Smooth Polyester surface - It kind of feels like imitation satin sheets - don't ask me how I know that. The slippery texture made it a little bit easier to slip the mattress protector on the bed. 

Cool and comfortable to sleep on - MasterSeven gives it the thumbs up on this one.

Giving it the thumbs-up!
Machine washable hot, tumble-dry medium - Yay! I am so doing a happy dance about this one!

For optimum convenience, use with Protect-A-Bed mattress protectors - I guess this all depends on the likelihood of having to do a midnight bed change. I don't need this as the boys are well and truly past wee accidents in their beds, and they don't often get sick.

Some additional comments I would like to add are:

  • It is kind of a challenge getting the mattress protector on the bed, because it has to fully encase the mattress, and it fits quite snugly. This is cumbersome to manage on a single bed, but would be nigh on impossible for one person to do if it were a queen-sized bed. It must be said that this is not only a challenge with the Allerzip product, we also encountered this problem with other dust mite barrier mattress protectors, but they were even more difficult to put on because they did not have the slippery texture.
  • There was some additional paraphernalia that came with the protector that I could only guess as to its purpose.
  • There was printing at the foot of each of the four ends of the bed (top and bottom) that was meant to be useful in determining when it was time to flip over the mattress/mattress protector--I am guessing. It didn't matter in the end, because the writing came off in the first wash. No matter, it wasn't like I was going to be flipping my son's mattress on a monthly basis anyway!
So I wanted to put their claims of 'waterproof-ness' to the test, so I did my own little experiment. Click on the video to see the result of my experiment.*

Now, for the most exciting part, I get to give something away! Protect-a-Bed Australia has kindly offered to my readers a waterproof mattress protector for a single bed (not the Allerzip product but a normal waterproof mattress protector). Anybody with kids can use this, and did you read the bit about the fact that you can stick it in the dryer? I live in Cairns where it rains for six months of the year, and this feature is truly welcome in this climate.

Check out Protect-A-Bed's website to find out where your nearest retailer is.

So the rules for this giveaway are here:
  1. I need to get this to you, but I would still like to be able to afford to buy shoes for the children, so it is open to Australian residents only.
  2. Giveaway ends at 10 pm (Brisbane Time) on Monday 31st January 2011.
  3. Leave a comment here as an entry to the giveaway.
  4. Tweet about it with a link back to this page for an extra entry, just leave a comment here to let me know you have done it.
  5. Share a link to this page on Facebook for another entry, and leave a comment here to let me know.
  6. If you are new here, have a peruse of my popular posts in the side bar, and if you like what you read, I would love it if you would follow me. RSS Feed, Google Connect (click the Google Connect button on my side bar, Twitter, 'Like' my Facebook Page, the options are many, but not mandatory.
  7. If you want to also follow Protect-A-Bed's Blog, feel free to do so. Here are their other connections: Facebook, Twitter, but again, it is not mandatory.
  8. The winner will be chosen by random number generator, please just make sure I have a way of contacting you.
This competition has closed. The winner of the Protect-A-Bed waterproof mattress protector is Trish from My Little Drummer Boys. Congratulations, Trish!

*About Protect-A-Bed®
They’re an Australian manufacturer of premium bedding protection products (i.e. mattress protectors, quilt protectors, pillow protectors, and drawsheets) designed to promote a healthy, allergy-free and comfortable sleeping environment.

*Don't ask me why I have circus music on in the background, I thought it sounded a bit like, "...and for my next trick...", but it just sounds odd. Never mind! Did you know that piece of music has a name and is called Entrance of the Gladiators by Julius Fučík? So if you learned nothing today about mattress protectors, you still can walk away with that little piece of useless info to amaze your friends at dinner parties. Can you tell I don't get out much?

Thanks to Protect-A-Bed Australia for providing the Allerzip product to me for review. All opinions expressed are my own, based on my own experience. No money has changed hands in exchange for this review.


  1. I am liking your waterproof test!

  2. I'd love to enter! This would be perfect for my 3 year old :)
    djchilds at hot mail dot com

  3. I've just started following your blog publicly as Di (Google blogger)
    djchilds at hot mail dot com

  4. What a great review! Headed here after seeing the post from Protect-a-bed on Facebook. Great to hear there is finally a mattress protector that can be tumble dried. Yipeee! Will tweet & Share on FB.

  5. Have tweeted on twitter with link to this blog giveaway here

    djchilds at hot mail dot com

  6. I'm toilet training at the moment, so would definitely love a mattress protector. Email is in my blogger profile.

  7. Oh yes - I'm another toilet trainer:) would love to be included - thanks

  8. Oh yes, all the horrible things they say that live in your mattresses & i have 4 single beds in our house for my bunch. A great product, great PR job there too!! Love Posie

  9. Who wouldn't love one of these mattress protectors ....count me in to win

  10. Thanks.Very informative post. I got it very useful.

  11. I neeed one of these! 3 kids and only two mattress protectors !

  12. When my toddler hit a big bed status this year I will be needing one of these.

  13. nice review. super informative. We are just about to start toilet training, so this will be perfect if I win.

  14. Wow, the allergy one sounds great. Mr 9 also has loads of allergies including anaphylaxis to tree nuts and peanuts. Nice to know there is something on the market that might ease his allergies, eczema and asthma.

  15. I really enjoyed reading your review. I've come across Protect-A-Bed's website before, but wasn't sure how good it was.

    Thanks for sharing! And thanks for the opportunity!

  16. I just followed you on twitter and retweeted under mottgirl!

  17. Hey, I'm new to your blog:) I posted about the giveaway on my blog for youm http://welfarewisdom.blogspot.com/2011/01/lets-do-giveaways.html.
    Congrats on your first giveaway:)

  18. I really need to get me some of them allerzip mattress protectors. Heidi is allergic to dust mites and prone to fairly constant sniffles.

    Might have to investigate the Queen size one for myself, maybe hubby could help me put it on.

  19. Loved the video!!
    OMG! My verification word is peeon hahahaaaa

  20. I would love this as my daughter is just about to start toilet training and I don't want her new bed ruined.
    Thanks for the chance.

  21. I am not sure if I get a entry for the following but I will list them and if they don't count then discount them :)

    I follow with Google Friends

  22. follow you on twitter @chicbub

  23. I follow protector bed on FB

  24. follow protector bed on twitter @chicbub

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