We’ve all gotten to a point where, one day, you wake up and you realize: Your pillows are absolutely disgusting. Of course, they weren’t always this way. But after years of use—and an accumulation of stains and feathers poking out from every which way, you can’t deny that things have gotten out of hand.
If your pillows are still giving you a comfortable night’s sleep, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to replace them. You just need a good pillow protector. (Even if they’re beyond hope, it’s worth investing in protectors to extend their lifespan.)
So below, we’ve outlined exactly what a pillow protector is—and how it differs from a pillowcase—plus 11 of the best protectors on the market, from ones that protect against stains and spills to allergy-friendly numbers and protectors that are good for your skin and hair.