This is a very nice quality product for the price. It is absolutely water proof, had two accidents on it so far and nothing got through. You do NOT hear nor feel the plastic protective part, the thicker "pebble" surface offers cushion and separation from that part of the pad. We have washed it twice and run it through the dryer and it comes out perfect! No pilling, no stains, and nothing weird happened with the plastic part. I'm very happy with this product!