The Best Egyptian Cotton Sheets – 2019 Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

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Quick Summary

Shopping for Egyptian cotton sheets is an excellent idea, but we recommend you do your homework. These durable and comfortable sheets are perfect for year-round sleep. They’re cozy in winter and cooling in summer.

Authentic Egyptian cotton sheets are some of the softest and longest-lasting bed linens on the market. This guide provides the information and detailed reviews you need to make an informed buying decision about the best sheets for your lifestyle.

Check out the table below of our best Egyptian cotton sheet picks of 2018 then browse the complete buying guide.

Best Egyptian Cotton Sheets of 2019

Editor’s Pick – Parachute Percale Sheets

Best Value –  Mayfair Linen Egyptian Cotton Sateen Set

Best Luxury – Luxor Linens Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Best 1,000 Thread-Count for Price – eLuxury 1,000 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Best for Deep Pockets – Saatva Lofton Sheets

How We Decided

 

36 Egyptian cotton sheets considered –– 20 hours of research –– 4 experts consulted

Egyptian Cotton Bed Sheet Reviews – Tuck’s Top Choices

Parachute Percale Sheets – Editor’s Pick

HIGHLIGHTS
  • 100% premium, certified long-staple Egyptian cotton
  • Percale weave
  • Includes fitted sheet & two pillowcases; optional top sheet
  • Multiple sizes & colors
  • Machine wash- and dryable
  • 90-night sleep trial
  • Free shipping and returns

A generations-old, family-owned factory in northern Portugal, Parachute designs bed sheets with a combination of modern technologies with time-honored traditions.

The certified, pure long-staple Egyptian cotton sheets feature a percale weave, known for its durability, crispness, and lightweight breathabliity.

Sheets are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified for being free of chemicals, synthetics, and artificial softeners.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Long-staple 100% Egyptian cotton
  • Sateen weave
  • 600 thread count
  • Deep pocket design
  • Includes fitted sheet, top sheet & two pillowcases
  • Machine wash- and dryable
  • Multiple sizes & colors
  • Free shipping

As a Mayfair bedsheet, the Linen Egyptian Cotton Sateen Set is stitched by an artisan and inspected by hand. The long-staple sheets are designed from combed, compact yarn that generates a light, soft fabric that won’t pill.

The Mayfair Linen Egyptian Cotton sheets are breathable and hypoallergenic, crafted to wick away moisture in order to keep you cool and dry. With its sateen weave, the sheet set is heavier and softer than other weaves of Egyptian cotton.

The bottom, fitted sheet includes an elastic, deep pocket design to fit snugly over taller mattresses.

Luxor Linens Sheets

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Certified Egyptian cotton
  • Array of sizes including Olympic Queen
  • Custom tailoring available
  • Choice of 12 colors
  • Very deep 19” pocket
  • 30-night sleep trial

We chose Luxor Linens Valentino as our pick for Premium Luxury Thread Count Egyptian cotton sheets because, at 1200 thread count, these are soft, strong, and offer an excellent night’s sleep.

Luxor’s sheets are a top choice if you have a custom bed, not in a traditional size or want luxury sheets for watercraft or an RV with odd-sized mattresses. They will custom tailor them to your specifications. They also come in hard-to-find Olympic Queen plus Twin XL up to California and Split King.

The cotton is responsibly sourced, and materials are ethically produced. Luxor uses mercerized cotton which has a subtle sheen and holds dye 25% better than other cotton for rich, non-fading colors.

eLuxury 1,000 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Sheets – Best 1,000 Thread Count for the Price

HIGHLIGHTS
  • 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton
  • Single ply sateen weave
  • 1000 thread count
  • Deep pocket design
  • Multiple sizes & colors
  • Machine wash- and dryable
  • Low price for high thread count
  • Free shipping, 30-night trial

eLuxury sheets are designed from Egyptian cotton grown in the Nile River Basin.

Crafted from a four-over, one-under single ply sateen weave, the sheets are both soft and durable. As machine washable, the sheet set is fade-, wrinkle-, and shrink-resistant.

With their deep pocket design, the eLuxury sheets can fit easily over thicker mattresses.

Saatva Lofton Sheets – Best for Deep Pockets

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Long-staple, organic Egyptian cotton
  • Single ply sateen weave
  • 300 thread count
  • Includes fitted sheet, top sheet, & two pillow cases
  • Fair trade-certified
  • Multiple sizes & colors
  • Machine wash- and dryable
  • Free shipping, 45-night sleep trial

Made with long-staple organic Egyptian cotton, the Saatva Lofton Sheets are designed to be soft and durable.

The sheets are made with a 300-thread count and single ply sateen weave to ensure breathability.

Saatva Lofton Sheets are crafted in Fair Trade-certified factories and harvested and manufactured according to Global Organic Textile (GOTS) standards.

The Lofton Organic Sheets feature a deep-pocket design for mattresses 10 to 15 inches high.

Egyptian Cotton Sheets Buying Guide

Egyptian cotton sheets are widely considered the premier cotton sleep experience and are often used in upscale hotels. This buying guide explains why Egyptian cotton has an excellent reputation, how it differs from other cottons, how to shop for the best sheets for you, warranties, and other considerations.

What is Egyptian Cotton?

Egyptian cotton is unique because it’s extra long staple (ELS) meaning it has very long fibers. These long fibers make much finer yarn than does shorter fiber standard cotton. This makes the sheets softer, smoother, more durable, and can last for many years of continued use.

There are significant differences between Egyptian cotton and regular cotton. Egyptian cotton only grows in certain climates that allow the plant to grow very long fibers. True Egyptian cotton is hand-picked which keeps the fibers intact and straight unlike machine harvesting.

Aside from Egyptian cotton, there are several different kinds of cotton used in sheets. Among the most common is “regular cotton”, which typically refers to American upland cotton as well as other varieties derived from different plants. Regular cotton is often coarser to the touch because of its shorter fibers. Similarly, regular cotton tends to see lower durability than other varieties.

Another variety of cotton, Pima is a sister plant to Egyptian cotton, also known as “Supima cotton”. Pima is similar in that it’s also long staple cotton but was developed to grow in the US more than 100 years ago. Pima is considered the closest in quality to Egyptian cotton, which many experts see as the gold standard of sheet fabric.

Why Choose Egyptian Cotton?

Egyptian cotton is a top choice because of comfort and performance. Many five-star hotels only use Egyptian cotton bedding because of the luxury feel their upscale clients prefer. Here’s a quick look at some of the benefits of this unique fabric:

  • No pilling – Extra long staple cotton won’t pill which is not only unsightly but also uncomfortable.
  • Incredibly soft – Long fibers make a fine yarn that’s soft and result in smooth silky-feeling sheets.
  • Strong – The long fibers allow a tighter weave creating stronger sheets than other materials.
  • Breathable – If you tend to sleep hot, Egyptian cotton wicks moisture because it’s a thirsty fiber.
  • Durability – Well-crafted Egyptian cotton sheets are some of the longest-lasting on the market.

Short v. Long v. Extra Long Staple Cotton

Cotton can typically be categorized into three classifications of staples:

  • Short staple: Short staple cotton typically features fibers up to 1.125 inches long. Short staple fibers are the most common variety of cotton and used for denim, flannel, and low-maintenance fibers including upland cotton.
  • Long staple: Long staple cotton have individual fibers measuring 1.125 – 1.25 inches. Longer staple length translates to a smoother surface with fewer exposed ends. Long staple fiber tends to be softer, silkier, and more durable.
  • Extra-long staple: This variety of cotton typically refers to fibers at a length of 1.375 – 2 inches long. Extra-long staple cotton typically comes from rarer, more difficult to harvest cotton crops. Extra-long staple cotton is considered the highest quality and most desired cotton for its soft, silky feel. Pima and Egyptian are both considered extra-long staple cotton.
Short Staple Cotton Long Staple Cotton Extra-Long Staple Cotton
Up to 1.125″ long Between 1.125″ and 1.25″ long Between 1.375″ and 2″ long
Most common, often used in denim and flannel Smooth, silky, durable material Extremely soft and silky, highest quality

How to Find the Right Egyptian Cotton Sheets

When shopping for Egyptian cotton sheets, it’s important to have all the information at hand to make the best choice. There are pitfalls to avoid and marketing hype to cut through to make sure you get true Egyptian cotton sheets. Here we take you through some steps to make sure you get the best sheets.

You should examine the label, manufacturer information and production details, thread count, weave, and color options to complement your home décor.

Authenticity

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for vendors to mislabel bedding as “Egyptian Cotton”. In fact, studies have found that as many as 90 percent of premium cotton bedding products are mislabeled. Another study determined as many as 80 percent of fabric tags labeled as pure Egyptian cotton were actually crafted from cotton blends.

To determine the authenticity of an Egyptian cotton bed set, your first clue might be the price. True Egyptian sheets are sold in high-end and specialty stores for upwards of $500. Sheet sets labeled “Egyptian cotton” with a lower price tag may be too good to be true.

Make sure you take a close look at the product tags before making a purchase. If you are buying online, ask for a photo of the tags, which should contain a description of the materials used. Make sure that you purchase your sheets from a trusted manufacturer who offers a solid return policy or warranty on their sheets. A reputable vendor will have confidence in the durability and comfort of true Egyptian cotton sheets.

Thread Count

Thread count is a critical concern. Some Egyptian cotton sheet brands artificially inflate their thread count by counting each strand of a yarn fiber, as we mentioned above. Any thread counts above 600-800 should be researched thoroughly to ensure the count is accurate and not a numbers game.

Some brands do produce very high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets that are single pick or single ply count. However, many brands with high thread counts are playing marketing games with their terminology. You can get a soft set of sheets without an extremely high thread count.

For Egyptian cotton sheets, between 400-700 is a good range, but lower thread counts (200-300) can be very comfortable if the yarn is single ply and it’s finely made. Customer reviews are important in addition to vetting manufacturing details on thread count.

Weave

Weave is the way that the cotton fibers are combined to make the fabric. There are four common weaves for Egyptian cotton sheets, but two that are most preferred. The weave of sheets determines the feel, the softness, and the durability as some weaves can loosen over time or break yarn strands.

Types of sheet weaves:

  • Percale – This often used weave has one thread over and one thread under in a symmetrical pattern. These sheets have a crisp feel and a matte finish. They are durable and long lasting.
  • Sateen – This weave is three over and one under in pattern resulting in a heavier and smoother feeling fabric. It is softer but also shows wear faster and can pill faster than percale.
  • Pinpoint – These weaves are made with two threads over and one thread under and has greater durability but with loss of softness. These feel like men’s dress shirt fabric.
  • Twill – This weave is accomplished in an offset pattern with differing thread counts over and under and results in a diagonal thread pattern. It’s soft, fuzzy, and warm.

Choose a Color or Pattern that Blends with Your Décor

Many brands of high-quality Egyptian cotton sheets offer limited colors. Traditional colors for Egyptian cotton are white and off-white or gray, and few brands offer patterned sheets. Fortunately, gorgeous crisp white sheets complement most any décor.

If you want a more colorful sheet, shop carefully. Most brands offer a paler palette of neutrals. Since good quality Egyptian cotton sheets should outlast a comforter or duvet, sticking with neutrals is a good shopping strategy.

If you want a richer color, look for mercerized cotton since they hold dye better with deeper colors, and will resist fading as you launder. Egyptian cotton sheets can be costly, so invest in a timeless style choice rather than a trend.

Other Things to Consider

Some final considerations are whether you want organic fabric and whether you can return the sheets if they don’t perform well for you.

Organically Grown

Egyptian cotton can be organic or not. Organic cotton is grown with non-GMO seeds and no synthetic pesticides. The agricultural process for organic is low-impact on the environment. There are no toxic or persistent pesticides and fertilizers used, so it’s a healthier product.

Egyptian cotton sheets are costly already, and if you want organic, you should be prepared to pay more. However, if you have sensitivities, health concerns, or want a more eco-conscious product, it may be well worth the extra dollars.

Return Policy

There is a difference between a sleep trial, return policy, and warranty. A sleep trial allows you to sleep on the sheets and make sure they work well for you. Some return policies allow you to sleep on the sheets and return if you don’t like them. Other brands will only accept returns if the sheets are unused.

Warranties are different and relate to defects in the products such as stitching falling apart or other quality issues. Warranties are not about performance or satisfaction.

Additional Tuck Resources

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