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When you stay at a hotel, and the bed sheets are scratchy, too heavy, or ill-fitting, it can change your entire perception of your stay. Likewise, when the sheets are soft and comfortable, and feel more luxurious than the ones you have at home, you leave wanting to recreate the experience in your own bed with a set of hotel-style sheets.
Soft, smooth, and crisp feeling, these sheets are typically made from cotton in a percale or sateen weave, are easy care and wrinkle-resistant, and durable to hold up to regular washing. To help you recreate the experience of staying in your favorite hotel at home, read on to learn more about Tuck’s top choices for hotel sheets, and some of the things to consider when purchasing your own set.
Brooklinen’s Classic Core sheets, our Editor’s Pick, are made from silky-soft long-staple cotton and exemplify the experience of sleeping in a luxury hotel. These 270 thread count percale sheets are exceptionally breathable, making them ideal for people who sleep hot, while still providing plenty of luxurious softness.
Brooklinen’s Classic Core Sheets are available in six sizes, and sold either individually or in a set. As with all of the company’s bedding, the long and short sides of the sheets are marked for easier bed making, and the pillowcases have envelope-style backs to prevent the pillow from coming out of the case. The sheets are machine-washable, and sized to fit mattresses up to 15 inches thick.
Brooklinen offers customers a 365-night sleep trial, so you can try these sheets for up to a year to determine whether they are right for you.
If you’re looking for soft, luxurious sheets that won’t break the bank, the Hotel Luxury 1800 Series sheets may fit the bill. Our pick for Best Value, these polyester microfiber sheets are soft and luxurious, fade and wrinkle resistant, and easy care.
These sheets are made from polyester, are hypoallergenic, and repel dust mites and other allergens. They are machine washable, and maintain their soft and smooth feel even after multiple washings. They are also breathable and cool, ideal for those who sleep hot.
These deep-pocket sheets fit mattresses up to 16 inches thick, and have elastic all the way around the fitted sheet to ensure a secure fit. The manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty.
Parachute’s European-made percale sheets are soft and luxurious, with the crisp feeling that you expect in a high-end hotel. Made from 100 percent long-staple Egyptian cotton, Parachute’s sheets are crisp and cool, and sleep comfortably no matter the season.
Unlike other percale sheets, Parachute’s are not treated with synthetic chemicals to create a softer finish. The cotton fibers will naturally soften with time.
Designed to fit mattresses up to 16 inches thick, the Parachute percale sheets are available in six sizes and five neutral colors. The bundled sets do not include a flat sheet, but rather only a fitted sheet and pillowcases (one with twin and twin XL). Customers can also design their own sheet sets, selecting the size, color, and style for flat and fitted sheets and pillowcases.
These machine-washable sheets come with a 90-day sleep trial.
Allswell’s Organic Cotton Sheets are made from 100 percent organic cotton, woven into a smooth and luxurious sateen weave. Machine washable and wrinkle-resistant, they are an ideal choice for someone who wants to bring the experience of a luxury hotel home while remaining environmentally conscious.
Organic cotton is naturally breathable and moisture-wicking, making it a good choice for people who tend to sleep hot. However, sateen does tend to be a heavier weave, so these sheets might sleep somewhat warmer than a set made with a percale weave.
Allswell’s Organic Cotton sheets are available in four sizes and two colors (white and blush). The set includes flat and fitted sheets, and pillowcases (1 for twin.) The sheets feature a pocket depth of 14 inches, deep enough to accommodate most mattresses.
Choosing the right hotel sheets can bring that “vacation” feeling to your own bedroom every night. Read on for some more details about what makes hotel sheets special, what to look for in a set of sheets, and what you should consider when comparing your options.
When you stay in a hotel, you expect to sleep on soft, comfortable sheets. In fact, hotels often use their sheets as a marketing tool, enticing customers with terms like “European linens” or “luxurious bedding.” You can recreate that experience at home with hotel sheets.
Although some bedding manufacturers use the term “hotel sheets” to describe their products, it’s not a specific or consistent type of sheets. Rather, it refers to “hotel style” sheets, meant to mimic the experience of sleeping in a hotel.
In general, this means that the sheets are either 100 percent cotton or a cotton blend (usually cotton/polyester), wrinkle resistant, and durable enough to withstand frequent washing. The most common types of cotton used in hotel sheets are Egyptian or Pima, which are naturally soft and smooth, and resist pilling and fraying better than other fibers due to their long-staple fibers.
Ultimately, what sets hotel-style sheets apart from others is their luxurious feeling. They tend to be smooth and crisp as well as soft, and offer an exceptionally comfortable sleeping experience.
Most hotel sheets are made from cotton or a cotton/polyester blend. Cotton is preferable for several reasons. First, it’s durable. The average hotel sheet is washed as many as 300 times a year, 10-15 times more often than your sheets at home. They need to withstand so many washings while still maintaining a smooth, soft feel, and high quality cotton or a cotton/polyester blend can do that.
The most common types of cotton used in hotel sheets are Egyptian, Pima, and in some cases, Supima. Egyptian cotton refers to a specific type of long-staple cotton grown in Egypt. The fibers of true Egyptian cotton are typically 1-2 inches long, creating a more durable and smoother fabric than other cotton types.
Pima cotton is a generic term for high quality cotton grown anywhere, and it may or may not be extra long-staple. Supima cotton, on the other hand, is an extra long-staple cotton grown only in the U.S. that provides exceptional softness and durability.
Hotel sheets are generally available in standard bed sizes (twin, full, queen, and king). Some brands also offer twin XL and California king sheets. When shopping for sheets, it’s most important to look at the pocket depth.
Not all sheets will fit thicker mattresses that are more than 12 inches thick, which can lead to the fitted sheet popping off when it doesn’t extend over the entire width of the mattress. Sheets with deeper pockets will fit over thinner mattress profiles, but you may need to tuck the excess fabric under the mattress for a snug fit.
The most common weaves for hotel sheets are percale and sateen. Percale is a plain one-over, one-under weave, tightly woven for a smooth and firm feeling. Unlike other weaves, like damask or sateen, percale doesn’t feature any sheen or intricate designs. It’s a crisp weave that holds up well to washing and breathes well, so it stays cool even on the hottest nights.
Sateen is a slightly heavier weave that uses a four-over, one-under weave pattern that results in a slight sheen. For that reason, it feels smooth and silky to the touch, and looks a bit more formal than percale. Sateen also sleeps warmer than percale.
Thread count is often misunderstood by shoppers when comparing sheets. There’s a perception that the higher the thread count, the better the sheet quality. However, thread count is not always an accurate indicator of the quality or softness of a sheet, and some manufacturers use it as a marketing ploy.
The term thread count refers to the number of threads woven within one square inch of fabric. Although you might see thread counts of 600, 800, or even 1,000 or more, those numbers are generally inflated, as it’s all but impossible to fit more than 600 individual threads into one square inch.
To achieve higher thread count sheets, manufacturers might use thinner threads, which compromise the durability of the fabric. Or they may use double or triple ply threads (multiple single strands twisted together) in order to double or triple the actual thread count.
Ultimately, higher thread counts do not automatically equal higher quality sheets. Instead, look for sheets made from fabric woven with high quality materials to improve your sleep and ensure the longevity of your bedding.
When you’re looking for hotel sheets, you might start by calling your favorite hotels to inquire about the sheets they use. Many hotels will gladly provide this information – some even offer guests the opportunity to purchase the same bedding used in guest rooms directly from them.
Other things to consider when purchasing hotel-style sheets include: