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Bed sheets are an important part of your sleep experience yet are often overlooked aside from considering what color might best match your décor. Sheets envelop your body while you sleep and can either contribute to a better night’s sleep or distract from it. The texture, feel, warmth, and moisture wicking capabilities all contribute to your comfort while you doze.
This best sheet buying guide will show you different sheet materials, what to look for in thread count and mattress fit, and how to choose the best sheets for you. Below are our top eight picks for best sheets. We consider verified buyer feedback and customer reviews plus our in-house testing process, analysis, and sleep trials when making our choices.
The Best Bed Sheets of 2019
Editor’s Choice – Parachute Percale Sheet Set
Best Value – Brooklyn Bedding Brushed Microfiber Sheets
Best Organic Cotton Sheets – Saatva Lofton Organic Sheets
Best Egyptian Cotton Sheets – Luxor Linens Valentino Sheet Set
Best Bamboo Sheets – Layla Bamboo Sheets
Best Linen Sheets – Magic Linens Sheet Sets
Best Flannel Sheets – Pinzon Signature Flannel Sheets
Best Lightweight Sheets – Threadmill Home Linen Cotton Sheets
Our Editor’s Pick for the best bed sheets sold today is the Percale Sheet Set from Parachute. This set includes one fitted sheet made of luxurious, 400TC long-staple Egyptian cotton and two matching pillowcases. An additional top sheet is also available for an extra $60 to $90, depending on the selected size. The cotton-percale material is designed to maintain a crisp feel even after multiple washes, and Parachute bedding products are ethically sourced and manufactured in Portugal. Seven color options are available.
The sheets have a pocket depth of 16″, making them suitable for most mattresses sold today including those with thicker-than-average profiles. The naturally breathable cotton is also quite cool, making the sheets optimal for those who tend to sleep hot. The sheets are available in six sizes that correspond to standard mattress dimensions.
Parachute offers free shipping for all orders in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii. The Percale Sheet Set is backed by a 90-night sleep trial.
Our Best Value pick is Brooklyn Bedding Brushed Microfiber sheets. These are 100% polyester which means no wrinkling or shrinkage that’s common with natural materials like cotton or linen. The fabric is finely woven and brushed for ultimate softness.
A nice feature of these sheets is that the fitted sheet is fully elasticized on the perimeter to keep it firmly in place. There are six color options, including several neutrals and a dark gray. The high-quality synthetic fabric also resists pilling which can be a problem with bargain bedding.
The microfiber weave is moisture-wicking and lightweight for cooler sleep. The sheets are backed by a 120-night sleep trial, which is longer than average compared to other sheet trial periods.
Organic cotton is a popular bedding material for several reasons. It is highly breathable, for one, and is suitable for anyone who naturally runs hot at night. By definition, the material is also eco-friendly and ethically sourced. The Lofton Organic Sheet Set from Saatva earns our pick for this category due in part to its low price-point compared to similar bedding packages. The set includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and one to two matching pillowcases (depending on the selected size).
The 300TC organic cotton in these single-ply sheets is produced from long-staple fibers. The pocket depth of the fitted sheet will accommodate any mattress that is 15″ thick or shorter. Saatva’s organic cotton has earned full certification from the Global Organic Textile Standard, and the company’s manufacturing facilities are Fair Trade Certified (indication ethical employment practices).
Saatva offers free standard shipping, and delivers sheets to most locations in the U.S. and Canada. The Lofton Organic Sheet Set is backed by a 45-night sleep trial and a 1-year warranty.
Egyptian cotton is a luxurious material that offers exceptional softness and temperature regulation, even compared to other cotton types. However, sheets made of Egyptian cotton tend to be somewhat expensive. The Valentino Sheet Set from Luxor Linens is a notable exception; the set includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two matching pillowcases at a reasonable price-point compared to similar product bundles. The sheets are available in six sizes corresponding to standard mattress dimensions, as well as Olympic Queen and Split King options.
The Valentino sheets and pillowcases are crafted from 1200TC long-staple Egyptian cotton that has been mercerized for added softness. The material can be washed and dried in machines without compromising its softness or crispness. Customers can also customize their Valentino bedding products with optional monograms for roughly $15 in any size. A 19″ pocket depth ensures the sheets will be compatible with the vast majority of mattresses sold today.
Luxor Linens offers free U.S. shipping for all purchases over $49. The Valentino Sheet Set is backed by a 30-night sleep trial.
Rayon or viscose from bamboo is a popular sheet material because it is naturally cool and exceptionally breathable. It also has a silky-soft texture that is beneficial for sleepers with sensitive skin, but the bamboo fibers are also highly durable and resistant to early wear.
Our pick for this category is the Layla Bamboo Sheet set, which includes two pillowcases, a flat sheet, and a fitted sheet at a reasonable price-point. The set is available in six sizes to accommodate standard mattress dimensions, and the fitted sheet’s pocket depth of 14″ should work with most beds sold today.
Layla offers free shipping to all 50 states. The Bamboo Sheets are backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a five-year warranty, both of which are longer than average.
Linen is a popular alternative to cotton in terms of bedding. While linen offers the same softness and temperature neutrality as cotton, the material is also more durable and linen sheets tend to have longer lifespans. Our pick for this category is Magic Linens, a company that offers four-piece linen sheet sets in 13 color and pattern options. Each set includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.
Customers can also choose between 10″ and 18″ pocket depths in each sheet size; the latter may be more suitable for those with thicker-than-average beds. The linen used in these sheets is derived from European flax, and then stonewashed to give the material an exceptionally soft feel. The fabric is OEKO-TEX certified, meaning no harmful chemicals are used to make the sheets.
Magic Linens accepts returns for all products within 30 nights of the original purchase. Free shipping is also available on orders of $250 or more.
Flannel sheets are a popular option among sleepers who desire ultra-cozy bedding. Our pick for this category is the Pinzon Signature Flannel Sheet. This is an Amazon private label brand of high-quality and durability at a very reasonable price point; other flannel sheets tend to be somewhat expensive. The cotton is designed to feel velvety on both sides where many flannel sheets are more one-sided in texture.
The weave of the cotton flannel is combed for durability, and is a thick 190-gram weight. These are cozy warm sheets for cold winter nights but are also breathable to resist moisture. The soft touch of these sheets is like a velvety hug.
In addition to an array of colors, customers can choose from three floral patterns; matching pillowcases are available, as well. Pinzon also offers heavy flannel duvet covers to complete for added warmth.
Our Best Lightweight Sheets for Summer pick is Threadmill Home Linen Extra-Long Cotton sheets. These excellent sheets feature extra-long staple (ELS) cotton made of long fibers that are strong, soft, and very durable. They are cool to sleep under and soft to the touch.
Threadmill Home exclusively offers products that are ethically made and environmentally sustainable; sheets and other products are produced in a wind- and solar-powered facility. These sheets are organic cotton, GOTS, and OEKO-TEX certified for healthy sleep.
The sateen design is silky to the touch and especially cool for hot summer nights. This allows owners to skip the comforter and sleep under the sheets without added layers, which can help them remain cool and comfortable throughout the night.
Bed sheets are a sleep accessory that’s often chosen solely based on looks, price, or convenience. But it’s a very important component in a good night’s sleep, so you should look beyond the obvious when shopping for sheets for your sleep sanctuary.
Consider how the sheets feel on your skin, regulate temperature and moisture, whether they’re all-natural, organic, or synthetic, and how they may benefit (or detract from) your sleep experience. This guide looks at factors to consider when shopping for sheets.
The type of fabric is a top consideration. Here’s a look at the common fabrics, how they feel, and the appeal of each.
This cotton is strong and soft with extra-long fibers and is considered a luxury fabric. The cotton is only grown in Egypt and is highly breathable, doesn’t pill, and is known for durability. These sheets are usually costlier but are an investment that can pay off in excellent sleep. Egyptian cotton is a top choice for all seasons since it’s breathable and natural.
These sheets are part cotton. The secondary component can be synthetic or natural. There are poly-cotton blend sheets that are wrinkle resistant, quite affordable, and more durable than pure cotton sheets. Cotton-linen blend sheets are another excellent option but are prone to wrinkling. Blends are a top choice as they offer the benefits of multiple materials.
Made from a synthetic fiber, polyester sheets are great because they are durable, stain and moisture-resistant. They are also easy-care and don’t wrinkle, so they come out of the dryer looking perfect. Polyester is the most affordable bed sheet material, and if you look to high-quality brands, they perform well as part of a comfortable bedding set.
This type of bed sheet differs from others because the fabric is not woven (fibers overlaid into a grid) but are knit which means it’s one long piece of thread. Knit fabrics stretch in all directions making them soft and flexible. Jersey is warm, stretchy, and feels like a comfortable t-shirt type fabric for comfy sleep.
The fibers of the bamboo plant are made into a soft pulp and then dried into threads and woven into fabric for sheets. Well-constructed bamboo sheets retain the same properties as the plant including anti-microbial and hypoallergenic. Bamboo is thermo-regulating, soft, silky, and has a plush sensation because of its long threads.
This type of sheet can be made of cotton, wool, or synthetic fibers and is knit loosely to create dense high-pile softness. For cold sleepers, it’s a good choice year-round and for others, a toasty choice for winter months. Flannel quality is determined by weight as is jersey knit. Look for high-quality that won’t pill.
Synthetics like nylon and polyester polymers are used to create microfiber sheets. They are ultra-thin, made of microscopic strands thinner than a single strand of silk. They are water and stain resistant. Although they’re thin, they are also very durable, strong, and so smooth they almost feel slippery. If your skin is sensitive, this might be a good choice.
A luxurious sheet option, linen bedding is made from all-natural fibers from the flax plant that are breathable and absorb and wick moisture. Linen strands don’t weave as tightly as other fibers. Linen sheets are exceptional for keeping you cool by permitting air flow and keeping moisture off your body because the fibers are hollow.
One of the costliest sheet fabrics, silk is luxurious and healthy. Silk sheets drape comfortably, wick moisture in summer and warm you in winter. If you have asthma or allergies, silk sheets are great as they repel dust mites, mildew, mold, and are naturally hypoallergenic. They’re also durable, long lasting, and offer a sensational hug not found in other sheets.
Proper fit is a prime concern when choosing bed sheets. Waking with a fitted sheet that came loose and bunched is uncomfortable. You want sheets deep enough to fit, but not overly deep if you have a low-profile sleep surface. Too narrow or too deep are both incompatible.
If you have a thick mattress, you’ll need extra-deep pockets. Size is obvious, but not all brands come in California King or Twin XL which are less common mattress sizes. Another concern is elastic. Some fitted sheets have them only at the corners, but all-around elastic keeps it more secure.
Weave refers to how the thread is made into fabric. Each weave has a different texture that can affect your sleep experience.
How the sheets benefit your sleep preference and quality of rest should be the top factor, but aesthetics also matter. Color and pattern are subjective, of course, but if you’re sensitive to dyes, you might want to look to all-natural neutral-colored products that don’t use chemical dyes. Sheets need not match your comforter or duvet. They can be contrasting or complementary colors or patterns.
When decorating your sleep space and choosing bed colors, remember that your goal is good sleep. Dark wall colors and high contrast décor draw the eye and stimulate the mind. That could interfere with your rest. Consider going with neutrals in a low-contrast palette for optimal rest. Everything need not match but keeping the color choices subtle can calm your mind and benefit your sleep.
Thread count is not the end-all when it comes to choosing the best sheets for you. Here’s what you need to know. Thread count is the number of lengthwise and crosswise yarns within a 1” square section of the fabric. A thread count of 250 means there’s 125 strands lengthwise and 125 crosswise.
Some sheets aren’t gauged by thread count – weight is the indicator of quality
Manufacturers might try and push their thread counts higher for an edge in marketing, but it doesn’t mean the sheets are better than lower thread count products. Here’s the truth:
Ultimately, bed sheet choice is about what gets you the best night’s sleep. In addition to style, choice of materials and thread count or weight, here are some additional considerations.