The Best Bed Sheets – 2019 Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

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Quick Summary

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 seven 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 Pick – Parachute Linen Sheets

Best Luxury – Nest Bedding Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Best Value – Brooklyn Bedding Brushed Microfiber Sheets

Best Year-Round Comfort – GhostBed Luxury Sheets

Best Cozy Sheets for Winter – Pinzon Signature Flannel Sheets

Best Lightweight Sheets for Summer – Threadmill Home Linen Extra-Long Cotton Sheets

How We Decided

 

31 sheet sets considered –– 56 hours of research –– 4 sleep experts consulted

Best Bed Sheet Reviews – Tuck’s Top 7 Choices

Parachute Linen Sheets – Editor's Choice

Highlights
  • European flax construction
  • Garment dyed in small batches
  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified
  • Deep pockets up to 16”
  • Breathable
  • 60-day return policy

Our Editor’s pick is Parachute Linen Sheets made from high-quality flax (linen) plant fibers. The all-natural line is highly breathable and a top choice for hot summer nights because they’re cooling and wick moisture. It comes in a choice of eight striking colors.

What’s nice is that you can mix and match colors so each piece in a set can be a different color. You can also customize what items you want. If you want just a fitted sheet, you can get that. If you want just a fitted sheet and pillowcases with no top sheet, that’s fine too.

Parachute’s linen is chemical and lint-free. The texture is subtle and after a few washes, the material breaks-in and you’ll feel a cool, luxurious texture. From there, the sheets soften with every future washing. Plus, with a 60-day return policy, you can try them risk-free at home.

Nest Bedding Egyptian Cotton Sheets – Best Luxury

Highlights
  • GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) organic cotton
  • Eco-friendly dyes
  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified
  • Very deep pockets up to 18”
  • 310 thread count, single ply
  • 100-night trial return policy

Our Best Luxury pick is Nest Bedding Egyptian cotton sheets made from certified organic cotton. The design has a sateen weave and is a 310 thread count product. The organic cotton is truly comfortable and cooling and won’t trap body heat.

There can be shrinkage after the first wash, as is common with 100% cotton products, but since they have very deep pockets, the Nest sheets still fit great. The set comes with a flat and fitted sheet. The twin comes with one pillowcase and the larger sizes with two.

There are two colors, dove and white, so no heavy dyes. This is a great sheet for those with dye or synthetic sensitivities. When you slide between the Egyptian cotton layers, the sensation is of smooth comfort and cool sleep. The 100-night sleep trial ensures you can decide if these are best for you.

Brooklyn Bedding Brushed Microfiber Sheets – Best Value

Highlights
  • Very reasonable price point
  • 300 thread count
  • 14” pocket depth
  • Moisture-wicking and durable
  • Available in six colors
  • 120-night trial return policy

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 to the touch.

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 colors to choose from in an array of neutrals plus 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. There’s a 120-night sleep trial for you to assess if these cost-effective sheets will work for you. If you’ve never slept on a microfiber sheet, you’ll find them soft like a well-worn favorite shirt.

GhostBed Luxury Sheets - Best Year-Round Comfort

Highlights
  • Pima cotton and Tencel fiber construction
  • Patent-pending unique design
  • Aggressive fitted sheet grip
  • 15” pocket depth
  • Available in two colors
  • All-natural materials

Our Best Year-Round Comfort pick is GhostBed Luxury sheets. These sheets are unique in the market because of their design. They are 60% Supima Cotton and 40% Tencel fiber construction. Tencel fibers are plant-based and eco-friendly.

Tencel absorbs and wicks moisture, is very breathable, and resists germs and allergens. The cotton used in these sheets is ultra-strong for great wear and durability. There are two neutral colors available – a white and soft gray, so there are no intense dyes.

Buyers find the GhostBed sheets to be suitable for year-round sleep as they are breathable in summer and warm in winter. They are soft right out of the package, and the texture stays consistent (and some say improves) after use and washing.

Pinzon Signature Flannel Sheets – Best Cozy Sheets for Winter

Highlights
  • 100% combed cotton construction
  • Double nap dual-sided velvety texture
  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified
  • Ultra-deep 17” pocket depth
  • Heavyweight material
  • Available in eight colors and three floral designs

Our Best Cozy Sheets for Winter pick is Pinzon Signature Flannel sheets. This is an Amazon private label brand of high-quality and durability at a very reasonable price point. 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 warm hug.

In addition to an array of colors, there are three floral options, and you can purchase additional pillowcases. There are also heavy, soft flannel duvet covers to complete a cold weather nest in your sleep sanctuary.

Threadmill Home Linen Extra-Long Cotton Sheets - Best Lightweight Sheets for Summer

Highlights
  • Organic, GOTS and OEKO-TEX certified
  • Made in eco-friendly factory
  • 800 thread count
  • 15” deep pocket construction
  • All-elastic perimeter for excellent grip
  • Available in seven colors

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.

You can feel good about buying Threadmill Home sheets since the company offers only products that are ethically made and environmentally sustainable, produced in 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. Customers rave about the soft touch and sleep experience and breathable while still feeling substantial. These are a top-choice for warm weather because you can skip the comforter and just sleep under the sheets.

Best Bed Sheets Buying Guide

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.

How to Choose the Right Sheets for Your Bed

Bed sheet material

The type of fabric is a top consideration. Here’s a look at the common fabrics, how they feel, and the appeal of each.

Egyptian Cotton

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.

Cotton Blend

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.

Polyester

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.

Jersey Knit

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.

Bamboo

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.

Flannel

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.

Microfiber

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.

Linen

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.

Silk

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.

Fit (Size and Pocket Depth)

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

Weave refers to how the thread is made into fabric. Each weave has a different texture that can affect your sleep experience.

  • Percale – A tight weave that feels smooth, it’s breathable and has no sheen. However, percale can wrinkle.
  • Sateen – This luxury weave is dense, satiny, and has a nice look and feel. It drapes nicely and is wrinkle-resistant.
  • Twill – It’s a diagonal weave that has more texture to the touch and visibly. It’s durable and drapes well.
  • Flannel – Brushing the weave makes it ultra-soft to the touch, and it’s plusher than other weaves for ultimate comfort.

Color/Pattern

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.

The Best Thread Count for Sheets

What is thread count?

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.

What’s the best thread count for each sheet type?

  • Egyptian Cotton: 300-400 count
  • Supima Cotton: 200-400 count
  • Percale: 250-300 count
  • Sateen: 300-600 count
  • Bamboo: 300 or higher count  
  • Linen: 100-200 count

Some sheets aren’t gauged by thread count – weight is the indicator of quality

  • Silk: 14-19-pound weight
  • Jersey: 10+ ounces per yard
  • Flannel: 5+ ounces or 170+ GSM (grams per square meter)
  • Microfiber: 90-120 GSM (grams per square meter)

Higher thread count doesn’t necessarily indicate 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:

  • If the yarn is multi-ply, the manufacturer might count each strand boosting thread count artificially.
  • Some manufacturers add filler yarn to boost thread count artificially.
  • Tight weave makes thread count higher but fabric is prone to tearing and break down.
  • Some materials aren’t suited to high thread count and will perform worse the higher the count.
  • Thread counts higher than 600 are likely boosted by some marketing tactic.

What Else Should You Consider When Buying Sheets?

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.

  • Fiber content – Materials matter and fibers can be natural (cotton, linen, silk), synthetic (made from petrochemicals), artificial (Man-made from natural raw materials), or a blend. Each has a different feel and sleep experience.
  • Set or individual pieces – Sheet sets commonly come with a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and 1-2 pillowcases, but some companies now offer a greater variety where you can buy just the fitted and then customize how many pillowcases you want.
  • Organic or natural – Natural and organic sheets are silk, cotton, linen, or wool. Natural means that it’s from a component found in nature while organic means the raw materials grew without pesticides, synthetic fertilizer, or any GMOs.
  • Return policy and sleep trial – If you’re not certain what you want, buying sheets that offer a sleep trial can ensure you get the best sleep experience for your needs. Also, check out the return policy, so you’ll know if the purchase is final or not.