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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, discuss what to look for in thread count and mattress fit, and offer tips for choosing 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 – Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set
Runner-Up Pick – Boll & Branch Solid Hemmed Sheet Set
Best Value – Brooklyn Bedding Brushed Microfiber Sheets
Best Linen Sheets – Snowe Linen Sheet Set
Best Organic Cotton Sheets – Saatva Lofton Organic Sheets
Best Egyptian Cotton Sheets – Parachute Percale Sheet Set
Best Flannel Sheets – Pinzon Signature Flannel Sheets
Today’s shoppers have a wide range of sheets to choose from – and for many, finding the right set can be challenging. Our Editor’s Pick, the Classic Core Sheet Set from Brooklinen, exemplifies all of the best qualities in a premium bedding set. The flat sheet, fitted sheet, and pillowcases included in this ensemble are crafted from luxurious, 270TC long-staple cotton, a material that offers a silky-soft texture and exceptional breathability. Six sizing options and a 15″ pocket depth also ensure the sheets will be suitable for most mattresses sold today.
The pillowcases have envelope openings, which prevent pillows from clumping or slipping out of the case. Customers can choose from a dozen colors and patterns to match their decor and aesthetic tastes. They can also save up to 20% by purchasing the set, rather than buying each component individually. The Classic Core Sheet Set is also very easy to clean – simply machine wash in cold water and tumble dry on a low setting.
Brooklinen backs the sheet set and other products with a 365-night sleep trial, which is much longer than the average trial period for sheet brands. Customers who are not satisfied are entitled to full product refunds or exchanges at no extra cost.
The Boll & Branch Solid Hemmed Sheet Set is our Runner-Up Pick due in part to its exceptional construction. The fitted sheet, flat sheet, and pillowcases in this set are constructed from 300TC single-ply, long-staple cotton woven in a four-under, one-over pattern for added durability. The material is silky-soft and airy, and is a highly breathable choice for hot sleepers. The set also includes a reusable laundry bag; the sheets and pillowcases can be washed and dried in machines, making them fairly low-maintenance.
Boll & Branch emphasizes responsible production for all products. The sheets and pillowcases are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard; additionally, the products have earned a Fair Trade certification, indicating farmers who grow the cotton earn a living wage. A 17″ pocket depth for the fitted sheet also ensures the set can be used with nearly every major mattress model sold today; a total of seven set sizes are available.
Boll & Branch offers free shipping for all customers. The sheets are backed by a 100-night sleep trial, and customers may return them for free and receive a full refund.
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.
Linen sheets are a luxurious alternative to standard cotton bedding. Linen – a material derived from the flax plant – is naturally light and breathable, offering year-round temperature neutrality and resilient softness. The Snowe Linen Sheet Set is a standout in this category because of its material quality; the flat sheet, fitted sheet, and pillowcases in this set are produced from Italian-made linen that is air-whipped for exceptional softness and gently rumpled, giving the materials a stylish, worn-in look.
Snowe linen products are OEKO-TEX 100 certified, indicating no chemicals are used to manufacture them. The linen is also highly durable. The fitted sheet has a 17″ pocket depth, meaning it will fit most mattresses sold today, and the set is available in four different sizes. The sheets can be machine-washed, making them low maintenance, and owners say the materials soften with each cycle.
Snowe offers free shipping for all customers. The brand also offers free returns with full product refunds.
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.
Our pick for Best Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set is the Percale Sheet Set from Parachute. This set includes one fitted sheet made of luxurious, 400TC blended 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.
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.
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.