BEST SHEETS | NOVEMBER 2017
Sheets can make a difference between a restless night and a good night’s sleep. The quality of the fabric and construction are vital to finding a sheet that is both comfortable and durable. To find the best sheets, our team looked at sheets made of cotton, bamboo, microfiber, and linen. We’ve selected our top picks to better help you make an informed decision. We’ve provided detailed product reviews and a buyer’s guide that goes over key considerations before you purchase. Read more about our methodology.
High-quality Egyptian cotton and solid construction on the seams make this sheet set an affordable luxury. The dense weave creates a soft sheet that’s both durable and comfortable. Deep pockets on the fitted sheet give it a snug fit even on tall mattresses.Read full review.
Mellani Fitted Sheet
This brushed microfiber fitted sheet has softness and comfort at a great price. They wash well and have deep pockets for a good fit on deep and pillow top mattresses. The company also provides excellent customer service when needed.Read full review.
Sheets BUYING GUIDE
Cotton is traditionally touted as the best fabric for sheets, but not all cotton is equal. True Egyptian cotton can only be grown in Egypt where the climate and variety of plant produces an extra-long staple. When made into thread it produces a fine thread allowing for higher thread counts per square inch. Cotton becomes softer with age, and because it is a natural fiber, it breathes well. Other cottons like Pima and Supima have a long staple that produces fabric that still breathes well and has the distinct softness of cotton.
Microfiber uses synthetic materials to create fine threads. Fibers can be made from rayon or polyester, but must be less than .9 mm thick to be considered a microfiber. Microfiber sheets are inexpensive in comparison to cotton, bamboo, or linen. The fine thread can make for high thread count, which can be deceiving when it comes to quality. Microfiber sheets are usually thinner than cotton or other natural materials. Durable and stain resistant, some high-quality microfiber sheets can rival cotton for softness.
Bamboo sheets are a relatively new product. It’s important to know that the bamboo used to make the sheets is essentially made into a microfiber. It is most often used in combination with synthetic materials like polyester to make a sheet. The softness of bamboo sheets can be similar to cotton. Bamboo is a more sustainable material than cotton, but there is a debate surrounding whether or not the processes used to make bamboo fabric are truly environmentally friendly.
Linen, a fabric made from flax, has been used to make sheets for hundreds of years. Like cotton, it is breathable and durable. It has a natural ability to help keep moisture away from the body. The fibers are less uniform than cotton, giving them a rougher texture at first. The fibers must be broken in before the fabric takes on the softness many people prefer. Linen sheets can be pricey but last for years.
Thread count is how many threads are in one square inch of fabric. This number is becoming increasingly less important than it once was as many manufacturers manipulate the numbers to make their products sound more luxurious. The quality and texture of the sheet are affected more by the quality of the fabric, yarn size, finishing, and construction than the thread count. Thread counts in the 200 – 800 range produce high-quality sheets.
At under $20, you’ll be able to find inexpensive microfiber and some inferior cotton sheets. The quality in this price range is not high, but there are some comfortable choices. In the $40-$100 range are many good options. You’ll be able to find high-quality microfiber and 100% cotton sheets. Most people will be happy with the sheets found in this range as they are durable and have good breathability. At $100 and up are 100% linen and high-end Egyptian cotton sheets. While many of the sheets in this price range are of excellent quality, it’s important to note thread count and quality of construction. The elastic used on fitted sheets should be of comparable quality to the fabric used. The seams should also be well finished for durability.
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The sateen weave of the Château Home Collection’s Egyptian cotton sheets creates a smooth texture with a softness that’s hard to find in this price range. The 800-thread count makes these sheets heavy and dense, yet the cotton still breathes well. Deep pockets on the fitted sheet work well with pillow top mattresses. The elastic is strong, and the seams have a high-end finish. As with other 100% cotton sheets, these get softer with time.
Why We Recommend It
- Quality. These sheets are 100% Egyptian cotton made with the extra-long staple needed for thick yet breathable sheets. The high thread count adds to the weight and comfort.
- Durability. The durability of these sheets goes beyond the quality of the fabric, which is excellent. Elastic that won’t break and pulls tightly around corners gives them a good fit on deep and pillow top mattress. Strong seams and thread mean these sheets will last for years.
- Breathability. Cotton has a natural ability to breathe and help keep moisture away from the body. The dense weave gives weight without sacrificing comfort. The sheets still allow you to stay cool in the heat and warm in the cold.
- Damage/discoloration. On occasion, a set of these sheets will arrive with visible damage or discoloration. The manufacturer’s customer service was friendly and willing to help customers with exchanges or credit.
Mellani fitted sheets provide comfort and durability at an affordable price. One of the many benefits of microfiber is its stain resistance. These sheets are easy to clean, and construction is good enough to withstand heavy washing. Deep pockets fit well on tall mattresses, so you won’t find yourself struggling with the sheet in the middle of the night.
Why We Recommend It
- Softness. The texture of the sheets is most often sacrificed as the price goes down. But these microfiber sheets maintain a softness that makes the bed welcoming. The quality and comfort are excellent at this price point.
- Fit. Sheets that pull up on the corners can leave you in a tangled mess. These sheets stay in place, and the elastic holds tight.
- Customer service. Wrong size or issues with color are handled with professionalism and with the customer’s best interest in mind.
- Damage/discoloration. Occasionally, sheets arrive damaged. However, customer service was helpful and easy to work with.
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Best Egyptian Cotton Sheets
Egyptian cotton has long been the standard by which all sheets are measured. The term Egyptian cotton refers to the extra-long staple variety grown only in Egypt due to the climate. However, the term can be used to mean long staple cotton as well. Pima and Supima are long staple varieties that have a similar feel to Egyptian cotton but are considered less luxurious than the Egyptian variety. Long staples create a fine thread that allows for high thread counts. Egyptian cotton sheets have incredible durability, breathability, and softness.
Best Microfiber Sheets
Microfiber sheets are made of synthetic fibers, such as polyester or nylon, that are less than one denier thick. Denier measurements the fiber thickness. Known for their wrinkle resistance, breathability, impermeability, and stain resistance, microfiber provides many of the benefits of more expensive sheets at a fraction of the price. They are easy to keep clean and show good durability with repeated use. The fine fibers make for thin, cool sheets.
The Sweet Home Collection 1500 Supreme Extra Soft Sheet Set provides the comfort and soft silkiness found in many natural fiber sheets. For microfiber, they breathe well. They also have the added bonus of being wrinkle free for those that like their bed to be sleek and smooth. Deep pockets allow them to fit both deep and pillow top mattresses.
Why We Recommend It
- Texture. For most people, softness plays a big part in their sense of comfort. These sheets are double brushed, so the microfiber has the soft texture of natural fiber. The fine threads create a thin, smooth sheet.
- Fit. The corners are deep enough to fit most pillow top and deep mattresses while the holds smooth and tight all night long.
- Quality for the price. Microfiber is often less expensive than cotton or linen. These sheets offer many of the benefits of more expensive fabrics at a fraction of the price.
- Stain resistance. Natural oils from the face and hair can cause staining that is difficult to remove.
Best Bamboo Sheets
Bamboo sheets continue to grow in popularity. They are known not only for their comfort but also for the sustainability of the bamboo used to make them. Keep in mind that the bamboo is treated to make rayon. Bamboo sheets are usually a mix of rayon made from bamboo and polyester. Soft and luxurious, bamboo sheets have the soft, smooth texture of Egyptian cotton without the high price tag.
The Classic Bamboo Sheets by Cariloha are naturally breathable and moisture wicking. By far the best thing about them is the texture. Like cotton or linen, they continue to get softer each time they are washed. While many state sustainability as a reason to buy bamboo sheets, these are worth purchasing based on texture, durability, and ease of cleaning.
Why We Recommend It
- Texture. The twill weave gives these sheets as a cloudlike softness. As with cotton, the texture continues to improve with each washing.
- Fabric quality. The sheets are made from a viscose created from bamboo. With a 250-thread count, Cariloha has managed to create a sheet that can rival Egyptian cotton in quality and comfort.
- Breathability. Bamboo is a naturally breathable material. Those that sleep warm will find they don’t wake up sweaty. These sheets keep those who get cold at night comfortably warm.
- Customer service. The manufacturer provides excellent service for exchanges or damage goods.
- Fit. The elastic covers the full length of the fitted sheet. However, some have found the elastic to be weak, making it difficult for a good fit on tall mattresses.
Best Cooling Sheets
Whether you live in a warm climate or sleep hot, sheets that keep you cool can help with a good night’s rest. When it comes to cooling sheets, breathability is key. Natural fabrics, such as cotton and linen offer the best breathability. It’s important to watch the thread count if overheating is an issue for you. High thread counts can create a densely woven sheet that traps heat and perspiration against the body. Look for a balance between quality, thread count, and breathability.
The sheets in The Pure Linen Sheet Set by Len Linum have a soft texture that gets better the more they are used. The fabric breathes wonderfully even on memory foam mattresses, which are notorious for trapping heat. Linen naturally wicks moisture away from the body, resists static, and is hypoallergenic. These sheets are low maintenance as they can be machine washed, dry cleaned, or steam cleaned without damage to the fabric.
Why We Recommend It
- Breathability. Linen is made from flax, which has natural moisture wicking properties. The sheets themselves always feel cool to the touch.
- Texture. Theses sheets have a softness and natural texture that hints at old world luxury. The texture continues to get better with time and washing.
- Weight. The natural fiber and thread count adds distinct weight not found in fabrics such as microfiber. However, that weight doesn’t add extra heat when sleeping.
- Organic. The sheets are naturally grown without chemicals.
- Rough texture out of the package. The texture is stiff and rough until the sheets have been through several washings.