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Best Bed Sheets Guide (Updated 2020)

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Factors to consider when buying a set of sheets

There are a lot of factors to sort through when comparing sheet sets. The biggest thing most people look for is thread count. The higher the thread count, in general, the smoother the sheet will feel and the more durable it tends to be. This is not always true, however. You can have a set of sheets with an enormous 1500 thread count be much weaker than a sheet set with only a 400 thread count. A lot of people look for specific colors in their sheets, which I cannot comment on since I am not an interior designer.

In addition to thread count and color, you need to consider the material, the weave, the depth, and any extra features the sheets have.

Material

There are a lot of materials that sheets can be made of. Among the choices are:

  1. Cotton – Cotton is the most common material to use in sheets. The nicest type of cotton sheets are Egyptian cotton. Egyptian cotton plants (so-called “long-staple” cotton) has longer strands which produce a higher quality thread. These tend to be some of the most expensive sheets. There is also Pima cotton, which is nearly as luxurious as Egyptian. If you see something that says 100% cotton, but doesn’t specify if it’s Egyptian or Pima, then it’s probably a low quality cotton.
  2. Tencel/Rayon/Lyocell – Tencel is a brand name of Lyocell fiber, which is a type of rayon. It’s made of cellulose, usually from renewable resources. Because of this, Tencel is the more eco-friendly choice. It has a soft feel, has anti-microbial properties, and wicks away moisture. The downside: it’s rather expensive. For more about Tencel, this wisegeek post has more.
  3. Microfiber – Microfiber is a synthetic fiber made of polyester or sometimes nylon fibers. This tends to be quite durable for the price, but not as comfortable as cotton or Tencel. The main benefit of microfiber sheets is the cost. Microfiber sheets are some of the least expensive sheets you can find.
  4. Flannel – Flannel is made from wool, cotton, or a blend with synthetics. Technically, flannel is a type of weave, not a material. Flannel sheets are popular for use during the winter since they are good at keeping you warm, though they also work well in the summer instead of a blanket, particularly if you keep your bedroom cold. Unlike other materials, flannel sheets often don’t give a thread count, but rather a weight per area (usually ounces per square yard, but sometimes grams per square meter).
  5. Silk – Silk sheets have a very smooth feel and, if cared for properly, will last a long time. However, caring for silk sheets properly can be a lot more work than caring for other types of sheets. Silk sheets should be hand-washed the first few times to “break them in.” Then, when using a washing machine in subsequent cleanings, it should be set to the delicates cycle with cold water and a gentle detergent. In addition to this extra work, silk sheets are expensive. For this reason, most people don’t get silk sheets. If you decide on silk, look for a high “momme weight” (~15+) and be prepared to put in the extra work to care for them.

Weave

In addition to the material, the type of weave the sheets use determine how the sheets feel and how durable they are. Here a few of the more popular ones.

  1. Percale – The percale weave is kind of the “standard” weave, where the vertical and horizontal threads (called warp and weft threads, respectively) cross over one another one at a time. Percale is durable and crisp feeling.
  2. Sateen – This weave gives the sheet a smoother, silkier feel, but at the expense of a little durability. In this weave, the threads cross over 4, then under 1 (or a similar ratio, it can vary a little). This weave is only called sateen if it’s cotton or a similar material. Otherwise, it’s called:
  3. Satin – The same weave as sateen, but with a fabric like nylon, polyester, or silk.
  4. Jersey – This is a knit fabric rather than woven. It’s knit in the same way as t-shirts are. These are soft and comfortable, but can shrink (just like your t-shirt).

Depth

Another thing to consider is the depth of the mattress. If you have a very deep mattress (like most pillowtops), you might need to measure the sheets and see if they are designed to fit a mattress of your depth. You may hear the term “deep pocket” sheets. There isn’t a standard definition for exactly how deep it has to be to be considered “deep pocket,” so just make sure the product description or packaging tells you what depth of mattress it fits. It’s best to not pick a set of sheets exactly at the high end of the range. For example, if your mattress is 14″ thick, and the sheets say they fit mattresses up to 14″, the fitted sheet will likely pop off the edges, especially if you sleep near the edge of the mattress. The added weight of a person lying down on the mattress will pull the sheet right off if it’s barely holding on to begin with. Conversely, don’t get a sheet set designed to fit mattresses much bigger than yours. The sheets will bunch off due to a lack of tension holding it in place, which can lead to a lumpy sleep surface, which can disturb your sleep.

Extra features

Some sheet sets will have extra features to make them more appealing. For example, some sheets have bands diagonally across the bottom corners, to keep the sheet from popping off. This is especially useful if you have a motorized base under the mattress. Others report to be wrinkle-resistant and anti-microbial (mostly features of the material, covered earlier). Keep your eyes open for any little features like this to help you make your decision.

Conclusion

In conclusion, don’t rely solely on thread count and color to make your decision. A lower thread count sheet Egyptian cotton with a sateen weave might feel better and be more durable than a 1500 thread count microfiber sheet. Also, if you’re buying online, please be sure to read carefully. “Egyptian quality” microfiber sheets are not the same as “Egyptian cotton” sheets, for example.

If you have anything to add to this guide, please leave it in the comments. And if this has helped you, please share it with your friends. Thanks for reading.

How To Buy The Right Bed Sheets: Sateen Vs. Percale Vs. Linen

There’s a wise old adage that says because we spend a third of our lives in bed, we should invest in a great mattress. And if you’ve ever had to stay at a cheap motel or sleep on a hide-a-bed, you know how true that is. Nothing ruins your day like a bad night’s sleep.

But don’t stop with the mattress. There’s another old saying about spoiling a great recipe with cheap ingredients, and the same holds true for your bed. Why buy a great mattress only to cover it in lousy bedding?

With so many options on the market, buying new bed sheets can be a confusing process. Several new bedding companies like Parachute and Brooklinen have countered the crush of cheap, crunchy, mass-produced bed clothes by producing supple, luxurious sheets using high-quality fabrics, often hand made using sustainable practices. But are they worth it?

Here are some things to look for if you’re in the market for new sheets.

Thread Count – Is Higher Really Better?

Despite the amount of eye-catching thread counts available at curiously low prices online and at big box stores, experts agree that a higher thread count does not necessarily translate to a softer, or better quality, sheet.

Thread count refers to the amount of woven threads that make up one square inch of sheet fabric, combining horizontal threads (or “weft”) and vertical ones (“warp”). This number ranges from about 150 (often found in inexpensive children’s bedding) up to 1,000 or more in fabrics like satin and silk. But when it comes to cotton, don’t be fooled.

Realistically, only so many threads can fit on a loom. Most experts consider 400 to 600 threads per inch to be ideal — but as a marketing ploy, extra threads are often twisted into the weft, adding to the thread count without actually doing anything to make the fabric softer or stronger. Fact is, as thread count rises, most cotton sheets become more fragile and prone to rips, pills, and snags.

Instead, focus on the fabric. Look for sheets made of Combed or extra-long staple Egyptian or Pima (or American-made Supima) cotton. These extra-long cotton fibers are 50 percent longer than those of standard cotton, resulting in a sheet that is softer, stronger, and longer-lasting than standard cotton sheets.

Sateen vs. Percale vs. Linen

While thread count can be misleading gauge of sheets, there’s no question that when it comes to softness and quality the best cotton sheets are either Percale or Sateen. More expensive than standard short-weave cotton sheets, both utilize high-quality long-staple cotton; the difference between Percale and Sateen lies mainly in the type of weave.

A traditional one-yarn-over and one-yarn-under weave, Percale typically features a matte finish and a crisp, cool feel that improves with every wash. Its superior durability means it won’t pill over time. It’s lightweight and breathable, which means it’s perfect for warmer sleepers.

Sateen is the closest thing you can get to satin — without the high cost and fragile nature of that expensive fabric. The one-yarn-under and three-yarn-over weave exposes more thread surface, giving Sateen a silky feel and luxurious sheen. Naturally wrinkle-resistant, Sateen is more tightly woven and therefore typically heavier in weight than Percale, making it ideal for year-round comfort.

More casual and laid back than either Percale or Sateen, strong and breathable Linen — made from the flax stem — is the way to go if you value softness and durability but want a less formal look for your bed. It’s fine for all seasons and for all types of sleepers.

While a variety of sheets are widely available from typical retailers like Kohl’s and Target, a new generation of bedding companies have sought to counter cheap sheets with outlandish thread count claims by introducing high-quality, often handmade and sustainably produced bed clothes. Yes, you’ll pay a premium, but remember: You spend a third of your life in bed.

Sateen

Sateen is the closest thing you can get to satin without having to deal with its high cost and fragility. The one-yarn-under and three-yarn-over weave sateen uses exposes more thread surface, giving it a silky feel and luxurious sheen. Naturally wrinkle-resistant, Sateen is more tightly woven and therefore typically heavier in weight than percale, making it ideal for year-round comfort.

Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set

Luxe Core Sheet Set

Brooklinen

This sheet set from Brooklinen falls right into the thread count sweet spot at 480. And you can bet it offers that luxurious, luminous finish and silky smooth, soft-to-the touch feeling sateen sheets are known for. Made from 100 percent long-staple cotton that’s Oeko-Tex certified free of harmful chemicals, you can not only sleep sound, but a clean conscience.

If making the bed has ever been a challenge for you, Brooklinen labels each of the sides short and long so you never get it wrong. With a near-perfect five star rating, fans of these Brooklinen sheets note their ability to keep users cool, while also retaining heat to keep them cozy. The balance makes it a great option for couples who prefer different temperatures as they sleep. While Brooklinen’s strong social media presence might have some shoppers thinking it’s all for show, reviewer Chelsey H., for one, doesn’t think so: “These sheets really are that great,” she writes, “it’s not just good marketing!” Starting at $129

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Feather & Stitch 500 Thread Count 100% Cotton Sheet Set

Feather & Stitch 500 Thread Count 100% Cotton Sheet Set

Amazon

The fine yarns of long staple cotton fiber and the sateen weave in these sheets gives them a distinct hotel quality feel. Every night, you can slip into a deeper sleep feeling like you’re enjoying a luxurious hotel stay. Not only are these sheets Oeko-Tex certified, but they’ve also earned Oeko-Tex’s Standard 100 Certification, which means that everything from the dyes and fabrics to the hardware like buttons and zippers are tested and verified as free from harmful levels of several hundred substances. Over four in five Amazon reviews give this set of sheets a five-star rating, and it’s a kids’ bedding bestseller. For the quality, the sheets are incredibly affordable. Few, top-rated sheet sets come in under $100, and this set is nearly half that. Starting at $53.

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Percale

In terms of looks, percale sheets — a traditional one-yarn-over and one-yarn-under weave — work for more modern and handsome tastes. Contrary to the sheen of sateen, percales features a matte finish and a crisp, cool feel that improves with every wash. Its superior durability means it won’t pill over time, and it’s lightweight and breathable, perfect for warmer sleepers.

Parachute Percale Sheet Set

Parachute Percale Sheet Set

Parachute

Made from 100 percent premium, long-staple Egyptian cotton, these classic sheets are “lightweight and durable with a crisp finish.” These breathable sheets will keep you cool all night long, and are perfect for anyone who might sweat in their sleep. Not only are the materials high quality (the sheets are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified) but the craftsmanship is too.

Parachute products are made in a family-owned factory in Portugal, and still honor traditional techniques while using modern technology. The result is a crisp finish that only improves over time, as reviewers can attest. “This must be my third or fourth set of Parachute sheets in the last five or six years, not because the quality is poor, but because I love them so much, I refuse to use anything else,” Sandra S. writes. “I have this set in a few different colors now, and am so happy with the feel and wear over the years. My favorite is white, so naturally, they get the most use, and have warranted a repurchase. These sheets are crisp and cool in the summer, and a soft and cozy layer in the colder months. I’ve never been disappointed by anything I’ve ever purchased from Parachute (towels, bath mats, duvets…) and don’t think I’ll be switching any time soon.” Starting at $109.

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Percale Simple Stripe Sheet Set

Percale Simple Stripe Sheet Set

Boll & Branch

Double-ply fine yarn long-staple cotton keep these sheets structured but still lightweight and breathable. Designed like hotel sheets, they feature the standard percale one-over, one-under weave design and a 360 thread count. Not only is the cotton of impressive quality, it’s also ethically sourced. The sheets are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified, meaning their supply chain meets rigorous ecological and social criteria, and the cotton is fair trade. Unlike many brands, this high-quality sheet set come with some style too. The damask stripe adds to its luxurious look and feel and the colorways can help make your space unique. Starting at $210.

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Linen

For more bohemian styles, linen is exactly the material you want. The sheets will be soft and durable, but not wrinkle free, which means a more organic vibe. While you might only wear linen in the spring and summer, linen sheets are fine for all seasons and all types of sleepers.

Sea Me Sheets

Sea Me Sheets

Sea Me

Sea Me sheets were designed to embody life by the sea. The site reads, “With lively eyes, with sunburnt hair, bold, impetuous, but at the same time very soft, with a smooth gait, they do not hurry, do not rush, do not run.” The founders found this balance in their 100 percent pure European OEKO-TEK certified linen. It keeps you cool during the summer months and war during the winter months so you can use the same sheets year round. While the distressed texture stimulates blood-flow and promotes relaxation. While the complaint with most linen sheets is the initial rough feel of the fabric, you won’t have to worry about that with this set. Reviews say they arrive with that lived-in feel. Individual components starting at $56.

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Casper Airy Linen

Casper Airy Sheet Set

Casper

After making a name for themselves in the mattress world, Casper came out with fan-favorite sheets as well. Made from 100 percent Belgian flax linen, sleepers can avoid any discomfort that might come with the first nights sleep on linen sheets — these arrive pre-washed so your first night can be just as soft as every other. Quality features don’t stop there: Securing snaps, visual cues and grippy elastic helps you to make the bed, and ensure the sheet stays in place, avoiding any middle-of-the-night discomfort. Starting at $200.

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