At the end of a long day, there are few things as divine as being able to crawl into bed and be greeted by crisp, clean and comfortable sheets. It may seem like a little thing, but it can be a bit of a big deal. And we are not saying that you need to get hotel-grade sheets or sheets with an insanely high thread count, but the material that your sheets are made with is essential and highly personal. So before we talk about what brands are available, let’s start with a quick refresher on thread counts and types of commonly found fabrics.
Does Thread Count Matter?
Thread count can start at 150, usually for kid’s and lower-priced sheets. They aren’t very soft and, when washed, tend to wrinkle. A count between 200-300 is softer and pretty standard. Once you get to about 350-400, there is a noticeable difference, but past 600, it is hard to tell from an 800 sheet thread count even though those numbers can go over 1,000. The sweet spot seems to be between 350-550, where they are affordable, comfortable and durable.
What Are the Best Sheets Made Of?
Microfiber is common and is a more refined form of polyester. Unlike cotton, it is more resistant to pilling and can be more durable. But if you tend to get hot at night, you may want to skip this material as it is less breathable than cotton. Cotton is excellent for those who have sensitive skin, and the ones made of tee-shirt-like material tend to be soft and comfy. In addition to their jersey-like material, you can find cotton in other varieties such as American Upland, Pima, and Egyptian — the finest producing supple feeling sheets.
Ready to dive into the wonderful world of bed sheets? Take a look at our round-up of the best bed sheets you can buy below!
1. Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet
Even if you are unsure about thread counts and the best material for you, it is pretty hard not to love Brooklinen’s Luxe Core Sheet. The bed sheets are available in classic colors that work well with most decors. They are 100% long-staple cotton, 480-thread count, which is within the sweet spot for being comfy and soft. Its slightly shimmery finish makes it resistant to pilling and wrinkling. But to maintain its look and feel, it is best to dry on low heat or the delicate cycle.
2. Cariloha Bamboo Sheet Set
BEST DUAL TEMPERATURE
These bamboo sheets are not just environmentally sustainable and wrinkle resistant, but they are cashmere level soft. Cariloha sheets also balance temperature, so they feel cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. Plus, if you sweat at night, no worries, as they wick the excess moisture away. And you won’t have to fight to keep the fitted sheet over the side of the mattress as they have 18-inch deep pockets.
3. Snowe Percale Sheet Set
BEST LIGHTWEIGHT FOR SUMMERTIME COMFORT
If you have ever had your sheets stick to you on a hot summer night, you know that it makes falling asleep a task that is beyond the help of counting sheep. But that doesn’t need to be the case if you can get Snowe’s 500 thread count, Italian-milled percale crisp and cool sheets. They are created with airy and light long-staple cotton to keep you cool, regardless of how hot it is in your room.
4. Avocado Organic Cotton Sheets
By now, I hope we all know that silk sheets are great in theory, but you will struggle to keep them adhered to your mattress, and your pillows will constantly slide off of your bed. But if you want sheen with a satiny feel made from 100% GOTS organic certified cotton from India, Avocado organic sheets are the way to go. They are available in two thread counts, 400 or 600, with a single-ply weave.
5. Great Bay Home Cotton Jersey Knit Sheet Set
BEST TEE SHIRT FEEL
These bed sheets are kind of like a perfect tee shirt. That one that doesn’t tug or stretch out when washed — the one you wished you had purchased in every color available. Great Bay Home’s Cotton Jersey Knit Sheet Set is 80% cotton and 20% polyester fabric, so they will keep their shape and are breathable, and damn are they comfy.
6. Mellanni Bed Sheet Set
Trying to bargain shop for sheets can lead to unpleasant and rough experiences. But you can get lucky and find some of the best sheets that are affordable and comfortable when things align just right. And these sheets from Mellanni with 100% brushed microfiber has gotten rave reviews from Amazon shoppers. One reviewer said, “Absolutely the best sheets I’ve ever bought in my whole life.” Machine wash them in the cold to keep them from fading. And though microfiber tends to be durable, dry them on low to maintain the soft feel.
7. Parachute Sateen Sheet Set
Parachute sheets are certified by Oeko-Tex, meaning that they shouldn’t contain hazardous levels of chemicals. They are made with long-staple cotton for a softer feel and durability. And though there isn’t a thread count listed, the sheets are constructed using certified Egyptian cotton. They are also resistant to pilling, wrinkling and shrinking. Just note that the top sheet and fitted sheet are sold separately. Though it reads sheet set, that only includes a pillowcase set and a fitted sheet.
8. Coyuchi Cloud Brushed Organic Flannel Sheets
BEST FOR COLD WEATHER COMFORT
Coyuchi has been making sheets since 1991, and they have mastered the flannel bed sheet. While they keep you nice and toasty, they are luxuriously designed and do not have the typical flannel look. The finish is designed to keep them resistant to pilling, and they are perfect for staying beneath when the temperature falls. They are made with 100% organic cotton from Turkey and woven in Portugal.