We all know that getting a good night’s sleep has a major impact on your mood, mental state, and even physical well-being. A supportive mattress, comfortable pillow, dark room, and cool air temperature all help to create an environment that is conducive to healthy sleep (humidifiers, white noise machines, and weighted blankets can also be a huge help). But let’s not forget about sheets. Finding a comfortable set of sheets can make or break your snooze time, but how are comfortable sheets defined and what should you look for when purchasing a set?
Consider The Material
Sheets that are 100 percent cotton are breathable, soft, and typically fall into an affordable range. For an upgrade, you can opt for Egyptian, Supima or Pima cotton, which as Good Housekeeping notes, increases the softness and durability of the sheets. The price point on these sheets is typically higher than basic cotton, but the lifespan of the sheets is longer. Polyester and cotton-polyester blends are affordable and can feel soft to the touch, but they have a much shorter lifespan and are less breathable, which may not be good for warm sleepers.
Look At Thread Count
Thread count used to be the easiest way to determine whether comfortable sheets were high quality, but the move towards more natural manufacturing processes means that sheets with low thread counts can still provide a soft and comfortable place to lay at the end of the day. Ideally, sheets with a 300 and up thread count are best, but be cautious about anything over 1,000 since there are ways companies can get around increasing their thread count rating without increasing the quality of the sheet.
Sheets that have OEKO-TEX- or GOTS certification don’t contain harsh chemicals, are organic, and have been made in facilities that help to reduce pollution and have protections in place for workers.
Consider The Time of Year
For colder months, you may want to switch to flannel sheets. Hot temperatures call for lightweight cotton or linen, which is also a good option for a year-round sheet since it can help users regulate body temperature.
So, what are the most comfortable sheets available? We rounded up some top choices in a variety of price points to help readers rest easy in their new set.
1. Brushed Cotton Sheet Set from Parachute
Parachute has been steadily making a name for itself as one of the go-to places for sheets and for good reason. The company boasts quality products in a wide range of price points. There’s no shortage of splurge-worthy comfortable sheet sets from Parachute that will definitely have you sleeping like a baby (their Sateen Supreme sheets come to mind). For a set that hits a more affordable price point while still boasting an exceptional level of comfort, we like the Brush Cotton Sheet Set. Made from 100 percent cotton that has a buttery soft finish, the set, which includes one fitted sheet and pillowcase, feels as soft as a lived-in t-shirt. The sheet set is ideal for those who fall in the mid-range of temperature preferences, with the super-soft, garment-washed sheet a cooler option than sateen sheets, but slightly warmer than percale sheets.
2. Luxe Core Sheet Set from Brooklinen
We have been longtime fans of Brooklinen, a company that has perfected the Venn diagram of ‘comfortable’ and ‘affordable’ sheets. The Luxe Core Sheet Set is the company’s most popular option and for good reason. Sure, the sheets are on the affordable side of the luxury market and come in several solid colors and fun patterns, including rotating limited edition sets, but most importantly, they’re comfortable. The buttery-smooth weave of the Luxe Core sheets have a 480-thread count and are made from extra-soft 100 percent long-staple cotton. Available in Twin up to California King, the set includes two pillowcases and a flat and fitted sheet that have their long and short sides labeled (thank you!) and the products are OEKO-TEX certified for chemical safety.
3. Heathered Cashmere Core Sheet Set from Brooklinen
Another option from Brooklinen is the company’s super soft Heathered Cashmere Core Sheet Set. That’s right, we said cashmere. The set, which includes a flat and fitted sheet and two pillowcases, is made from 95 percent cotton and 5 percent Himalayan Cashmere. Made in an Oeko-Tex Certified facility, these comfortable sheets have a ‘fancy’ weave that will make it difficult to get out of bed — in the best way. The breathable sheets are not as cool as other options on our list, but they still have a lightweight and luxurious finish that screams comfort. Actually, it gently whispers ‘comfort’ as you peacefully fall asleep.
4. 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set from L.L. Bean
L.L. Bean may be best known for their outdoor wear, but the clothing company also makes really comfortable sheets. Their 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set is available in a variety of colors, patterns, and sizes. Their Percale style has a crisp finish that will appeal to those who like a firmer sheet that will soften over time and washes. The cool and durable sheets are made from 100 percent Pima cotton, have a hemstitch finish detail, and are don’t contain any harmful substances as per their Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certification.
5. Riley Home Percale Sheet Set
If the crispness of the L.L. Bean percale sheets isn’t crisp enough for your liking, the set from Riley Home should do the trick. Touted as the comfortable sheets you ‘wish you owned as a shirt,’ the hotel-style set is made with 100 percent long-staple cotton and has a cool, crisp finish that is the signature of the percale style. The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX sheets come in several matte colors and features a Baretta stitch that gives them a high-end finish. The sheets will continue to soften with each wash and are a great option for hot sleepers.
6. Buffy Eucalyptus Sheets
BEST FOR HOT SLEEPERS
Is there anything more uncomfortable than trying to sleep while overheating? If you typically find yourself waking up in a waterbed of your own making (night sweats are no joke), it may be time to switch your sheets. Get a cool and comfortable night’s sleep in the Buffy Eucalyptus Sheets. The company uses 100 percent eucalyptus fiber in their sheets, which makes them cool to the touch, breathable, and yes, safe for use with pets and kids. The super-soft 300 thread count sheets will continue to soften with each wash. Customers can rest easy knowing Buffy uses a plant-based, all-natural dye that is colorfast. Plus, the comfortable sheets are made with Oeko-Tex certified, earth-friendly fibers.
7. Threshold 400 Thread Count Solid Performance Sheet Set
For a comfortable sheet set that won’t break the bank but will still provide a comfortable night’s sleep, we like the Threshold brand from Target. The 100 percent cotton sheets boast an impressive 400 thread count and can fit even deep mattresses up to 18”. Available in several sizes and solid colors, the wrinkle-, shrink- and pill-resistant sheets are STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX certified and have a soft sateen finish. The set includes two pillowcases and a labeled flat and fitted sheet for added convenience. The durably made sheets are ideal for cooler temperatures when customers need a bit more warmth at night.
8. Organic Relaxed Linen Sheets by Coyuchi
BEST YEAR-ROUND SHEETS
Coyuchi markets itself as the first maker of organic sheets and the company has perfected a comfortable night’s sleep. Their organic linen sheets have a 185 gsm weight that makes for a set that will last for years. Available in several subdued colors, Coyuchi uses a low-impact dye that is gentle on the skin. The organic linen is woven in Portugal using flax from France and together creates a set of sheets that are ideal for use year-round. The linen responds to the user’s body heat, which also makes them a great option if you and your partner differ on thermostat preferences.
9. 2nd Home Renewed By Coyuchi
MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
If you’re not quite ready to make the big splurge on a set of Coyuchi sheets or your want an option that is as environmentally friendly as possible, the company has launched a 2nd Home Renewed line. Customers can send back their used products to receive 15 percent off new purchases or buy straight from 2nd Home Renewed. These returns are then cleaned, repaired if necessary, and sold at a considerable discount while looking and feeling new. Customers can purchase a set of the Renewed Organic Crinkled Percale Sheets that are made with pure fair trade organic cotton that has been washed to create a soft crinkle effect. The ‘rumpled’ style comfortable sheets are ideal for year-round use thanks to the coolness of the percale finish and the breathable, comfortable feel.