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Our Favorite Bed Sheets of 2022

  1. Best Overall

    Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set

    Pros

    • Hold up well

    • Incredibly smooth

    • Plenty of color choices

    Cons

    • Not available in split king

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The best bed sheets we tested are made by Brooklinen.
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

The best bed sheets we tested are made by Brooklinen.

Best Overall
Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set

Our tester first got her hands on the Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheets several years ago, and when testing wrapped up, she didn’t want to take them off her bed. So, she bought a set for herself. And then she bought several more. These sheets hold up phenomenally, and they’re the only ones she regularly uses on her bed.

When washed in warm water and put through the dryer, they came out soft and wrinkle-free. We love the slightly heavier weight as well. During a nap on a warm day, our tester expected to be hot, but to her surprise, the sheets remained at a comfortable temperature. The set aced our other tests, as well. They wrinkled significantly less than other options, likely since they're made of cotton sateen, and stains came out easily.

As for the details, each set comes with a flat sheet, a fitted sheet that fits mattresses up to 15 inches deep, and two pillowcases with envelope closures—a feature that keeps overstuffed pillows in place. Made from 100% cotton, they’re smooth to the touch and have a somewhat shiny appearance. There’s a decent selection of colors and patterns, including several seasonal options. Sizes range from twin XL to California king; the only size Brooklinen doesn't carry is a split king.

Read more: The Best Sateen Sheets

Pros

  • Hold up well

  • Incredibly smooth

  • Plenty of color choices

Cons

  • Not available in split king

Box of California Design Den sheets sitting on bed
Credit: California Design Den

These California Design Den sheets have a high-end feel with an under $100 price tag.

Best Value
California Design Den Cotton Sheets

These California Design Den sheets softened nicely after one run through the laundry. In fact, they had a similar texture to the high-end Coyuchi sheets and were delightful to sleep on.

This mid-priced option is ideal for anyone who doesn’t necessarily want to spend more than $100. Made from 100% cotton, these sheets come with four standard pieces, and the fitted sheet has a 16-inch pocket to slip over your mattress. There's several subdued colors, and the brand also offers a split king set, which can be hard to find. That said, the construction was somewhat lacking—there were loose strings and some of the seams were unraveling after a pass through the laundry—and stains didn’t come out as readily.

(As a side note: With an 800 thread count, these feel almost identical to the 300-thread-count Coyuchi sheets, and are a prime example of why the measure shouldn’t be your sole consideration. )

Pros

  • High-end texture

  • Available in split king

Cons

  • Loose threads

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folded set of percale sheets on end of bed
Credit: Reviewed / Camryn Rabideau

Brooklinen's percale sheets are airy, lightweight, and more affordable than many other luxury brands.

Best Percale Sheets
Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set

As fans of Brooklinen’s sateen sheets, we had high expectations for its Classic Core set. They did not disappoint. These sheets were softer and smoother than any other set we tested, yet they were still delightfully lightweight and remained breathable and cool all night long. Basically, they checked all the boxes you’d expect from percale sheets. An added bonus? They’re more affordable than several of the other luxury brands we tested.

These sheets are made with 100% long-staple cotton, and they have a 270 thread count (which isn't a dealbreaker, even if that number seems low.) While some percale sheets can end up feeling a bit rough, this Brooklinen set was smooth to the touch. They're also airy and light, making them ideal for anyone who sleeps hot. Our tester said she'd happily use them on her bed year-round.

After testing dozens of sheet sets, we know that the details can make a big difference in your overall sleep experience. Brooklinen always delivers in terms of quality. The stitching is neat and precise, and the fitted sheet has “long” and “short” labels to assist you in making the bed. The pillowcases have envelope closures that keep your pillows in place, no matter how much you fidget during the night. Plus, the fabric is Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex-certified, meaning it meets strict safety standards and is free from harmful substances.

While this Brooklinen set costs more than $100, it's more affordable than several others we tested. What’s more, you can’t beat Brooklinen’s 365-day return policy and top-notch customer service. If you’re not satisfied with the sheets, the brand will give you a refund, no matter the condition of the product. You'll never get stuck with sheets you hate—but we're willing to bet that won't be the case.

Read more: The Best Percale Sheets

Pros

  • Smooth and lightweight

  • Labels on fitted sheet

  • Generous return policy

Cons

  • None that we could find

Queen mattress made with Lands' End Velvet flannel sheets
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

These Lands' End sheets are available in all sizes, from twin XL to California king.

Best Flannel Sheets
Lands' End 5oz Velvet Flannel Sheets

The Lands’ End Velvet Flannel sheets stood out with their smooth sensation and warmth. They were loftier and not as stiff as many of the cheaper flannel sets we tested. And when our tester slept on them, they felt soft and fuzzy, not prickly against her skin.

These sheets are advertised as 5 ounces—a measure of the fabric’s weight that helps indicate the warmth level and how hefty they'll feel. These felt on the lighter side, however, they also felt warmer than comparable sets, likely due to Lands’ End’s brushing process. What’s more, these sheets are brushed on both sides of the sheet instead of just one. Unfortunately, the tradeoff is that they tend to pill more, though they held up fairly well in our tests.

The Lands’ End Velvet flannel sheets are on the pricier side, but were not the most expensive set we tested, either. Factor in the high-quality stitching and range of colors and sizes, and we think that the price is worth the experience you get sleeping on them.

Read more: The Best Flannel Sheets

Pros

  • Brushed on both sides

  • Soft and fuzzy

  • Warm

Cons

  • May show pilling over time

How We Tested Bed Sheets

The Testers

Camryn Rabideau has been testing sheets and other bedding for several years (and is an expert at folding fitted sheets). In addition to her experience in product testing, she studied textiles, fashion merchandising, and design.

Jamie Ueda has spent years working for various apparel and textile companies, and prides herself on helping Reviewed readers make smart purchasing decisions for everything fabric-related—whether it be cooling sheets or other bedding, or clothing, shoes, and accessories, like breathable face masks.

Lindsey Vickers, the senior staff writer covering sleep here at Reviewed, also contributed to testing additional sheets that we've added to this guide.

The Tests

If you’ve ever wished you could get paid to sleep, prepare to be jealous. Our testers slept on the sets multiple times, evaluating things such as how soft each felt, if they made noise when shifting around, and whether they remained at a comfortable temperature. We also laundered them to assess if they wrinkled or could easily be rid of stains. (Admit it, you eat in bed sometimes.) Finally, we looked at their construction, evaluating the quality of the stitching and the depth of the fitted sheets.

What to Know About Buying Sheets

Most of us buy sheets simply based on how they feel, but there are actually quite a few factors that differentiate bed linens. If you want to get technical, fiber, construction method, and thread count all affect how sheets feel, perform, and wear over time, and these are the things we consider when testing and recommending bedding.

Fabric Types

As with anything made of fabric, there are three types of fiber that go into sheets: natural, synthetic, or semi-synthetic.

Natural fibers refer to cotton and linen, which are derived from plants, as well as silk and wool. Synthetic materials are things like polyester, which are made from petroleum, while semi-synthetics, are made from natural products such as wood pulp or cellulose from plants. Then base materials are chemically broken down before they’re made into thread and woven or knit into fabric. Rayon and lyocell (sold under the brand name Tencel) fall under this category.

It’s almost impossible to make a blanket claim that one is better than the other, as they have unique qualities that make them suitable to the preferences of different people.

Cotton is known for its breathability. Popular types include Pima, Egyptian, and American Upland. Each has a different staple length, which refers to how long a piece of fiber is when it’s harvested. Longer staple cotton makes more durable fabrics that are less prone to pilling, which is what happens when fibers break and are gradually pulled to the surface, eventually winding into little balls. When shopping, pick something labeled “long” or “extra long” to lessen the chances of pilling. This might include Pima or Egyptian cotton, though sometimes Egyptian cotton simply refers to any cotton that was grown in Egypt. To avoid confusion, we recommend looking for wording that indicates the staple length.

Synthetic fibers aren’t considered as breathable as cotton, but some polyester fabrics can wick moisture away from the skin. Plus, they’re known for their softness. Fabric blends can provide the benefits of both fibers, such as the softness of cotton and strength of polyester.

Synthetic naturals, or semi-synthetics, include fabrics like lyocell (Tencel) and rayon. They’re made from processed wood pulp or plant cellulose that’s chemically processed to create fiber that can be woven or knit into fabric. These materials may provide benefits, such as wicking and cooling. However, they can lack the durability that cotton offers. When made with chemical processing, bamboo-based textiles also fall into this category.

Thread Count

Thread count is the rallying call for anyone shopping for woven sheets such as percale or sateen. It refers to the number of threads in a square inch of fabric, and while that sounds simple enough, most people assume that higher thread counts equal higher quality. Unfortunately, it’s not that straightforward.

Depending on the manufacturing country of sheets, the thread count can be calculated differently. In the United States, the ply—or the number of fiber pieces twisted together to make a thread—is not counted toward the total thread count. However, in other countries, the number of plies that make up a thread may be applied to the total thread count, making it double what it would be for the same sheets manufactured in the U.S.

What’s more, higher thread counts can actually make sheets feel stiff and uncomfortable. Experts recommend not fussing too much about thread count, as long as it isn’t lower than 200 to 250—anything under that threshold is lower quality and likely less durable.

Fabric Construction

You may also want to consider the fabric’s construction (e.g., woven versus knit) as it plays into the texture. There are a few types of woven fabrics used in bedding: percale, satin or sateen, twill, and flannel, and one main type of knit, jersey.

Percale weave follows a simple over-under weave pattern and are most frequently made from cotton. They’re known for being smooth and durable (and not just due to the weave—the cotton fiber also ups their durability).

Satin/sateen weaves are composed of threads woven together in a perpendicular and parallel pattern, in which some threads “float” above others and pass over several threads. The unique weave makes satin fabrics smoother and gives them their characteristic sheen. However, those floating threads can also make them more prone to snagging.

Twill is newer to the bedding market and known specifically for its durability, because the diagonal weaving pattern allows for a higher number of yarns to be packed tightly together. You may or may not have seen twill sheets, but you’ve come across one popular twill weave fabric that’s ubiquitous in clothing: denim. Twill sheets tend to have a more textured feel than satin and sateen.

Flannel starts with a plain or twill weave, usually of a higher thread count. It’s then treated with a post-production process called “calendaring” to make it fuzzy. Flannels are popular in fall and winter months given their extra warmth.

Jersey is the most common type of knit in sheets, with a soft and stretchy feel. Because this type of knit fabric is commonly used for T-shirts, many jersey sheets feel like you are sleeping on one.


Other Bed Sheets We Tested

Product image of Linen Home Cotton Percale Sheet Set
Linen Home Cotton Percale Sheet Set

These Linen Home sheets didn’t top the percale competition, but there’s one major difference between these sheets and the products that otherwise scored above them: the price. Sure, they weren’t quite as soft, and the stitching wasn’t quite as neat as some of the luxury sets. But like many of the high-end sheets, the Linen Home ones are Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex-certified, and at the end of the day they were enjoyable to sleep on.

These percale sheets are made from 100% cotton and have a 200 thread count. They also come in a comprehensive range of colors that's much greater than many of the other picks on this list. Out of the package, they had a slightly funky smell, but it went away after washing. The fabric was a little more substantial, making them less airy but still breathable. The set also performed well in our stain testing, with almost all of the fruit juice coming out easily. The fitted and top sheets were smooth and crisp, so our tester was surprised to discover that the pillowcases were slightly scratchy to the touch—though they may soften after another wash or two.

Overall, our tester would definitely use these sheets again, and they’re a great value for anyone who doesn’t want to spend more than $100 on a sheet set.

Pros

  • Breathable

  • Wide range of colors

Cons

  • Scratchy pillowcases

Product image of Pinzon Signature Cotton Heavyweight Velvet Flannel Sheet Set
Pinzon Signature Cotton Heavyweight Velvet Flannel Sheet Set

We found these Pinzon flannel sheets warm and cozy overnight without overheating. They ​felt smooth rather than fuzzy, as they didn’t have quite as much brushing as other high performers. But they were brushed on both sides, and they’re also Standard 100 Oeko-Tex-certified, which means the fabric has been tested and is free from numerous harmful substances.

Next to higher-end sets, the Pinzon sheets felt slightly thinner and stiffer, but they were still comfortable. Even though these weren’t quite as fuzzy as we would've liked, they were still one of our favorites when testing flannel sheets. And at less than $100 for a queen set, it’s hard to beat the price.

Pros

  • Brushed on both sides

  • Smooth

  • Not overly hot

Cons

  • Limited colors and sizes

  • Thinner

Product image of Nestwell Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set
Nestwell Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set

We were extremely impressed with the quality of the Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set from Nestwell, a relatively new in-house brand from Bed Bath & Beyond. (It’s not the only Nestwell product that’s impressed us.) In fact, it performed almost identically to the Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet set.

What’s so great about the Nestwell sheets? For starters, they’re made from 100% Egyptian cotton—the crème de la crème of the fiber world—and they have a 625 thread count that makes them soft, smooth, and strong. The set comes with a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and one or two pillowcases, depending on the size, and it’s available in several subdued colors. These sheets have a buttery smooth feel that’s not overly silky, and our tester said they were a joy to climb into each night.

The corner stitching on the fitted sheet is quite interesting, with a unique ruched design that made it slightly harder to make the bed. Because the elastic doesn’t give as much, we’re skeptical that it would fit mattresses up to 18 inches, as the brand claims. Beyond this, however, the Nestwell sheets aced all our tests—the linens had minimal wrinkling after a wash and dry cycle, and stains came out easily.

Pros

  • Buttery smooth

  • 100% Egyptian cotton

Cons

  • Corner stitching is a bit tight

Product image of Coyuchi 300 Thread Count Organic Sateen Sheets
Coyuchi 300 Thread Count Organic Sateen Sheets

Coyuchi is known for its high-end organic linens, and the brand’s sateen sheets didn’t disappoint. These luxe sheets are beautifully soft and impeccably made—in fact, the stitching is as nice as any our tester has ever seen. Plus, they come with an impressive array of certifications, including Global Organic Textile Standard, Fair Trade, and Made Safe. The set includes your four standard pieces, and the fitted sheet can accommodate mattresses up to 15 inches.

These sheets are made from 100% organic cotton that’s grown and woven in India, and the finished fabric has a 300 thread count. During testing, these sheets were incredibly welcoming and draped wonderfully—our tester didn’t want to take them off the bed. In terms of feel alone, they’re every bit as great as our best overall sateen sheets from Brooklinen.

However, these sheets fell short in a few areas. Despite the brand’s claim that they’re naturally wrinkle-resistant, we found they actually wrinkled more than other sateen sheets. Stains didn’t come out quite as easily, leaving behind discolored blotches. Then there’s the overall value: These sheets are more than twice the cost of Brooklinen. We don’t think you’ll regret buying the Coyuchi sheets—they really are lovely—but you can stretch your dollar and get an equally good set.

Pros

  • Incredibly soft

  • Top-notch stitching

  • Certified organic

Cons

  • Prone to wrinkles

  • Stained easily

Product image of Parachute Home Percale Sheet Set
Parachute Home Percale Sheet Set

These Parachute sheets are quintessential percale. They’re smooth to the touch without being overly soft, and they’re crisp and light, and breathable. To top it off, they're impeccably made, with neat seams and sturdy stitching. Overall, our tester found them delightful to sleep on and thinks they would be ideal during the summer.

Manufactured in Portugal, they're made from 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton (a.k.a. the best of the best) and have a beautiful matte finish. The garment-washed fabric has a softer texture and a more casual, lived-in appearance. It’s also Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex-certified, and Parachute even gives you the option to buy a set with or without a top sheet. These sheets kept our tester at the perfect temperature throughout the night, and they had a perfect crisp feel that both our tester and her partner loved.

Our only real complaint is that the pillowcases’ closures are in the middle of the pillow. While this does a great job at keeping the pillow in place, our tester’s face ended up on a seam when she flipped her pillow in the middle of the night. Other than that, they wrinkle quite easily, as expected with percale. They also fell flat was the stain testing—somehow the stains seemed to spread and get worse after washing. However, if you’re tidier than the rest of us, this may not be a dealbreaker.

Pros

  • Crisp

  • Sleep cool

Cons

  • Easily stain

Product image of The Company Store Legends Luxury Velvet Flannel Fitted Sheet
The Company Store Legends Luxury Velvet Flannel Sheets

These are the heaviest flannel sheets that we’ve tested. The product description says they're 6 ounces, though in our lab they actually clocked in at 6.5 ounces. From the moment our tester touched them, she could tell they were the heaviest of the bunch. They have a very thick and weighty feel to them.

Out of all the sheets labeled “velvet flannel,” these felt the closest to actual velvet, giving them an air of luxury. According to the Company Store, these are brushed multiple times to make them “ultra-soft.” The difference is obvious as these felt the fuzziest of all the sheets we tested, and they were extremely comfortable to sleep on, feeling soft and plush without being scratchy.

Brushed on both sides, these are great for someone who wants the warmest flannel sheets possible, though they come with a higher price tag as well, which is to be expected for a quality set that's a heavier weight.

Pros

  • Feels velvety

  • Lofty and thick

  • Very warm

Cons

  • Pieces sold individually

  • Potentially too warm for some

Meet the testers

Camryn Rabideau

Camryn Rabideau

Contributor

@CamrynWrites

Camryn Rabideau is a full-time freelance writer and product tester with eight years of experience. She's been lucky enough to test hundreds of products firsthand, and her specialties include bedding and pet products, which often require help from her two dogs, three cats, and flock of rambunctious chickens.

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Lindsey Vickers

Lindsey Vickers

Senior Staff Writer, Sleep

@lindseyvix

Lindsey writes about sleep, lifestyle, and more for Reviewed. In her waking hours, she likes to spend time outside, read, cook, and bake. She holds a master’s in journalism from Boston University and bachelors' degrees in English Literature and Anthropology from the University of Utah.

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Jamie Ueda

Jamie Ueda

Apparel Staff Writer

Jamie writes about clothing, shoes, and accessories for Reviewed. She loves apparel and doesn't like to sacrifice fashion, comfort, or quality in whatever she wears.

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