Sheets might not be the most glamorous purchase, but they’re important: We spend a third of our lives sleeping, lying between sheets and under our favorite comforters, and the right bedding can make all the difference between a good night and a bad one.
There’s just one problem: With thousands of sheets out there at just about every price point, how are you supposed to pick the perfect set of sheets?
Well, we did the testing—and napping—for you. If want buttery soft sateen, you can’t go wrong with the Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set(available at Brooklinen), and if you’re after a crisp percale feel, we recommend the Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set (available at Brooklinen). Hoping to cozy up under flannel? We’ve got picks for you, too.
Here are the best bed sheets we’ve tested:
Best Overall: Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set
Best Value: California Design Den Cotton Sheet Set
Best Percale Sheets: Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set
Best Flannel Sheets: Lands' End Velvet Flannel Sheets
Linen Home 100% Cotton Percale Sheets
Pinzon Signature Cotton Heavyweight Velvet Flannel Sheet Set
Nestwell Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set
Coyuchi Organic Sateen Sheets
Parachute Percale Sheet Set + Top Sheet
The Company Store Legends Luxury Velvet Flannel
Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set
Our tester loved the Brooklinen Luxe sheets so much that when testing was done, 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, possibly due to the comfortable, slightly heavier weight and sateen weave. Stains came out easily, and during a nap on a warm day, our tester expected to be hot, but the sheets remained comfortably cool. Each set has a flat sheet, a fitted sheet for mattresses up to 15 inches deep, and two pillowcases with envelope closures. 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. If you want more than the “Core Set” offers, there are other options, including a “Hardcore Bundle” with two extra pillowcases and a duvet cover.
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, including a fitted sheet with a 16-inch pocket. There's several subdued colors, and the brand also offers a split king set, which can be hard to find.
Unfortuantely, 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.
Still, with an 800 thread count, these feel almost identical to the 300-thread-count Coyuchi sheets, and are a prime example of why thread count isn’t everything.
As fans of Brooklinen’s sateen sets, we had high expectations for its Classic Core set. They did not disappoint. These were softer and smoother than any other set we tested, yet still delightfully lightweight, remaining breathable and cool all night long. They checked every box you’d want in percale sheets, while being more affordable than several of the other luxury brands we tested.
These sheets are made with 100% long-staple cotton, with a 270 thread count (which isn't a dealbreaker, even if that number seems low.) While some percale sheets can feel a bit rough, these were smooth to the touch. They're airy and light, making them ideal for hot sleepers to use year-round.
Brooklinen always delivers in terms of quality, and shines here. The stitching is neat and precise, and the fitted sheet has “long” and “short” labels to help you make the bed. The pillowcases have envelope closures that keep your pillows in place, no matter what. Plus, the fabric is Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex-certified, meaning it meets strict safety standards and is free from harmful substances.
While it costs over $100, it's more affordable than several others we tested. What’s more, Brooklinen has a 365-day return policy and top-notch customer service. The brand will give you a refund if you’re unsatisfied, regardless of the product’s condition. The return policy is a great security blanket, but we’re guessing you won’t need it.
The Lands’ End Velvet Flannel sheets stood out with their smooth sensation and warmth. They were loftier and not as stiff or prickly as many of the cheaper flannel sets we tested. They felt soft and fuzzy to sleep on, all night.
Advertised at 5 ounces, these are a little light for flannel sheets. However, they also felt warmer than comparable sets, likely due to Lands’ End’s brushing process that includes brushing both sides of the sheet instead of just one. Unfortunately, they do tend to pill more, but they still held up fairly well in our tests.
While on the pricier side, these weren’t the most expensive sheets we tested, either. Factor in the high-quality stitching and the range of colors and sizes, and the price is worth the experience you get sleeping on them.
These Linen Home sheets didn’t top the percale competition, but their low price makes them a strong contender. They weren’t quite as soft, and the stitching wasn’t quite as neat as some of the luxury sets. But they are Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex-certified, and enjoyable to sleep on.
These percale sheets are made from 100% cotton and have a 200 thread count. They come in a more comprehensive range of colors than many of our other picks. Out of the package, they had a slightly funky smell, but it went away after washing. The fabric is more substantial than some, making them less airy but still breathable.
The set performed well in stain testing, with almost all of the fruit juice we spilled coming out easily. The fitted and top sheets were smooth and crisp, but surprisingly, the pillowcases were slightly scratchy to the touch. (They may soften after another wash or two.) Overall, these are a great value for anyone who doesn’t want to spend more than $100 on a sheet set.
Pinzon Signature Cotton Heavyweight Velvet Flannel Sheet Set
These Pinzon flannel sheets were warm and cozy overnight without overheating. Less brushing than other high performers meant they felt smooth rather than fuzzy. But they were brushed on both sides, and they’re Standard 100 Oeko-Tex-certified, meaning the fabric is free from numerous harmful substances.
The Pinzon sheets were slightly thinner and stiffer than higher-end sets, but were still comfortable. While not quite as fuzzy as we would've liked, they were still one of our favorite flannel sets. Plus, at under $100 for a queen size set, it’s hard to beat the price.
We were extremely impressed with the quality of the Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set from Nestwell, an 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.
They’re made from 100% Egyptian cotton—the crème de la crème of the fiber world—and their 625 thread count makes them soft, smooth, and strong. The set comes with a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and one or two pillowcases, depending on the size. They’re available in several subdued colors. These sheets have a buttery-smooth feel that’s not overly silky, and were a joy to climb into each night.
The corner stitching on the fitted sheet is a unique ruched design that makes it slightly harder to make the bed. The elastic doesn’t give very much, so we’re skeptical that it would fit mattresses up to 18 inches like Nestwell claims. Still, the Nestwell sheets aced all our tests. The linens had minimal wrinkling after a wash and dry cycle, and stains came out easily.
Coyuchi is known for high-end organic linens, and their sateen sheets didn’t disappoint. These luxe sheets are beautifully soft and impeccably made—the stitching is as nice as any we’ve seen. 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 accommodates mattresses up to 15 inches.
The 100% organic cotton in these sheets is grown and woven in India, and the finished fabric has a 300 thread count. These sheets were incredibly welcoming and draped wonderfully—our tester didn’t want to take them off the bed. In terms of feel, they’re every bit as great as the Brooklinens.
However, they fell short in a few areas. Despite Coyuchi’s claim that they’re naturally wrinkle-resistant, we found they wrinkled more than other sateen sheets. Stains didn’t come out quite easily either, leaving behind discolored blotches.
Finally, there’s the overall value: These sheets cost over twice as much as Brooklinen. They're lovely, and you wouldn’t regret buying them, but you can stretch your dollar and get an equally good set.
These Parachute sheets are quintessential percale: crisp and cool. They’re light, breathable, and smooth to the touch without being overly soft. To top it off, they're impeccably made, with neat seams and sturdy stitching. They’re delightful to sleep on and great for summer.
Manufactured in Portugal, they're made from 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton (the best of the best) with a beautiful matte finish. The garment-washed fabric has a soft feel and casual, lived-in appearance. It’s also Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex-certified. These sheets kept our tester at the perfect temperature throughout the night, and their crisp feel was a hit with our tester and her partner.
Our only real complaint is that the pillowcases’ closures are in the middle of the pillow. This does a great job keeping the pillow in place, but your face may end up in a seam if you flip your pillow in the night.
They wrinkle quite easily, as expected with percale. They also fell flat in 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.
The Company Store Legends Luxury Velvet Flannel Sheets
Advertised at 6 ounces and actually weighing in at 6.5, these are the heaviest flannel sheets we’ve tested. The thick weighty feel is obvious the moment you touch them.
Out of all the “velvet flannel” sheets, these felt closest to actual velvet, giving them an air of luxury. The Company Store claims to brush them multiple times to make them “ultra-soft,” and the difference is obvious. These were the fuzziest sheets we tested. They felt soft and plush without being scratchy, and were extremely comfortable to sleep on.
Brushed on both sides, these are great for someone who wants the warmest flannel sheets possible. They do come with a higher price tag, but that’s expected for a heavyweight, quality flannel set.
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.
Our testers slept on these bed sheets multiple times, evaluating factors like softness, whether they made noise when shifting around, and whether they were temperature-regulating. We also laundered them to assess whether they wrinkled and how easily stains came out. (Admit it, you eat in bed sometimes.) Finally, we examined 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 based on feel, but there are many factors that differentiate bed linens. 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 the best sheets.
There are three types of fiber that go into sheets: natural, synthetic, and semi-synthetic.
Natural fibers refers to plant-derived fabrics like cotton and linen, as well as animal-derived fabrics like silk and wool. Synthetic materials like polyester are made from petroleum. Semi-synthetics start with natural products such as wood pulp or cellulose from plants, then chemically break those materials down so they can be made into thread and woven or knit into fabric. Rayon and lyocell (sold under the brand name Tencel) are semi-synthetics.
Each type of fabric has unique qualities that make them suitable for different people or situations.
Cotton is known for 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.
Pima or Egyptian cotton tend to be longer-staple, though sometimes any cotton grown in Egypt is called “Egyptian cotton”. To avoid confusion, look specifically for cotton labeled “long” or “extra long”.
Pilling is when fibers break, pulling to the surface and forming little balls. Longer-staple fabrics can help prevent pilling.
Linens or “bed linens” are common names for bedsheets, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re dealing with a linen sheet set. Some sheets actually are made of linen (which comes from flax), but you may hear “linens” used to refer to sheets in general.
Synthetic fibers aren’t generally as breathable as cotton, though some polyesters can be soft and have moisture-wicking properties. Sometimes synthetics come in blends that provide the benefits of multiple 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 like moisture wicking and cooling, but they can lack the durability that cotton offers. When made with chemical processing, bamboo sheets also fall into this category.
Thread count is inescapable when shopping for woven sheets like percale or sateen. It refers to the number of threads in a square inch of fabric. Most people assume that higher thread counts equal higher quality. Unfortunately, it’s not that straightforward.
Depending on where the sheets are made, thread count may be counted differently. In the United States, the ply—the number of fiber pieces twisted together to make a thread—is not counted toward the total thread count. In other countries, plies get counted, which can make thread counts appear double what they would be if those sheets were manufactured in the U.S.
On top of that, thread count is less important than the quality of the cotton. Long-staple cottons like pima cotton or Egyptian cotton can be key to making soft, durable sheets. (Just make sure that you’re buying actual Egyptian cotton and not just “cotton made in Egypt”.)
Too-high thread counts can actually make sheets feel stiff and uncomfortable. Experts recommend not fussing too much about thread count, as long as it’s above 200 to 250—anything under that threshold is lower quality and likely less durable.
You may also want to consider the fabric’s construction (woven versus knit), as it affects the texture. Woven fabrics used in bedding include percale, satin or sateen, twill, and flannel. The main type of knit used is jersey.
Percale weave follows a simple over-under weave pattern and is usually made from long-staple cotton. The long fiber and the weave combine to make a smooth, durable fabric.
Satin/sateen weaves are composed of threads woven together in a perpendicular and parallel pattern. The unique weave makes satin fabrics smoother and gives them their characteristic sheen. However, the floating threads in these fabrics can be more prone to snagging. Because of its soft feel, sateen is highly recommended for people with sensitive skin.
Twill is newer to the bedding market and known for its durability. The diagonal weave allows for a higher number of yarns to be packed tightly together. Twill sheets tend to have a more textured feel than satin and sateen. Even if you haven’t seen twill sheets, you’ve encountered at least one twill fabric in clothing: denim.
Flannel starts with a plain or twill weave, usually with a higher thread count. It’s then treated with a process called “calendaring” to make it fuzzy. Flannel is extra warm, and popular in cooler seasons and locales.
Jersey sheets have 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.
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.
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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