• Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set

  • Mellanni Bed Sheet Set

  • How We Tested

  • What to Know About Buying Sheets

  • Other Bed Sheets We Tested

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Our Favorite Bed Sheets of 2020

  1. Best Overall

    Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set

    Pros

    • Fits mattresses up to 15" deep

    • 100% cotton

    • Plenty of colors to choose from

    Cons

    • Not available in Split King sizing

    • You'll feel sad when you have to take them off your bed to wash

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  2. Best Value

    Mellanni Bed Sheet Set

    Pros

    • Reasonably priced

    • Incredibly soft

    • Available for all mattress sizes

    Cons

    • Made from soft, brushed polyester

    • Only a single row of stitching instead of two

    • elastic is not anchored

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Best Overall
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The best bed sheets we tested are made by Brooklinen.

Best Overall
Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set

Here’s the skinny on these amazing sheets. Each set comes with two pillowcases, a flat sheet and a fitted sheet that fits mattresses up to 15 inches deep. They’re made from 100 percent cotton and are constructed in a sateen weave, which means they’re smooth to the touch and have a somewhat shiny appearance. There are more than a dozen standard colors and patterns to choose from, and you can get this set in sizes ranging from Twin XL to California King. The only size they don’t carry is a Split King.

In my testing notes for these sheets, my first comment is, “I’m actually sad I have to take these off my bed.” When I washed them in warm water and put them through the dryer, they came out soft and wrinkle-free. Not only are they soft, I love the slightly heavier weight as well. When I napped in these sheets, I expected I’d be hot since the weather was quite warm, but to my surprise, I stayed at a comfortable temperature.

The Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheets aced our other tests, as well. They wrinkle significantly less than other options, likely due to their sateen weave, and stains come out easily.

Pros

  • Fits mattresses up to 15" deep

  • 100% cotton

  • Plenty of colors to choose from

Cons

  • Not available in Split King sizing

  • You'll feel sad when you have to take them off your bed to wash

BestValue
Credit: Reviewed / Camryn Rabideau
Best Value
Mellanni Bed Sheet Set

If you’re looking for amazingly soft, cozy sheets at an unbeatable price, go with the Mellanni Bed Sheet Set.

Each set comes with your four standard pieces, but unlike the majority of the sheets we tested, the Mellanni Bed Sheet Set is made from brushed microfiber, a.k.a. polyester. The fitted sheet is deep enough to accommodate mattresses up to 16 inches, and they come in an impressive variety of colors and pattern, as well as every size.

These sheets initially caught my eye a few months ago thanks to their more than 42,000 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4.4 stars, leading me to buy them. I have been quite impressed with their performance (especially for the price).

I have to say, the Mellanni sheets didn’t let me down. They’re one of the softest, coziest sets in our lot. My boyfriend was visiting for a few nights during testing, and when he felt how comfortable these sheets were, he asked if they were expensive—they’re that good! Plus, they really don’t wrinkle all that much, and stains come out easily.

However, because these sheets are shockingly inexpensive, they’re not the most well-made product. They only have a single row of stitching in the corners (most expensive brands use at least two) and the elastic isn’t anchored, so it seems to move around in the hem. It’s also worth noting that because they're made of polyester, they’re not as breathable as cotton sheets.

Pros

  • Reasonably priced

  • Incredibly soft

  • Available for all mattress sizes

Cons

  • Made from soft, brushed polyester

  • Only a single row of stitching instead of two

  • elastic is not anchored

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How We Tested

The Tester

I’m Camryn Rabideau, a freelance contributor here at Reviewed. I’ve always struggled to buy sheets I like—it seems that they’re either too rough or poorly made—which is why I readily volunteered to test out some of today’s top sheets to find a soft, well-made set. (Plus, who doesn’t want an excuse to nap during work hours?) Once upon a time, I went to school for Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, so it was an added bonus that I was finally able to apply my knowledge of textile science to my job!

The Tests

If you’ve ever wished you could get paid to sleep, prepare to be jealous.

To test out each pair of sheets, I slept in them twice: overnight and for a one-hour nap. I evaluated how soft/comfortable each felt, as well as how much noise they made when I shifted around.

Next, I put each set through a series of tests to see how much they wrinkled and if stains were easy to remove. (Admit it, you eat in bed sometimes.) I stained them with cranberry juice and Diet Coke, crumpled them up in a ball, and left them sealed in a bag overnight. The next morning, I evaluated their wrinkles then rinsed them in warm water and put them through the wash. I didn’t use any stain remover or pre-treatment for this test—just regular laundry detergent.

Finally, each set was evaluated for construction. Personally, I always find that the corners of inexpensive sheets rip at the seams, so I used my background in textiles to evaluate the quality of the stitching. I also considered how deep the pocket on each fitted sheet was, as well as how easy the sets were to store.

What to Know About Buying Sheets

Shopping for sheets can be confusing. With so many labels, different types of fabric, and a wide array of fibers, it’s difficult to know what’s what. But when you boil it all down, there are just a few main considerations to keep in mind.

Fabric Types

As with anything made of fabric, there are three types of fiber that go into sheets: synthetic, natural, or semi-synthetic. Natural fibers refer to cotton and linen, which are derived from plants, as well as silk and wool (though these are far less common on the sheet market). Synthetic materials are things like polyester, which are made from petroleum. Semi-synthetics, which include rayon and lyocell (sold under the brand name Tencel), are made from natural products, like wood pulp or cellulose from plants, but are chemically broken down before they’re made into thread and woven or knit into fabric. 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 needs and preferences of different people.
Cotton is known for its breathability. Popular types of cotton sheets 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 of the fabric, eventually winding into little balls. Egyptian and Pima cotton are extra-long staple types, so they’re a good bet for sheets and less likely to pill over time. When shopping, it’s best to look for sheets that specify the cotton staple. When shopping, look for sheets that specify the cotton staple. To lessen chances of pilling, pick something labeled “long” or “extra long.” Sometimes Egyptian cotton is used to refer to any cotton that was grown in Egypt, not just extra-long staple Egyptian cotton, so also look for wording that indicates the staple length.
Synthetic fibers These materials aren’t considered as breathable as cotton but some polyester fabrics can wick moisture away from the skin (which keeps your skin dry throughout the night) and all are known for their softness. There are also hybrids that combine cotton and polyester. With sheets, 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 considered semi-synthetic because they are made from processed wood pulp or plant cellulose. The plant matter is 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 in particular, such as percale, satin/sateen, and twill. It refers to the number of threads in a square inch of fabric. That sounds simple enough, and most people assume that higher thread counts equal higher quality, but it isn’t 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. The construction of the fabric plays into the texture you experience. There are a few types of woven fabrics used in bedding: percale, satin or sateen, and 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, in contrast, 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 into contact with one popular twill weave fabric that’s ubiquitous in clothing: denim. Twill sheets, by contrast, tend to have a more textured feel than satin and sateen.
Flannel is the last main weave. 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. This particular type of knit has 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

Standard Textile Sateen Sheet Set (Centium Satin)

Standard Textile has manufactured hotel linens for more than 80 years, so it’s really no surprise that products in its consumer-facing line, Standard Textile Home, live up to the brand’s reputation by providing a luxurious hotel-quality sleep experience at home. The Standard Textile Home Sateen Sheet Set is a splurge, but we loved the smooth, cool feel of the linens, which made slipping into bed a delight.

These sheets are made from 65 percent ring-spun combed cotton and 35 percent “Centium Core” microfilament polyester, a specially designed fabric weave and blend that’s intended to increase durability. Their sateen weave is bright and shiny—it almost looks like silk! During my testing, I thought these sheets were extremely comfortable to sleep in, providing a lavish, hotel-like experience, while remaining easy to wash, and resisting stains and wrinkles.

However, the Standard Textile Home Sateen Sheet Set didn’t quite make it to the top of our list due to the construction of the linens. There were a few details that we didn’t necessarily like, including that the elastic on the fitted sheet doesn’t go all the way around the bed, which kept it from fitting as snuggly as other products. Further, the flat sheet has just a single line of stitching along its top hem, which we thought may be less durable and found surprising, given the price tag.

Overall, the Standard Textile Home Sateen Sheet Set was enjoyable to use, and if you want to take your bed one step closer to the luxurious feel of a hotel bed, these are a step in the right direction.

The queen set comes with four standard pieces (fitted sheet, flat sheet, and two pillowcases), and you can choose from four muted colors that have a subtle striped appearance.

Pros

  • Wrinkle and stain resistant

  • Cool feel

  • Comfortable to sleep on

Cons

  • Fitted sheet isn’t fully elasticated

  • Pricier than many sheets

Boll & Branch Solid Hemmed Sheet Set

The Solid Hemmed Sheet Set from Boll and Branch is another wonderful option that’s worth highlighting.

Each bedding set includes four pieces, unless you purchase a Twin size which only includes one pillowcase. The sheets are made from organic cotton and feature a smooth sateen weave, and the pocket is an impressive 17 inches deep. You can get them in every size, and there are nine basic colors to choose from.

The Boll and Branch sheets performed just as well as our top pick in many key areas. While they’re not as smooth as the Brooklinen sheets, they’re just as comfortable and feel wonderful to sleep in, providing a more crisp feel while still being pleasant to the touch.

These sheets do wrinkle a bit more than the Brooklinen set, and stains don’t come out as readily. However, at the end of the day, they’re beautifully constructed and were a dream to sleep in, and that’s what matters the most, is it not? Plus, my cat is obsessed with them for some unknown reason, and I trust his judgment.

Pros

  • Nine colors to choose from

  • Deep, 17" pockets

  • Made from Organic Cotton

Cons

  • Twin size set only comes with one pillow case

  • Stains can be difficult to remove

  • Wrinkle easily

L.L. Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set

I have to admit I’m more partial to sateen sheets than percale ones, but I could probably make an exception for the Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set from L.L. Bean. These sheets have taken home numerous accolades over the years, so it’s no surprise that they performed so well in our tests.

You get four pieces with the set, and the sheets are made from pima cotton in a percale weave, which is known to provide that crisp feel many people love. The fitted sheet pocket is 15 inches deep, and you can pick from eight muted colors. However, these sheets only come in basic sizes—no Twin XL or California King.

These sheets are significantly more comfortable than many other percale options we tested. They’re not soft, per say, but they’re not rough or harsh, either. They don’t wrinkle too badly, stains can easily be removed, and the construction looks high-quality. Overall, these percale sheets are a solid investment for those who love their sheets to have a crisp, light feel.

Pros

  • Sheets feel light and crisp

  • Easy to clean

  • High-quality construction

Cons

  • Twin XL or California King sizes unavailable

  • Not as soft as other sheet sets we tested

Threshold Performance Sheet Set

If we picked a runner-up for best value, it would be the Threshold Performance Sheet Set from Target. The construction of these is surprisingly nice with double-stitched seams, deep pockets and extra elastic in the corners to ensure they hug your mattress perfectly.

In terms of sleep experience, these were in line with your typical cotton sheets—not super soft, but plenty comfortable and breathable. The only downside is they didn’t perform that well during the stain tests—the Diet Coke stain was still visible after washing.

Pros

  • Double-stitched seams

  • Deep pockets

  • Highly breathable

Cons

  • Stains proved difficult to remove

The Company Store Comfort Wash Solid Linen Bedding

When I first laid down on the Comfort Wash Solid Linen Sheets, I thought they were a little uncomfortable and scratchy (not uncommon with linen, which gets softer the more you wash it). After I got used to them, they were fine—but do you really want to spend over $200 on sheets that are just “fine”?

I’ll admit these sheets were one of my favorites in terms of aesthetic appeal, but I don’t think they’re life-changing, as some people claim linen sheets to be.

Pros

  • Linen gets softer the more it's washed

  • They'll look great on your bed

Cons

  • Expensive

  • Uncomfortable and scratchy, at first

Ralph Lauren Home Graydon Mélange Sheet Set

I like the Graydon Mélange Sheet Set, even though there’s nothing special about them, per se. They aren’t overly soft, but they are definitely comfortable, and more aesthetically appealing than other sets thanks to their chambray-like appearance. However, they do wrinkle pretty badly and weren’t as memorable as our top picks.

Pros

  • Comfortable

  • Chambray-like appearance

Cons

  • Wrinkle easily

The Company Store Classic Percale Collection Solid Sheet Set

I thought the Classic Percale Collection sheets were going to be rough when I first felt them, but they turned out to be okay—not soft, but crisp and fine to sleep on. At the end of the day, though, they just don’t measure up to their competition.

Pros

  • Not soft, but acceptably comfortable

Cons

  • Other sheet sets featured in this guide are better options

Riley Percale Sheet Set

To give credit where it’s due, the Riley Percale Sheets balance feeling crisp and soft. But they have a few downsides that keep them from ranking higher on our list. For one, the percale fabric is very thin—we could clearly see the pattern on a pillow insert through the pillowcase. In addition, these sheets get unbelievably wrinkled after washing and drying—after being washed, they came out looking like crumpled tissue.

The complete sheet “set” doesn’t include a flat sheet, and if you want to add one, it will cost you an additional $50 to $80, depending on the size. Overall, we think there are better sheets for the price.

Pros

  • Crisp

  • Soft

Cons

  • Thin fabric

  • Prone to wrinkling

  • Pricier than many sheets

Snowe Percale Sheet Set

These are of the most crisp-feeling sheets in this bunch, thanks to their 500-thread count. Though they were a little rough, I didn’t mind sleeping in them. The downside is they make a lot of noise when you shift around and wrinkle a lot.

Pros

  • Crisp-feeling, thanks to their 500 thread count

Cons

  • Not the most comfortable sheets to sleep on

  • They make a lot of noise when you move around in them

Pottery Barn Classic 400-Thread-Count Organic Sheet Set

I’m underwhelmed by the Pottery Barn Classic 400-Thread-Count Organic Sheet Set. I noticed that the fabric was a little see-through, as one of my pillows has a striped pattern that could be seen through the pillowcase. (You might fare better with colors other than white, though.) Plus, they’re a bit scratchy, stains didn’t come out well, and overall, they’re just not as welcoming as other options.

Pros

  • 500-thread count

Cons

  • Slightly transparent

  • Scratchy

  • Stains were difficult to remove

AmazonBasics Microfiber Sheet Set

You can definitely tell the AmazonBasics Microfiber Sheets are a budget option—and not in a good way. They’re soft, as they’re made from microfiber, but they’re very thin. Further, the construction is mediocre at best with only one line of stitching and an unanchored elastic. If you can swing the extra few dollars, go with the Mellanni sheets instead.

Meet the testers

Camryn Rabideau

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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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