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The Best Linen Sheets of 2022

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A person standing at a bed, holding some white sheets. Credit: Reviewed/Betsy Goldwasser

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Editor's Choice Product image of Buffy Hemp Linen Sheet Set
Best Overall

Buffy Hemp Linen Sheet Set

Buffy's sheets are good if you're looking for cool-sleeping bedding. Even with some shrinkage, these sheets could still fit nicely onto a mattress. Read More

Pros

  • Free trial
  • Smoother, cooler feel
  • Easy to care for

Cons

  • Some shrinkage
Editor's Choice Product image of Cultiver Linen Sheet Set With Pillowcases
Best Upgrade

Cultiver Linen Sheet Set With Pillowcases

These were our favorite for a splurge. They're light-weight and soft. Read More

Pros

  • Soft to the touch
  • Not much shrinkage
  • Company will send a fabric swatch

Cons

  • None that we could find
Editor's Choice Product image of Quince European Linen Sheet Set
Best Value

Quince European Linen Sheet Set

These linen sheets are affordable and comfy. They are light weight and sweat-wicking. Read More

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Soft after washing
  • Less wrinkly

Cons

  • Did shrink after washing
Product image of Sijo French Linen Sheet Set

Sijo French Linen Sheet Set

They're great for people who like a crisp-feeling sheet. They are thin, with a slight see-through appearance, making them feel breathable. Read More

Pros

  • Less shrinkage
  • Breathable and cool

Cons

  • Tend to wrinkle
Product image of Avocado Organic Linen Sheets

Avocado Organic Linen Sheets

Comfortable to sleep on with a cotton-like and airy feel. They have a relaxed look but do wrinkle a bit. Read More

Pros

  • Comfortable, relaxed look
  • Soft to the touch

Cons

  • Wrinkle

When temperatures start to heat up, regular cotton bed sheets can make you sweat. This is where a good set of linen sheets comes in. Quality linens feel light, airy, and soft to the touch. The linen sheets with questionable quality can feel coarse, scratchy, and stiff. Because most linen sheets cost more than other fabrics, we set out to test the most popular options and find some worthy of your slumber.

After weeks of testing, our favorite is the Buffy Linen Sheet Set (available at Buffy), which combines softness and durability for a good value. For a truly luxurious upgrade, the Cultiver linen sheets are worth the splurge.

Here are the best linen sheets we tested, ranked in order:

  1. Buffy Hemp Linen Sheet Set
  2. Cultiver Linen Sheet Set with Pillowcases
  3. Quince European Linen Sheet Set
  4. Sijo French Linen Sheet Set
  5. Avocado Organic Linen Sheet Set
  6. The Citizenry Stonewashed Linen Sheet Set
  7. Morrow Heirloom Linen Sheet Set
  8. Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set
  9. Parachute Linen Fitted Sheet
  10. Tuft & Needle Organic Linen Sheets
A person puts Buffy linen sheets on a bed.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The best linen sheets we tested from Buffy keep you cool and feel soft to the touch.

Best Overall
Buffy Hemp Linen Sheet Set

The sheets from Buffy snagged the Best Overall spot for linen sheets, offering a balance between quality and value. Made from 100% hemp, they feel slick when fresh out of the packaging, not as cotton-like, fuzzy or as coarse as some of the others. This is ideal for someone who’s choosing linen for a smoother, cooler feel.

After five washes, the Buffy linen sheets lost some of the slickness but still felt the smoothest out of all the other sheets we tried. The pomegranate juice stain we applied also came out of the Buffy sheets better than most, with only a faint mark left behind. And while the sheets shrank some in our wash tests, it didn’t affect the fit, as they’re cut amply to suit even extra-thick mattresses.

Buffy, as a brand, also stands out because it offers a seven-day free trial, where it puts a hold on the charge. As long as you return the sheets in that window, the transaction won't post to your credit card.

Pros

  • Free trial

  • Smoother, cooler feel

  • Easy to care for

Cons

  • Some shrinkage

A closeup of the Cultiver logo on a set of linen sheets.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

Though among the priciest we tested, the Cultiver linen sheets impressed us with their airy softness from first use.

Best Upgrade
Cultiver Linen Sheet Set With Pillowcases

The linen sheets from Cultiver felt luxurious—lightweight and soft like cotton. They’re slightly translucent and have a gauze-like appearance. They're breathable sheets, yet they had among the heavier weights of the products we tested, an indication of quality. With a relaxed look that’s not overly wrinkly like some others, these sheets lay very nicely on the bed. The edges didn’t curl up or pucker like many of the other sheets we tested, and they shrank less than most sheets, with no discernible change in how well they fit an extra-thick mattress.

​​This brand allows you to order a product swatch if you can’t decide between colors or would like to feel the fabric before you purchase. This is a nice offer, considering these were the most expensive of the linens we tested. But if you’re after a luxe linen experience, and don’t mind the price tag, you won’t be disappointed.

Pros

  • Soft to the touch

  • Not much shrinkage

  • Company will send a fabric swatch

Cons

  • None that we could find

A closeup of the tag on a set of white linen sheets from Quince.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

Quince linen sheets offer a good value for their lightweight softness.

Best Value
Quince European Linen Sheet Set

The least expensive of the bunch, Quince's linen sheets are a comfortable option that measured the lightest weight of all sheets tested, yet they don’t feel particularly thin or flimsy. These sheets are breathable and sweat-wicking, while feeling smooth to the touch—not scratchy or rough like you might expect from “cheaper” linen. What’s more: after washing, these sheets appeared significantly less wrinkly than some of the others that we tested.

There's only a couple of tradeoffs for the lower price point. They did shrink some, though will still fit most mattresses. And the lighter weight of the fabric could indicate they may not same amount of time you can usually expect from linen as a durable fabric.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Soft after washing

  • Less wrinkly

Cons

  • Did shrink after washing

How We Tested Linen Sheets

A person shaking out a linen sheet to put it on a bed.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

We tested linen sheets just as you might: by putting them on a bed and sleeping on them.

I researched brands that had been in the business of making linen sheets for a while. I chose brands people were discussing on social media, or are highly rated on websites across the internet. Finally, I used my own expertise in home wares to judge which linen sheets might be worth considering for your home.

The Tester

Hi, I'm Jamie Ueda. After spending years working for various apparel and textile companies, I pride myself 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.

I’ve spent a lot of time evaluating fabrics and apparel, which means I’m a stickler for quality materials and good design. This is especially true when it comes to bedding. Though I’m embarrassed to admit it, I spend a lot of time in bed, whether I’m watching TV, relaxing, or actually sleeping—and nothing beats a good night’s rest.

The Tests

Over four weeks, I slept on each set of linen sheets for two to three nights. I assessed how the sheets felt, and my overall experience. I also examined the quality of the stitching and how well the fitted sheet fit on the bed. I measured each flat sheet before and after I washed and dried them to determine how much they shrank. Finally, I dropped pomegranate juice on the sheet and let the stain sit overnight before washing it and evaluating how well the stain came out.

Afterward, the linen sheets were sent to our lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Reviewed’s team of scientists wrapped up testing. They measured the weight of the sheets and compared their evaluation to the advertised weight. Then, they recreated a simplified version of the Martindale test: A fabric swatch was placed under an orbital sander with a felt pad for 10 minutes to observe pilling.

What You Should Know About Buying Linen Sheets

Historically, linen was the first fabric used for sheets, but in its early days it was also known for feeling scratchy and rough. Other fabrics entered the market that were softer, such as cotton, and later synthetics like rayon and microfiber, all of which took over as the preferred fabrics for sleeping. That said, linen has come a long way since the early days and has a number of great attributes making it worthy of your consideration. 

First and foremost, if you sleep hot, you may find linen’s airier weave a more breathable material for wicking away sweat and keeping you comfortable all night long. With today’s advanced fabrications, linen’s scratchy reputation is no longer a concern, at least when it comes to the picks we’ve made here. These all feel smooth and soft on the skin—though some (not our top picks) may take a few washes and uses for linen to get to its full sleek cottony-soft or sleek potential. Of the sheets we tested, the soft and smooth feel right out of the package is a good indicator that high-quality linen was used, and you can expect your sheets to get better over time.

A closeup of a linen sheet.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

Great linen sheets have nice drape and feel soft on your skin.

How to Take Care of Linen Sheets

Wash your linen sheets a few times so they’ll soften up. We found a few sets of linen sheets were pretty soft or smooth straight out of the package but some needed a few washes to no longer feel stiff or scratchy.

That said, watch out for lint shedding. Compared to regular cotton sheets, linen sheets shed more and some sets can shed a lot. It’s best to wash them separately from other clothing items otherwise you may end up with lint on your clothing that may be hard to get off.


Other Linen Sheets We Tested

Product image of Sijo French Linen Sheet Set
Sijo French Linen Sheet Set

In terms of comfort, Sijo linen sheets landed near the top of the list, feeling smooth and comfortable to sleep on right out of the package. They feel distinctly crisper than the others, so if you like a crisp sheet you’ll want to try these. The fabric has a thin, slightly see-through appearance making them feel breathable. They also shrank less than many sheets on this list.

The only noticeable downside to these sheets is that they tend to wrinkle around the edges after washing—a similar “lived-in” look that we saw in all but our Upgrade and Value picks.

Pros

  • Less shrinkage

  • Breathable and cool

Cons

  • Tend to wrinkle

Product image of Avocado Organic Linen Sheets
Avocado Organic Linen Sheets

If you are looking for highly breathable linen sheets, these from Avocado are a great option. I found them comfortable to sleep on with their cotton-like and airy feel. They have a relaxed look with some wrinkling around the edges like most other sets.

However, the Avocado linen sheets were one of the thinnest and most see-through sets we tested. If you don’t like seeing the mattress underneath your sheets, you won’t like these. They also shrank a lot, though they still fit my extra-thick mattress.

Pros

  • Comfortable, relaxed look

  • Soft to the touch

Cons

  • Wrinkle

Product image of The Citizenry Stonewashed Linen Sheet Set
The Citizenry Stonewashed Linen Sheet Set

Initially, we found these sheets were scratchy and not comfortable enough to sleep on, but over time, they became softer. The fitted sheet is pretty loose-fitting, making it easy to get on the mattress, and these sheets shrank less than many others.

However, like most other sets of linen sheets, these sheets are wrinkly around the edges, especially the pillowcases, which gives them a lived-in or messy look, depending on your perspective. The biggest downside: After five washes, these sheets were still noticeably linty, causing me to sneeze.

The Citizenry allows potential customers to order a sample swatch for a few dollars, if you would like to feel the fabric or compare colors, so you don’t have to commit to a whole set blindly.

Pros

  • Less shrinkage

Cons

  • Scratchy

  • Wrinkle

  • Company charges for fabric swatches

Product image of Morrow Heirloom Linen Sheet Set
Morrow Heirloom Linen Sheet Set

Morrow linen sheets are light and airy but they felt stiffer and scratchier compared to our top performers. That said, I was still able to sleep on them without feeling too uncomfortable.

These sheets didn’t shrink much in the wash, but they held onto the pomegranate juice stain more than some others.

Pros

  • Didn't shrink much

Cons

  • Stiff and scratchy compared to others

  • Held onto stains

Product image of Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set
Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set

Brooklinen is one of our favorite bedding brands and makes the best cotton sheets we’ve tested. Unfortunately, its linen sheets were not impressive. They felt rough to touch and didn’t get any softer after sleeping on them or washing them five times. These sheets are breathable like most linen sheets, but if you’re looking for linen sheets that aren’t prickly, you’ll want to try another set.

Pros

  • Breathable

Cons

  • Rough and scratchy

Product image of Parachute Linen Fitted Sheet
Parachute Linen Fitted Sheet

Unfortunately, the linen sheets from Parachute were one of the roughest sets we tested. Although they were lightweight and airy, it was hard to get past the feel, and washing nor sleeping on them softened them up.

Product image of Tuft & Needle Linen Sheet Set
Tuft & Needle Linen Sheet Set

Because I like other Tuft & Needle products (indeed, the brand makes our pick for Best Affordable Mattress), I wanted to l
over these sheets. But they just weren’t for me: The Tuft & Needle linen sheets have a thicker, more substantial feel than the other sets I tested, almost like a thin canvas. They felt weighty and stiff, and even after five washes, they were still scratchy. These sheets also shrank the most of all we tested, though because of a roomy cut, it didn’t seem to be a problem fitting them back on the bed.

Pros

  • Will easily fit on a mattress, even after washing

Cons

  • Weighty

  • Stiff-feeling

Meet the tester

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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