Never underestimate the power of the best bed sheets. Everyone’s sleep routine looks a little different. There are early risers and night owls. Some require complete darkness, while others like to doze off to the television – and that’s before you take a person’s preferred sleeping position into account.
The average person spends a third of their life in bed and while the best mattress and pillows can make or break your sleep, a set of soft, comfortable sheets can enhance your entire setup. After all, nobody wants to spend those precious eight hours wrapped in stiff, scratchy fabric, or a set that sleeps too hot.
This is why we've selected the best bedding around in this guide. We're talking luscious cotton to cooling linen. All you need to do is find what suits your needs best, make the bed and sail off to a serene slumber.
The best bed sheets 2022
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Brooklinen proves that quality and affordability don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Founded in 2014, the direct-to-consumer bedding company makes high-quality sheets at a transparent, accessible price point. Since then, Brooklinen has become one of the Internet’s favorite bedding brands with multiple best-selling sets.
With over 80,000 rave reviews and a near-perfect rating, Brooklinen's Luxe Sateen sheets are a clear favorite, and we're keen to agree. As the word suggests, sateen is known for giving off a satin-like sheen, which looks especially great with Brooklinen’s array of colors and patterns. The rich, buttery soft texture truly seems to get softer with each wash. After almost two years of being in regular rotation, these sheets are still looking good and holding up. They're breathable, but we wouldn't go as far as to call them cooling sheets, as every so often, they do sleep a little warm. They also get pretty wrinkly.
Brooklinen’s Luxe Sateen Sheets are available in different variations to give you everything you need, and nothing you won't use. Whether you choose the basic Luxe Starter (opens in new tab) set with just a fitted sheet and two pillowcases, the Luxe Core (opens in new tab) with a traditional fitted sheet, flat sheet, and two pillowcases, or the Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle (opens in new tab), which includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, duvet cover, and four pillowcases, so you can buy all your bedding essentials in one fell swoop.
The fitted sheet fits mattresses up to 15 inches thick and comes with long/short side tags to take out the guesswork of making the bed. Each pillowcase is also decked out with a convenient envelope closure, so you won’t have to spend the entire night fussing with your bedding. There’s also a duvet cover that has a button closure and ties to ensure your comforter stays put. Sweet dreams have never looked (or felt!) so good.
Also, founded in 2014, the direct-to-consumer bedding brand has been a complete game-changer. Not only has Parachute argued thread counts don’t matter as much as you’d think – to the point they don't even disclose the thread count – but it is also one of the first to sell the top sheet separately. Parachute found that 40 percent of Americans sleep without a top sheet, so the brand wanted to create a bedding bundle with everything you need. Nothing more, nothing less.
Parachute's hero product is without a doubt its Percale sheets, which you can customize to your needs, whether that involves a top sheet, extra pillowcases, or just the basics.
Made with a crisp percale cotton weave, these sheets feel lightweight and breathable, and cool to the touch, but are designed to last. High-quality long-staple Egyptian cotton makes it softer and more durable, while the garment-washed treatment ensures softness from the start. (It’s like the bedding equivalent to your favorite button-down shirt.)
Plus, Parachute’s bedding is OEKO-TEK certified, which means it was manufactured without chemicals or synthetics. They're also Climate Neutral Certified. Parachute is also making it an initiative to offer more organic materials, offering an organic percale sheet set, though at a slight upcharge and fewer color options. With over 20,000 rave reviews, if you're in between which sheet bundle to choose, Parachute’s Percale Venice Set (opens in new tab) ($279-$379) is just as popular as it is practical. Parachute’s Percale Venice Set features a fitted sheet, duvet cover, and pillowcase; however, you can always add on more pieces for an additional fee.
Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to spend a small fortune on a great pair of sheets. With over 260,000 positive reviews on Amazon, a 4.5/5 rating, best-seller status, and an "Amazon's Choice" badge, it may be safe to say that Mellanni's bedding (opens in new tab) has reached cult status among the Amazon crowd. For us, they meet the perfect intersection of quality and affordability.
Made with super-soft microfiber, a departure from most of the cotton options on this list, this bedding still offers optimal comfort, but we find it does tend to sleep a little warmer, so we typically leave it for colder months. It's so soft and cozy, that you'll be tempted to hit the snooze button a few times. Plus, the microfiber's sleek, brushed treatment with an embroidered top sheet will give your bedspread a pretty, photogenic edge, and makes it look more high-end.
This set is also fade, wrinkle, and stain-resistant so it can withstand the test of time. All this for a fair, affordable price? Consider us sold. It's available in standard and deep pocket sheeting options, every bed size, and pretty much every color under the sun.
There’s something inexplicably cozy about wearing a flannel sweater on a chilly, winter day. If you want to bring that same comfort to your bedroom, give the Legends Hotel Velvet Flannel bedding collection from The Company Store a try. These are a must for cold weather climates or those who simply sleep cold.
The super-soft set was created in collaboration with Portuguese textile masters to achieve the soft, velvet-like brushed hand that makes these cotton sheets over-the-top cozy. The flannel sheets are available in 14 colors, spanning from neutrals to saturated hued, and some prints if that's your thing. The Company Store's bedding is OEKO-TEK certified, so it meets high safety and environmental standards. The 5 oz. cotton construction is both durable and the perfect weight to keep you warm without becoming overheated. While we won't stop enthusing about its softness, many reviewers often note they repeatedly buy, the sure-fire signal that it's a good product. However, after some time, the fabric does pill, which is simply a characteristic of most flannel bedding.
Target has always been a reliable source for bedding basics, and their in-house Threshold line has nailed it with a collection of prints that span from small-scale and neutral classic prints for a little interest to bolder, statement designs, all at a super affordable price point.
The Threshold 400 Thread Count Printed Performance Sheet Set is made with 100% cotton, a soft, sateen finish, OEXO-TEX-certified, and available in over 18 prints, though not all are available for every bed size. The fitted sheet can fit mattresses up to 18" and has top and bottom labels for easy placement. Perhaps most interesting: the fitted sheet has a full perimeter elastic that stays secure to the mattress. Pretty genius!
The sheets are wrinkle-, pill- and shrink-resistant, plus bleach-friendly for easy care. However, we found that the sheets do indeed still wrinkle and that their lifespan is not as long as other sets. But, if you want to be trendy, or spice up your bedding for the season, we think you'll be very satisfied with the selection of florals, geometrics, and stripes.(opens in new tab)
For Boll & Branch, organic isn't a buzzy marketing phrase; it is an integral part of their business. In fact, the company takes a sustainable and ethical approach to every facet of the design process and has gone as far as giving farmers and factory workers nearly $500,000 in additional wages to maintain living wages and is the world's first Fair Trade-certified linen manufacturer.
The bread and butter of Boll & Branch, the Signature Hemmed Sheet Set, a sateen weave made with organic cotton, which can reportedly save 90 percent water compared to conventional farming techniques. This bedding set is also OEKO-TEK and GOTS certified, so you know it has Mother Nature's seal of approval. Made with a long-staple cotton, Boll & Branch's bedding has a lightweight construction and buttery-soft touch. In other words, this set is like sleeping on a puffy cloud, the perfect mix of light and lavish. Though we should note its pure cotton makeup makes it prone to wrinkle, and its color out of the packaging (pewter) looked slightly browner in person than on the monitor.
A dreamy, sweat-free slumber can feel like a tall order if you run hot when you sleep. Lightweight and breathable, linen sheets are an excellent match for anyone who wants to keep cool overnight—or simply wants to find an airy option for warmer climates. With a fitted sheet, top sheet, and two pillowcases, Cultiver’s Linen Sheet Set is designed to deliver. Available in a range of muted hues and stripes, you can even mix and match (opens in new tab) and play with color and patterns for a bed that reflects who you are.
This bedding is lightweight without feeling flimsy at 165 grams per square meter (or gsm). Cultiver takes comfort very seriously and pre-washes all its bedding so your order will arrive at your doorstep feeling super-soft. Seriously, it's one of the few linen sheets, made with European Flax, we've tried that were soft enough out of the (cloth) packaging to put on the bed immediately.
In addition to its lightweight, breathable design, Cultiver’s bedding is incredibly easy to maintain. Since linen naturally wrinkles, its relaxed look is part of its appeal. Instead of ironing out the wrinkles, you can enjoy these sheets as soon as they come out of the laundry. Drying to that just about point of doneness is recommended.
Bamboo is beloved for its cool sleeping properties, and ability to rapidly grow. Ettitude uses its own proprietary fabric, called CleanBamboo, that uses 500 times less water and produces 52 percent fewer CO₂ than cotton during production.
Beyond being incredibly soft, these slick sheets offer great anti-frizz and anti-tangling benefits for hair and are extra gentle on the skin. They're also hypoallergenic. They're available in a decent range of colors to suit your style, with a subtle illustrious shine.
The silky-soft sateen weave is comparable to 1,000-thread count sheets. The fitted sheet accommodates mattresses up to 17-inches thick and even has a top/bottom label for a hassle-free bed-making routine. The top sheet is generously sized, and the pillowcases offer a neat envelope-style closure. We recommend washing this set first for the best first impression.
How we review the best bed sheets
The Real Homes' review process is editorially independent and not influenced by any third parties. All our reviews are based on the real-life experience of using these products at home, many of which have been used (and washed) many times over. The products are given to us free of charge. Due to the personal nature of bedding, we have been able to keep our samples and invite friends and family members to try out various sheet sets to share their own feedback. We came to our decisions by considering factors like the quality of construction, material, breathability, color options, value for the money, and ease of care.
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How to choose bedding
When it comes to buying a great set of sheets, beauty lies in the eye of the bed holder (pun intended). Although some bedding might be a better value or use higher quality materials, it all boils down to personal preference. To help, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Depth of bed:
Bedding isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation. In addition to buying sheets that match bed size – Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, or California King – shoppers will need to take the depth of their bed into consideration. Make no mistake, most mattresses are compatible with a traditional set of sheets. However, if your mattress’ height exceeds 14 inches, you’ll likely need to invest in deep-pocket sheets. Since deep pocket sheets have some extra fabric, they stretch over the extra height and offer a snug, non-constricting, fit.
When it comes to shopping for bedding, there’s a good chance you prioritize softness above all else. After all, nobody wants to spend those precious eight hours wrapped in stiff, scratchy sheets. However, the type of fabric you choose can play a huge role in your bedding’s overall comfort. Not only do many fabrics commonly found in bedding offer unparalleled, but many materials can be better for some sleepers than others.
For example, lightweight, breathable fabrics like bamboo or linen are ideal for the summer or for anyone who runs hot when they sleep. Conversely, heavier fabrics like flannel and cashmere will come in handy once the temperature drops. If you’re looking for middle-of-the-road bedding you can use year-round, opt for a cotton material like percale or sateen.
How the sheets are made:
It's just as important as the material. Before you add some new bedding to your cart, check out the fine print. Anyone who is prone to pesky allergens will want to buy sheets that are hypoallergenic or made with materials that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Want your bedding to get Mother Nature’s seal of approval? Keep an eye out for sheets with Fair Trade, Oeko-Tek, or even GOTS certification.
What’s the difference between percale and sateen?
This may come as a surprise to you, but cotton sheets are not created equal. While cotton bedding is known for being lightweight, durable, and breathable, they often fall into one of two categories: sateen and percale. While sateen and percale are both made with cotton, their nuanced weave patterns make a difference.
Percale’s simple one-over-one-under weave typically results in crisp sheets with a matte finish. Sateen, on the other hand, uses an intricate four-over-one-under weave to create a luxurious, silky feel. While both materials can be used year-round, sateen is known for having a thicker, buttery-soft feel.
Ultimately, deciding between percale and sateen boils down to personal preference, so you really can’t go wrong with either option.
Does thread count matter?
For years, we’ve been conditioned to believe that your bedding thread count matters. Legend has it that the higher your thread count is, the softer it will feel. However, a new crop of bedding brands like Brooklinen (opens in new tab) and Parachute (opens in new tab) claim thread count isn’t as important as we once thought.
You see, thread count is determined by the number of vertical and horizontal strands in one square inch. In order to get a high thread count, some manufacturers will twist a bunch of thin strands (or plies) together. While a higher thread count might sound appealing, it could actually result in thicker, coarser threads (not exactly what you want to read when you’re shopping for bedding.) According to Brooklinen, (opens in new tab) anything over a 500-thread-count should raise some eyebrows.
Instead, prioritize quality. While high-quality, single-ply bedding will have a lower thread count, there’s a good chance it’ll be softer and more durable than those 800-thread-count sheets that seem too good to be true. It's also more breathable.
When should you replace your bedding
As the saying goes, nothing lasts forever – and your bedding is no exception. Even the best sheets will eventually need to be replaced. So, when do you know it’s time to part ways with your bedding? According to Mattress Firm, (opens in new tab) sheets will generally start to lose their luster after two years. That said, you should discard your bedding if it shows excess wear and tear, like becoming threadbare or stretched out.
If you want to extend the lifespan of your sheets, you should wash bedding weekly and separately. Some experts claim washing your bedding separately will result in a thorough, efficient clean.
We know that folding fitted bed sheets properly can also be a big pain, but taking the time to carefully store them will also help them last longer, and even avoid wrinkles.