Best linen sheets: 6 linen sets worth the investment

And six perfect reasons to fall in love with the best linen bedding

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Admired for its temperature regulating qualities, the best linen sheets offer year-round comfort and add extra style points to your bed, thanks to the effortless, relaxed look it creates.

Linen bedding offers tons of desirable characteristics: it's breathable, absorbent, and hypoallergenic. It's also a sustainable choice, being a biodegradable material that can rapidly grow and requires less water to process than cotton. 

Linen comes from the stem of the flax plant. Most of the world's flax farming, comes from Western Europe, such as France or Belgium due to its overall temperate growing conditions, limiting where it can be grown.

Owing to that, we won't be the first to admit, that linen is on the pricey side. Linen production is also more laborious than other textiles, even with the inclusion of modern technology. 

But, we sure do think it's worth the investment. When cared for properly, linen gets better with use, and softer with each wash. Linen is even considered more durable than cotton; it's certainly far more breathable.

If you're after your new favorite set of sheets, we've slept on nearly a dozen sets from a number of the best places to buy bedding to whittle it down to these six top contenders. Sweet dreams. 

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Are linen sheets worth the money?

In short, yes. If you can afford the initial outlay for linen, you get bedding that is durable, softer with every wash and generally made to higher sustainability standards than other materials. This is without mentioning the temperature regulating properties of linen that make it great for summer nights (yet still cozy enough come fall).

What is GSM

You may have noticed in our specs that we list the GSM. Similar to the way you may think about thread count, GSM or 'Grams per Square Meter' is a measure of textile weight, with thicker textiles having a higher GSM. When it comes to linen, we've found that a GSM between 140 and 190 provides adequate softness and heft; though a lower GSM may feel more breathable than a heavier one. 

What to consider when choosing linen sheets

  • Linen origin: You're after high-quality linen, and most of the world's linen comes from places in Europe like France and Belgium. We like to see transparency around flax's origins. 
  • Breathability: Linen is naturally breathable and temperature regulating by design. 
  • Durability: Linen is an extremely durable fiber, but GSM can also denote better durability. 
  • Feel: Linen does get softer over time with each wash, but stonewashed designs have been pre-washed for added softness.
  • Color and size options: With linen being considered a specialty item, you'll want to confirm that your bed size is available, paying attention to extra depth if you have a thick mattress. Some brands offer a tight color edit while others will offer an entire rainbow. 

How to care for linen sheets

Linen sheets will typically follow the wash care instructions of the bed sheets you're used to using. In general, you'll want to wash on a delicate setting in lukewarm water and avoid any bleach, harsh detergent, or any particularly heavy items like denim or towels. 

Of course, a few tips and tricks will prolong the life of your sheets for the better. 

Magic Linen offers a wonderful linen care guide (opens in new tab) with expert tips on caring for it. In the event of a stain, be sure to get it out as soon as it develops; any dirt, oil, or grease can immediately absorb into linen fibers and become difficult to remove.
They also advise removing them from the dryer when they're still slightly damp, and hanging dry or laying flat if possible to finish. This can help reduce wrinkles and keeps them from getting too stiff. Linen should also be stored in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight. Use the included linen bag or store it in a pillowcase, as opposed to plastic.

Jaclyn Turner
Ecommerce Editor

Jaclyn is an eCommerce editor at Future Home Interest, where she oversees sleep content including mattresses and bedding – in fact, she has passed our five-step certification process to become a verified customer advisor on mattresses. She regularly scouts out the best of the best for buying guides to help you fill your home with only the best. She joined the team in January 2021. She has previously worked with sites like Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, and MyDomaine, but got her start at the trade mag Home Furnishings News, which fueled her excitement for innovation in the home category and seeing the newest launches.  When Jaclyn's not working, she loves long strolls through HomeGoods, unwinding with a chilled glass of Rosé, and entertaining her Cavapoo  Reese.