Introducing The 2024 Edition Percale Bed Sheets Collection
The 8 Best Sheets Of 2023, Reviewed By Our Editors
A good sheet sets the stage for rest, but the best sheets give your bed that extra “oomph” to make it the most comfortable spot in your home. They can be temperature-regulating, silky soft and—simply put—they’re the thing you probably touch the most at night. That’s why our mattress and bedding editors carefully examined dozens of sheets to find the linens that are worth cuddling up in at night. After evaluating thread count, weave and quality of materials, our overall favorite is the Boll and Branch Signature Hemmed Sheet Set because of its smooth, luxe feel and top-notch durability.
The best sheets of 2023 come approved by our sleep-obsessed editors and writers.
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But if you’re committed to a crisp cotton percale, buttery soft sateen or cozy flannel material, we have recommendations for those types of sheets, too. Ahead, we rounded up the eight best sheets available today, so you can restock your linen closet and snooze more soundly. If you need a new set of sheets ASAP, we also rounded up the best sheets on Amazon that come with two-day delivery for Prime members.
- Best Sheets Overall:Boll and Branch Signature Hemmed
- Best Affordable Sheets:Threshold Printed Performance
- Best Sheets For Hot Sleepers:Sheets and Giggles Eucalyptus Sheets
- Best Sateen Sheets:Brooklinen Luxe Core
- Best Percale Sheets:Brooklinen Classic Percale
- Best Flannel Sheets:L.L. Bean Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel
- Best Linen Sheets:Buffy Linen
- Best Organic Sheets:Coyuchi Crinkled Percale
Best Sheets Overall
A Luxurious Set Of Hotel-Quality Linens
Boll and Branch Signature Hemmed Sheet Set (Queen)
Materials: 100% organic cotton | Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king, split king | Key features: Organic materials, Oeko-Tex certification, matte finish
If you’re willing to shell out some cash for an extremely luxurious pair of sheets, you won’t be disappointed with the Signature Hemmed Sheet Set from Boll and Branch. Made from 100% organic cotton, these sheets have a classic matte finish that feels like high-end hotel bedding. They’re naturally cooling in the summer, making them ideal for year-round use. And for easy bed making, the fitted sheet is designed with deep pockets so it’ll fit most lofty mattresses including those with added mattress toppers. This set includes a fitted sheet with a 17-inch pocket, a flat sheet and two pillowcases (except for twin sizes, which only come with one pillowcase).
What our editors say: “I finally got my hands on a set of Boll and Branch sheets and they’re one of our favorite sets,” says our updates editor. “They’re light but densely woven with matte finish that’s luxuriously smooth.”
- Polished look with a long hem on the top sheet and pillowcases
- Durable and less likely to pill
- Designed to get softer over time as you use them
- Over $250; not as affordable as other options on this list
Best Affordable Sheets
Budget-Friendly Cotton Linens That Come In Fun Patterns
Threshold Printed Performance Sheet Set (Queen)
Materials: 100% cotton | Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king | Key features: Pill-resistant, available in patterns, Oeko-Tex certified
You don’t have to splurge to get a high-quality set of cotton sheets. This set from Threshold, a Target brand, features a smooth sateen weave and 400 thread count fabric. It’s also available in bold patterns if you’re looking to add a pop of personality to plain bedding. There are plenty more value points, too: The linens are Oeko-Tex certified, pill- and shrink-resistant, have 18-inch pockets to fit lofty mattresses and feature a full-perimeter elastic band that keeps them in place all night.
What our writers say: “I’ve slept on these sheets for about a month and have no complaints,” says updates writer Alexandra Garrett. “They’re crisp, cool to the touch and launder well without wrinkling too much.”
- A little over $50; most inexpensive option on our list
- Smooth and sleek feel due to sateen weave
- Durable, easy to launder, wrinkle-, pill- and shrink-resistant
- Some customers noticed colors fading over time
Best Sheets For Hot Sleepers
A Sustainably-Made And Temperature-Regulating Set
Sheets and Giggles Eucalyptus Sheets (Queen)
Materials: 100% eucalyptus lyocell | Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king, split king | Key features: Temperature-regulating and wicking fabric
When it comes to the best sheet set for hot sleepers, it’s a good idea to look for a material with wicking and temperature-regulating properties. This set, which is made from eucalyptus Lyocell, brings those features home to your bed. The fabric is naturally wicking meaning it helps move moisture away from your skin to help keep you cool overnight. It’s also billed as a more eco-friendly option by Sheets and Giggles. According to the brand, the raw materials in this set are sourced from trees grown on “sustainably managed, biodiverse farms.” You can purchase this set in all regular sizes, and a couple less common ones (twin XL, split king and California king). There are 10 solid colors and three tone-on-tone stripe patterns to choose from.
What our writers say: Forbes Vetted contributor Jamie Ueda shares, “I love these sheets as they feel cool and soft against my skin. but I’m not the only person in my circle who swears by Sheets and Giggles.” Ueda writes, “my friend has a set and she raves about how much she loves them; she says she’ll never go back to cotton sheets again.”
- Moisture-wicking and cool to the touch
- Anti-static; dust and dander don’t cling to the sheets
- Easy to make the bed due to 20-inch deep pockets
Best Sateen Sheets
Soft And Buttery Sheets We Love
Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set (Queen)
Materials: 100% long staple cotton | Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king | Key features: Oeko-Tex certified, luxurious feel, selection of colors and patterns
Sateen sheets offer a smooth, luxurious feel, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better product than the Brooklinen’s Luxe Core Sheet Set. Made from 100% long staple cotton and woven with a 480 thread count, these silky smooth sheets are unbelievably soft and their quality construction will last for years. In fact, they’re our overall favorite cotton sheets on the market right now. As a small but thoughtful touch, the fitted sheet has “long” and “short” side labels for easier bed making. This set comes in a range of solid colors and patterns and includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet and two pillowcases. It’s also available on Amazon for $200 if you need high-end bed sheets in a hurry.
What our editors say: “Brooklinen’s Luxe Core Sheets are the only set I buy for my guest room,” shares Forbes Vetted executive content director Cory Baldwin. “They’re smooth with a lovely sheen, and hold up after countless washes. Plus it doesn’t hurt that they come in a wide range of nice colors.”
- Hotel-like look and feel
- Smooth, satiny and durable finish
- Material and construction good for year-round use
Best Percale Sheets
A Great Sheet From A Well-Loved Brand
Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set
Materials: 100% long staple cotton | Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king | Key features: Oeko-Tex certified, weave that is breathable, crisp feel
For folks who love cotton and want to sleep sleep cooler than they might with sateen, percale sheets are a great choice. Brooklinen’s Classic Core sheets make the most of a percale weave, which lends fabrics breathability and a crisp feel. You can purchase the set in one of six “essential” colors and patterns, or opt for a limited edition pattern or color. For folks who like organic products, the brand recently launched an Organic Core Sheet set that’s got a slightly higher GSM (gram per square meter) fabric, which will feel softer with washing.
What our editors say: Mattress and sleep editor Lindsey Vickers has Brooklinen’s Organic Cotton Core sheet set. “The sheets have that wonderful, classic-cotton feel. They strike a great balance between feeling soft and crisp, which I love. I really feel as though I’m curling up with a soft-but-crisp cotton shirt when I get into bed—it’s a real treat at the end of a long day. Plus, they look nice!”
- Crisp yet soft
- Breathable feel that’s good for hot sleepers
- Envelope closures on pillowcases gives a clean look
Best Flannel Sheets
Warm, Cozy Sheets That Are Perfect For Cool Nights
L.L. Bean Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Set (Queen)
Materials: 100% brushed cotton | Sizes: Twin full, queen, king, California king | Key features: Soft feel, warm and cozy, shrink-, fade- and pill-resistent
There’s nothing better than climbing into a cozy warm bed in chilly weather, and these super-soft flannel sheets are ideal for cold nights. They routinely beat out the competition against other flannel sheets since they’re soft, welcoming and offer a nice mid-weight feel. They’re made from 100% brushed cotton flannel, and the material is designed to resist shrinking, fading and pilling. The set includes one flat sheet, one fitted sheet and two pillowcases, and you can choose from several pretty solid colors.
What our editors say: “If you’re looking for warm and cozy, this is it,” shares one of our contributing product testers. “These sheets are of superior flannel material. I have bought these from L. L. Bean before, and they stand the test of time. I usually wash them and put them right back on the bed. A bit of a minimalist, I like to keep only one set of sheets, and this is my pick!”
- Plush-soft feel due to weave and Portuguese flannel material
- Warm enough to keep you comfortable on cooler nights
- Shrink-, fade- and pill-resistant
Best Linen Sheets
A Sustainable Material Made Into Soft Sheets
Buffy Linen Sheet Set
Materials: 100% long-staple hemp linen fiber | Sizes: Full, queen, king, California king | Key features: Softer feel than many linens, lived-in look, breathable and wicking material
According to Buffy, these sheets are characteristic of linen with a “textured and airy feel.” Unlike many of the other sheets on this list, Buffy claims this set is fully biodegradable—meaning you could put them directly into your garden compost. Linen sheets tends to get softer with each wash, so the first time you sleep on these is just the beginning of your linen journey. The set converted one Forbes Vetted contributor, Jamie Ueda, from someone who avoided linen to a fan. We think they’re an equally great pick for people who love linen and folks who are checking the material out for the first time.
What our editors say: Sleep editor Lindsey Vickers says these sheets are a great choice for folks who aren’t sure about linen, but want to try the material out. “Buffy’s linen has a smoother feel than you’d think, which makes it a great way to explore the material. I also love the earthy colors the brand offers these in.”
- Slick yet soft, durable feel due to hemp material
- Naturally mold- and mildew-resistant
- Comes in unique earthy colors
- Over $250; more expensive than many of our other picks
Best Organic Sheets
Top-Rated Percale Sheets Made From Organic Cotton
Coyuchi Organic Crinkled Percale Sheets (Queen)
Materials: 100% cotton percale | Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king | Key features: Lived-in look, GOTS-certified cotton, soft texture
Coyuchi is known for its premium linens, all of which are made using organic materials. In particular, the brand’s percale sheets are a worthwhile splurge, as they strike the perfect balance between softness and breathability. The linens are made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton and they’re also Fair Trade and Made Safe certified. Each set includes four standard pieces, and you have your choice of several muted colors that will make your bedroom feel like a calming oasis.
What our editors say: Mattress editor Lindsey Vickers writers in her Coyuchi review, “When I tested the brand’s well-known Crinkled Percale Sheets and one of its organic quilts for several hot summer months, I was blown away,” adding that the brand “joined my personal ‘best’ ranks.”
- GOTS-, Fair Trade- and Made Safe-certified
- Soft and breathable feel
- Color options are calming with a muted look
- Some customers say the sheets are too thin for their liking
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Why Trust Forbes Vetted
Our mattress and sleep team has researched, tested and published dozens of sleep and bedding stories across Forbes Vetted, from the best bamboo sheets to the coolest pillowcases—and our ever-popular best mattresses guide. Executive strategy editor Lindsay Boyers, senior strategy editor Katie Simpson and mattress and bedding-testing contributor Alison Barretta each have ample experience testing mattresses and bedding. And, all the sheets on this list come personally recommended by staffers after using them in their own home.
To keep this guide as helpful and current as possible, we regularly update it with new information and findings. It was last updated in October 2023 to refresh our recommendations.
How We Chose The Best Sheets
To compile a list of the best bed sheets, we dug into our bedding-testing experience and researched the most sought-after sheets from reputable brands like Boll and Brand, Brooklinen, L.L. Bean and others. Every sheet set on this list was vetted by staffers who’ve found themselves reaching for these sets again and again.
As a prerequisite, though, each sheet had to prove they’re the best-in-class for its category. We looked at the quality of materials—cotton, linen, bamboo or silk—as well as thread count, fit and weave. For example, our percale pick had to deliver the crisp, cool feel the weave is known for, and our flannel favorite needed to provide a soft and cozy texture to keep you warm during cooler nights. By focusing on these factors, we were able to include an option for every type of sleeper.
Lastly, every pick on this list had to be backed by great customer reviews with an average rating of 4.5 stars or higher from hundreds, if not thousands, of reviews.
What To Look For In The Best Sheets
Materials And Fiber Content
- Cotton: One of the most popular fiber for bed sheets, cotton strikes a balance between softness, durability and low-maintenance care. There are a ton of cotton varieties available on the market, but if you opt for premium long-staple cotton (like Egyptian or Pima), you’ll get a smoother and durable sheet set. In the cooler months, you can opt for flannel sheets, a kind cotton fabric that’s warm and cozy in the winter.
- Linen: Linen is another popular choice that delivers a luxe sleep experience and will stand the test of time, but fair warning: Linen bed sheets typically cost more than their cotton counterparts. Linen sheets are ideal for summer months or folks who are hot sleepers.
- Polyester: A popular and affordable fiber though it’s often not as soft and don’t feel as lush as other natural fibers. Polyester is easier to launder and is more resistant to shrinking.
- Bamboo: Bamboo is another option that’s temperature-regulating and earth-friendly. It also has a silky, smooth feel and is naturally light and breathable thanks to moisture wicking capabilities.
- Microfiber: Microfiber is a super-soft type of polyester that’s more affordable, shrink-resistant and wrinkle-resistant than cotton. Flannel is made from woven materials (typically cotton or wool) and its incredibly cozy napped texture makes it ideal for chilly nights.
Weave Types And Construction
- Percale: The weave of percale fibers (which are usually cotton) delivers a crisp, cool feel that’s ideal for hot sleepers. This texture also tends to be more breathable than other fabrications.
- Sateen: Another type of weave (again, usually made from cotton), sateen sheets are smooth with a subtle sheen and buttery texture. Since sateen sheets tend to be on the heavier and warmer side, they’re ideal for folks who tend to sleep cold.
- Jersey: This is a knit fabric that is made from polyester or natural fibers like wool and cotton. Jersey is known for its soft, stretchy texture, which is why it’s commonly used for clothing and t-shirts. However, jersey is also incredibly heavy and warm, making it more ideal for those who live in cold climates.
- Flannel: Flannel is a finishing treatment, rather than a weave or material. The fabric is run through bristled brushes to give it the soft texture and nap the fabric is known for. Flannel sheets can be made from a variety of materials, but you’ll frequently see flannel sheets made from cotton. It’s incredibly cozy and a great choice for chilly nights.
If you’re a hot sleeper, breathability should be at the top of your list when searching for the best sheets. Stick to materials like cotton and bamboo for cooling. When it comes to the type of weave, percale tends to provide the most breathability. Percale sheets—like the Brooklinen Classic Percale—do a great job of wicking away moisture and preventing overheating.
Bed sheets typically have a thread count that ranges from 200 to 800—but you should let the number serve as a guide of how a sheet will feel, rather than an ultimate indicator of quality. A lower thread count spells more breathability, while a higher one lends a sheet a more substantial feel when draped over your body.
As a general rule: Sheets above a 250 or 300 thread count are generally fine. Anything on the lower end, say 270 or 300, will work for hot sleepers who want to maximize breathability. If you’re looking for a thicker feeling sheet, look for one in the 400-500 thread count ballpark.
Some sheets, such as silk, flannel and linen, don’t have a thread count. This isn’t cause for alarm, it’s just because the fabrics are manufactured differently. Certain sets may advertise another assessment of weight, such as momme or grams per square meter (GSM), but you don’t necessarily need this information to purchase a high quality set.
You’ll likely run into several different certifications when shopping for sheets, many of which indicate naturally-derived and organically-produced materials. Among these certifications, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and OEKO-TEX are the most common. When you spot an OEKO-TEX certification, it means the materials used are free of toxic chemicals, whereas GOTS-certified refers to materials derived by majority organic fibers. Both certifications are generally positive signs that the materials are healthy for you and the environment.
Be on the lookout for sheets that claim to be “organic” without listing any legitimate certifications. Although they may say they’re made with organic materials, there’s no way of knowing for certain unless they’re verified by a trusted certifier. If you’re looking for a safe bet, consider our top organic pick: the Coyuchi Crinkled Percale.
Care And Maintenance
For the most part, all sheets can be tossed into the washing machine, but you still need to pay close attention to wash instructions. While it’s best to wash sheets in warm or hot water, certain sets should be washed in cold water or on a delicate cycle. Also make sure to read the instructions for drying. You may need to hang-dry certain sheet sets depending on the materials, or dry on a delicate cycle.
What Type Of Sheets Are The Best Quality?
The highest quality sheets are typically made of cotton, but not just any cotton—cotton that contains long-staple fibers. These fibers are spun into delicate, fine yarns to create luxuriously soft sheets. Case in point: Our overall pick in this story is the Boll and Branch Signature Hemmed Sheet Set, made of 100% organic cotton. The cotton material not only feels silky soft but is also naturally cooling by promoting ample airflow.
What Sheets Do Nice Hotels Use?
There’s nothing like sinking into a hotel mattress at the end of a long day, and bed sheets play a major part in that comfy sensation. Most hotels use sheets made from high-quality cottons, such as Egyptian and Supima. Both types of cotton are incredibly durable, but also soft. If you’re interested in bringing that hotel-quality feel to your bedroom, explore our recommendations for the best Egyptian cotton sheets.
What’s The Best Thread Count For Bed Sheets?
While thread count is an advertising point for many retailers, it’s actually not as useful as you might think. Instead of using thread count to assess the quality of a sheet set, you’re better of thinking of it as a measure of how the sheet will feel. A higher thread count sheet will have a more dense and less breathable feel, while a lower thread count sheet will feel more airy. We dive deep into this topic in our best thread count for sheets story, if you want to learn more.
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