Whether you’re looking for a luxury pair of sheets to match your new premium mattress, or you want a quality pair that won’t break the bank, we have a solid recommendation for you. Similar to a mattress, there are so many to choose from that you should narrow it down to what’s best for your certain circumstances. So which comfy sheets and pillowcases do we think you should fit your mattress with? Here are five of the best bed sheets we’ve tested this year.
Best Bed Sheets 2021
Are you a hot sleeper looking for some more relief? Are you getting tired of sheets from Target and interested in exploring the possibility of luxury sheets? Maybe you want a new pair of winter sheets for the upcoming cool season. Whatever your reason for being in the market — we have a few good options for you to start your search with and hopefully we can match you with the perfect pair of bed sheets.
Best Percale Sheets — Boll and Branch
Percale sheets have a texture that tends to be smoother than most standard cotton sheets, and Boll and Branch really achieves that feel with their Percale Sheet Set. They’re a luxury brand who we are big fans of here at the Slumber Yard, partly because of how soft and comfortable their sheets are.
Their Percale sheet set starts at $160 for a twin, and goes up to $250 for a king. They have a 360-thread count, are made from certified organic cotton, and are designed with 17” deep fitted pockets. Rather than a glossy drapey feel, these provide a more structured feel with a matte look and we’d compare them to a fresh pair of sheets on the bed in your Ritz hotel room.
Aside from their seriously luxurious sheets, we also love Boll and Branch’s environmentally-friendly practices and commitment to sustainability. From start to finish, the brand focuses on being eco and socially conscious, which is another reason why you’ll be paying more money for these bed sheets than the average pair.
Why We Picked Boll and Branch
Boll and Branch provides premium percale sheets for a luxury hotel feel, while maintaining strong environmental values and social awareness when it comes to their farming and manufacturing processes.
Best Linen Sheets — Brooklinen
When a brand has the word “linen” in their name, we have some high expectations for their linen sheets. Let’s just say they certainly delivered. From Brooklyn, NY, this brand strives to deliver quality sheets for a reasonable price — affordable luxury. And while their linen set isn’t the cheapest option on our list (queen goes for $250), they offer a great value for a pair of luxury linen sheets.
While you don’t get an ultra smooth and buttery feel from these linen sheets, they do provide a durable, and breathable feel that are perfect for hot sleepers or seasons where temperatures rise. They are made from Belgian and French flax, made in Portugal, and are offered in a range of different colors from neutral, to light pink.
Why We Chose Brooklinen
Not only is Brooklinen well-received among our team members, but their customer ratings also speak for themselves. This is a popular linen sheet set thanks to its premium hotel quality and thick yet breathable feel — not to mention the brand’s accommodating company policies.
Purple — Best Cooling Sheets
While we can’t say we’re surprised that Purple came out with sheets made with sheets unlike almost any we’ve ever tested, we are surprised at how breathable these sheets are. The Purple SoftStretch sheets really live up to their name, as it’s made with 67% Rayon from Bamboo Viscose, 23% Polyester, and 10% Spandex. It’s a moisture wicking material that we think works great for hot and sweaty sleepers.
Our team members really think it feels like a soft, yet breathable jersey fabric with extra stretching abilities. The Purple SoftStretch also have a smooth and sleek look when they’re fitted on your mattress, which is nice for neat-freaks, and sleepers who love a no-wrinkle linen look.
These sheets are more affordable compared to Brooklinen or Boll and branch, as a queen size set retails around $149. They obviously aren’t your budget-friendly sheets from Target, but they certainly don’t feel like anything you’d get from Target either.
Why Purple’s SoftStretch Sheets Made The List
For hot sleepers looking for extra temperature relief, we don’t think it gets much better than these. They are more breathable than your typical cotton sheets, moisture-wicking, and really comfortable to sleep on. Not to mention, they’re easier on your bank account than other sheets that made our list.
Layla —Best Bamboo Sheets
These came in close second as the best cooling sheets, but they certainly top our list as the best bamboo ones. They’re thick, durable, and made with 100% viscose from bamboo that feels like a blend between cotton and silk with a 250-thread count. They’re also hypoallergenic, making them ideal for those who are prone to household allergens.
The Layla Bamboo Sheets don’t provide sleepers with a soft and fuzzy feeling, rather, a silky-smooth feeling that we still think is soft, but it’s more suitable for individuals who tend to warm up during the night. Overall, they are high quality bed sheets and more environmentally friendly to produce than cotton. These sheets will run you about $195 for a queen set, which is more expensive than Purple and Tuft and Needle but cheaper than the other two luxury sheet brands.
Why We Chose Layla Sheets
For those of you who want a pair of breathable sheets without straying too far from a traditional sheet feel, you can opt for Layla’s bamboo sheets! They’re luxuriously soft and smooth and provide a glossy look and feel similar to silk. Bamboo sheets are also known for being very breathable, and we think these sheets hit the mark.
Tuft and Needle — Best For The Money
Not everyone is in the market for sheets that cost over $100 — and trust us, we get that. That’s why we had to include the Tuft and Needle Percale sheet set. They are made with 100 % SUPIMA cotton from the USA, are woven and sewn in India, and have a respectable 215-thread count.
They aren’t as soft as jersey sheets, and they don’t have a glossy look like sateen or satin sheets. They’re light, smooth, and are generally comfortable — we think they’re accommodating for anybody who wants a pair of sheets that are a step up from a more budget-friendly sheet set from Target. A queen size Tuft and Needle Percale Sheet Set will run you about $100 at MSP, and around $90 or less with discounts applied.
Why Tuft & Needle’s Sheets Made Our List
If you want a pair of quality sheets, but aren’t yet comfortable spending the money on a luxury-tier sheet set, we think their Percale set is a great option for the money. After the first wash, they’ll feel soft and comfortable without feeling too thick or warm like jersey sheets (though, they do also offer those if you want a cozier sheet set).
What Are The Best Bed Sheets?
That entirely depends on you and the type of bed sheets you’re going for. If you ask us, we think Boll & Branch and Brooklinen both offer amazing luxury sheets. If you’re looking for something more cooling, Purple’s SoftStretch Sheet Set or Layla’s Bamboo Sheet Set may be the way to go. Though, for those who want the best bang for their buck, Tuft & Needle’s sheets are soft, comfy, and wallet-friendly.
What Is Thread Count?
Thread count is the number of vertical and horizontal threads woven into a square inch of fabric, and it can be a way to measure how a pair of sheets feel and how good their quality is. Though, we wouldn’t call it an end-all be-all number, especially if it’s outrageously high — like a 900-thread count.
We think you can use thread count as a starting point, but wouldn’t suggest it as a make it or break it factor in your purchase decision. Because when it all comes down to it, it all depends on the material you’re looking for and what you want your sheets to do for you when you sleep.
Considerations When Shopping For Sheets
When you’re starting your hunt for the perfect pair of sheets to compliment your mattress, you should be considerate of your own preferences. If you’re not sure what you like yet, here’s a few places to get you started.
Here’s a list of some common sheet materials you’ll see in stores and on the internet.
- Cotton — Whether it’s organic cotton, percale, or Egyptian cotton, this is one of the most common types of sheet materials. It usually feels pretty soft, and can have a range of textures depending on the weave; like a matte look to it or a more glossy finish.
- Linen — Linen will not provide a super soft feel if that’s what you’re going for — at least not right away (it’ll take several washes). They are meant to be ultra breathable (which they are) and have a thicker, more premium feel. Linen sheets tend to be more expensive than your standard pair of sheets.
- Flannel — Like your favorite cozy flannel in your closet, flannel sheets tend to provide a warmer, and fuzzy soft feel perfect for cold sleepers or the winter months when it gets chilly.
- Bamboo — Bamboo sheets provide a soft and silky feel meant to be super comfortable, but also breathable and eco-friendly.
Some of you may not know what a sheet weave is or why it comes in to play when you’re shopping for sheets. A bed sheet’s weave can have an effect on how they feel and the finish it gives off.
- Sateen — Sheets with a sateen weave give off a glossy sheen, and can feel buttery smooth after a few washes.
- Percale — Percale has a lighter, more crisp feel with a matte finish. It tends to be lighter than sateen, and doesn’t quite melt over the body like sateen does.
As you can see from our best list, sheets can come in a range of different prices and you should hash out how much you’re comfortable spending before you make a final purchase. There are perfectly comfortable sheets available for under $90, or you can opt for a luxury set and spend over $200.
Though, we suggest you always check to see if your sheets come with a trial period. That way, if you do end up spending a lot of money on a pair of sheets you don’t love, you aren’t financially tied to them if you return them within your time window.