The 15 Best Bed Sheets For 2020
Texture, style, skin-friendly fabrics — these 15 best-selling sheet sets have everything you're looking for.
I've always been big on texture — in my opinion, the consistency of food is just as important as its taste, and I'll always opt for a cozy sweater over something stylish and constricting. As a result, when I was designing my dream bedroom, it was imperative that I found the best sheet sets I could buy for my bed. Yes, a duvet makes a statement, and a good quality mattress is essential for comfort, but your sheets are in constant contact with your skin. As far as I'm concerned, it was the most important purchase.
So what should you look for when buying sheets? Terms like “thread count,” “weave,” and “finish” are constantly tossed around on labels and product descriptions, but which details are actually worth knowing, and which are merely marketing hype? According to the experts at Consumer Reports, a higher thread count doesn’t necessarily mean that your sheets will be softer and better quality. Instead of how many threads you have in a square inch of fabric, it’s more important to know what those threads are made of and how they’re woven.
When shopping for high-quality luxury sheets, cotton, flax, and bamboo are all great options — so long as they come from quality sources. Avoid sheet sets that use the word “blend” in their fabric descriptions. (Yeah, they’re more affordable, but a “cotton blend” means the company cut production costs by throwing synthetic materials like polyester into the mix.)
Most natural fabrics are skin-friendly and can be woven in a specific way that helps you achieve the feel and level of warmth you’re looking for, so once you’ve pinpointed your preferences, it’s time to shop. These 15 luxury sheet sets are made from only the best natural materials, and they all ship straight to your door.
I’ve always been a sleep enthusiast, but this is the first time mere sheets have made me this excited to crawl into bed every night. Brooklinen Luxe is the best overall pick for a multitude of reasons, but basically, this sheet set is extremely high quality, surprisingly affordable, and feels incredible against your skin no matter the season.
It’s made from 100 percent long-staple cotton and woven into a sateen finish that only gets softer the more you wash it. When I’m feeling hot, it breathes and effectively wicks moisture away from my body, but when I’m feeling cold, the tight-knit weave has a more substantial weight than standard sheets. Since Brooklinen uses only the highest quality long-staple cotton, it can be spun into stronger yarns, so it’s much more durable and resists holes, fraying, and pilling. It even comes with a 60-night refund policy and a lifetime guarantee should you find a factory defect.
This set (which comes with a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and pillowcases) is available in four sizes: full, queen, king, and California King. All of your sizing options are well under $200, which is pretty astonishing considering the quality you’re getting.
Brooklinen Luxe Queen Sheet Set, $149, Amazon.
Designed to feel just like your favorite t-shirt, the Urban Outfitters jersey sheet set is easy to care for and even easier to love. Made from 100 percent cotton jersey, it has that cozy, lived-in texture that feels familiar right off the bat. Unlike stiffer luxury sheets, it doesn’t require any break-in period. For that reason, these sheets are well-suited for cozy cottages, welcoming guest rooms, and apartments that could use a homey touch. You can get this set in king, queen, full, or twin XL — which is the standard size for dorm room bedding, so they also make a great gift for a student who’s trying to establish her first home away from home.
This set includes a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and two pillowcases — all of which are machine-washable and dryer-friendly — but the best news? At less than $120 for a queen, it’s easily one of the most affordable luxury sheet sets available. Despite the reasonable price tag, reviewers say “they are super soft” and can “adjust to your body temperature” whether you tend to sleep hot or cold. Moreover, buyers are thrilled with the relaxing color options, which include white, rose, light grey, pastel pink, and dark grey.
Urban Outfitters Queen T-Shirt Jersey Sheet Set, $119, Urban Outfitters.
As previously discussed, synthetic materials are typically used for more affordable sheet sets — but if you're on a budget, it's these fabrics that'll give you comfort, softness, and ease of care at a very low price point.Cue these Micro Splendor sheets from Madison Park Essentials, which are made from 100 percent polyster. This material is woven into a soft-to-the-touch microfiber, which is durable, resistant to wrinkles and fading, and is extremely easy to care for in a standard washing machine.
For less than $30 in any size (including California King), you get a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and one to two pillowcases depending on the size of your mattress. The set is available in six stylish colors, and despite the affordability factor, reviewers have been very impressed. They say this set is "a bit thicker than most microfiber sheets," which leads them to feel significantly more expensive than they are. "I highly recommend these if you want some good sheets at a decent price," another buyer wrote. "I actually remembered to write a review for these because I'm ordering more right now."
Madison Park Essentials Micro Splendor Queen Sheet Set, $25, Hayneedle
While it is possible to have a reaction to certain types of fabrics, most sensitivities (like dermatitis, eczema, or general irritations) are caused by the additives or dyes used in the making of the fabrics. If you have sensitive skin, it’s important to know exactly how your sheets are made and where the materials were sourced. Alterra Pure is the obvious choice because the brand is very transparent about its manufacturing process. In other words, it builds its sheets “the way you would if you made them yourself.”
Using only sustainable and fair-trade methods, it creates artisan-scale fabrics that are designed with both simplicity and luxury in mind — and every step of the process is verified to ensure that no toxic chemicals are used. The Alterra Pure sheet set uses 100 percent organic cotton that’s made without irritating chemicals or dyes, and the cotton percale weave has a cool, crisp feel that glides against your skin without causing unnecessary friction. You can get this set in two colors and three sizes.
“Organic sheets are important to us as we want to detox our home as much as we can,” says one reviewer. “We are happy the certification details are front and center for us to confirm.”
Alterra Pure Organic Cotton Queen Sheet Set, $150, Amazon.
Air purifiers, whitening toothpastes, detox soaps, bacteria-fighting towels — bamboo is everywhere right now, but when it comes to textiles, its popularity is definitely justified.
Bamboo retains less heat than cotton and has a silky, quick-drying texture that keeps you cool at night. Studies have shown that bamboo actually retains some of the antibacterial qualities of the fibers, so if you’re worried about germs and viruses in your bed, a quality set of bamboo sheets could keep those to a minimum. Finally, since bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet and requires minimal water and fertilizer, it’s an eco-friendly choice that you can feel good about.
Lower-quality sheet sets that are marketed as “bamboo” typically use man-made rayon instead, but Loomstead uses real bamboo fibers to create a soft, luxurious textile. Needless to say, buyers are in love. “My husband and I can’t stop fondling these silky, cool sheets. We will never buy another brand ever again,” one reviewer writes. By default, this set includes a fitted sheet and two pillowcases, but you can add a flat sheet for a little extra.
Loomstead Queen Bamboo Sheet And Pillowcases, $139, Loomstead.
When a product is Fair Trade Certified, it means that it's produced according to rigorous standards that protect the environment as well as the workers who helped to manufacturer it. West Elm is known for selling products that have earned a Fair Trade certification, and their Hemp & Cotton sheet set is one of them.
It combines sustainably grown hemp with organic cotton for a fabric that's durable, hypoallergenic, breathable, and airy. (Since hemp requires a minimal amount of land, water, and fertilizer, it's also an eco-friendly option.) The sheets are then colored with natural botanical dyes. Everything is manufactured in a fair-trade facility, so the workers actually benefit from every purchase.
This new set comes in a simple, clean cream color, and it features subtle tan accent along the edges. It's available in full, queen, king, or California king, and since hemp tends to feel cool, it's also a great option for those who overheat at night.
Hemp & Cotton Queen Sheet Set, $223, West Elm
Sheets don't have to be white, plain, and simple. In fact, bedding has the potential to create a next-level space by incorporating unexpected colors and patterns into a room. Urban Outfitters has a wide selection of interesting sheets, but their best-selling option is by far the Toile set.
This four-piece set brings a gorgeous, vintage touch to any room with its floral rose pattern. That said, the slate blue color effortlessly meshes with any decor, modern or traditional. Fold it over your duvet for an eye-catching accent, or help your guests feel right at home when they pull down the covers at night. The fabric is made from a combination of polyester and cotton, and it's imported, machine-washable, and surprisingly affordable.
Toile Queen Sheet Set, $79, Urban Outfitters
Like many other types of sheets, percale is made from cotton, but it’s the type of cotton and the specific weave that gives it its distinctive qualities. Long-staple fibers are tightly woven in and out to give it a matte, crisp feel. It’s one of the most durable types of cotton sheets, and even though it gets softer with every wash, it won’t pill up or fall apart.
Percale sheets are usually likened to a “crisp cotton dress shirt,” but reviewers say Parachute’s Heathered set is so much softer and more comfortable than that. They’re cooling and breathable, but due to their stiff texture, they still have a fresh, clean feel against the skin. The set is available in Dove and Carbon and comes in your choice of four sizes — full, queen, king, and California king. You can also opt for a top sheet, though be aware that the original set doesn’t include one.
Parachute Heathered Percale Queen Sheet Set, $149, Parachute.
When the weather gets frigid and it’s dark by 4 p.m., it helps to know that you have a warm, cozy bed waiting for you at home. While flannel and fleece sheets are a common choice for winter bedding, they’re often made with synthetic materials like polyester, which repels moisture instead of absorbing it. As a result, when you inevitably sweat under the covers, the moisture stays stuck in the bed and creates that cold, clammy feeling that’s never pleasant in the dead of winter.
Because they’re made from organic cotton (the same kind that’s sustainably harvested and carefully monitored for their organic percale set), Coyuchi Jersey sheets are soft and warm while still breathable. They’re a comforting option for winter but transition easily into late fall and early spring. No cold sweats, either. Instead of a top sheet, this set comes with a thick jersey duvet that you’ll look forward to disappearing under the second you get home.
Coyuchi Organic Jersey Queen Minimalist Set, $248, Coyuchi.
Linen is a classic choice for hot weather (or year-round hot sleepers) because it really does make a difference when it comes to balancing your body temperature. It’s made from flax fibers — which wick away sweat much more effectively than cotton — but it also has a looser, lighter weave that allows for optimal airflow. In addition to its cooling properties, it helps create a next-level space due to its luxurious, high-end appearance.
Morrow Classic Heirloom sheets use genuine flax sourced from France — an ideal environment to grow long, thick fibers which make for sheets that are especially smooth and durable. With this set, you have five color options, four sizes to choose from, and four included pieces: a flat, a fitted, and two corresponding pillow cases. According to InStyle, “If you’re the type of person who values quality over quantity, timelessness over trends, and luxury over fast fashion, then this new bedding brand is right up your alley… And it’s worth noting that there is something quite special and unique about the hues.”
Morrow Classic Heirloom French Linen Queen Sheet Set, $275, Morrow.
Yet another type of cotton sheet is sateen, which is the closest you can get to silk while using any other type of material. Like percale, Parachute’s sateen sheet set also utilizes long-staple cotton fibers, but is tightly-woven in a different way that gives the fabric a soft, silky texture. It’s great for year-round use because it’s cooling against your skin, but traps more heat than looser-woven fabrics.
Sourced from Egypt and made in Portugal, this is one of the highest-rated sateen bed sets available. “I can't believe it's not butter!” one reviewer jokes about the luxe, smooth texture, while another raves: “We have slept on lots of sateen sheets, and none compare to the quality of Parachute.” This set comes without a top sheet, though you can easily add one to your cart, and since it’s available in six different sizes and four colors, it's easy to upgrade any bed in your home.
Parachute Sateen Sheet Set, $149, Parachute.
Tencel lyocell is made from a combination of raw, renewable wood-sourced materials. As a result, it's a good choice for the eco-friendly shopper — but it's also a good choice for the person who likes to spend minimal effort on household chores.
This full set from Pine Cone Hill is versatile, breathable, skin-friendly, and cooling due to the 100 percent Tencel. It's also machine-washable and wrinkle-resistant, too. That means you can take it out of the laundry, put it on the bed, and experience smooth, silky sheets every time you pull down the covers.
The set is available in Gray, Sand, and Slipper Pink, and so far, reviewers are thrilled: "These are the best sheets! I got one set for our master bedroom and since then I've ordered three more sets for other beds in the house. Soft and silky and yet breathable! Our favorite!"
Pine Cone Hill Silken Tencel Queen Sheets, $312, Perigold
Silk is widely considered the pinnacle of luxury — especially when it comes to 100 percent pure silk sheets. This material is made by weaving together strands created by the silkworm, so it's an all-natural fabric. It's also extremely smooth and (unlike cotton) distributes moisture rather than absorbing it, so it's an easy way to pamper your skin and hair while you sleep.
This four-piece set from Thxsilk is made entirely from 19-momme Mulberry silk, which is the highest quality available. It also meets OEKO-Tex Standard 100 certifications, meaning that the set is produced without any harmful chemicals. Since silk is already hypoallergenic, this further solidifies the material as a great choice for those with asthma and allergies.
You can get this one in four sizes and over a dozen color options. While they're more expensive than your average sheets, reviewers say they're absolutely worth the price: "These sheets are like sleeping in a cloud. Absolutely fantastic and worth every penny [...] These are the most comfortable sheets I have ever slept in, and if you have an occasional budget for nice things, they are an experience like no other and well-worthy of your consideration."
Thxsilk Queen Silk Sheet Set, $399, Amazon
The Freedom To Design: Flaneur Sheet Set in Riomaggiore (Or Any Other Color)
Flaneur sheets go the extra mile: every set is made from 100 percent California-grown and DNA-tested cotton. Everything is woven into 400-thread count sateen, which gives it a silky yet comforting finish that’s suitable for use year-round. For those with skin sensitivities, there are no residual toxic chemicals in any of the brand's bedding products.
But the real selling point? Each sheet set is garment-dyed one piece at a time into, well, any color you’re looking for. On Flaneur’s website, you can browse different looks or even create your own personalized shade by uploading an image or entering a pantone code. If that's not design freedom, I don't know what is.
This standard set comes with a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and two pillowcases, but you can add more pillowcases in the same color or design a matching duvet. Everything can be machine-washed in cold water and tumble dried, and each shade you choose comes with stylish color suggestions so you can create a bedroom all your own. If you’re looking for a set that’s truly unique, this is the company for you.
Flaneur Queen Sheet Set in Riomaggiore, $360, Flaneur.
Embroidery is making a stylish comeback, but this renewed trend isn't solely limited to your wardrobe. A little extra detailing can make a huge difference when it comes to your bedding, which is why the Black Scalloped sheet set from Crane & Canopy makes this list.
The sheets themselves are made from 400-thread-count long-staple cotton, so they create a silky sateen finish that feels amazing against your skin. That said, it's the thick black embroidery that really sets this one apart. The scalloped design is featured on the flat sheet, fitted sheet, and pillowcases, so it adds a bold, modern contrast to any bedroom decor. While the matching set can singlehandedly transform a bed, you can also opt for the individual pieces to mix and match. (Additionally, Crane & Canopy sells this set in other embroidered colors, like gray, powder blue, and coral.)
Crane & Canopy The Black Scalloped Queen Sheet Set, $239, Crane & Canopy
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