Thinking of bedtime as a bummer is kid stuff. As a hardworking adult, your bed should be a haven of rest, comfort, and serenity. All that starts with the sheets you put on it.
When it comes to the quality of your sheets, don’t believe the hype surrounding thread count. (Some will even tell you that’s a myth.) Instead, picking the perfect sheets comes down to your individual needs. Do you get chilly at night or do you run hot? Are you comforted by the weight of heavier bedding or do you find yourself kicking off the covers in the night? Do you like the look of a mussed bed or do you maintain an uncompromising policy of hospital corners?
Whatever your preference might be, there’s a blissful, well-deserved escape waiting just behind your bedroom door. We tested out some of the best sheet sets around to help you pick the one that meets your needs. After all, you spend a third of your life sleeping — you deserve to spend that time with sheets that you love.
Prices shown are for a queen-sized set.
Coyuchi Organic Jersey Minimalist Set
About the company: Coyuchi is committed to “sustainability, minimally processed organic and natural fibers, and a truly human commitment to the hands that touch each product.”
Description: The Coyuchi Organic Jersey Minimalist Set is made with 100% organic cotton in a percale weave and comes in four color schemes.
What’s included: Duvet cover, fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.
Made with: One-hundred-percent organic and GOTS-certified cotton, sourced and woven in India.
What we liked: If you’ve ever wondered what a cake feels like being wrapped in pillowy buttercream frosting, Coyuchi’s organic jersey sheets will give you an idea. The texture of these sheets is at once silky and cuddly, light as a mother’s kiss on the cheek of a sleeping baby but with a comforting drape that makes them perfect for cuddling.
Cons: This isn’t the warmest sheet set. If you live in cold temperatures or get chilly at night, you’ll want to pair this set with a heavier duvet.
Jungmaven 100% Hemp Sheets
About the company: Jungmaven started with a tree-hugging student at Central Washington University who fell in love with the potential of industrial hemp to save the forests he loved. Today, the brand is eco-conscious haute couture, with tees sported by celebrities, an ultra-sexy fragrance, and these dreamy sheets.
Description: Jungmaven’s rich unique garment-dye process creates subtle variations and brings out the texture more with every wash. These sheets are structured yet relaxed, breathable. and soft. They only get better with age.
What’s included: A single sheet.
Made with: One-hundred percent organic hemp, garment-dyed and sewn in the United States.
What we liked: Hemp is the fabric of the future, but these sheets have a laid-back vibe straight out of the Summer of Love. Their creamy softness and fluid weave will tempt you to treat every morning like a weekend.
Cons: You have to purchase the top sheet, bottom sheet, and pillowcases separately. Also, they come in just one (natural) color.
Boll & Branch
Boll & Branch Hemmed Sheet Set
About the company: Scott and Missy Tannen founded Boll & Branch in 2014 after realizing that the bedsheet industry needed to change. They’re completely transparent about their supply chain, using ethically sourced materials and eliminating the need for a middle man by selling direct to consumers.
Description: Boll & Branch’s Hemmed Sheet Set is classic and versatile, comes in nine color schemes, and features the brand’s signature 7-inch hem.
What’s included: Fitted sheet, flat sheet, and two pillowcases.
Made with: Fair Trade-certified cotton, 100 percent GOTS-certified organic with eco-friendly, non-toxic dyes
What we liked: If you’re looking for something that’s comfortable yet luxurious, give Boll & Branch a try. The 300 single-ply thread count made for super soft sheets.
Cons: We honestly couldn’t think of any.
Parachute Linen Venice Set with Top Sheet
About the company: Ariel Kaye founded Parachute after discovering the perfect set of sheets in a bed while traveling along the Amalfi Coast in Italy. She couldn’t find anything like them, so she decided to create Parachute.
Description: Named after the city (in California, not Italy) where Parachute is based, the signature Venice Set includes everything you need for a comfortable night of sleep.
What’s included: Fitted sheet, duvet cover, and two pillowcases. Top sheet is sold separately.
Made with: One-hundred percent European Flax, garment-dyed and washed in small batches so the color will be unique to each piece.
What we liked: I always thought of linen as an old lady fabric. Turns out the nubby woven texture of these organic linen sheets offers a pleasing coziness without being as cloyingly heavy as flannel. If you’re looking for a year-round sheet set that will both keep you warm in winter and be nice and breathable in summer, this should be your pick.
Cons: You have to be careful when washing linen, but it’s worth it.
Molecule Percale Sheet Set
About the company: Molecule’s mission is to foster restorative, recovery-focused sleep that fuels an active lifestyle. Deploying advanced materials and meticulous research, the company has engineered bedding that maximizes airflow and facilitates cooling for optimized thermoregulation.
Description: Endorsed by the likes of Tom Brady and Russell Wilson, these futuristic sheets are true performance bedding — temperature-regulating, antibacterial, even wrinkle-resistant.
What’s included: Top sheet, bottom (fitted) sheet, two pillowcases.
Made with: Tencel Lyocell, an advanced fiber made from a sustainably sourced wood pulp from eucalyptus and bamboo. These Oeko-Tex 100-Certified sheets are spun, woven, and sewn in Bahrain.
What we liked: The unique fiber composition and microscopic weave of these sheets make them silky soft, unfailingly cool, and even moisture-absorbent. These are just the sheets you want to fall into after a hot day or an exhausting workout. Persnickety bed-makers will appreciate how the fabric lends itself to ultra-crisp creases.
Cons: Not much of a “coziness” factor. Also, they shed a dryer lint that’s kind of weird.
Article originally published July 14, 2017. Last updated July 19, 2019.
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