The Best Sheets for Every Body, Bed, and Budget (2024)


sweet dreams begin With soft sheets. Or, at least, great sheets mean I sleep better, whether my dreams are peaceful or a delusion of failed superpowers and the internet. There are a lot of things to consider when buying sheets for your bed, from understanding percale and sateen to thread count. But the right set of sheets can make your old bed feel like a hotel, or make the perfect pairing for a new mattress. (Because what’s the point of pairing your new mattress with musty sheets?)

We’ve tested dozens of options to find the best sheets in nearly every style. However, there’s an endless supply of sheets out there, so we’ll keep updating this guide as we test more. All prices shown are for queen-size models. Be sure to read our best mattresses, best mattresses for side sleepers, best organic mattresses, and best pillows guides for more bedding recommendations.

Updated in July 2024: We’ve added new linen and percale top picks, plus several linen, percale, sateen, and bamboo sheets we’ve tested in our other great sections.

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Medea Giordano contributed testing for this guide.

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Linen Sheets

Why buy linen sheets? Linen is a woven fabric made from flax plants. It’s a highly breathable material, so it keeps you cool during the summer months because it doesn’t trap heat. It’s great for people who sleep hot. It’s rougher at first than a simple cotton set, but the more it’s washed, the softer it will become. Linen is often expensive, but it’s also more durable than cotton, so a good sheet set should last a very long time. They’re not for everyone, but if you like linen clothing, you’ll probably love linen sheets.

Our favorite linen sheets

I’ve slept on a lot of linens (don’t forget my complete guide to linen sheets), and Citizenry’s linen sheets are the Goldilocks of linens for me. They’re light and airy, but still have a nice drape and softness that you don’t often find in new linens. It usually takes a while to get to this stage, but Citizenry’s sheets feel like you’ve already washed and softened them. These sheets are cool enough for hot nights thanks to the great airflow, but not so cool that I wouldn’t use them year-round. They’re also OEKO-Tex certified, which means they’ve been tested for harmful substances and deemed harmless.

Citizenry’s linen sheets not only feel great to sleep on, but come in a variety of colors to match any color scheme in your bedroom, but if something were to happen to one of your sheets, parts of the sheet set (just the top sheet, pillowcases, etc.) can be purchased separately.

The softest linen ever

These sheets are the softest linens I’ve ever used – so soft that my husband didn’t even realize I swapped out a soft flannel set for these! They are extremely comfortable to sleep on but still have the feel of a light linen. The Cultiver sheets feel a little silkier (a word I never thought I’d use to describe linens) and drape a little better over my body and the bed. These sheets are pretty pricey, but if you want extra soft linens, these are your best bet.

The only thing I didn’t like about them was the lint tray overflowing after drying them. My husband said they were “slippery” compared to other sheets we usually sleep on, which added to the almost silky feel of these sheets. But such softness doesn’t come cheap, and these sheets are very expensive. If you want to make the whole set, or worry that a piece might get torn off by your cat, you can buy individual pieces (though my cat hasn’t done any damage to these yet).

Other great linen sheets

  • Quince Linen Bamboo Sheet Set for $100: These aren’t 100 percent linen, but I love the combination of the softness of bamboo and the breathability of linen. If you want the benefits of linen but are unsure about the roughness or texture of standard linen, these are a great option. They’re also much more affordable than other linen options. We also like Quince European Linen Sheets ($170) If you’re looking for affordable all-linen sheets.
  • Brooklinen Washed Linen Core Sheet Set for $260: Wired reviewer Medea Giordano says when she first used these sheets, she felt itchy for the first few minutes, but the feeling quickly disappeared. She says these are some of the best sheets she has ever slept on. Our second pick doesn’t seem as itchy at first, but these are still great linen sheets at a good price.
  • Pottery Barn Belgian Flax Linen Sheet Set for $299: These are my favorite cooling linen sheets, as they have the most breathable weave I’ve slept on. The air flow is great with these sheets, which keeps me nice and cool. The initial stiffness of these linen sheets really helped with this, giving it a structure to float over my body, rather than lying close and trapping heat in. These sheets are a little thinner than the Citizenry, but not as soft.

Looking for more linens? Read about every set of linens we tested and read buying advice in our guide to the best linen sheets.

Percale Sheets

Why buy percale sheets? Percale is a type of cotton weave, not a type of fabric. It’s also known as a plain weave. It looks just like you might imagine a classic weave, with an over-under style like a checkerboard. These sheets are crisp, cool, and lightweight, and they make great cooling sheets. Think hotel sheets or your favorite button-up shirt. If you need to be warm but don’t want to spend the money for linen and its high prices, these are a good option.

Our Favorite Percale Sheets

Target’s in-house brands make great, affordable sheets, including this Casaluna percale set. WIRED reviewer Medea Giordano has been sleeping on them for years, and these are her favorites of all the types of percale sheets she’s tried, even ones twice the price. They’re crisp without being uncomfortably stiff, and she stays cool in them all night.

These Casaluna sheets have held up through multiple machine washing cycles, and they keep getting more durable and softer. There are also several colors to choose from. When Giordano upgraded from a queen to a king bed, these were the sheets she immediately repurchased.

Soft, affordable percale

While Medea is a fan of percale, I typically am not. But Pure Parima’s percale sheets are easily my favorite percale to sleep on. They’re better priced than sheets from popular brands, but are made from Egyptian cotton (certified by the Cotton Egyptian Association), which makes it feel a little softer without losing the crisp, breathable design that makes percale sheets popular. The extra softness is what inspired me, a sateen lover, to reach for percale sheets in the first place, especially on summer nights.

Pure Parima sheets also have deep pockets and corner straps, so they’re easy to keep securely in place. Each piece of the set has a small tag indicating its size, so it’s easier to keep your queen or king set organized than your child’s twin sheets, without having to check whose pillowcase goes where. They’re also Oeko-Tex certified.

Other Great Percale Sheets

  • Brooklinen Percale Core Sheet Set for $179: Brooklinen’s Crisp Percale sheets are everything you want in a classic percale: light, crisp, and breathable. There’s also the Organic set ($239) that feels a little soft at first, but after a few washes these sheets feel and sleep just as good.
  • Riley Percale Sheet Set for $260: Riley makes great percale sheets, but they’re expensive — a fitted sheet and pillowcases cost $135 and the flat sheet is an additional $85. We liked the crispness of theirs but were more impressed with the Casaluna ones, and Brooklinen’s organic set is cheaper, too.
  • Parachute Percale Sheet Set for $269: Wired reviewer Julian Chokkattu says these sheets feel rough at first, but the more they’re washed, the softer they get. After years of use, these sheets have held up really well, even with a dog sleeping on the same bed.

Are you looking for more percale or cooling options? We have a complete guide to cooling sheets that includes more options.

Flannel Sheet

Why buy flannel sheets? Flannel sheets are made of cotton, but the cotton fibers are brushed out to create a fuzzy texture. These fluffy fibers are what make flannel so warm and comfortable to sleep on – the raised layers of cotton do a better job of retaining heat than other types of cotton sheets, so you’ll stay warmer when sleeping on these than you would on other types of sheets. They’re great for cold climates.

Our favorite flannel sheets

The Company Store flannel sheets initially shocked me because of how pink the cream-colored sheets looked, especially when placed next to other white sheets. But once I got over that, I found these sheets felt the softest to the touch compared to the Coyuchi and LL Bean flannel (see below). They are a little stiff at first, but get softer with each wash.

They are comfortable to sleep on and definitely warm – these were the warmest sheets I have slept on. If you are looking for soft and warm sheets at a reasonable price, these sheets are for you.


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