Our obsession with comfort doesn't stop with our apparel. A surprising number of people don’t think twice when shopping for sheets. They just buy whatever is cheapest, only slightly worrying about how comfortable they will be. It’s people like this that don’t bother learning about what makes sheets comfortable or uncomfortable. You spend a third of your life sleeping. You should invest in some really nice sheets that are perfect for you. You don’t have to be an expert, but there are some things you should look for when buying sheets.
There are a few factors that separate good or great sheets from average or low-quality sheets. For one, thread count isn’t always what you think it is. Companies will advertise an untrue thread count because they are using multi-ply thread. Multi-ply thread, in general, means a lower quality sheet. The quality of the fabric used is a big factor, as well. And, of course, price is taken into consideration. Are the better sheets really worth it if they are ridiculously priced?
After some careful research, here is a list of some of the best sheets you can get for your money’s worth, based on the quality of the fabric, the quality of the weave, the variety of weaves and quality offered, and their affordability.
Brooklinen uses Egyptian cotton, which produces very long, very strong fibers. This allows them to avoid multi-ply threads, making their linen very soft, and very durable. Their sheets range from 270 to a whopping 480 thread count, and you can choose between their already pretty darn nice classic sheets and their luxury sheets. They also use both a traditional percale weave and a sateen weave, giving you yet more options in finding the right sheets for you. While their luxury sheets are definitely on the expensive side, their classic selection is very affordable.
These guys are great. They use long-staple Egyptian Cotton, and they have a wide-ranging thread count, giving you the option to spend more or less. They give you the choice between sateen and percale weaves, and even their luxury sheets are on the cheaper side. If you are looking for sheets, this should be your first stop. I give them a 5 out of 5.
Boll and Branch
Boll and Branch uses organic, eco-friendly, and non-toxic fabrics and dyes in their products. Their fitted sheets boast a thread count of 300, using a single-ply thread, so they are not lacking in softness. With sheet sets starting at $200, they are just a tad pricy, but not so much to rule them out if you are looking for quality. They use a sateen weave, which is heavier and a little less breathable than a percale weave, but much, much softer. If you prefer a breathable, light sheet, look elsewhere.
Their eco-friendly approach is definitely a plus, but they are a little expensive, and they only use a sateen weave. I give them a 4 out of 5.
Parachute also uses Egyptian Cotton, giving them a long staple, single-ply thread. Like the Brooklinen selection, Parachute offers you a choice between percale woven or sateen woven sheets. This is hugely important if you happen to prefer one or the other. They are very different. Parachute’s sheets are very affordable, with their sets starting at $89 for either percale or sateen sheets.
These sheets are very affordable, they use long-staple Egyptian cotton, and you can choose between percale and sateen. I give these guys a 4.5 out of 5.
Hill House Home
If you want fancy, Hill House Home has you covered. They offer several different collections of fine sheets, ranging from percale to sateen. They use Supima Cotton, which is insanely durable, very soft cotton. Supima cotton is basically American-grown Egyptian Cotton, so you are still getting that extra-long weave that allows for durable, high thread counts, while knowing that the raw materials are 100% American-grown (that’s important, right?). As far as pricing, Hill House Home is definitely not easy on the wallet. Their simple sets (sheets and pillowcases only) will run you about $375. Yikes. But if you can afford it, these sheets will not disappoint.
With a high quality of weave and fabric, and a choice between percale and sateen, there isn’t much to criticize based on quality, but the economics make these sheets an unrealistic choice for most families. Considering this, I give them a 3.5 out of 5.
By Dia Ascenzi