We independently research, test, review, and recommend the best
products—learn more about
our process. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.
Registering for sheets comes with a myriad of options that may seem a little overwhelming if you aren’t sure exactly what you (and your partner) are looking for. Do you want crisp, classic white cotton sheets or rumpled, relaxed linen in a moody hue? Do you tend to overheat and need sheets that will keep you cool with moisture-wicking technology? Or, do you live in a colder climate? If so, cozy flannel sheets are a must-have for the winter months.
“The best sheet set is one that you look forward to getting into at the end of the day,” says Ariel Kaye, the founder and CEO of Parachute. “Overall, when choosing bedding, I recommend looking for sheets that feature all-natural fibers.” All-natural fibers like linen and cotton tend to be more durable and long-lasting.
Meet the Expert
Ariel Kaye is the founder and CEO of Parachute Home, a California-based bedding and lifestyle brand.
Furthermore, sheets come in so many price ranges— even if you’re setting up a registry and not paying for them yourself, cost is an important thing to consider. Your sheets are the foundation of all your bedding— both aesthetically and functionally. The perfect set will help you get a great night’s sleep—and make your bedroom into a sanctuary.
Read on for the best sheet sets.
What to look for in sheet sets
If you’re looking for a full upgrade of your bed, a bundle is one of the best options out there. Cotton is a classic for every type of bed and type of sleeper. If you’re a hot sleeper, you can’t go wrong with a cooling synthetic or moisture-wicking linen material, and if tend to get cold (or live in a cooler climate), flannel is the best choice out there.
It depends on what you’re looking for and how you sleep. Natural fibers such as linen and cotton are ideal because they’re extra durable and can make a bed look both sophisticated and inviting. But don’t discount well-made synthetics—today’s modern, heat-regulating materials can also do wonders for hot sleepers (and they come in all the colors of the rainbow!).
“Thread count is largely a marketing gimmick,” says Kaye. “What actually matters more than thread count is the caliber of the fabric. We like to use long-staple Egyptian cotton and pure linen, which translates to softer, stronger bedding that lasts over time.”
If you’re trying to understand thread count numbers on a package, remember that higher numbers usually translate to softer fabric. There are many other factors to consider, however, including the type of cotton, weave, and ply.
When looking for new bedding, it’s important to think about how you sleep—hot, cold, or somewhere in between? This can sometimes be tricky when selecting sheets with a partner, so a classic blend like percale, linen, or matte sateen can be a good middle ground.
The texture is also important to consider. For example, Kaye refers to percale as “the perfect button-down shirt—cool and crisp to the touch.” In contrast, satin is very smooth, lustrous, and naturally wrinkle-resistant. “Our Percale and Sateen are both made of cotton, but the difference is a result of how they’re woven,” says Kaye.
Why Trust Brides
Hannah Baker is a former Brides editor with many years of expertise in home decor and lifestyle. She’s a fan of effortlessly rumpled linen sheets in muted hues—they require little maintenance, but deliver a chic, laid-back look.