Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. Here, the best sheets on Amazon — we’ve talked to designers about their favorite bed sheets to fall asleep in before, too — according to the people (note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity).
Warmest Heavyweight Sheets
“I only sleep on flannel sheets, and L.L. Bean has always been my preferred brand, and the gold standard. However, after upgrading bed sizes, I was looking for a cheaper alternative. Amazon is always my one-stop shop, and I thus thought to give their Pinzon flannel sheets a try — with the expectation of their quality more matching Target than L.L. Bean. Wrong. They are wonderful. Thick, soft, and so far no pilling. These are some seriously luxurious flannel sheets for the price. Anyone looking for quality flannel sheets, I highly recommend trying these — half the price of L.L. Bean–brand flannels, and made in Portugal (the home of fine flannel). I only wish Amazon offered these in patterns — plaid preferably. The solids are fine, but boring.”
Best Plaid Flannel Sheets
“I would give these sheets six stars if I could. I can’t believe I have been missing out on the wonders of flannel sheets all these years. The sheets are warm, so warm that I took one of my blankets off the bed. I keep my house cold in the winter (60 degrees), and it is an old house with leaky walls, so my bedroom is even colder. I look forward each night to crawling inside my bed, that is how warm and comfortable these sheets are. I’ve washed them half a dozen times now, and they are standing up great. They fit well on a standard size queen bed. The biggest problem I have with them is that come spring, I am not looking forward to going back to cotton sheets.”
Best Wrinkle-Resistant Sheets
“For many years, my adult son has insisted that nothing compares to 100 percent cotton sheets with the highest possible thread count. King sheets of that caliber can cost over $1,000. After reading the reviews for these sheets, I took the gamble and purchased them for my son’s visit. He claims they are the softest and most comfortable sheets he’s ever experienced … with the added benefit that they launder very well, and come out of the dryer with minimal wrinkles. If you place them on the bed while still warm from the dryer, it looks as though the sheets have been ironed. I have since purchased three additional sets of these sheets in different colors for my other bedrooms: white, sage, brown, and gray. The hues are exactly as depicted, and have not faded after several months of use. I will continue to purchase these sheets, exclusively. The price is incredibly economical given the quality and afforded comfort.”
“These sheets are seriously the best sheets I have owned or lain in. I have stayed at multiple top-of-the-line hotels and none have come close to these. I live in Texas, and they do not get hot, but still keep me warm. It’s honestly what I would imagine lying on a cloud would feel like. I haven’t looked into what material they are made of, but I would not be shocked if “heaven dust” or “angel hair” was in the description. I’m tempted to just order them in every color, because the white is almost stain-resistant and barely wrinkles. I seriously have recommended them to so many people that people have asked me if I sell bedding. I could go on and on. Bottom line, if you’re on the fence, just buy them — you will regret nothing.”
Best Linen Sheets
“First off, linen sheets aren’t for everyone. The sheets had a nice heft to them, which pleased me because I’d prefer these to last me until I die, however morbid that sounds, so I’d prefer them not to be too thin. As expected, the sheets were quite stiff and scratchy right out of the box, but anyone who knows a thing about linen knows that it only gets softer the more you wash it. Finally, after the fourth wash, it was time to put these babies on the bed. If you’re thinking of trying linen sheets, there is no need to go all out and purchase a $900 set. These sheets are well-made, good quality, and are perfectly snug and cozy while offering all the benefits of linen (extremely long lifespan, perfect for cool and hot sleepers, unsurpassed moisture-wicking quality, etc.) at a great price.”
“Oh my goodness! I wanted bamboo because of the sustainability of this crop over cotton. I didn’t expect to receive the BEST SHEETS I’ve ever slept in! I’ve always liked 100 percent cotton sheets for breathability and softness, as they get washed more and more. These Bamboo sheets are so silky that I feel like royalty in them. I have only washed them twice — I washed on warm and dried with wool dryer balls — and have not noticed any pilling or wear so far. They are just as silky as when I first opened them. They are definitely more “cool” feeling to sleep in, but we both like that sensation.”
Best Microfiber Sheets
“I just experienced my first night with my new sheets and had to race to the computer in my pajamas to write a review immediately. OMG, these sheets are MAGICAL. I have never slept like that before. I have never been that comfortable before. Just, WOW. I have had the worst luck with sheets. I think I’ve bought at least 50 sets in the last 20 years, and haven’t liked any of them. I’ve tried different materials, different thread counts. But these …these are the Holy Grail of sheets. As soon as I slid into the covers, I let out an audible, “OMG.” At first, I was afraid to move, in case what I was experiencing wasn’t real, and moving would somehow wake me up from my awesome fantasy of happy comfort. Once I started stretching out and really letting myself get a good feel, I was dying of happy. I feel like I ripped this company off. There is no way I really only paid 35 bucks for sheets this nice, right? Is it a glitch on Amazon? Did they accidentally send me super-special $200 sheets, instead of the cheap ones I ordered?”
Best Organic Cotton Sheets
“I’ve purchased four sets over a period of two years. The feel of these sheets is divine … satiny. They feel luxurious and high-end. The colors are deep and saturated. They wash well. I can’t think of any downsides, and the price for organic is excellent. I’d give them six stars if I could.”
Best Egyptian Cotton Sheets
“These are amazing sheets. Very heavy, true to color and fit. They come with a 5 year warranty, as well.
I’ve bought Egyptian Cotton sheets before. They feel stiff at first. If you google the care of 100% Egyptian Cotton sheets, you’ll see that there is a certain way to wash them the first time (1/2 detergent, no fabric softener, no dryer sheet), and that they soften incredibly with time. My other pairs of Egyptian Cotton sheets felt amazing after about 10 washes, and feel heavenly after about 40 or so.
Its difficult to say how much any Egyptian Cotton sheets will soften, however these are nice and heavy, and color rich…and give all the promise of softening just like my other ones did.”
Best Pima Cotton Sheets
“I was so happy with my first gorgeous set of Perú Pima sheets that I promptly ordered a second set. They are the most comfortable sheets that I have ever owned. The workmanship, and the quality of the cotton, is top notch. The sheets have small, even stitching. No hanging threads or other manufacturing defects. No fraying or pilling. My sets are a beautiful bright white.
UPDATE January 25, 2017: These have been washed many times since I received them last April. They are still soft and comfortable. I don’t see that they have worn at all. I recently got a new topper for my mattress that increased the thickness from 12 inches to 15 inches. The fitted sheet still fits fine. Also, in all this time, no pilling. This is good-quality cotton.”
Best 1000-Thread-Count Sheets
“Finally, after hundreds and hundreds of dollars spent on sheets that don’t even come close to heavy, crisp sheets from years ago, these sheets surpassed my expectations in every way. A deep and generous bottom sheet that easily envelopes my deep mattress with two latex toppers. No more stretching overpriced, poorly constructed sheets to the top corners of the mattress. If you like heavyweight, crisp sheets that wash and dry beautifully like you had at grandmother’s house, you can’t go wrong here!”
Best Aloe-Treated Sheets
“I get very little sleep with two babies that don’t sleep through the night so when I saw these Sleep Restoration sheets, I said ‘Sign me up!’ Morning after: these sheets are amazing. It’s either the sheets or the fact my babies only woke up once last night instead of three-plus times but I had the most restful sleep. They are so comfortable. My favorite sheets to date!”
Best Jersey Sheets
“They are the perfect T-shirt sheet! Everything you love about an old T-shirt, minus holes, and body odor, is here in these sheets. The colors are soft, too. So far they launder well, no pilling, and the colors seem to stay true. I have shopped all over looking for something comfortable, affordable, and with neutral colors or no hash dyes. This is perfect. They fit well, and stretch enough to fit securely with little risk of coming off.”
Best $20 Sheets
“I was kind of a sheet snob. High thread count, Egyptian cotton, etc. But I had to buy some new sheets because Doggo goes ballistic at times and those paw-nails do a number on the sheets. So gone are the days of $200 sheets. I had microfiber sheets about ten years ago and hated them. They made me sweaty, they got static cling, they got pilled and rough. ‘Never Again!!’ I swore. Then I couldn’t really find anything else in a reasonable price range because it looks like I’ll need a few sets a year until hip dysplasia or something sets in. So I tried these. I must say I am totally impressed. The elastic is tight enough to stay put when 80 pounds of flying fingernails decides to pounce, dance, jump, and run. They fit and stay on our 18-inch mattress without coming up at the corners. They do not make me hot at night. They have not pilled or gotten rough after several washings. Actually they have gotten softer. And the color has not faded one bit. I’m sold. And also a little embarrassed at my own snobbery.”
Best Cotton Sheets for $40
“For my sleep, these are the best sheets ever, and I’m going to buy more. I have spent big bucks deluxe in search of the holy grail of perfect cotton sheets, and have been super disappointed. I even did the $400-plus set at one point believing that’s what one had to spend. Not so. If you invest in a good mattress and a great mattress pad, these sheets will cap off the trilogy for comfy, comfy, comfy.”
“I recently stayed at a hotel in Paris that had the most comfortable bedding I had ever experienced in my life. I read the tags on them, which said they were 300-thread-count, percale sheets. Ever since then I’ve been looking for a set for myself, and I finally found them through Amazon!!!! In the past I just bought whatever sheet set was the cheapest I could find; I had no idea what I was missing out on!!! These sheets are CRISP! Thick, stiff, and cool … Just like they use in a five-star hotel!!!”
Best Floral Sheets
“These sets are worth every penny. The detail is exquisite: i.e., the bow ties as the pillow-case closures, the extra touch of sparkly lace to trim the dust ruffle, everything literally looks hand-sewn with care. The construction is brilliant. The comfort is even more — in Ohio, we go from 30 degree nights to 60 degree nights (sometimes in the course of a week) and these sheets have stayed the same comfortable temperature in both scenarios — never had sheets this comfortable before.”
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