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What are the best (reasonably priced) jersey sheets that won’t pill or get scratchier with more washes?
We write a lot about sheets here at the Strategist, whether we’re personally testing out linen ones or asking interior designers to recommend their favorites. But we rarely focus on jersey sheets which, in this writer’s opinion, are truly the best sheets you can buy. While they’re often mentioned as a good option for college students, I don’t see why these incredibly comfortable and low-maintenance sheets should be reserved for undergrads. Sure, linen is trendy, and some starched cotton sheets may make your bed feel like one at a high-end hotel. But jersey sheets have their own benefits: they never wrinkle and feel like sleeping in your favorite T-shirt every night.
While most other types of cotton sheets are woven (meaning they’re made from multiple yarns crossing each other), jersey sheets are knit, or made from one continuous piece of yarn looped over itself. It’s this process that gives them their stretchy feel and wrinkle-resistance. As a long-time jersey sheet advocate, I’ve kept watch as more brands started to offer them in sizes beyond twin XL, and now have a few favorite styles I always recommend. Since jersey is typically more affordable than other sheet materials, it’s also easy to find nice sets under $50, even in king and queen sizes. Read on for the jersey sheets I own and love, as well as some additional options recommended by interior-design pros.
Jersey sheets I own
These are the sheets on my bed right now. They’re buttery soft and have stood up well to lots of wash and wear. Instead of getting scratchy, they’ve actually become more comfortable over time, just like a beloved T-shirt. I bought the “natural” color which is a heathered beige that pairs nicely with lots of different duvet or comforter colors and patterns.
I alternate between these and the Ink + Ivy sheets; the two are very similar. If anything, these are a bit thinner, but they’re just as comfortable and haven’t developed any holes or pills. In light gray, mine remind me of a vintage T-shirt, and slipping into them has the same familiar feeling.
I bought these for my pull-out sofa “guest bed.” Even though they’re among the cheapest sets, they have the same soft-to-the-touch feel as my other favorites. According to Amazon, they’re made in a factory that’s certified to meet high sustainability and safety standards. Since I don’t use these as much as the two sets above, I can’t speak to their durability, but they’re so affordable that I wouldn’t be that disappointed if I had to replace them sooner than the others. That said, so far, they look and feel great.
I’ve also found that there are more and more options for jersey duvet covers and comforters these days. I have this Calvin Klein one in dark charcoal and love feeling enveloped in it as I fall asleep. Like the brand’s popular underwear, it’s made from a blend of cotton and modal, so it’s extra soft and stretchy. I don’t own the matching sheets, but I have felt them and they’re just as soft and smooth as the duvet cover. The fitted and flat sheets are sold separately (as are the pillowcases), which is nice for people like me who don’t use a flat sheet, because it saves us some cash.
If jersey sheets are the T-shirts of the bedding world, then this quilt would be the sweatshirt. It’s made from the same comfy fabric but has some heft for more snuggly warmth (I’d say it’s really more like a comforter than a quilt). The knotted “rosettes” add some texture, but even with that detail the quilt is still machine washable, so it’s just as low maintenance as the sheets. I have the light gray one, which looks very nice on my bed.
More jersey sheet options
Nancy Charbonneau, the principal designer at Charbonneau Interiors, chose jersey sheets from Pottery Barn when she helped decorate her daughter’s college dorm room. “I made sure to pack her a few sets of jersey bed sheets so that the maintenance and upkeep of her bed could be one thing she didn’t have to worry about,” Charbonneau told us. Along with being comfortable, she likes that the Pottery Barn sheets are made sustainably and without any potentially harmful chemicals.
According to Wayfair style expert Alexa Battista, this is one of the most popular jersey sheet sets on the site, consistently earning five-star reviews. They’re available in sizes up to a California king and come in a variety of colors and prints, like seafoam and navy polka dots.
It’s rare to find jersey sheets with decorative flourishes (solid gray tends to be a trend if you haven’t already noticed), but Battista pointed me to this set with a ruffled hem. They’re a microfiber-polyester blend, so keep that in mind if you’re only looking for 100-percent cotton. Still, with more than 200 five-star reviews, shoppers seem very satisfied with these.
It’s the most expensive option on this list, but if you’re concerned about sustainability, this set is organic and fair-trade certified. Coyuchi also offers a subscription program where you can pay for your sheets monthly (for 6–24 months), after which you send them back for a new pair, and the old ones are recycled. I haven’t tried its jersey sheets, but our editors love Coyuchi’s linen sets and I’m a fan of its bath towels.
When she tested out the Tuft & Needle mattress, Strategist writer Lauren Ro said “I felt supported and cocooned at the same time.” So we’re willing to bet the brand makes a good jersey sheet. And how lovely is that marigold color?
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