Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, 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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written before about all sorts of bed sheets — including the best sheets for sweat sleepers, and a detailed overview of the linen sheet market — here we’ve rounded up the best flannel sheet sets as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated flannel sheet set
With over 4,500 reviews, this flannel sheet set is repeatedly praised as warm, soft, and long-lasting. One typical reviewer writes, “Oh. My. Heavens … Getting into bed at night with these feels SOOOOOO warm compared to our other sheets.” And hundreds of five-star reviewers note that these sheets don’t pill. “Typically a set makes it through one season and gradually becomes pilled and somewhat harsh to the touch,” one reviewer explains, adding, “These have not pilled at all and have remained as soft as suede through numerous launderings. Really an excellent buy, especially when the lasting softness factor is considered.” Another speaks to the longevity of these flannel sheets, saying, “These continue to amaze, remaining soft and scrumptious even after the third year of wear.”
Best-rated (less expensive) flannel sheet set
“First class quality sheets at an unbelievable price,” writes one purchaser of these flannel sheets. “I LOVE these flannel sheets” says another, who claims these are better than another set they bought for double the price. “The fit, the feel and the quality [of these] are all excellent,” they add. Another says, “I’ve had flannel sheets before, but these are so soft and cozy that I look forward to getting into bed.” One dozen reviewers also call attention to the fitted sheet’s deep pockets. “I like that the pockets are deep enough for my very thick Tempurpedic mattress,” one writes. Others say “deep pockets” mean that it’s much easier to accommodate foam mattress toppers, and there’s another benefit, too: “No more tugging and pulling when making the bed.”
And now, some micro-picks for every type of flannel sheet set you might be looking for
Best plaid flannel sheet set
“The best plaid flannel sheets I’ve ever come across,” writes one purchaser who also describes them as, “heavy-duty and soft with a beautiful pattern.” Dozens of reviewers mention how much they love the look of these plaid flannel sheets. “The colors and patterns are really handsome,” writes one, and another highlights how the design is equally clear and “true on both sides” unlike some flannel sheets where “the colors on the reverse side are ‘faded’ looking.” Hundreds of reviewers describe these sheets as “soft and warm,” as well. As one enamored reviewer shares, “I slipped into these sheets at bed time and my body experienced a bliss that it has never felt. Words cannot describe the satisfaction that I now sleep with. There is no review or star rating high enough for these sheets.” Some also mention that these are not the thickest flannel sheets, but for many five-star reviewers, that means they’re versatile. They’re “not too heavy, so you could definitely use them for every season,” explains one purchaser.
Best solid colored flannel sheet set
These flannel sheets from Stone & Beam checked all the boxes for one purchaser who “was looking for affordable flannel sheets for my guest room in a neutral color.” Others praise the color palette of these sets: “I bought the toast color and it is lovely,” writes one, while another says the “heather” option is a “great grey color.” And plenty of happy purchasers vouch for the quality of the flannel, with one calling them, “the softest flannel I have ever felt. I can’t speak of the longevity of these sheets because I haven’t had them that long, but they look and feel like they are going to hold up quite well.” Reviewers also appreciate the included carrying bag which is a “really great touch,” says one. Another adds the bag is “very helpful for storage.”
Best patterned flannel sheet set
“Absolutely love this brand,” writes one reviewer of these flannel sheets from Pointehaven, adding, “I have expensive sheets from JCP, Kohls, and Macy’s and these are by far the best quality. They are much thicker [than a sheet set] I paid double this price for.” One purchaser who lives “off the grid” with only a pellet stove for heat says that these flannel sheets help stave off the cold: “On a very cold night, getting into bed with these is like slipping into a warm hug at bedtime.” The snowflake pattern is big draw for purchasers, too, with one reviewer describing the blue color and snowflake pattern as “soothing” and “peaceful.”
Best floral print flannel sheet set
“It’s hard to find flannel sheets in prints that aren’t childish or winter-themed,” one reviwer writes, noting that they were “pleased to find these high quality, very soft sheets in a lovely floral print.” Adding to the year-round appeal is the flannel’s lighter weight, which one purchaser calls “a nice midweight flannel.” Others seem to agree and say these strike a happy medium in terms of warmth, like one who calls them, “Soft and cozy but not too thick. To me they’re a perfect flannel weight. I don’t care for the ‘extra heavyweight’ style because it’s too hot to sleep under. These are breathable.”
Best winter-themed flannel sheet set
Home Fashion Designs’ Stratton Collection flannel sheet set comes in a variety of winter-themed designs like snowboarding polar bears, a landscape with snow-capped trees and houses, and prints featuring owls and penguins. “The ‘Snowy Forest’ pattern is so appealing in the winter and the sheets are warm and soft,” writes one purchaser. Another happy customer bought the polar bear print sheets for their daughter who “loves animals” and notes, “It’s nice to have kid-friendly prints that are not so boy- or girl-specific.” But despite all the wintery designs, these sheets are cozy. As one reviewer raves, “There was no ‘chill-factor’ when I slipped into bed,” and they continue, “I’d definitely recommend them to anyone who wants some cozy, warm sheets, and I may even purchase another set to switch out when these are in the wash.”
Best lightweight flannel sheet set
Available in a range of designs, from an a detailed all-over print of moose with trees to this simple windowpane pattern, these flannel sheets from Great Bay Home are, according to one reviewer, “Better than any flannel sheet I have ever had. Not heavy or scratchy at all.” Some purchasers especially like that these are lightweight, and as one “year-round” flannel sheet user says, “These are very soft, lightweight, and a great value. I prefer flannel sheets year-round because they’re the softest of any fabric, and best of all, they don’t wrinkle.” Others mention that since these are lightweight, they work well when two partners who share a bed have different temperature preferences. “These are lightweight, but keep us very warm,” writes one purchaser, who says that in addition to “reducing our winter heating bills, these sheets are also bringing peace for me and my wife: I am always cold, and my wife is always putting on the fan. With these sheets, we are both happy.”
Best flannel sheet set with fish print
These sheets get high marks from reviewers for their softness and warmth, but purchasers say the fish print is really what makes them stand out. One writes, “I bought these for my son who is a fish-lover. What fun! I haven’t slept in them, but they sure make me smile when I’m making the bed.” And a design-minded purchaser points out that these “would look adorable in a cabin or outdoor theme.” Several reviewers also joke that they’re great for those who’d like to sleep with the fishes.
Best flannel sheet set with deep pockets
Over one dozen purchasers mention the deep pockets of this flannel sheet set. According to one, the corner pockets on the included fitted sheet are “deep enough to fit securely on my pillowtop mattress.” Another adds, “I think these are fantastic. I work in the bedding field and have tried quite a few sheets…The pockets are really deep which is great for newer mattresses, and the flat sheet is extra long and wide so no fighting over the sheets.” And one reviewer with a particularly high mattress situation says this sheet set actually fits: “I have a queen-size pillowtop mattress and a 4-inch foam topper on top of that. These deep pockets fit my bed great and do not pop off ever.”
Best flannel sheet set with elk pattern
“I gave these as a gift and the recipient loves them,” one reviwer writes, adding, “She said the sheets fit her bed nicely, and she really likes the Elk graphics.” (Five reviewers even go so far as to call the design “super cute.”) Another calls these the “perfect flannel themed Secret Santa gift.” But besides the design, these sheets get a lot of love from reviewers for their quality, with many mentioning they’re a step above other flannel sheets. “They don’t feel like traditional flannel that pills and scratches you. They’re much smoother,” says one. And the brand has a reputation for producing “quality products,” as one purchaser explains, “A word on Eddie Bauer sheets: Fourteen years ago we purchased two sets of flannel sheets. They are still going strong!”
Best pinstripe flannel sheet set
“These beautiful flannel sheets have been a joy since I first used them,” writes one reviewer, adding, “Rarely have I been as happy with a purchase.” The pinstripe pattern is also beloved by reviewers, with one calling it, “Classic and calming,” while another refers to the stripes as “subdued and elegant.” Praising the thoughtful design, one happy purchaser notes, “Even the pillow case fabric is oriented to match the stripes on the sheets.” They’re available in navy, white, and grey, and some report buying them in multiple colors: “I now don’t want to get out of bed. I will be buying these in the grey too. Love, love, love.”
Best buffalo check plaid flannel sheet set
“Oh, how I love my cool weather bed with these sheets. I honestly can’t wait to crawl into bed at night,” writes one purchaser, adding, “The plaid design makes the bed so cozy and inviting.” And while this Stone & Beam flannel sheet set comes in a variety of plaid patterns, many purchasers are particularly fond of the “rustic” buffalo check plaid style. “These sheets are amazing! I’m sad that they will come off our bed after Christmas,” says one purchaser who “looked and looked for buffalo check sheets” before finding these. Another mentions ordering and returning a set of buffalo plaid sheets that ended up being “orange, and not a true buffalo plaid,” but praises the “rich red and black color” of these.
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