Jersey sheets unfairly have a particularly bad reputation. Known for being a cheap material that’s favored by college students, jersey doesn’t always have that luxe look that many people crave once they reach adulthood. It can pill faster than most other sheets, and thanks to the tight weave, they typically feel a bit warm, especially the cheapest of the bunch. They don’t have that crisp look you’ll find in, say, cotton percale or Egyptian cotton.
But the best jersey sheets feel like sleeping in your favorite T-shirt: warm, comfortable, and broken in. Because the fabric is knit, not woven, it has more stretch to it, so you’ll never wake up to your fitted sheet falling off the corner. Plus, they’re low maintenance and will never wrinkle, making them great for the busiest among us, and of course, very affordable.
If you’re finally starting to see that these are anything but a juvenile choice reserved for undergrads, read on for the best jersey sheets recommended by interior designers and jersey sheet enthusiasts.
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Material: Jersey actually refers to the knitting process, rather than the composition. With that said, jersey sheets can be made out of a bunch of different fibers, like cotton, synthetics, and wool. The tight knit can make the sheets warmer, so if you’re worried about overheating, opt for a 100 percent cotton makeup, which tends to be breathable regardless of the knitting process.
Breathable: Our experts went back and forth on how breathable jersey sheets can be. Most mentioned that compared to other materials — namely, linen and woven cotton — jersey will feel much warmer. “I’m a ‘hot’ sleeper and they make me sweat,” candidly says interior designer Elizabeth Strianese of her namesake design studio. Malik Logan, principal designer for the Tailored Interiors, adds that they work well for those in colder climates because “they are much more comfortable when it comes to keeping you warm,” almost like flannel, he says. But Logan thinks that just because they’re warm doesn’t mean they can’t be breathable. We note which ones were mentioned as being particularly breathable to save you the trial and error process.
Size range: Because jersey sheets are a popular option for college students, many sets come in twin XL. But the key word there is “many” because not all do. We made sure to note those that offer twin XL, so you won’t fall in love with a set that won’t fit.
Best overall jersey sheets
Organic cotton | Breathable | All sizes
If you’re new here, we really like Coyuchi at the Strategist. They’ve made our lists for best linen sheets, bath towels, and robes. And their jersey sheets, unsurprisingly, are just as good. The brand uses all organic, ecofriendly materials that hold up well over time, even through many washes. “They are also very breathable, so they keep your temperature very balanced,” says Nancy Davilman of ND Interiors, who also calls them “incredibly soft.” You won’t overheat in them, even if you do tend to be a sweaty sleeper. They are on the pricey side, but the high quality material ensures they won’t pill quite as quickly as other sheets and are guaranteed to be comfortable right away.
Best (less-expensive) overall jersey sheets
Cotton | Breathable | All sizes
We know the Coyuchi sheets come at a steep price, so consider this cheaper alternative instead. Former Strategist senior writer Karen Iorio Adelson sleeps on them every night. She calls them “buttery soft,” adding that the sheets “have stood up well to lots of wash and wear.” She also says these feel like sleeping in your favorite T-shirt because “instead of getting scratchy, they’ve actually become more comfortable over time.” The set comes in lots of neutral shades that look sophisticated and “adult,” if you will — nothing like college bedding. They’re not made from organic cotton like the Coyuchi sheets, but if that’s not a deal-breaker for you, these will feel just as breathable. And for a just as good, just as cheap option, Adelson also suggests these from Mercury Row, which may be “a bit thinner” but wear just as well.
Best organic-cotton jersey sheets
Organic cotton | Breathable | All sizes
The Coyuchi sheets are organic cotton too, but for a smidge less money, you could opt for this West Elm set that Logan calls “amazing quality.” They’re Fair Trade and OEKO-TEX Certified, which means they’re tested (and clear of) over 350 potentially harmful substances. Logan thinks they “truly feel like you’re sleeping on cloud nine — so supple and soft to the touch.” (One note about sizing: West Elm says they only come in twin size, not specifically twin XL, but thanks to the handy dimension chart, you can see the twin size is designed to fit an XL — so you’ll be in the clear if you need to fit this on a dorm room bed.)
Best fade-resistant jersey sheets
Cotton | Somewhat breathable | All sizes but twin XL
Wayfair style expert Alexa Battista says that cotton jersey sheets from Latitude Run are the most popular jersey sheet sets on the site. They constantly earn five-star reviews (and even sell out frequently). Because of the price, we can’t guarantee how breathable these will be. But out of all the sheets on this list, these were the only ones to mention being fade-resistant. Just like your favorite colored tees, jersey sheets can fade over time and numerous washes; these promise to keep their rich color over time. You can choose from blush, sea-foam green, navy blue, gray, and white — no matter which you pick, it will stay that way for years to come.
Best heathered jersey sheets
Organic cotton | Breathable | All sizes
Heathered jersey truly gives you that broken-in T-shirt look and feel. Yes, a few other sets feature heathered gray options, but few come in blues and greens, like this set from Pottery Barn Teen. Nancy Charbonneau, the principal designer at Charbonneau Interiors, bought her daughter jersey sheets when she went to college because that way, “the maintenance and upkeep of her bed could be one thing she didn’t have to worry about,” she says. They will make a less than comfortable mattress in a dorm room feel much more cozy. Charbonneau also appreciates that the sheets are sustainably made — they’re both Global Organic Textile Standard and Fair Trade Certified — and free from any harmful chemicals.
Best jersey sheets for college students
Cotton and polyester | Not breathable | All sizes
And if you happen to actually be a college student looking for inexpensive jersey sheets, most everyone I knew in college owned these sheets from Target (including me). The ubiquitous set comes in that awkward twin XL size and plenty of colors to match your (most likely) Pottery Barn Teen comforter. For the price, they didn’t pill quite as quickly as one would expect, and they’re easy to maintain — basically, any bargain detergent and outdated washing machines and dryers in your dorm won’t destroy them. Plus, they actually have a stamp of approval from Logan, who calls them “super soft.” The blend of cotton and recycled polyester makes them stretchy, allowing you to quickly make your bed. One downside: I honestly wouldn’t say they’re breathable because of the added polyester, but I went to school in Syracuse, New York, so that was a pro for me.
• Karen Iorio Adelson, former Strategist senior writer
• Alexa Battista, Wayfair style expert
• Nancy Charbonneau, principal designer at Charbonneau Interiors
• Nancy Davilman, principal designer of ND Interiors
• Malik Logan, principal designer for The Tailored Interiors
• Elizabeth Strianese, principal designer at Elizabeth Strianese Interiors
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