Find out if those Instagram-famous sheets are worth the buzz.
Quality sheets are the key to a good night's sleep. After all, it's impossible to get comfortable if you're wrapped up in scratchy material or a fabric that makes you feel hot. And since nothing's worse than investing in bedding that constantly needs to be replaced, you'll also want ones that are long-lasting. The good news: We've tested dozens of sheet sets and have found the ones you'll love sleeping in.
The Textiles Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute evaluates sheets for fabric strength, washability, fit, and more. We also called in consumer testers to help us find the softest and most comfy materials in a blind comparison. Read on to learn more about our winners from years of ongoing tests, but to summarize, the best sheets to buy in 2020 are:
When it comes to shopping for sheets, it mostly comes down to personal preference. You can check out our sheets buying guide for more information, but here are a few things you'll want to consider:
100% cotton is the most popular choice because it feels soft and natural, but cotton/poly blends are usually more durable, less prone to wrinkling, and less expensive. If you're opting for cotton, long-staple fibers (like Egyptian or Pima) are often smoother and more durable, but be warned: there have been instances of brands falsely labeling sheets with these premium fibers. You can also choose linen or polyester, which are less common but feature unique properties (and we've included in our list below).
The truth is that thread count isn't super important, especially if your sheets are not 100% cotton, but we often see top quality sheets in the 300-500 thread count range. Instead, we find that the fabric weave of sheets is what makes a big difference to consumers. Here are the most common sheet constructions: