The 10 Most Comfortable Bed Sheets

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by Lisa Fogarty
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Ask five different people which bed sheets are the most comfortable to sleep on, and you'll hear five different answers. That's because the world’s most perfect bed sheet depends a lot on the type of sleeper you are. The most comfortable bed sheets are designed from a fabric that suits your personal needs and are well within your budget.

So start by considering your personal needs. If you're a sweaty sleeper or live in a hot climate that never sees a cool night, a comfortable set made of percale cotton, bamboo, or silk will be breathable and keep you cool all night. Conversely, anyone whose nights often include snow, fireplaces, and plunging temperatures needs a quality set of bed sheets for winter — and this list includes a top-notch heavy flannel pair that reviewers love.

Depending on your health needs, a hypoallergenic sheet set that is resistant to dust mites and allergens may be the most comfortable for you. And it's impossible to forget budgetary needs — by all means, treat yourself to a luxury set of silk sheets if the cost doesn't strain your wallet. But if silk isn't practical for you, no worries: Some of the most comfortable sheets are also the most affordable bed sheets on Amazon.

To help you out, I've done the research and picked out the 10 most comfortable sheets to sleep on.


An Overall Best Sheet Set For Most Sleepers

With a fair price point, more than 5,000 positive reviews on Amazon, and a smart blend of eco-friendly bamboo and wrinkle-resistant microfiber, these hypoallergenic bed sheets will suit most people perfectly. They come in five mattress sizes, 12 shades, and are simple to care for. According to reviewers, they hold up incredibly well after a wash, with few people reporting on problems like pilling.

Helpful Amazon review: "I am a HUGE fan of these sheets. They are comfortable, soft, breathe well and come in some great colors to go with most decor. Living in Phoenix, I need sheets that can stand up to warm weather sleeping and these do the trick. They are cool and breathe to keep you comfortable through the night.”

  • Available sizes: twin, full, queen, king, California king
  • Available colors: 12


Editor’s Pick: The Low-Maintenance Microfiber Sheets

There’s no shock here: this best-selling sheet set by Mellanni is both an Amazon top pick and one favored by Bustle editors because of a combination of factors: It’s made from low-maintenance microfiber that is resistant to wrinkles, fading, and stains and is a really affordable price. There’s also a sheet set for everyone — it comes in standard sizes and sizes that fit mattresses up to 18 inches deep, and you can score a set in more than 40 colors and patterns like plaid and quatrefoil. They have a 4.5-star rating and more than 280,000 reviews.

Helpful Amazon review: “These sheets are amazing! It is so hard to find sheets that I love. I have a closet full of rejects that either aren’t soft, smooth, or don’t fit properly. These sheets are so soft and comfortable and fit great. They are the first sheets that I have bought that I would recommend.”

  • Available sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, short queen, king, California king, split king (extra deep sizes available)
  • Available colors: 42


Editor’s Pick: This Crisp Long-Staple Cotton Set

Designed with soft long-staple cotton, this set of highly rated bed sheets are OEKO-TEX certified, which means they’ve been tested to ensure they are free of harmful pesticides and chemicals. The 480 thread-count sheets have a smooth sateen weave and come with one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases. It’s also a favorite among Bustle staff. “I typically keep myself on a pretty strict budget for things like sheets, but let me tell you: These are worth the splurge,” says Bustle editor Wesley Salazar. “As a hot sleeper, I love how crisp and soft Brooklinen's cotton sheets feel, and they truly get softer with each wash. It's like sliding into a luxe hotel bed every night — except somehow even better.”

Helpful Amazon review: “I’m very picky with sheets. I’ve been searching for the best and finally found them! Theses are so soft you won’t want to get out of bed!”

  • Available sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king
  • Available colors: 4


Editor’s Pick: The Softest Organic Bamboo Sheets

These bed sheets are a bit of a splurge, but Bustle editors say they’re worth every penny (and even more than that). They’re made from 100% organic viscose from bamboo, so they’re not only soft and cooling, but also eco-friendly. The 230 thread-count sheets are OEKO-Tex certified, making them a great choice if you have sensitive skin and/or allergies. They have 18-inch deep pockets and the set comes with a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.

Helpful Amazon review: “These are great sheets. They are soft and will become more softer with more washes. They wash and dry really well [...] If you are a hot sleeper, these sheets will help you to be comfortable and your body to breathe. They are an absolute go to for me.”

  • Available sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king
  • Available colors: 5


Editor’s Pick: These Thrifty Smooth Satin Sheets

Some nights call for cotton, but on other nights you just want to slip into the silkiest sheets you can find (without spending $800 on them, preferably). This satin sheet set is one that Bustle editor Amanda Fama says is “so affordable and so cozy.” They’re made from 100% woven polyester satin, which keeps them affordable and includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillowcases. They come in neutrals and jewel tones like ruby red and amethyst.

Helpful Amazon review: “I bought these because I wanted some elegance in my newly decorated bedroom. [...] They are very nice but what I really love about them is these things are the best thing I've ever slept on to keep me cool. When you live in the desert it gets hot and I have an old TempurPedic and it is very warm, but since I've been using these I sleep really well and I'm not hot at all. They stay cool literally all night long.”

  • Available sizes: twin, full, queen, king, California king
  • Available colors: 9


A Flannel Sheet Set For Chilly Sleepers

These plush flannel sheets combine the coziness of flannel and the silky-soft feel of velvet to create a set that reviewers describe as warm and toasty. One fan on Amazon even wrote they “allow me to turn down the heat at night and still stay warm.” Another plus: They come in eight sizes and more than 20 colors and prints, including a variety of seasonal styles.

Helpful Amazon review: "These are great sheets for cold winter nights. I was considering buying a heated mattress pad but decided to get warm sheets instead. These solved the problem of getting into a freezing cold bed at night!”

  • Available sizes: twin, twin XL, full, full XL, queen, king, California king, split king
  • Available colors: 27


These Percale Cotton Sheets For Sweaty Sleepers

When choosing cooling bed sheets that are comfortable for sweaty sleepers and hot climates, it’s best to select natural fabrics, like cotton, but also pay attention to the weave design. These popular 200 thread count percale cotton sheets stay cool and crisp to the touch, which makes them stand apart from sateen cotton weaves, which are more likely to retain heat.

Reviewers note they hold up well in the wash, and that they actually become softer and more comfortable over time. Better yet, fans rave that they truly feel “cold” when you climb into bed and can keep you cool throughout the night. These sheets come in five mattress sizes and 12 colors.

Helpful Amazon review: "Love these sheets!!! Like the nice cool thick sheets of childhood. Feels like they hung on the line before you made the bed. Finally some wonderful sheets and no more limp noodle flimsy fake stuff. I love these.”

  • Available sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king
  • Available colors: 12


A Bamboo Sheet Set That Prevents Allergies

Unlike the majority of bamboo bed sheets on the market, these hypoallergenic sheets are actually made from 100% bamboo and are not blended with microfiber or cotton. This detail makes them the perfect choice for anyone with allergies, as they are also resistant to dust mites and other allergens.

These sheets have more than 22,000 reviewers, with many raving about how the eco-friendly sheets are really soft, but they’re also thermoregulating to keep you warm on cold nights and cool on hot nights. They also come in six mattress sizes (including twin XL) and 16 shades.

They're breathable and wash well, though you should keep in mind that sheets with a high bamboo content will wrinkle.

Helpful Amazon review: “We bought two sets of these sheets, they're amazing! Very soft, wrinkle free when you take them out of the dryer and most importantly they keep you cool while sleeping! Well worth the money, so glad we bought them!”

  • Available sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king
  • Available colors: 16


An Affordable Pick With 330,000 Reviews

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better set of sheets that has garnered more than 290,000 positive reviews and costs under $25 — but these affordable sheets fit the bill. Made from wrinkle- and stain-resistant polyester microfiber, they are smooth, durable, and described as "super soft" by many reviewers. They come in six mattress sizes and a whopping 44 colors and prints, including plaid and paisley. Best of all: They have a high 4.6-star overall rating.

The manufacturer describes these sheets as warmer than cotton and not as cooling, so keep that in mind if you are a sweaty sleeper.

Helpful Amazon review: “These sheets are the softest sheets I have ever purchased. They come out of the dryer virtually wrinkle-free. I wash and dry them on the gentle cycle. I have purchased 6 sets and all have been the same excellent quality.”

  • Available sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king
  • Available colors: 44


The Silk Sheets That Are Worth The Splurge

This highly rated mulberry silk sheet set is naturally hypoallergenic, moisture wicking, and temperature regulating, so sweaty sleepers will love it. It is also machine washable, but take care to use them only with a gentle detergent that is safe on silk. The 19 momme sheets are soft and smooth, and each set includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillowcases. You can choose from a dozen luxe shades, including champagne, white, and purple.

Helpful Amazon review: “Cool in the summer and just right for the winter [...] Can’t get enough of the comfort and quality of the silk fabric.”

  • Available sizes: queen, king
  • Available colors: 12

Still not sure what kind of sheets are for you? We've got you (quite literally) covered.

What is the most comfortable thread count for sheets?

You might think that the most comfortable sheets would have the highest thread count — but that's a common misconception. The ideal thread count for sheets depends on the fabric type and weave, but it generally ranges between 200 and 800. If you see a thread count that's significantly higher than this range, it's possible that the manufacturer is factoring ply into their calculation. (In other words, the manufacturer could be doubling the thread count for a two-ply fabric.)

Many fabrics are commonly measured by weight rather than thread count. Like flannel, bamboo sheets are often measured in grams per square meter, aka GSM. Silk sheets are also typically measured by weight, specifically momme.

What are the smoothest sheets?

If you're looking for smooth sheets, opt for ones made of silk, sateen, or satin. These materials are woven in a way that makes them feel smooth to the touch from the very first time you use them. You'll have to fork up more cash for super smooth, breathable silk sheets — and they may be more challenging to care for over time. If you're on a budget, opt for cotton sateen sheets or satin sheets made from synthetic materials instead — both offer a smooth finish at a lower cost.

What are the best sheets that don't wrinkle?

Microfiber sheets are particularly easy to maintain and resistant to wrinkles. Additionally, the smoothest sheets (silk, sateen, and satin) also tend to wrinkle less than more crisp-feeling options.

While you may enjoy the feel of cool cotton sheets, they're more likely to crease than fabrics with more sheen. So stay away from percale cotton and consider snagging microfiber, satin, or sateen sheets if wrinkling is a concern for you.

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