During the cold weather season, your mind may be on new boots and jackets. But, while you're shopping for cold weather essentials, don't forget one that will get you through those long, snowy nights. The
best sheets for winter are made of warm fleece, heavier-weight cotton, and soft flannel to keep you snug and cozy throughout those chilly nights.
When it comes to fabrics that are better for wintertime, fleece is always an obvious choice. But it turns out cotton is a great option, too — it actually provides great temperature control. If you're going to opt for a cotton sheet (
cotton is often softer and hypoallergenic), look for a warm sheet with a high thread count. As a rule, the higher the thread count, the thicker a cotton sheet will feel. For a winter sheet, look for a thread count above 400.
Don't be afraid to experiment with heavier materials like wool, or flannel — there's no better time than winter to snuggle up under these fabrics. For background, the thickness of a fleece or flannel sheet is measured in the grams per square meters, or GSM, and any good winter sheet will have a weight of
at least 170 grams per square meter. (Note: There are a few sheets on this list that are lighter than this and would be good options for hot sleepers or transitional seasons like fall and spring.)
To save you some time, I've done the legwork. From a cozy fleece set to a high-thread-count cotton, the
best winters sheets below will keep you warm throughout the coldest months of the year. 1 Cozy Fleece Warm Fleece Sheet Set
Made from a super thick 210-GSM fleece fabric, these
fleece plush sheets are just the thing you pull out when an Arctic freeze is headed toward your neck of the woods. They come in four neutral shades, fit full through California King mattresses. They can also stretch to fit a 14-inch mattress, and will get softer the more you wash them. According to one reviewer: "These sheets are so cozy and warm on cold nights. I might start going to bed earlier just to enjoy them longer!" Available in sizes: Full, Queen, King, California King 2 Royal Tradition Heavyweight Flannel Winter Sheets
100% cotton flannel sheets have a weight of 170 grams per square meter, making them a heavier and thicker option perfect for cold weather. This set, which includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and two pillowcases, comes in every size from full to king. These also have deep pockets that can accommodate mattresses up to 15 inches deep. You can get them in one of six colors, ranging from the classic white picture above, to a range of neutrals. According to one reviewer: "These are really nice sheets. They are warm and cozy. They are certainly not a rough sheet nor are they "pilly". For the price they can't be beat." Available in sizes: Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King 3 Pinzon Velvet Flannel Sheet Set
velvet flannel sheets are made in Portugal from 190-GSM flannel that feels smooth and luxurious, but washes and dries in your machine like ordinary cotton. While the size range is a bit more limited on this set than the fleece sheets above, you can still get them in queen, king, and California king sizes, and 11 shades and prints. These winter sheets are so beloved, they've won over nearly 5,000 Amazon fans. According to one reviewer: "Super soft and warm, have held up really well over almost a year of washing. Our favorite winter sheets. We went ahead and bought a second set." Available in sizes: Queen, King, California King 4 Mellanni 4-Piece Cotton Flannel Sheets Set
Made from a durable cotton flannel (cotton fibers woven into a flannel weave), this
four-piece set from Mellanni will keep you warm in the winter. With a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillowcases, this sheet set fits all mattress sizes, from twin to California king. They also come in seven colors and designs. Expect them to be lighter than other flannel sheets on this list, as they have a weight of 160 grams per square meter. But, if you tend to overheat throughout the night but still want to stay cozy in the winter, this set could be just the ticket. According to one reviewer: "These are the perfect winter sheets. Great for snuggling. With them being 100% cotton you don’t have to deal with non-breathable sticky sheets like you do with polyester blends" Available in sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King 5 Home Fashion Designs Winter Flannel Bed Sheets
cotton flannel sheets are warm and toasty, but also breathable and perfect for snuggling by a fire. As opposed to other options here, this popular set comes in 15 different prints and winter-themed designs to match the season. These are deep-pocket sheets that fit mattresses up to 17 inches thick, and they come in twin through king sizes. Even better, they're fade-, stain-, and shrink-resistant. According to one reviewer: "Bought these for our cold winter weather area. Wonderful, soft with a fun print. Washed up great." Available in sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King 6 True North Cozy Brushed Micro-Fleece Sheet Set
Made from a cozy micro-fleece, these
popular sheets have a 160-GSM weight, making them a great pick for the winter season. These come in 18 different colors and can accommodate mattresses up to 16 inches thick. The plush fleece design of these makes them even warmer and softer than some of the cotton flannel options above. They're also machine-washable. According to one reviewer: "These sheets are so soft and warm! I love them. These are a must buy for winter, there are no softer sheets out there, and my feet are never cold!" Available in sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King 7 Thread Spread 1000-Thread-Count Egyptian Cotton Sheets
If you're going to opt for cotton bed sheets, the best sheets for winter will have a high thread count. These Egyptian cotton sheets have a thread count of 1,000, which means they'll feel heavier and thicker on cold, winter nights. Made from long-staple cotton for extra durability, these sheets hold up well to wear and tear and can easily be washed in your washing machine. They also have deep pockets that can accommodate mattresses up to 18 inches thick. There's a reason these sheets have racked up over 5,000 Amazon reviews. You can get them one of 21 colors, and three bed sizes.
According to one reviewer: "High quality sheets to keep you warm in the winter. The fitted sheet goes nicely over my mattress(13 pillowtop) and stays tucked under it. Definitely recommended if you're looking for some new sheets, that should last a long time." Available in sizes: Queen, King, California King, Split King 8 Great Bay Home Super Soft Extra Plush Fleece Sheet
These plush fleece sheets from Great Bay Home boast a 150-grams-per-square-meter fabric weight, making them one of the lighter options on this list. But thanks to their fleece material and deep pockets (the queen- and king-sized options can accommodate mattresses up to 17 inches), these make for a great middle-of-the-road option that will suit anyone who is prone to overheating at night (or sharing a bed with someone who does). They're also available in eight colors and a wide range of sizes — two big reasons that over 600 Amazon reviewers have invested in this four-piece set.
According to one reviewer: "Soft and comfortable and warm. No more getting into bed on cold sheets. These fleece sheets are so soft. Fit my queen bed nicely." Available in sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King 9 Eddie Bauer Deer Lodge Sheet Set
100% cotton flannel sheets fall a little bit below the suggested weight of winter sheets (they're just 165 grams per square meter), a lot of reviewers who overheat underneath fleece and flannel sheets love these. And, because these sheets undergo an eight-stage brushing process before they leave the manufacturer, they'll feel extra soft and warm to the touch. This four-piece set comes in a bunch of fun, wintry prints, including the deer-print shown above. They've also won over hundreds of fans on Amazon who love these for the winter season. According to one reviewer: "I love these sheets for winter! They fit our bed great and are just the right amount of warmth. Microplush/microfleece sheets are too hot for us and they don't breathe. So I was looking for some fleece sheets, and these are great. The dog and tree pattern is cute, although I don't normally go for those kinds of patterns (I usually like simple, classic looks). My husband likes them too. It's so nice to get into sheets that don't feel cold to the touch." Available in sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King 10 Mayfair Linen 100% Egyptian Cotton Sheets
If you prefer classic styles that hold up during any season of the year, but also do a stellar job of warming you up, these
100% Egyptian cotton sheets are a cut above the rest. They fit most mattress sizes, including the elusive Short Queen, come in 18 shades to suit all bedroom decor. With an 800 thread count, these sheets are durable, high-quality, and thicker for cold nights. According to one reviewer: "The sheets are thick and soft. They keep us warm on cold nights, but they're not too hot when it's warm. I would buy again!" Available in sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, Short Queen, King, California King, Split Queen
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This article was originally published on
Oct. 6, 2017