Registering for sheets comes with a myriad of options that may seem a little overwhelming if you aren’t sure exactly what you (and your partner) are looking for. Do you want crisp, classic white cotton sheets or rumpled, relaxed linen in a moody hue? Do you tend to overheat and need sheets that will keep you cool with moisture-wicking technology? Or, do you live in a colder climate? If so, cozy flannel sheets are a must-have for the winter months.
"The best sheet set is one that you look forward to getting into at the end of the day," says Ariel Kaye, the founder and CEO of Parachute. "Overall, when choosing bedding, I recommend looking for sheets that feature all-natural fibers." All-natural fibers like linen and cotton tend to be more durable and long-lasting.
Meet the Expert
Ariel Kaye is the founder and CEO of Parachute Home, a California-based bedding and lifestyle brand.
Furthermore, sheets come in so many price ranges— even if you're setting up a registry and not paying for them yourself, cost is an important thing to consider. Your sheets are the foundation of all your bedding— both aesthetically and functionally. The perfect set will help you get a great night's sleep—and make your bedroom into a sanctuary.
Read on for the best sheet sets.
Best Flannel: Coyuchi Cloud Brushed Flannel Sheets
We wouldn’t say flannel is an ideal summer option, but boy oh boy there is truly nothing better than snuggling into some flannel sheets on a cold winter night. As is true of so many things, not all flannel sheets are created equal. You need not get a subpar set that loses its soft coziness after a few washes. For those truly bitterly evenings you need a quality set, which is why we suggest these.
“Cloud brushed” is no understatement—these 100% organic cotton bad boys are like the cozy sweater of sheets. They're weighty in the best way, keeping you warm and comfy all winter long. These come in eight colors (two of which are plaid, which we love for a traditional look), and include a flat sheet, fitted sheet and coordinating pillowcases.
Best Bundle: Parachute Percale Double Up Bundle
If you’re ready to dress your bed from head to toe (or pillowcase to duvet) your best bet is to spring for a sheet bundle. More than just sheets and pillowcases, this deluxe set also includes a duvet cover at a super reasonable price. And this update version from Parachute also includes an extra bottom sheet and pillowcase set so you'll always have clean ones in rotation.
Plus, you can easily throw these in the washer and dryer without having to worry about treating them too delicately or having to iron them. The only thing to note is that these don’t come with a top sheet, but many people don’t prefer them anyway. You can always purchase one separately!
Best Cooling: PeachSkinSheets Night Sweats
If you’re a hot sleeper, you’re not alone. Waking up in the middle of the night to damp sheets thanks to overheating is no fun, and of course, means you’re having to wash sheets more often which is equally un-fun. So what’s the solution? Opt for sheets that are cooling, moisture-wicking, and that will have you feeling like your entire body is nestled on the cool side of the pillow.
With twenty-five color options to choose from and a super-affordable price tag, it would be hard to not register for these. Even if you’re not a hot sleeper, you can’t go wrong with these! Oh, and they’ve got a 1500 thread-count so they feel super luxe.
Best Linen: Linoto
If you’re looking to invest in really, really good quality linen sheets, we suggest these beauties. These are made start to finish with care, the linen sourced from mills in Italy and Belgium, and the sheets constructed in Westchester County, New York.
When you buy one of these sheet sets you’re also given lots of options: you can choose a flat and top sheet or two flat sheets (for those of you who don’t believe in top sheets), and then either two pillowcases or two square shams. If that wasn’t enough choice for you, there are twenty-five color options (one of which is a fun denim-y blue tri-colored stripe)—buy two sets and mix and match to your heart's desire!
Best Cotton Percale: Snowe Home Percale Sheet Set
People love percale sheets for a myriad of reasons—it's a cotton weave that makes sheets feel breathable and smooth, but also have a crisp, polished look. They’re a classic, reliable standby and the sheets you’ll find yourself reaching for again and again.
These percale sheets are made of Egyptian cotton and boast a 500-thread-count. They come in five essential colors, like Timeless Blush and Ash Grey (which coincidentally would look good mixed and matched together), and of course, there’s a reason why cotton sheets are so popular. These sheets not only fit beds perfectly, regardless of mattress toppers (thanks to the generous sizing) but also feel like sleeping on the most luxe hotel sheets for half the price. Sign us up!
Best Sateen: Casper Sateen Sheet Set
If you love any of Casper’s other products—we sometimes think of them as the OG of the mattress-in-a-box—you’ll be happy to hear they have sheets—and they’re good. These sateen sheets aren’t super shiny (in case hearing sateen makes you think satin which makes you think slippery, anti-chic, and cheesy bedding of the ’80s and ’90s), and get softer and softer with every wash.
These sheets are made from 100% organic cotton from Portugal and come with a fitted and flat sheet along with two pillowcases. As for color options, there are four to choose from and we’re all about this pretty shade of lilac. Purple isn’t a color that’s easily done right, but Casper did it! We almost consider this shade as neutral and think it would look dreamy (pun intended) next to a dramatic, deep raspberry.
Best Cashmere Blend: Brooklinen Heathered Cashmere
These sheets will hands down make your bed your favorite place in your home. The finish is “heathered cashmere”, meaning it has a soft, muted look thanks to the weave. The fibers are the perfect marriage of materials, combining the softness of cashmere with the breathability of the cotton. It’s a win-win if you ask us.
Plus—these sheets have the added bonus of getting softer with every wash and hold up well with lots of washes (you won't get sick of sleeping in these any time soon. These come in three beautiful colors—we’re partial to the Frosted Blue.
Best Color Options: Hawkins New York Simple Linen Bedding
Linen is the definitive luxury sheet for those who love a more laid-back, wabi-sabi look in their home. It's also a naturally moisture-wicking material, meaning that it will keep you feeling cool in the summer or if you happen to run hot while you sleep.
This brand is known for its modern tableware and rustic, textured linens, so it's no surprise that their bedding would be stunning. Choose from 17 gorgeously muted colorways, including sky, terra cotta, and sage. Our advice—buy two sets and mix and match to your heart's desire!
Best Sustainable: Bedsure 100% Bamboo Sheets
We should all be doing our part to help our planet, and choosing bamboo sheets is certainly a start. Bamboo regenerates naturally without chemicals, keeps the air and soil clean, and is an all-around good choice in the sustainability department. If that wasn’t enough, bamboo sheets won’t pill, are stain-resistant, and are incredibly cooling.
This affordable set is crafted out of viscose made from 100% bamboo boasts a much softer feel than most 1,000 thread-count Egyptian cotton varieties. Plus, they come in eight different colors and a range of sizes.
What to look for in sheet sets
If you're looking for a full upgrade of your bed, a bundle is one of the best options out there. Cotton is a classic for every type of bed and type of sleeper. If you're a hot sleeper, you can't go wrong with a cooling synthetic or moisture-wicking linen material, and if tend to get cold (or live in a cooler climate), flannel is the best choice out there.
What are the best types of sheets?
It depends on what you're looking for and how you sleep. Natural fibers such as linen and cotton are ideal because they're extra durable and can make a bed look both sophisticated and inviting. But don't discount well-made synthetics—today's modern, heat-regulating materials can also do wonders for hot sleepers (and they come in all the colors of the rainbow!).
What thread count is best for sheets?
"Thread count is largely a marketing gimmick," says Kaye. "What actually matters more than thread count is the caliber of the fabric. We like to use long-staple Egyptian cotton and pure linen, which translates to softer, stronger bedding that lasts over time."
If you're trying to understand thread count numbers on a package, remember that higher numbers usually translate to softer fabric. There are many other factors to consider, however, including the type of cotton, weave, and ply.
What is the best material for sheets?
When looking for new bedding, it's important to think about how you sleep—hot, cold, or somewhere in between? This can sometimes be tricky when selecting sheets with a partner, so a classic blend like percale, linen, or matte sateen can be a good middle ground.
The texture is also important to consider. For example, Kaye refers to percale as "the perfect button-down shirt—cool and crisp to the touch." In contrast, satin is very smooth, lustrous, and naturally wrinkle-resistant. "Our Percale and Sateen are both made of cotton, but the difference is a result of how they’re woven," says Kaye.
Why Trust Brides
Hannah Baker is a former Brides editor with many years of expertise in home decor and lifestyle. She's a fan of effortlessly rumpled linen sheets in muted hues—they require little maintenance, but deliver a chic, laid-back look.