The 25 Best Sheets You Can Buy, in Every Category From Sateen to Silk

Parade's definitive list of the best sheets on the market.

I'm a big believer in the importance of great sheets...after all, you spend a third of your life wrapped in them. This has put me on a never-ending journey to find the best of the best, and the most important thing I've learned is that the best sheets is entirely personal. Before you even start considering sets, you first have to make a decision about your needs. Do you sleep hot or cold? Do you prefer something silky or crisp? What's your budget? These questions and others will help you narrow down your search, which will then begin with materials: cotton, jersey, linen, silk and alternative fibers.

There are two primary kinds of cotton sheets, sateen and percale, that are determined by their weave. Sateen has a three-over-one weave that's looser and silkier, creating heavier and warmer sheets. Percale, on the other hand, is what you can expect at hotels: a one-over-one weave that's crisp, cool, and durable with a matte finish. If you go the cotton route, thread count is a consideration worth making, though not as make-or-break as you think. It has to do with the number of threads in a square inch of fabric, but far more noteworthy is what the threads are actually made of and how long they are. Not all cotton is created equally, as you'll learn more about through our list, and you should aim for long-staple threads that are stronger and softer than regular ones.

Jersey is another kind of cotton sheet, but instead of being woven, it's knit. It's also fairly low maintenance and as soft and stretchy as your most trusty worn tee. Next up is linen, which is made from flax plants and has a casual, slightly wrinkled look. Aesthetics aside, people love this fabric because it's super breathable and gets softer with every wash. Silk, which is made from the cocoons of silkworms, is less popular because of the higher cost and amount of care required. That said, its luxurious feel, super smooth surface silk, and temperature regulation can't be denied. Finally, there are all the different alternative fibers, some of which are natural and others that are manmade. Popular examples include microfiber, bamboo, eucalyptus, hemp and lyocell (aka Tencel), which are all explained in the list.

No matter what material you choose, we have the best sheets for you below.

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25 Best Sheets

1. Best Overall: Cozy Earth Bamboo Sheet Set, $319-$439 at Cozy Earth

Named one of Oprah's favorite things in 2018, "cozy" doesn't even begin to cover these softer than soft sheets made from premium bamboo viscose that's both durable and hypoallergenic. Bonus: They even fit deep pocket mattresses up to 20". Cozy Earthy Bamboo Sheet Set, $319-$439 at Cozy Earth

2. Best Runner Up: Boll & Branch Signature Hemmed Sheet Set, $228-$338 at Boll & Branch

Another brand with celebrity endorsements, these sheets are allegedly slept on by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Made with organic cotton and a 300 thread count, they're silky, soft and incredibly breathable. Boll & Branch Signature Hemmed Sheet Set, $228-$338 at Boll & Branch

3. Best Pima: L.L.Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set, $129-$189 at L.L.Bean

These sheets are proof that thread count really doesn't mean anything...it's all about the actual fabric, which in this case is 100% long-staple Supima cotton. This means it's Pima (aka extra strong and soft) cotton made right here in the USA. L.L.Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set, $129-$189 at L.L.Bean

4. Best Percale: Parachute Percale Sheet Set, $189-$259 at Parachute

Want to make your home feel like a hotel? You've come to the right place. Percale is crisp and cool, but it still soft, and it washes up really well. These sheets in particular would make Goldilocks proud: They're not too thin, or too heavy...they're just right. Parachute Percale Sheet Set, $189-$259 at Parachute

5. Best Linen: West Elm European Flax Linen Sheet Set, $260-$300 at West Elm

Linen is fairly distinct from other fabrics because it's airy and breathable. It wrinkles easily, but that's all a part of the casual, lived-in look emphasized by West Elm's garment-washing process. These European flax linen sheets are available in 18 different colors...an impressive assortment as most work to simplify their offerings. West Elm European Flax Linen Sheet Set, $260-$300 at West Elm

6. Best Egyptian Cotton: Pure Parima Yalda Sheet Set, $90-$260 on Amazon

For many of us, we were first introduced to luxury when Brittany Murphy bought "irresistible" Egyptian cotton sheets in the movie Uptown Girls. And honestly, she wasn't wrong. Beyond simply being lightweight, silky and mid-weight, these Pure Parima sheets shine in the details: the sophisticated yet subtle double hem stitch, corner straps on the fitted sheet and envelope closures on the pillowcases. Pure Parima Yalda Sheet Set, $90-$260 on Amazon

7. Best Budget: Amazon Basics Microfiber Sheet Set, $15-$30 on Amazon

When you're short on cash, Amazon Basics rarely (if ever) lets you down. Made from microfiber, these sheets are lightweight and have a tight weave that's super durable. They also come in 40 different colors, plus deep pocket options for queen and king sizes. Amazon Basics Microfiber Sheet Set, $15-$30 on Amazon

8. Best Hemp: Tuft & Needle Hemp Sheet Set, $250-$290 at Tuft & Needle

Cotton may be the most popular sheet fabric, but hemp has a lot going for it too: it's biodegradable, naturally sustainable and even requires less water and dries faster than cotton. In addition to all these pros, these sheets combine the best of all other textiles...a cozy weight combined with a silky softness. Tuft & Needle Hemp Sheet Set, $250-$290 at Tuft & Needle

9. Best Relaxed Percale: Coyuchi Organic Crinkled Percale Sheets, $168-$258 at Coyuchi

If you prefer the lived-in look and breathability of linen, as well as the lightweight crispness of percale, these sheets represent the best of both worlds. A relaxed version of classic percale, they were spun and woven into a washed fabric with a lightly crinkled effect. Coyuchi Organic Crinkled Percale Sheets, $168-$258 at Coyuchi

10. Best Eucalyptus: Buffy Breeze Sheet Set, $149-$249 at Buffy

Eucalyptus is another solid alternative to cotton, naturally hypoallergenic and using 90% less water to produce. In fact, everything about Buffy is designed with the environment in mind, like the natural dye. More than just allowing returns, they also offer a seven night free trial of this soft, cool set. Buffy Breeze Sheet Set, $149-$249 at Buffy

11. Best Microfiber: Mellanni Queen Sheet Set, $35-$50 on Amazon

There's a lot to like about these sheets, especially for the price. The microfiber is durable and easy to care for, while still being super soft. You can also choose from 41 colors and a wide range of sizes, including extra deep, split king and short queen for RVs. Mellanni Queen Sheet Set, $35-$50 on Amazon

12. Best Bamboo: The Company Store Company Cotton Rayon Made from Bamboo Sateen Sheet Set, $144-$244 at The Company Store

These sheets also make quite the first impression, with a beautiful sheen and the option for custom embroidery. Get up close and you'll learn how 70% bamboo rayon and 30% cotton sateen is.a dreamy combination that's incredibly soft and cool to the touch. The Company Store Company Cotton Rayon Made from Bamboo Sateen Sheet Set, $144-$244 at The Company Store

13. Best Jersey: PB Teen Organic Favorite Tee Sheet Set, $79-$139 at PB Teen

You may associate jersey sheets with college dorms, but honestly, they're popular for a reason. True to the name, these really do feel like your favorite tee (emphasized by the heathering). Other perks include their warmth, stretch and low maintenance. PB Teen Organic Favorite Tee Sheet Set, $79-$139 at PB Teen

14. Best Undyed: Avocado Organic Cotton Sheets, $109-$249 at Avocado

For those with sensitive skin, undyed sheets like this soft, silky set from Avocado can be a gamechanger because they don't have the same irritants as colored variations. Made with 100% GOTS organic certified cotton, you can choose between a 400 and 600 thread count and whether or not you want deep pocketsAvocado Organic Cotton Sheets, $109-$249 at Avocado

15. Best Flannel: L.L.Bean Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Set, $119-$159 at L.L.Bean

Long-staple cotton turned Portuguese flannel creates sheets that are warm but not too warm and softer than soft. L.L.Bean's built a reputation for high quality products at an attainable price, and these don't disappoint. L.L.Bean Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Set, $119-$159 at L.L.Bean

16. Best Cooling: SHEEX Original Performance Sheet Set, $275-$315 at SHEEX

Cooling sheets is what SHEEX is all about, so it's no surprise they've earned this title. Through cooling and moisture-wicking technology, they've created sheets that breathe 10x better than traditional cotton options. This set also checks all the other boxes: softness, comfort, weight, etc. SHEEX Original Performance Sheet Set, $275-$315 at SHEEX

17. Best Value: Threshold 400 Thread Count Solid Performance Sheet Set, $35-$65 at Target

Target can do no wrong! These are their most popular sheets because they're just so easy to take care of. Along with the soft and silky feel sateen is known for, it's the performance features that stand out the most: wrinkle free, shrink and pilling resistant and bleach friendly. Not bad for the price. Threshold 400 Thread Count Solid Performance Sheet St, $35-$65 at Target

18. Best Low Maintenance: Sleep Number True Temp Sheet Set, $210-$330 at Sleep Number

These sateen sheets are designed with sleep solutions in mind. Not only do they balance the temperature and come with anchor bands to keep fitted sheets in place, but they are also extra stretchy and have labels on the bottom right corner of each piece to make making the bed easy. Sleep Number True Temp Sheet Set, $210-$330 at Sleep Number

19. Best Splurge: Peacock Alley Melody Embroidered Sateen Sheet Set, $530-$680 at Peacock Alley

If you're going to invest in anything, it might as well be something you use everyday. From the second these are put on the bed, you'll notice the commitment to quality in every detail, from the extra long-staple cotton to the presentation to the substantial softness. Trimmed with your choice of 16 chic colors, each set is made to order in Peacock Alley's Dallas workroom from Portuguese fabric. Peacock Alley Melody Embroidered Sateen Sheet Set, $530-$680 at Peacock Alley

20. Best Mid-Range: Threadmill 600 Thread Count Sheet Set, $60-$127 on Amazon

If you're looking for an affordable quick ship option you can trust with lots of colors, here you go! These sheets (that come in 19 colors) are weighty with an extra deep pocket, and get softer every wash. Threadmill 600 Thread Count Sheet Set, $60-$127 on Amazon

21. Best Lyocell: Tuck Classic Sheet Set, $169-$249 at Tuck

Tuck believes there's no substitute for a well-made bed—and if you're reading this, you probably agree. A blend of GOTS certified organic cotton and Tencel lyocell create sheets that are light and airy, soft in texture and sheen, and the kind of comfortable of your dreams. Tuck Classic Sheet Set, $169-$249 at Tuck

22. Best Sateen: Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set, $169-$239 at Brooklinen

The most popular out of all of Brooklinen's sets, the sateen washes incredibly well, remaining both strong and soft over time. In addition to a basic assortment of colors and patterns, there's also limited edition launches you don't want to miss. Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set, $169-$239 at Brooklinen

23. Best Big Box: Casaluna Washed Supima Percale Solid Sheet Set, $79-$110 at Target

Casaluna sheets have gone viral on TikTok for their approachable luxury, and it's easy to see why. Supima (USA-made Pima) cotton is the softest around, and when paired with the crisp coolness of percale, is unbeatable...especially at this price. Casaluna Washed Supima Percale Solid Sheet Set, $79-$110 at Target

24. Best Silky: West Elm Silky Tencel Sheet Set, $165-$210 at West Elm

"Buttery soft" may be a cliche, but it's a cliche for a reason. TikTok has also raved about these botanically sourced lyocell sheets, praising their sustainability, breathability and undeniable comfort. West Elm Silky Tencel Sheet Set, $165-$210 at West Elm

25. Best Silk: LilySilk Mulberry Silk Sheets, $364-$540 on Amazon

Who among us hasn't dreamed of sleeping beneath silk sheets? This set is, surprisingly, silky, as well as soft, cool, and moisture-wicking. One of the best details is that each piece is made from a single swathe of Grade A mulberry silk, which makes them more durable and aesthetically appealing than others. LilySilk Mulberry Silk Sheets, $364-$540 on Amazon

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