Maybe TMI, but I’m a very sweaty sleeper, which is why I prefer to snooze in linen sheets and bedding year-round. Thanks to a cocktail of rotating SSRIs and general anxiety and clamminess, I almost never wake up dry. I first discovered linen sheets a few summers ago, and the breathability of the bedding, along with the luxe fancy feel are the reasons they've been the only bedding I keep in rotation.
Of course, if you’ve looked into linen sheets, you’ll know that they’re pretty expensive. The cost of going from cotton to linen is definitely the biggest concern when it comes to making the leap. The cost of going from cotton to linen is definitely the biggest concern when it comes to making the leap—but good news is it's Memorial Day Weekend, and there are hella sales happening on some of these linen bbs (Parachute and Brooklinen, I'm looking at you). So read on for all the deets!
Why? It all has to do with the soil. “Flax, which linen is woven from, requires a very particular soil to flourish in and is less abundant than cotton, which makes it a lot more expensive to make," says Vicki Fulop, Co-Founder and CCO of Brooklinen.
That's why you can get cotton bedding for as cheap as $20, but linen is almost always at least $100. But if you're willing to spend the dough to not sweat through another night and just generally have a better sleeping experience, you won't regret it. Here, I tested out some of the best linen sheets (full disclosure: They were gifted to me by the brands) to see how they stacked up. For science.
Best Overall Linen Sheets: Linoto
Linoto has been around since 2007. They weren’t on my shortlist when I thought of bedding companies to hit up, but after reading a glowing review of their ~heirloom quality~ sheets in NYMag, I knew I had to try them.
First, anyone can appreciate the company’s story and background. They were started in the garment district of NYC, are now run in upstate NY, are still run by the same six employees, and it’s a small enough operation that if you call customer service, you talk to Jason, the founder, who is willing to answer any and all questions. Bonus: They also have all their sheets made in the U.S.
So. Many. Colors!
Customization options for pillow slip closures and mattress depth.
Thoughtful details (like matching the color of the buttons to the sheets).
Don't produce a lot of lint and feel durable.
They’re just a *bit* stiffer than a lot of the other brands I tried.
Pricing: If you were to buy all the items I tested (fitted sheet, two pillowcases, and a duvet cover), it'd cost you $448. Pretty expensive, though you do get what you pay for.
Best New Linen Bedding Brand: Sijo
Sijo used to be called Olive Wren and started out as a Kickstarter project in 2018. They’ve since rebranded as Sijo and are focused on sleepytime home things like bedding, candles, pajamas, tea, and bath and body stuff.
The brand makes French linen sheets and Bamboo-Lycell, plus they donate a percentage of all sales to the Joyful Heart Foundation to help sexual assault and domestic violence survivors.
Their fabric is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certified, meaning they pass the “highest criterion of testing for harmful chemicals and synthetics.”
The duvet has corner snap buttons, and the closure is hidden.
Oh, and their sheets are super soft.*
*While great in the short term, this can lead to more lint after each wash.
It has combination full/queen sizes for most items if you're picky about wanting the exact sizing.
Pricing: $296 gets you a “bundle” aka a fitted sheet, two pillowcases, and a duvet cover. If you want a flat sheet (you can pick the option when customizing at checkout), it'll be $368. The non-flat sheet option is legit cheap AF, and there's free U.S. shipping!
Softest Linen Sheets: Brooklinen
I tested these first, and they set the bar pretty high. I'd seen Brooklinen's ads all over the subway for months, and after finally breaking down and becoming a person who Actively Cares About Their Bedding, I knew I had to try them out. And a quick side note: They're having a *chef's kiss* Memorial Day sale if you wanna hop on that!
These sheets were by far the softest and airiest.
They're Oeko-Tex certified for chemical safety.
Plus, the sheets are washed and dyed in small batches so each turns out unique.
There aren't a ton of colors and patterns, but if you're into neutrals, you might be totally fine with this!
Pricing: The "Hardcore Sheet Set" comes with one flat sheet, a fitted option, four pillowcases, and a duvet cover for $391.50. Shipping is free if you sign up for their e-mails; otherwise, expect to pay $7 to $10.
Best Household Staple: West Elm
Everyone knows West Elm as the aspirational home décor store you age into after IKEA particleboard hell. Its stuff is pricey enough to seem fancy, and the brand adds inventory so frequently that it's hard not to find yourself browsing the site every few weeks.
Though the knitting was tighter than the others, this made the sheets feel smoother.
There are so many pretty shades and color schemes available! And they get updated frequently.
Def not as breathable as the other brands. They felt the most cotton-like of all the sheets I tried.
No pillow flaps to hide the side of your pillow. This is important to me!
Pricing: A full sheet set (two pillowcases, a flat sheet, and a fitted sheet) is $219. The full-size duvet cover is $249 for a total of $468, not including shipping (which is normally 10 percent of your purchase subtotal). You usually can poke around and find coupons or sales here and there for West Elm, but in a worst-case scenario, expect to pay at least $514.80 for this set.
Best Status Linen Sheets: Parachute
I wanted to try Parachute's bedding after reading other rave reviews online. It's also very startup-y, like Brooklinen, but the aesthetic is a tad more elevated. Where Brooklinen has models jumping all over the bed, Parachute is more aligned with the "coffee and the newspaper in bed" ethos. And if you wanna join the Parachute linen sheets fam, this weekend is the best time to do that because their prices for Memorial Day Weekend are too good to miss out on.
So crisp. SO smooth. Wow. They still feel freshly laundered after a couple of days.
The sheets get softer over time the more you sleep in them.
They're also Oeko-Tex certified for chemical safety.
Seasonal colors make a rotation if you want a color that's a lil more bold.
The full-size duvet cover seemed very large? Even with all corners tied and attached, I found my blanket bunching up at the bottom.
Pricing: A full set (without top sheet) is $169. Add in the duvet cover at $250, and the total comes to $419. If you wanted a top sheet, the total clocks in at $529. There's free U.S. shipping and a 60-day trial, but trust me, you won't want to return these.
Best Smaller Specialty Brand: Magic Linen
I had the highest hopes for Magic Linen. The company offers everything from bedsheets to clothing to baby blankets made from linen, so I figured they must really know their stuff.
Had the most color, pattern, and size options of all these brands.
Offers specific sizing for deep vs. standard mattresses.
Has a dedicated full-size duvet cover instead of a combo full/queen. More brands need to do this!
The sheets felt heavier than I'd like for easy, breezy bedding, although they might be great for the winter?
Pricing: For the fitted sheet (size "deep") at $120, two standard pillows ($25 each), and a duvet cover ($153), the total cost is $323. Full-size top sheets are also available for $99. Magic Linen ships from outside the US, so delivery isn't free like it is with some of the other brands, but even with the fastest and most expensive shipping option at $29, the total would be $352—still significantly less expensive than many other options.
If you can afford it, I can't recommend Linoto enough. Everything just fits right. Sijo was also a surprising steal with really nice color options and a price point that's hard to beat. If it's a status set you're after, go with Brooklinen for airier sheets and Parachute for crisper bedding.
Otherwise, I'd recommend Magic Linen. It offers the most sizes and colors and is the best priced. The pieces are made-to-order, taking anywhere from 3-14 days to create and ship, but if you're willing to wait a bit and save some money, it's a great option. West Elm is a little pricier, but if you're after coordination and want your West Elm pillows to match your bedding scheme, that brand is for you.
You definitely get what you pay for when it comes to linen—after this experiment, I don't think I'll be going back to regs cotton sheets anytime soon.
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