There are those of us who scan product-review sites (like this one, hello!) looking for insights into which editor-tested products are actually worth the money, meticulously comparing various models based on price, specs, and functionality. And then there are others who go right to Amazon and type in what they're looking for. Though this can be a quick and easy method, you do run the risk of ending up with the exact same rug as everybody else you know.
If you type "bed sheets" into the Amazon search bar, one of the first results that'll pop up is the Mellanni Microfiber Sheet Set, which, at time of publication, currently has 57,622 reviews!
This microfiber-polyester sheet set is bar-none a crowd favorite, with an overall rating of 4.5 stars — though (as anyone with a Prime account can tell you) scrolling through the reviews will present a very wide range of feedback. When I tested the Mellanni sheets for myself, I was impressed — even upon first feel — by their unmistakable softness and cozy tactility. Usually, new sheets take some breaking in to reach their peak plushiness, but after a few weeks with this set (with weekly washes in between), their texture remained incredibly cuddly.
Our art production manager, Bridget Clegg, is also a longtime fan of these sheets, and is particularly impressed by their longevity. "Considering how affordable these sheets are, it’s surprising how well they hold up! There's absolutely no pilling on these," she says. "I replace them after about 2 years of use — I’m on year 4 of using this brand’s sheets. I felt kinda bad about demoting the top sheet to 'paint-splatter tarp,' since it's still so soft and doesn't have any hint of becoming threadbare."
The sheets' polyester material not only feels great, but it has some impressive grip to it, too. Unless you sleep with a super-smooth cooling pillow, I've found that the material will stay snug around my pillowcases and mattress without slipping off in the night. The pillowcases even have an envelope-style enclosure (my favorite pillowcase feature!), which helps to keep the pillow secured inside.
In the midst of testing these sheets during peak summertime, I couldn't help but think of what an ideal winter set the Mellanni sheets would be. Their polyester material isn't quite as breathable as cotton, bamboo, or modal, but they do have a coziness to them that would be a great alternative for someone who prefers warmer bedding in the colder months but can't stand flannel. For summer sleeping, they retained just a little too much body heat for my liking.
While these sheets are unmistakably comfy and a great bargain (topping out at less than $40 for a California king!), they're unfortunately not the most eco-friendly bedding option. Microfiber, polyester, and other synthetic materials usually contain microplastics, which are contributing to a serious, growing problem in our planet's oceanic ecosystem. This isn't an issue that's unique to these sheets, as microplastics may be found in lots of other clothing or home textiles, but this is definitely something to know if you're trying to curtail your plastic consumption overall. Perhaps with the money that you save on these sheets, adding a microfiber-catching filter to your cart can be the best way to strike a better balance for the Earth.
Cheap, cozy, and impressibly durable — I guess those 57,000 reviews can't be wrong!
The Mellanni Microfiber Sheet Set is available in sizes twin through California king (including split king), and comes in upwards of 30 colors and patterns, depending on the chosen size.
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