These Are Hands Down the Most Comfortable Sheets I’ve Ever Had

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I have a strict rule about my bed: It’s for sleeping and sex only. I’m not a person who likes to eat in her bed, spend all day lounging in her bed, or even take naps in her bed. The rule helps me think of this place as an area where only good things happen. And as such, I like it to be as nice as possible.

This is why I was curious to try out Brooklinen, the bedding brand I’ve seen—and you’ve probably scrolled past—countless times on Instagram. The dreamy photos of softly draped sheets and tousled duvets that fell just so looked exactly like the thing I needed to transform my bed into the oasis I want it to be.

There was only one way to find out, so I decided to test Brooklinen’s complete line of sheets. Spoiler alert: They turned my sleep-and-sex-only bed into a place I never want to leave. That alone was worth the cost of this bedding.

The Classic Set

First up, Brooklinen’s Classic Core Sheet Set: standard percale bedding that’s soft, cool, crisp, and suited for all seasons. Percale, known for its smooth, matte finish, refers to the way the fabric is woven—one thread under, one over. When made well, the folds and creases sort of stand up on their own, like the peaks of whipped cream, and are so light.

What I liked

These feel like damn hotel sheets! Since Brooklinen’s take on the percale set is 250-thread-count cotton—on the lower side of what’s considered average for good bedding—they’re incredibly light and cool. I was practically kissing them when my landlord turned on the radiators in my ancient Brooklyn building, making my bedroom akin to a dry sauna. If you (or your partner) are a hot sleeper or if you have a landlord who likes to run the radiators at full blast, this is the breathable option of your dreams.

What I didn’t

When I first opened the package, I thought there was no way the sheets could ever be soft. They felt a little plasticky until I heeded the included directions and ran them through the washer and dryer before putting them on my bed.

A Luxe Silky Set

I tend to prefer the matte look of percale and always thought sateen—another, slightly more complicated weave pattern—would be too clingy or hot. It’s true that the fabric drapes a bit closer to the body, but turns out, I’ve just been buying poorly made sheets that gave this bedding an unfairly bad rap. Brooklinen’s Luxe Sateen Set is its all-time best seller and has definitively changed my mind about the material for good.

What I liked

I thought these sheets would be sticky and heavy and hot, but I’m happy to report I was incredibly wrong—these felt soft right out of the box. By the time I had washed them and was ready to make my bed (which, BTW, Brooklinen makes very easy by labeling the long and short ends of its bedding), they felt like the soft cotton T-shirt you save for cozy days. But thanks to the 480-thread count, they live up to their luxe title. They’re slick, but because the fitted sheet is designed to fit mattresses up to 15 inches deep (like my beloved Casper), they stay perfectly in place. Meaning? No waking up with tangled limbs tangled.

What I didn’t

Despite feeling like buttah, the higher thread count meant I woke up a bit sweaty (remember the crazy radiators?). If you live somewhere cold or like feeling extra cozy when you sleep, these should be a good fit for you.

An Über-Soft Linen Set

If there were a status fabric for sheets, it would be linen. I’ve spent most of my adult life pining for it—it gets super hot in my apartment in the summer (hello, no A/C), and nothing makes me feel worse than waking up sweaty. The material is known to be moisture-wicking because it can retain more of its weight in water than traditional cotton can. I tried these earlier this year, during the hot late-summer months, in order to give them a proper test.

What I liked

I can’t say I never woke up sweaty, but I definitely woke up with the sheets still on me—not kicked off—more mornings than not. I was worried that linen would be rough or coarse, but this bedding felt gauzy and light, and it’s my new go-to summer set.

What I didn’t

If you need your bed to look perfect at all times, these sheets probably aren’t for you. They get quite wrinkly after a few nights of sleeping in them and stretch between washes. And while they’re super soft, it does take a while to get used to the feeling of linen.

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