- 1 / 5
I Tried Every Pair of Brooklinen Sheets—Here's What I Thought
If there's one thing that I love more than sleep, it's my bed. Admittedly, I've been cycling through sets of the same pair of Target sheets since college—they're cheap, reliable, and comfortable enough. But as much as my cozy, cotton, Target sheets have served me over the years, I decided it was time for an upgrade. When it came time to decide exactly what I wanted to upgrade to, I had no idea where to start. Thread count? Never heard of her. The only prerequisite I had when it came to finding a replacement for Old Reliable, was that they had to have a hotel-like feel, which is what led me to Brooklinen.
I'd seen Brooklinen everywhere, from my daily commute to my Instagram feed. When I started digging into reviews, the overwhelming response was positive. And, I mean, have you seen photos of the sheets? Each Brooklinen bed I scrolled through was cloud-like—sold!
Brooklinen was founded by husband and wife du, Vicki and Rich Fulop, who, after staying in a hotel and falling in love with the luxe sheets, were appalled by the $800 price tag. Looking to bring the same luxurious hotel feel home for an affordable price, they launched Brooklinen in 2014 on Kickstarter. Since then, Brooklinen has amassed more than $30 million in sales. It's safe to say that people love these sheets—and for a reason. Hotel-style sheets for a fraction of the cost? Yes please! Plus, each pair comes marked with "long" and "short" side labels, which is a total savior if, like me, you struggle more than you'd like to admit with making the bed.
I tried the company's full line of sheets, which includes the classic percale, luxe sateen, linen, and heathered cashmere and, spoiler, I loved every pair (though admittedly some more than others). Read on for my full review.
- 2 / 5
1) Classic Core Sheet Set
The most affordable of Brooklinen's offerings is the classic percale core set—and the first pair I tested. Percale, which refers to the way the fabric is tightly-woven, is what gives these particular sheets a matte finish (compared to Brooklinen's Luxe Sateen sheets, that offer a more luminous finish) and a refreshing feel.
Before even putting the sheets on my bed, I could tell they were that much more luxurious than my cotton Target sheets. Crisp, cool, and cozy, these sheets had serious potential right out of the box. After a quick wash and dry per the instructions, I was ready to settle in and enjoy the night. Overall, the sheets surpassed my expectations. I'm admittedly a hot sleeper and these sheets kept me cool all night long. And they certainly weren't lying when they said they had a hotel-like quality. At an affordable price, it's hard to beat that understated luxe feel.
- 3 / 5
2) Luxe Core Sheet Set
If the classic percale sheets had a slightly more sophisticated older sister, it would be the luxe sateen sheets. At a slightly higher price point, this collection is glossier and faintly thicker than it's classic counterpart thanks to the sateen, a wrinkle-resistant fabric often used in luxury sheets. But thanks to Brooklinen, you can try this luxe fabric out for yourself.
Brooklinen's website describes these sheets as "rich [and] buttery-smooth," and let me be the first to say that they weren't joking. Climbing into these sheets felt like climbing into a plush hotel bed, a feeling that's oddly foreign in my incredibly tiny NYC apartment. With a 480 thread count—double that of the classic percale sheets—I found that the luxe version were a slight upgrade, though both reminded me of sets I've slept on in hotels. Though the sheets themselves are slick, they didn't slip around on my mattress once. My only complaint? The sheets had a terribly overpowering vinegar smell when I took them out of the box, though the smell went away as soon as I ran them through the wash.
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- 4 / 5
3) Linen Core Sheet Set
In my eyes, linen is the holy grail of fabric when it comes to sheets, so I was excited to try the Brooklinen set. My mom has always been obsessed with linen sheets. As a kid, I remember late-night trips to her bed, curling up under the cool linen. Now as an adult, sleeping in her linen sheet clad guest bed is one of the highlights of visiting her.
Linen, which is derived from flax, is traditionally considered a summer fabric because of it's lightness and absorbency (fun fact: it dries more quickly than cotton!). It's also a fan favorite among hot sleepers (ahem, me) for this reason. Luckily, I was able to try the Brooklinen linen set over the summer and spoiler: they were my favorite set. Like other linen sheets I've tried before, the sheets themselves have a certain roughness about them—that buttah-like smoothness of the luxe set was swapped for a gauzy, light texture that was more reminiscent of something you'd find in a seaside retreat than a five-star hotel. The sheets themselves are airy and breathable, yet soft, but be warned: If you're not used to sleeping on linen sheets, the texture might take some getting used to. Give it a few nights in these sheets, and you'll never want to turn back.
- 5 / 5
4) Heathered Cashmere Core Sheet Set
The last and most expensive set of Brooklinen sheets I tried were the heathered cashmere. Truthfully, the word "cashmere" made me a little nervous to try these sheets given the time of year and the fact that I'm a hot sleeper. Though I wouldn't recommend these sheets as your go-to summer set (opt for linen instead), the sheets are anything but stuffy.
Perhaps the most notable aspect of the heathered cashmere set is their flannel-like softness. For sheets with the word "cashmere" in their name, they were surprisingly light and not overwhelmingly hot. Because I tested these in the summer, I slept sans duvet, which I hardly do, and woke up still snuggled under the sheets. With a comforter, they would be perfect for cold winter nights. But be sure to snag a pair quickly—rumor has it that this set is limited edition.
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