Um, These Editor-Approved Cotton Sheets Have Thousands Of High Ratings Online
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I’m guessing you already know how important sleep is for maximum health. Well, getting seven to nine hours of Zs per night is definitely easier if you have a super comfy space to sleep in. Hopefully, you have a solid (or soft) mattress, a cozy blanket, a duvet of your choosing, and of course, the best sheets.
When it comes to bedding, there are a few different types to consider—like linen, polyester, and silk. However, some ultimately prefer cotton because of its soft, breathable feel and ability to cool hot sleepers at night. They even get softer with every wash, which is a total W.
Peep a few of the best cotton sheets, tested by reviewers and Women's Health editors:
In order to find out which cotton sheets are the best, our team tapped reviews and our very own Women’s Health editors for their picks. Each pair either has thousands of stellar reviews, or are our own team's favorites. Some of them even made the highly-coveted 2022 Healthy Sleep Awards Winners list.
Ahead, check out the 10 best cotton sheets in the market in 2023, as well as what to look for in cotton sheets.
Organic Cotton Sheet Set
This cotton sheet set from Coyuchi is straight off of the Women's Health 2022 Healthy Sleep Award winners list. With a clean and crisp feel, these are beloved for their ability to keep hot sleepers cool. They're made from organic cotton sustainably grown in India, and reviewers love how they feel like hotel sheets.
Rave Review: "The tightly woven but breathable percale made with organic cotton has a cooler feel. And the company uses a 100 percent plant-based finishing process that involves zero toxic chemicals." —Jackie Lam, WH Senior Health Editor
Cotton Jersey Sheet Set
Love the feel of your favorite old t-shirt from college? That can totally be brought to your bed with these cotton jersey sheets that come in 11 different colors. They're lightweight, durable, and easy to take care of. Plus, people adore them—they've got more than 33,000 ratings on Amazon in addition to a 4.5 star rating.
Rave Review: "These sheets are soft, stretchy, and have a smooth feel on the skin. They remind me of a super soft t-shirt. The material washes well and I didn't have any issues with pilling, loose threads, or tears in the material. It got softer after the first wash and it doesn't seem to wrinkle like other sheets tend to do."
Cotton Percale Sheet Set
These cotton percale sheets are beloved by WH senior e-commerce editor Neha Tandon. Made from long staple cotton, they are temperature-regulating, gentle on the skin, and are actually made with a plant-based fabric.
Rave Review: "I'm a hot sleeper, but most cooling or sweat-wicking sheets can feel hard and crunchy against my skin. These feel super buttery soft—and I miss them whenever I'm out of town! Yup, they're even better than most hotel sheets." —Neha Tandon, WH senior commerce editor
Organic Cotton Sheet Set
Neurologist and sleep medicine provider, Meredith Broderick, MD, recommended these sheets for the 2022 Healthy Sleep Awards. They're made with a wrinkle-resistant, non-toxic organic cotton. (Hey, I'll give any expert-approved sheet a try.)
Rave Review: "Dr. Broderick loves the breathable fabric and rich sateen weave." —Jackie Lam, WH senior health editor
Anti-Allergen Cotton Sheet Set
These wonderful sheets are produced sustainably with an anti-allergen cotton that keeps dust away—one reviewer loved that it kept their morning sneezing fits at bay. Other reviewers confirm they'll buy more pairs, saying they're super soft and worth the price.
Rave Review: "I love these sheets! I normally sneeze every morning so I thought I would try these. No more sneezing. I'm buying another set."
Percale Sheet Set
WH fitness editor Jennifer Nied adores these percale cotton sheets made from long-staple Egyptian cotton. Not only are they lightweight and durable, they also actually cool down a hot sleeper. The percale fabric is super breathable, so you'll never feel too weighed down in bed.
Rave Review: "I love love love the crisp/cool feel...I'm always hot and I can tell a huge difference in how I sleep when this set is on the bed. Plus, the pillowcase feels so refreshing on my cheek." —Jennifer Nied, WH fitness editor
These gorgeous cotton sheets come in so many different colors and patterns, you could probably get one to match your every mood without breaking the bank. Customers love them because they're soft, crisp, durable, and truly get softer with every wash. And, um, they have nearly 90,000 ratings on Amazon.
Rave Review: "These are my all-time favorite sheets, hands down. I love them SO MUCH. They're soft and crisp cotton sheets that get better and better with every wash. There's an incredible choice of colors. They're well worth the price tag. Boy, are these comfortable!!!! These are the perfect mix between soft and crisp in my opinion."
Cotton Sheet Set
These sateen cotton sheets have over 13,000 ratings on Amazon, and an average of 4.5 stars, so you know they're great. They fit mattresses up to 16 inches tall, smell fresh, and are cool to sleep under. Even though they're pretty affordable, reviewers say the sheets don't show wear-and-tear easily.
Rave Review: "I tend to go through sheets pretty quickly. I usually wind up with some cotton blend that's hot and does not last long. Not these sheets, though. These still look brand new. They are cool to sleep on and under. I haven't had hot flashes since getting them."
Giza Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set
If you're looking for a budget version of high-quality, high-thread count sheets, our team suggests these ones. They come in 12 different colors and a reviewer said they're the softest sheets they've ever slept on. Plus, they are a 2022 Healthy Sleep Award winner.
Rave Review: "These softies practically transport you to a five-star hotel bed. For 600-thread-count, there’s no better price." —Jackie Lam, WH senior health editor
Mercer Sheet Set
If you really want to invest in your sleep, WH lifestyle director Lindsay Geller can't recommend 10 Grove's Mercer sheets enough. The package comes with a fitted sheet, top sheet, pair of pillowcases, and even a duvet cover. Yah, they're pricey, but reviewers say they feel like luxury hotel sheets.
Rave Review: "These sheets are not only super soft and breathable—I sleep in them year-round—but they're durable, too. Our puppy has chewed a hole in another set of sheets (not something we encouraged, but something that nonetheless happened), but these ones are still going strong." —Lindsay Geller, WH lifestyle director
What should you look for in the best cotton sheets?
Before shopping, it's important to consider different factors that only matter when it comes to cotton sheets.
Thread count: Thread count is the number of threads (horizontal and vertical) per square inch. The higher the thread count, the softer the sheet is, and the better it'll wear or soften over time. You should generally look for cotton sheets with a thread count of 200 to 800, but the number doesn't mean it's high- or low-quality.
Type of cotton: The types of cotton are Egyptian, pima/Supima, upland, flannel, and jersey.
Egyptian is super high-quality, luxurious, and long-lasting (but expensive), while pima/Supima is a close second in durability and softness, so it's less likely to pill than some of the other types. It's also a little lower in price than Egyptian. Upland is a bit lower quality and it's the most common form of cotton, so they're durable, but not as soft as the other ones.
Flannel cotton has been pre-shredded, which gives it a thicker feel, and makes it better for cold weather. Lastly, jersey feels like an old cotton t-shirt. The fabric is soft, but will pill over time. It's less durable, so they'll stretch out with more usage.
Type of weave: The most common weave patterns for cotton sheets are percale and sateen. (But, there's more info on the differences between those two later.)
Price: This number will differ based on the material's sourcing location, if the sheets and pillowcases are bought together, and the size of your bed. Egyptian is the most expensive type of cotton bed sheet, while pima/Supima is a little less so, and upland, flannel, and jersey cotton sheets are generally more affordable. Make sure the description of each type of cotton matches your needs, then choose accordingly based upon how much money you're ready to spend.
How should you care for/maintain cotton sheets?
It's pretty simple—you can just machine-wash them on a warm temperature setting once a week. Make sure to use a mild detergent, and no bleach.
Examine the washing instructions on your tag beforehand, but know that generally, you can either line-dry or tumble-dry them on low or medium heat. Hot water can damage the fibers and fade the color of the sheets. Afterwards, make sure to remove them from the dryer right away so they don't wrinkle. If they're still damp, hang them up to dry.
Try to wash them alone or with other sheets, since putting them in a load with other items might damage them. They soften with more washes, and generally, cotton sheets will last two to three years.
If you stain cotton sheets, hydrogen peroxide can do the trick to remove it. Just put some on the stain and wait for about 30 minutes, then dab it with a paper towel.
What’s the difference between sateen versus percale cotton?
Sateen sheets are kind of similar to satin, as satin's weave pattern is also used to make the former. Instead of using filament fibers, yarn is used. They're also wrinkle-resistant and heavier than percale, so they're better for cold sleepers.
Percale, on the other hand, have a plain weave (one yarn over, one yarn under). This type of sheet gets softer with every wash, but they aren't wrinkle-resistant, and they're more durable than sateen sheets. Percale is super breathable and better for hot sleepers.
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