A good night's sleep changes everything about your day — and quality sheets are, like, 90% of the equation. The Textiles Lab at the GolfHr Institute reviewed more than 40 sets for fabric strength, washability, fit, and more. Then, consumer testers narrowed those down. These are the winners. And don't miss our sheets buying guide!
These sheets were the winner of our recent test that reviewed online-only brands. The 100% cotton sateen fabric was strong, didn't pill easily, washed well, and was called "smooth" by our consumer testers. Clever tabs labeled "long side" and "short side" on the fitted sheet made for easy bed-making. Plus, the 60-day, any-reason return policy means your can easily return if this set isn't the perfect fit.
After seeing over 30,000 reviews on Amazon, we couldn't wait to test this inexpensive set ourselves and they did not disappoint. Testers loved the soft, buttery feel of the polyester microfiber (though some said it was actually too soft). Plus, the sheets were generously sized, hardly shrunk in the wash, and wrinkled less than most cotton fabric.
Many hotel chains offer their own line of bedding and this set from Marriott stood up the best in our test. The cotton/poly blend fabric is a percale weave that proved strong, had an excellent fit and felt soft according to testers. It also washed well with very few wrinkles and it hardly shrank in the wash.
Our volunteers gave this set top marks for softness and it was frequently picked when we asked for their overall favorite. The 100% cotton sateen fabric also scored high for strength and though it had some shrinkage, it still fit our sample mattress well. JCP has frequent sales, so make sure you don't buy this one at full price.
This set is GOTS certified, which means the entire manufacturing process is organic (not just the growing of the cotton). It's also Fair Trade Certified, which focuses on ethical standards, like wages and working conditions. On top of that, it delivered in our quality tests: The 100% cotton sateen fabric was strong and generously sized, even after some shrinkage in the wash. Though it wasn't the softest, consumer testers scored it higher than others in our test.
This set had the smoothest appearance after laundering thanks to its wrinkle-resistant finish. Plus, testers agreed that the combed cotton sateen fabric was ultra soft. It had good durability scores and was generously sized, fitting our test mattress with room to spare.
Starting from $109
Percale sheets are for those who prefer a crisp feel (as opposed to smoother sateen) and this set was a top pick in among the 100% cotton options. The fabric was pill-resistant, strong, and had minimal shrinkage in our lab tests. For added convenience, you can purchase the set with or without a flat sheet.
This set's sateen fabric is a blend of cotton and Outlast viscose, which is designed to help you maintain a comfortable body temperature throughout the night. It was also a softness favorite among our consumer testers, who said they wanted to keep it for themselves. The fabric was strong and fit our sample mattress well, but it did shrink in the wash.
Starting from $279 and up
If you enjoy sleeping on linen, consider this your pick. The fabric proved to be super strong and tear-resistant in our tests. Plus, it had only slight shrinkage and fit our sample mattress with plenty of room to spare. It's the most expensive set in our roundup, but this French-made bedding is certainly splurge-worthy.