Updated: June 8, 2015

Bed Sheet Reviews:

When shopping for new bed sheets you quickly realize that there are more than just a few selections. Gone are the days of simple white, cotton sheets. Now you are offered different materials, prints, colors, patterns, thread counts, and sizes. The most preferred material is that of cotton, but if you live in an area where the winters are cold, then owning a quality set of flannel sheets will help keep you warm at night. Satin, silk and microfiber are considered luxury bed sheets and most likely not used on a daily basis by they majority of us. The Scent-Sation Charmeuse Satin ($120/queen set) are very popular amongst those that like the feeling of satin sheets, but they are expensive. Silk sheets are not my style, but they are interesting to sleep on at least once in your life. The real hassle with silk bed sheets is that they you need to take great care with them and the laundering process is not worth it. I always manage to shrink up some of my cotton sheets so I can only imagine what I would do to silk sheets. The Scent-Sation Satin sheets can be machine washed and dried making them a good alternative to basic cotton sheets.


Sheets Buying Guide

- I live in Oregon so the winters stay chilly well into the month of March so we usually put on flannel sheets starting in November and switch out several sets we bought from LL Bean. Their Warm Feelings Flannel sheets sell for about $100 for a queen set and are very durable. Looking for sheets that are "green" as in good for the environment. Consider the Wamsutta Zen Comforts ($70/queen set) which are made from bamboo. By pulping bamboo grass you can separate the fibers and make bamboo fabric. They are agriculturally friendly since they are grown w/out pesticides and hold up well from shrinking (prone to that) when mixed with a blend of cotton. Thread counts are a highly used term in print and TV ads for bed sheets but experts say you need to watch for false claims and not to worry if the brand you choose isn't a 1000 threat count. Threat count "refers to the number of threads per square inch in both directions of the weave" says Coral Nafie, the expert guide on About.com for bed sheets. Although she goes on to say that "higher thread counts" mean a "more luxurious feel" it can also lead to early wear. She recommends going with thread counts above 250 and no less than 175. Consumer Reports does bed sheet reviews and surveys periodically in which they rate sheets on strength and shrinkage. Good Housekeeping is another magazine that consistently gives feedback on which sheets perform the best over time. We are a family that suffers from allergies so we often shop online at the Allergy Buyers Club and buy based on their recommendations. Kids sheets have the biggest print variety with selection that range from Star Wars, Hello Kitty, Spiderman, and Pokemon to zebra stripes, polka dots, and High School Musical. All the major department stores like JC Penney, Macy's, Target, Wal-Mart, and Bed, Bath and Beyond carry name brand sheets and house brands. You can find designer bed sheets in stores like Macy's for brands like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger. Most also supply sheets for waterbeds. The thing that happens to most sheets after the first wash or 2 is that they shrink up by as much as 7% leaving you with ultra tight bedding that is hard to get on and off. Better quality sheets will tend to shrink less during the original washings when they are more susceptible to this. You can browse the best selling bed sheets online here.

Best Cotton Bed Sheets:

You might think that the Egyptian cotton sheets with a 400 thread count are worth it, but at close to $500 for a set, you are likely better off with a percale cotton sheet with threat counts between 180 and 200. Percale fabric is available as 100% cotton or in a 50/50 blend with cotton and polyester. Pima or supima cotton has a thread count from 200-300 and they are very similar in quality to the Egyptian cotton that has higher thread counts. Experts say that the website Linenplace.com offers some excellent selections with TC (thread counts) of 300 or better at reasonable prices. They carry luxury brands like Frette, Peacock Alley, Mascioni, Dwell and Wamsutta. The Signature Scalloped Percale Bedding by Garnet Hill are highly rated by consumers and experts in this field and sell for around $135 for a queen set. They are woven with 220 threads per square inch, durable, and easy to care for making them the ideal pair of bed sheets for those that like the softness of cotton. You can order them online at Garnethill.com. RECOMMENDED - The #1 seller on Amazon is the Renaissance 600 Thread-Count Woven Stripe Sheet Set $40 available in King, Queen, or California King sheet sizes. You can choose from 8 different colors to match your room decor. Includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two standard sized pillowcases. Owners say they are luxury 600 thread count (similar to hotel quality) sheets that are very durable.

Top Rated Bamboo Sheets:

Linenplace.com carries the Wamsutta's Zen Comforts bamboo bed sheets which are a 60/40 (bamboo/cotton) split with a 300 thread count and a soft feel. The fitted sheets will fit mattresses up to 18" deep. The available colors are white, ivory, and dew drop (green). Owners say they are very breathable and hold their shape well even after several washings. The queen sets sell for $69.99 and the king set for $79.99. The TreeHugger.com website is another source that we trust when it comes to eco-friendly products and they suggest the Bamboo Fiber Yarn, 230 Thread Count sheets sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $89.99/queen set. They are made with 100% bamboo fiber yarn so they are more prone to shrinkage than teh Wamsutta's Zen Comforts which have a cotton blend to them. Check out all bamboo sheet sets here.

Flannel Sheets:

If you want warmth and comfort on those cold, wintry nights, then the L.L. Bean Warm Feelings Flannel sheets are perfect. We bought 2 sets last year so we could cycle through them and always have a 2nd set of sheets around in case one was in the wash. They come in blue, elm, ivory, lake, linen, and pink colors. They run about $85 for a queen set and are offered in twin, full, and king sizes as well. The website describes them as the "softness of heathered yarns with the warmth of chamois". Target and JC Penney also carry fine quality flannel sheets for about $40/set. BEST - Go with the top selling Pinzon 190 Gram Velvet Flannel Sheet Set available in 6 colors and 3 sizes (king, queen, cal king). The perfect set of sheets that will keep you warm in the colder months.

Kids Bedding/Sheets:

Amazon.com carries the largest variety of kids bedding and sheets we could find. With characters like Tinkerbell, Dora the Explorer, Spongebob, Backyardigans, Superman, and Hannah Montana. The boys will love the Star Wars bedding sets or the Disney Cars sheets. Target has a pretty good selection too and Potterybarnkids.com has unique patterns and designs not found at the every day stores. You can find the most popular kids bed sheets online here.