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The 8 best sheets sets of 2024, sleep expert approved and tester loved

The 8 best sheets sets of 2024, sleep expert approved and tester loved

If you're looking to make improvements on your shut-eye and in the market for new bed sheets, this is the list for you. After all, you spend a third of your life sleeping, shouldn't you spend that time sleeping on quality materials that don't irritate your skin?

The research team here at AOL wanted to get to the bottom of what makes a sheet set the best. We wanted to know which materials were the best for sensitive skin, promoting a cool sleep for the hottest of sleepers, and if organic cotton was really worth the expense. So, we turned to our panel of sleep experts and dermatologists for the answers. We then took their feedback and tested more than 30 of the top-rated sheets on the market, from bamboo to eucalyptus, cotton to microfiber to sateen and silk.

We put each set through a series of tests to see how they held up. We washed, bleached, slept on, rubbed sandpaper on them to speed up pilling, and even tried to rip the top-rated, cult-favorites. To learn about the best sheets on the market today and what our experts thought about cooling sheets, organic cotton and bamboo sheets, and how sweating at night affects your skin, keep reading for everything you didn't know you needed to know about bed sheets.

Charter Club's 1.5" Stripe100% Cotton Damask sheet set is a cult-favorite amongst Macy's shoppers (7,000 5-star reviews) and myself — I own three sets! The sheets feature a 100% cotton long-staple cotton weave, which gives the sheets a high-sheen and crisp, airy feel. 

Truth be told, I have long been devoted to Charter Club bedding, especially the Damask sheets. Something that sets these sheets apart from all the sheets we tested is their thickness and durability. One of the three sets I own I have had for nearly six years, and they have gotten better year after year and wash after wash. 

While the sheets can be a little too crisp out of the packaging, after a few washes they are soft as can be. I chalk it up to the high quality of the sheets needing to be broken in a little, so if you are looking for 100% cotton sheets with a hotel look and feel, these are definitely worth considering. Especially, if you can catch them during a sale or use a Macy's shopping pass.

$170 at Macy's

Often referred to as "Oprah's favorite sheets," Cozy Earth's bamboo sheets are among the softest, most luxurious we tested. And we totally see why they've appeared on her infamous Favorite Things list. Oprah listed the sheets as "the softest ever" and she raved about their temperature-regulating properties. Our research team came to the same conclusion, making them great for hot and cold sleepers. 

The sheets are made with 100% premium viscose from bamboo and are available in seventeen beautiful hues. The set comes in a range of sizes from twin XL to split-king. As a little bonus with your purchase, the sheets arrive in a handy reusable canvas carrying tote. 

$339 - Use the code "YAHOO" for 35% off at checkout at Cozy Earth

Bedgear's Instant Cooling Ver-Tex Bed Sheets are made with 100% nylon, which gives a cool-to-the-touch feel. The sheets are also Airflow Certified®, meaning they offer enhanced breathability and airflow. Something that sets Bedgear's sheets apart is the Powerband® on the fitted sheet, which ensures the sheet stays in place, no matter how crazy and restless your slumber may be. A double-strap Powerband® is also sewn into the pillowcases to keep your pillows secure.

On a personal note, these were some of my favorite sheets we tested, and I currently use them on my bed. The sheets a very soft and feel like a jersey t-shirt. I can't wait to see how they work to keep me cool during the hot summer nights!

$300 at Amazon
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$299 at Bedgear

Brooklinen is a name synonymous with bedding and consistently wins " best of" awards for its sheets and comforters. So we weren't all that surprised when the results had us incredibly impressed by its line of sateen sheets. 

Sateen offers a crisp, airy, smooth softness that also gets better with each wash. For those with sensitive skin or skin conditions, the sateen sheets are a safe bet thanks to the OEKO-TEX® certification, meaning they are free of harsh chemicals and harmful substances. The sheets are made with long-staple cotton for a crisp yet silky-soft feel and silk-like sheen. 

Another winning aspect of Brooklinen's sheet sets is that the pillowcases feature an envelope pocket that fully tucks the pillow away in the case for a clean, finished look.

$127 (Originally $160) at Brooklinen

These microfiber sheets from Mellanni, a family-owned and operated company, are a steal at under $40 for Sleep Week. What's more, a whopping 256,000 Amazon reviewers have rated these sheets 5 stars. If you are looking for microfiber's instantly soft feel, these sheets are about as cozy as they get and are also OTEX Standard 100 certified, so no harsh chemicals or harmful substances to worry about. 

The sheets come in 40 different colors and designs and a wide range of sizes from twin to twin XL to full, queen, king, and California king to RV and short queen, with the option of standard or deep pockets. There's also the Mellanni Lifetime Promise - If you are not satisfied with your purchase for any reason at any time, you can return it, no questions asked.

$38 at Amazon

Made of a silky-smooth eucalyptus fiber, also called lyocell, the Buffy Breeze Sheet is the epitome of breathability. Lyocell is noted for its moisture-wicking properties that draw sweat and heat away from you and are highly antimicrobial. In fact, lyocell is research backed to be more breathable and wick away moisture and heat more effectively than cotton or linen.  

But what we loved the most was the super-soft luxurious feel. In the words of our tester, "Their slick feel is so refreshing against my skin. They're lightweight, but you can tell they're high-quality because they're downright buttery-soft. I feel like I'm getting into a hotel bed every time I go to sleep!"

$156 at Buffy

If you have your heart set on organic cotton sheets, the Boll and Branch Signature Hemmed Sheet Set is a great bet. The company partners directly with farmers who grow their organic cotton without harmful chemicals, synthetic pesticides, or toxins like formaldehyde. The sheets are also Fair Trade–Certified.

Out of the package, we were immediately struck by the thickness of the sheets. Even though at this price point you would expect all sheet sets to be thick and luxurious, when it comes to organic sheets, you can still find many at this price and above that are nearly paper thin. We also noted that both the hemlines and construction of each piece of the set were flawless. 

The sheets are made of long-staple organic cotton, which lends to the silky crispness and high sateen sheen. While the sheets are not as soft as a bamboo sheet (go for organic bamboo if you are looking for ultra-soft), the fabric is still very breathable and airy and will no doubt hold up well to years of washing. 

Our tester found the sheets to shrink only a little after a couple of washes, with no pilling in sight. She also noted that after washing there were minimal wrinkles and creases and that the deep pockets (17") fit her bed and topper with ease. 

$279 at Boll and Branch
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$279 at Nordstrom

Lilysilk is well-known in the silk textiles industry and offers a broad range of silk clothes for men and women and bedding. Its 19MM organic Silk Bedding Set features 100% grade-A Mulberry silk that is both OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified and Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) certified by Ecocert Greenlife. These sheets are everything you would want in a 100% silk sheet set: soft, silky, organic, breathable, hypoallergenic, moisture-wicking, and 100% pure luxury. 

I do want to warn you if this is your first foray into silk sheets: High-quality silk must be hand-washed or dry-cleaned. If you choose to hand wash at home, it's important to use silk-specific detergent.

$422.00 (15% off $300 use code 'HEALTH15') at Lilysilk

An expensive set of sheets often offers higher-quality materials that are breathable, airy, hypoallergenic, and OEKO-TEX certified to be free of harsh chemicals and synthetic dyes. If you have sensitive skin or skin conditions, splurging on sheets that will prevent irritation or acne is a safe bet, but before splurging on the sheets of your dreams, shop around and consider if a big sale event is coming up, like the deals going on now for Sleep Awareness Week or holidays like Memorial Day or Labor Day and, of course, Black Friday.

There is no one best material for sheets since there are hot, cold and neutral sleepers, as well as those with skin conditions such as acne or eczema. Dr. Ashley Magovern, a board-certified dermatologist, tells us, "Those with any sort of skin conditions or sensitives, like acne or eczema, and even traditional allergies, I always recommend avoiding traditional cotton sheets. Organic cotton sheets are not bleached nor have synthetic dyes, making them a better alternative for your skin." For everyone else, it's important to look for fabrics that are lightweight, breathable, and allow for plenty of airflow air as sweating at night can cause oil buildup, leading to acne. Magovern says organic cotton, silk and bamboo are great choices, adding that, "Silk sheets specifically help reduce wrinkles, keep skin hydrated, and reduce frizz for your hair."

While it seems we have always been told that a high thread count is very important when it comes to sheets, the reality is that it depends on the material. The purpose of listing thread count is to let you know the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric and how tightly woven a fabric is. For example, fabric that has 250 lengthwise threads and 250 widthwise threads has a thread count of 500. While thread count can be an indicator of how soft the sheets are, higher thread counts, like 1200, are a sign that the thread is very thin and that the sheets may not be very durable, at all.

A good rule of thumb for finding high-quality sheets relative to thread count is as follows - anything over is more for show or could be a sign of thin low-quality thread:

  • Bamboo: 300-500 thread count

  • Cotton: 200-600 thread count

  • Egyptian Cotton: 300-400 thread count

  • Linen: 80-140. Thread count is not very important when it comes to linen, though you should avoid higher thread counts for linen sheets since you want them to be very light and airy.

  • Percale Weave: 200-400 thread count

  • Sateen Weave: 300-600 thread count

The following materials are not measured in thread count, and should be considered according to their specific construction:

  • Flannel: 170+ grams per square meter (GSM) - a lighter GSM for flannel sheets will be less durable, but more breathable

  • Jersey: 150 GSM

  • Microfiber: 90-120 grams per square meter (GSM)

  • Silk: 7-22 momme range — Silk is measured in momme: 4.340 GSM

Dr. Simran Sethi, internist and aesthetic dermatologist, says, "In general, it’s helpful to use non-irritating laundry detergents for your bedding and clothing. Avoid detergents that contain harsh chemicals, fragrances, and dyes, as these can irritate sensitive skin."

Dr. Kevin Postol, DDS and president-elect American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, tells us, "To improve your sleep at night, it's essential to be mindful of your daytime habits. I always recommend avoiding activities that can disrupt sleep quality. This includes limiting your intake of alcohol and caffeine, and eating 2 hours before bed, as these can interfere with your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Additionally, reducing exposure to blue light and other screens in the evening can help regulate your circadian rhythms, making it easier to wind down and prepare for sleep."

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Dr. Syed Aslam, a pulmonary disease and sleep medicine physician

Tanu Grewal, chief cleaning officer at Pinalen, Cloralen and Ensueño Laundry

Dr. Sandeep Gupta, pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist

Dr. Shelby Harris, a psychologist and specialist in behavioral sleep medicine

Dr. Ashley Magovern, a dermatologist

Dr. Kevin Postol, DDS president-elect, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

Dr. Simran Sethi, Internist and aesthetic dermatology

Dr. Kien Vuu, a regenerative medicine specialist and assistant health sciences professor at UCLA