Welcome to T3's guide to the best sheets. Getting a good night's sleep is vitally important for both your physical and mental health. Which means that some of us, at least, are willing to invest a little more to secure the best mattress, the best duvet and the best pillow. But one thing that's often overlooked is the best sheets.
Think about it. Whenever you've stayed at a nice hotel, wasn't it just the best feeling to drape your body in luxurious, silky soft sheets? And wouldn't you like to have that same feeling, night after night? Yes, the best bed sheets are not always the cheapest. But if you calculate the extra cost compared with cheap and nasty ones, then divide that by how many times you'll enjoy them, night after night, you realise they're a somewhat of a bargain.
Below we've listed the best sheets on the market today, at a range of prices, and made from a range of materials (our cotton vs bamboo vs linen sheets comparison explains the differences if you've not yet decided what you're looking for). We'll also offer pointers on which ones are likely to suit you best, and which score well in their impact on the environment too. Read on for our pick of the best sheets on the market now.
Visiting from the States? Head straight to the best bed sheets US.
What's the best thread count for sheets?
The short answer is that 180 and up is acceptable, 400-800 is considered very high quality. Above 800, and it's probably marketing BS. Typically, the higher the thread count, the softer the sheets, but it's a bit more complicated than that – for a full explanation head to our 'What's the best thread count for bed sheets?' article.
The best bed sheets UK, ranked
If you're looking for the best cotton sheets, head straight to Hampton & Astley. This UK-based brand makes a select range of top quality Egyptian Cotton Sateen bedding. We've tested out Hampton & Astley's sheets and found them buttery soft, super smooth and absurdly comfortable to sleep in. They also regulate temperature well, so you won't wake up sweaty. They come with a 30-day trial and 1-year guarantee. At full price, these bed sheets aren't cheap, but this is one of those brands that regularly offers hefty discounts (in fact, we'd venture to say they're never really sold at RRP). The range is perhaps a little limited – there's no single size, and only three colour options – but if that doesn't bother you, these are an excellent buy.
Simba makes our favourite mattress – the Simba Hybrid Pro – and it turns out it's also very good at bedding. If it's a brilliant basic sheet you're after, the Performance Fitted sheet would make a great choice. It's available in 200 thread count percale weave or 400 thread count Egyptian cotton. We've tried both, and while the former is perfectly acceptable, the latter is noticeably better quality, if you can afford it. The Egyptian cotton is silky smooth and soft, as well as being naturally temperature regulating. An elasticated hem keeps everything securely in place, and it'll fit up to a 40cm deep mattress (that's really deep, FYI). Flat sheet lovers will need to shop elsewhere, though.
Before you buy, make sure you check our Simba discount codes to lower the cost.
You might not have considered brushed cotton for your sheets, but if you want something to snuggle up in on chilly nights, Eve's brushed cotton bed linen is perfect. We've been testing out a sheet and duvet set, and it's a firm favourite already. The duvet in particular is absurdly soft and comforting – the kind of soft that genuinely makes our tester happy when they wake up in the morning. They don't have the chill you get with regular cotton sheets when you first get into bed, and they stay a comfortable level of warmth all night. While you don't get the same crisp, hotel-y feel of freshly laundered cotton sheets (and the cream shade for the sheet won't be to everyone's taste), these look and feel high quality, and they don't crease easily, either.
If you fancy some linen sheets, head to Scooms. This is the brand behind some of the best pillows and best bath towels around, so it's one of our go-tos for soft home furnishings. These sheets don't disappoint: they both look and feel super-luxurious. The Scooms Double Linen sheets are made in small batches, ensuring a high attention detail, using soft fibres woven from high-quality French linen flax. Certified by Beko-Tex Standard 100 to be free of harmful toxins and chemicals, they come with a one-year guarantee. The fitted sheet comes with a continuous elastic hem and a helpful 'feet' label, showing which way round your sheet goes.
Dip & Doze makes bedding with an interesting USP here: for each shade, you can pick between soft and smooth (sateen) or cool and crisp (percale). We've been testing the former, and can confirm it is indeed delightfully soft and smooth, and feels luxuriously high quality, too. That luxury follows through to the detailing: the buttons are tucked neatly out of sight behind a double fold of fabric, although we wouldn't be mad if they did end up on show, because they're very cute little wooden buttons engraved with the brand's name. The duvet set colours are classy and there's a wide selection to choose from – we're not huge fans of the slight sheen on the sateen version, but it might be right up your street. The cotton is certified organic and fairtrade, and the duvets have size labels sewn in that'll come in handy if you have a few different sizes of bed in your home.
If it's cotton sheets you're looking for, we think the best option is to check out The White Company's Savoy collection. You won't find finer than these Egyptian cotton sheets, boasting a 400 thread-count and a percale weave. Designed by British firm The White Company and made in Portugal, they're woven with two-ply yarn and the attention to detail is staggering, providing a real luxury feel. These award-winning sheets are beautifully soft, and look smart and stylish, making bedtime that bit more alluring. Yes, they only come in white (although you can pick from a range of tasteful ribbon detail colours) – but when they look this good, why would you want anything else?
If you're on a budget but still want nice sheets then we recommend this set from the Amazon Basics range. While they're not the most luxurious or long-lasting around, they're still lovely and comfortable, and at a staggeringly low price. Made from 100% polyester microfibre, these sheets are also easy to maintain: just machine wash warm, avoid bleach, and tumble dry low. Being synthetic, they might not be a good choice if you tend to sleep hot, though.
Bamboo is touted as the big thing in bedding. It can be much more sustainable than cotton, as well as being naturally temperature regulating and hypoallergenic. If you're interested in giving bamboo a go, head to Panda. This brand makes some of our favourite bedding, and its bamboo sheets are as high quality as we'd expect. They're available in a wide range of colours, and the duvet covers have cool bamboo button detailing. The feel of this fabric is soft, smooth and silky – Panda says the 320 thread-count in this material is equivalent to a 1,200 thread-count cotton. It's much less stiff than cotton, which means things can get a bit bunched up if you're a wriggly sleeper (there are ties inside the duvet cover to try and counteract this), and be aware that it creases much quicker than cotton, too.
Best bed sheets US
Let's cut to the chase: the Sheets & Giggles Eucalyptus Sheets tick all our boxes. They're super-comfortable, cool on hot nights, and eco-friendly to boot, making them our firm choice as the best bed sheets you can buy today. With an impressive 400 thread-count, these sheets are crafted with a luxurious sateen weave that makes them both durable and super-soft. And they're made from 100% Eucalyptus Lyocell, a form of rayon that, unlike viscose, does not use carbon disulfide, which is toxic to workers and the environment. That means these sheets are free from static and devoid of harmful chemicals, as attested to by their FKT and OEKO-TEX certifications. Eucalyptus Lyocell is also naturally temperature balancing, making this a good choice for hot sleepers.
They're nice and practical in use, too. The corners of the fitted sheets easily fit mattresses between 12 and 20-inches thick, and the flat sheets are four inches longer than the industry average – although note that currently they're US sizes only. Yes, they're not the cheapest on the market, and they must be washed in cold water. But Sheets & Giggles are so confident you'll love them they offer no-quibbles returns, and even pay for the return postage.
Next up in our best bed sheets US ranking are these linen sheets from Scooms – one of our favourite bedding brands. The Scooms Double Linen sheets are made in small batches, and boast quality craftmanship and a luxurious design. The high-quality French linen flax is lovely and soft to the touch, the a continuous elastic hem keeps everything securely in place, and there's a helpful 'feet' label to help you ensure you get things the right way around, first time. These Scooms sheets comes with a Beko-Tex Standard 100, confirming they're free of harmful toxins and chemicals, they come with a one-year guarantee, too.
The White Company makes some of the best Egyptian cotton sheets we've found. The Savoy collection boasts a 400 thread count and a percale weave. There's only one main color in the range – you guessed it, white – although you can choose from a selection of ribbon detail shades to tie in with your bedroom decor. They're super smart and stylish, with an impressive attention to detail and luxurious feel, and they're award-winners, too.
These sheets are not just soft and comfortable, but they offer perhaps the best value of any on our list. The Mellani Sheet Set is made from 100% polyester microfiber, a fabric that's more durable than cotton. Although it's a synthetic fabric, it's designed to be breathable and wick moisture away (the jury's out on whether they actually do this – a few reviewers comment that they sleep hot, while many others don't seem to have had any issue). There's a massive range of colours to choose from, including a selection sporting a Quatrefoil design, if that's your thing. Mellani says that if you're not satisfied with your purchase for any reason, you can return it at any time, with no questions asked.
If you need some basic bedding for the spare room, the best cheap bedsheets for you could be these Amazon Basics ones. Yes, pricier options higher up the list will deliver a more luxurious bedtime experience, but for the low price tag these are perfectly adequate. The 100% polyester microfibre is comfy, soft and easy to maintain: just machine wash warm, avoid bleach, and tumble dry low. If you tend to sleep hot, you might be better off with a natural fabric like cotton, though.
The next sheets up are specifically aimed at those who have a Purple mattress at home. Traditional sheets can render the cradling properties of the Purple grid (or, indeed, any softer memory foam) ineffective, so Purple has come up with an ultra-stretchy fabric that will flex with the mattress. The SoftStretch sheets are available in a wide range of attractive colours, including white, off-white, greys and (of course) purples. Purple says they're soft yet strong, will wash well, and are breathable and moisture wicking too. We haven't tried these out, but the existing reviews are enthusiastic.
Bamboo is truly the fabric of the future. It's not only soft, silky and luxurious, but also environmentally responsible. That's because bamboo requires little water and grows very quickly, so one area can yield 10 times the equivalent amount of bamboo compared to cotton. That said, many products labelled bamboo are actually a mix of fibres. These Pure Bamboo sheets, though, are the real deal, crafted from 100% organic bamboo viscose, and OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified.
Made from 300 thread count, sateen weave fabric, they provide a soft, smooth and silky feel. The fabric is also naturally thermo-regulating and moisture wicking, helping keep you cool and relaxed on hot nights. The envelope-style pillowcases in this set come with overlapping closure to stop your pillows slipping out. And the fitted sheet has an elasticated border and fits any mattress up to 16 inches thick.
If you're living in a hot climate, or just a tendency to run hot a night, the best bed sheets for you might be this cooling bamboo set from Hotel Sheets Direct. Made from 100% bamboo viscose, they're thermo-regulating, helping you stay cool all night long, as well as being moisture wicking to prevent sweat. More generally, bamboo mimics the feeling of satin on your skin and is perfect for summer and spring nights with an airy breeze. These sheets are fitted with all around elastic (not just the corners), and the pockets fit around mattress up to 15 inches deep. They can be washed in cool to warm water with a gentle liquid detergent; dried on a low to medium heat.