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How To Buy Soft Bed Sheets EXCLUSIVE

Lexie Sachs (she/her) is the executive director of the Textiles, Paper and Apparel Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, where she researches, tests and reports on fabric-based products ranging from sheets, mattresses and towels to bras, fitness apparel and other clothing. She also evaluates luggage, rain gear, disposable paper goods and baby products. Lexie has more than 15 years of experience in the textiles industry and a degree in fiber science from Cornell University. Prior to joining GH in 2013, she worked in merchandising and product development in the fashion and home industries.

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If you're looking for the softest possible sheets, these earned perfect ratings from our panel of sleep testers, who described them as feeling "luxurious" and "much softer" than other sheets they'd used. They also raved about the wide elastic band on the fitted sheet, helping it easily secure over the mattress.

The material is a polyester microfiber, so these are more shrink- and wrinkle-resistant than many cotton sheets. The downside is that they pilled easily in Lab tests, which is fairly common when sheets are brushed for added softness. Also note that they may feel a little thinner than cotton and are a bit pricey for polyester, but they're your best bet for ultimate softness.

These sheets are also made of buttery soft polyester microfiber, but they're a fraction of the price of other picks. Not only were they impressive in our tests, they're also best-sellers on Amazon with over 320,000 reviews and an average 4.5-star rating.

Our panel loved how soft the fabric felt in a blind comparison, plus it was shrink- and pill-resistant in our tests. The sheets were generously sized so they can fit tall mattresses, and they come in a ton of colors so you can find the perfect set for your bedroom.

Certain soft sheets (e.g., flannel or polyester) can make you feel warmer, but this set's a rayon blend of Tencel and Outlast viscose that stores and releases body heat to help keep you at a comfortable temperature all night long. In fact, our testers unanimously said they felt the effect throughout the night.

These quality sheets cost more than others, but they're the softest option if you prefer natural cotton instead of synthetic fibers. They also feel more substantial and are made with Supima cotton, which is considered higher-quality than conventional cotton.

In Textiles Lab tests, these sheets were strong and had only slight shrinkage, though they did show some pilling after the fabric was repeatedly rubbed together. Our panel of reviewers liked them better than other cotton sheets in our test and appreciated that they didn't feel "slippery" like some soft sheets.

This one is priced higher than others, but it's worth the splurge and is one of the top performing sets we've ever tested. It uses long staple cotton in a sateen weave and a combing technique that removes short fibers. The result is a fabric that's both soft and durable.

Our testers liked that it felt lightweight on top of being soft and sturdy, and our textile analysts were impressed by its pilling-, shrink- and wrinkle-resistance capabilities in Lab tests. Just note that although it says to be organic cotton, we weren't able to validate the entire process being certified organic.

Even though it's light and breathable, this fabric proved to be strong and pill-resistant in our Lab's durability tests. Sleep testers loved that it was soft without a slippery feel, and said it helped keep them cool.

A perfect balance of soft and crisp, these cotton sheets were highly rated for comfort yet don't feel silky smooth like some others. They have a relaxed look and feel and are certified organic by GOTS. Plus, they're Fair Trade Certified, which focuses on ethical issues during the manufacturing process.

This fabric are a great option for hot sleepers because percale sheets are lightweight and breathable. They held up well to laundering in our Lab tests, though as expected they did show wrinkles due to their crinkled aesthetic.

Flannel sheets feel extra cozy thanks to their brushed surface that traps in air, creating a warmer cover. This set in particular performed better than any other flannel sets in our test, especially for its softness ratings: It was the only flannel set that unanimously earned a perfect softness score from our consumer testers.

Linen sheets are sometimes considered rough because of their unique texture, but these have a special pre-washing process that creates a soft, lived-in feel. In fact, they earned much higher softness ratings than every other linen sheet we've tested.

Genuine silk sheets are expensive, but they feel luxuriously smooth and have natural temperature-regulating properties. These sheets earned high softness ratings from sleep testers, who also appreciated how beautiful the fabric looked on their beds.

The first step is to figure out what texture of fabric you like and how warm or cool you want to feel when sliding into bed. Most people should have at least one or two sets of cotton percale or sateen sheets for year-round use, but you may want to invest in flannel or linen sets depending on how cold or warm your room gets seasonally (or mix and match different types of sheets for extra comfort).

Color/patternA new set of sheets can be a great way to add vivid color or pattern to your bed. Just keep in mind that brightly hued or patterned sheets might be harder to care for than white sheets that you can bleach or use OxiClean on. Stains from kids, sweat, periods, or bedtime snacks will be harder to remove without these more aggressive cleaning methods. If you use acne cream, you may also want to consider white or light-colored sheets (at least pillowcases), because the benzoyl peroxide can bleach the fabric. In our experience, white or solid-colored sheets will always look newer longer than those with patterns, especially those with lots of contrast, which we have found tend to look dingy more quickly.

Our pickRiley White Goose Down ComforterOur favorite down comforterLighter and loftier than others, this high-quality comforter has a silky-soft sateen shell and goose-down filling, and it feels better to sleep under than much pricier models we tried.

At, we personally test every sheet set featured in our product reviews and guides. Our hands-on approach allows us to evaluate sheets using different performance factors, and provide our readers with accurate, data-based recommendations.

We test sheets on the same mattress to ensure our ratings are as consistent as possible. Our team of sleep experts evaluated each sheet set based on performance areas such as quality of construction, longevity, and temperature regulation.

The sheets and pillowcases feel lightweight, and the fabric wicks away moisture from your skin. Sweet Zzz offers five color palettes for the set, as well as six sizes that correspond to standard mattress dimensions. The fitted sheet has a pocket depth of 14 inches, making it compatible with many standard mattresses. You can wash and dry each item at home.

Every item in the Cozy Earth Bamboo Sheet Set has a luxuriously silky feel that our testers with sensitive skin thoroughly enjoyed. We recommend the Cozy Earth set if you are willing to spend a bit more on exceptionally soft and cooling sheets.

Each pillowcase and sheet is made of viscose derived from bamboo that is naturally breathable. A silky-soft sateen weave allows the sheets to drape closely to your body, ensuring coziness and insulation from the cold when temperatures are low. You can also choose from five neutral color schemes. The fitted sheet has a pocket depth of 18 inches, so the set will be compatible with the vast majority of mattresses sold today. You can wash and dry each item in household machines for easy, convenient care.

The sheets are validated as Fair Trade, meaning the company promotes safe factory conditions and the economic betterment of workers. With this commitment to natural and ethical production, you can rest easy knowing the bedding is chemical-free and made without harm to workers or the environment. The percale weave makes the sheets and pillowcases feel initially crisp, but the items will gradually soften each time you launder them. This weave is also naturally cooling, which our hot-sleeping testers loved.

The sheets are made with 100% organic cotton that has gone through the certification process of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). These sheets use long-staple organic cotton with a percale weave and a lightweight thread count of 200. Three straightforward colors are offered to advance this understated-yet-classic look. The sheets can be machine-washed with cold water and tumble-dried on low heat. The pockets of the fitted sheet hold taut if you own a mattress between 11 to 16 inches in height.

Saatva has earned a strong reputation in the mattress industry for its quality products and customer care. The sheets come with free shipping as well as a 45-day sleep trial to give you an extended opportunity to see how these sheets feel on your own bed.

Each sheet and pillowcase in the collection is composed of durable extra-long staple cotton that carries the Genuine Egyptian Cotton certification, ensuring every fiber can be traced to cotton grown in that country. The sateen weave gives these items a silky, drapey feel that gets softer with age. You can choose from five neutral color schemes to compliment your bedroom decor. 041b061a72