How to Choose the Right Bedding for You

Whether you're a hot or cold sleeper, follow these tips to find your perfect set of sheets. 


What Sheets Should I Buy?

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The golden child has long been 100 percent cotton. “A great performer in warm and cold temperatures, it’s easy to wash and soft to the touch,” says Karin Sun, CEO and founder of the online luxury-bedding company Crane & Canopy. Cotton sheets are commonly found in either a percale or a sateen weave. Sateen, which has a subtle sheen and a silky, smooth surface, can be a tad warmer than percale, which feels similar to a crisp men’s shirt. Though jersey sheets are often 100 percent cotton, they may be worth rethinking: “Due to its stretch, jersey tends to bunch throughout the night,” warns Sun. Outside of cotton, linen is a great choice for those who want a lived-in look, and polyester is gaining in popularity.


Does Thread Count Matter for Comfort?

Look for the terms “long-staple cotton” or “extra-long-staple cotton” in the description instead. These long fibers are turned into the finer threads that indicate quality.

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What About the High-Tech Sheets I'm Seeing?

Keep in mind that there isn’t a lot of objective science backing claims that sheets can wick away moisture, cool the skin, improve circulation, or fight germs. But if standard sheets haven’t served you well, these innovative goods may be worth trying.