The Best Cotton Sheet Sets
$40 and Under
Winner: Court of Versailles Palace Collection
“They were exceptionally smooth,” said a tester. The fitted sheet was “easy to slip on” the bed without much fuss, thanks to generously sized corner pockets.
To buy: $40, samsclub.com for stores.
Runner-up: Canopy Simply Solids
“I never knew sheets could be crisp and soft at the same time―and they got even cozier with each wash,” raved one self-proclaimed “sheet snob.”
To buy: $36, walmart.com for stores.
$41 to $60
Winner: BJ’s Club Warehouse Living Home Luxury
Made of cotton sateen (finely woven cotton that gives the sheets luster), this set has an “excellent weight for year-round use” and a thick-stitched hem.
To buy: $60, bjs.com for stores.
Runner-up: Studio Wrinkle-Free Performance
Although “a bit rough” right out of the package, these sheets “got a lot smoother after one wash.” One tester praised “the luxurious, slightly satin finish.”
To buy: $70, jcpenney.com.
$61 to $75
Winner: Target Home
Testers voted these “ridiculously soft” sheets the most comfortable of the bunch. The fitted sheet is finished with strong elastic, so it “holds mattress corners tight without bunching or popping off.”
To buy: $70, target.com for stores.
Runner-Up: Chris Madden Wrinkle-Free
These thick, high-quality sheets “were like sleeping on silk,” said a staffer. They stayed “cool and breathable all night” and “came out of the dryer with hardly a wrinkle.”
To buy: $80, jcpenney.com.
How to Fold a Fitted Sheet―in a Snap
Few chores are more frustrating than trying to wrestle a fitted sheet into a neat little package. Try Fit & Fold, a set of four labeled buttons that snap onto sheet corners and lock together to create the perfect square. Keep them on permanently―even in the washer and dryer.
To buy: $10, fitandfold.com.
For more help with folding, see How To: Fold a Fitted Sheet.