I Tried Real Simple's Best-Rated Linen Sheet Set, and It's the Most Luxuriously Soft Fabric I've Ever Felt

The sheets are breathable, cooling, and so comfortable.

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The Citizenry Sheet Review
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Your bed is arguably the most important place in your home: It's a sanctuary for rest that should be supportive, comfortable, and the perfect temperature. And as a home shopping editor, I'm constantly testing out bedding to find the best products for a cozy night's sleep. I have several favorites, but my most recent obsession is a particular set of luxuriously soft linen sheets.

I've slept on The Citizenry's Stonewashed Linen Bed Sheets nearly every night since I received them from the brand a month ago, and I can confidently say they're like sleeping on a pillowy cloud. Made from 100 percent French flax linen, the sheets are naturally temperature-regulating and moisture-wicking to prevent sweating even on the hottest nights. They even kept me comfortable when my air conditioning went out in 97-degree weather.

Our product testers and editorial teams love The Citizenry sheets, too, which is why they awarded them the best overall linen sheet set on Real Simple Selects. Out of the 30 sheets tested, four sets—including The Citizenry's—were given a five-star softness rating.

The Citizenry Sheet Review
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To buy: From $275; the-citizenry.com.

The supreme softness is due to stone washing, a process that uses abrasive stones to soften the coarse fabric and make them huggable right out of the box. The sheets are woven to 160 grams per square meter, meaning they have a medium weight that's both durable and airy. Our testers noted that there was some shrinkage after washing these sheets, but since they're slightly oversized, they should still fit your bed nicely; however, I have yet to experience shrinking after several washes.

Not only are the sheets soft and breathable, they're also sustainably made in Portugal—plus, they're fair trade and Oeko-Tex® certified. They come in sizes ranging from full to California king, and they're available in 16 colors and patterns. You can easily wash the fitted sheet, flat sheet, and two pillowcases on the gentle cycle and tumble dry on low. Linen naturally sheds in the dryer, but this set didn't clog up my lint catcher as much as other linen sheet brands I've washed. They will get softer with each wash, and the brand recommends using wool dryer balls to fluff the sheets as they dry.

If you're not convinced yet, you can buy swatches of the linen to experience the look and feel before purchasing. And if you are convinced, you can grab the full linen bedding bundle that includes a duvet cover, flat sheet, fitted sheet, and four pillowcases.

Whether you're struggling with night sweats or just looking to refresh your bedding, you can't go wrong with these editor-loved linen sheets that have garnered the Real Simple seal of approval.

The Citizenry Sheet Review
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To buy: From $275; the-citizenry.com.

The Citizenry Sheet Review
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To buy: From $275; the-citizenry.com.

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