When it comes to the most comfortable sheets, thread count isn’t as important as you may think. These bed sheets prove it.
You want the most comfortable bed sheets, but here’s the thing: It's not about finding a set with the highest thread count. That’s right—thread count isn't that important when it comes to how comfortable (and soft) your sheets are. “Look for the terms ‘long-staple cotton’ or ‘extra-long-staple cotton’ in the description instead,” Crane & Canopy CEO and founder Karin Sun has told Real Simple. “These long fibers are turned into the finer threads that indicate quality.”
You should consider other factors, too, including the finish and any dyes used. If you haven't found the most comfortable sheets yet, try these alternative bed sheet sets that forgo traditional cotton in favor of other bedding fibers. Who knows, one may be the key to a better night’s sleep for you, too.
Eucalyptus sheets are having a bit of a moment: Take this breathable set, which combines eco-friendly eucalyptus and long-fiber cotton for an incredibly soft feel. These sheets are hypoallergenic and antimicrobial and come in three neutral colors that promote nighttime relaxation. Each set includes a fitted sheet, a top sheet, and two pillowcases.
To buy: The Beach People Eucalyptus Sheet Set, from $159; thebeachpeopleco.com.
Brooklinen claims these sheets have “superior absorbency and moisture-wicking properties (even better than cotton!),” and more than 150 happy 5-star reviews seem to agree that these are very comfortable bed sheets. Made from Belgian flax, these linen sheets are soft from the start, lightweight, and great for hot sleepers—or anyone looking for a bed made for lazy summer mornings.
To buy: Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set, from $249; brooklinen.com.
Smart Fabric Sheets
Aptly named, these Georgia-born sheets are as soft as the skin of a peach. Made with a high-performing smart fabric comparable to 1,500 thread count sheets, they’re cool, soft, and smooth, as well as long lasting. Extra features include moisture wicking, an anti-pill finish, anti-snag capabilities, and an anti-slip surface. PeachSkinSheets are available in a huge variety of colors and seven different sizes, including specialties like Twin XL Dorm, California King, and Split King. (Fair warning: Sleeping on these sheets will make you wary of all other sheets—they are that comfortable.)
To buy: PeachSkinSheets, from $80; amazon.com.
Microfiber may not be your go-to bedding fabric, but these are Amazon’s bestselling bed sheets—and more than 30,000 five-star reviews don’t lie. These thread count–free sheets are smooth and, best of all, much more affordable than many other bed sheets voted most comfortable. A huge variety of colors—even patterns!—are available, as are both standard and non-standard sizes.
To buy: Mellanni Bed Sheet Set, from $28; amazon.com.
Yes, these sateen sheets are made from cotton—100 percent long-staple Egyptian cotton, to be precise—but their thread count isn’t advertised, which just goes to show that, even with high-quality cotton bed sheets, thread count isn’t everything. These comfortable bed sheets are ultra smooth with a subtle sheen, and the set can come with or without a top sheet.
To buy: Parachute Sateen Sheet Set, from $129; parachutehome.com.