So, a little birdy tells me you're on the hunt for the softest sheets your wallet can buy. And I know you don't want to just headfirst dive into a bedsheet purchase without doing proper research, right? Right! But, like, every sheet set out there claims to be the smoothest, butteriest one ever made. And, phew, the price range is mind-boggling.
Don't worry! The first thing to remember when shopping for soft sheets is that it's all subjective, says Preeti Gopinath, associate professor and director of the textiles MFA program at Parsons School of Design in New York. You may find the crisp, clean feel of percale to be the softest thing you've ever touched or believe that the breathable linen is sent straight from the gods. You do you! That said, Gopinath explained that these are generally thought of as the softest fabrics to sleep in:Microfiber: Made up of synthetic fibers (read: materials), this super tight weave not only feels buttery but is v budget-friendly. Heads up: These sheets can sometimes get hot and feel less "natural" than other options. Sateen: This is a *type* of weave pattern where one thread going in one direction is floated over several threads going in the other direction, creating a smooth, luxe feel (especially when paired with 100 percent cotton).Flannel: The brushed cotton (the hero in this story) in this fabric traps in the air for all the warmth and coziness. Beware, sh*t gets hot. Rayon: Sometimes known as lyocell or viscose, this fiber is synthetic but comes from natural sources like wood pulp. It can mimic cotton in look and feel. Plus, it's absorbent as hell if you're a sweaty sleeper. Silk: All hail the fiber that literally comes from bugs. It's pricey but oh my god is it soft, smooth, shiny, and strong.
Okay, now that you're somewhat of a bedding expert I'm going to let you in on one more little secret: Thread count is definitely not the most important thing. Sure, a higher thread count can sometimes make sheets softer, but it's the fiber content and type of weave that are the masterminds.
Now, do you feel armed and ready to shop? Great! Go forth my sleeping beauties. Catch all the Zs.Advertisement - Continue Reading Below1If you have an extra-thick mattressMicrofiber Sheets Set LBRO2M
Ugh, finally a fitted sheet that actually can fit around a big mattress. This bb can hug up to 16 inches of bed and has an enviable price point.2If you want to make a grown up purchaseSateen Sheet SetParachute Home
One reviewer said that this Egyptian cotton + sateen sitch gave them the "best sleep in years" so do with that what you will!3If you're looking to snuggleCloud Brushed™ Organic Flannel SheetsCoyuchi
@ cold-weather dwellers! Presenting a set that truly feels like you're sleeping in your favorite lumberjack button-down. They also get shipped in a reusable, organic cloth bag if you need another reason to buy.4If you want something breathableLinen SheetsLINOTO
While linen isn't on the list of "traditionally" soft fabrics, Gopinath says to trust the process. After a few washes, you'll be sleeping on objectively the coziest sheets known to humankind.5If you want something eco-friendlyEucalyptus Sheet SetSIJO
"Hey Siri, what feels like silk but won't cost me a month's rent?" So glad you asked, it's this 100 percent lyocell sheet set that's cool to the touch and sustainably made. :)6If you're looking for high quality with a low price tagSuper Soft Microfiber Bed Sheet SetSONORO KATE
Fair warning: The double-brushed microfiber in this set may result in the dreamiest sleep ever.7If you want to be on a forever vacationMarriott Signature Sheet SetMarriott
Two words: hotel sheets. While this percale set is definitely on the crisper side, it's made of cotton and polyester blend fibers for a soft, wrinkle-free Eloise at The Plaza experience.8If mid-range fancy is your thingCotton Sateen Fitted SheetThe Company Store
The brilliance of cotton mixed with the silkiness of a sateen weave. Ugh! Brilliant! Not to mention there are 20 bomb colors to choose from depending on your vibe.9If you like the classicsLightweight Microfiber Sheet SetAmazon Basics
Amazon Basics is lowkey the hero of the home. These guys are simple, soft, and work with any budget. But don't listen to me, listen to the 275,000+ glowing reviews.10If you want a sustainable setBamboo Lyocell Sheet SetEttitude
Not only are bamboo sheets a great sustainable option, but they're also super breathable and, thus, temperature regulating—so you betcha you can sleep on them in both winter and summer.11If you feel like treating yourselfLuxe Hardcore Sheet BundleBrooklinen
Brooklinen’s Luxe collection feels buttery soft and comes in so many different chic patterns and colors. What's more is these super-smooth fitted sheets are also labeled with “short” and “long” sides, which means making your bed won't be so headachingly confusing anymore.12If you want a dealBrushed Microfiber BeddingMellanniNow 16% off
This microfiber set has nearly 200,000 top-rated Amazon reviews. And if thousands of high praise doesn't convince you, then maybe the numerous colorways and under-$40 price tag will.13If you wanna totally ball outMomme Silk Bed SheetsTHXSILK
Feelin' extra bougie? Go ahead and drop some $$$ on these stunning mulberry silk sheets. I promise, they're worth it.