The Best Bed Sheets of 2018
How We Tested
I’m Camryn Rabideau, a freelance contributor here at Reviewed. I’ve always struggled to buy sheets I like—it seems that they’re either too rough or poorly made—which is why I readily volunteered to test out some of today’s top sheets to find a soft, well-made set. (Plus, who doesn’t want an excuse to nap during work hours?) Once upon a time, I went to school for Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, so it was an added bonus that I was finally able to apply my knowledge of textile science to my job!
If you’ve ever wished you could get paid to sleep, prepare to be jealous.
To test out each pair of sheets, I slept in them twice: overnight and for a one-hour nap. I evaluated how soft/comfortable each felt, as well as how much noise they made when I shifted around.
Next, I put each set through a series of tests to see how much they wrinkled and if stains were easy to remove. (Admit it, you eat in bed sometimes.) I stained them with cranberry juice and Diet Coke, crumpled them up in a ball, and left them sealed in a bag overnight. The next morning, I evaluated their wrinkles then rinsed them in warm water and put them through the wash. I didn’t use any stain remover or pre-treatment for this test—just regular laundry detergent.
Finally, each set was evaluated for construction. Personally, I always find that the corners of inexpensive sheets rip at the seams, so I used my background in textiles to evaluate the quality of the stitching. I also considered how deep the pocket on each fitted sheet was, as well as how easy the sets were to store.
What You Need To Know About Bed Sheets
We tested a variety of sheets, including both percale and sateen constructions. Percale sheets have a traditional woven structure, which makes them more crisp and breathable. The downside is that they can be a little more rough and wrinkle fairly easily. Sateen, on the other hand, are typically smoother and feel almost silky thanks to their unique weave. They’re less prone to wrinkles, but aren’t quite as breathable and can pill if not properly taken care of.