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Slipping into bed between soft sheets is one of life’s little pleasures. However, shopping for the perfect set can be a headache. With so many sheet options to choose from, you will need to understand some key factors and know your personal preferences.

While many shoppers focus on thread count, this is only one variable in the softness equation. Other characteristics are equally important, including the type of material, thread quality, weave, and craftsmanship.

We’ll share our picks for the softest sheets and explore the aspects that affect how sheets feel. We’ll then provide tips on how to keep your sheets soft. With this information, you’ll be ready to pick and maintain the softest sheets.

In-Depth Reviews

In addition to being supremely soft, the Luxome Sheet Set is breathable, easy to clean, available in a wide range of colors, and reasonably priced. A sateen weave enhances the bamboo-derived viscose’s silky-smooth feel, making this set a great option for people with sensitive skin.

  • Pros

    1. Viscose derived from bamboo offers exceptional breathability and moisture control

    2. Sateen weave gives each item a silky-soft hand-feel

    3. Available in seven sizes, including split king, and 11 solid colors

  • Cons

    1. Bedding may begin to pill prematurely

    2. Fitted sheet’s pocket depth of 15 inches is limited compared to many competing sets




100% Viscose from Bamboo



The Luxome Luxury Sheet Set uses viscose from bamboo in a 400 thread count sateen weave. While some higher thread count sateen sheets trap heat, the Luxury Sheet Set stays cool thanks to the breathability and moisture-wicking properties of viscose. The fabric also feels cool to the touch and is especially smooth. It has a good drape and luster reminiscent of silk.

Because of its ability to transfer heat away from the body while letting air circulate, the Luxome Luxury Sheet Set is ideal for many hot sleepers and residents of warm climates. The sheets are also quite durable, so they should have a good life expectancy if you care for them properly.

You can wash the Luxury Sheet Set in cold water on the gentle cycle. Avoid washing it with anything that could catch on the fabric, like zippers.

This set holds OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification, indicating that it’s free of many common harmful substances.

The Luxury Sheet Set is available in 10 colors, including both neutrals and more vibrant shades. Sets come in the six standard sizes along with split king. They include a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and two pillowcases packaged in a reusable carrying bag. Twin sizes have one pillowcase, and the split king set comes with two fitted sheets. Across sizes, each fitted sheet has a 17-inch pocket.

Luxome offers free shipping to the contiguous United States. Shoppers can try the sheets for up to 30 days and return them if they’re not satisfied.

This collection from Silk & Snow showcases the luxurious softness, breathability, and longevity of Egyptian cotton at an approachable sticker price. In addition to the standard sheet set, you can opt for a duvet cover or pillow shams made from the same material.

  • Pros

    1. Genuine Egyptian cotton sheets at a reasonable price

    2. Sateen weave elevates the fabric’s natural softness

    3. Sold in seven neutral color options and six sizes

  • Cons

    1. Pocket depth is limited to 15 inches

    2. Not ideal for people who prefer crisp sheets and pillowcases




100% Egyptian long-staple cotton



Since the material is prized for its quality, true Egyptian cotton usually carries a premium price tag. However, Silk & Snow Egyptian Cotton Sheets are budget friendly despite using hand-picked extra-long staple Egyptian cotton certified by the Cotton Egypt Association.

This sheet set is 300 thread count with a sateen weave, resulting in a fabric that is smooth, lustrous, and durable. Egyptian cotton’s exceptionally long fibers lend softness and breathability to the fabric. They also help with resistance to pilling.

Silk & Snow’s Egyptian Cotton Sheets are spun, dyed, cut, and sewn in Portugal by skilled craftspeople using environmentally conscious practices. The sheets are OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified, meaning they’ve been independently tested for harmful substances. The sheets are machine-washable in cold water.

Five color options are available, and sets come in the six standard mattress sizes. Full, queen, king, and California king sizes include a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and two pillowcases. Each fitted sheet accommodates most mattresses up to 15 inches thick.

Silk & Snow offers free shipping to the contiguous U.S. The Egyptian Cotton Sheets also come with a 100-night sleep trial and a 1-year warranty.

The items in Brooklinen’s Luxe Core Sheet Set nicely toe the line between coziness and breathability, making them comfy throughout the year. Pure cotton with a sateen weave delivers exceptional softness.

  • Pros

    1. Sateen-woven cotton is breathable and luxuriously soft

    2. Wide selection of colors and patterns

    3. Each order includes a generous 365-night trial period

  • Cons

    1. Pocket depth limited to mattresses between 10 and 15 inches thick

    2. People who prefer percale-woven bedding may find these sheets too silky




100% long-staple cotton



Made with 480 thread count long-staple cotton, the Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set feels buttery soft. While the drapey sateen weave gives the sheets a cozy feel, they are also breathable enough for all-season use. The finish and notable drape lend a polished look. With more washing, the sheets also soften and better resist wrinkles.

The Luxe Core Sheet Set fits mattresses between 10 and 15 inches thick. Tags indicate the long and short sides for easy bed making. These sheets hold OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification and are machine-washable.

Each set includes one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases. Size options range from twin to California king. The Essentials color line includes white, cream, graphite, and two neutral patterns. A rotating Limited Edition series offers a selection of additional patterns and solids.

Brooklinen offers a generous 365-day trial period as well as an additional 1-year warranty. Shipping and returns are free.

Cozy Earth’s Bamboo Sheet Set is remarkably soft — our testing team likened the hand-feel to that of pure silk. An emphasis on footprint-conscious production also earns the brand eco-friendly points, and shoppers can choose from 16 different color palettes.

  • Pros

    1. Bamboo-derived fabric with a sateen weave is exceptionally soft and smooth

    2. Fabric is resistant to pilling and other types of wear and tear

    3. Wide color selection includes neutrals, earth tones, and vivid tones

  • Cons

    1. Expensive pricing is a barrier to shoppers with limited budgets

    2. No size options for traditional twin XL mattresses




100% viscose from bamboo



The Cozy Earth Bamboo Sheet Set has the satiny feel and elegant drape that shoppers expect from luxury bedding.

These viscose sheets are derived from bamboo. Bamboo is a renewable resource, but processing it into fabric relies on chemicals. To produce quality sheets while minimizing the environmental impact, Cozy Earth works with factories that take steps to limit water, energy, and chemical usage. The resulting viscose sheets use a sateen weave to balance durability, breathability, and smoothness.

Since the Cozy Earth Bamboo Sheet Set wicks away moisture while letting air circulate, it’s especially appropriate for hot sleepers. The viscose fabric also tends to feel cool to the touch. Sleepers with sensitive skin may appreciate the silky, pill-resistant texture.

The fitted sheet has extra-deep pockets that can accommodate mattresses up to 20 inches thick. The sheets are machine-washable in cold water with regular detergent.

Shoppers can choose from five classic neutrals. Most sizes of the Cozy Earth Bamboo Sheet Set include one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases. The split king size includes two twin size fitted sheets, a flat sheet, and two pillowcases.

Cozy Earth offers free shipping, a 100-night sleep trial, and a 10-year warranty. All sheet sets come packaged in a reusable Cozy Earth tote.

Organic Sateen Sheet Set brings the luxurious softness of hotel bedding to your own bedroom. GOTS certifications and Fair Trade practices also distinguish Saatva as a company that prioritizes sustainability and ethical worker treatment.

  • Pros

    1. Pure cotton with a sateen weave provides a nice balance of softness, breathability, and longevity

    2. Wide range of size options including multiple options for adjustable beds

    3. GOTS certification ensures cotton is sustainably grown, cultivated, and processed

  • Cons

    1. No options for people who own low-profile mattresses

    2. Fairly expensive compared to the average cotton bedding set




100% GOTS-certified organic cotton



Saatva’s Organic Sateen Sheet Set is made from GOTS and Fair Trade certified long-staple cotton. While GOTS certification verifies that the material is organic, Fair Trade certification indicates that it meets specific environmental, social, and economic standards.

This set is 300 thread count and has a sateen weave, giving it a buttery feel that balances softness and breathability. The sheets are designed to hold up well with wear, becoming softer with each wash. Since the sheets are machine-washable in cold water on the gentle cycle, laundering them is simple.

The fitted sheet has a deep pocket that can accommodate most mattresses between 11 and 16 inches thick.

Each Organic Sateen Sheet Set includes one fitted sheet and one flat sheet. Full sizes and larger also include two pillowcases, while twin and twin XL sizes come with one pillowcase. Shoppers can choose from three classic neutrals: white, ivory, and grey. These colors either take advantage of the cotton’s natural hue or use eco-friendly dyes. The set is available in nine sizes, including the six standard sizes along with split king, queen upper-flex, and king upper-flex. The split king option comes with two twin XL fitted sheets.

Saatva offers free shipping in the contiguous United States, a 45-day return policy, and a 1-year limited warranty.

This sheet set is silky soft and specifically designed to keep you cool throughout the night. The machine-washable fitted sheet has a special elastic band included to keep it in place.

  • Pros

    1. Proprietary Dri-Tec fabric sleeps cool and wicks moisture away from your body

    2. Ultra-stretchy composition ensures excellent stability and shape retention

    3. Available in 10 colors and more than a dozen sizes

  • Cons

    1. Expensive pricing is a barrier to shoppers with tight budgets

    2. Returns are only accepted for unopened bedding




100% polyester



If you’re looking for bedding that’s a little outside the box, Bedgear’s Dri-Tec Sheet Set might be right up your alley. Each item in this collection is composed of polyester that’s been engineered for exceptional elasticity, making sheets and pillowcases resistant to rips and tears. Dri-Tec also offers excellent cooling and moisture control, making this set a great match for hot and humid environments.

A thick band along the perimeter helps keep your fitted sheet in place, even if you frequently toss and turn or change sleep positions. The pillowcases come equipped with the same band to keep your pillow intact throughout the night. A pocket depth of 17 inches makes the sheet compatible with most mattresses sold today. You can choose from 14 different sizes, including standard dimensions and several split and split head options. The set is also available in ten solid colors. All items in the set are fully machine-washable.

Although the sticker price is somewhat expensive — especially for the larger sizes — Bedgear offers free shipping throughout the contiguous U.S. Returns are accepted for the Dri-Fit Sheet Set within 100 days, but only if the bedding has not been removed from its original packaging.

Softness and temperature regulation don’t always go hand in hand, but Sijo’s DOZ Bamboo Sheet set proves your bedding can have both qualities. The breathable, moisture-wicking fabric does wonders on exceptionally hot and humid nights.

  • Pros

    1. Bamboo-derived viscose sleeps cool and feels luxuriously smooth

    2. Available with or without a flat sheet

    3. Wide range of neutral color and earth tone options

  • Cons

    1. Sheets may feel too drapey for people who prefer crisp bedding

    2. Sleep trial limited to seven nights




100% viscose derived from bamboo



If you’re prone to night sweats, you know the value of investing in sheets that wick moisture away from your body and keep you dry while you sleep. Sijo’s DOZ Bamboo Sheet Set offers some of the best moisture control our team has seen in bedding we’ve tested. Each item is composed of viscose derived from bamboo, a material sleepers love for its breathability and cooling properties, and a sateen weave gives the sheets and pillowcases a soft, drapey finish without increasing heat retention.

You can choose from six sizes for your set, all of which correspond to standard mattress dimensions. Twin and twin XL sets include a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and one pillowcase, while larger sizes add a second pillowcase. You can choose to omit the flat sheet if you prefer not to use one and want to save some money on your purchase. The fitted sheet has a pocket depth of 16 inches, making it compatible with most mattresses made today. Seven neutral color palettes are available.

Whether or not you keep the flat sheet, the DOZ Bamboo Sheet Set is affordably priced compared to similar bedding collections from competing brands. U.S. customers receive free standard delivery with their purchase of a full size set or larger, but you can also pay extra for expedited shipping if you need new bedding right away. Sijo permits returns within one week of the delivery date.

A breathable blend of cotton and bamboo-derived rayon ensures exceptional cooling for this Brooklyn Bedding sheet set. The fitted sheet’s 17-inch pocket depth should also come in handy if your mattress is on the thicker side.

  • Pros

    1. Cotton-rayon composition delivers first-rate temperature control

    2. Sateen weave gives each item a soft, smooth hand-feel

    3. Generous pocket depth accommodates most mattresses

  • Cons

    1. Color selection limited to three options

    2. Not ideal for those who prefer crisp percale-woven sheets




100% Organic Long-Staple Cotton



Boll & Branch Signature Hemmed Sheets use high-quality GOTS-certified organic cotton threads to allow airflow without sacrificing durability. Thanks to the material’s breathable construction, sleepers can enjoy the Signature Hemmed Sheets in any season.

The set uses a buttery sateen weave that feels soft to the touch. It’s likely to get more comfortable over time, becoming more supple with each wash. The material drapes nicely, providing a cozy feel without retaining excessive warmth.

In addition to using GOTS-certified organic cotton, Boll & Branch Signature Hemmed Sheets hold OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification and are produced in a Fair Trade certified factory.

The Signature Hemmed Sheets are available in nine neutral tones. Full, queen, king, and California king sets include one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases. Twin and twin XL sets have one pillowcase instead of two, and the split king set has two fitted sheets. Each fitted sheet has a 17-inch pocket depth, which fits most mattress models.

Boll & Branch offers free shipping and a 30-night return period with free returns.

The Miracle Made Sheet Set proves bedding can both feel soft and regulate temperature well. A breathable lyocell-cotton blend woven with cooling silver fibers is highly suited to hot and humid conditions, but the sateen weave ensures a silky-smooth texture and close drape.

  • Pros

    1. Exceptionally breathable, silver-infused fabric provides excellent temperature control

    2. Sateen weave creates a luxuriously soft and smooth feel

    3. All orders include a complimentary, three-piece towel set

  • Cons

    1. Somewhat expensive compared to competing sheet sets

    2. Not available in a twin XL size




Lyocell, cotton, silver fiber



Temperature regulation is a major priority for many sleepers, and some sheet sets offer more cooling and moisture control than others. Miracle Made’s Sheet Set is a prime example. Each item in this collection is made from a breathable blend of lyocell and cotton. A sateen weave softens the sheets and pillowcases, resulting in a nice drape and minimal heat retention. 

Twin, full, queen, king, and California king sizes are available. You can also choose from eight color schemes ranging from classic neutrals to more striking options like navy blue and terracotta. All sets come with a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and one to two pillowcases. You’ll also receive a matching three-piece towel set with your order. The fitted sheet has a pocket depth of 16 inches, making it compatible with most mattresses made today. 

The fabric is infused with silver fibers intended to help your sheets and pillowcases stay fresh, but you should still launder your bedding on a regular basis to keep your sleep surface clean and hygienic. Follow the care instructions to ensure a maximum lifespan. Standard ground shipping is free for U.S. shoppers, and Miracle Made also delivers to Canada, Europe, and Australia. You may return your sheets for a refund or exchange them for a new set within 30 days of receipt.

Softest Sheets Video

Watch the video below to learn more about our picks for soft sheets. We delve into the feel of our top sheets and how they performed in the test lab.

Why You Should Trust Us

Our team of sleep product experts has personally researched and tested hundreds of sheet sets. Since we vary in body types and sleep preferences, we understand how different sleepers may experience the same products. Backed by our years of experience and a commitment to accurate, actionable information, we perform extensive evaluations to assess each sheet set in depth.

How to Choose the Softest Sheets

Many sheet sets tout their softness, so choosing the best option for you can be difficult. Adding to the confusion, some manufacturers make misleading claims about thread count. However, there are several critical aspects you can focus on when shopping for the softest bed sheets.

What to Consider When Buying Soft Sheets

Marketing claims can make nearly any sheet set sound ideal. Manufacturers may inflate their thread counts, exaggerate their material quality, misrepresent the type of fiber, or mislead shoppers about the health or sustainability of their products.

The best way to see past promotional jargon is to focus on your priorities regarding sleep temperature, aesthetics, price, and overall feel, as well as your personal preferences in general.

  • Weave and Knit
    Weave and knit refer to how individual threads come together to form the sheet. Woven sheets consist of lengthwise threads (warp) and widthwise threads (weft). A simple one-over-one-under weave is called percale, which makes sheets airy and crisp. The denser sateen weave features a three-over-one-under pattern or a four-over-one-under pattern. Sateen exposes more of the surface of the thread for a smoother, softer sheet with a noticeable drape.

    Knit sheets are also known for their softness. Created using a continuous thread that is looped together, knit sheets are stretchier than woven sheets and feel like a worn t-shirt.

  • Ply
    Ply describes how many yarns are twisted together to make up a thread. Sheets can be single, double, or even triple ply. Generally, a lower ply count indicates a higher quality thread. Single-ply threads require strong, supple long-staple fibers. Short-staple fibers need to be twisted together into multi-ply threads, exposing more fiber ends for a rougher feel.
  • Thread Count
    Thread count is a measure of how many threads are in a square inch of fabric. Finer threads take up less space and can be more densely woven. This results in a higher thread count. For softer sheets, aim for a thread count between 200 and 600, depending on the material.

    Keep in mind that thread count is not always an indication of quality or softness. Most sleepers won’t notice a significant difference between the feel of sheets past a thread count of 600. Additionally, be cautious with sheets claiming to have a thread count over 900. Some manufacturers count each ply separately, artificially inflating the thread count of lower-quality two- or three-ply sheets.

  • Staple Length
    Staple length describes the length of the individual fibers used to spin the yarn. Long-staple fibers create stronger, softer threads, which in turn make for stronger, softer sheets.
  • Design, Color, and Pattern
    While most dyes do not significantly impact the feel of the fabric, chemical dyes could affect the quality of the fibers. For a softer feel, solid sheets in natural colors are usually the safest bet.

    Otherwise, check that the sheets use a gentle dye. A good guideline is to look for OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification, which verifies that the sheets are free from certain harmful substances.

  • Breathability
    For hot sleepers and those who live in warm climates, sheet breathability is often as important as softness.

    The one-over-one-under percale weave makes for a crisp, airy sheet. Percale fabric is generally smooth and becomes softer with age. Meanwhile, knit sheets tend to be breathable, soft, and stretchy. The denser weave of sateen sheets is typically smooth and buttery, but it also traps more heat.

    Material type is another consideration for breathability. Natural fibers, like cotton and linen, tend to sleep cooler than all-synthetic options. Viscose, a semisynthetic fabric, is also popular for its balance of softness and breathability.

  • Feel
    Feel may be the most obvious measure of softness. However, even the most vivid description can only go so far in communicating the texture of a sheet, particularly since feel is subjective. Understanding how weave and material affect the feel can help you better anticipate how soft a sheet set may be. Some companies also offer sleep trials, allowing shoppers to experience the sheets firsthand.
  • Fit
    The pocket of your fitted sheet should easily accommodate your mattress’ depth. If the sheet is too tight, it could damage the fabric or pop off your bed. A fitted sheet that is too big could wrinkle or bunch, which many sleepers find uncomfortable. Pay attention to the stated size and pocket depth before purchasing a sheet set.
  • Price
    Price is not always an indicator of quality, but premium raw materials and high-quality production processes often lead to softer sheets and higher price tags. That said, not all expensive sheets are soft, and some budget-friendly options are.
  • Durability
    Softness and durability often go hand in hand. Long-staple fibers are a key component of most ultrasoft sheets. These fibers are soft and strong, creating fabric that stands up well to wear and tear while maintaining a smooth texture.
  • Ease of Care
    Washing your sheets regularly keeps your bedding fresh. High-quality sheets typically maintain their shape and appearance with proper care. In fact, many sheets that use long-staple fibers get softer over time.

How Material Type Affects the Softness of Sheets

Material plays a major role in how a fabric feels, and there are several options that can create soft sheets. Breathable cotton and cozy flannel are perhaps the most common. Luxurious silk, moisture-wicking viscose from bamboo, and smooth Tencel are also popular. Fully synthetic polyester and microfiber sheets can also provide softness at an affordable price.

Each of these materials has a different feel and performance. While any of them can be soft, their textures vary. Therefore, the softest material for bed sheets depends primarily on your preferences.

  • Cotton: Cotton comes in short- and long-staple varieties. Sheets made of short-staple cotton have more exposed fiber ends, so they may feel rough. Long-staple fibers create a thread that is fine, smooth, and strong, leading to softer sheets.
  • Flannel: Flannel can use cotton, wool, polyester, or microfiber. Cotton is usually the softest. Once woven, the fabric is brushed to lift fine fibers. This creates a fuzzy softness that feels especially cozy in cold climates.
  • Silk: Created from the cocoons of silkworms, fine diameter silk threads make for lustrous, smooth sheets that are soft on the skin without feeling slippery.
  • Bamboo: Types of fabric derived from bamboo include rayon, lyocell, viscose, and bamboo linen. Most are semisynthetic due to their chemical processing. They tend to be silky, moisture-wicking, and breathable. However, bamboo linen is minimally processed and has a rougher feel.
  • Tencel: Like most bamboo-based fabrics, Tencel is made from processed wood pulp. The resulting material has smooth, silk-like qualities. Tencel sheets are also moisture-wicking and breathable.
  • Polyester: Polyester is a synthetic fiber made from petroleum. While lightweight and smooth, polyester sheets can often pill and trap heat.
  • Microfiber: Microfiber consists of extremely fine fibers, typically made from polyester, nylon, or a combination of the two. These thinner fibers make microfiber sheets softer and sleeker than most polyester options. However, they’re also prone to heat retention and pilling.

Tips to Help Keep Sheets Soft

Sheets may feel coarse due to chemical treatments during manufacturing, low thread count, short staple length, and other factors. Whether your sheets are supple right out of the package or start out rough, there are several methods to soften them.

Weekly washing is the most common method. This cleanses the fabric of dirt, sweat, and body oils that can affect how the sheets feel. Many sheets also grow softer with each wash. Follow the manufacturer’s care instructions and avoid harsh detergents to preserve the life expectancy and comfort of your sheets.

  • Baking Soda and Vinegar
    Traditional laundry detergents may include chemicals that could build up on the fabric, stiffening your sheets. Running a wash cycle with a half cup of vinegar and a cup of baking soda instead of your usual detergent can help remove residue to soften the fabric.
  • Line Dry
    The high heat of a dryer can be tough on fabric. Line drying is a good alternative. You might hang your sheets on a line outside or in your laundry room, space permitting. Line drying can extend the life of your sheets and enhance their softness. It can also slash your energy bill and reduce your environmental impact. If you do not have space to line dry your sheets, drying them on a low heat setting is also effective.
  • Should I Use Fabric Softener?
    Using fabric softener on sheets is generally not advisable. Fabric softener works by coating the fibers, reducing static and wrinkles. While fabric softener may make some sheets feel softer at first, it can leave a residue that damages fibers, decreases breathability, and reduces softness. Additionally, high-quality sheets do not tend to need fabric softener to feel soft.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the softest thread count for sheets?

Most soft cotton, viscose, and Tencel sheets have thread counts between 200 and 600. In general, longer staples can create finer fibers, lending to higher High-quality linen sheets usually have thread counts between 80 and 140, though these numbers are rarely published. Flannel, silk, and microfiber sheets are typically measured in weight instead of thread count.

What are the softest cotton sheets?

The softest cotton sheets are generally made from long-staple fibers in a sateen weave with a thread count of 200 to 600. However, sheets made with a similar thread count and weave can feel different based on the variety of cotton, the manufacturing process, and the quality of the craftsmanship.Softness is subjective, so keep your preferences in mind when shopping for sheets.

What are the softest sheets for hot sleepers?

Popular soft sheet options for hot sleepers include cotton with a percale weave, Tencel, and viscose. Cotton percale sheets usually aren't as soft as those with a sateen weave. However, their more open weave pattern allows ample airflow, and the material softens with additional washing. Tencel and viscose are typically cool to the touch, lightweight, breathable, and moisture wicking, making them ideal for many hot sleepers.

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