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These are our favorite sheets to catch some Z’s

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Overhead view of a pillow with a white silk cover on top of a beige duvet

Photography: Nena Farrell

Other excellent silk (or similar) pillowcases

  • LilySilk 19 momme silk pillowcase for $45: This is the same price as the Quince pillowcase, but it is lighter, although it is barely noticeable next to each other. However, if you prefer no zipper, this is the silk pillowcase for you. It has some colors and prints that Quince doesn’t, so you may want to look at both brands and choose based on your color preference.
  • Silken Pure Silk Envelope Pillowcase for $98: This pillowcase is a splurge, but Silken Pure is remarkably high-end. Medea found that it is not as slippery as other cheaper pillowcases, but it is very cooling on the skin. She says it also holds up very well in the wash. She finds out that she has to adjust it in the morning since it doesn’t have a zipper.
  • Kitsch Satin Pillowcase for $19: This pillowcase is satin, not silk, but Medea says it’s better than similarly priced silk options. If he doesn’t want to spend more than $20 to $25, he recommends choosing this one instead of the cheap silk pillowcases he’ll find on Amazon.

Organic Leaves

Why buy organic sheets? If you’re buying an organic mattress, you’ll probably want to pair it with organic sheets. Otherwise, non-organic sheets can bring with them the chemicals and materials you avoided, including everything from formaldehyde and TCEP (a flame retardant) to phthalates—Back to your life. Even if you have a regular mattress, you can benefit from choosing sheets made from natural and organic materials.

Our favorite organic sheets

WIRED reviewer Scott Gilbertson tests organic bedding and these are the best organic cotton sheets he’s ever tried. They’re soft but not too silky, which is a feeling he doesn’t like (if he likes it, check out the avocado leaves below). Brooklinen organic cotton sheets are made with Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Certification organic cotton. they are also Oeko-Tex certified.meaning they are tested and do not contain any known toxic chemicals.

The 300 thread count makes it quite cool and soft, but not so tight that you end up sleeping hot. They are a great option for summer or if, like Scott, you sleep on the warm side even in winter.

Other great organic sheets

  • Organic cotton sheets with avocado for $180: These 600 thread count sheets are like sleeping on silk or satin and are 100 percent GOTS certificate Organic cotton from India. The only potential problem here is that, because they are such a dense fabric, they sleep a little warmer than you’re used to. There is also a 400 unit version that we have not tested.
  • Organic Linen Avocado Sheets for $499: These linen sheets are some of the heaviest Scott has tested and will likely last you for many years thanks to their heavy weight. They will get softer with each wash, but are initially rougher than other sheet styles.

Alternative materials

Why buy bamboo or eucalyptus sheets? Today, companies also make sheets from other materials, such as bamboo and eucalyptus. The latter usually requires less water than cotton and less aggressive chemicals than bamboo to produce sheets. Because bamboo plants grow so quickly, it is believed to be an eco-friendly resource that we can use without depleting the planet. However, it is not a perfect solution. He bamboo turning process Harsh chemicals are used in the fabric, which can actually contribute to air and water pollution. Bamboo viscose is slightly better than bamboo rayon.

A eucalyptus leaf

We were already fans of Buffy’s huge figure. Mobile plow, and now we are happy to have also tried the company’s sheets. They’re light and airy and yet feel warm, like you’re cozy under your favorite blanket, without making you feel hot or sweaty. WIRED reviewer Medea Giordano says her husband has a hard time waking up sweaty in materials like percale, even when they’re cool to the touch, but he commented on how nice it felt to sleep in them. However, she did notice that they slid down the side of her mattress more than other sheets.

The fabric uses a satin weave but is actually tencel lyocellwhich is made from sustainable wood sources (in this case, eucalyptus) and is biodegradable.

a bamboo leaf

While WIRED reviewer Medea Giordano says she prefers the coolness of percale, these Luxome sheets made from bamboo viscose are the softest bedding she’s ever slept on. They are silky and drape well, but have deep pockets and elastic straps to keep them on your mattress. all night. They have also withstood washing. We were nervous that they would get fuzzy like some similar cheap soft sheets we tried at Bed Bath and Beyond (RIP), but that hasn’t been the case.

Other great bamboo sheets

  • Bedsure Bamboo Cooling Sheet Set for $60: This is one of the cheapest sheet sets we found at stores like Amazon and Walmart, and it also happened to be bamboo. They’re made from rayon from bamboo (rather than viscose, which is better for the environment), and while they’re not as silky and cool as previous Luxome sheets, they’re a close second.
  • Quince Linen and Bamboo Sheet Set for $100: Quince Bamboo Linen Sheets are a good price for linen. They have a slightly softer, silkier feel compared to regular linen, but still maintain some of the weight and stiffness you’d expect from linen sheets. It’s made with 70 percent rayon from bamboo (less ideal than bamboo viscose) and 30 percent linen. These are also a little more refreshing to sleep on compared to other linen sheets.
  • Cozy Earth Bamboo Sheet Set for $389: Like Luxome, these bamboo sheets are 100 percent bamboo viscose, but they are more expensive. Still, they are incredibly soft, pleasant and cool to the touch. They warm up after about 15 minutes of lying in bed, but it still feels almost like they’ve melted around you.

A bamboo linen sheet

Quince Bamboo Linen Sheets are a good price for linen. They have a slightly softer, silkier feel compared to regular linen, but still maintain some of the weight and stiffness you’d expect from linen sheets. It’s made with 70 percent rayon from bamboo (less ideal than bamboo viscose) and 30 percent linen. These are also a little more refreshing to sleep on compared to other linen sheets.

The best budget sheets

On a tight budget? Some of our favorite sheets are surprisingly affordable compared to other similar sets, but they cover a variety of sheet styles.

Our favorite budget sheets

After a cross-state move that required me to get rid of everything that didn’t fit in my car, the sheets somehow didn’t make the cut. So I walked into Target to grab their cheapest queen sheet set off the rack and quickly left the store, because my moving budget was gone. The Room Essentials set from Target is made with a plain cotton fabric and I didn’t expect them to hold up for long, especially with my claw-happy cat in the house.

It’s been four years and I still use these sheets. They’re soft and lightweight after years of wear and feel a little like a favorite t-shirt I’ve worn just the right amount. My husband, to my anger, calls them “the pretty sheets” even though we have current nice sheets. They are affordable and comfortable to sleep in.

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