10 Best Sheets Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

A set of sheets that cover all the bases—and all four corners of your mattress—can prove surprisingly tricky to find. Around 70 percent of the sheet sets you’ll see when shopping is cotton, but not all cotton is alike.

“Cotton sheets might not fit your mattress after a year’s worth of washing,” says Rico de Paz, CR’s technician who oversees sheets testing. “All of the cotton sheets we tested could initially fit the queen-size mattress depth claimed on their package, but almost half of them didn’t after a year’s worth of wash cycles.”

Top 10 Sheets

Bestseller No. 3
Utopia Bedding Microfiber Fitted Sheet
4030 Reviews
Utopia Bedding Microfiber Fitted Sheet
  • Comes in different sizes with 15 inch pocket
  • All-around elastic and deep pockets fits oversized mattress up to 15 inches deep
Bestseller No. 4
Mellanni Fitted Sheet Brushed Microfiber 1800 Bedding - Wrinkle, Fade, Stain Resistant -...
3259 Reviews
Mellanni Fitted Sheet Brushed Microfiber 1800 Bedding - Wrinkle, Fade, Stain Resistant -...
  • FEEL THE DIFFERENCE - Sleep better and wake up each morning feeling refreshed and full of energy. Silky soft,...
  • Twin Size Luxury Fitted Sheet - 39"x75". 1 deep pocket fitted sheet with elastic all around (not just the...
Bestseller No. 6
California Design Den 400 Thread Count 100% Cotton Fitted Sheet, Long - Staple Combed Pure Natural...
1108 Reviews
California Design Den 400 Thread Count 100% Cotton Fitted Sheet, Long - Staple Combed Pure Natural...
  • Authentic 400 threads per square inch; pure Cotton with Sateen weave - retains softness for a lifetime
Bestseller No. 8
Luxe Bedding 100% Brushed Microfiber Solid Color Deep Pocket Fitted Sheet - Hotel Quality - Wrinkle,...
298 Reviews
Luxe Bedding 100% Brushed Microfiber Solid Color Deep Pocket Fitted Sheet - Hotel Quality - Wrinkle,...
  • TWIN - 39 x 75" + 15"
  • These sheets come in different sizes with 15 inch deep pocket for oversized mattress
Bestseller No. 9
Utopia Bedding Microfiber Fitted Sheets Pack of 6
807 Reviews
Utopia Bedding Microfiber Fitted Sheets Pack of 6
  • Pack of 6 Queen Bedsheet 60 by 80 inches size
  • All-around elastic and deep pockets fits oversized mattress up to 15 inches deep
Bestseller No. 10
Lavish Home 1200 Sheet Set
988 Reviews
Lavish Home 1200 Sheet Set
  • Brushed microfiber fabric is even softer than most cotton and features a breathable weave
  • Wrinkle free; stain resistant; hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites

Not all Cotton Sheets are Alike

All of the sheets in our tests are 100 percent cotton. Although the material is the same, strength and quality differ considerably according to our tests. We measure shrinkage by marking an initial set of four points in the center of a sheet pan about 20 inches by 20 inches and re-measuring after each round of washing and drying.

To test the strength of a sheet’s fibers, we clamp both ends of a small strip of the sheet in a machine that pulls it with increasing force until it tears. We use the same machine to measure the strength of the seams at the corners of a fitted sheet. In our tests, none were weak enough to be a concern under normal usage.

As for thread-count, don’t believe the hype. The sheets in our tests have claimed thread counts ranging from 280 to 1,000. Thread count is the number of vertical and horizontal threads per square inch. Our latest tests confirm that a higher thread count doesn’t guarantee better sheets.

How to Choose

Sheets are hardly a new or complicated product. So we think companies should be able to make sheets that are strong, fit well, retain their shape, and don’t cost hundreds of dollars per set. Until that happens, follow these tips from our experts.

Learn the Lingo
Along with thread-count, you may see terms like long-fiber, Pima, Supima, and Egyptian cotton. (If you see Supima, that’s a brand trademarked by the Supima Association of America that simply means Pima cotton grown in America.) Typically, long-fiber cotton is stronger and less likely to pill.

Terms like percale, sateen, and will are used to indicate how the fabric is woven. Percale is closely woven and feels crisper, while sateen has a softer feel and a glossier look. Twill weaves create a heavier fabric that can feel soft or crisp.

Softness
Feeling new sheets in the store will help you figure out how the sheets will feel once they’re washed. Our testers found that even after a year’s worth of washes, most sheets felt close to their initial softness. To help you choose, our trained sensory panelists judge the sheets’ softness and crispness after five items of washing.

Size Matters
Measure your mattress’ height, including mattress pads. Remember that padding settles, so measure in at least two spots away from the corners. While you should buy sheets that have a deeper pocket than the thickness of your mattress, it doesn’t always mean that they’ll continue to fit after you wash them numerous times.

Keep Your Receipt
You should wash your sheets before sleeping on them to remove finishes or excess dye. If the fitted sheet shrinks so much that it’s difficult to put on your mattress, or if you don’t like how the sheets feel once they’re washed, plan to return them. You’ll need your receipt to do that and also to take them back if the sheets are mislabeled or a piece of the set is missing.

 Sheets Can Shrink Significantly

Cotton sheets we tested shrank up to 6 percent, and some no longer fit on even the thinnest mattress—an 8-inch-tall foam model—after just 15 washes.

Our testers noted that initially, all cotton sheets could fit the depth of the queen-sized mattress as marked on their packaging (though not all packages carry such an indication). But after 25 wash cycles, only a few could fit a 14-inch mattress, and only the Matouk Sierra set could fit an 18-inch mattress (even though it shrank a fair amount). That’s something to keep in mind if you have a particularly thick pillow-top.

The Feel of Cotton Remains Consistent

We handled sheets before and after washing for our sensory perception test. A panel of staffers compared each sheet set to three reference fabrics, then rated each set on a scale of soft, softer, and softest.

Of the sheets we tested, our panelists didn’t notice a significant difference in softness before and after a year’s worth of wash cycles. That means that if you’re feeling a set of sheets in a store, you can expect them to feel the same even after laundering them for about a year.

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