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The Best Cooling Sheets of 2020

By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Review Editor
Thursday July 23, 2020
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Sick of sleeping in swampy sheets? We researched dozens of the best cooling sheets before choosing the top 14 to test side-by-side for some serious summertime slumber. From linen and bamboo to microfiber and cotton, we compared their breathability and temperature control on hot nights and gauged how they feel against both pajamas and birthday suits. We judged how well they stay in place through tossing and turning, and how well they clean up from sleeping with the dog and spilling red wine on them. If you've woken up sweaty for the last time, we'll help you find your ideal cooling sheets.

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Best Overall Cooling Sheets


Wooflinen 6-Piece Duvet Set


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$170.00
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Material: 100% bamboo (viscose) | Pocket Depth: 16 inches
Incredibly soft and satin-smooth
Superb temperature regulation
Modern design is both attractive and functional
Construction could be more sturdy
Very few color choices

When it comes to keeping you cool, bamboo sheets are some of the best options available. Leading the pack is this exceptional specimen, the Wooflinen 6-Piece Duvet Set. Sliding into bed with these is like slipping inside a cool cloud of comfort. No matter if you love your PJs or prefer to sleep in the buff, this 300 thread count, sateen weave, modern duvet set feels like nothing else. If you prefer a separate flat sheet on your bed, Wooflinen sells those too, but we surprised ourselves by how much we love this modern set that swaps the sheet for a bamboo duvet cover. Both cold and hot sleepers alike slept comfortably cradled in these bamboo sheets. Red wine stains and excessive dog hair proved to be no match for this easy-to-clean set. And with an OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification, even sleepers with sensitive skin can rest easily knowing there are no trace amounts of harmful substances in left in the material.

As much as we adore how these sheets feel, they're not without their flaws. Compared to the sturdiness of other types of fabric, bamboo is less impressive and the seams and fairly loose stitching leave something to be desired. Any sateen weave is also more prone to snagging than percale (plain) weave fabrics. While we didn't experience anything coming apart or breaking during our repeated laundering and testing of the Wooflinen, we are a bit skeptical of these sheets' ability to withstand years of toenails and washing machines. And while we like the look of this bicolored set, there are very few color options available, making it next to impossible to match every color in the rainbow. Overall, however, we love this duvet set for hot summer nights and sweat-free afternoon naps.

If you're sold on the silky smooth feel of bamboo, check out our bamboo sheets review.

Thread Count: 300
Weave Type: Sateen
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified

We're over the moon for these 100% bamboo sheet-and-duvet-cover set from Wooflinen.
We're over the moon for these 100% bamboo sheet-and-duvet-cover set from Wooflinen.

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Best Cooling Cotton Sheets


Brooklinen Luxe Core 480


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$139.00
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Material: 100% long-staple cotton | Pocket Depth: 15 inches
Crisp yet comfortable
Excellent thermoregulation for all temperatures
Great look and fit
Higher thread count slightly limits breathability
Holds onto stains more easily

Cotton sheets are well-known for their breathability and durability and the Brooklinen Luxe Core 480 are every reason for choosing cotton all rolled into one cooling sheet. Their high, 480 thread count still manages to be lightweight and oh-so-soft on the skin. Retaining a slight crispness, they maintain a comfortable amount of air space around the body that keeps you cool on hot nights and warm on cold ones. They also manage to be both relaxed and chic, with fetching designs to modernize your bedroom, and they feature a simple yet durable construction that fits mattresses and pillows perfectly. From their excellent skin feel to their OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification, you'll question ever getting out of bed again.

One downside of these sheets is the slight decrease in fabric breathability from a higher thread count. However, this effect is mostly mitigated by their sateen weave, maintaining more space between fibers, and their crispness, allowing more air to circulate under the sheets and around your body. Keep in mind, however, that if you tend to eat or drink in bed, you'll want to be extra careful around the Brooklinen Luxe Core — it took us 6 washes of the fitted sheet alone to remove a red wine stain from the corner. That said, when it comes to cotton sheets that work to keep you the perfect temperature, we highly recommend the Luxe Core set.

Love the feel and durability of cotton sheets? Check out our Egyptian cotton sheets review.

Thread Count: 480
Weave Type: Sateen
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified

We love the look and feel of these ultra-chic 100% cotton sheets from Brooklinen.
We love the look and feel of these ultra-chic 100% cotton sheets from Brooklinen.

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Best Cooling Sheets Made of Microfiber


PeachSkinSheets Night Sweats


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$89.95
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Material: 100% dual-brushed microfiber | Pocket Depth: 18 inches
Thinness allows for breathability
Soft and feels like peach skin
Deep pockets and tons of color options
Construction and materials aren't the most durable
Can feel a bit clingy

Microfiber is polyester, polyester is plastic, and plastic is not particularly breathable. Yet the PeachSkinSheets Night Sweats somehow manage to be surprisingly breathable through hot nights. Though the name of these sheets perhaps conjures up some unsavory images of laying in pools of sweat, the opposite is actually true. Because microfiber is inherently less absorbent than natural fibers, the PeachSkinSheets are designed exceptionally thin and best utilized with a fan on a hot night. And because they're microfiber, this set is quite easy to launder and is one of the least wrinkly fabrics. With super deep 18 inch pockets and coming in a whopping 24 different colors, these sheets are well-equipped to cover your thick new mattress and match just about any decor in your home.

What they gain in breathability from being so thin, they trade in durability. Microfiber (plastic) is naturally more resistant to pilling than natural fibers, but not immune. Not only are these some of the thinnest sheets we tested, their single row of comparatively loose stitching all over does not inspire confidence that they'll last through years of tossing and turning. Repeated washings also revealed numerous loose threads popping out of seams. But if you dig the feel and ease of cleaning that comes along with wrinkle-resistant microfiber sheets, these are by far our favorite set for keeping cool when it's hot.

GSM (grams per square meter): 1500
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: None

We're solidly impressed by the breathability of this microfiber sheet set from PeachSkinSheets.
We're solidly impressed by the breathability of this microfiber sheet set from PeachSkinSheets.

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Best Linen Sheet Set


Len Linum European Made Pure Linen


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$179.99
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Material: 100% linen (European flax) | Pocket Depth: 16 inches
Superb fit and classic look
Excellent breathability
Durable design
More involved care
Stay stiffer longer than other linen

Linen sheets evoke images of clean, modern rooms with a classic elegance and the Len Linum European Made Pure Linen sheets embody that picture. Well-designed hems and seams make these sheets both durable and an exceptionally good fit on both mattresses and pillows. Offered in 8 colors, this set has the most diverse array of hues among all the linen sheets we tested. Spun from flax, linen sheets are among the most breathable option available. The Len Linum combine a comfortable weight that we love to lay under with a happy medium of crispness (allowing airflow) and moderate drape that cradles us off to blissful sleep. While linen is also well-known for its wrinkliness, this set is the least wrinkly of the bunch and (depending on your personal preference) doesn't even need to be ironed.

The biggest downfall of all linen sheets is that they involve a long process to break in and require more specific care then just about any other sheet fabric. We washed and dried every set of linen sheets we tested a full four times before sleeping on them, yet the Len Linum remained more stiff than the rest. It's also important to note that if you like silky soft, smooth sheets, you are almost guaranteed to hate linen. They are a uniquely textured feel that some people love and others don't care for. And though they will soften with every wash, they'll never match the silkiness of something like bamboo. But if you're into the grainy feel of linen, we whole-heartedly recommend this set as our favorite linen sheets.

Thread Count: Not specified
Treatment: Stone-washed
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: None

For a classic linen look and feel  the Len Linum are where it's at.
For a classic linen look and feel, the Len Linum are where it's at.

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Best Value for Linen Sheets


DAPU Stone Washed Linen


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$129.99
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Material: 100% linen (French flax) | Pocket Depth: 16 inches
Great fit
Crisply breathable
Neat construction
More textured than some others
Must line dry

When it comes to linen on a budget, the DAPU Stone Washed are a great choice. Even if they weren't less expensive than the rest of the linen sheets we tested (which they are), we'd still love what they bring to the bed. They softened up quite easily after a few washes and fit very well, covering our mattresses without shifting or pooling and keeping the pillows secured inside quality envelope-style cases. True to the best qualities of linen sheets, the DAPU breath very well. They manage to be both soft (for linen) and retain their crispness (without ironing), making them feel great on the skin and keep enough airflow for hot nights and enough heat for chilly mornings. Small, neat stitching helps reinforce seams on an already durable linen set.

As with any linen sheets, if silkiness is what you're after, you're bound to be disappointed. Though the DAPU are linen-soft, they're also more textured than most others we tested, which is a polarizing quality. When it comes to cleaning, linen is also a bit trickier than most, and these are no exception. The tags specifically tell you only to line dry them, which can be a pain depending on where you live — not to mention take a long time, even in the least humid of environments. But if you're ready for longterm (sheet) commitment, the overall high performance and relatively low price of this set makes them a high value commodity.

Thread Count: Not specified
Treatment: Stone-washed
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified

If you don't mind the feel of linen on your skin  this set won't be quite so shocking to your wallet.
If you don't mind the feel of linen on your skin, this set won't be quite so shocking to your wallet.

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Pure Bamboo on a Budget


Tafts Bamboo 4-Piece


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$99.99
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Material: 100% bamboo (viscose) | Pocket Depth: 17 inches
Good fit
Silky smooth feel
More durable construction
Wrinkly pillowcase "edges"
Limited color options

The Tafts Bamboo 4-Piece offer some excellent breathability and that classic bamboo silky-cool feel, for less than you might expect. It's challenging to find a set of sheets that truly fits and stays put on a wide range of mattress thicknesses, but the Tafts does just that. These smooth, buttery sheets stay in place rather than pool around you, and it's easier to stay cool in the comfort of 100% bamboo. Both warm and cold sleepers easily found midsummernight comfort at the same time in this solidly-built sheet set. Double-stitched seams protect in all the most vulnerable spots and lend some extra credibility to the longevity of these creamy sheets.

We noticed that these light-colored sheets more easily pick up little oil smudges from sleeping — or from nighttime lip balm or lotion — but they also readily wash clean (even from red wine!) The pillowcases aren't our favorite aesthetic, though. Their seams are sewn around the outside to stand up from every edge, but since they're made of floppy bamboo, they sag a bit awkwardly instead. The Tafts are also only available in a very limited selection of neutral colors, if that matters to you. Yet for the solid breathability and comfortable durability they offer, we're pretty big fans of these sheets — and their price.

Thread Count: 400
Weave Type: Sateen
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified

The Tafts are classic 100% bamboo sheets that we love - and they're not as expensive as we expected.
The Tafts are classic 100% bamboo sheets that we love - and they're not as expensive as we expected.

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Great for that Silky Cool Feeling


BAMPURE Organic


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$99.99
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Material: 100% organic bamboo (viscose) | Pocket Depth: 16 inches
Silky smooth
Extra secure elastic
Deep enough for oversized beds
Fitted sheet may pool
Wrinkles very easily

While pretty much all bamboo sheets are known for their silkiness, the BAMPURE Organics blow the rest away with how smooth and slippery they are. We felt like royalty sliding into these lustrous sheets. From their organic bamboo and sateen weave to the refreshing lack of harmful chemicals denoted by their OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification, the BAMPURE sheets feel great against the skin and over pajamas. Always ready to offer a cool side of the pillow, this set is breathable and a dream to sleep in all summer long. Its deep, 16 inch pocket is ideal for thicker mattresses that need a little extra space while extra elastic bands stretching over each corner help hold it in place.

Keep in mind that if you have a thinner mattress, these sheets are likely too deep and are bound to pool beneath you as you sleep. These are the most slippery sheets we tested, so getting just the right fit for your mattress is even more important. And, while all bamboo sheets are quite wrinkle-prone, the BAMPURE are exceptionally so. However, if you're here for feel over fashion, we think you'll love the luxurious feel of this silken bamboo set.

Thread Count: 300
Weave Type: Sateen
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified

Feel like royalty in the silky smooth BAMPURE Organics.
Feel like royalty in the silky smooth BAMPURE Organics.

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Less Expensive but Less Impressive


Simple&Opulence 100% Belgian Linen


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$139.00
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Material: 100% linen (flax) | Pocket Depth: 14 inches
Soft readily
Durable materials
Good thermoregulation
Hems don't match
Elastic is suspect

The Simple&Opulence 100% Belgian Linen sheets soften up easily without losing their rougher, textured feel. These less expensive linens are thick and durable while still offering an exceptional level of breathability that makes them great on both hot and cold nights. They come in several colors, including one of the only semi-bright colors of linen we found, and have an uneven-looking weave that creates a unique aesthetic in your home. A 14-inch pocket makes these a better choice for thinner mattresses, while the flat sheet still has plenty of room to be tucked in if you so choose.

We're not sure why, but the hem around the standard pillowcases and along the top of the sheet don't match. To boot, the sheet's hem is a decorative series of holes that seems like a questionable addition when it comes to durability. The elastic surrounding the fitted sheet of the set we tested also ended up unevenly stretchy. In some spots, feeling thick and strong, while in others feeling as though it has already lost most of its elasticity. We also would much prefer to have envelope pillowcases with our linen sheets. While this set is less expensive in the linen market, we're just not convinced it's the best value option.

Thread Count: Not specified
Treatment: Stone-washed
Pillowcase Style: Standard

Health Rating: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified

We're not so sure this hole-filled hem on the Simple&Opulence linen sheets is a good idea in the long run.
We're not so sure this hole-filled hem on the Simple&Opulence linen sheets is a good idea in the long run.

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Best Choice on a Tight Budget


SLEEP ZONE Easy Care


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$27.99
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Material: 100% double-brushed microfiber | Pocket Depth: 16 inches
Stays put well
Solid construction
Smooth for microfiber
Extremely staticky
Can't match natural fabrics for breathability

If you're here to save some cash, the SLEEP ZONE Easy Care are where it's at. This super cheap set of sheets might not be the most amazing of the bunch, but they hold their own and are our second-favorite set of microfiber sheets. They stay put well and are less prone to pooling than many others. While microfiber often feels slightly clingy, these are smoother than most, making for a more pleasant feeling against the skin. Despite costing less than just about every other set we tested, this lowered cost doesn't seem to be reflected in their construction, featuring neat, tight stitching and protected corner seams in the fitted sheet.

Importantly, though they stay put very well on our bed, on thicker mattresses, this may not be the case, as these have one of the shallowest pocket depths we tested. They also proved to be exceedingly staticky, shocking us repeatedly throughout our laundering and changing processes. And when it comes down to it, microfiber just can't quite match the breathability of natural fibers — but these do a solid job and are far less wrinkly. If you're too hot at night but your budget for new sheets is very small, these are a good value for what you pay.

GSM (grams per square meter): Not specified
Pillowcase Style: Standard

Health Rating: None

For solidly breathable cooling sheets at an absurdly low price  the SLEEP ZONE Easy Care are hard to beat.
For solidly breathable cooling sheets at an absurdly low price, the SLEEP ZONE Easy Care are hard to beat.

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Underwhelming and Oversized


Stone & Beam Belgian Flax Linen


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$186.99
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Material: 100% linen (flax) | Pocket Depth: 14 inches
Soften up fast (for linen)
Flexible and drapey
More durable materials
Massively oversized fitted sheet
Unimpressive construction

We love how quickly this linen set softened up after just a few washes, quickly becoming the most flexible of the bunch and draping pleasantly around us. As we expect from 100% linen sheets, the Stone & Beam Belgian Flax Linens expertly merge breathability with comfortable weight and have a pleasantly textured skin feel. Thick without totally stopping airflow from your bedroom fan, these sheets are an excellent option for sweaty summer nights.

However, this particular set of linen sheets leave a lot to be desired in how they're made. While the linen itself is sturdy, every piece of our set was not the size we wanted it to be. From pillowcases that are so short even our most flattened pillows hung out the end, to a fitted sheet that, well, didn't fit by a long shot. The surface of this sheet was several inches larger than our standard sized queen bed, making it extremely difficult to fit this in a way that wouldn't pool around us while we slept. The hems are also sewn with an odd holey design that's easy to snag. As much as we love linen in the summer, this set failed to wow us with its sloppy construction.

Thread Count: Not Specified
Treatment: None
Pillowcase Style: Standard

Health Rating: None

We can't believe just how oversized these expensive linen sheets from Stone & Beam are.
We can't believe just how oversized these expensive linen sheets from Stone & Beam are.

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Budget Bamboo Blend


Zen Bamboo Luxury 1500


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Material: 40% bamboo (viscose), 60% brushed microfiber | Pocket Depth: 18 inches
Fetching hems on pillowcases and sheet
Added breathability from bamboo
Fits deeper mattresses well
Oversized fit
Envelope part of pillowcases is too shallow

One of several bamboo-microfiber mixed sets we tested, the Zen Bamboo Luxury 1500 offer reasonable performance at a lower price. Their 18 inch pockets make them a great fit for exceptionally thick mattresses, and attractive patterning on the pillowcases and top of the fitted sheet add to the aesthetic appeal. And though they're no match for 100% bamboo sheets, the 40% bamboo composition does help them to be more breathable than 100% microfiber sheets.

For thinner mattresses though, the Zen Bamboo will surely pool in the middle of your bed, which detracts from their comfort and thermoregulative properties. We also greatly prefer envelope-style pillowcases, but these have such a small envelope fold that they're not much better than a standard pillowcase. Frustrations aside, if you're looking to upgrade to partial-bamboo but aren't ready to splurge on 100% yet, these are a decent stepping stone for a fraction of the price.

GSM (grams per square meter): Not specified
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: None

On a thinner mattress  the Zen Bamboo blended sheets easily bunch up while you sleep.
On a thinner mattress, the Zen Bamboo blended sheets easily bunch up while you sleep.

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Decent Bamboo Blend


LuxClub 6-piece Bamboo


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$34.95
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Material: 40% bamboo (viscose), 60% brushed microfiber | Pocket Depth: 18 inches
Good for thick mattresses
Decent breathability
Tons of color options
Shallow pillowcase envelopes
Move around a lot

The LuxClub 6-piece Bamboo is a set of sheets we'll only recommend for those of you with very thick mattresses. Their 18 inch depth and oversized pillowcases are built to accommodate larger, modern beds and super fluffy pillows. With good-looking hems on both the pillowcases and flat sheet, this set is meant to upgrade your sleeping space. The 40% bamboo adds more breathability than the average 100% microfiber sheet and LuxClub sells this set in a whopping 43 different colors.

As 60% microfiber, this set can't live up to the supreme breathability of the 100% bamoo sheets we tested. Instead, it's fairly thin, facilitating airflow from your fan (P.S. turn on your fan!). On a thinner mattress, those extra deep pockets work against these sheets and they cling to skin and PJs, quickly bunching into a sweaty mess on your bed. The envelope flaps on the pillowcases are also not quite deep enough to provide a truly secure fit for most pillows.

GSM (grams per square meter): Not specified
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: None

Though they're not topping the charts in this tough category  the LuxClub are an attractive set of sheets.
Though they're not topping the charts in this tough category, the LuxClub are an attractive set of sheets.

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All Season Option for Deeper Beds


CGK Unlimited Hotel Luxury


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$34.99
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Material: 100% brushed microfiber | Pocket Depth: 16 inches
Soft and flexible
Better for deeper beds
Solid all-season choice
All-around oversized fit
Elastic on the fitted sheet isn't enclosed

The CGK Unlimited Hotel Luxury microfiber sheets are an oversized set that's best used on thicker mattresses. Though more breathable than many 100% microfiber sheets, they can't quite compete against some of the seriously cool opposition. Still, they're soft and flexible, as we've come to expect from microfiber. With decent thermoregulation, they're a pretty solid — and less expensive — choice for cross-seasonal use. They also come in quite a range of colors.

If your bed isn't oversized, however, you may have some issues using this sheet set, as the proclivity to cling to clothes and skin make them quickly bunch on top of a thinner mattress. This is also the only sheet set we tested with the elastic sewn along the outside of the fitted sheet fabric, meaning that crucial strip of stretchy material is less protected than on a more standard design. And while we had no issues with the CGK Unlimited set coming apart or failing during our thorough testing process, we read a LOT of online user complaints about these sheets pilling, ripping, unraveling, coming apart at the seams, and fading.

GSM (grams per square meter): 1800
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: None

We don't like the elastic on the outside of the CGK Unlimited sheet set.
We don't like the elastic on the outside of the CGK Unlimited sheet set.

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Cheaper Option for a Thinner Mattress


TEKAMON Premium 1800


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$26.99
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Material: 100% double-brushed microfiber | Pocket Depth: 16 inches
Fits better on thinner mattresses
Space for airflow
More crisp than other microfiber sheets
Not particularly cooling
Feels like micro-cling

While we'll fully admit that this broad category of "cooling sheets" includes some seriously impressive competition, there's still something to be said about the set that comes in last place. The TEKAMON Premium 1800 are that set. They fit reasonably well on thinner mattresses, but still proved to be slightly oversized when it comes to surface area. Their clinginess made them stick to the bottom of our comforter, which helped create larger spaces for airflow, though not overwhelmingly so. And if you prefer slightly crisper sheets, these are a decent choice, at least when compared to other microfiber sets.

In every metric we evaluated, the TEKAMON Premium 1800 scored at or near the bottom of the barrel. Don't get us wrong, they're not terrible sheets, they just can't quite stand up to this impressive line-up of superbly breathable bedcloths in this review. They also lean a bit farther on the clingy side of the slippery-clingy scale for our taste, which further detracts from their ability to breathe on a hot night.

GSM (grams per square meter): 1800
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: None

Cotton and linen and bamboo (and microfiber)  oh my!
Cotton and linen and bamboo (and microfiber), oh my!

Why You Should Trust Us


This review enlisted the expertise of two of our Senior Review Editors, Maggie Brandenburg and Aaron Rice. Both of them live in the deserts of the American West and Southwest (Nevada and New Mexico respectively). With scorching hot summers and cold, snowy winters, Maggie and Aaron appreciate the value of a good set of sheets. They also have both been working from home for several years, arguably spending even more time sitting in bed than the average person. With backgrounds in scientific research, near compulsion-levels of attention to detail, and years of experience rigorously testing GearLab, Maggie and Aaron tackled all the most highly reviewed and best sheets on the market to tease apart which ones are truly the best.

We researched dozens of sets of top-rated cooling sheets before selecting this collection of contenders to purchase at full price for our notoriously rigorous testing. Though we don't have years to sleep on these sheets, we designed our testing plan to simulate extensive wear and tear and directly compared every single set to each other. We scrutinized materials, hems, and seams for flaws and weaknesses. We laundered them — according to their directions — repeatedly, spilling red wine, cuddling with dogs, and sweating in them between washings. We slept in every single set to assess breathability, temperature control, and how pleasant they are while you toss and turn — with or without PJs. We gauged how smelly they got, how their feel changed (or didn't) over time, and combed through thousands of online reviews and complaints. After all this testing and comparing, we humbly present to you this review of our honest and unbiased results.


Analysis and Test Results


On average, we humans spend around a third of our lives in bed. With so much time spent between the sheets, we knew we needed a comprehensive testing plan to cover everything we want when we climb into bed. We put together five mutually exlusive metrics to thoroughly evaluate every set of cooling sheets that came across our beds: skin feel, temperature control, utility, ease of cleaning, and durability. Each metric is weighted according to its overall importance to the sheet's performance. What follows is a breakdown of each metric, highlighting the best-performing sheets so you can better determine which ones are the perfect fit for how you sleep.

With the right set of cooling sheets  you'll never want to get out of bed again.
With the right set of cooling sheets, you'll never want to get out of bed again.

Skin Feel


Whether you sleep in a floor-length nighty or au naturale, the feel of your sheets is the most important part of your sleeping experience. We compared all different attributes of skin feel, from softness and slipperiness to flexibility and texture. We tested them in pajamas and our birthday suits to really tease apart differences in how they feel.

The Truth About Thread Count

Though most of us can't remember where we heard it, we all know that a higher thread count means a better sheet, right? Not exactly. There are two parts to what thread count (TC) numbers really mean and what's an optimal number.

Thread count isn't made up - it's an actual calculated number that comes from counting the number of horizontal threads in an inch and adding it to the number of vertical warp yarns in an inch. However, many manufacturers use "creative calculating" to artificially inflate their numbers, including tactics like twisting together multiple threads to bolster the final count.

Depending on what fabric we're talking about, different thread counts are possible. Because microfiber threads are so thin, their thread counts can be extremely high. (Confusingly, microfiber sheets are more often measured in GSM, or grams per meter, which often is inaccurately portrayed as thread counts of 1800 or more!) The practice of counting threads is most commonly - and most usefully - applied to cotton sheets. But once you get above a certain thread count, those cotton fibers are so close together that you start to lose much of the breathability that makes cotton so ideal in the first place.

Thread count also depends on the weave used, as sateen weave can accommodate more threads per square inch than percale or plain weave. In general, good quality sateen weave sheets range from 300-600 TC and good-quality percale sheets sit around 200-300 TC. Anything above that is either misleading or less breathable - or both.

If you're seeking the softest, silkiest pair of sheets, you want bamboo. The Wooflinen 6-Piece Duvet Set is our favorite of the bunch, sleeping like a dream. The BAMPURE Organic are a close runner-up, offering a serious amount of slippery silkiness to the tired user. The 100% cotton, Brooklinen Luxe Core are right up at the top too. They're not as silky slick as bamboo, but offer the comfortable smoothness of your favorite t-shirt.

The Wooflinen modern duvet set are a dream you'll never want to wake up from.
The Wooflinen modern duvet set are a dream you'll never want to wake up from.

If, instead, you dig the textured feel of linen (which softens over time but would never be described as "silky"), our favorites are the DAPU Stone Washed. They become pleasantly pliable after just a few washes and have a great texture that feels pleasant directly on the skin. The Len Linum are close behind, with a smoother finish, though they take a little extra effort to soften up.

A whole lot of silky goodness awaits you when you have the BAMPURE Organic set on your bed.
A whole lot of silky goodness awaits you when you have the BAMPURE Organic set on your bed.

Microfiber sheets offer yet another type of skin feel. These sheets are soft and flexible, lightly grabbing your skin or clothes. They require minimal effort or care to maintain this pliable fleecy feel. We like the PeachSkinSheets Night Sweats best of this bunch — they actually feel quite a bit like peach skin!

Laying in the Brooklinen Luxe Core is like being swathed in a cool t-shirt.
Laying in the Brooklinen Luxe Core is like being swathed in a cool t-shirt.

Temperature Control


Once you're happily nestled in your bed, to stay that way, a good set of sheets should help regulate your body temperature while you sleep. Since this review is all about cooling sheets, we awarded higher scores to sets with greater breathability and wicking powers. We tested their temperature control by sleeping in them through hot nights and testing them with a fan. While all of the sheets we tested are more cooling than the average set, there are distinct differences that our testing uncovered.

Material Matters

When it comes to the temperature control of sheets, the type of fabric makes a big difference. It largely comes down to natural vs. synthetic fibers, but not entirely.

Synthetic fabrics, like microfiber, (which is made of polyester, a type of plastic), generally aren't very absorbant. This makes them less ideal for soaking and wicking away your sweat. Instead, synthetic materials rely on air movement to evaporate your sweat before it collects in a puddle. The fabric is thinner than natural textiles, facilitating the required airflow you need to stay cool - and it's generally stronger too.

Natural fabrics, like linen (made from flax), cotton, and bamboo, are more absorbant. They wick sweat from the body to evaporate away from your skin. Each natural material has slightly different absorbing and drying properties. In general, cotton dries the slowest, bamboo absorbs the most, and linen maintains the best airflow through its fabric.

Knowing this and knowing how much you sweat at night can help you narrow down what type of material your sheets should be made of. However, we tested several sets here that perform outside the expected norm for the type of material they're made of, so remember that these are guidelines, not hard rules.

Natural fabrics tend to be more absorbent than synthetics, so in general, those types of sheets scored better here — but this isn't always the case. Some of the highest scoring sheets are the linen sets we tested. The Len Linum and DAPU in particular shine brightly. Not only are they absorbent and breathable, they also maintain a healthy "crispness" that helps them keep spaces around your body to further facilitate airflow. The Stone & Beam and Simple&Opulence linen sets aren't far behind and help lead this pack of cooling sheets.

When it comes to ultimate breathability  linen sheets - like these from DAPU - are some of the best in the biz.
When it comes to ultimate breathability, linen sheets - like these from DAPU - are some of the best in the biz.

Bamboo sheets also perform extremely well when it comes to keeping cool and regulating temperature, and always have a cool side of the pillow to offer on a sweltering night. The Wooflinen 6-Piece Duvet Set goes one step further. By eliminating the flat sheet and instead, covering your duvet with 100% bamboo, this modern set does an exceptional job keeping you cool on hot nights — and warm on cold ones. Though by a slim margin, the Wooflinen scored higher in this metric than every other contender we tested.

Skipping the flat sheet and going straight to the duvet cover  Wooflinen adds an extra boost to their already impressively breathable 100% bamboo set.
Skipping the flat sheet and going straight to the duvet cover, Wooflinen adds an extra boost to their already impressively breathable 100% bamboo set.

We're also thoroughly impressed by the cooling ability of the 100% cotton Brooklinen Luxe Core. Both because of their feel and breathability, these sheets impress us. When it comes to microfiber sheets — which are made of polyester, a plastic — no set earns a perfect score. Because they have very little wicking ability, microfiber sheets have a hard time competing for breathability against natural fabrics. However, we are pleasantly surprised by the PeachSkinSheets Night Sweats, which use exceptionally thin fabric to maintain greater airflow. They're far more breathable than we expected any microfiber set to be.

While most microfiber sheets can't hold a candle to natural fabrics when it comes to breathability  the PeachSkinSheets Night Sweats happily surprised us with their thin material that helps maintain airflow.
While most microfiber sheets can't hold a candle to natural fabrics when it comes to breathability, the PeachSkinSheets Night Sweats happily surprised us with their thin material that helps maintain airflow.

Utility


If your sheets don't fit or stay put, they're not particularly pleasant to use. We tested each set's utility by sleeping on them to see if they ride up in the corners or pool in the center. We compared their sizes on a standard queen mattress, considering pocket depth, overhang for tucking in, and elastic effectiveness. After sleeping on them, we noted which pillowcases kept their contents and which spilled the beans. And a small portion of each contenders' score includes the number of colors and sizes they're offered in, as well as how likely those patterns and/or colors are to be able to fit into a modern bedroom decor.

Measure Your Bed. Seriously

Knowing that you sleep in a queen-sized bed only gives you half the information that you need to pick out sheets. Remember, your fitted sheet not only has to cover the top of your mattress but also must stay tucked around the corners and edges, so the thickness of your mattress matters. Sheets that are too deep will bunch beneath you while you sleep. Too shallow and they'll pop up on the corners.

To know you're getting the right sized sheet, measure the thickness of your mattress (and any toppers you may have on it), add 1-4 inches, and look for that number as your target pocket depth. If you don't, your sheets likely won't fit very well and you won't be totally satisfied with your purchase.

Topping this list are contenders of several different types of materials. The Brooklinen Luxe Core (cotton) offers exceptional fit, from the impeccably sized fitted sheet that actually stays put while you sleep to the deep envelopes of the pillowcases that are perfect for every pillow. The Len Linum are our favorite of the linen sheets, with a similar fit that feels handmade just for your bed. We also love the Tafts Bamboo, which have a deep pocket but still stay put exceptionally well even on thinner mattresses, and well-designed pillowcases that never let their contents peak out.

We're seriously impressed by the exceptional fit the Brooklinen Luxe Core offers our pillows of varying sizes.
We're seriously impressed by the exceptional fit the Brooklinen Luxe Core offers our pillows of varying sizes.

Several sets we tested come in an astonishing array of colors. The PeachSkinSheets Night Sweats are offered in a rainbow of 24 colors, from neutral to neon. If that's not enough hues for you, the LuxClub 6-Piece Bamboo come in 43 different shades, including some seriously pleasing colors that are sure to match just about any bedroom color scheme.

Craving that classic linen look? The Len Linum are for you.
Craving that classic linen look? The Len Linum are for you.

Ease of Cleaning


How easy a set of sheets is to clean is largely tied to what they're made of. Every type of fabric and set of sheets we tested comes with its own directions for how best to clean and care for them. So we followed these directions to a tee. We laundered them all several times according to their individual directions and we noted which directions were painless and which are a pain the the tush. Always going a step further, we purposely sloshed red wine on every contestant, let it sit for a while and then washed it to see how easily it holds onto or sheds stains. We also noted which ones wrinkle a lot and which hold odors.

A Wrinkly Mess
One of the most consistent complaints we read about sheets is how wrinkly some of them are. While we don't mind a few wrinkles in a truly comfortable set of sheets, there are some ways to tell if a set of sheets is (probably) going to be wrinkly.
  • Microfiber or synthetic sheets are the least wrinkly. As they're literally made of plastic, they're far more resistant to wrinkles than any natural fibers.
  • Cotton can pick up wrinkles but are typically the least wrinkly natural material. You can help them be even less wrinkly by removing them from the dryer while they're still slightly damp and putting them directly on your bed or hand-pressing them into neat folds.
  • Linen sheets are often quite wrinkly, especially if you use your dryer. They're least wrinkly when line-dried. And because they require less washing than most sheets, if you do decide to iron them, you won't have to do it quite as often.
  • Bamboo sheets are made of bamboo rayon, which is one of the most wrinkle-prone fabrics out there. Though you can often iron bamboo with a low temperature setting, they will wrinkle easily just from sleeping in them. If you care a lot about wrinkled sheets, don't get bamboo.

No matter what type of sheets you decide to use, always be sure to follow the care instructions on the tag to help them perform - and look - their best.

Among the easiest, most painless sheets to clean, are the microfiber sets. This synthetic material resists wrinkles and stains and tends to have the simplest care instructions. Topping this list are the PeachSkinSheets Night Sweats, which were virtually wrinkle-free even after sleeping on them. All 5 of the microfiber and microfiber blended sheets we tested proved to be extremely stain-resistant as well. Even the ones we tested in light colors had no problem with the red wine coming out after a single gentle cycle.

Even after sleeping in them the PeachSkinSheets looked fresh out of the dryer.
Even after sleeping in them the PeachSkinSheets looked fresh out of the dryer.

The Brooklinen Luxe Core also surprised us with their ability to resist wrinkles. While cotton sheets often need a quick ironing to keep them looking crisp, by putting this set on the bed directly from the dryer, it looks as good as pressed without any of the hassle. By comparison, all the 100% bamboo and 100% linen sheets we tested are far more prone to wrinkles. Though, among these, the Wooflinen (bamboo) and Len Linum (linen) are the least wrinkly.

The cotton Brooklinen Luxe Core surprised us by how cleanly pressed they look - even without ironing and after sleeping on them.
The cotton Brooklinen Luxe Core surprised us by how cleanly pressed they look - even without ironing and after sleeping on them.

Durability


When it comes to durability, no set of sheets will last you a lifetime. However, once again, there are some general trends that our selection of top contenders followed — with exceptions. Without years to test these sheets, we did our best to simulate excessive wear in a shorter time and scoured the internet for common complaints about each set. We compared their fabrics and construction, examining fabric thicknesses, scrutinizing seams, and yanking elastic. We considered thread count and snaggability (and we're certain that's a word), checked for loose threads, sloppy stitching, and fabric pilling.

Health and Sustainability

Two looming questions are forefront in most of our minds these days: what's healthy for our bodies and what's healthy for our planet? When it comes to choosing sheets, you should ask those same questions. There are a few third party certifications that can clue you in.

A OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification means that the end product, or the sheets and pillowcases themselves, have been tested for trace amounts of harmful chemicals and have proven themselves not to have any of them. You can be pretty sure that sleeping on sheets with this certification won't introduce anything dangerous into or onto your body.

The Standard 100 certification doesn't cover any part of the manufacturing process though, nor does it take into consideration its environmental effects. If sustainability is what you're after, one excellent certification to look for is the OEKO-TEX MADE IN GREEN certification. Products passing this series of tests not only meet all the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification requirements, but also meet requirements for having been manufactured using sustainable processes in environmentally friendly facilities under socially responsible working conditions. We like that.

As yet another of those "general rules" with exceptions, the linen and cotton sheets perform best in this category. Long-staple cotton fibers are snag and pill resistant and upon closer inspection, the Brooklinen Luxe Core are also very well made, with neat stitching and quality construction. The linen Len Linum are the most impressive linen set in our line-up, with similar carefully assembled pieces of high quality materials.

Linen sheets are among the most durable we tested.
Linen sheets are among the most durable we tested.

Though bamboo isn't renowned for its durability, the Tafts Bamboo impressed us with more durable construction and double-stitched seams well-protected from the wear and tear of tired sleepers. Microfiber sheets can be quite durable, as their plastic make-up is often pill-resistant. However, some of the microfiber cooling sheets we tested don't have the most impressive design or construction.

Maintaining that "Goldilocks" temperature all summer long is much easier with the right set of cooling sheets.
Maintaining that "Goldilocks" temperature all summer long is much easier with the right set of cooling sheets.

Conclusion


Finding a set of cooling sheets that actually keeps you cool is a challenge. There are seemingly endless options out there that all claim to be the most breathable, wicking set of sheets you'll ever own — and they're all vastly different. By testing a wide array of possible materials and bringing our honest results to you, we hope we've made it easier to find the dream summer set that won't make you sweat.

Maggie Brandenburg