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Best Fitted Sheets of 2020

By Aaron Rice ⋅ Review Editor
Tuesday August 18, 2020
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Need to replace a worn-out fitted sheet? Our team researched dozens of the top options for both microfiber and cotton sheets and purchased 10 of the best available to compare side-by-side. Our stay-at-home experts spent a ton of time rolling around to assess next-to-skin comfort and how well these sheets stay put. We put them through the wringer — literally, through multiple wash and dry cycles — to test ease of cleaning and to evaluate durability. Whether you need to change sizes to go with a new mattress, or want to mix-and-match colors, we've put in the sleep time to find you a perfect fit.

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Best Microfiber Fitted Sheet


COSMOPLUS Micro-Knit


Editors' Choice Award
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$18.99
(47% off)
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GSM Weight: Not Listed | Pocket Depth: 14 inch
Spandex allows for lots of extra stretch
Thin, yet strong
Well-fitted corners
Lack of sizes offered
Material takes extra drying time

The COSMOPLUS sheet separates itself from an otherwise standard pack of microfiber sheets with a unique material blend. By incorporating 6% spandex, this product gains major points in terms of both feel and utility. The finely brushed, jersey-knit material is incredibly soft to the touch, and even though it is much heavier than normal microfiber, it does a better job of wicking away moisture. The pockets are well-designed, with the stitches coming to a point drawn back from the corner, resulting in a small dimple rather than an extra "ear" of material sticking out from the corners. Not surprisingly, the spandex makes this sheet incredibly stretchy — even with a claimed pocket depth of only 14 inches, this sheet came very close to fitting a thick, 18-inch mattress.

The "high stretch" elastic band makes the sheet somewhat amorphous, and we had a tough time finding the corners when making the bed. Due to the extra stretch, this sheet also lays a bit wonky at first — it took us four trips around the bed to straighten out the extra material, which tends to bunch up along the edges. And, when it comes to washing, the thicker fabric takes a bit longer to dry than normal microfiber. But this material thickness, combined with extra reinforced seams and the notable durability of spandex, should increase the lifetime of this sheet when compared to other microfiber and cotton fitted sheets.

Material Type (per tags): 94% microfiber / 6% spandex
Sizes Offered: Twin, Full, Queen, King

Health Rating: None

Reinforced seams make this extra-stretchy sheet a durable one that will hopefully see years of use across your bed.
Reinforced seams make this extra-stretchy sheet a durable one that will hopefully see years of use across your bed.

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A Pocket Depth for Any Mattress


Mellanni Brushed Microfiber 1800


Top Pick Award
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$19.97
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GSM Weight: 1800 | Pocket Depth: 16 inch
Perfect pocket size
Silk-like suppleness
Lots of color options
Thin, relatively loose elastic
Slightly static

We loved the Mellanni sheet set in our microfiber sheets review, so it is no surprise that the fitted sheet scored highly as well. The brushed microfiber is light and smooth, with a silk-like feel that is bound to win over even those skeptical of microfiber polyester. With specific regard to utility, we really appreciate that the tags include the mattress size and depth and that those measurements are right on the money. The 16-inch pocket ideally fits a 14-inch bed, and for those with super thick mattresses, all sizes are available with an "Extra Deep Pocket" measuring 21 inches. Although we didn't have the opportunity to test this extra-deep version — neither of our lead testers have mattresses that thick — based on the accuracy of the 16-inch model, we fully believe that they will stand up to that claim.

Strangely, the fit of this sheet presents something of a paradox. The sheet is rather tight to stretch across the bed, but once you get it in place, is somehow loosely fitting. The thin elastic band is more limber than others, which allows for it to adjust to different sized mattresses, but we do worry about the band losing elasticity over time. For those who recklessly roll around at night, there is a lack of support that may result in this thin sheet wrapping you up like a burrito. But for those who find one spot and stick to it, you'll be impressed by the breathability of this comfortably thin bottom sheet.

Material Type (per tags): 100% brushed microfiber
Sizes Offered: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King; all sizes are available in an Extra-Deep Pocket version

Health Rating: None

Not the burliest elastic  but the variety of pocket sizes makes it easy to properly this sheet size for any mattress.
Not the burliest elastic, but the variety of pocket sizes makes it easy to properly this sheet size for any mattress.

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Best Cotton Fitted Sheet


AmazonBasics Ultra-Soft Cotton


Editors' Choice Award
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$19.99
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Thread Count: 300 | Pocket Depth: Not Listed
Soft percale finish
Stiff and crisp
Thick elastic band
No listed pocket depth
More smooth than soft

The AmazonBasics Ultra-Soft is exactly how we want a cotton sheet to feel — we understand there is a lot of subjectivity in that statement, but let us make the case. Both of our lead testers prefer percale over sateen-woven cotton, but regardless of personal preference, these sheets are cool, crisp, and comfortable. After the first wash, this 300-thread count option definitely fell on the smooth and stiff side of the feel-spectrum. Through multiple laundering cycles, the fabric began to relax and soften a bit, while still retaining that crisp quality of excellent cotton sheets. This sheet has the thickest elastic band of any we tested, eliminating any worry of it coming undone in the middle of the night.

This is a cotton sheet, so one can expect some wrinkles; without the application of a warm iron, they will never reach their ultimate crisp-potential. While the pockets do fit better than many of the other cotton sheets we have tested, there is still a bit of extra material that sticks out from the corners. Our biggest complaint with this sheet is that there is no listed pocket depth, online or on the packaging — how are you expected to know if it will fit your mattress? Fortunately, the deep pockets were well-suited to our 18-inch mattress, so we can confirm that this fitted sheet will accommodate all but the thickest beds.

Material Type (per tags): 100% cotton
Sizes Offered: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King

Health Rating: None

Cool  crisp  soft and durable... what more could you want out of a cotton sheet?
Cool, crisp, soft and durable... what more could you want out of a cotton sheet?

4

Best Bang for Your Buck


CGK Unlimited Deep Pocket


Best Buy Award
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$17.99
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GSM Weight: Not Listed | Pocket Depth: Not Listed
Lightweight and moisture-wicking
Perfectly rounded corners
Very strong elastic band
No listed pocket depth
Confusing ironing instructions

If you are in need of a replacement fitted sheet for a microfiber set you already own, this one offered from CGK Unlimited is a fantastic value. This same sheet set gained attention in our microfiber sheets review for its breathability, even though it still cannot quite compare to cotton or other cooling sheets. Still, this CGK bottom sheet impresses with its ability to wick away night sweats. The lightweight 100% microfiber is, of course, quite soft and supple, with a satiny smooth next-to-skin feel. A noticeably tighter weave — our other sheet set lists the GSM weight at 1800 — means that these feel thicker than their weight suggests, which makes it a great option for the colder months. But what impressed us most, specific to this category, is just how well this sheet wraps around a mattress. The rounded corners easily fit an 18-inch mattress without issue or any extra material, and a robust elastic holds it tightly in place.

This is one of the few fitted sheets that has an exposed elastic, meaning that it is not fully sewn into the fabric. While our head testers did not personally experience this, there are more than a few customer reviews suggesting that it is ineffective for those who rock-and-roll in their sleep. For all price-conscious products, we expect to lose out on a few of the thoughtful details that often go hand-in-hand with added expense. But we are annoyed that the CGK Unlimited sheet is listed as a "deep pocket" option without any size specifics — fortunately, our testing reveals that it easily fits an 18-inch mattress. But without our testing, a consumer may otherwise never know.

Material Type (per tags): 100% microfiber
Sizes Offered: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King

Health Rating: None

In this case  fit is almost everything  and this sheet has one of the best fitting corners out of any we tested.
In this case, fit is almost everything, and this sheet has one of the best fitting corners out of any we tested.

5

Best for Luxury Bed Sets


Mayfair Linen 100% Egyptian Cotton 800


Top Pick Award
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$29.99
at Amazon
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Thread Count: 800 | Pocket Depth: 18 inch
Super soft, long-staple cotton
Light sateen finish
Pliable and particularly easy to fold
Holds onto wrinkles
Easily stains

In our Egyptian cotton sheets review, the Mayfair Linen grabbed accolades for overall value — in this review, we applaud it for price-point luxury. After sleeping in dozens of sheet sets, our head testers unanimously agree that long-staple cotton is some of the softest fabric available. Compared side-by-side with the other cotton products we tested, the Mayfair Linen sheets are lighter weight, more pliable, and significantly softer, even after just the first wash. The sateen weave is on the lighter side — so they are not slippery — and this quality only improves the fine finish of this sheet.

This sheet is encircled with a full elastic wrap, but the elastic band is pretty thin compared to others. It will fully wrap an 18-inch mattress, but it is a tight fit and doesn't fully wrap around the base. After removing and replacing the sheet just a few times through multiple washings, the elasticity began to fade, and the sheet itself lost a bit of its shape. Often a tight, sateen weave helps repel stains, but this sheet was left fairly discolored after our red wine spill test. These sheets certainly have the feel of quality, long-staple cotton, and we want to believe that the cotton is 100% Egyptian. However, without (federally-mandated) tags that list fabric type and source, we cannot be 100% certain. Even so, it's tough to argue that the Mayfair Linen is anything but a great value if you need to replace the fitted sheet of your luxury bedspread.

Material Type (per tags): No tags
Sizes Offered: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Health Rating: None

A slight sateen-weave doesn't do anything to subtract from the luxuriously soft feel of this sheet.
A slight sateen-weave doesn't do anything to subtract from the luxuriously soft feel of this sheet.

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Best for Ease of Use


California Design Den 400


Top Pick Award
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$27.99
(7% off)
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Thread Count: 400 | Pocket Depth: 16 inch
OEKO-TEX Made in Green certification
"Head or foot" tags to indicate sides
Comparatively expensive
Thin for a sateen sheet

If you prefer the feel of silk but don't want to splurge for the price, then the California Design Den fitted sheet might just fit the bill. This sheet is made with 100% long-staple cotton — that fact is verified on the tags — and sport a heavy sateen finish that is further accentuated by a deeply saturated color palette. This ultra-shiny, super smooth spread has a feel close to that of silk (slippery) and although it is slightly thinner than other cotton sheets we've tested, it is not unsubstantial. Specifically, we immediately fell in love with the thoughtful design points that California Design Den put into this sheet. There are "head or foot" tags on the appropriate ends that make sorting the sides a breeze, and the sheet is stiff enough to easily throw over and stretch across a bed by yourself. For those who are eco-conscious, the OEKO-TEX Made in Green certification claims that this sheet is also produced, "under sustainable and socially responsible conditions."

For all of this praise, this option simply fell behind in some crucial aspects. The elastic band is fairly thin and required constant adjustment each morning — and our testers wouldn't self-identify as restless sleepers. It is well-designed and crafted with high quality in mind, but as a result is more expensive than some other, higher-performing sheets. This sheet is smooth, but regardless of our tester's preferences for finish, it is simply not as nice and soft to roll around on. Still, while the heavy sateen-weave seems to curtail the inherent softness of long-staple cotton, this sheet does continue to soften through repeated washings. It even include written instructions on how to properly launder to improve skin feel and increase longevity.

Material Type (per tags): 100% long-staple cotton
Sizes Offered: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Health Rating: OEKO-TEX Made in Green

A simple tag is worth a thousand words when it comes to bed sheets  and knowing which side to orient your fitted sheet relieves a surprising amount of frustration when making the bed.
A simple tag is worth a thousand words when it comes to bed sheets, and knowing which side to orient your fitted sheet relieves a surprising amount of frustration when making the bed.

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Microfiber with the Feel of Cotton


NTBAY Microfiber


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$15.99
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GSM Weight: None Listed | Pocket Depth: 15 inch
Very finely brushed microfiber
Easy to wrap around mattress
Band quickly loses elasticity
Easily pills

Many microfiber sheets fall into the same pile when it comes to next-to-skin feel, but the NTBAY fitted sheet is an exception. Even though it is a 100% microfiber product, it almost feels like a very thin cotton sheet with a light sateen weave. Thanks to a finishing process that applies a very fine brush to the fabric, the sheet is slightly stiff, yet incredibly smooth in a way that even verges on slippery — certainly an outlier compared to other microfiber sheets. NTBAY wishes to bring a bit more color to everyone's life, so the company offers this sheet in 25 bright, deeply saturated colorways. Thanks to the uncharacteristically stiff microfiber, this sheet is super easy to stretch over a bed and set into place, a huge plus when considering its utility.

Even though we appreciate the difference in the feel of this sheet compared to its competitors, the slipperiness made us feel like we could possibly slide off the bed at any time, particularly when sleeping with clothes on. This is also the only sheet we tested that somehow gained an odor after only a few night's sleep — and on nights that were not even particularly hot or humid. The elastic wrap is thick, but it already began losing some elasticity after just a few rotations of putting it on and taking it off the bed. Most notably — and despite the fine brushing — this bottom sheet began to pill almost immediately. The feel of the NTBAY bottom sheet will likely convert some of those who are opposed to polyester sheets but based on our experience, we remain skeptical of their durability.

Material Type (per tags): 100% microfiber
Sizes Offered: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Health Rating: None

At first glance  this finely brushed microfiber sheet could pass as a sateen-finished cotton  and comes close to feeling like it when sleeping too.
At first glance, this finely brushed microfiber sheet could pass as a sateen-finished cotton, and comes close to feeling like it when sleeping too.

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Good for Restless Sleepers


Empyrean Bedding Extra Deep Pocket


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$18.69
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GSM Weight: Not Listed | Pocket Depth: 18 inch
Deep pockets
Extra corner straps
Weak elastic
Static buildup

Just like the NTBAY sheets, we were initially excited by the exceptional feel of the Empyrean Bedding Extra Deep Pocket fitted sheet. Unlike other microfiber options, this bottom sheet lay nearly flat across the bed and almost passed for pressed even without ironing — which is not allowed due to the polyester, 100% microfiber construction. This sheet specifically advertises deep pockets, and we had absolutely no trouble wrapping it around a thick, 18-inch mattress. This is also the only one we tested that includes supplemental corner straps, a welcome addition for those who tend to toss and turn looking for that perfect sleeping position.

But a weak elastic band may be the reason that the Empyrean Bedding design team decided to include these additional corner straps. The first time spreading this sheet out across our bed, there were audible "pops" as the elastic stretched to fit. Not only does this give us reason to question durability, but leads us to wonder how it could possibly manage to stretch up to a 21-inch mattress, as advertised. However, this sheet certainly has advantages for restless sleepers that other competitors in this review cannot quite match.

Material Type (per tags): 100% microfiber
Sizes Offered: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King

Health Rating: None

Color-coded straps for the head/foot of the bed is a nice touch to make things just a bit easier when making the bed.
Color-coded straps for the head/foot of the bed is a nice touch to make things just a bit easier when making the bed.

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Thin and Breathable


Utopia Bedding Soft Brushed Microfiber


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$14.99
(32% off)
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GSM Weight: Not Listed | Pocket Depth: 15 inch
Super thin and lightweight
Deeper pockets than advertised
Too much extra material
Limited colorways

For those of us who sleep hot, or simply cannot live with a thick set of sheets, the Utopia Bedding fitted sheet will be a suitable replacement for a heavy bottom sheet. This sheet is appropriately soft, but nothing out of the norm, considering its 100% microfiber construction. It is, however, unbelievably thin. We found that while it may not be the most efficient for moisture-wicking, it does offer a level of breathability that was surprising to notice in a bottom sheet, and is often not a characteristic of a normal microfiber sheet.

What surprised us the most is how this fitted sheet ended up fitting our bed. We warn against the advertisement that this sheet only has 15-inch pockets. In fact, for anything but the thickest mattresses, this option will have way too much material — after stretching this over an 18-inch mattress, the edges pulled too far underneath the bed to fit tightly and there was still extra material bunched up in the middle of the bed. This isn't inherently a bad thing, but it is our duty to warn those with more standard-thickness beds before you go and purchase the Utopia Bedding sheet as a replacement.

Material Type (per tags): 100% microfiber
Sizes Offered: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Health Rating: None

The thin microfiber may not be the best at repelling wrinkles  but it does a pretty good job of repelling heat.
The thin microfiber may not be the best at repelling wrinkles, but it does a pretty good job of repelling heat.

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A Sheet for Every Size Bed


Bare Home Premium 1800 Microfiber


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$14.99
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GSM Weight: 1800 | Pocket Depth: 15 inch
Crisp for a microfiber sheet
Sized for every possible size/shape of bed
Immediate static buildup
Wonky fit

If you own an irregularly sized bed and have been having a tough time finding a replacement, Bare Home likely makes this sheet in a size ready to meet your specific needs. The specialized sizing is especially helpful for those with split-head beds, where a regular Queen or King flat sheet may do the trick, but you need a particularly cut fitted sheet to allow for a full range of motion. Even though they claim a 15-inch pocket depth, it will fit around mattresses slightly larger than that as well.

We even found that it will wrap around an 18-inch mattress, although the fit is somewhat lopsided. Unfortunately, this was also the case on a 12-inch mattress, where one side fit well but the other was oddly too short. This results in a wonky fit: the corners that are pulled too tight have "ears" that stick out, while on the side that seems to fit better, we were left with extra material bunched up along the sides. The elastic wrap is pretty thin compared to other sheets tested, and we read some very unhappy reviews from other customers who experienced tearing after only a few weeks of use. So while this is a great deal, there may be a few drawbacks to saving an extra few bucks.

Material Type (per tags): 100% polyester
Sizes Offered: Twin, Twin XL, Twin XXL, Full, Full XL, Queen, Split Queen, King, California King, Split Head Flex King, Split King

Health Rating: None

These sheets may not have the highest quality stitching  but the variety of sizes make them a great option for those in a bind.
These sheets may not have the highest quality stitching, but the variety of sizes make them a great option for those in a bind.

Why You Should Trust Us


We combine the experience of two of our Senior Review Editors, Aaron Rice and Maggie Brandenburg, to tackle this review. Our team resides in the high-desert of the American Southwest (New Mexico and Nevada, respectively), which can be blazingly hot in the summertime, and cold and snowy through the winters. This full-spectrum climate necessitates bed sheets that offer a great night's sleep, regardless of the weather. Both of our editors have worked from home for quite some time, and admit to spending a bit more time in bed than your average worker. Their living conditions and a shared affinity for comfortable bedspreads make them the perfect team to put some of the most highly reviewed bed sheets on the market through a rigorous testing regime.

Before ever diving into a set of sheets, we perform our due diligence of online research, spending hours looking for the best and most popular products on the market. After trimming our selection down to 10 sets, we purchased all of these fitted sheets at retail value, so that we can bring you as objectively honest a review as possible. We use side-by-side comparison to discover flaws and highlight benefits that may make a certain product the perfect fit for your household. Our team spent a ton of time with these sheets, from sleep-filled nights to days spent scrutinizing every detail and examining every stitch for craftsmanship and quality. Our experts know exactly what to look for, and can detect any defects that might affect the lifespan of a bedsheet. The test period may be limited, but we are able to simulate months of use by putting these sheets through multiple wash and dry cycles, and noting any significant changes in softness over time. Our reviews are unbiased and unaffiliated, which allows us to offer the most technical review available so that you can better inform your purchasing power.

Side-by-side comparison is key. Here  you can easily tell the difference between elastic widths of the California Design Den (top) and the AmazonBasics (bottom) sheets.
What's more comforting to climb into after a long day than a freshly made bed?
A fitted sheet is hugely important to a good night's sleep.

Analysis and Test Results


Our expert team developed a test plan that considers a comprehensive and mutually exclusive list of the most important factors for a fitted sheet. We rate each of these sheets relative to one another, taking into account characteristics like skin feel; temperature control; utility; ease of cleaning; and durability. We recognize that not all of these metrics are equally important — for example, how well a sheet fits your bed (utility) is likely much more important than ease of cleaning, but maybe less important than skin feel. We all have personal preferences, and so our testing seeks to break down the nuanced differences through side-by-side comparison. We tested microfiber, cotton, and Egyptian cotton bottom sheets to bring you a variety of options. This inclusive approach helps you, the reader, to more easily decide which sheet suits the needs of your own bed.

By incorporating 6% spandex into their fabric blend  the COSMOPLUS sheet feels unlike any other microfiber sheet we tested.
By incorporating 6% spandex into their fabric blend, the COSMOPLUS sheet feels unlike any other microfiber sheet we tested.

Skin Feel


We all prefer slightly different types of bed sheets, and so we understand that ranking something like next-to-skin feel involves a fair amount of subjectivity. Some of us may want a super soft, pliable sheet, while others may want theirs to be cool and crisp. We slept on every sheet — both fully clothed and in our birthday suits — in order to judge qualities like softness, smoothness, slipperiness, and pliability. We also put each sheet through multiple wash-and-dry cycles to see how the feel of these sheets changes over time. Texture may be a personal preference, but our testing reveals that there are certainly standout sheets.

Microfiber vs. Cotton vs. Egyptian Cotton


There are pros and cons to each fabric type, so here are a few things to consider:

Microfiber
  • These sheets are easy to care for, quick to dry, and tend to repel stains, but can shrink and fade if dried on too high of a heat setting.
  • High-quality microfiber should be more durable than cotton, but its thin nature can make it prone to tearing on sharp edges.
  • The extremely fine weave is super-soft and tends to repel airborne allergens, like dust mites.

Cotton
  • As a natural fiber, cotton is much more breathable than microfiber but tends to absorb moisture more readily.
  • When laundered correctly, these sheets tend to get softer over time without losing color.
  • Cotton sheets often have a much longer lifespan than microfiber sheets, thanks to remarkable durability through laundering, and the ability to be repurposed once they are retired from a bedspread.

Egyptian Cotton
  • All around similar to cotton, but more care is often required
  • Egyptian cotton is special for its long staple — the length of a cotton fiber — which results in a finer yarn that normally equates to softer sheets.

Sometimes  it's right to trust what you read. Cotton sheets will continue to grow softer over time  and some even suggest a first wash with white vinegar to help soften the natural fibers off-the-bat.
Sometimes, it's right to trust what you read. Cotton sheets will continue to grow softer over time, and some even suggest a first wash with white vinegar to help soften the natural fibers off-the-bat.

Out of the package, it is tough to compare anything against microfiber options like the Mellanni, whose fine weave has an unbelievably soft feel in your fingers that translates to the bed. But there is something special about the microfiber/spandex blend of the COSMOPLUS. The jersey material is not only super soft, but it doesn't have any of the chamois feeling of many lower-quality microfiber sheets. For cotton sheets, it is tough to beat the long-staple fibers of the Mayfair Linen. Its thin, pliable nature is not only unbelievably smooth but tends to soften over time. While the California Design Den sheet is also made of 100% long-staple cotton, the heavy sateen-weave seems to detract a bit from the softness, leaving it more silky-smooth (read: slippery) than anything.

The Mellanni sheet is exceptionally soft  even for a microfiber sheet. We were fortunate to test a full set in our Microfiber Sheet review  and can vouch for these sheets all-around.
The Mellanni sheet is exceptionally soft, even for a microfiber sheet. We were fortunate to test a full set in our Microfiber Sheet review, and can vouch for these sheets all-around.

Temperature Control


While it may not be quite as important (or apparent), temperature management plays just as important of a role for the fitted sheet you're sleeping on top of as it does for a flat sheet that you pull over yourself. Rather than breathability, we tended to hone our focus on moisture-wicking ability, since no one wants to wake up in a puddle after a hot summer night.

GSM vs. Thread Count


A major misconception, directed by bedsheet marketing, is that all bed sheets are judged solely on thread count. In fact, this metric only applies to cotton sheets. Thread count is the number of threads woven into a square inch of fabric.

But this same weaving process does not directly translate to synthetic microfibers, since the polyester fibers can be made so thin that thread count no longer becomes a useful measurement. The numbers you see, like 1500 and 1800, are misinterpreted as thread count but are actually the GSM weight of a fabric. GSM stands for Grams per Square Meter and, like thread count, is a way to measure the thickness of a material. The two are related, but not interchangeable terms.

Looking through the Mayfair Linen sheets  you can pick out the long-staple cotton fibers that are both softer  and more breathable thanks to their length.
Looking through the Mayfair Linen sheets, you can pick out the long-staple cotton fibers that are both softer, and more breathable thanks to their length.

Generally, microfiber sheets have the upper-hand when it comes to moisture management. But we were happily surprised to find that some of the cotton options — particularly the Mayfair Linen and California Design Den sheets — faired almost equally as well as microfiber sheets like the CGK Unlimited. The long-staple cotton fibers of both of those sheets allow for an incredibly fine weave that allows them to whisk away moisture better than your standard cotton sheet. But for those who prefer a crisp, cool sheet, the AmazonBasics Ultra-Soft Cotton is top-notch.

The COSMOPLUS sheet certainly stands out compared to other microfiber sheets  and does a great job of wicking away moisture thanks to its blended fabric.
The COSMOPLUS sheet certainly stands out compared to other microfiber sheets, and does a great job of wicking away moisture thanks to its blended fabric.

Utility


While most bed sheets will be judged on comfort, fitted sheets specifically must be judged on utility. The most obvious question to ask before buying a new one is likely, "will this fit my bed?" The second, and maybe slightly less obvious question is, "will this sheet stay on my bed?" No reason to worry, because our team put in the work. We aggressively rolled around at night to see if these sheets shifted (or came completely undone.) We also considered different pocket depths and how these accommodate various mattress thicknesses, and just how easy it was to stretch each new fitted sheet across a bed without a helper.

Please, Measure Your Bed


A "standard" fitted sheet is going to have some variability between manufacturers, and even though a Queen-size sheet should always measure 60 x 80 inches on the surface, the pocket depth is going to vary significantly. It is important to keep in mind that older mattresses tend to compress over time and that a topper adds an extra inch or two. To ensure that you are able to stretch a new one over your bed, it is best to measure your bed and then err on the side of caution by adding 1-2 inches to that measurement.

The Empyrean Bedding sheet will reach around an 18-inch sheet  but we're skeptical its weak elastic would make it to 21 inches.
However  the Empyrean Bedding fitted sheet is the only one we tested that comes with extra elastic bands to support the corners. And yes  that is an Aero-Bed (our lead tester doesn't normally sleep on an 18-inch mattress...)

A fitted sheet has one, very important (and maybe very obvious) role: to properly fit a mattress. The CGK Unlimited sheet is one of the best products we tested, thanks to a stitch that allows the pockets to comfortably round the corners. Similarly, the COSMOPLUS sheet is stitched in such a way that the corner is set back from the corner of the mattress, resulting in a perfectly rounded fit without any extra material sticking out. The main difference between these two is that the elastic band is not sewn fully into the CGK sheet, and is exposed in a way that could slide up beds covered with mattress protectors. The award for the thickest elastic band goes to the AmazonBasics sheet, with a full-wrap that is easily an inch thicker than most other sheets. Although the Empyrean Bedding sheet is the only one in our review that has extra elastic straps on the corners, they were flimsy and seem like they have the potential for breaking.

The CGK Unlimited Sheet has a particularly strong elastic band  but it is an exception in that it is only one of two that is not sewn fully into the material of the sheet.
The AmazonBasics sheet has by far the burliest elastic band of any in our review.

As mentioned in the above, it is paramount that you find a fitted sheet that matches the depth of your mattress. With the increased popularity of mattress toppers, the average bed thickness seems to be growing every year. Therefore, we will split our recommendations at the 16-inch mark. For those with a "standard" size mattress — ie. 16 inches or less — we recommend turning your attention to the NTBAY microfiber, or California Design Den cotton sheets. For those with a thick mattress — ie. more than 16 inches — we recommend the COSMOPLUS microfiber, or AmazonBasics cotton sheets. However, the Mellanni sheet wins out on both sides of this delineation, offering accurately sized options in both 16-inch and 21-inch pocket depths.

Head/foot  or Length tags (like this one shown on the COSMOPLUS sheet) are particularly handy when making the bed.
Head/foot, or Length tags (like this one shown on the COSMOPLUS sheet) are particularly handy when making the bed.

Ease of Cleaning


Even if you don't have to make a trip to the laundromat, it still takes a good chunk out of your day to wash and dry bed sheets. Bottom sheets are on the front-line of bed cleanliness — since we spend the entire night laying directly on top of them, they will always end up dirtier than a top sheet. There are a few major considerations to factor into a decision between microfiber and cotton sheets. Microfiber sheets are particularly adept at repelling stains and particulates, and dry quickly; but in general, these 100% polyester sheets cannot be ironed. Cotton, on the other hand, can always be ironed to crisp perfection, and tend to have a longer lifetime; but they will easily absorb stains and sweat.

Textile Testing Standards


Textile production, whether it uses cotton or microfiber, tends to be a chemically-laden process. To guarantee that chemicals don't follow you into your bedroom, manufacturers can opt into additional, post-production testing to ensure that those harmful chemicals have been removed before the sheets are spread across your mattress. The OEKO-TEX Made in Green certification exceeds their Standard 100 certification — which verifies that all components are chemical-free — by additionally guaranteeing that the fabrics have been "manufactured using sustainable processes under socially responsible working conditions." Only the California Design Den carries this certificate.

Considering ethical standards  the California Design Den sheet rises above the rest with its additional OEKO-TEX certification.
Considering ethical standards, the California Design Den sheet rises above the rest with its additional OEKO-TEX certification.

There was no significant difference between all of the microfiber sheets we tested with regard to ease of cleaning — all of them can be machine washed on cold, and dried on low with very little worry of them losing shape or color saturation in the immediate future. We go all out on stain testing, by dumping red wine directly onto the bedsheet, and then laundering without any pre-wash stain treatment. Of course, there is some influence of sheet color, but the thin weave of the Mayfair Linen sheet was more noticeably discolored than the slightly thicker, but significantly heavier sateen-finished California Design Den sheet. For microfiber sheets, it is worth noting that the NTBAY is the only one that had a noticeably foul odor after our limited testing period — likely this sheet is not as moisture-wicking as the other microfiber options.

How to Avoid Wrinkled Sheets


For any of these options, microfiber or cotton, the best way to avoid a wrinkly sheet is to take it immediately from the dryer and put it directly on your bed. However, for those without a washer and dryer in their house, this obviously isn't possible.

If you simply cannot live without pressed sheets, we suggest focusing your attention on the cotton sheets in this review, since they can all be pressed. But even some of the microfiber sheets we tested can be cool-ironed, specifically the NTBAY and Utopia Bedding sheets, whereas the rest cannot.

Just like most sheets  the NTBAY sheet will hold onto wrinkles without ironing.
But post-ironing  the NTBAY sheets will look almost crisp laid across your bed!

Durability


As we stated previously, fitted sheets tend to be on the front-line of your bedspread — not only do they get dirty faster, but due to constant contact with the sheet, they tend to wear through faster as well. So it is important if you are already replacing an old, ratty sheet, that the next one you purchase better stands the test of time.

Loose stitches  especially on elastic  like these ones found on the Empyrean Bedding sheet give us reason to question the durability of a sheet.
Loose stitches, especially on elastic, like these ones found on the Empyrean Bedding sheet give us reason to question the durability of a sheet.

Unsurprisingly, the highest-scoring sheets are also those that we deemed have the best shot at a long lifetime of gracing your bed. Even though spandex by itself can be fairly prone to tearing, when woven into another material, the polyurethane fibers seem to increase the overall durability and longevity. The blended material of the COSMOPLUS — 94% microfiber with 6% spandex — is our top choice for a microfiber sheet. Durability claims are only supported by reinforced stitching and the fact that we found very few customer complaints in our research. The same findings apply to the AmazonBasics cotton sheet, which sports an extra thick elastic band and all-around quality stitching.

In order to maintain a product's longevity  bed sheets  and specifically microfiber sheets  have specific washing and drying instructions.
Cotton sheets are a little more forgivable when it comes to washing and drying temperatures  and often won't shrink like a microfiber sheet might.

The Environmental Impacts of Microfiber vs. Cotton


Microfiber is a poly-synthetic fiber — meaning that it is derived from a petroleum-based product. In the case of most bed sheets, they are a 100% polyester microfiber. The main difference between regular polyester and polyester microfiber is that microfiber has a denier rating of less than one. Synthetic production is a big part of why these sheets are cheaper than a naturally grown fiber like cotton, but these savings upfront don't come without hidden, external costs.

Cotton is the fluffy fiber that we all know and love and has long been used to produce textiles from our t-shirts to our bedsheets. But it is also not without fault. Organically produced cotton makes up less than 1% of the global cotton trade, and conventional cotton production sprays up to 16% of insecticides over only 3% of the world's farmland. Additionally, a bit of a "black-market" has developed around the trade of Egyptian cotton specifically. By working to eliminate fake products that drive down fair prices, the Cotton Egypt Association (CEA) seeks to promote better health and welfare for Egyptian cotton growers. Purchasing power can have a real impact, so it is important to consider and check product sourcing before buying.

Conclusion


If you need to replace your fitted sheet, let's make sure that you get one that not only fits your bed, but hopefully lasts longer than your previous one. We combined comprehensive analysis with real-world testing — which was much more than just sleeping — to help you find a quality product that is hopefully the ideal fit for your mattress.

A perfectly fit sheet is a simple  yet beautiful thing. Make sure your next sheet fits as nicely as the COSMOPLUS sheet does.
A perfectly fit sheet is a simple, yet beautiful thing. Make sure your next sheet fits as nicely as the COSMOPLUS sheet does.

Aaron Rice