Bedding is a crowded category when it comes to online shopping.
With so many new brands of cotton bed sheets online, the choices seem endless. It can be difficult to discern what’s a quality bed sheet set that will last for many years to come, and what are cheap sheet sets that won’t. Since you can’t feel the fabric yourself when you shop online, it’s also hard to tell if the cotton bed sheets you’re shopping online will feel comfortable against your skin, or if they won’t meet your needs.
What are the fabric qualities to look for in a quality cotton sheet? How can you gauge how soft and comfortable a cotton sheet will be? How do you know how durable cotton bed sheets will be? We’re here to help with a few pointers.
Shopping for the most comfortable cotton bed sheets online - what fabrics to look for?
Kitelinens Stay-Tucked sheets were named the Best Organic Cotton Sateen Sheets in 2021 by the Sleep Foundation. What makes our organic cotton sheets particularly comfortable? It’s our certified organic cotton and 300 thread count sateen weave. Made in Portugal, our sheets have a luxury weave that’s dense, satiny, and have a beautiful look and feel. They drape beautifully and are wrinkle-resistant. No wrinkles = less hassle and a neater looker bed! If you’ve never felt this weave before, you’ll love the experience of sleeping in our cotton sateen sheets. King size, queen size, full and twin size are all available in our store. Shop them here.
Other common fabrics you’ll find as you shop for cotton bed sheets online have their pros and cons. Here are some of the most common ones:
Egyptian Cotton. Known for durability. Strong, soft with extra-long fibers and considered a luxury fabric. The cotton is only grown in Egypt and is highly breathable and doesn’t pill.
Polyester. Made from a synthetic fiber, polyester sheets are the cheapest material for sheets. They can be wrinkle resistant and durable, but likely not the most comfortable.
Bamboo. The fibers of the bamboo plant are made into a soft pulp and then dried into threads and woven into fabric for sheets. Well-constructed bamboo sheets retain the same properties as the plant including anti-microbial and hypoallergenic properties.
Jersey Knit. Knit fabrics stretch in all directions making them soft and flexible. Jersey is warm, stretchy, and feels like a comfortable t-shirt type fabric for comfy sleep. Differs from others because the fabric is not woven (fibers overlaid into a grid) but are knit which means it’s one long piece of thread.
Microfiber. Synthetics like nylon and polyester polymers are used to create microfiber sheets. They are ultra-thin, made of microscopic strands thinner than a single strand of silk. They are water and stain resistant. Although they’re thin, they are also very durable, strong, and so smooth they almost feel slippery. Got sensitive skin? This type of fabric could be a good choice.
Blend. These sheets are part cotton. The secondary component can be synthetic or natural. Cotton-linen blend sheets are another excellent option but are prone to wrinkling.
Linen. A luxurious sheet option, linen bedding is made from all-natural fibers from the flax plant that are breathable and absorb and wick moisture. Linen strands don’t weave as tightly as other fibers.
Silk. Silk sheets drape comfortably, wick moisture in summer and warm you in winter. They repel dust mites, mildew, mold, and are naturally hypoallergenic.
Flannel. Can be made of cotton, wool, or synthetic fibers and is knit loosely to create dense high-pile softness. Best choice for winter months. Like Jersey Knit, flannel quality is determined by weight.
Finding the most comfortable cotton sheets on sale - what are thread counts?
Thread count is a measure of how many threads are woven into one square inch of fabric. The yarn is woven in a crisscross pattern with the vertical strands being referred to as warp weave, and the horizontal pieces are called weft weave.
Adding up the warp and weft yarns, you get the total number. Look for sheets in the 200 - 400 range. Under 200 will start to feel uncomfortable, and thread counts higher than 400 will have a higher price tag with a negligible difference.
Finding cotton bed sheets on sale - do weaves matter?
Kitelinens’ Stay-Tucked sheets have a sateen weave - the best cotton weave type in our opinion! Sateen weave is wrinkle-resistant and drapes beautifully, hence it’s most common use in fine bed sheets. Other weave types you’ll find include:
Percale – A tight weave that feels smooth. It’s breathable and has no sheen. However, percale can wrinkle.
Twill – A diagonal weave that has more texture to the touch. Twill is durable and drapes well, but not as smooth as sateen.
Flannel – Plusher than other weaves but not as breathable. The warmth it provides makes it most appropriate as winter bedding.
Comparing Kitelinens Cotton Sateen Sheets Queen to other cotton bed sheets on sale
For a competitive comparison of material, thread count, and price for cotton sateen sheets queen sets, take a look at how Kitelinens’ Stay-Tucked Sheets compare to popular brands of cotton bed sheets on sale online like Brooklinen and Boll & Branch:
|Kitelinens||Brooklinen||Boll & Branch|
|Material||100% Organic Cotton||100% Long Staple Cotton||100% Organic Cotton|
|Thread Count||300 TC||
480 TC (Sateen)
270 TC (Percale)
|Weave||Sateen||Sateen & Percale||Sateen, Percale, Flannel|
(Queen Set, white)