The 9 Best Cooling Sheets of 2020

All of the options you need to guarantee a refreshing night’s rest

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"These hypoallergenic sheets wick away moisture, dust, and allergens while you sleep."
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"The softness and easy laundering make it a crowd favorite."
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"Helps target and prevent the side effects of perspiration."
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"Specifically designed to increase airflow."
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"There are 37 color options to choose from."
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"They'll help evoke a relaxing oasis in the bedroom."
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"Woven from Belgian flax for breathable comfort with a lived-in look."
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"With a similar hand-feel to flax linen, these sheets are breathable and soft for year-round comfort."
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"This silky-smooth organic cotton sheet set is breathable, soft, and durable."
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If you tend to feel overheated while you're sleeping, a set of cooling sheets can help you get a better night's rest. The best cooling sheets are soft, breathable, and moisture-wicking to keep you cool and comfy night after night. And whether you want organic cotton, linen, or silky microfiber, there's sure to be a sheet set that's perfect for your bed.

Below, the best cooling sheets in a variety of fabrics and colors.

Best Overall: Mellanni Brushed Microfiber Sheet Set

An “Amazon Choice” winner, the Mellanni Brushed Microfiber Sheet Set is made from a silky soft, 100 percent brushed microfiber. Translation: It stays breathable and wicks away moisture, dust, and allergens while you rest. It also has other key qualities including a wrinkle-free and stain-resistant fabric, and a variety of cool colors to choose from—35 of these to be exact.

"The set is a great bang for your buck if you’re interested in very affordable soft sheets, but you shouldn’t expect this bedding to be as durable as a pricier, thicker cotton set would be."—Claudia Fisher, Product Tester

Best Budget: Superior Cooling Wrinkle Resistant Sheets

Not into ironing? Go with some wrinkle-resistant sheets. This set features a 100 percent premium microfiber that makes the fabric look perfect as soon as you pull it out of the packaging or dryer. Since the fabric is brushed, it also gives off a luxuriously soft feel that promotes quality airflow throughout the evening.

While users claim the product runs a bit thin, the softness and easy laundering make it a crowd favorite. Available in 15 colors and six sizes, there’s a style designed with every bed in mind. Plus, at this bargain price, it would be silly not to give them a try.

Best for Night Sweats: PeachSkinSheets Night Sweats Sheets

Whether dealing with menopause or occasional night sweats, the high-performing fabric in the PeachSkinSheets set helps target and prevent the side effects of your perspiration. Their product is made from an athletic grade smart fabric that promotes circulation while wicking away excess moisture. So that slick feeling you used to wake-up with will quickly become a thing of the past.

Considered “a true joy to sleep on” by reviewers dealing with sleep sweat in all phases of life, going with this anti-snag, anti-slip and anti-pill option is a no-brainer.

"We woke up that first night around 3 a.m. under a thick pile of blankets and noticed we felt drier and more comfortable than usual. As the nights went on, we continued to feel comfortable night after night. These PeachSkinSheets have officially kicked our old sheets out of bed."—Joline Buscemi, Product Tester

Best for Polyester: SHEEX Experience Performance Fabric Sheet Set

Circulation is a key contributor to your body temperature. Therefore, the SHEEX Experience Performance Fabric Sheet Set, specifically designed to increase airflow, is your best bet for more comfortable rest. It works to maintain a dry and comfortable sleeping environment by releasing body heat with a fabric that’s 52 percent lighter and cooler than traditional cottons.

Call it too good to be true? Several people claim they “will never buy another sheet set again” after experiencing the comfort—and sweat control—the sheets deliver. But we’ll let you be the judge of that.

"Being inside the SHEEX set doesn’t exactly feel airy, but it’s light enough that the sheets aren’t stifling, and even on the morning of the last 90-degree day of the year, we awoke dry and comfortable."—Joy Merrifield, Product Tester

Best Color Options: Nestl Bedding Queen Size Bed Sheets Set

With over 40 years of selling textiles, Nestl offers everything you’d expect in a set (think silky softness, easy care, and breathability).

Given its price, the brand does not skimp on quality with its comfortable linens. With 37 color options to go with, finding a hue to complement the home will be the toughest part of the decision process. Our suggestion: Buy a few sets in different colors for each room in the house.

Most Stylish: West Elm TENCEL Sheet Set

This brand delivers all of the qualities one looks for in a sheet set including silky softness, absorbency, and a cool-to-the-touch feeling. All of this can be contributed to the eucalyptus fibers which makes the fabric more permeable than traditional cotton, silk or linen varieties. With a 300 thread-count make-up, it puts this choice in the ideal range of what sleep experts recommend for a breathable rest.

Besides keeping you comfortable at night, these sheets are stylish. Available in five color palettes that give off a subtle sheen, they'll help evoke a relaxing oasis in the bedroom. Plus, they're Fair Trade and sustainably sourced so you know you are doing good for the world.

Expert Buying Tip

"Bamboo and Tencel are great options for cooling and absorb a little better than cotton."

Amanda Leather, Interior Designer, Havenly

Best Linen: West Elm Belgian Flax Linen Sheet Set

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Linen is well-known for staying cool in the summer, so the same concept you apply to your apparel can apply to your sheets. This pick is woven from 100 percent Belgian flax with a cozy lived-in look, and it's manufactured in a Fair Trade certified facility. The breathable, temperature-regulating sheets will also keep you warm in the winter, making this a great sheet set for year-round comfort.

There's a range of 13 colors to choose from, including classic white, rose pink, sand yellow, and frost gray. One thing to keep in mind: Because of the wash process, the color will be unique to each sheet set, and certain colors are made to order. Available in twin, full, queen, king, and California king sizes, the machine-washable sheet set includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.

"I could see these being my pick for a dead-of-summer sheet set when I can’t deal with any more layers than I actually need."—Erika Owen, Product Tester

Best Hemp: Buffy Soft Hemp Sheets

Made from durable and eco-friendly 100 percent hemp linen, the Buffy Soft Hemp Sheet Set is super breathable and gets softer with each wash. The set comes in white, natural, or natural contrast, and the sheets are lightened using hydrogen peroxide, so they're free from harsh chemicals and dyes that might bother those with allergies. Hemp is also naturally antimicrobial, which can help these sheets feel fresh and clean from one wash to the next.

The set comes in full, queen, king, and California king sizes and it includes a fitted sheet, top sheet, and two pillowcases. The sheets are machine washable and dryer-safe, and they've got an effortless, lived-in look you'll love.

Best Organic: Magnolia Organics Dream Collection Sheet Set

Stay cool and comfy with these GOTS certified organic cotton sheets, which come in seven versatile colors including classic white and bright Moroccan blue. Made with ring-spun, long-staple organic cotton, this sheet set is durable, soft, and free from harsh chemicals. They’re manufactured in a Fair Trade environment, too. The 300-thread-count sheets have a sateen weave with high drapability, providing silky-smooth comfort that contours to your body throughout the night. 

The sheet set is available in sizes twin - California king, and the fitted sheet has a 15-inch pocket. If you’re looking for an organic sheet set that’s great for hot sleepers, this pick is perfect. 

"Given their subtle sheen, it’s no surprise that the Magnolia Organics Dream Sheets are also satiny to the touch. With a 300 thread count, these sheets feel densely woven and a bit heavy, making them ideal for those who like thicker linens—especially as the weather gets cooler."—Karen Tietjen, Product Tester

Final Verdict

For light, breathable sheets at an affordable price, our top choice is the Mellanni Brushed Microfiber Sheet Set. For silky-soft, cool-to-the-touch sheets, we also love the West Elm Tencel Sheet Set (view at West Elm), which comes in five chic colors.

What to Look for in Cooling Sheets

Material The most solid choice is 100 percent cotton. Other natural materials — bamboo and linen — are fine choices but have drawbacks in terms of price and care. Avoid synthetic materials, like polyester, which are less expensive but tend to trap heat.

Weave The way a sheet is woven can have an amazing impact on its quality. For breathable, cooling sheets, look for percale or sateen. Jersey knit is a nice, breathable fabric, but it doesn’t wick away sweat very well.

Thread count It’s a myth that a higher thread count is always better. Though a high thread count can indicate softness, manufacturers can use technology to increase thread count without increasing quality. Look for a thread count between 200 and 400 for a smooth, soft, and breathable fabric.

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