We Tested The Best Cooling Sheets for Better Sleep

The Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set is our top pick

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best cooling sheets, West Elm Belgian Flax Linen Sheet Set

The Spruce / Joseph Gonzalez

If you tend to feel overheated or live in a hot climate, a set of cooling sheets may make a major difference in your sleep quality. Sheets that are designed to be cooling are typically lightweight and can be made of fabrics like cotton, linen, or bamboo.

We researched top-rated cooling sheets and put some to the test in different climates to see how they really performed. After sleeping on and laundering the sheets over the course of several weeks, our testers rated them according to their quality, texture, breathability, durability, and overall value. The Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set stood out as our top pick for its breathability and softness.

Read on for some of our other top options, informed by both testing and independent research.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set

5
Brooklinen Luxe Core Linen Sheet Set

Brooklinen

Our Ratings
  • Quality
    5/5
  • Texture
    4/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Breathability
    5/5
  • Overall Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Breathable

  • Lightweight

  • Gets softer over time

  • Relaxed look

What We Don't Like
  • Rough out of the box

  • Expensive

Who else recommends it? The Strategist and Good Housekeeping also picked the Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set.

What do buyers say? 87% of 3,000+ Brooklinen reviewers rated this product 5 stars.

Receiving 5 out of 5 stars for breathability, durability, and quality, the Brooklinen Linen Sheet Set is our best overall pick. Made of 100% linen, they are lightweight, absorbent, and have a relaxed look. After sleeping on these sheets for over 20 nights, our tester noted that they felt "dreamy" to sleep on, effectively keeping her cool during the hot summer months.

One of our tester's only complaints was how rough these sheets were right out of the package—we gave them a 4 out of 5 for texture. Brooklinen recommends washing them before use and, during testing, the break-in period proved to be worth it. And while the color options on these sheets are somewhat limited, most are neutral or earth tones that complement the overall look. They are also on the expensive side, so make sure that you really want the color that they have (some go out of stock quickly) before making the investment.

Material: 100% linen | Weave:  Stonewashed linen | Thread Count: Not listed | Depth: Not listed | Certifications: OEKO-TEX Certified

What Our Testers Say

"I tested these sheets in May when temperatures ranged from 75 to 90°F in my area. I was able to sleep comfortably without getting overheated or sweaty. These are ideal sheets for the summer months."Katie Begley, Product Tester

Best Bamboo: Ettitude Bamboo Lyocell Signature Sateen Sheet Set

4.6
bamboo lyocell sheets

Ettitude

Our Ratings
  • Quality
    5/5
  • Texture
    5/5
  • Durability
    3/5
  • Breathability
    5/5
  • Overall Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Eco-friendly

  • Very soft

  • Absorbs body heat

  • Sheets are labeled top/bottom

What We Don't Like
  • Can only be washed in cold water

  • Deep pockets aren't ideal for all mattresses

Bamboo sheets are a favorite of interior designer Amanda Leather, who notes that they "absorb better than cotton." Bamboo is also a sustainable material, making it a great option for those wanting to maintain an eco-friendly home. One of our favorite picks in this category is the Ettitude Bamboo Lyocell Sheet Set, which has a luxe, satin-like finish that will make slipping into bed a dream.

After sleeping on them for 10 nights, our tester noted that these sheets kept her and her husband cool and comfortable through the night. While their silkiness might not be a fit for everyone—it can lead to a lot of slipping and sliding throughout the night—we were a fan of their heat-absorbing properties, giving them a 5 out of 5 for both breathability and texture. Just note that the fitted sheet included in this set has a fairly deep pocket; as such, these sheets are best suited for medium to thick mattresses

Material: 100% bamboo lyocell | Weave: Sateen | Thread Count: Not listed | Depth: 17 inches | Certifications: OEKO-TEX Certified

Ettitude Bamboo Lyocell Sheet Set

The Spruce / Stacey L. Nash

What Our Testers Say

"The sheets have a rich, buttery softness. If sheets were as delicious as they felt, I would eat these. The fabric draped and slid over my hand and fingers. These sheets were some of the softest, most luxurious sheets I’ve ever used."—Stacey L. Nash, Product Tester

Best Linen: West Elm European Flax Linen Sheet Set & Pillowcases

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West Elm European Flax Linen Sheet Set
Courtesy of West Elm.
Our Ratings
  • Quality
    4/5
  • Texture
    5/5
  • Durability
    3/5
  • Breathability
    4/5
  • Overall Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Super soft

  • Gets softer over time

  • Many color options

What We Don't Like
  • Wrinkles easily

  • On the thinner side

The West Elm Belgian Flax Linen Sheet Set is seriously luxurious. Not only do the sheets come in 22 color options (including a few patterns), but they are also made of 100% Belgian flax linen—helping you keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter. While they are very soft out of the package, as with most linen sheets, they get even softer the more you use them.

After sleeping on them for almost a week, our tester found these sheets to be breathable, cool-to-the-touch, and soft. She gave them a perfect 5 out of 5 for texture.  Linen provides a lived-in look, but some might take some issue with how quickly they wrinkled. We recommend fluffing the sheets in between washer and dryer cycles to help reduce unsightly wrinkles and bunches from forming.

Material: Flax | Weave: Linen | Thread Count: Not listed | Depth: 16 inches | Certifications: Fair Trade Certified Factory

West Elm Belgian Flax Linen Sheet Set

The Spruce / Joseph Gonzalez

What Our Testers Say

"To the touch, the fabric is cool and only slightly textured, which I appreciated. While more texture can be aesthetically appealing, I liked that this fabric didn’t leave any weird marks on my face when I found myself wrapped up in the top sheet come morning."—Erika Owen, Product Tester

Best Luxury: Buffy Soft Hemp Sheets

Hemp Linen Sheet Set

Buffy

What We Like
  • Eco-friendly

  • Super soft

  • Free trial period

What We Don't Like
  • Some colors not available

  • Not available in twin

If your budget allows, consider the eco-friendly Buffy Hemp Linen Sheet Set. With a single-ply 102 thread count, these sheets have a breathable linen weave that is made from renewable hemp. They also get softer with each wash and have a casual appearance, although they can be ironed on high if you choose.

These are expensive sheets and some of the most popular colors sell out very quickly. They also don’t offer a twin sheet option so make sure that your mattress will work with what they offer. Buffy stands behind their products, however, and offers a 7-day free trial period.

Material: 100% Hemp Linen | Weave: Linen | Thread Count: 102 | Depth: Not listed | Certifications: None Listed

Best Budget: Italic Crisp Percale Stripe Sheet Set

Crisp Percale Stripe Sheet Set

Italic

What We Like
  • Cooling cotton

  • Not a lot of wrinkles

  • Heavy and crisp

What We Don't Like
  • Only one color option

Italic is one of our favorite spots for bed linens, offering high-quality sheets, duvet covers, and more at a fraction of the price. These long-staple cotton sheets are made by the same manufacturer as the Ritz Carlton and the Four Seasons, giving them a hotel-style feel. Unlike many other cotton or linen options, they have a tight weave that minimizes wrinkling while still maintaining the breathability and cooling properties that you'd expect.

Material: Long-staple cotton | Weave: Percale | Thread Count: 400 | Depth: 15 inches | Certifications: BSCI, OEKO-TEX Certification, ISO 9001

Best Organic: Nest Organic Cotton Sheet Set

Nest Organic Cotton Luxury Bed Sets

Nest

What We Like
  • Organic cotton

  • Industry certifications

  • Rich colors

What We Don't Like
  • Somewhat limited color options

These 100% cotton sheets from Nest feature organic cotton that you can feel good about having on your skin. They also have some impressive certifications to go with it, which is important when you pay extra for organic materials. The cotton works well to keep you cool, although maybe not as well as some other material options on the market at a similar price point. These sheets are available in four colors, including terracotta (a particularly rich clay color).

Material: 100% cotton | Weave: Linen | Thread Count: Not listed | Depth: 16 inches | Certifications: Fair Trade Certified Factory

Best Specialty Size: Alaskan King Bed Company Sateen Sheets

Sateen Sheet Set

Alaskan King Bed Company

What We Like
  • Very soft

  • Multiple depth options

What We Don't Like
  • Limited color options

If you have a specialty-size mattress like a California King or Twin XL, it can be difficult to find sheets that will work. The Alaskan King Bed Company has a sateen sheet that will keep you cool and still fit on the largest mattresses available without a special order. They are made from 100% Egyptian cotton, some of the softest cotton fibers available. This keeps you cool as well as allows the sheets to get softer with each wash. They also have four colors and seven depth options so you can be sure that your sheets will work with your specialty mattress.

Material: Long-staple cotton | Weave: Sateen | Thread Count: Not listed | Depth: 10 - 16 inches | Certifications: None listed

Compare

Overall Rating Quality Texture Durability Breathability Overall Value
Brooklinen Luxe Core Linen Sheet Set
Best Overall:
Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set
5
5 4 5 5 4
bamboo lyocell sheets
Best Bamboo:
Ettitude Bamboo Lyocell Sheet Set
4.6
5 5 3 5 4
West Elm European Flax Linen Sheet Set
Best Linen:
West Elm Linen Sheet Set
4
4 5 3 4 4
Hemp Linen Sheet Set
Best Luxury:
Buffy Soft Hemp Sheets
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Crisp Percale Stripe Sheet Set
Best Budget:
Italic Crisp Percale Stripe Sheet Set
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Nest Organic Cotton Luxury Bed Sets
Best Organic:
Nest Organic Cotton Sheet Set
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Sateen Sheet Set
Best Specialty Size:
Alaskan King Bed Company Sateen Sheets
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Final Verdict

Our top pick is the Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set (view at Brooklinen). They will keep you cool, look great, and get softer and better with each wash. For a classic, crisp feel and look, the Italic The Slumber Shop Crisp Percale Sheets (view at Italic) are a favorite among luxury hotels and can provide the same comfort for a surprisingly affordable price in your home.


Sheex-Experience-Cooling-Sheet

The Spruce / Joy Merrifield

How We Tested the Sheets

For this article, we sent some of the most highly-rated cooling sheets to our testers across the country. In addition to rating the overall comfort and cooling properties of the sheets, our testers also assessed how the sheets felt right out of the package; how they looked and fitted on the bed; and how they held up in the washer and dryer. We combined their insights with our independent research to bring you this list.

What to Look for in Cooling Sheets

Material

Linen, bamboo, and cotton are all great options that will keep you cool as you sleep. Linen tends to be the most expensive on the list but also provides a helpful heating feature during the colder months. Cotton has a crisper texture, which some sleepers prefer.

Weave

Tighter weaves will have a heavier heft and will often trap heat, while loose weave breath more and allow body heat to escape as you sleep. Some weaves, such as sateen and percale, have a silkier texture while still keeping sleepers cool.

Thread count

Contrary to popular belief, a high thread count isn’t the only thing that can indicate softness. Material and weave can also have a big impact. A thread count in the 200 to 400 range is more than sufficient, especially if the material and weave is known to be soft.

West Elm Belgian Flax Linen Sheet Set

The Spruce / Joseph Gonzalez

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was researched and written by Katie Begley, a freelance writer specializing in home and family products. Katie has been writing for The Spruce since 2019. For this article, she personally tested products, compiled data from our team of testers, and looked at third-party reviews and features. Having lived in Hawaii, she knows the importance of sheets made for your climate and sleep needs. For this article, she also consulted Amanda Leather, an Interior Designer at Havenly.

Article Sources
The Spruce uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy.
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  2. 11 Best Cooling Sheets for Hot Sleepers of 2021. Good Housekeeping. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home-products/best-sheets/g27482059/best-cooling-sheets/

  3. Council of Fashion Designers of America. Bamboo. CFDA.org.