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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 Bed Sheet Set
The Mellanni Brushed Microfiber Sheet Set is made from a silky soft, 100 percent brushed microfiber polyester. 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.
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
The high-performing fabric in the PeachSkinSheets set can be helpful to anyone who experiences night sweats. The sheets are made from an athletic grade smart fabric that promotes air circulation while wicking away excess moisture. So that slick feeling you used to wake up with will quickly become a thing of the past.
Plus, these sheet are anti-snag, anti-slip, and anti-pill. Our testers found them to be soft right out of the package.
"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
Staying dry is a key contributor feeling cool as you sleep. Therefore, the SHEEX Experience Performance Fabric Sheet Set, specifically designed to wick moisture, is a good bet for more comfortable rest if you prefer the feel of sleek polyester. It works to maintain a dry and comfortable sleeping environment with a fabric that’s 52 percent lighter and cooler than traditional cottons.
Our testers liked that these sheets are cool to the touch and that pet hair doesn't stick to them, however the slippery texture can make it a bit more difficult to make the bed.
"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 44 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.
"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
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. They're also resistant to UV fading.
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 facility, 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 from twin to 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
What to Look for in Cooling Sheets
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, unless they are technical fiber blends that are designed to wick away moisture.
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.
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.