If you are a hot sleeper, investing in a set of eucalyptus sheets is a great way to avoid night sweats. Another benefit is the material's breathability, says James Higgins, CEO of Ethical Bedding. "Eucalyptus's ability to wick moisture away makes it perfect for bedding and clothes," Higgins explains. "[L]ess moisture on bedding means less susceptibility to a buildup of mold and mildew."
We researched the best eucalyptus sheets available online, then sent them to our team of home product testers to assess comfort, breathability, quality, and value. Our best overall pick, the Olive + Crate Eucalyptus Cooling Pillowcase and Sheets Set, is reasonably-priced, luxuriously soft, and has impressive cooling abilities.
Here are the best eucalyptus sheets.
Best Overall: Olive + Crate Natural Eucalyptus Sheet Set
Get softer with each wash
Strong cooling factor
Some note slight wear and tear after washing
The softness, cooling capabilities, and design-forward look of the Olive + Crate Cooling Eucalyptus Sheets earned them a perfect five-star rating and our best overall pick. The naturally hypoallergenic bedding feels silky, but not slippery, and luxuriously soft. We especially love the color options and reasonable price for this pick, which only gets softer with each wash.
As is to be expected of eucalyptus, these sheets kept our tester cool all night long. Plus, the nearly zero-waste production process uses renewable plantation eucalyptus that uses far less water than cotton or linen. Enjoy fuss-free bed making with 17.5-inch deep pockets and elastic bands for the corners of your fitted sheet, and a small tag to indicate which side goes on the top of your mattress.
Best Cooling : Sijo AiryWeight Eucalyptus Sheet Set
Simple care instructions
Slight shrinkage after washing
Eucalyptus sheets are known to keep you cool, and this pick from Sijo is no exception. With sustainable, hypoallergenic, and OEKO-TEK certified materials, these sheets wick moisture while staying super soft all night long.
Our tester loved how lightweight and cool these sheets felt, while still feeling smooth and comfortable. The sheets also have a sheen on the surface for a luxurious and expensive look. On top of being breathable, eucalyptus fibers are bacteria-resistant and antimicrobial, making them great for sensitive skin. While the care instructions are simple, our tested noted a bit of shrinkage after washing; but, they still fit snugly on the bed.
Best Sustainable : Nest Bedding Eucalyptus Tencel Luxury Sheet Set
Gets softer with each wash
Eucalyptus sheets have earned a reputation for being softer, cooler, and more moisture-wicking than cotton, and the popular Luxury Eucalyptus TENCEL Sheet Set from Nest Bedding promises to get softer and comfier each time you wash them. According to our tester, the sustainable sheet set keeps you cool through the night.
Nest Bedding's TENCEL is made from renewable wood sources and uses 10-20 times less water than cotton, making it a perfect eco-friendly pick. The fibers flick moisture away from the body, making it 70 percent more absorbent than other materials. We like that the sheets fit snugly on your bed and accommodate mattress up to 15 inches deep.
Our tester noticed no visible difference after washing, adding to this pick's value. You can choose from classic white or opt for a fun yet mature peach or sage green.
Best Splurge: Buffy Breeze Sheet Set
Colors sell out quickly
Buffy’s Eucalyptus Sheets have earned raves for being super soft and cool-to-the-touch. Made from eco-friendly 100 percent eucalyptus grown in Austria, the breathable sheets are OEKO-TEX certified, so they’re free of harsh chemicals. The four-piece sheet set comes in six naturally-dyed shades, like the pink Blush color that’s dyed with gardenia, walnut, and turmeric.
Though the sheets feel luxurious, they’re easy to care for by machine washing and drying. Plus, the comfy sheet set gets softer every time you wash them.
Runner-Up, Best Splurge: SHEEX Arctic Aire Max Sheet Set
Perfect for thick mattresses
Comes in limited color options
While Tencel sheets are naturally cooling, the SHEEX Arctic Tencel Sheet Set gets even more cooling power from patented SHEEX CoolX Technology that wicks away moisture and keeps your temperature down while you sleep. Made from 100 percent Tencel lyocell with a thread count of 300, the sheet set is extra soft, smooth, and breathable.
The comfy sheet set is easy to machine wash and comes in two colors: denim or pink. Except for the twin-sized set, which comes with one pillowcase, each size includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and two standard pillowcases. The queen and king-sized sheets fit mattresses up to 19-inches, so this set is a good choice for thick mattresses.
Best with Deep Pockets: Owensby Deep Pocket Tencel Sheet Set
Great for larger beds and mattresses
Some note that quality starts to fade after a few washes
With a pocket depth of 22 inches, the Owensby Deep Pocket Tencel Sheet Set provides silky-soft comfort for larger beds and thick mattresses. Made from 100 percent Tencel with a 300-thread count, the plain weave sheets are breathable and cool. The comfy sheets have a slight sheen that makes them look extra luxurious, too.
The durable sheet set is easy to care for by machine washing and drying, and it’s available in four versatile shades: gray, ivory, tan, and white. The sheet set includes four-pieces—a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and two pillowcases—though the twin-sized sets include one pillowcase.
Best Tencel-Cotton Blend: Molecule Luxury Percale Bed Sheet Set
Tight weave allows for a crisp and cool fabric
Most sets, except for twin, include shams and pillowcases
Not as soft as competitors
If you love cotton bedding and don’t want to fully make the switch to eucalyptus or Tencel, the Molecule Luxury Percale Bed Sheet Set is a great choice. Made from a blend of Tencel lyocell and cotton, this soft sheet set is more durable than 100 percent cotton. The 300-thread count percale sheets are tightly woven and feel crisp, smooth, and cool, and they’re moisture-wicking to keep you comfortable throughout the night.
The machine-washable sheets come in four neutral colors: white, ivory, powder blue, and cloud grey. With the exception of the twin-sized sets, which include one pillowcase, the eco-friendly sheet sets include a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and two pillowcases.
How We Tested
We purchased over 30 sheets to put to the test at The Lab in Des Moines, Iowa and had additional product testers evaluate the sheets at home. We specifically looked for comfort, breathability, quality, and value and had testers assess points for each attribute according to our own rating system.
In addition, we had testers take note of how sheets felt at the time of arrival and whether or not they held up well after washing and drying. Finally, we took their insights and our editorial research to compile our recommendations.
What to Look for in Eucalyptus Sheets
When choosing eucalyptus sheets, you’ll see options labeled as 100 percent eucalyptus and Tencel Lyocell. In general, eucalyptus takes less water to grow than cotton, so it has become a popular eco-friendly choice for bedding. Similarly, Tencel-branded fibers are made from the sustainably sourced pulp of eucalyptus wood and produced using environmentally responsible processes. Our top pick, the Olive + Crate Cooling Eucalyptus Sheets, is made from 100 percent Tencel fiber and was described by testers as feeling silky and luxuriously soft.
Most eucalyptus sheet sets only come in solid colors, but there are usually several vibrant options and classic neutral shades. While patterned eucalyptus sheets are less common, there are a few options for print lovers out there, too.
Because of the environmentally friendly manufacturing process, most eucalyptus sheets tend to be on the pricey side. However, if you want to try eucalyptus sheets without spending a lot, you can still find great options at wallet-friendly prices.
What are eucalyptus sheets made of?
Eucalyptus sheets are naturally soft sheets made from processed eucalyptus. The eucalyptus is first turned into wood chips and mixed with chemicals to form a pulp. They are then dissolved and extruded to get soft fibers.
They're also a great sustainable option compared to other materials. ""Eucalyptus bedding is also made in a closed-loop system, as opposed to linear," says Higgins. "This means more than 99 percent of the solvent amine oxide, water and natural additives to make a single batch of product is stored and reused for future batches. This minimizes the ecological footprint and reduces waste and impact from the manufacturing process," he adds.
How do you wash eucalyptus sheets?
In general, you should wash eucalyptus sheets in cold water and on your washing machine's gentle setting. To avoid damaging the fabric, use a mild detergent and wash them separately from your other laundry. Don't use fabric softener or bleach on eucalyptus sheets, otherwise you might reduce their quality and shorten their lifespan.
Higgins also shares a few tips to prevent wrinkles. "If you take them immediately out of the washing machine and give them a good shake, they should be free from most wrinkles. It's important to remove the sheets from the drum as soon as possible once dry to reduce any wrinkles," he shares.
What do eucalyptus sheets feel like?
Smooth and silky, eucalyptus sheets feel like a mix between silk and cotton. They're cool to the touch, with moisture-wicking properties and breathability. "When you try Eucalyptus bedding, it is so unbelievably soft that it’s hard to imagine it was made from wood. It has the ability to mimic the feel of cotton, silk, suede and even leather depending the style you buy," adds Higgins.
What are the benefits of eucalyptus sheets?
The most known benefit of sleeping on eucalyptus sheets is the breathability and coolness they provide throughout the night. This comes from the material's ability to wick away moisture and regulate temperature.
Another great benefit it that they are hypoallergenic. "Being a natural fibre eucalyptus bedding is great for people with sensitive skin and ensures you don't have skin irritation," says Higgins.
They also have antibacterial properties: "Eucalyptus bedding limits exposure to pathogens and germs. Its antibacterial properties have led to its increased use in medical dressings, which makes it great for those who suffer with skin problems such as acne," Higgins continues.
You also won't have to worry about buying new sheets every year because eucalyptus sheets are extremely durable. They're made to withstand many washes and resists shrinkage or damage.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Cristina Sanza, the bedding expert for The Spruce. To research this article, she spent hours reading reviews about the best eucalyptus sheets so you can pick the coolest, comfiest set to upgrade your bedding. She also considered each pick's fiber, color, and price.
Additional reporting and research was done by Lauren Murphy, an experienced writer and editor who specializes in DIYs, home upgrades, and other home-related topics.
Expert advice was provided by James Higgins, CEO of Ethical Bedding