Crisp and Cool: L.L.Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set

Smooth and crisp pima cotton sheets for a cool and comfortable night’s sleep

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L.L.Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set

L.L.BEAN 280-Thread Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set

The Spruce / Sharon Lehman

What We Like
  • Available in nine colors

  • Fabric stays cool and dry

  • Sheets get softer with each wash

What We Don't Like
  • Fabric is prone to wrinkling

  • Attracts loose hair, pet fur, and lint

  • Pillow cases run large

Bottom Line

L.L.Bean’s 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set isn’t the silkiest set of sheets, but they’re smooth, crisp, and can help keep you cool and comfortable while you sleep.

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L.L.Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set

L.L.BEAN 280-Thread Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set

The Spruce / Sharon Lehman

We purchased the L.L.Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set so our reviewer could put them to the test in her home. Keep reading for our full product review.

The quality of your bed sheets may not be something you think about too often, but a good set of sheets can transform your bedroom space and your quality of sleep—yes, really.

Sliding between soft, smooth sheets when you’re ready to doze off is a cozy little luxury that can make your bedroom feel like a five-star hotel. 

Depending on the fabric, sheets can also contribute to how hot or cool you feel while you sleep. While you don’t want to feel chilly, setting the thermostat to a cooler temperature overnight and having breathable linens that keep you from sweating are important factors in getting a good night’s sleep.

L.L.BEAN’s 280-Thread Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set

The Spruce / Sharon Lehman

L.L.Bean’s 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set promises a luxurious, extra-smooth feel that’s comfortable for sleeping in all seasons. I gave them a try to see if they feel as nice as they sound.

The sheets seemed to improve and get softer with each sleep and washing.

I received a queen-sized set of these sheets in the color white. I have to be honest: I felt skeptical of the 280-thread count at first. After all, I was taught the higher the thread count, the better and more luxurious the sheet set. But I still had a thing or two to learn about the importance of material and weave

L.L.BEAN 280-Thread Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set

The Spruce / Sharon Lehman

These sheets are made from 100 percent Pima cotton, which is considered a premium cotton variety. It’s made from long-staple fibers that result in individual strands that are smoother, softer, and stronger than other types of cotton.

These sheets have a percale weave. This style weave is characterized by cotton strands tightly woven together to create a crisp fabric.

So, even though the thread count isn’t the highest, these sheets still feel ultra-soft because they’re made from high-end cotton. Sure enough, when I removed the sheets from their packaging, they felt super smooth, starched, and lightweight.

L.L.BEAN’s 280-Thread Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set

The Spruce / Sharon Lehman

I washed the sheets before making up my bed following the care instructions on the label. They were pretty wrinkled even though I removed them promptly from the dryer. They also felt like they lost some of their initial silkiness after that first wash.

I had the same results with subsequent washings: the sheets always seemed to be slightly wrinkled no matter how fast I pulled them from the dryer. It didn’t bother me enough to spend precious time pressing sheets but be warned you’ll need to iron these if you want perfectly smooth wrinkle-free linens.

I didn’t notice any pilling or threads coming loose after several weeks of regular use and washing. However, I ended up washing these sheets every few days instead of my normal once a week because they tend to attract loose hair, pet fur, and lint that was extra noticeable on my all-white set.

They were pretty wrinkled even though I removed them promptly from the dryer. They also felt like they lost some of their initial silkiness after that first wash.

Speaking of the color, the white is a bright, pure white. They’re available in eight other solid colors, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a shade to match the rest of your bedding.

Some of the wrinkles smoothed out on their own when the sheets were stretched across the mattress. The 15-inch deep fitted sheet easily slipped over my 12-inch standard mattress with room to spare. The fitted sheet tended to bunch in the middle because of the extra room in the corners, but I simply gave the sheet a few tugs in either direction each morning when I made the bed to smooth things back out.

L.L.BEAN 280-Thread Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set

The Spruce / Sharon Lehman

The pillowcases were also roomy, and the excess fabric made my standard pillows look bunchy and a little sloppy, but they would probably fit queen-sized pillows perfectly.

I tend to be a hot sleeper, and even though there were a few nights I woke up a little sweaty, the sheets stayed cool and dry.

This is the first set of sheets I’ve owned that have directional tags indicating which side goes on the short and long sides of the bed. It’s a small detail that helps when you’re having one of those moments where you just can’t figure out which edge of the sheet is which.

The first night I slept on these sheets, they felt crisper, more starched, and rougher than I prefer. They reminded me of sheets you’d find in a hotel. Not necessarily a bad thing, but not the luxurious silky soft feel I was after.

Luckily, the sheets seemed to improve and get softer with each sleep and washing. They also stayed pretty cool throughout the night. I tend to be a hot sleeper, and even though there were a few nights I woke up a little sweaty, the sheets stayed cool and dry.

Frequently Asked Questions

What sizes are these sheets available in?

L.L.Bean sells these sheets in sizes for twin, full, queen, king, and California king mattresses.

How deep is the fitted sheet?

Whether you’re shopping for a twin, full, queen, king, or California king mattress, the fitted sheets all measure 15-inches deep.

How do you wash these sheets?

The care instructions recommend washing these sheets separately or with like colors in warm water and tumble dry on low heat.

The sheets should be removed promptly from the dryer to minimize wrinkling.

Are these sheets worth the price?

Pima cotton is a more premium material than other cottons and is priced accordingly, but it’s still more affordable than top-tier Egyptian cotton. Depending on the size you buy, this sheet set retails between $109 and $169.

These sheets feel more substantial and durable than the less expensive sets I’ve had from big-box retailers. They’re also backed by L.L.Bean’s one-year return policy, which is rare for most linens.

Considering the material quality and return policy, I think they’re worth the investment.

L.L.Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set vs. Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set

Brooklinen’s Classic Core Sheet Set is comparable to the L.L.Bean Pima Cotton Sheet Set. They’re made from 100 percent long-staple cotton with a percale weave for a smooth and crisp feel that can help control the temperature of sweaty sleepers and keep them feeling cooler. 

They’re similarly priced, retailing between $109 and $179, and available for all sized mattresses, including twin extra-long, which L.L.Bean doesn’t offer. The Brooklinen sheets are available in a couple of neutral solids and striped patterns. If you’re looking for more color variety, go with the L.L.Bean set.

Final Verdict

Worth a try.

If you like sheets that feel smooth and crisp but not overly soft or satiny, the L.L.Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set is worth trying. They’re ideal for warm weather but can help keep sweaty sleepers cool all year round and are backed by a generous return policy.

Specs

  • Product Name 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set
  • Product Brand L.L.Bean
  • Price $149
  • Material 100% pima cotton
  • Sizes Twin, full, queen, king, and california king
  • Colors Cream, lake, mid blue, pastel mint, shell pink, silver sand, sunlight, vapor gray, and white
  • Warranty 1 year return policy for full refund