Sinking into a bed covered in supremely soft sheets is both a great comfort and a relief come bedtime. Creating a cozy, comfortable bed can help you drift off to sleep at night–and whether it’s a warm summer evening or a chilly winter night, that softness can play a role in getting some good rest. Cotton tends to be the staple material used to create the softest bed sheets, and cotton sheet sets made with extra-long fibers create particularly silky final products.
To find truly soft sheets, we tried and tested a selection of sheet sets in The Lab, putting products made of a variety of different materials to the test with washing, wear, and even staining. We also used these sheet sets in real-world settings, with our product testers putting each set through its paces at home for one to three months so we could determine how they performed in everyday situations.
Our pick for the softest bed sheets is the Lands’ End 300 Thread Count Premium Supima Cotton Percale Sheet Set, which features Supima cotton in a smooth percale weave. Their cotton construction makes the sheets wonderfully soft, and they remain comfortably soft even after daily wear and regular washings. Discover more of the softest bed sheets with our picks below.
Lands' End 300 Thread Count Premium Supima Cotton Percale Bed Sheet Set
American-grown Supima cotton
Wash and wear well
Deep 16-inch pockets
Not particularly cooling
Soft and smooth in their feel and hardy enough to handle daily sleep, snuggles, and so much more, the 300 Thread Count Premium Supima Cotton Percale Sheet Set from Lands’ End is a fantastic pick. We love the U.S.-grown Supima cotton fibers that weave together in a percale pattern to create a sheet that’s nicely crisp and wonderfully soft.
Our tester found caring for these soft sheets is as easy as tossing them in the washing machine. They aren’t finicky at all. “They are easy to launder as they don't require any crazy instructions and, since they are a darker color, I can wash them along with jeans or our mostly dark wardrobe and not worry about them,” our tester said. They hold up and maintain their color with regular washings (yes, even with regular drying!)
The only potential drawback our tester noted is hot sleepers may not experience much of a cooling effect from these soft cotton sheets. While they’re relatively breathable and nicely crisp, these sheets may not be the coolest choice for those who run warm year-round. However, we think the softness and durability make them well worth it.
Price at time of publish: $170 for a Queen set
Material: Supima cotton | Weave: Percale | Color Options: 8 colors
Threshold 400 Thread Count Printed Performance Sheet Set
100 percent cotton
Fits mattresses up to 18 inches
Top and bottom fitted sheet labels
Wrinkle-, pill-, and shrink-resistant
Pattern can fade after washing
Not solid color choices
Soft, breathable, and comfortable at a price that’s impressively budget-friendly, the Threshold 400 Thread Count Printed Performance Sheet Set is a steal of a find. These 100 percent cotton sheets are nicely durable, but they’re also soft and cozy to climb into. And, with perks like deep 18-inch pockets, a labeled fitted sheet, and strong elastic, they’ll cover all of your bedding basics. Our tester found them to offer just the right balance of comfort: “They kept me warm and did not make me feel overheated or smothered. I really liked the medium weight density of these sheets.”
Unfortunately, after even just a single wash, our tester did find that the sheets’ pattern can fade. However, with their budget-friendly price and overall quality construction, our tester still recommended them: “With a thread count of 400, they are soft enough to be a great value. The special features on the bottom sheet make this sheet set a bargain… even if the bottom sheet faded after one wash/dry.”
Price at time of publish: $55 for a Queen set
Material: Cotton | Weave: Sateen | Color Options: 20+ colors
Best Egyptian Cotton
Nestwell Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set
100 percent Egyptian cotton
Fits mattresses up to 18 inches
Soft, breathable construction
OEKO-TEX Made in Green certified
Pillowcase can be tight
If you’re searching for a silky-soft set of Egyptian cotton sheets, Nestwell’s Sateen 625-Thread Count Sheet Set is a fantastic pick. With a slightly-shiny sateen weave, the Egyptian cotton fibers only grow softer with every wash. As our tester noted, “There is a lovely soft sheen to these sheets. They feel cozy without being at all slippery.” One of the biggest perks of these soft Egyptian cotton sheets is their detailing. They come equipped with details you’d normally find on higher-priced sets, like deep 18-inch pockets, True Grip Technology with extra-grippy one-inch elastic, and directional labels on the fitted sheet.
Plus, in addition to their comfort and secure fit, these sateen sheets are also OEKO-TEX Made in Green certified, which verifies they’re manufactured in an environmentally-friendly facility and free of harmful substances.
The only potential concern with this soft set of sheets? Our tester found that the pillowcases can be somewhat tight if you’re working with a particularly plush pillow. Otherwise, however, these sleek sateen sheets will offer luxury-like perks at a reasonable price (and all the softness you’ve been looking for!)
Price at time of publish: $130 for a Queen set
Material: Egyptian cotton | Weave: Sateen | Color Options: 9 colors
BAMPURE 100% Organic Bamboo Sheets
100 percent organic bamboo viscose
Cool to the touch
LIghtweight, silky feel
Color choices are bright
When it comes to softness, it’s hard to top the silky feel of bamboo fibers–and we love BAMPURE’s Organic Bamboo Sheets. As our tester described them, these sheets “have a really silky and smooth texture with a nice shine, which makes them seem high end.” Created from bamboo viscose, the sheets are luxuriously soft and silky, with a sateen weave that results in a sleek sheen. Plus, they’re designed to soften up with regular washing.
As an added bonus, these soft bed sheets are also cooling for warm and hot sleepers. Our tester found them cool to the touch, and they didn’t warm up noticeably after laying atop them. Their airy construction makes them breathable and even odor-resistant (yes, even during summer!)
Our tester did note that the color choices available are pretty bright; however, if you’re looking for a pop of color, they’ll fit the bill nicely. Additionally, these soft bamboo sheets do wrinkle pretty easily, even right out of the wash. However, it’s nothing unsightly.
Price at time of publish: $110 for a Queen set
Material: Bamboo, viscose | Weave: Sateen | Color Options: 12 colors
Parachute Percale Sheet Set
100 percent long-staple Egyptian cotton
Lightweight, crisp feel
OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified
Softens with every wash
Top sheet is an additional cost
If you’ve been searching for crisp, lightweight sheets that are also soft and inviting, try Parachute’s Percale Sheet Set. We love how these cotton sheets get softer with wear and washing, thanks to their long-staple fibers. If you’re a fan of crispness, the percale weave will also impress. Our tester noted that the sheet set is soft at first touch, and the fabric is more inviting and cozy than your typical set of “crunchy” cotton sheets. Plus, with OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification and climate neutral shipping, these are truly “green” sheets.
With a higher price tag, these sheets are definitely a bit of a splurge. And you’ll want to note that if you want a fitted and flat sheet, the flat sheet comes as an additional cost. However, as our tester summed these sheets up, “The price is high, but they're a very soft cotton option that feels well-made, fits the bed well and is breathable.”
Price at time of publish: $229 for a Queen set
Material: Egyptian cotton | Weave: Percale | Color Options: 8 colors
Best for Hot Sleepers
Olive + Crate Eucalyptus Cooling Pillowcase and Sheet Set
TENCEL lyocell eucalyptus fibers
Silky soft to the touch
Cooling and breathable
Slight shrinkage after washing
Hot sleepers, Olive + Crate’s Eucalyptus Cooling Sheets live up to their promise: They’re lightweight and airy enough to allow for airflow, and they’re sumptuously soft to sleep on. Our tester loved their cooling capabilities, saying, “[I’m] telling everyone about these so a) not only can they sleep on inexpensive luxury, but also b) when I visit, I, too, will be sleeping on cool air.”
Woven out of TENCEL lyocell fibers sourced from eucalyptus, these soft bed sheets are ultra-breathable and naturally hypoallergenic. While eucalyptus is already kinder to the environment, these sheets are also OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified. But, according to our tester, they really shine in comfort. “So so so soft, silky, and smooth. I absolutely loved lying in these. Honestly makes me a tad nervous that I wouldn't want to get out of bed but that's what alarms are for, yes?” she noted.
The only slight drawback to these extra-soft sheets? They can shrink slightly after a wash. However, it shouldn’t be enough to affect how they fit on your bed.
Price at time of publish: $160 for a Queen set
Material: TENCEL lyocell, eucalyptus | Weave: Not listed | Color Options: 9 colors
Nest Bedding Eucalyptus Tencel Luxury Sheet Set
Smooth, soft TENCEL lyocell
Cool to the touch
Made from renewable resources
The softest bed sheets can also be quite durable, especially if you opt for the Nest Bedding Luxury Tencel Sheet Set. These sheets feel silky and stunningly soft at first touch, and their sustainable fibers (which are actually made from renewable wood resources) feel wonderfully smooth. Our tester described them as “buttery, silky, and soft” after putting them to use for a month.
In addition to their soft feel, these sheets are also nicely breathable and moisture-wicking for a comfortable night of sleep year-round. The fabric won’t change, shrink, or pill with regular wear and washing, either, making them a great everyday choice.
Our tester did note, however, that these soft bed sheets will wrinkle easily if not removed from the dryer promptly. The longer the sheets sit, the more they’ll wrinkle–so keep that in mind if you’re someone who prefers a perfectly smooth sheet.
Price at time of publish: $162 for a Queen set
Material: TENCEL lyocell | Weave: Not listed | Color Options: 5 colors
Quince Organic Bamboo Viscose Sheet Set
100 percent organic bamboo viscose
Silky sateen texture
OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified
Top sheet especially prone to wrinkles
If you want to make sure the surface you’re sleeping on is both soft and eco-friendly, Quince’s Organic Bamboo Viscose Sheet Set fits the bill. Our tester raved about their softness, saying, “These sheets are incredible! They're just SO comfortable to sleep on. Luxurious while still feeling cozy.” Made out of organic bamboo from viscose, these sheets feel silky soft from the first touch (and they’re temperature-regulating, too!) But they’re also crafted out of a renewable resource that uses far less water than your typical cotton sheet set. They’re also hypoallergenic and great for those with sensitive skin.
In addition to their sustainable–and soft–construction, these organic bamboo sheets are also wonderfully comfortable. Our tester noted there were no issues with fitted sheet corners popping off or shrinkage after washing. Rather, they stay comfortable and hold up with even frequent washing well for the long haul. The only potential issue may be their wrinkly nature right out of the wash. Our tester pointed out that the top sheet is particularly prone to wrinkling, even after being on the bed.
Price at time of publish: $229 for a Queen set
Material: Bamboo viscose | Weave: Sateen | Color Options: 8 colors
Boll & Branch Signature Hemmed Sheet Set
Buttery soft feel
Grow softer after washing
With a soft sheen and cozy texture, Boll & Branch’s Signature Hemmed Sheet Set feels like luxury. These 100 percent cotton sheets are made with high-quality long-staple organic cotton fibers, with details like 17-inch pockets and strong, secure elastic banding. You’ll feel the softness of the sheets improve with each fresh use. Plus, in addition to their buttery softness and nice weight, our tester pointed out that after washing, these sateen sheets were free of pilling, shrinkage, and loose threads.
These soft bed sheets are definitely an investment and come with a higher price than most of our other picks. Additionally, they do wrinkle easily; if you aren’t a fan of wrinkles, you’ll want to make sure they don’t sit in a laundry basket or inside the dryer long after washing. Ultimately, though, our tester noted that the high quality of these sheets makes them a quality pick for anyone who wants soft, luxury-level sheets.
Price at time of publish: $278 for a Queen set
Material: Cotton | Weave: Sateen | Color Options: 10 colors
L.L. Bean Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Set
Soft, brushed cotton
Warm and nicely weighted
Can shrink after washing
May lightly pill with wear
Warm up and wrap yourself in super-soft flannel during the colder months of the year with L.L. Bean’s Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Set. While flannel sheets are thicker and heavier in weight, they’re a top-tier choice for colder sleepers and chilly evenings. This set, which is made out of 100 percent brushed cotton flannel in a 5-ounce weight, is wonderfully plush and cozy. In addition to describing them as comfy, our tester particularly pinpointed the softness and weight as top traits.
However, these soft flannel bed sheets can show some signs of wear after washing. Our tester noticed shrinkage after the first wash, as well as some light pilling. It’s common for there to be lint buildup after the first wash, too, with these flannel sheets. However, when it comes to a plush and warm bed, these are a worthwhile investment.
Price at time of publish: $139 for a Queen set
Material: Cotton flannel | Weave: Not listed | Color Options: 8 colors
Our pick for the softest bed sheets is the Lands’ End 300 Thread Count Premium Supima Cotton Percale Sheet Set, which is crafted out of Supima cotton for a comfy level of softness that washes and wears well over time. The durability combined with a crisp-yet-soft feel make them a great all-around choice. For soft sheets on a budget, we also like Threshold’s 400 Thread Count Printed Performance Sheet Set. Affordably priced with extras like a labeled fitted sheet, deep pockets, and resistance to shrinking, wrinkling, and pilling, they’re a soft set built to last.
What to Look for in Soft Bed Sheets
The inviting texture of a good set of soft bed sheets usually comes from two key details: the sheet material (or fibers) and how that material is constructed. Certain materials are naturally softer than others, and these are great options to start your search with. Cotton sheets, particularly 100 percent cotton varieties like Parachute’s Percale Sheet Set, are often soft thanks to their smooth and airy texture. Flannel sheets, with extra-plush brushed cotton like L.L. Bean’s Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Set, are also notoriously soft.
Bamboo, eucalyptus, and other sheets made out of renewable resources can also have a high level of softness, like BAMPURE’s Organic Bamboo Sheets. However, these sheets tend to have more a silky soft feel–they’re sleeker and often a bit more slippery, which lends a different softness. If you prefer lightweight sheets, this silky texture may be a good choice.
Along with the material, the weave of a sheet set can play a role in softness. For example, a percale cotton sheet will feel different in softness than a sateen cotton sheet. The weave determines the direction of the yarn or fibers, giving a sheet set its texture. When you’re searching for the softest bed sheets, sateen weave is a popular choice; in sheets like Nestwell’s Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set, this means you’ll feel a smooth, softened texture. Percale sheets, on the other hand, can also be wonderfully soft, but their weave lends itself to crispness, too.
A higher thread count doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a softer set of sheets. Thread count can help you determine how many yarns are used per square inch across a piece of fabric. But it doesn’t always mean that a truly soft yarn or fiber was used to make that material. Thread count does matter when you’re picking out 100 percent cotton sheets, as a higher count can sometimes enhance softness. Typically, you’ll want to look for options within the 300 to 500 thread count range for the right balance (the Lands’ End 300 Thread Count Premium Supima Cotton Percale Sheet Set is a great example!)
What are the softest bed sheets made out of?
In our opinion, the softest bed sheets are often made out of 100 percent cotton. The type of cotton can vary–brushed cotton, jersey, and Egyptian cotton are all soft picks. However, for those who like a silkier kind of softness, eco-minded materials like TENCEL, eucalyptus, and bamboo may be a better fit.
Which type of cotton is the softest?
You can’t go wrong with a 100 percent cotton sheet set! Whether you’re opting for organic cotton or Egyptian cotton, this material is a staple in soft sheet sets. Just make sure to take a look at the weave; sateen and percale are often tried-and-true soft picks, but they can vary depending on whether long or short fibers are used.
What cotton thread count is the softest?
Like we mentioned above, thread count isn’t always the best indicator of a sheet set’s softness. When it comes to 100 percent cotton sets, you can often find nicely soft picks within the 300 to 500 thread count range. For other materials, like bamboo or flannel, you may not need to worry about thread count at all. Instead, look more at the fabric itself and how it’s woven to get a sense of true softness.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Heather Adams is the Senior Commerce Editor for all things bed, bath, and home decor at The Spruce. She researched the products in this roundup, considering the material, softness, and insights from product testing at-home and in The Lab for various sheet sets. She chose sheet sets that offered comfort for every type of sleeper, as well as options that offered a combination of softness, durability, and value for the cost. Previously, Heather wrote for Clean Eating Magazine, covering food, nutrition, and wellness content, and created product roundups for sites including Fatherly, The Drive, and Car Bibles, covering parenting, automotive, garage, and tool content.