The 10 best bed sheets and bed linen sets
04 January 2021
You don’t have to be the princess in The Princess and the Pea to know that decent sheets make the world of difference when it comes to getting a good night's kip. The right bedding can be a life-changing investment and these Mumsnet-recommended bed sheets will add a touch of five-star luxury to your bedroom this year.
What's the price of a good night’s sleep? As anyone who has recently invested in new bed sheets will tell you, this can range from ‘total bargain’ to ‘selling a kidney to fund them.’
As always, it’s more about good value than a good price. But what you’re prepared to pay is just one of the things to consider when dressing your bed. You also need to think about the materials you prefer, how easy they are to wash and iron, and whether you like a cool, crisp feel as you climb between the sheets or more of a warm cocoon to snuggle into. And that’s before you even get into whether you like the look of them.
We've trawled the shops (both real and online) to find the best bed sheets in every style and for every budget. So sit down, relax and read on. But no snoozing at the back there. There’ll be plenty of time for that later.
Here are the best bed sheets to buy.
1. Best overall bed sheets: H&M Washed Linen Fitted Sheet
“H&M is outrageously good value, and looks and washes like the pricey stuff.”
H&M’s bed linen is a favourite with Mumsnetters and its ranges, including some fabulous patterns, are really well-priced if you want to update the look of your bedroom in an instant.
Its Washed Linen collection is a particularly highlight and reviewers say that it looks and feels high-end, but at a much more high-street price.
The Washed Linen Fitted Sheet's slubby texture looks gently ruffled, rather than simply unironed, and feels soft against the skin as you get into bed. It machine-washes at up to 60 degrees.
The Washed Linen collection is available in sets as well as separate sheets, pillowcases and duvets, and comes in a range of pretty, muted colours. H&M's Washed Cotton set is also lovely if your budget won’t quite stretch to the linen.
- Excellent value
- Looks great even after a few days of being slept on
- Pricier than ordinary cotton
- Doesn’t say you can tumble-dry, but should be fine on a cool setting
Price: £40Buy now from H&M
2. Best budget bed sheets: IKEA Ullvide Fitted Sheet
“Our IKEA bedding looks a lot better than some ridiculously expensive stuff we got for a wedding gift eight years ago. I'm really impressed by it.”
As most Mumsnetters will tell you, you can’t go far wrong with IKEA bedding. While sheets start at as little as £3, we love the Ullvide Double Fitted Sheet in grey – also available in blue, pink, white, single, king and super king.
It’s made from Lyocell (a wood product) and cotton, which make for a comfier night’s sleep and also work to draw moisture away from the body, keeping you less sticky at night.
The sheet's edge is elasticated all the way round, which helps it to stay put through the night no matter how wriggly the bed’s occupants. The sheet washes at up to 60 degrees and can be tumble-dried, so it's also easy and quick to wash.
- Nice colour palettes
- Made from sustainably grown cotton
- Available to order online
- The elasticated edge makes it tricky to fold
Price: £9Buy now from IKEA
3. Best luxury bed sheets: The White Company Cavendish Deep Fitted Sheet
“The White Company for me! Excellent quality and worth every penny. They often have very good sales and discount vouchers online.”
If you’ve splashed out on the bed of your dreams, it may seem daft to dress it in anything less than the best.
The White Company has long been the go-to for high-quality bedroom and bathroom linens. This 800-thread-count cotton sheet from the Cavendish range is total luxury and will likely ruin stays in top hotels for you forever.
The sheets are handmade in Portugal by master craftspeople. Fine 100% Egyptian cotton is used and woven into 800-thread-count sateen which feels as smooth as silk next to your skin.
Paired with the button-fastening duvet cover and a mix of the Oxford and Classic pillowcases in the same range, this will bring a real hotel style to your bedroom. All you’ll be missing is the room service.
- Luxury feel
Price: From £120Buy now from The White Company
4. Best linen bed sheets: Soak and Sleep 100% Pure French Linen Fitted Sheet
“Soak and Sleep's linen bedding is machine-washable and really lovely. It's expensive but, if you think of the cost per sleep, it's worth it."
Make your bedroom a boudoir with French linens that will bring a little more ooh la la to your slumbers.
Soak and Sleep is an Aladdin’s cave of goodies for those a bit obsessed with bed linen, and the Pure French Linen range, made from 100% flax sourced from Normandy, is very popular – and often on offer too.
While it's still a little pricey, this linen is a real investment and will last much longer than cotton. A slubby texture gives the sheet a rustic, slightly rumpled look, and linen has the added benefit of keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter.
The 100% Pure French Linen Fitted Sheet is available in eight pretty colours and can be bought with matching duvet covers, pillows and the like.
- Easy to care for
- Can have a wrinkled look, like all linen
- On the expensive side
Price: From £44.20Buy now from Soak & Sleep
5. Best Egyptian cotton bed sheets: King of Cotton Egyptian Cotton Fitted Sheet
“After years of trying different bedding, the best is from King of Cotton. Egyptian cotton boutique 400-thread-count. Pricey, but worth every penny.”
King of Cotton is the first and last word in Egyptian cotton bedding, and these 400-thread-count boutique cotton percale sheets are so soft to sleep on and one of their bestsellers for precisely that reason.
This fitted sheet has a really crisp cotton feel so, if you like the feel of a newly-made bed, this may be the one for you. It's available in two depths, which is handy if you have a thicker mattress, and matching items can also be bought for a complete ‘hotel bed’ look.
It's worth bearing in mind that the suggestions for care of this range are a little onerous. King of Cotton recommend you wash the sheets at no higher than 40, wash only with other cottons and then iron while still damp.
- Cool, crisp feel
- Good for thicker mattresses
- Care recommendations are complex
Price: From £28Buy now from King of Cotton
6. Best brushed cotton sheets: John Lewis & Partners Warm and Cosy Brushed Cotton Fitted Sheet
“John Lewis sheets are really good, last a long time and are not that much more expensive than others.”
Ideal for winter and those who just never seem to warm up in bed, John Lewis & Partners' Warm and Cosy range does exactly what it says on the tin.
The loosely spun, closely woven brushed cotton has a lovely, soft feel that's sheer joy to get into on winter nights, and it never feels cold to the touch.
This sheet is available in four sizes and two colours, but there are lots more items available in the range, including flat sheets, duvet colours and pillows. Bring on the cold nights.
- Good price
- Easy to care for
- Some reviews reported bobbling after a few washes
Price: From £18Buy now from John Lewis & Partners
7. Best organic bed sheets: Dip & Doze The Perfect Fitted Sheet
“As a cheaper alternative to The White Company, I recently bought from Dip & Doze.”
If you’re serious about sheets, a browse at Dip & Doze will feel like a spa break. Even this beautifully simple fitted sheet has a menu of options so that you can customise it exactly to your taste.
Choose from one of five muted neutrals for the colour, as well as four sizes. It’s also available as a flat sheet if you prefer a traditional corner to an elasticated edge.
But best of all, there's a Cool & Crisp and a Soft & Smooth option to choose from. The two choices are essentially different weaves – the Cool & Crisp is a percale weave ideal for a warm sleeper, while the Soft & Smooth has the feel of a much-loved T-shirt after a few washes.
All Dip & Doze’s products are 100% organic and fair trade. They are ethically made, sustainably sourced and manufactured without the use of pesticides. And if you needed any further convincing, all their products come with a 30-night trial period so that you can send them back if you decide they're not for you – even if you’ve slept in them and washed them.
- 30-day trial
- Several options for customisations
- Only available online at Dip & Doze
- Some reviews suggest the sheet is a stretch for very deep mattresses
Price: From £35Buy now from Dip & Doze
8. Best bed sheets for hot sleepers: M&S Comfortably Cool Fitted Sheet
“M&S does a Comfortably Cool range. It's amazing! It’s a 200 thread count, beautifully silky, actually stays cool, washes fantastically, barely creases and it's not too expensive either.”
This simple, well-priced sheet is available in four sizes, three mattress depths and 10 colours, so you should easily be able to find the perfect fit for you and your bedroom.
The sheet is made with a 200-thread-count Tencel-rich mix, sustainably crafted from the eucalyptus tree. It wicks moisture away from the skin to keep you cool in bed, whether it’s at the height of summer or you suffer from hot flushes.
It also feels incredibly soft and smooth, thanks to the very fine fibres. It’s really easy to put on and take off and washes easily too – just bung it in the machine before tumble-drying.
- Easy to put on and take off
- Simple to wash
- Good value
- Colours for every décor
- Fabric seems to crease easily
Price: From £16Buy now from M&S
9. Best anti-allergy bed sheets: Panda 100% Bamboo Fitted Sheet
“I love bamboo products – they are so soft. I’m off to look for bamboo sheets for my bed.”
If you suffer from sniffles and snuffles at nighttime, bamboo bedding might be the answer. It’s naturally antibacterial so is good for eczema sufferers, those with sensitive skin or those who suffer from hayfever caused by dust mites. It’s highly breathable too, keeping you cool in summer and cosy in winter.
This sheet by Panda is made from 100% organic bamboo, which uses just a third of the water typically used by cotton in its production. It has a very soft, smooth feel and its 300 thread count feels more like a 1,000 thread count in a cotton fabric.
Good news – it's available as a bedding set with duvet cover and pillowcases, and in five attractive colours too.
- Very soft
- Fairly pricey
Price: £53Buy now from Amazon
10. Best patterned bed sheets: Catherine Lansfield Home Fitted Sheet
“I've got some Catherine Lansfield bedding. It's very good quality.”
Finding patterned sheets, as opposed to plain sheets with a patterned duvet set, can be quite tricky, so we were pleased to find Catherine Lansfield sheets on Amazon.
They’re great for kids’ bedding, but also for grown-ups wanting something a bit little different. This fitted sheet would look pretty in a feminine bedroom matched with plain white duvet cover and pillowcases. It’s made from a brushed cotton which is really warm and cosy to the touch.
- Good price
- Easy care
- Some reviewers think the sizing is a little large
Price: £14.50Buy now from Amazon
What are the different types of bed sheet?
Bed sheets are either flat sheets or fitted sheets. A flat sheet is a piece of fabric that you lay on your mattress. You then fold the sheet around the mattress corners and tuck it in at the sides. A fitted sheet has elastic all around the edges. This elastic grips the mattress and stops the sheet from sliding around.
Fitted sheets are easier to put on and less likely to come untucked, but traditionalists often prefer a flat sheet as it gives more leeway on sizing.
What are the different bed sheet fabrics?
Then there are a huge variety of different fabrics to choose from. Here are a few of the most common:
- Cotton – breathable, long-lasting and easy to wash
- Egyptian cotton – known for being the world’s finest cotton. It's handpicked to put less stress on its fibres, and it can be elongated to create softer, stronger cotton with more threads per square inch
- Brushed cotton – cotton that has been brushed on one side during the manufacturing process to give it a softer, warmer feel. Often used for winter bedding
- Polycotton – a mix of polyester and cotton. Washes easily and dries quickly with little or no ironing
- Linen – spun from flax (a renewable source), it has longer fibres than cotton, which means it's more durable and a favourite in hotels for this reason. While it can feel slightly stiffer than cotton when new, linen softens beautifully with age without wearing thin. Its weave means it's highly breathable while also helping to filter out allergens. It’s also good for anyone with sensitive skin
- Silk – for a bit of Hollywood starlet glamour, silk is naturally hypoallergenic. It will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer, and beauty experts swear by silk pillowcases for keeping hair tidy and skin wrinkle-free. Comes at a premium
- Bamboo – eco-friendly, soft, great at temperature regulation and ideal for those with sensitive skin. It's more expensive than cotton and takes careful looking after
- Lyocell – made from wood pulp and also known by its brand name, Tencel. It's sustainable, soft and great at wicking moisture away from the skin to keep you comfy in bed
What is the best material for bed sheets?
It depends what feel you want and how big your budget is. If you want a cosy feel, brushed cotton is a good option. If you get hot in bed, bamboo or Tencel will be best. For a hotel-chic look, linen or Egyptian cotton are the way to go, or look for hypoallergenic materials if you suffer from allergies.
Think about how much you’re paying and how long you want the sheets to last too. Linen, for example, will last for decades. It will age but usually just gets better with age. Cotton, on the other hand, will last for five to 10 years depending on the quality and thread count.
What is thread count?
Thread count refers to the number of threads woven into one inch of any given fabric. You count both the warp (the threads that go vertically) and the weft (those that go horizontally).
In general, the higher the thread count, the better quality the fabric, but other factors, such as the different fibres and weaves, also have an impact on the feel and quality of the fabric.
What is the best thread count for bed sheets?
Don’t be dazzled by very high thread counts. They’re a bit like expensive wines – once you get to a certain level, you’re really not going to notice the difference.
A thread count of between 200 and 800 will give you a sheet that you can really feel the difference in. Anything above 800 won’t necessarily feel that much better. Below 200 will be cheaper, but won’t last as long or feel as nice to sleep in.
What do the various weaves mean when it comes to bed sheets?
You might also see fabrics referred to as 'percale,' 'jaquard,' sateen,' etc. These refer to the patterns the threads are woven in and this, along with thread count, can make a big difference to the feel of the sheets. Duvet covers might be jaquard or chambray, but sheets are usually percale or sateen weave.
- Percale – the weft (horizontal) and the warp (vertical) threads are woven alternately, like a chessboard. This weave gives a crisp, cool feel
- Sateen – here, the weft goes over several warp threads rather than over and under each one. Sateen tends to feel softer, smoother and warmer than percale
- Jacquard – this weave produces patterns in the fabric. It tends to feel quite heavy
What are the best bed sheets to buy?
Of all the bed sheets we shortlisted, the H&M Washed Linen Fitted Sheet offers the best value for money and will last the longest for a reasonable price.
We like the range of colours available, which would look stylish in either a modern or traditional bedroom. The beautiful texture of the sheet makes it easy to care for and means that it'll always look good even when not perfectly ironed. And who has time to iron their bed sheets regularly?
Overall, we think it's the best choice for busy families, but one in which style is important too.
How we chose our recommendations
We spent several hours trawling the threads in Mumsnet’s Housekeeping forum for recommendations from our users on which brands and bed sheets they rated most highly. We were also on the lookout for poor reviews of products to avoid.
For our initial longlist, we also consulted recommendations from experts, consumer websites and print media, and made sure we included brands that regularly appeared in top 10 lists.
We then looked at reviews for each of our longlisted bed sheets to check that previous customers were satisfied with their purchases and that the companies concerned had been helpful and easy to deal with.
We then began the process of looking at each of the bed sheets, checking thread count, quality of fibres and fabric, and checking whether the product seemed to stand up to what was promised.
In doing this, we whittled our longlist down to 30 shortlisted bed sheets and from these chose a top 10 that we think offers something for every style and price point.
Why you should trust us
Mumsnet users are famously discerning when it comes to making big purchases for their homes and we believe that the best people to offer recommendations are real people, who have put their money where their mouth is.
For that reason, we always begin our research with Mumsnetters themselves. We use experienced consumer journalists to work through the recommendations made, and check that the products we recommend are of a high standard and come from companies we’d be happy to deal with ourselves. We also know an awful lot about the importance of a good night’s sleep.
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