The 10 Best Sheets for a Staycation in 2021, According to Hotel Insiders

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Bright White 500 Thread Count Percale Cotton Sheet Set at Crane And Canopy

"These sheets are made from Egyptian extra-long-staple cotton woven in a 400 thread count that actually gets softer over time."

Best Overall, Runner-Up: Frette Hotel Classic Sheet Set at Bloomingdale's

"These crisp cotton percale sheets are ultra luxurious and priced around half the cost of the brand’s top-end sets"

Best Budget: Hotel Luxury 1800 Series Platinum Collection Bedding Set at Amazon

"The fitted sheets have all-around elastic with deep pockets to fit mattresses up to 16 inches."

Best Cotton: Luxe Hotel 300 Thread Count Sateen Sheet Set at Bellino Fine Linens

"Bellino uses only 100 percent long-staple cotton and has over a 100 years of knowledge and experience. "

Best Organic: Coyuchi Organic Cotton 300TC Percale Sheet Set at Coyuchi

"This set is made from natural fibers and manufactured using clean and toxin-free practices."

Best Luxury: Frette Grace 600 Thread Count 4-Piece Sheet Set at Saks Fifth Avenue

"These Italian-made sheets are made from 100 percent extra-long-staple cotton yarns."

Best Linen: RH Stonewashed Belgian Linen Bedding Collection at RH

"Even after multiple washes the sheets remain super soft and supple on top of being lightweight and breathable."

Best Sateen: Parachute Sateen Sheet Set at Parachute Home

"It’s durable and gets softer with washing."

Best for Cool Sleepers: Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set at Amazon

"The 480-thread-count sateen sheets feel rich and comfy as they envelop you in a warm cocoon. "

Best for Warm Sleepers: Legends Hotel Supima Cotton Percale Sheet Set at The Company Store

"These crisp white sheets are ideal for warmer temperatures and people who get warm when they sleep."

Consider that we spend about one third of each day—that is to say, one third of our entire lives—in bed. That fact alone is enough to justify the purchase of a serious bedding upgrade. Indeed, you deserve a pampered at-home sleep experience, one that rivals a five-star hotel. And you can make it happen if you know what to look for.

“A great hotel sheet feels luxurious because it’s soft and breathable, but also durable and resistant to pilling,” explains Connie Wang, managing director at the historic Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles. You’ll also want to look for high-quality materials that don’t wear out and even get softer with every washing. And you’ll want to know what’s worth the splurge and how to get the most out of your budget. Here’s our guide to help you shop for the best sheets for a staycation experience at home, backed with expertise from hotel insiders around the country.

Best Overall: Crane & Canopy’s Bright White 500 Thread Count Percale Cotton Sheet Set

Crane & Canopy’s Bright White 500 Thread Count Percale Cotton Sheet Set

Courtesy of Crane & Canopy’s

What We Like
  • 100 percent Egyptian cotton

  • 400-thread count

  • Monogramming available

What We Don't Like
  • Only available in one color

This crisp white percale sheet set from Crane & Canopy is ultra luxurious at an accessible price point. Crafted in Italy, these sheets are made from Egyptian extra-long-staple cotton woven in a 400 thread count that actually gets softer over time. Add a monogram for a personalized touch.

Best Overall, Runner-Up: Frette Hotel Classic Sheet Set

Frette Hotel Classic Sheet Set

Courtesy of Frette

What We Like
  • 100 percent cotton percale sheets

  • Various embroidery choices

  • High-design made in Italy

What We Don't Like
  • Very expensive

If you have some real cash to drop on a set of hotel-like sheets, Frette’s Hotel Classic sheet set is the gold standard. The crisp cotton percale sheets are priced around half the cost of the brand’s top-end sets but maintain plenty of luxury. Pillowcases are embroidered with two border lines in white-on-white or subtle khaki or gray for a bit more pop.

Best Budget: Hotel Luxury 1800 Series Platinum Collection Bedding Set

What We Like
  • Affordable price point

  • Available in a range of colors

  • Pockets fit mattresses up to 16 inches

What We Don't Like
  • Made of polyester

They might not have the Frette name, but you can’t beat the price for an all-around great bedding experience. This well-reviewed set includes a fitted sheet with all-around elastic with deep pockets to fit mattresses up to 16 inches. The microfiber construction is soft and breathable, strong but thin and light. They come in a range of 13 colors.

Best Cotton: Luxe Hotel 300 Thread Count Sateen Sheet Set

Bellino Luxe Hotel 300 Thread Count Sateen Sheet Set

Courtesy of Bellino Fine Linens

What We Like
  • 100 percent sateen-weave cotton

  • Affordable price point

What We Don't Like
  • Only available in one color

The Wythe Hotel, a boutique hotel in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood, uses soft local bedding from Bellino. “We have worked very hard to ensure that everything in our rooms is thoughtfully sourced and of the highest quality,” explains Wythe’s owner Peter Lawerence, of the choice to use the brand’s linens. “They use only 100 percent long-staple cotton and have over 100 years of knowledge and experience. The result is a premiere set of bespoke linens that we are proud to provide for our guests." Why not buy them for your own bed, too?

Best Organic: Coyuchi Organic Cotton 300TC Percale Sheet Set

Coyuchi Organic Cotton 300TC Percale Sheet Set

Courtesy of Coyuchi

What We Like
  • 100 percent organic cotton

  • Cooler feel helps hot sleepers

  • 7-inch cuff helps sheets retain shape

What We Don't Like
  • Too lightweight for some sleepers

Environmentally conscious sheet shoppers appreciate Coyuchi, which uses fully natural fibers (never blended with synthetic materials like polyester) manufactured using clean and toxin-free practices. This 100 percent cotton, 300-thread count set has an accessible mid-range price point.

Best Luxury: Frette Grace 600 Thread Count 4-Piece Sheet Set

Frette Grace 600 Thread Count 4-Piece Sheet Set

Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

What We Like
  • 100 percent long-staple cotton

  • 600 thread count

  • High-shine sateen finish

  • Elegant shadow stitching

What We Don't Like
  • Very expensive

If you’re ready to invest in the ultimate five-star hotel bedding experience, go for Frette’s Grace 600-thread-count sheet set. These Italian-made sheets consist of 100 percent extra-long-staple cotton yarns woven into a silky, sateen sheet. A shade-stitch hem finishes the elevated look.

Best Linen: RH Stonewashed Belgian Linen Bedding Collection

RH Stonewashed Belgian Linen Bedding Collection

Courtesy of RH

What We Like
  • 100 percent linen from Belgian flax

  • Mid-weight for year-round comfort

  • Available in several colors

What We Don't Like
  • Not for those wanting a pristine look

Alicia J. Cannon, principal of AJC Design and whose portfolio includes work on such hotels as the Bellagio Las Vegas and the Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel, calls these her “vacation dream sheets” and a “bedding game changer.” She explains, “The sheets wash really well. Even after multiple washes, the sheets remain super soft and supple on top of being lightweight and breathable. I can use them in the summer months and also in the winter when the heat is turned up. I own a number of sets in various colors; the color palette is subtle and relaxing on the eyes. Linen may not keep as pristine a look as other fabrics, but that’s the beauty of the relaxed look of linen!”

Best Sateen: Parachute Sateen Sheet Set

Parachute Sateen Sheet Set

Courtesy of Parachute

What We Like
  • 100 percent long-staple Egyptian cotton

  • Gets softer with washing

  • Soft sateen finish

What We Don't Like
  • Set does not include flat sheets

Parachute’s sheets are fan favorites, and this sateen set has a nearly perfect rating among reviewers. These Portugal-made sheets consist of 100 percent certified long-staple Egyptian cotton. They're durable and get softer with washing.

Best for Cool Sleepers: Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set

Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set

Courtesy of Brooklinen

What We Like
  • 100 percent long-staple cotton

  • 480 thread-count with sateen weave

  • Available in several colors and prints

What We Don't Like
  • Most bright colors and prints are limited edition

This best-selling Brooklinen sheet set has shown itself to be a fan favorite. The 480-thread-count sateen sheets feel rich, comfy, and enveloping enough for sleepers who run on the cool side. These sheets are made from 100 percent long-staple cotton, but the price point stays moderate.

Best for Warm Sleepers: Legends Hotel Supima Cotton Percale Sheet Set

Legends Hotel Supima® Cotton Percale Sheet Set

Courtesy of The Company Store

What We Like
  • Long-staple Supima cotton

  • 400 thread count

  • Fits mattresses 16 inches deep

What We Don't Like
  • Sheets may be too crisp feeling for some

These crisp white sheets are ideal for warmer temperatures and people who get warm when they sleep. This cotton percale sheet set is made from long-staple Supima cotton grown in the United States. It’s the “current favorite” of Meg Scott, an interior designer for //3877, a Washington, D.C.-based architecture and design firm that works with such hotel brands as Marriott, Hyatt, and IIG. "They are lightweight, extra crisp, and cool to the touch,” she says. “The Supima long-staple cotton has a soft hand feel that gets better with each wash. Their crisp sound and smooth feel remind me of summers spent relaxing at my favorite beach hotels.”

Final Verdict

I’m a longtime fan of Crane & Canopy sheets (view at Crane & Canopy). They have the luxurious feel of posh hotel sheets but ring in at an accessible price point.

What to Look For in Hotel-Style Sheets

Cotton Quality

When buying cotton sheets, look for the words “extra-long-staple cotton” in the description and go for those if budget permits. Fiber length and strength are among the characteristics upon which cotton is graded, and this means better-quality cotton that will get softer every time you wash.

Thread Count

It’s commonly thought that sheets with a higher thread count are more luxurious, but that’s not always true. If the fiber quality is inferior in a 1,000-thread-count sheet, you will not have an experience superior to one you’d have with a 400-thread-count sheet made with extra-long-staple cotton. So note the thread count when you’re sheet shopping, but use it as just one factor of comparison along with fiber type and quality.

Mattress Depth

Of course, you will look for sheets in the corresponding size that matches your mattress—like queen, king, or California king. But that size alone doesn’t cover all the measurements you should keep in mind. Be sure to measure the depth of your mattress—yours might have a higher silhouette because of a pillow top or memory foam topper—and make sure the fitted sheet you’re buying will fit over it (factoring in the possibility it might shrink a little during washing, too).

FAQs

What does "thread count” even mean?

Thread count refers to the number of threads used in one square inch of material. Higher thread count has a reputation for being more luxurious—and it may be—but it doesn’t necessarily guarantee the sheet (or the cotton it’s made of) is better quality.

Why is there such a huge difference in price for cotton sheets?

You’ll note that cotton sheets can range in price from about the cost of a bag of groceries to the cost of a mortgage payment. Why is that? It’s partly because of the grade of cotton used—which may be low-quality even if the thread count seems impressive. Lower grades of cotton may pill, whereas higher grades get softer with washing and may last much longer. Of course, other details such as brand names, embroidery, and other features contribute to a higher price point as well.

What’s the difference between percale and sateen?

Percale refers to a crisp sheet with a grid-like weave and a matte finish. It’s light and breathable, and therefore usually better for warmer weather (or warm sleepers). Sateen sheets have a sheen and feel silky to the touch, with a satin weave.

Why Trust TripSavvy?

Alesandra Dubin is a frequent traveler for work and leisure who appreciates few things in life more than a crisp white sheet set in a luxury hotel. She tries to recreate the vibe at home as much as possible.

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