Sheets are so simple, yet so overwhelming: What is thread count? Is it a waste of money to splurge on pieces of fabric that never even leave the house, or actually totally worth it? We may not have all the answers, but we do have some recommendations. Rather than combing the internet for hours reading reviews, take it from us: These are the best sheets on the market.
"I've been using sheets from Brooklinen for the past year, and they are wonderful! Soft right from the get-go. I didn't have to go through any 'scratchy sheets' period where you have to wash them 50 times in order to soften them before using. Plus, the customer service gets high marks." — Laurie Grossman, Director of Editorial Operations
"For real, the Threshold organic cotton sheets from Target — in white, of course — are my favorite. We bought them a while back and they're still going strong. Super-dense cotton sheets can sometimes feel lugubrious and stiff to me — or, if they're the sateen kind, too slithery and slick. These are just right. They're soft, but they have a crispness that feels cool and fresh. They're not too thick or too thin. They're the Goldilocks of sheets, the linen Middle Path. Even my boyfriend likes them, and he's extra fancy." — Eve Epstein, Vice President of Content
"My favorite sheets come from the Parisian concept boutique, Merci. The French have long favored linen sheets, probably because they have this effortlessly cool thing that's so hard to achieve — kind of like a French woman who just sweeps her hair up into a chignon and puts on a coat of lipstick and looks DONE. Yeah, that doesn't happen with me, but at least I can sort of make that happen, sheet-wise with Merci's goods." — Leonora Epstein, Senior Director of Content
These sheets from Target are uber-affordable and feel just like your favorite T-shirt — super soft. But pro-tip: Based on the color you pick, some come in 100 percent cotton while the rest are a poly-cotton blend. Be sure to look at the tag (or online description), because the 100 percent cotton ones are way better. The colors with polyester pill terribly — trust me, I learned the hard way." — Carolin Lehmann, Associate Editor
"I never believed that thread count was a real thing until I got these discount 1,000 thread sheets from Overstock. The pleated trim is kind of hideous, but it feels like sleeping in a cloud." — Archie Page, Video Director
"I'm cheap AF but I still like good quality stuff, so these 100 percent cotton, white sheets from Target turned out to be the perfect combination of those two criteria. They don't have the highest thread count and they're not fancy by any means, but I'm always pleasantly surprised at how soft they are every time I get in bed! Plus, if my cat ever gets paw prints all over my sheets or they get dingy, I just throw them in the laundry with some bleach and they look as good as new." — Lacey Won, Social Media Manager
"Matteo's sheets are super luxurious and durable. We have them in all white, and love that they still look good as new after countless rounds of bleaching and washing. They're an investment, but totally worth the splurge because of their high quality craftsmanship. It definitely can't hurt to add them to your wedding registry." — Brooke Wolin, Creative Partnerships Manager
"I love these sheets from Target because they're so smooth and keep me cool all night, which is very important when you don't have central air conditioning! I also love that they fit my mattress, which is pretty thick, so I'm not stretching the fitted sheet to fit all four corners. Plus, the flat sheet is so long that I'm actually able to tuck it in on all three sides." — Stephanie Worth, Senior Social Media Specialist
"I didn't realize I could become more addicted to the cozy embrace of bed until I got Snowe's sateen sheets. Don't ask me how they do this (dark magic?), but they feel crazy lightweight and cozy at the same time. And they're soft in that favorite-T-shirt-from-seventh-grade-that's-been-washed-100-times way. As if that weren't enough to keep me in bed for an "Aren't you worried about bed sores?" amount of time, they also look amazing even when I don't iron them (aka, all the time because ironing bedding is for chumps and/or fancy people)." — Sara Nachlis, Contributor
Carolin Lehmann is an Associate Editor at Hunker. She's a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and has previously written for HuffPost, Seventeen magazine, and a variety of local news outlets. As a studio apartment dweller, she's always on the lookout for new ways to decorate a rental on a budget.