My husband and I recently got married and one thing we've learned is that we both are used to different types of sheets. Coming from the midwest, I love my cozy sheets (warm, soft, and oh-so-luxurious), while he is a terribly hot sleeper and requires cooling, moisture-wicking, opposite-of-cozy sheets. So when I had the opportunity to try the uber-popular, top-rated Molecules Sateen Cooling Sheets — with 1,008 five-star reviews and counting — I had a feeling we would have a winner.
Before I reveal the verdict, a little background on the actual material. Despite what you may have thought, Sateen is not actually a type of fabric, but a method of using a "one-under, four-over weave" that leaves more thread surface exposed to give sateen its signature smooth feel and luminous sheen.
The particular sateen fabric used on Molecule's bestselling sheets is comprised of 48% Tencel Lyocell and 52% Cotton to create an extra luscious material that is not only soft and cozy but also naturally temperature regulating and anti-bacterial. (Tencel Lyocell is also made with sustainably sourced wood pulp from Eucalyptus and other trees, so you can feel extra good about your purchase.)
When I first crawled into bed with the new sheets, I was almost shivering because they were so cold! But, after laying in bed for a while, I adjusted to the crisp feel and they felt so refreshing and silky smooth. After only a few minutes, I acclimated to the "chill" and felt nice and toasty. My husband loved them, too, because they kept him cool all night — he likened them to the refreshing feel of the "other side of the pillow" without even having to move.
But, not only do I like the silkiness of them — I also love that they're easy to wash and wrinkle-free (for some odd reason I despise wrinkly sheets). These cooling sheets would be perfect if you're a hot sleeper or if you live in a place with terribly warm summers. I know we will have them in rotation, especially for our Southern California summers. Consider me a sateen convert!