Best Bed Sheets 2022: Cotton, Linen & White Sheets

A set of good bed sheets can make all of the difference between a relaxing night’s sleep and a wakeful, restless one. And it’s not just about keeping you comfortable either. Your bed sheets play an important role in regulating your body temperature too, so finding the right set of breathable sheets can also prevent you from overheating and waking up too many times in the night. Whether you want them to be soft and warm, or are after crisp white sheets, having the right environment that feels good to you is the best way to set yourself up for a good night’s sleep.

While choosing a duvet cover requires greater attention to the aesthetics and designs, choosing sheets is more about functionality. You want to focus on finding the right material for how you sleep, whether you want to prioritize temperature regulation or texture. But that isn’t to say color and design are completely irrelevant.

To help you find the best set of sheets for your sleeping style and needs we’ve slept on some of the finest in the business. From linen sheets to silk sheets and our favorite crisp white Egyptian cotton sheets, we’ve organized the best bed sheets by material and style so you’re drifting off in pure comfort. And to make sure you choose the right ones, we’ve also included plenty of useful information to inform your decision first.

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What are the best cotton sheets?

Cotton is the material you’ll see most commonly used in sheets due to its durability, breathability and just how comfortable it is to sleep on. Being made from a natural material, cotton keeps you cooler overnight by absorbing heat and also by keeping your bed dry when you sweat. Most cotton sheets are also easy to maintain as you can normally throw them in a washing machine and often a tumble dryer as well, and it’s quite rare that they require ironing, unless you want them to look particularly crisp and wrinkle-free. And to top it all off, we all know from cotton shirts or T-shirts just how soft the material feels against the skin, making it a great option for a relaxed and comfortable night.

When shopping for cotton sheets you’ll want to keep in mind the thread count and the type of cotton. We’d suggest looking out for Egyptian cotton if you want particularly soft feel sheets, and opting for at least a thread count of 200. A high thread count normally means the sheets will be softer, but do keep in mind that sometimes when the thread count gets too high it can make the sheets less breathable if they aren’t made carefully enough.

John Lewis & Partners Crisp and Fresh Flat Sheet

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John Lewis & Partners Crisp and Fresh Flat Sheet

£24

John Lewis & Partners

Winning our award for the best range of colors on offer, John Lewis & Partners is always going to be our ever-reliable go-to department store for bedding. For mid-range sheets that tick all of our boxes and still manage to be affordable, it’s an easy win. Made with Egyptian cotton and with a thread count of 200, it’s a standard cotton sheet that still taps into some of the more luxuriously soft benefits of cotton. From £24. At johnlewis.com

Beddable Flat Sheets

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Beddable’s duvet covers are some of our favourites, so it’s no surprise that we’ve added the flat sheets to our regular bedding rotation as well. Available in a range of colors from navy to white, you can choose between a cotton percale (better for hot sleepers) and a brushed cotton design, both of which are made from 100 per cent cotton and are manufactured in Portugal for the utmost quality. £60. At beddable.co.uk

Brook + Wilde Anmer Bed Linen

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Brook + Wilde Anmer Bed Linen

If you want sheets where it’s instantly obvious they’re made with high-quality cotton, Brook + Wilde has got you covered. Made from 100 per cent combed cotton that has been designed to have a cotton sateen finish, the Anmer collection has a thread count of 400 (in our opinion the optimal level) and comes with a simple white design which has a subtle border. When the results are this soft, they just had to make it into the guide. Even though this particular set doesn’t incorporate a fitted or flat sheet, but comes with a duvet cover and pillowcase instead. From £180. At brookandwilde.com

Dusk Mayfair Bed Linen

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Dusk Mayfair Bed Linen Collection

Designed to be an affordable version of hotel quality sheets, Dusk captures that luxury feeling with its 400 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, while still keeping the price at a budget-friendly level. With a sateen finish, these have a classic white look and come with a range of different border color options that allow you to add a bit of flair to your bedroom design. From £18. At dusk.com

What are the best white sheets?

While your sheets aren’t going to be as visible as your duvet cover, there’s something of a timeless nature about having a set of elegant white sheets, especially if you’re after that hotel-style look. Whether you place them under a patterned or colored duvet cover, or use them to enhance an all-white feel, they’re a classic for good reason. It may be easy enough to spot a white sheet, but we’ve taken it upon ourselves to find the best you can buy, chosen for their comfort, breathability and design.

The White Company Camberley Flat Sheet

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The White Company Camberley Flat Sheet

It goes without saying that if you’re after some of the best white sheets around, The White Company is naturally going to be the place to find them. With a 280 thread count construction, the Camberley flat sheet is our favorite of the range thanks to its soft satin feel, simple white design and the Oxford border look. Divine. From £77. At thewhitecompany.com

Simba Performance Bed Linen

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Simba Performance Bed Linen

Designed with the same focus on innovation as Simba’s technologically advanced mattresses, pillows and duvets, Simba’s bed linen places temperature regulation at the forefront of the design. Available in two different options; a 200 thread count cotton percale sheet set or a satin-feel 400 thread count set, they’re some of the best cooling sheets around, made from 100 per cent cotton. From £29.25. At simbasleep.com

Panda Bamboo Bedding

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Mixing things up a bit, Panda’s bedding is made from 100 per cent bamboo, creating a feel that’s actually suitable for year-round use. Sustainably produced, the bamboo is organically grown with care taken to meet social and environmental standards, using less water than cotton would for an eco-friendly design. The real benefits for your sleep come from the fact it’s antibacterial, while also being moisture-wicking and super soft to the touch. The best bamboo sheets? Easily. From £50. At mypandalife.com

What are the best linen sheets?

While linen has a reputation for being the best option for hot sleepers and for summer nights, it’s actually well suited to year-round use. With naturally temperature regulating properties, it’s breathable in the summer, but keeps you warm on colder evenings too. Add this to the fact that linen has antibacterial properties, is moisture-wicking and has a unique texture that gives off a relaxed, nonchalant vibe, and we’d have to say it’s one of our favorite materials for bedding.

Soho Home Luna Linen Sheets

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Soho Home Luna Linen Bedding

Soho Home never fails us in the bedding department, and with its linen sheet sets, the story is no different. Made from 100 per cent natural flax fiber linen, individually cut and sewn, it perfectly captures the relaxed, soft-touch feel that linen bedding is characterized by. It looks effortless, and makes falling asleep just as easy. £136. At sohohome.com

Eve Sleep Linen/Bamboo Fitted Sheets

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Eve Sleep Linen Bamboo Sheets

On their own, linen and bamboo are both some of the best materials for bedding, but combine them and it’s an almost unbeatable combination. Capturing the best of both worlds, Eve Sleep has managed to go all out with a smooth, velvety set of sheets that are both temperature regulating and supremely comfortable. And if you have sensitive skin, the allergy-friendly design will make these sheets even more enticing. £27. At evesleep.co.uk

Piglet in Bed White Linen Fitted Sheet

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Piglet In Bed Linen Sheets

Piglet in Bed is determined to make you never question again just how soft linen can be. Taking its reputation for being a bit more abrasive than cotton and completely running it through the wringer, this is linen bedding at its very finest (and softest), and we’ll never be going back again. Made from 100 per cent stonewashed linen, you’ll be cool in summer and cozy in the winter, while you can also play around with the colors to find the look you’re after. And if you’ve got a deeper mattress, you’re in luck as these fit mattresses up to a 40cm depth. From £65. At pigletinbed.com

What are the best silk/sateen sheets?

Nothing quite says opulence like sleeping in silk sheets does, and we’re all for it. Not only do silk sheets have an incredibly luxurious feel to sleep on, but they also have plenty of benefits too. Silk feels naturally cool to the touch, which will help prevent you from overheating during the night, while it also creates a smooth surface which can prevent your hair from frizzing and your skin from becoming irritated as it rubs against the sheets. Add in the fact it has antibacterial properties, something which makes silk pillowcases particularly beneficial for acne sufferers, and you have yourself a set of very hard-working, luxury sheets.

The White Company Audley Silk Flat Sheet

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The White Company Audley Silk Flat Sheet

When The White Company tells us it’s made its ‘most indulgent bed linen yet’, you can bet we’re listening. Taking the brand back to its bedding roots, the Audley sheets are made from mulberry silk, working to help support the hair and skin with hypoallergenic and temperature regulating properties. This is the kind of bedding that makes both a great gift or a truly luxe investment in the quality of your bedroom. From £350. At thewhitecompany.com

Soak & Sleep Mulberry Silk Bedding

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Soak & Sleep Mulberry Silk Bedding

Silk bedding needn’t be just white or silver, in fact, Soak & Sleep’s range includes five colourways, which means you can be a bit more creative with your aesthetic while still nodding off in satiny silk goodness. Made from 19 momme silk, crafted in a satin weave, it’s smooth and inviting, and it’ll make you never want to leave your bed again. From £60. At soakandsleep.com

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