Just as many people shop around for their perfect mattress, many people also seek the softest, highest quality sheets that feel nice against their skin as they relax in bed. With so many options available, how can one determine which sheets are truly the softest?
There are many things that go into deterring the softest sheets to purchase. Some of these things include the significance of thread count in quality sheets, the best material that produces the softest sheets, and the price that typically accompanies the softest sheets.
Additional things one should consider is the durability and longevity of life of the softest sheets to withstand everyday use. This is important to consider when looking for the perfect, softest sheets, since it will cost more than the average set of bed sheets.
Which Material is Used to Make the Softest Bed Sheets?
The sheets considered to be the softest are made of long-staple fiber cotton. Long-staple cotton is composed of extra-long fibers that are spun to create strong and durable threads. The softest cotton that are made of long-staple cotton includes Egyptian, pima, and supima cottons.
The weave of the sheets is also something that should’t be overlooking when it comes to producing the softest bed sheets. Real Simple noted that the weave is everything. It “affects the way a sheet feels, the way it looks, its longevity, and its price. The weave called sateen weave of cotton produces the softest fabric.
Thread Count- Highest Doesn’t Always Mean Best
Don’t be fooled by the highest thread count on the market. The highest thread count isn’t the softest option. As a rule of thumb when searching and purchasing the softest bed sheets, do not buy cotton sheets with a thread count lower than 200 or with a thread count higher than 800, according to the Huffington Post.
Sheets with a thread count higher than 800 tend to be stiffer due to a tighter weave than bed sheets with a count lower than 800 threads. Shoppers should consider purchasing an Egyptian, pima, or supima cotton within the thread count of 200-800, with a sateen or percale weave.
Proper Care Matters
Properly caring for bed sheets can make the sheets last longer and remain soft. When caring for soft cotton sheets, users should remember not to use fabric softener as this eats away at the cotton, shortening its life span.
It is also important to remember not to wash sheets in hot water and drying them with high heat as this causes threads to change shape and composure, causing the weave to loosen. Lukewarm water for washing and avoiding high heat will help to extend the life of cotton bed sheets.
Consider Your Options
Softness is a matter of personal opinion. After testing many possibilities, Preethi Gopinath and her team, from The Sweethome, came up with two possible winners in the softness department.
The first set of sheets is one that ages like a fine wine. L.L. Bean sells a set of sheets called the Pima Cotton Percale Sheets. These are everyday sheets that claim to get softer with each wash. The 280-thread-count sheets cost approximately $150 per set.
The other sheet set winner is the 400-thread-count sateen weaved sheet set from Royal Velvet, which claims to be wrinkle resistant while being soft and smooth. Royal Velvet also claims that this set of sheets is more luxurious than sets double in price. This set of sheets can be purchased from JCPenny for a mere $80 a set.
Things that Affect the Cost
Typically, the higher the quality and softness of the sheets, the higher the price will be too. For the most part, cost and quality go hand in hand.
The source of the material is a factor that will affect the cost. Things like climate and care for the cotton crop make a difference in the quality of the product. Higher quality products will undoubtedly cost more than lower quality materials. The cost of the materials used to weave the cotton and make the sheets will directly affect the cost of the finished product.
Something else to consider is the bed size that the sheets are being purchased. The larger the bed, the more the sheets will cost.
The chosen material will also affect the price of the bed sheets. For example, a set of Egyptian cotton sheets will usually cost more than a set of pima or supima cotton sheets.