Best sheets 2022: Luxury and affordable sheet options for all budgets

Our guide to the best sheets ranges for luxury organic cotton bed linen to affordable options for those who want a hotel bedroom feel on a budget

The best sheets from Piglet in Bed pictured on a bed in a room with two leafy green plants
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Choosing the best sheets for your bed goes far beyond aesthetic considerations like picking a color or pattern. Great bed linen needs to tick a number of boxes, covering factors like comfort, temperature regulation and ease of care.

There's a popular misconception that the best and softest sheets need to have a high thread count that costs the earth, but there's actually a wide range of bed sheet options available to suit every conceivable preference and budget. 

Getting the best sheets is key to sleeping better and getting a good night's rest, so use our guide and expert selected picks to help make your bed like a hotel from a 5-star establishment. 

How we tested the best sheets for beds

Each of the bed sheets in this guide were tested in a real-life bedroom so that we could see exactly how they performed. Factors that influenced our views on each of the sheets featured included: 

  • Fit: How well it stretched to fit the mattress
  • Comfort: How comfortable it felt against skin–was it smooth or scratchy?
  • Care: How easy it was to look after–can it be machine washed, or does it require extra care?
  • Extra benefits: Such as eco credentials and temperature regulation
  • Value for money: How does the cost of the bed sheets balance against their performance?

The best sheets as tested by our expert

The prices shown throughout our guide are starting prices, typically for a single-sized sheet.

Dip & Doze bedsheets on a bed

(Image credit: Dip & Doze)

1. Dip & Doze The Perfect Fitted Sheet

Best sheets overall

Specifications

RRP: From £35
Material: 100% organic cotton
Available in: Single, double, king and super king

Reasons to buy

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Made from organic and Fairtrade cotton
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Chemical-free

Reasons to avoid

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Limited color palette

Dip & Doze's Perfect Fitted Sheet is what it says on the tin—perfect. Bar a limited color palette that sticks solely to cool Scandi-esque neutrals, the sheet is an all-round winner when it comes to the overall best bed sheets. We loved how luxurious they felt to lie on, and also liked how gentle they felt on the skin.

The 'Perfect' bed sheet is crafted out of cotton that's both Fairtrade and organic. There are no nasties lurking here—in fact, Dip & Doze's sheets aren't coated in any chemicals that some companies use in order to minimize the risk of shrinking when washed—which is fantastic if you're interested in sustainable living. Rather, they've opted to provide sheets that are slightly too big, meaning you can get those risky first couple of washes out the way without worrying that your gorgeous new bed sheet will shrink beyond recognition. When we washed them, we noticed the tiniest hint of shrinkage, which brought the sheet closer to the size it should be. 

The sheet is delivered in a recycled plastic case, with a handwritten note that's signed by George, the founder of Dip & Doze, for that extra-personal touch.

Dunelm bed sheet on a bed

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2. Dunelm Non Iron Plain Fitted Sheet

Best budget sheets

Specifications

RRP: From £3
Available in: Single, small double, double, king and super-king
Made from: Polyester-cotton blend

Reasons to buy

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Amazing prices
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Wide range of colors

Reasons to avoid

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Polyester blend composition 

If you're looking for bed sheets on a budget, you won't find anything better than Dunelm's Non Iron Plain Fitted Sheet. It comes with a huge range of plus-points, with the only potential downside being its composition. 

Made from 52% polyester and 48% cotton, it might not be the best choice for sensitive sleepers, who could instead prefer something constructed entirely from breathable pure cotton. However, it's worth noting that a polyester blend is still a lot gentler on skin than an all-polyester product.

That aside, this sheet is a fantastic choice if you're looking for a classic option that offers all the functionality you need from a standard bed sheet. It's available in 22 colors, and has one of the widest palettes on this list. It can also be purchased in a range of varying depths, meaning that you have a brilliant chance of finding a sheet that will properly fit your bed. We found it easy to fit to the mattress, and also thought it washed well: its Non Iron treatment means that it was noticeably less creased than other sheets when it left the washing machine.

Bedfolk bed sheet

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3. Bedfolk Luxe Cotton Sheet

Best luxury sheets

Specifications

RRP: From £45
Made from: 100% cotton
Available in: Single. double, king and super king

Reasons to buy

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Free from chemicals
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100% cotton

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

Bedfolk's silky-soft bed sheets are what only the sweetest dreams are made of. With a 100% cotton sateen weave, this sheet is the height of bedtime indulgence, and feels silky-soft on the skin. The sheet was enticingly cool when we climbed into bed and blissfully warm by the time we woke up. It was great for keeping the bed at the perfect temperature, and also oh-so luxurious to lie on top of: we didn't roll over in bed so much as glide. 

The bed sheet is available to order in five cool colors: Rose, Ink, Snow, Dove and Rust (all perfectly in line with the biggest bedroom trends of 2022) and is also OEKO-TEX certified, meaning that it's free from chemicals and synthetics. It's low maintenance, and can be popped in the washing machine for cleaning; after one wash, we found it was just as smooth to the touch as it was when brand new, and didn't appear to shrink at all. It did take a little longer than expected to dry, though.

The packaging is another bonus if you're looking for a bed sheet that won't arrive swaddled in layers of plastic. Instead, it was delivered in a gorgeous fabric drawstring bag that could easily be reused for storage.

John Lewis bed sheet

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4. John Lewis & Partners Warm & Cosy Brushed Cotton Fitted Sheet

Best cotton sheets

Specifications

RRP: From £18
Made from: 100% cotton
Sizes available: Single, double, king and super king

Reasons to buy

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Great for cold sleepers
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Easy to look after

Reasons to avoid

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Limited color palette: three shades only

John Lewis bills this bed sheet as being the perfect pick for cold sleepers—and we found that it lived up to the promise. Crafted from 100% cotton that has been brushed on both sides after weaving, the sheet has a texture that's ideal for getting cozy with. Tested on a cold winter night, we certainly found it helped retain warmth without becoming overbearing.

Slightly bigger than the size of the king-size bed it was tested on, the sheet wrapped around our mattress and mattress protector nicely. One side had pinged off when we woke up in the morning but this was probably more due to us not putting it on properly: the next night, it stayed in place throughout. 

All in all, the sheet is pretty low maintenance: it seems to wash well and ironed nicely. Combined with its price, it's a solid choice that offers great value for money.

Soak & Sleep bed sheet

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5. Soak & Sleep White 400 Thread Count Dobby Stripe Egyptian Cotton Fitted Sheet

Best Egyptian cotton sheets

Specifications

RRP: From £34
Made from: 100% certified Egyptian fibres
Available in: Single, double, king and super king

Reasons to buy

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Breathable and moisture-wicking
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100% certified Egyptian cotton

Reasons to avoid

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Only available in white

There's just something about a striped bed sheet, isn't there? For an elegant option that looks as if it's tumbled straight out of your favorite 5* hotel, search no further than this option from Soak & Sleep. Each sheet is made from 100% certified Egyptian cotton fibres (accredited by none other than the Egyptian Cotton Association), with the cotton grown on the banks of the river Nile. 

Promising to wick away moisture, these sheets are naturals at temperature regulation. They're a great demonstration of what happens when style meets substance: we loved the luxe texture of the satin stripes but also found lying on them to be really comfortable, too.

It's worth noting that the product is seemingly only available in white, so if you're looking for a bed sheet in a particular color, this might not be the one for you. When washed, the sheet did crease quite significantly. Soak & Sleep recommend ironing the sheet while it's still damp to smooth things out. Be aware that they also advise avoiding detergents when washing them, as these can affect how the color appears.

Piglet In Bed bed sheets

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6. Piglet In Bed Linen Fitted Sheets

Best linen sheets

Specifications

RRP: From £70
Made from: 100% linen
Sizes available: Single, double, king and super king

Reasons to buy

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Incredible quality
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Ideal for summer and winter alike

Reasons to avoid

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Higher maintenance than others

Piglet In Bed's fitted bed sheet is made from 100% stonewashed linen, making it a high-quality option if you want to add some serious luxury to your bedroom. 

There are 15 different colors and patterns available to choose from (with free swatches available to order), meaning there's a shade to suit almost any bedroom decor scheme. The beauty of linen is that it almost adapts to the season, meaning it will help you keep cool in the heat of summer and warm on chilly winter nights. 

We found the sheet wasn't quite as stretchy as some of the others on this list but it still fitted on the bed perfectly. (It's also available to buy as a flat sheet, if that's your preference.) They're beautiful to lie on and unlike other sheets, seemed to maintain an optimal temperature all night long: at no point did they become stiflingly warm. These linen bed sheets might not be a great choice for those with super-sensitive skin due to the texture of the material but other than that, there's no reason they wouldn't offer you a seriously comfortably sleep. 

The slight faff of these gorgeous sheets is the maintenance. Piglet In Bed advises not using fabric softener, and recommends outdoor drying if possible. When we washed them, they took almost 24 hours to fully dry, and boasted some serious creases. However, the sheets were still just as soft and comfortable as they had been previously.

Dusk bed sheets with navy trim

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7. Dusk Mayfair Flat Sheet - 400 Thread Count

Best flat sheets

Specifications

RRP: From £40.50
Made from: Egyptian cotton
Available in: Double, king and super king

Reasons to buy

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A sophisticated addition to any bedroom

Reasons to avoid

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Smallest size available is double

Flat sheets are synonymous with elegance, and they're an easy way to bring some fuss-free hotel-worthy decadence to any bedroom. 

Of course, the slight downside of flat sheets—even when they're as a beautiful as Dusk's elegant Mayfair sheets—is that they're not quite as controllable as fitted sheets. Without the option of an elastic skirt to hold them in place, you might find yourself having to regularly rearrange them to ensure they stay exactly where you want them. 

However, if that doesn't phase you then these Egyptian cotton bedsheets are a great investment. They're available in a limited (yet sophisticated) range of colours, and are easy to look after: despite the decadence they exude, they can be washed, tumble-dried and ironed, making it delightfully simple to keep it in tip-top condition. 

The French Bedroom Company sheet on bed

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8. The French Bedroom Company Stay Cool Tencel White Bedding

Best sheets for hot sleepers

Specifications

RRP: From £32
Made from: 70% Cotton and 30% Tencel
Available in: Single, double and king

Reasons to buy

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Great option for temperature regulation
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Ethically created

Reasons to avoid

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Only available in white

The French Bedroom Company's elegant take on stay-cool bedding is a must-consider for anyone who is an uncomfortably hot sleeper. Due to its breathable composition, the sheet is also more resistant to the risk of bacteria—and let's face it, that's only a good thing. 

For the unfamiliar, Tencel is naturally sourced from eucalyptus trees and can absorb up to 50% more moisture than cotton, making it a great choice for everything from sheets and pillow cases to activewear and gym gear. In short, it's a natural sweat-trap, and an ideal material pick for the warmer sleepers out there. 

Tested on a chilly winter night—with the central heating on full-blast—these sheets did what they promised. We woke up feeling comfortable and cozy, without any of the uncomfortable claminess that some bed sheets can generate. 

One downside is the lack of color options. Available only in white, it's perhaps not the best option for anyone who has their heart set on a specific décor scheme. However, if tackling heat is a greater concern for you, it's the perfect pick. Plus, the majority of hotels use white bedding–so you'll be one step closer to re-creating a hotel boudoir at home. 

What to consider before buying new sheets

One crucial thing to consider when choosing your new bed sheets is the size you need to buy them. Simple? Yes. Easy to get wrong? Also yes.

Buying a bed sheet that's in the correct size might sound foolish but you'd be surprised by how many people actually do it, costing them both time and money. And it can happen all too easily, as many of the best mattresses don't adhere to a set, standardised sizing down to the exact centimetre. 

"Whilst you should take into account the standard bed sheet size that matches your mattress (such as a double, king, super king or queen), you also need to consider the depth of the mattress," explains Martin Seeley, CEO of bed specialist MattressNextDay (opens in new tab). "If yours is extra thick or you use a mattress topper, you should size up—especially as some fitted sheets may shrink after continual use and washing."

A too-small bed sheet won't tuck under a mattress's corners, resulting in it pinging off throughout the night, so if you're ensure and don't have the exact measurements of your mattress to hand, it's better to go up in size rather than down. 

What are the best sheets made of?

Whilst there is a wide range of materials that can be used to create bed sheets, there are five popular choices that people turn to over and over again.

Cotton

Breathable, cool and cheap, it's little wonder that cotton is such a favorite. 

"Cotton sheets soften up with time, which is why it's important to wash a new bed sheet before putting it on," advises Seeley. "Cotton sheets also wash well, as they tend to maintain their durability."

Polyester

Polyester can get a tough rap, but not always fairly. While itchy polyester can feel uncomfortable on skin, blended variations of the material can make a great budget-aware compromise.

"Pure polyester sheets are rough, and not recommended unless you're on a tight budget," says Seeley. "Polyester blends, however, are much softer and also maintain their strength. They're easy to wash and don't need to be steamed or ironed."

The downside of polyester-based sheets is that they're not as breathable as other materials, meaning polyester bed sheets won't keep you cool at night.

Linen

If you're a hot sleeper or suffer with allergies, linen bed sheets are the ideal choice for you.

"This is because linen is a naturally cool material and, therefore, allows plenty of airflow through the material," advises Seeley. "If you like a soft bedsheet, you should wash your linen bed sheets multiple times before using them for the first time, as they can be quite stiff compared to other fabrics."

Bamboo

Looking for an eco-friendly option? Bamboo bed sheets could be the perfect choice for you. 

"They're more wrinkle-resistant than cotton, making them the ideal fabric for those that like the look of a hotel-standard bed," Seeley explains. "They're also hypoallergenic and breathable, making them perfect for those who tend to overheat at night."

Silks

After something a bit more opulent for your boudoir? Romantic silk could be your perfect match. 

Seeley advises that silk tends to have a higher price point as "it's a natural fiber produced by silkworms, and therefore needs delicate care when being produced. This makes them more high maintenance to clean than other bedsheets."

Katie Byrne is a contributor to woman&home and a writer whose interests span everything from homes and interiors, to pop-culture, travel, business and self-development. A former digital editor, her freelance journalism has featured across a wide range of print and online titles, including Raconteur, Digital Spy and more. When she's not writing, she loves reading (and has the groaning bookshelves to prove it...), dreaming up new décor ideas for her flat and devouring Netflix's latest true-crime series with her husband. You can find her on Twitter: @katie_b123 (opens in new tab).