Considering that we spend a third of our life sleeping (or at least, attempting to do so), few home items worth investing in rank as highly as bedding. But while you might think it's all in picking the right mattress or pile of pillows, don't forget about your sheets. The specifics of which material you choose will vary according to preference and sleeping habits, but in general, look for a versatile option you can alter to your changing personal style as the years go on, in a color you won't get tired of. May we suggest white sheets?
This doesn't mean turning your bedroom into a stark, minimalist space full of angular Scandinavian furniture and zero decorative touches. White doesn't have to be boring; instead, think of it as a clean slate you can rely on to ground your space while you bring in all sorts of texture and color. Whether that means mixing in a waffle-weave throw with your percale or balancing out your ivory flax sheets with linen throw pillows in earthy greys and beiges, there's a lot you can do with simplicity. We're kicking it off with 13 of our favorite white sheet sets on the market, below.
For crisp, cool sheets that remind you of your favorite hotel, you can't beat percale. Brooklinen's are made from 100% long-staple cotton—which makes for a stronger, more durable fabric—and meet Oeko-Tex standards for certification.
Sateen is long overdue for a reputation revamp, and Saatva's 300-thread-count sheets are up to the job. Instead of the flimsy, slippery feel you might expect from cheaper versions, this set is buttery soft without the sheen. It's designed to get better with time, too, so it'll stand up to multiple washes with ease.
Linen has been somewhat of a bedding celebrity as of late, and we can see why: Not only is it a naturally thermoregulating material that gets softer with time, but wrinkles are actually encouraged. Linoto's handmade flax linen stands out for the attention to detail in its craftsmanship. Go with this set if you're after that perfectly-imperfect look.
Part of Parachute's latest launch, these organic cotton sheets are a happy medium between percale and linen. They're designed to be as fresh and clean as cotton, but because they're garment-dyed and pre-washed, feature the lived-in softness of linen.
Eucalyptus is a naturally hypoallergenic, microbe-, allergen- and mite-resistant material; Buffy's sheet set, which relies on eucalyptus fibers, boasts the same qualities. (Plus, it requires 10 times less water to make than cotton, making it a smart buy for the eco-conscious shopper.)
Brushed cotton flannel is the ultimate luxury for those of us still dealing with winter temperatures in the middle of spring. The warm material is tightly woven to deliver a plush finish that'll give you an excuse to keep pressing snooze.
There are sheets made from materials that are naturally thermoregulating, and then there's SlumberCloud, which has enlisted the help of NASA technology to do the heavy lifting. The Essential set uses Outlast® tech, which stores your body temperature's heat to keep you from overheating and releases it as you cool down, keeping you comfortable all night long.
420-thread-count single-ply Egyptian cotton feels exactly as luxurious as it sounds. Add an overstuffed, all-season duvet and plenty of throw pillows to mimic the comfort of a five-star hotel bed.
Not only does this cotton-polyester blend wick away moisture to keep you cool while you sleep, but it's also wrinkle-proof. If you're looking for a low-maintenance set that won't require an ironing board to look its best, this is it.
Ralph Lauren can do no wrong. Featuring the same quality as the brand's crisp button-downs, this cotton sheet set boasts a 624 thread count (the highest on our list) and includes delicate hemstitching for an elegant finishing touch.
You can't beat the under-$20 price tag of these durable sheets. With over 325,000 customer reviews and an average 4.6 star rating, this option is tried and true; pick up a set if you're looking for a simple style you can swap in on laundry day.
Because Eider & Ivory's four-piece bedding set has linen woven into its cotton fabric, it's at once breathable and cozy. We also love that the material is quick-drying and built to last, so you can keep it on constant rotation throughout all seasons.
Microfiber is a controversial pick for bedding—often, the synthetic fabric can run thin and feel cheaply made—but this particular set is among the softest on our list. Designed to feel like it has a thread count of 1,800, it's also durable, stain-proof, and not finicky when it comes to upkeep.