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What You Need To Know Before You Get New Bed Sheets

Top view of messy bedding sheets and pillow.

There’s nothing better than sliding into bed when you have cozy, soft sheets. And when you’re ready to buy a new set, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get great ones, you just need to know what you’re looking for. Here are some pointers from the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab.

Read the fiber content first - For soft and affordable, 100% cotton is a great choice. When you want premium sheets, Extra-Long Staple cotton, like Pima or Egyptian is softer and more durable. A cotton/polyester blend will feel a little synthetic, but the polyester makes it cheaper and less likely to wrinkle.

Thread count isn't everything - The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab has found that the sweet spot for softness and strength is 300 to 500-thread-count sheets.

Know the difference between weaves - The biggies are percale and sateen. Percale is a basic, grid-like weave that “feels light and crisp” whole sateen feels “silky smooth.” Their tests show consumers usually prefer sateen.

Don't assume it'll fit your mattress - If you have a tall mattress or use a mattress topper, measure to make sure the sheets will fit. Their fit tests have found that fitted sheets that fit up to 15-inch mattresses perform well.

Always check the return policy - You don’t want to get stuck with a set of sheets you don’t like or that don’t fit, so find out if you can bring them back before you buy.

Source: Good Housekeeping

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