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Cold nights call for warm sheets.
Americans spend billions trying to get a good night’s rest: In 2017, the global market generated $69.5 billion for sleep aids, including mattresses and pillows, with the number expected to grow to $101.9 billion by 2023. Some Americans searching for a good night’s sleep may switch their sheets as colder temperatures — as research shows that temperature impacts our sleep. In general, experts recommend flannel, fleece or cotton sateen sheets during cold nights, as they can be made from materials that trap body heat and provide greater insulation for cold nights. Below, we ask a variety of bedding and shopping experts for their top picks on the best winter bed sheets, all under $75.
Flannel has effectively been fending off cold since Welsh shepherds invented the material in the 17th century. Not all flannel is created equal, however. The best flannel sheets, according to Kristin McGrath, an editor and shopping expert at Offers.com, are generally soft and fuzzy out of the package, and don’t warp or fray even after multiple washings.
The Rustic Flannel Sheet Set from Stone & Beam is made of this type of flannel. Woven with 100% cotton, the sheet set comes in a variety of neutral colors. The price is “a remarkably good value for heavyweight, double-napped cotton flannel,” says Sarah Riccio, a senior writer at Sleepopolis. Read more here.
Mellanni is a brand that frequently gets recommended by shopping experts because it offers high-quality sheets at a low price point. Made of 100% cotton, the Mellanni flannel sheets are brushed on each side, and weigh six-ounces per square meter of fabric, which is the ideal weight for good quality flannel, Wirecutter notes; quality of flannel is measured not in thread count, but in weight per square meter, says McGrath. As an added bonus, Riccio notes, the product is backed by a lifetime manufacturer guarantee. Read more here .
Flannel is not the only material that will keep you warm when you sleep, notes Riccio. Sateen, for example, is woven with a particularly high density of threads, giving it a silky, hefty feel — and allowing it to trap warm heat from your body. The Cotton Sateen Queen sheet set from California Design Den features not only a sateen weave, but also long-staple cotton, which gives the sheets a softer feel, and makes them more resistant to pilling. Composed of 100% cotton with a 400-thread count, the cotton sateen queen sheet set comes in a variety of patterns, including one featuring reindeer. Read more here.
Made of 100% cotton, the sheet set weighs 190 grams, or 6.7 ounces per square inch, making them the warmest of the flannel sheets we recommend. They are also thoroughly brushed, which removes any short, uneven fibers, and makes them ultra soft to touch. Best of all, they come in a variety of colors and patterns. Read more here.
Unlike sateen or flannel, which are made from cotton, fleece is a material woven from man-made fibers like polyester. The material is a great substitute for people with allergies or sensitivities to natural fibers. It is also notoriously warm and lightweight, thanks to a pile surface that traps pockets of warm air. The Bare Home Super Soft Fleece Queen Sheet set is pill and stain resistant, and can be returned within 30 days if you don’t like it. Reviewers note that the sheets are incredibly soft and warm, but do not overheat the body. Read more here.