The Best Cooling Sheets, Tested by HGTV Editors
No more waking up drenched in sweat — beat the heat with one of these lightweight, breathable sheet sets, tested and approved by HGTV editors.
Our Top Picks for Cooling Sheets:
- Best Linen Sheets: Brooklinen Linen Core Sheets
- Best Budget Linen Sheets: DAPU French Linen Sheets
- Best Cotton Percale Sheets: Brooklinen Classic Core Sheets
- Runner-Up Cotton Percale Sheets: Parachute Cotton Percale Sheets
- Best Budget Cotton Percale Sheets: Fabdreams Cotton Percale Sheets
- Best Cotton Percale Sheets for Pattern Variety: Opalhouse Cotton Percale Sheets
- Best Blended Cooling Sheets: Slumber Cloud Essential Sheets
The right sheets can make all the difference between waking up in a sweat and getting a full night of restorative, uninterrupted sleep. Whether you're tired of blasting the AC at full force every night during the summer or just run hot all year long, it might be time for new sheets. Read on to learn which breathable materials and weaves make for the most cooling sheets, and shop the best sheet sets at every budget and style HGTV editors recommend.
Materials and Fibers
Natural fibers are touted for their cooling properties and are generally more breathable than synthetic options like polyester. One of the highest quality options is linen. Made from fibers of the flax plant, linen is lightweight and has a relaxed, laidback look. It's also incredibly durable and moisture-wicking, and it dries faster than cotton. On the downside, linen is one of the most expensive options and can wrinkle easily. Cotton is one of the most popular (and affordable!) natural cooling materials — sheets made of 100-percent cotton percale feel crisp and cool like a lightweight button-down shirt that will get softer with each wash. Cotton is durable and easy to care for, though wrinkles can still be an issue. And finally, some companies do offer proprietary fabric blends worth considering that are specifically designed to be cooling. These blends are typically made with a combination of natural and synthetic materials.
Most of our top picks are Oeko-Tex certified, which means the fabrics do not contain any harmful, synthetic dyes or chemicals. You can read more about what Oeko-Tex standards and certifications mean here.
Weave and Thread Count
Percale is generally the best weave type to look for because it's a looser, one-over-one-under pattern that allows for better air circulation and it has a matte finish. One of the biggest misconceptions about sheets is that higher thread count translates to higher quality. Thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch, so sheets with extremely high thread counts can actually trap heat. Many brands like Brooklinen and Parachute have helped demystify thread count, and some do not even provide a number on the basis that it's irrelevant. So while higher thread counts and tighter weave styles can create silkier-feeling sheets with a luxurious-looking sheen, they can actually be hotter and less breathable throughout the night.
Maintenance and Care
Always read the product care instructions, but the sheets we tested are pretty low maintenance. Most manufacturers recommend machine-washing separately on cool, delicate cycles, tumble-drying on low and removing promptly to minimize wrinkling. Brooklinen recommends line-drying their sheets to help preserve the fibers, color and elasticity, but if you don't have the time or space, tumble-drying on low is okay, too. Another happy-medium option one of our editors recommends — dry on low until just a little damp and let sheets air dry the rest of the way.
These sheets from the direct-to-consumer and internet-famous brand Brooklinen are by far the most cooling sheets we've tried. Made in Portugal using Belgian and French Flax, these sheets are light, cozy, chic and casual all at the same time. They even convinced one of our skeptical editors who typically goes for $30 cotton sheets to make the switch to linen. Managing Editor Kayla Kitts says the sheets felt much softer even after one wash compared to when she first opened them and kept her and her husband significantly cooler than their Egyptian cotton sheets. "The softness of the linen is incomparable to anything I’ve ever slept on," she says. "I can’t imagine going back to 'regular' sheets after trying these out." Available in full, queen, king and cal king, we also love the variety of patterns and colors (12 at time of writing) to choose from, and the brand is constantly adding more limited-edition colorways. Brooklinen’s fitted sheets also have “long” and “short” tags on the sides to ensure making the bed doesn’t take longer than necessary. While $250 may seem like a lot for sheets, it's a great value for the quality and cooling factor, especially given Brooklinen has a 365-day warranty in case you end up not loving this set as much as we do. Plus, Brooklinen frequently runs promotions for 10 to 20 percent off, so you can usually score them for a little cheaper. These linen sheets would also make the perfect addition to a wedding registry.
If you want to give luxe linen sheets a test drive before spending $200+, then these 100-percent French linen sheets from DAPU are a great place to start. Available in four sizes and four neutral colors, they deliver on the primary benefits of linen: the cooling element, moisture-wicking properties and softness that gets better with each wash over time. While these are high-quality linen and Oeko-Tex certified, these sheets don’t come with all of the above-and-beyond features like “short” and “long” side tags, a variety of colors and patterns, thoughtful packaging and generous warranty the Brooklinen sheets do. With a 4.5-star rating, Amazon reviewers love these linen sheets, too, but if you end up not loving them, you can contact the brand within 30 days for a full refund.
COTTON PERCALE SHEETS
The founders of Brooklinen launched these now-internet-famous Classic Core Sheets on Kickstarter in 2014 with the goal of providing luxury hotel-style sheets at an affordable price. More affordable than linen, cotton percale is probably the most classic option for cooling sheets on this list, and if you’re used to sleeping on cotton or cotton blends, these are the natural upgrade for you. Available in 14 colors and patterns, these 100-percent long-staple cotton percale sheets are Oeko-Tex certified and available in six sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king and California king. In a word, they are crisp. Lightweight and soft on the skin, they feel like a crisp, button-down cotton shirt and remind us of the feeling of getting into a perfectly made luxury hotel bed after a long day in the sun — a welcome feeling when you’re very much sleeping at home with zero plans to book a stay in a luxury hotel anytime soon. Similar to Brooklinen’s linen sheets, we appreciated the thoughtful packaging, the “long” and “short” side tags on the fitted sheets, the generous 365-day warranty and the variety of colors and patterns.
While Brooklinen’s Classic Core Sheet Set is our best overall pick for cotton percale sheets since they cost a little less and offer more patterns and colors, Parachute’s cotton percale sheets are a great, high-quality alternative. Similar in style, Parachute’s 100-percent, long-staple Egyptian cotton percale sheets feel crisp, lightweight and breathable. Made in Portugal, Parachute sheets are Oeko-Tex certified and intended to get softer with each wash. If you’re Team No Top Sheet, then Parachute may especially be a better option for you. The basic sheet set comes with two pillowcases and a fitted sheet (no top sheet) for $129 in a queen size — the same regular price as Brooklinen’s queen core set that includes two pillowcases, a fitted sheet and a top sheet. Parachute does offer returns within 60 days, and they have two sales a year — around Memorial Day and Black Friday — when you can snag a deal on these high-quality sheets.
If you want organic cotton that’s Oeko-Tex certified in neutral colors but want to pay less than $75, these 100-percent, certified-organic cotton sheets from Fabdreams are a great pick. Available in six sizes and six solid colors, they’re breathable, lightweight and arrive in thoughtful, plastic-free packaging — the sheet set comes tied in a bow inside of a canvas bag. Amazon reviewers also appreciate the positive customer service and responsiveness of the company. One downside is these sheets only come in a few neutral colors, so if you want more variety or brighter colors, this set may not be for you.
While most bedding brands stick to neutral colors and select patterns, Target is one of the best places to find on-trend sheets at affordable prices, which is perfect if you (or your kids) like changing up bedding styles often and don't want sheets you'll be nervous to ruin. Target's Opalhouse line offers 100-percent cotton percale sheets in a ton of cute patterns and a couple of solid colors to help “banish boring bedding,” as the product description promises. Plus, these are also Oeko-Tex certified. During testing, we noticed these didn't wrinkle as easily as others, and we appreciated the extra elastic band on the fitted sheet that helped hold it in place.
Slumber Cloud’s Essential Sheets are unique because they contain the same patented temperature-regulating technology that NASA astronauts use in their spacesuits. Made from 40-percent NASA-inspired Outlast® viscose and 60-percent cotton, these sheets kept us significantly cooler throughout the night than other blends we’ve tried. Available in eight solid colors and seven sizes, these blended sheets have a sateen weave and feel super cool to the touch. If you prefer the look and feel of smoother, buttery-soft sheets with more of a sheen than relaxed linen or matte cotton percale, these might just be the best option for you. Slumber Cloud offers a risk-free 60-night trial in case you end up not loving them.