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This spring, I undertook the *excruciating* task of wading through the Internet’s favorite bedding brands. I slept. I watched Netflix. And I tested each bedding brand. A terrible gig, but somebody had to do it.
Sleep is the baseline for feeling good. We’re all hoping to get it right (and not to spend too much time and money trying). Catering to a range of budgets and climates, DTC brands have battled to create stylish and effective bed sheets and comforters.
Ready to sleep cooler this summer? Try out a brand at the top of this list. Closer to the bottom, silk sheets can be as warm as wool -- without scratchy texture -- or keep you cool in winter temps. Their stellar insulation makes them a prime pick for colder temps.
Buffy | eucalyptus
Buffy’s comforters, sheets, and pillows feel more substantial than other cooling brands – while still wicking away your sweat. Buffy is a “best of both worlds” choice for those who don’t want to choose between snuggling up and staying refreshed. The Eucalyptus sheets start at $169, while this Linen version starts at $279.
Italic | eucalyptus, linen, cotton jersey, sateen, percale
Silky and cooling, Italic’s Breeze Eucalyptus Sheet Set (starting at $75) is made for the sweltering summer months. The brand also carries a Luxe Sateen Sheet Set (from $60), Pure Linen Sheet Set (from $110), and Favorite Cotton Jersey Sheets (from $65). In my first major post-grad splurge, I slept on Italic’s eucalyptus sheets for a year in Hawai’i (with a very poorly performing AC unit). They were practically medicinal in their sweat-wicking qualities.
Cozy Earth | bamboo
Named an Oprah favorite four years in a row, this bamboo bedding is made to cool! In testing, the Bamboo Sheet Set (starting at $319) almost did its job too well; despite living in a warm climate, I shivered my way to sleep. I also love its packaging: it arrived in a small reusable duffel bag rather than plastic, in which I stored my previous sheets.
SIJO | linen, eucalyptus
TQE editors swear by SIJO stone-washed French linen sheets. I opted for the bedding bundle in Sky ($414), a delightful light blue. These linen sheets are my favorite hello and my hardest goodbye, so I can vouch that they’re undoubtedly worth it. (Our editors can too.)
Bed Threads | linen
Available in 21 different colors, this straightforward setup allows you to buy each 100% flax linen piece separately (pillowcases, fitted sheet, flat sheet). Better yet, a 3D visualizer allows you to model your combination before checkout. Shipping takes a beat, as they’re shipping from Australia, but there’s no additional cost to the U.S. Shop the bundle starting at $344 and save 20%.
The Citizenry | linen
Thoughtfully crafted and globally inspired, these sheets stand out with a constellation of small details, like a perforated hem that makes the *presentation* of a made bed look lovely. Crafted at the oldest family-run linen mill in Portugal, the bestselling Linen Bed Bundle’s price point ($455+) reflects its organic textures and ethical origins.
Morrow Soft Goods | linen, matte sateen
One perk from Morrow Soft Goods is its pre-curated bundles of mix-and-matched linen and matte sateen sets: ideal for the shopper who, like me, wants that thrown-together look but is deeply indecisive about final color choices. This Willow + Mauve pairing (starting at $449) is nothing short of dreamy.
Hawkins New York | linen, percale
I gasped at the coloring of Hawkins New York’s linen sets. Because color is king, this bedding is available in 18 saturated and elevated hues. You can also order linen swatches ($6) to evaluate the color and fabric in-person before you buy. Note that these sheets are only available in Queen and King sizing; their fitted sheet begins at $225.
Slumber Cloud | Essential and Performance
Slumber Cloud is an innovator, which is why its sheet sets don’t fall under usual material labels. Its patented construction uses NASA technology to regulate your temperature. This Performance Sheet Set (starting at $229) is a marvel. I’ve spent the past months sleeping on this Performance Mattress Pad (starting at $163), which complements my bed perfectly.
Boll & Branch | percale
You’ll often find the cotton Boll & Branch in hotels and Airbnbs; it’s also the bedding that multiple U.S. presidents choose to sleep in. The company was also the first Fair Trade Certified manufacturer of linens, so ethics and sustainability are at the core of everything Boll & Branch does. Try its Signature Hemmed Sheet Set starting at $188 for a twin set.
10Grove | percale
Houston-based 10Grove has highly polished designs and luxury Italian linens. Each set, made of long staple Egyptian cotton, is mostly white but offers a subdued palette in the stitching and detailing department. I’d recommend the A Little Something Extra (starting at $270), which contains a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and pillowcase pair.
Under the Canopy | percale, sateen, flannel, jersey
Under the Canopy was sustainable before it was a buzzword. Each season, the brand’s materials and facilities are audited for optimal ethical and environmental standards. Under the Canopy has pledged to meet the Global Organic Textile Standard as well as requiring all cellulosic fibers and wood based products be made from eco optimized tree pulp. These crisp percale sheets (starting at $70.40) met *my* standards, with a 300 thread count and smooth cotton weave; the flannel is spot-on for plunging temps.
Parachute Home | brushed cotton, linen, other soft goods
While this Instagram-famous brand is known for its linen, editor Lillie actually fell head-over-heels for the Brushed Cotton Duvet Cover (starting at $220) instead, calling it “like a hotel bed.” The brand compares the fabric to your favorite lived-in tee.
Tuft & Needle | jersey, percale, linen
Known for its mattresses, this is one of the few DTC brands that makes jersey bedding (starting at $60), which is highly appealing for those who don’t want any extra effort or laundry care. This percale version (starting at $120) is also highly popular, and these linen sheets (starting at $230) embody the core traits of the fabric without the fussiness we’re used to from other brands.
Brooklinen | sateen, linen, and other bedding goods
In her review, TQE Editor Remi calls Brooklinen the “Goldilocks of bedding brands: simple bedding essentials that are thoughtful, high-quality, and priced fairly.” Despite being lightweight, the sateen is surprisingly warm – best for those who live in colder areas or run cold in general. In contrast, Brooklinen’s Linen Core Sheet Set (starting at $215.10) is airier, with an amazing drape that channels effortless chic.
Lunya | silk
When I think of silk sheets, I think of billionaires in romance novels. They’re a luxury cliche for a reason. Still, the hurdle has always been washability; frankly, having to dry-clean your sheets sounds unappetizing. Lunya, famous for its washable silk sleepwear, recently entered the sheets space to magnificent results. Shop the fitted sheet, starting at $468 for a Queen. Naturally insulating, making them a great pick for cooler weather.
Casper | sateen, flannel, percale, and HyperLite
Flannel sheets are a must for wintertime. OG mattress-in-a-box brand Casper sells bedding for “all at once” shoppers. Available in flannel, percale, sateen, and often-sold-out Hyperlite (made of 100% TENCEL Lyocell and a unique grid weave for maximum breathability), Casper has a set for every sleeper. Act now, because certain colors are up to 50 percent off, starting at $55 a set across fabrics.