Cotton Sheets, Decoded

April 26, 2013 | By | Comments (9)

Cotton Sheets

When it comes to sheets, cotton is king (and queen and full and twin). In other words: It’s the best. But how do the various types of cotton differ? Here’s your answer. Top-of-the-line sheets are 100 percent Egyptian cotton. Second best is 100 percent pima cotton, also known by the trademarked name Supima. If a label says simply, “100 percent cotton,” assume that it’s American upland cotton, a rougher, less expensive variety. (Yep, it’s that easy.)

You can find a good queen set made of pima for less than $200. If you want the best, you’ll have to invest about $500 in an Egyptian-cotton set in percale or sateen—both clean, classic weaves. (Percale is better for people who get hot when they sleep; Sateen is heavier, so it’s ideal for people who like to feel cozy.)

Here are seven of our favorite sets. Already have sheets you love? Check out our guide to keeping them clean—and in good shape—for the long haul.


  1. Mary C

    I have a big pet peeve these days re sheets: it is almost impossible to buy
    single sheets, fitted and/or flat. I prefer to use fitted twin bottom sheets, and full top sheets. I have searched many sites, and all come in SETS! If I do find the rare single sheets, the cost is more than the sets!
    I am still using old sheets….and would like to replace. Living in a small town makes this very difficult.
    Any suggestions? Thank you.

    April 26, 2013 at 3:14 pm
  2. Aaron

    Here’s some interesting info that I found a little while back in my pursuit of understanding sheets and product claims.

    Key points: Egyptian cotton is merely cotton that is grown in Egypt. While they are known for producing a quality product, there aren’t any requirements other than geolocation to carry the label.
    Supima cotton, however, is regulated for its superior quality standards and is a purer, more controlled/consistent Pima cotton (which is simply another cultural designation – the Pima Indians).

    April 29, 2013 at 9:56 am
  3. Lavishbuy

    i love cotton sheets

    May 7, 2013 at 6:18 pm
  4. covers for bed

    Cotton bed cover is the best to use.

    May 20, 2013 at 6:44 am
  5. Table Cloth

    I love cotton bed sheets. Very comfy and nice to use.

    table cloth

    June 6, 2013 at 5:16 am
  6. Emily

    Mary C, Theres a company called Everest Luxury Linens, that sells bed sheets that you can make custom orders for. I know the owner and he has noticed that people seem to have the same problem as you. Go to and you can view their products.

    October 31, 2013 at 2:46 pm
  7. Diana R

    Mary C., I’m finding a very good selection of sheets sold separately at Hope that helps.

    February 17, 2014 at 5:02 am
  8. Dean

    Mary C. Have you looked at ?

    August 6, 2014 at 8:59 am
  9. narze

    anyone know anything about 800 thread count 65% cotton and 30% polyester?? we have ALWAYS purchased hight thread count sheets with deep pockets at ROSS they also have single sheets for those looking for them. so my dilema is , she we get the 500 sateen ones from ross or the 800 thread count part cotton part polyester???? PLEASE HELP

    August 22, 2014 at 10:21 pm

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