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Our Favorite Summer Sheets

Updated Dec 12, 2022
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The sheets that you like most of the year may feel too warm in the summer heat, so just as you keep flannel sheets on hand for cold winter nights, keep lighter sheets ready for summer. After testing dozens and dozens of sets in our ongoing quest for the best sheets, we’ve found that a set in linen or percale cotton (which is more breathable than sateen) is a great way to round out your bedding collection and extend the life of your everyday sheets by giving them the summer off. I’ve highlighted six sets as well as two duvet covers that we love for a summer bed. And if you’re looking for tips on how to dress your bed for summer, see our post on how to mix and match your sheets.

L.L.Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set, cool, crisp percale

L.L.Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set

Cool, crisp percale
If you like a cool, crisp feel to your sheets, this is one of the most comfortable percale sets we’ve tried. They’re durable and breathable, and the more you wash them, the softer they get.
We recommend
Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set, a great affordable set

Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set

A great affordable set
These feel a little thinner, less crisp, and less soft than the L.L.Bean set, but they’re very breathable and lovely against the skin. They come in some fun prints, too.
Another good choice
Cultiver Linen Sheets, our favorite linen set

Cultiver Linen Sheets

Our favorite linen set
This is one of the softest sets we tried, it’s sold by the piece, and it comes in a wider range of colors and prints. We’ve also heard fewer complaints about the fabric wearing thin prematurely.
We recommend
Authenticity 50 Signature Sheets, an airier percale

Authenticity 50 Signature Sheets

An airier percale
These sheets feel airier and less crisp than most percale sets we’ve tried, closer to linen (but softer). We think they’ll appeal to those who like a drapier sheet.
Another good choice
Restoration Hardware Ultra-Fine Lightweight Cotton Sheet Set, a super-soft, diaphanous set

Restoration Hardware Ultra-Fine Lightweight Cotton Sheet Set

A super-soft, diaphanous set
Made of combed cotton, this set is notably soft and thinner than most of the sets on this list. We think these sheets are too thin for year-round use, but we love them for hot weather.
Another good choice
Brooklinen Classic Duvet Cover, a light, crisp duvet cover

Brooklinen Classic Duvet Cover

A light, crisp duvet cover
This well-constructed cover is as soft and comfortable as pricier ones. It also has nice features like duvet ties and a cloth storage bag, and it comes at a great price for its quality.
We recommend
Cultiver Linen Duvet Cover, a soft, cool linen cover

Cultiver Linen Duvet Cover

A soft, cool linen cover
Linen’s coarse texture adds an artfully rumpled look to a bed, and this breathable cover’s linen is the softest we’ve tested. Seventeen colors and prints will suit any style.
Another good choice

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