Percale and Sateen are two different weaves you can get bed sheets in. They contribute to how a set of sheets sleeps and feels.
Most people love that cool, crisp feeling of a fresh set of sheets, and aspire to that when they shop for a new set. But you know what we’ve noticed?
The packaging on a sheet set NEVER says “Cool, Crisp, AWESOME”.
Instead, what you’ll find is a lot of jargon you may not be familiar with. Breathe though, because once you get it, you’ll be able to find the perfect set of sheets every time.
What Are Percale Sheets?
Percale sheets are made with a more open weave that’s breathable, with a nice crisp feeling. If you want crisp, cool cotton sheets, you want Percale sheets. These are the sheets used in luxury five-star hotels because they are both durable AND breathable.
The only hangup with Percale sheets? They tend to wrinkle a bit more than sateen.
What Are Sateen Sheets?
Sateen sheets have a smooth, almost shiny look to them. They’re typically heavier and make for a hotter sleep. The weave is denser on sateen sheets, which means they’re less breathable, too.
We’re not a fan of sateen sheets because they sleep so much warmer, the fabric almost always pills, and these sheets are just not that durable.
The Percale weave is the better choice for 95% of people. Crisp percale sheets are the cream of the crop, and what 5-star hotels use for their guests — and that’s why it’s all we make.