All over the internet, you see sheet sets with 1,500 thread count, and the more the better, right? So why is 250 ACTUALLY the best?
Here’s the deal:
Anything above 400 thread count isn’t really a high thread count sheet. It’s actually just a sheet with multi-ply thread.
Here’s what we mean:
See this picture? High thread count sheet sets are REALLY just sheets made with cheap multi-ply yarns. They do a little magic marketing math, and BOOM! Before you know it, you have a 200 thread count sheet set being sold as a 600 thread count sheet set.600 Thread-Count Bed Sheets
And that is how the sheet thread count game is played.
In the end, it’s really about the textile used and the weave — Supima cotton, a Percale weave. The thread count of a sheet set is just a part of what makes it any good, the material it is woven from is what makes you sleep like a baby.
Here’s what we look for in the very best sheets (hint: 1,500 thread count sheets definitely don’t make our list):
An honest thread-count with single ply yarns.
For soft, cool sheets that hold up for years, 180-280 thread count is a perfect range. Authenticity 50’s sheet sets are 250 thread count (because it’s what we like sleeping against too).
Extra-Long Staple Cotton Sheets
Cotton is the best material for sheets because of its breathability and durability. It’s smooth and cool to the touch, and doesn’t make you break out in night sweats like microfiber or polyester will.
Conventional cotton fibers are pretty short, and the shorter the fiber, the scratchier the feel. Extra-long staple cottons like Pima and Supima cotton make for the best sheets because their fibers are soft and long.
We love Supima cotton because it’s the softest and most durable, has the best breathability, and is verified by the American Supima Association to be 100% the real deal — with no filler fibers, and nothing fake.
Percale Weave Sheets
How the cotton is woven is what makes the biggest difference in how it feels when it rubs against your skin.
The Percale weave is what fine 5-star hotels use (and clearly they’re doing something right). It’s the right weave for 95% of sleepers because it sleeps cooler and helps regulate body temperature. It also lasts longer than a sateen weave and has a crisp feeling that resists pilling (those funny little balls that build up on cheap polyester sheets).
High Thread Count Sheets Are All Hype
Sheets are a huge deal around here, but when it comes to thread count, we don’t believe in bogus marketing. The reality is that anything above a 300 thread count sheet is almost always a complete fabrication, and you’re paying for that marketing.
Sheet thread count comes down to the type of fiber used and whether it’s of high quality, not necessarily how much of it is used. A cheap material at 1,500 thread count won’t feel NEARLY as good as a nice Percale Weave Supima cotton sheet set with an honest 250 thread count.
Pay for what matters — a good night’s sleep.