Have you ever bought a pair of sheets and after a few months of use, they are no longer soft, they have ripped, they are starting to ball up, or all of the above? Is it too much to ask to have sheets that last for years and keep getting softer over time? No it is not. Bed sheets like this DO exist, you just have to know what to look for.
To ensure you never make this mistake again, here are a few things to be aware of when buying sheets.
You get what you pay for | If you are buying 1,000 thread count sheets for under $100, you are being played. This is a classic example of thread count manipulation. What you are really getting is a multi-ply sheet which makes your sheets much more susceptible to ripping a pilling (forming balls). True 1,000 thread count sheets cost upwards of $1,000. Stick with a good single-ply thread count sheet and don’t try and go cheap or you’ll get what you pay for.
Transparency | Before you buy a set of sheets, you should know the thread count, the type of cotton being used, the cotton fiber length, and the weave (sateen, percale, etc). If this level of detail cannot be found on the label or on the website, they probably have something to hide. Look for a company who is proud to provide transparency in how their sheets are made.
Quality over quantity | You have a choice; to buy inexpensive sheets more often, or buy high quality sheets less often. A good quality set of sheets can outlast your lower quality sheets by years. Since the cost evens out in the long term, it’s your choice whether you want to be sleeping on potato bags, or luxurious clouds.
Rely on the facts, not the touch test | If they feel soft, they must be soft right? Not necessarily. High quality cotton sheets get softer after each washing, which makes the touch test very unreliable. Many sheet companies will apply treatments to their sheets to make them softer to the touch, but once they are washed, they may not be as soft as you thought they were. Choose sheets based off of what they are made out of, how they are made, the quality of cotton, and the company reputation.
Buy online | Sheets are typically more expensive in stores because you are paying for retail markups. For this reason, high quality sheets can be found online for a fraction of the cost. Most online sheet companies offer a trial period or a generous return policy in case you are not satisfied with the product.
Buying sheets is a difficult process to navigate through. If you don’t know what to look for, you are at risk of being taken advantage of. However, if you take these precautions beforehand, you are well on your way to finding the perfect set of sheets and potentially even saving money.