Flannel sheets have a reputation as a wintertime staple, but a quality set can provide a comfortable sleeping environment year-round. If you’re never bought flannel before but are ready to take the plunge, there’s a few things you need to know.
Unlike traditional sheets, flannel sheets aren’t classified by thread count. Instead, they’re sold by grams per square meter. The higher the GSM, the heavier the sheet. Our picks for the best flannel sheets cover a range of GSMs and prices, but fair warning: they’ll all make it that much more difficult to get out of bed for late night diaper duty or early morning driveway shoveling.
Pros: These sheets are fade-, stain-, shed- and wrinkle-resistant. They won’t shrink, but they will get softer whenever you wash them. They also have deep pockets, so they can fit mattresses up to 16 inches deep.
Cons: They’re a little thin for some, so don’t plan on making it through a New England winter with these things unless you have plenty of blankets piled on top.
Pros: They come in seven different solid colors and three floral designs, so there’s definitely a set that will match your bedroom decor.
Cons: Some reviewers have said these sheets pill too easily, so they might be better as a set of guest sheets than a set that’s in your regular rotation.
Pros: Their double napped finish makes these sheets extra soft and cozy.
Cons: They come in six different colors, but sometimes plaid just isn’t the best. It would be nice if these also came in solid colors or other patterns.
Pros: These sheets are pre-shrunk for durability, and the fitted sheet is fully elasticized so it’ll stay nice and smooth across the entirety of the bed surface, not just around he edges.
Cons: Some of the prints are a bit too whimsical for our taste. We recommend sticking with tried and true plaid and checked options, unless these sheets are for a kids’ room.
Pros: They get softer after each wash, and that’s saying something, as the microfleece feels almost impossible soft out of the box.
Cons: The stitching leaves something to be desired, and some reviewers have said that it starts to come apartafter a while.
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