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11 Best Sheets for Sex 2021

When you were younger, you probably thought of Sex Sheets (capital S, baby!) as being something red and silky. And then, if you started having sex when you were a teenager or young adult, the idea of red silky sheets vanished because you were probably having sex on like, scratchy polyester sheets that had seen better days. No judgement, but…yeah. Now though, you’re a real grown-up and you need some real grown-up sex sheets to match. You know that red silk is kinda a red flag (plus, silk sheets can be rly expensive) but you’ve graduated beyond those cheap dorm room sheets. But the world of bedding can be surprisingly confusing. Like, what is percale? Do I actually need to spend $400 for good sheets?? No worries, we’ve got you covered with this list of the best sheets for sex — which also happen to be some of the best ones for sleeping, lounging, and all other bed-related activities.

When it comes to sex sheets, you want something breathable, like cotton or even linen if you’re feeling ~fancy~. Things get hot in there, ya know. You probably also want something that feels buttery soft and smooth. Because let’s be real, whether you’re jumping into bed with another person or with your favorite vibrator, you want sheets that feel nice against your skin. You probably want to avoid something like flannel if you’re planning on getting down, and your trusty ‘ol jersey sheets are also a no-go (they pill, and who wants that scratchy feeling when you’re getting intimate?)

Below, the 11 best editor-tested and approved sets for all bed-sharing activities.

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IF YOU WANT SHEETS THAT *ACTUALLY* STAY COOL

The details:

A lot of brands advertise cooling sheets, but what distinguishes this set is the use of two temperature-regulating materials. These sheets are made with Outlast viscose fibers, which basically absorb, store, and most importantly release heat, and Tencel fibers, which wick away moisture. But beyond that, these sheets also feel silky and luxurious, which is how we all want to feel whether we’re having sex or just lounging in bed. Also, they get softer with each wash. Each set comes with a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.

Slumber Cloud

Performance Sheet Set

SlumberCloud
slumbercloud.com

$239.00

Why these are great sex sheets:

Let’s be real, sex can be sweaty. Having cooling, moisture-wicking sheets can be a lifesaver. Also, not to be gross, but sometimes there are other bodily fluids to think about. Soo, it’s also good that these are machine-washable.

Pricing:

This set starts at $214 for a full set, and goes up to $229 for a queen set and $239 for a king set. If you’re living in the dorms, they also have Twin XL sheets for $209.


IF YOU’RE TEAM “NO TOP SHEET”

The details:

Look, I’m not going to get into the debate of whether or not you should use a top sheet. But if you’re firmly team “no top sheets,” you’ll appreciate that this set from Parachute is designed without a top sheet included. That said, if you think it’s gross to sleep without a top sheet, you do have the option to add one onto the bundle. Anyway, beyond the top sheet debate: this brushed cotton set is made with 100% cotton and feels super soft. Like most sheet sets, it comes with a fitted sheet and pillowcase set.

Parachute

Brushed Cotton Sheet Set

Parachute Home
parachutehome.com

$149.00

Why these are great sex sheets:

Since they’re 100% cotton, you can machine wash and dry them, no special care needed. The brand notes that these are slightly warmer than pecale sheets, but cooler than sateen. Basically, they’re a good option for all seasons. And if you run hot but your partner runs cold (or vice versa), you’ll both be happy sleeping on these after sex.

Pricing:

A full or queen set of these with no top sheet is $149, and with a top sheet is $249. A king or California king will be $169 sans top sheet, and $279 if you add one on.


IF YOU WANT SHEETS TO MATCH YOUR MAXIMALIST BEDROOM

The details:

There’s nothing wrong with white or solid-colored sheets if that’s your vibe. But if your style is less minimalist and more about color and plants, we’ve got you covered with this set designed by Justina Blakeney. The Aja set is inspired by Yoruba mythology and pays homage to nature, perfect for if you’re a devoted plant parent.

Jungalow

Aja Sheet Set by Jungalow®

Why these are great sex sheets:

In addition to having a pattern with personality, these sheets are 100% cotton, which means they’re super breathable. It also means that keeping them clean is easy – you can machine wash them on cold and tumble dry on low, simple as that. And because the whole set — which includes a fitted sheet, top sheet, and two pillowcases — is less than $100, you could even buy two sets to cut down on how often you have to do laundry.

Pricing:

Right now, a king set goes for $99, a queen set goes for $89, and a full set goes for $69.


IF YOU WANT YOUR BED TO LOOK AS FANCY AS IT FEELS

The details:

Linoto is a small brand based in upstate New York, that makes all their sheets in the US (this is very rare), and the team is small enough that if you call customer service, you speak to Jason, the founder of the company. This bespoke attention-to-detail means your bedding will just fit and look nice, like staged-home-nice.

Linoto

You’d think that given standard sizing, (twin, full, queen, king, etc), all bed sheets would more or less look the same on your bed. Wrong. I’ve tried out MANY sheets testing these out for work, and I can tell you right now, there’s always going to be weird angles and fluff-less corners of your duvet with most brands

Why these are great sex sheets:

The perfect fit of these sheets comes in clutch when you don’t want to be re-finagling the corners of your fitted sheet after getting down and dirty.

Not to mention, the fact that they’re linen, means they’re very airy, soft (although not as smooth as cotton, that’s an important distinction), and hella moisture-wicking. Linoto sheets are one of those brands that get softer over time — without falling apart like some other cheaper linen brands, too.

Pricing:

These are an investment for sure, but they’re worth it. A fitted sheet starts at $109, pillowcases start at $69. I plan on using my Linoto sheets until I die, and if I ever win the lottery, you can bet your ass a second set to rotate in is on the shortlist of little luxuries I’ll be treating myself to.


IF YOU WANT A FANCY FABRIC THAT’S NOT HIGH MAINTENANCE

The details:

Sijo’s Bamboo sheets are not only sustainable (bamboo requires little water or fertilizer so it’s easier to grow), but also feel amazing. You’re probably like, “Bamboo? Soft? Doubt it.” Well, believe it, because I’ve slept on these too, and they’re soft and cooling as heck.

Bamboo Sheet Set

Sijo
sijohome.com

$165.00

Why these are great sex sheets:

On the cooling scale, I’d say they’re cooler than the silkiest of smooth cotton sheets I’ve ever tried. If you love the idea of only metaphorically melting in a puddle of post-coital bliss, these icy-smooth sheets are for you.

Pricing:

A twin-sized sheet set (sans flat sheet) starts at $95. It’s not as cheap as the stuff you might pick up at Target let’s say, but honestly, the price is way less than you’d think it goes for, once you’ve slept on them. I was shocked to find out these were only $95, let’s put it that way — and my bougie-bedding-radar isn’t off, usually.


IF YOU LIKE SILKY THINGS BUT STILL WANT THE BREATHABILITY OF COTTON

The details:

Not all sateen sheets are the same, which is what I previously thought before looking into them closer. A quick goog and some digging will show you that many of the top results on Amazon for “sateen sheets” are actually cotton-poly blends. You wanna go for full natural (as opposed to synthetic materials like polyester) for maximum breathability, not to mention softness. If a brand isn’t SCREAMING about how their sateen is 100% cotton…it probably isn’t.

Luxe Core Sheet Set

Brooklinen
brooklinen.com

$169.00

Brooklinen’s sateen sheets however, are cotton, which means you get all the moisture-wicking properties of the good stuff, plus the added benefit of ultra-smooth and silkiness. I purchased these sateen pillowcases as a splurge a while ago (and only let myself get the regular cotton fitted sheet) and thought I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Folks, I can. The “Luxe” aka sateen pillowcases are not only softer, they’re somehow shinier than the classic sheet, and a bit thicker (yet somehow more breathable feeling) too.

Why these are great sex sheets:

These are some of the smoothest, softest sheets you can get — probably the closest to silk-feeling as possible without actually being silk — and the fact that they’re 100% long staple (aka high quality) cotton, means you don’t have to pamper them or treat them any differently than how you’re already washing your sheets. They’ll last forever, are durable, and stay super dry.

Pricing:

A full-sized “bundle” aka one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases goes for $134 right now. It’s pricey, sure, but Brooklinen has a lifetime warranty, so you can at least feel safe hitting the purchase button. Also, for what it’s worth, I think I paid around $75-$80 for my two splurgy Luxe pillowcases, and I’m kinda mad that I didn’t just get the set for $134 and get the shiny smooth Luxe flat and fitted sheet too. The current sale price means you pay less for each piece of bedding than I did for my two individual pillowcases. Sigh.


The details:

This set from Snowe feels just like diving into a crisp, cool, soft hotel bed—which is great if you’re one of the many people who has some of their best sex while on vacation.

Snowe

The sheets manage to pull off the whole hotel thing due to a couple key factors, like a 500-thread count, Egyptian cotton that’s milled in Italy (fancy!) and their percale weave. (That’s sheets-speak for a simple “one thread under, one thread over” weave style that results in smooth, matte fabric.)

“Percale feels simultaneously crisp but smooth when you run your hand over it,” says Erica Peppers, product director for Snowe. “That’s just a hallmark of the weave itself, and it is what you tend to find at most luxury hotels.”

Why these are great sex sheets:

For having such a high thread count, these sheets breathe incredibly well to help mitigate any dampness. They’re also durable, so they’ll also hold up to repeated washings, provided you follow the care instructions properly.

Pricing:

Starting at $188 for a full set, they’re definitely investment sheets. Snowe offers shoppers $25 off their first purchase over $100, so after that, these come in at $163.


IF YOU THINK SILK IS SEXY

The details:

If you’re looking for a soft, silky feel in a more affordable, easier to clean material, try sateen, which, like percale, is another popular weave pattern.

Sheets in a sateen weave are a bit heavier and drape closer to the body. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re much warmer—these sheets are still cotton, which is naturally breathable and won’t make you feel like you’re trapped in a sweat cocoon.

Why these are great sex sheets:

Reviewers love this particular set from Target’s Threshold brand, because they say it feels much more luxurious than the modest price tag suggests. It’s also uncannily durable, meaning it’ll withstand multiple journeys through your washer and dryer.

Pricing:

A full set starts at $45, but because this is ~Target~, they’re regularly on sale for less.

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Percale vs. sateen: Percale is a simple weave and characterized by its matte appearance and crisp, lightweight feel. Percale sheets are typically cooler, and best for hot climates and hot sleepers. Sateen is a more complicated weave, looks shiny, and drapes closer to the body without being restrictive. Sateen sheets are ideal for cooler weather and people who like to feel very cozy in bed.


IF YOU ALWAYS WAKE UP SWEATY

The details:

Typically associated with summertime and hot climates, linen is thicker than cotton, and sheets made from it almost always have a comparatively low thread count. What does this mean for you? Extremely lightweight bedding that practically hovers above your body.

Brooklinen

Brooklinen Core Sheet Set

But linen, compared to cotton, can also retain more moisture before it feels wet. This Brooklinen set is commonly rated the best and definitely holds up to its reputation.

The only noticeable downside to linen is that it loses its elasticity a bit more quickly than cotton, and so these sheets stretch a bit, which could lead to some legs-are-tangled-in-the-fitted-sheet situations mid-sex. Otherwise, they’re soft, lightweight, and will make you feel like you’re having sex in the middle of a very luxurious tent in a desert.

Why these are great sex sheets:

Linen is moisture-wicking, y’all, and can retain much more of its own weight in water than cotton can. While the sheets won’t necessarily solve the problem of the dreaded wet spot, they will lead to fewer mornings waking up in a cute but sweaty embrace.

Pricing:

The “Linen Core Sheet Set,” which includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and two pillowcases, is $249 for a full set. Brooklinen regularly offers 20 percent off, usually with some kind of discount or podcast code, so getting a deal isn’t impossible.

The details:

Maybe your preferred sheets style is “nice, but not so nice that I feel bad when I inevitably stain them.” If so, these are for you. Amazon reviewers have loved Mellanni for years, and for good reason—this set compares well to much more expensive bedding. Just look through any of the more than 45,000 Amazon reviews to see for yourself.

Mellanni Stain-Resistant Sheets

A potential downside to these budget-friendly sheets is that they’re made from polyester, so they’re not quite as breathable as a cotton set. But they’re soft, feel more like a silky sateen weave than a percale, and—like sateen—drape close to the body.

Why these are great sex sheets:

The good news about the polyester content of these sheets is they’re stain-resistant! In other words, they’re great for period sex if you’d rather not put a towel down. The low price tag also means you can buy several sets and cut down on how frequently you wash them. And, as an added bonus, the corners are reinforced with elastic, so these guys won’t budge a bit beneath even the most vigorous bed activity.

Pricing:

Full sets start at $29, making these just about the best sheets you can get for less than $50.

IF YOU JUST NEED A BASIC SET

The details:

This Pinzon set is a great low-price option if you’re in the market for percale sheets but aren’t quite at the life stage when spending upwards of $100 on a set is your jam. No shade to sateen, but percale—due to its simple weave—is just more durable, and that’s important if you’re washing your bedding regularly.

Sold on Amazon, these sheets clock in at a lower thread count than the top pick from Snowe—300, compared to 500—meaning they feel lighter and cooler. So if you live in a super hot climate, don’t believe in air conditioning, or just know from experience that sex works up a big sweat, these are a good option.

Why these are great sex sheets:

They’re made from 100 percent cotton and have a reasonable thread count, so they’re breezy, lightweight, and won’t stick to your body. Also, at under $50, they’re some of the most wallet-friendly percale sheets that don’t suck.

Pricing:

A full set starts at $44. Unbeatable for high-quality percale sheets.

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