Bed sheets that will last: Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports

The prices of sheets are all over the board these days, from $20 to $30 for budget brands to
hundreds of dollars for luxury linens. But what good are fitted sheets that don’t fit after you
wash them?

Consumer Reports’ testers put a selection of sheet brands, from low-end to high,
through the wringer—a year’s worth of washing and drying—to see whether they fit … or
failed.

Consumer Reports bought multiple brands of cotton sheets from frugal to fine, then its expert
testers put the fitted ones through a strength test, pushing the fabrics and seams to their limit.

Then they checked to see whether the sheets fit foam and spring mattresses of different depths:
8, 10, 14, and 18 inches.

And then they washed and dried the sheets. And washed and dried, 25 times to replicate a year’s
worth of laundering.

Samples cut from the sheets were measured before and after washing. The results were
surprising.

Out of the package, all of the sheets CR tested fit on a regular queen-sized mattress. But after
the equivalent of a year’s worth of washing, only half of them did.

After 15 washings, testers couldn’t get the queen set from Casper Cool Supina for $143 to fit on
any of the mattresses.

And a set of Amazon Pinzon 400 TC Egyptian Cotton Sateen sheets for $43 were also tough to
fit. It took a lot of effort to get the four corners over the edges of any of the mattresses.

What about the expensive sheets? Porto sheets from the luxury brand Frette for $725 fit all but
the thickest mattresses well, with little shrinkage. But CR testers found some sheets were better
for a lot less money.

The queen sheets from Matouk Sierra for $336 fit excellently on all mattress sizes. Although they’re pricey, these were the only sheets tested that fit an 18-inch mattress after a year’s worth
of washing, and the fabric was strong. So they could save you money over the long run.

The L.L.Bean Pima Percale sheets for $148 fit the mattresses up to 14 inches well, with little
shrinkage after 25 washes. They got excellent marks for strength and are a Consumer Reports
Best Buy.

Some other good news? Consumer Reports found that the softness of the sheets—from what
you feel in a store to 25 washings later—stayed the same.

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