Brooklinen is having a 15% off sitewide sale right now as more retailers jump on the Prime Day bandwagon

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Brooklinen, an Insider Reviews-favorite place to buy bedding, towels, and loungewear online, is currently holding a surprise sales event to compete with Amazon Prime Day.

While Prime Day features two days of deals, Brooklinen’s sale runs for four days from June 20 through June 23. Right now, you can save 15% across the entire site (except for the Spaces collection).

Amazon offers tons of deals on various bed and bath products, but none are so highly vetted and loved by our team as Brooklinen’s.

We love its smooth Luxe sateen sheets, which are the brand’s original claim to fame and one of the best sheet sets we tested.

But many of Brooklinen’s other offerings are worth the buy, especially now that they’re 15% off. Brooklinen takes the top spots in several of our bed and bath guides, including the best down pillow, best weighted blanket, best comforter, and best bath mat. We also enjoy its fluffy bath towels and cozy loungewear and robes.

In short, you can’t really go wrong with any of the highly durable and comfortable products. If you’re having trouble deciding what to get, here are our recs:

The best Brooklinen deals to buy from the competing sale

Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle (Queen) (medium)Down Pillow (medium)Weighted Comforter (15 lb) (medium)All-Season Down Comforter (Queen) (medium)Bath Mat (medium)Ultralight Bath Towel (2-Pack) (medium)Bleecker Short (medium)

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The best mattress sales happening in June 2021 – including deals on DreamCloud, Leesa, and Casper

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Purchasing a mattress is a tough process. Doing so while balancing a budget can make things even more difficult.

Mattress companies are no strangers to discounts – popular brands like Casper, Helix, Leesa, and Purple are offering price cuts that are hard to pass up, along with freebies to seal the deal. The summer months are some of the best times to shop for mattresses as brands offer big discounts.

Amazon’s Prime Day is running from June 21-22 and is another great opportunity for extensive mattress discounts. During Prime Day many retailers offer competitive discounts across mattresses. Check out our guide to the best Amazon Prime Day mattress sales to keep up with the best discounts.

We’ve also arranged exclusive discounts for readers with several retailers, including Leesa, Casper, and Tempur-Pedic. We put together a list of some of the biggest bargains currently available and included links to relevant mattress reviews.

Exclusive mattress sales for Insider readers:

  • Casper: Use code INSIDER to save $100 on the Original mattress or $200 on the Nova or Wave mattresses
  • Cocoon by Sealy: Use code INSIDER36 for 36% off sitewide
  • DreamCloud: Get $200 off a mattress and $399 in free accessories with code INSIDER
  • Leesa: Save an additional 20% off Hybrid and Legend mattresses with code INSIDER
  • Nectar: Use code INSIDER to save (discount increases with mattress size)
  • Tempur-Pedic: Use code BI30 to get 30% off Tempur-Cloud mattresses

The best mattress sales happening right now:

  • Avocado: Save $250 on the Organic Luxury Plush Mattress with code LIBERTY, Save $100 on Latex Mattresses with code SLEEPFREE, save $100 on Green and Vegan Hybrid Mattresses with code SLEEPFREE
  • Awara: $300 off mattresses + $499 in free accessories
  • Bear: 20% off all mattresses + $250 free gift set with code SUMMER
  • Big Fig Mattress: $200 off The Big Fig Mattress with code DADSDAY
  • Birch: $200 off mattresses + 2 free pillows with code MEMORIALDAY200
  • Brooklyn Bedding: 20% off mattresses with code SUMMER20
  • Casper: Up to 40% off select mattresses
  • Cocoon by Sealy: 35% off chill mattresses + free pillows and sheets with every purchase
  • DreamCloud: $200 off mattresses + $399 in free accessories
  • Eight Sleep: $100 off the Pod mattress
  • Emma: Up to 35% off all mattresses
  • GhostBed: 30% of mattresses + 2 free pillows
  • Helix: Save $200 off on orders of $1,750 or more with code MEMORIALDAY200, $150 off orders of $1,250 or more with code MEMORIALDAY150, or $100 off orders of $600 or more with code MEMORIALDAY100, + 2 free pillows
  • Leesa: Up to $400 off mattresses
  • Nectar: $399 of accessories with every mattress purchase
  • Nolah: Up to $800 off mattresses + 2 free pillows
  • Purple: Free sheets + pillow with select mattress purchases
  • Saatva: $200 off mattress purchases of $1000 or more
  • Sleep Number: Save up to $500 on select Sleep Number 360 smart beds,
  • Tempur-Pedic: $300 in free accessories with a mattress set purchase
  • Tuft & Needle: Up to 20% off sitewide
  • Wayfair: Mattresses starting at $130 with sales on big names like Sealy, Casper, Serta, and Simmons

The best sales on mattresses we recommend:

Save up to $200 of DreamCloud Premier Hybrid: Our pick for best mattress overall

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The DreamCloud Premier Hybrid is highly recommended for all sleepers in our guide to the best mattresses due to its strong support, average firmness, and its fair price point. DreamCloud also offers an impressive lifetime warranty on all mattresses and a 365-night sleep trial period. 

Save $360 on the Leesa Hybrid Mattress: Our pick for best mattress for back pain

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If you suffer from back pain due to an uncomfortable mattress, the Leesa Hybrid Mattress will likely solve your problems. The mattress offers five layers of foam and coil support, motion isolation if you’re sharing the bed with a partner, and gentle pressure relief. In our review of the Leesa Hybrid mattress, we also noted its comfortability and other special features. It also takes home the title of “best for back pain” in our best mattress and best mattress for side sleepers guides.

Save $300 on the Casper Nova Hybrid Mattress: Our pick for best mattress for side sleepers

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For those of us that prefer to sleep on our side, the Casper Nova Hybrid mattress is our top pick for side sleepers. It took home the aforementioned title in our guide to the best mattresses, and also was named “best overall” in our side-sleeper specific guide. The mattress stood out when compared to other Casper mattresses for its softness, heat dissipation, and edge support.

Save up to $400 on the Sleep Number 360 i8 Smart Bed: Our pick for best adjustable mattress

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If you’re looking for a mattress that allows you to customize and adjust your sleep every night, the Sleep Number 360 i8 Smart Bed should be your top choice. In our review of the mattress, we noted its standout features which include, multiple firmness levels, and an adjustable air feature that adjusts to your sleeping position while you sleep. We also named it the best adjustable option in our guides to the best mattress and best mattress for side sleepers.

Save up to $700 on the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Mattress: Our pick for best foam mattress

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Our well-seasoned home and kitchen reporter James Brains called the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Mattress the most comfortable he’d ever slept on in his review of the mattress, and also named it the best foam mattress in our guides to the best mattress and best mattress for side sleepers. The Cloud Mattress contours to your body’s shape, making it a great option regardless of your preferred sleeping position. The mattress also has outstanding motion isolation, a layered foam design, and relaxing pressure relief.

Save $200 on the Birch Mattress by Helix: Our pick for best latex mattress and best mattress for heavy people

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The Birch Mattress by Helix is our best pick for heavier individuals as it offers firm support and great motion isolation. If you typically sink into your mattress instead of sitting on top of it, The Birch Mattress will offer you supportive relief.

Save $300 on Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress: Our pick for best latex mattress for stomach sleepers

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Eco-concious brand Awara’s Organic Luxury Hybrid mattress took home the spot of “best mattress for stomach sleepers” in our guide. It’s soft, yet supportive and made of eco-friendly materials. We don’t often see discounts on this brand, so this is a rare deal. 

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The 4 best mattress protectors we tested in 2021

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  • A good mattress protector fits well, is comfy to sleep on, and protects your bed from accidents.
  • We tested 11 models and consulted with an expert to find the best mattress protectors.
  • The Purple Mattress Protector is our top pick; it passed our leak tests and dissipates heat well.

In my many years of mattress testing, I’ve noticed that paying extra for a high-quality bed can go a long way in improving your quality of life. But, in order to get the most out of your investment, you need to protect your mattress from everyday wear and tear. This is where mattress protectors are useful.

Most mattress protectors keep spills and other accidents from seeping through to your mattress. They are also helpful in keeping dust mites and other allergens from taking up residence in your bed and irritating you. If you’re concerned about bed bugs, mattress encasements offer total coverage of your investment.

For this guide, I tested 11 mattress protectors and encasements and consulted with Rebecca Robbins, PhD, associate scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

I have been testing sleep products professionally for four years. And, while there is a level of subjectivity to mattress protector preferences, I have developed numerous objective tests to determine which models are best for specific needs. You can find details about how I test mattress protectors here. Each protector I tested was for a Queen mattress, which is the most popular size.

In addition to our top picks, we list other models we recommend, what we look forward to testing, and common FAQs and terms worth knowing at the end of the guide.

Here are the best mattress protectors in 2021

The best mattress protector overall

best mattress protector overall 2021 Purple

If you’re looking for a comfortable mattress protector that can keep your bed safe from spills and other accidents, the Purple Mattress Protector is your best bet with its five-sided coverage.

Pros: Passed our leakage tests before and after washing, absorbs most of the liquid spilled on it, the most comfortable model we slept on, great heat dissipation, 10-year warranty, features head/foot label, protection extends to the sides

Cons: Strong initial odor, the protector got hot after a night of sleeping on it (but the heat dissipated quickly)

When I first unboxed the Purple Mattress Protector, I thought it was too thin and felt too nice to protect my mattress from anything. But, after testing it, my initial assumptions were just plain wrong. Both before and after washing the protector five times, no liquids leaked through. It was one of two models we tested that absorbed more than 75% of the liquids we poured on it, which may be helpful for containing accidents.

Due to its thin construction, I found the Purple was one of the most comfortable mattress protectors to sleep on. I hardly noticed it was there. It made minor rustling noises, but they weren’t disconcerting as I shifted in the night. After laying on the Purple protector overnight, it registered one of the hottest temperatures the next morning, but it also appeared to cool down quickly, suggesting it has great heat dissipation.

Whereas many mattress protectors only have a polyurethane protective backing on the portion that covers the top of your mattress, the Purple’s construction is uniform throughout, offering true five-sided protection on the top and sides of the mattress.

Putting on the protector was effortless thanks to the stretchy spandex in the design and the helpful label that tells you which side goes at the head/foot of the bed; the only protector we tested to include such a label.

The biggest negative with the Purple Mattress Protector is the strong initial odor it had out of the box. Fortunately, it dissipated by bedtime.

The best budget mattress protector

best budget mattress protector 2021 SafeRest Premium

The SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector is an outstanding option when you want a cheap way to protect your mattress from liquids, dust mites, and other harmful elements.

Pros: Passed our leakage tests, fits mattresses up to 18 inches, didn’t shrink after five washings, doesn’t get very hot and dissipates heat well, 10-year warranty

Cons: One of the least comfortable models we tested, makes significant crackling sounds as you move around on it, only offers protection to the top of your mattress

We tested four mattress protectors that cost less than $30. Of those, the SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector performed the best. In addition to remaining leak free in our tests, it was one of the best at staying cool and dissipating heat. 

The SafeRest protector can fit a broad range of mattresses up to 18 inches thick. As with many protectors, the part that rests on top of your mattress is made of a different material than the skirt that goes around the sides. The top is waterproof, while the sides are not. Fortunately, I found the top fit the mattress well and covered it to the edges, even after putting it through the washer and dryer five times. 

The surface is terry cloth, which I didn’t find particularly comfortable. As I moved in the night, it made a lot of crackling noises and my fitted sheet didn’t shift smoothly on the terry cloth; however, neither issue affected my sleep. 

If you find you don’t like the SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector, you can return it within 30 days for a full refund. And, if you keep it, it’s covered by a 10-year warranty.

The best cooling mattress protector

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You don’t have to sacrifice comfort when you choose the cooling Helix Mattress Protector to protect your mattress.

Pros: Great heat dissipation, quiet when you move around on it, passed our leakage tests, didn’t shrink in the wash, 100-night trial period

Cons: One-year warranty, only waterproof on top and not sides

When researching this guide, one of the complaints we heard about mattress protectors is that they can trap heat and cause sleepers to overheat. So, we looked at how hot the mattress protectors get after sleeping on them and how quickly the heat dissipates. The Helix Mattress Protector was one of the best at staying cool and dissipating heat quickly. In fact, within two minutes of getting up from the bed, the surface temperature plunged more than 14 degrees.

The Helix didn’t perform poorly in any of the categories we evaluated. It passed the leakage tests with flying colors both before and after putting it through five washing and drying cycles. The protector also didn’t show any shrinkage after the washings, which is important since the waterproof TPU backing is only on the part of the protector that covers the mattress top and not on the skirting. 

I found the Helix Mattress Protector was comfortable to sleep on with its soft surface. I tend to overheat at night, but I didn’t experience any issues while on the Helix. It was also one of the quietest protectors in our tests. I didn’t notice any crackling or rustling as I shifted in the night.

At 100 nights, the Helix protector has one of the longest trial periods of any of the models we tested, but it also has one of the shortest warranties — just one year.

The best mattress encasement

best mattress encasement 2021 Utopia Bedding Zippered

The Utopia Bedding Zippered Mattress Encasement is the best way to protect your mattress from liquids, bed bugs, and dust mites.

Pros: Protects against bed bugs, passed our leakage tests, quiet to sleep on, doesn’t get too hot, zips up to completely encase your mattress

Cons: A pain to put on, no warranty 

One of the worst experiences of my life was dealing with a bed bug infestation. These blood-sucking critters cost hundreds of dollars to get rid of, and even then, there’s no guarantee they won’t come back. We dealt with them for two years before we moved cross-country, but I still get a rush of anxiety when I see a piece of lint or other tiny debris on a mattress. 

In my experience, it’s worth the $20 investment to cover your mattress with a full encasement. The best encasement we tested is the Utopia Bedding Zippered Mattress Encasement.

It passed the leakage tests before and after washing, and most of the liquid pooled on the surface of the encasement. It was one of the quietest protectors, and never got very hot when I was sleeping on it. 

The biggest pain with any encasement is putting it on. Fortunately, the Utopia Bedding encasement has a wide zippered opening that makes it easier to slide over your mattress as you hold it up vertically. Once zipped, there’s a velcro flap that keeps the slider body and pull tab in place and ensures there aren’t any holes for bed bugs to sneak through.

The Utopia Bedding encasement was comfortable to sleep on. The thin material was barely noticeable under the fitted sheet. The only major negative is that it doesn’t come with a warranty. 

Lastly, it’s worth noting that no encasement protects you from getting bed bugs. Instead, it protects your mattress, an expensive investment, from harboring bed bugs that can destroy it over time. If a mattress is already riddled with bed bugs, an encasement can also trap those buggers in. But, you need to keep the encasement on for at least 12 months to kill all the bugs, and you’ll still need to treat your home.

What else we tested

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We tested 11 mattress protectors and encasements for this guide. These are the ones that missed the cut.

What else we recommend and why:

Bear Protector: There’s a lot to like about the Bear Protector, but it just wasn’t the best in any of our categories. It was one of the quietest, and in addition to being leak-free, it also absorbed more liquid than any of the other models. The biggest negative was that it seemed to hold onto heat. Still, if you want a mattress protector that will absorb any spills rather than pooling, this is a great option.

Tuft & Needle: We like that this protector comes with a 100-night risk-free trial period and is made of OEKO-TEX certified materials, which means it’s an eco-friendly alternative. It also passed our leak tests, but it only fits mattresses up to 14 inches thick, and it was one of the worst at dissipating heat.

Lucid Premium Terry Top: This is the most affordable protector we tested, has the longest warranty (15 years), and can fit the thickest mattress sizes (up to 22 inches), but it was one of the noisiest and got pretty hot while lying on it. Still, if our budget pick is sold out, this is a worthy backup.

What we don’t recommend and why:

Casper Waterproof: In general, I’m a fan of Casper products. Its sheets are among the most cozy I’ve slept on, and its Nova Hybrid is one of the most comfortable mattresses I’ve tested. But, the company’s mattress protectors get a hard pass from me. While the Casper Waterproof lives up to its name by passing our leakage tests, it was the hardest one to put on because of its small elastic ring. I worked up a sweat each time I wrestled it on. Plus, it comes with a minimal one-year warranty. 

Linenspa Encasement: We were hoping this would be a good alternative if the Utopia Bedding encasement isn’t available, but we can’t recommend it. It passed the leakage tests, protects against bed bugs, and has a nice 10-year warranty. But, it only fits mattresses up to 12 inches thick, made loud rustling sounds when moving on it, and it trapped heat.

Casper Breathable: This protector is water resistant, not waterproof. Consequently, it was the only protector we tested that failed the leakage tests, both before and after we washed it five times. It also appeared to shrink in the wash so there were portions of the mattress that weren’t covered by the top section of the protector. The Casper Breathable protector only has a one-year warranty. It was cooler and quieter than most of the other models, but at $149, it needs to protect your mattress better.

PlushBeds Organic Cotton: The two priciest protectors we tested were two of the worst. This PlushBeds mattress protector passed the leakage tests, but that was about the only bright spot. It was one of the loudest models we tested, and after washing, it no longer covered the top of the mattress properly. Also, it never failed to get tangled up in the dryer, making it a pain to clean.

Our testing methodology

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I personally tested all of the mattress protectors in this guide. In addition to sleeping on each protector, there are many objective tests I put each model through. The most important factors to consider when choosing a mattress protector are comfort, protection, and fit.

Here are the main attributes we look for and how we test them:

Comfort: I slept on each of the mattress protectors (with a fitted sheet in place) and rated how comfortable they felt on a scale of 1 to 5. Most of the protectors were barely noticeable and none scored below a 3.5. I also used a laser thermometer to compare the temperatures before lying on the protector, after lying on it for at least an hour, and two minutes after getting up. This told me how well the protector dissipated heat. To control the variables that might affect comfort, I used the same mattress and sheets to test each model. 

Protection: I placed a sheet of paper towel in a plastic tray and set it beneath the center of each mattress protector. Next, I poured eight ounces of blue water on top of each protector. Then, I placed a two-pound weight on the liquid to simulate someone laying on it. I let the water sit for two hours before checking to see if it leaked through. I then washed and dried each of the protectors five times and performed the test again. Though I wasn’t able to test for them, I also noted if the protectors are designed to protect against dust mites and bed bugs.

Fit: I put each protector on a variety of mattresses ranging in thickness from 10 inches to 14 inches and noted how difficult it was to put it on, if the protector bunched up, if the protective top covered the whole mattress top, and whether it stayed put or creeped up the corners over the course of the night. Next, I washed and dried the protector five times and performed the test again. 

Noise: The polyurethane used to waterproof most mattress protectors sometimes makes a crackling sound as you move in the night. This sound has the potential to lead to restless sleep, so I compared all of the protectors head-to-head to see how loud they are. I crinkled each one in my hands. As I did this, I put the protectors in order from quietest to loudest. I kept doing this until I was confident my order was accurate.

Trial and Warranty: The most foolproof way to know if a mattress protector is comfortable for you is to sleep on it for an extended period, so a long trial is a must. I looked at how long the trial period is (30 nights was the median of the protectors I tested) and if there are hidden return fees. I also looked at the warranty length (five years was the median of the models I tested).

What we’re testing next

We’re constantly testing new mattress protectors and retesting our top picks to determine the best ones. Here’s what we’re looking forward to testing for potential inclusion in this guide:

The Company Store Waterproof Cotton Mattress Pad: This is a pad and protector in one keeping your mattress protected from spills and adding a soft layer to your bed. We like that it fits mattresses up to 22 inches deep and comes in Crib size.

Protect-A-Bed AllerZip Smooth Mattress Encasement: In order to beef up our encasement recommendations, we’re looking forward to trying this Protect-A-Bed model, which is designed to protect against liquids, dust mites, bed bugs, and allergens while remaining comfortable.

Hospitology Products Zippered Mattress Encasement: Another polyester encasement option that protects against bed bugs, liquids, and other substances. We’re curious to see how it compares to the Utopia Bedding encasement.

FAQs

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Why do you need a mattress protector?

Rebecca Robbins, PhD, associate scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, stresses the importance of using a mattress protector to keep your bed free of dust mites and spills.

“It sounds gross, but dust mites accumulate in the bedroom environment for a couple of reasons,” said Robbins. “When you spend seven to eight hours in a single place like your bed, a lot of your natural skin exfoliation is going to happen there. So unfortunately, over the course of gentle movements during sleep, you shed hair and skin. We are shedding particles that attract dust mites. So whether you have allergies or not, it is a great idea to use a hypoallergenic mattress protector.”

Unfortunately, “hypoallergenic” is a nebulous term that isn’t regulated by any governing body so any manufacturer can claim its protector is hypoallergenic, and many do. The key to protecting your mattress from dust mites is choosing a material that is impermeable, such as polyurethane, which is found in all of the waterproof protectors in our guide.

“A lot of the mattress covers have a waterproofing component on the top layer,” said Robbins.  “So if there are any liquids in the bed or if someone has a bed-wetting accident, it ensures your mattress is protected. And a mattress protector can also help extend the general life of your mattress and reduce the overall wear and tear. So it’s always a good idea to make sure that when you’re buying a new mattress, you’re coupling it with a mattress protector.”


How often should you wash a mattress protector?

You can wash a mattress protector as often as you’d like, but how often you should wash it depends on why you are using a protector in the first place. If you suffer from allergies and want to keep dust mite buildup to a minimum, we recommend washing your protector every two to four weeks.

If your main concern is protecting your mattress from spills, we recommend washing much less often — anywhere from once every two to six months. However, if you have an accident, you should wash the protector immediately. To extend the life of your protector, you want to keep washing to a minimum because the waterproof polyurethane layer can wear away leaving the protector susceptible to leaks. All of the waterproof protectors we tested were still waterproof after five washings.

Lastly, if you’re using a mattress encasement to keep bed bugs in, you don’t want to remove it for at least 12 months. That’s about how long it takes to ensure that all of those little vermin are annihilated.


What is the difference between a mattress protector and encasement?

There are two main types of mattress protectors: five-sided and encasement. The difference is how much of the mattress it covers. Five-sided mattress protectors cover the top of the mattress and the sides, which makes them ineffective against bed bugs, which can easily crawl to the bottom of the mattress. However, five-sided protectors are usually good for keeping liquids and dust mites from getting to your mattress.

Five-sided protectors vary in their coverage. They generally have a top section that protects the top of your mattresses. Where they vary is on the sides. Some, including our top pick, use the same protective, top-panel material on the sides. Other models have a basic polyester-blend skirt that doesn’t protect against spills or dust mites.

Mattress encasements completely “encase” the mattress. They usually have zippers that seal the mattress in and protect all six sides from liquids, dust mites, and bed bugs.


How do you put on a mattress encasement?

Unlike most mattress protectors, a mattress encasement completely envelopes your mattress. This makes putting it on difficult. However, there are a few tricks that can help. First, unzip the mattress encasement as much as possible. Next, stand your mattress up on end so either the head or the foot is on the ground. You may want to get someone to help you with this since mattresses can be unwieldy.

With the mattress standing on end, slide the mattress protector over it starting from the top. It should slide on easily unless you have a thicker mattress, in which case you may need to pull down a little at a time as you alternate sides. Once you’ve pulled the encasement all the way down, you can lay the mattress back down on your frame and zip it. Your mattress is now protected.


Can mattress protectors prevent bed bugs?

No mattress protector can prevent bed bugs. However, an encasement can keep bed bugs from getting to your mattress, a popular destination for them. Encasements can also trap bed bugs that are already in your mattress, which causes them to starve and eventually die, though this can take up to a year.

To protect your mattress from bed bugs, most mattress protectors won’t do. You need something that completely encases your mattress and zips closed so nothing can get in or out. Look for models that specifically say they protect against bed bugs. Our best mattress encasement pick checks these boxes and only costs about $20.

Check out our article on how to get rid of bed bugs for more tips. 

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The 5 best weighted blankets we tested in 2021

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If you toss and turn at night or find your mind racing when trying to fall asleep, you might benefit from adding a weighted blanket to your bedding. Usually weighing somewhere between 15 and 25 pounds, weighted blankets provide gentle, constant pressure as you sleep, and recent studies have shown promising results in their ability to ease anxiety and reduce insomnia, though research still remains limited.

I spoke with Rebecca Robbins, sleep researcher, author, and post-doctoral fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and she said the reason why weighted blankets tend to work is actually quite primal. “It really hearkens back to the way we entered the world,” said Robbins. “You were in a womb, compressed on all sides by water and fluid, and so there was a sense of pressure. We try to emulate that with infants by swaddling them. We might look at weighted blankets as the adult version of swaddling or emulating those circumstances where we feel at ease.”

I tested 11 of the most popular weighted blankets on the market to determine the best ones you can buy, evaluating them for how well I slept while using them, quality of materials and construction, how easy they were to wash and care for, and, of course, how comfy and cozy they were. For more advice on what to consider when buying a weighted blanket, click here or scroll to the bottom of this guide.

Editor’s note: Though my initial testing period lasted roughly one month, we acknowledge that issues may present themselves with extended use of a product. I have continued to test all of the top picks since this guide was published in November 2020. This guide is periodically updated with new findings and long-term discoveries.

The best weighted blankets in 2021

The best weighted comforter

best weighted blanket 2021 brooklinen weighted comforter

Brooklinen’s Weighted Comforter has a premium plush design that blends seamlessly with the rest of your bedding.

Pros: Looks just like a normal comforter, lots of plush fill, made of 400-thread-count cotton sateen, has duvet cover loops, accepts returns in any condition within one year of purchase

Cons: Dry clean only, duvet cover sold separately, difficult to adjust while using it

If you don’t want to sleep under a stack of blankets or compromise your bedroom’s look, you’ll want a weighted comforter, and Brooklinen makes the best one I tried. It looks and feels just like a traditional plush comforter but with an extra 20 pounds of weight integrated with small glass beads. The blanket itself is made of 400-thread-count cotton sateen, so it’s soft enough to throw on your bed without a duvet cover.

That being said, we recommend adding one — corner loops make it easy to tie on — because the blanket is dry-clean only which could run you anywhere from $20 to $50. It can be spot-cleaned and spot-dried with a hairdryer in a pinch. 

I found that the 20-pound comforter I tested actually weighed closer to 24 pounds, but the extra weight didn’t make too much of a difference once I laid it out on the bed. Sleeping under it was pretty dreamy (excuse the pun). I felt enveloped by the cushy fill, but not too overwhelmed or overheated. It was somewhat difficult to adjust while lying under it due to the weight and size, but I found this typical for just about every comforter-sized weighted blanket I tested.

Though pricey, this comfortable weighted blanket is worth the investment, especially because it will entirely replace your comforter. If you find it’s not right for you, Brooklinen has an incredibly lenient return policy, accepting returns for any reason in any condition within 365 days of your purchase.

The best extra-heavy weighted blanket

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Gravity’s 35-pound weighted blanket evenly distributes weight across your king-size bed and is perfect for those who are looking for some extra heft.

Pros: Great for those who need a heavier blanket, weight is evenly distributed, no beanbag feel, the cover is machine washable, low profile blanket

Cons: Queen/king size only comes in 35 pounds, the cover should be washed before use, too heavy to adjust in the middle of the night, the inner blanket is hand-wash only, customers are responsible for return fees

It’s recommended to use a weighted blanket that’s roughly 10% of your body weight, but many blanket brands we tested max out at 25 pounds. So if you weigh more than 250 pounds, you may find yourself struggling to find a weighted blanket that feels sufficiently heavy.

When I first received the Gravity 35-pound blanket, I thought it would feel way too heavy once laid out on the bed, but I found it to be pretty manageable when testing it. It did tend to slide down the bed as I was sleeping, and I’d often wake up about a foot lower than usual because I was chasing the blanket around through the night. It was simply too heavy to pull up or adjust while laying under it, though someone stronger than me will likely not have this issue.

One issue with this blanket was that the included micro-plush duvet cover felt oddly greasy out of the package. It left a film on my hands as I tried to smooth it out over the bed. But the zip-on cover is removable and washable, and a run through the wash resolved the issue. I can’t imagine hauling such a heavy blanket into and out of a washing machine, so the removable cover is a huge plus. 

The Gravity blanket is low-profile without any excess fill, so it won’t add a lot of bulk to your bed. That said, it’s not as plush or cozy as the Brooklinen comforter, which does also come in a 35-pound version, though it’s much more expensive.

The brand also makes “single” size weighted blankets that measure 48-inches by 72-inches. I tested a 15-pound one with a cooling cover and found that it performed well, but there was nothing that made it really stand out from the pack.

The best cooling weighted blanket

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The BlanQuil Chill‘s unique cover disperses heat and stays cool to the touch as you fall asleep, but its slick fabric can cause it to slide off the bed.

Pros: Stays cool to the touch, no beanbag feel, glass beads don’t shift, 60-night sleep trial

Cons: Slides off the bed easily; internal blanket is spot-clean only; only one size, one color, and two weights available

I sleep hot, and the BlanQuil Chill is the weighted blanket I have the longest relationship with. It’s been on my bed for about a year and a half, and I’ve had two iterations of the design.

I lined up all the cooling blankets I tested for this guide and ran my hand across each one and the BlanQuil felt noticeably cooler than all the others, plus it did the best job of “refreshing” itself by dissipating heat and getting back to its cool baseline.

Since it’s slightly bigger than a twin bed, it’s not a blanket that’s intended to be shared, but I drape mine over my Queen bed horizontally so both my partner and I can benefit. Glass beads add weight, but there’s no beanbag feeling, and I’ve never felt them shift in a way that causes the blanket to feel lumpy or uneven.

The zipper on the removable washable cover of the first version of the design was weak, couldn’t handle the weight of the blanket, and broke just a couple of months into its use. But, BlanQuil has since reinforced the zipper and I’ve yet to have a problem with it. I even stress tested it by holding the weight of the blanket against the zipper, and it held strong.

Though it’s one of the best I’ve used, the cooling cover’s material has a bit of a sheen to it, which makes slick and slide off the bed easily — especially if you toss and turn at night. As soon as it gets off-center, the blanket’s own weight will cause it to slide.

I’ve mitigated this a bit by sandwiching it between my top sheet and my comforter, but it’s still not a reliable fix. Because of this, I debated not choosing this as the best cooling blanket, but none of the other cooling blankets I tested even came close to keeping me cool for as long or as consistently. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect cooling weighted blanket, but I consider the BlanQuil Chill to be the best cooling weighted blanket for now.

The best weighted throw blanket

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The cocoon-like, knit-woven Bearaby Cotton Napper keeps you cozy yet cool as you lounge on the couch, it’s entirely machine washable, and it’s one of the heftiest blankets we tested.

Pros: Aesthetically minded design, has significant heft, made from organic cotton, washable and dryable, 30-day return policy if blanket remains unwashed, most versatile weighted blanket I tested

Cons: Doesn’t fit in compact washing machines, takes multiple cycles to dry, open weave may catch toes and fingers, heavier than advertised (though this may be a pro, depending on your preference)

Many of the weighted blankets on the market emphasize function over form, often because they have to encase and evenly distribute heavy beads. But the weight of the Bearaby Napper comes entirely from the dense organic cotton strands hand-knit into one of the most aesthetically minded weighted blankets I’ve ever seen.

If you’re not convinced straight-up cotton could be woven into a blanket with significant heft, you’d be sorely mistaken. This is a really heavy blanket — the blanket I tested, which was advertised as the 15-pound version, actually tipped the scales at 24 pounds. I contacted the company to verify that they sent me the right item, and they assured me they did. 

It’s not necessarily a bad thing that they’re heavier than advertised, but it’s something to keep in mind when you order.

A blanket this heavy — and bulky — can be tough to shift around, and if it’s going to live on your couch, it will take up quite a bit of space. Personally, I’ve shifted it to my bed. It drapes nicely over me and my partner on top of our existing comforter, but the open weave makes it prone to stretching if you need to pull it up in the night. It hasn’t misshapen in any significant way, thankfully.

It’s not quite a cooling blanket — Bearaby does offer one called the Tree Napper that I haven’t tested — but it doesn’t trap heat thanks to the open weave. The holes are quite large, though, so if you’ll be bothered by some toes or fingers poking through, you might want to look elsewhere.

The Napper is fully machine washable and can go in the dryer on a delicate setting. I wanted to see how the blanket washed and dried as part of my test, but it didn’t fit in my space-saving apartment-sized washing machine.

The budget weighted blanket

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Weighted blankets are typically expensive, but the Luna Weighted Blanket is gentle on your wallet despite being constructed from Oeko-Tex-certified cotton and filled with natural glass beads.

Pros: Excellent quality at a low price; comes in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and weights; fully machine washable; Oeko-Tex Certified construction; true to weight

Cons: Thinner blanket than some others on our list

Weighted blankets tend to be very expensive, but Luna offers an excellent weighted blanket at an affordable price. Price aside, its quality also matched or even exceeded other weighted blankets at much higher price points.

I tested the 15-pound Queen-size blanket, and the glass beads inside were barely noticeable, producing no beanbag effect. Where many other cheap weighted blankets are loaded with chemicals, the Luna Weighted Blanket is Oeko-Tex Certified, meaning it contains no harmful materials.

The blanket is much thinner than some of the others I tested, but in a sea of products known for causing sleepers to overheat, a thin blanket was a welcome change. It stayed breathable and was light enough to easily adjust in the middle of the night. It wasn’t quite as cozy as some of the others, but it’s a great option to layer with your usual comforter or use during the warmer months.

As I’ve continued to test these blankets, the Luna has become a bit of a travel-sized weighted blanket for me. Now that I’ve gotten so used to sleeping with a weighted blanket, I have a hard time going without. I wouldn’t recommend taking it on an airplane — it’s a bit bulky for that — but the Luna is thin enough to fold into a car trunk-friendly size. 

The blanket was a true 15 pounds according to my scale, but that weight was dispersed over a Queen-size surface area, making it feel lighter. Speaking more generally, that’s something to keep in mind: you’ll feel more pressure resting under a Full-size blanket than a King-size one of the same weight.

It’s also one of the easiest blankets to clean that I tested. The entire thing fits into my compact washer-dryer, and was fully dry within one cycle — and it got softer after just one wash.

How we tested weighted blankets

There are several factors I took into consideration while assessing weighted blankets. Aside from general coziness and comfort provided by each blanket, I also assessed things like quality of material, value, weight options, and aesthetics. For example, a blanket that came in more color and weight options beat out a blanket of equal quality that came in fewer options. I also considered things like return policies, sleep trials, and how easy these blankets were to clean.

The following are three tests I ran each blanket through to assess general user experience:

Sleep test: I slept with each of the weighted blankets on my bed for at least three consecutive nights. I noted how well I slept overall and how the blanket regulated my sleep temperature. I also paid attention to how well the blanket stayed in place as I slept and how easy it was to adjust while lying under it. Part of this test also included making the bed every day (hauling a weighted blanket is harder than it looks).

Wash test: I washed every weighted blanket or cover that was machine washable at least once to ensure they held up well in the wash and didn’t shrink, shed, or otherwise show signs of wear. I noted if the added weight made them more difficult to haul into and out of the washing machine. I also discovered that one of the machine-washable blankets was so bulky it didn’t fit into my washing machine. For those blankets that weren’t machine-washable, I made note of the care instructions and factored that into the cons of the blanket as I assessed them.

Weight test: I wanted to ensure each blanket was actually the weight it was advertised. To get an accurate reading, I weighed myself and then weighed myself again while holding each blanket, noting any discrepancies in the advertised weight versus the actual weight.

What else we tested

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The Gravity Cooling, Helix, and Brooklyn Bedding weighted blankets were among the others we tested.

What we recommend and why 

Baloo Cool Cotton Weighted Blanket: The Baloo weighted blanket struck a great balance between comfort and cost. Its construction and quality felt similar enough to the Luna that we’d rather recommend the one that’s even more affordable.

Gravity Cooling Blanket: The blanket itself is well-built and high-quality, but the cooling cover did little to actually cool me off as I slept. It just felt like any other weighted blanket, and didn’t do much to distinguish itself from the other blankets I tried.

Brooklyn Bedding Dual Therapy Weighted Blanket: This blanket is dual-sided — with a silky cooling side and a minky textured side. The silky side stayed cool to the touch and the bumps on the minky side provided a nice sensory option. It didn’t feel beanbaggy and the weight was evenly distributed. But it was only available in one size, two weights, and one dark gray color that severely limited how many home decor scenarios it would work within.

What we don’t recommend and why

Yaasa Weighted Blanket: This is a knit-style blanket similar to the Bearaby Napper, but Yaasa’s weave was much tighter and therefore allowed for less airflow, and the material also felt spongier and less cozy than the Napper’s. The Yaasa blanket was also dry clean only.

Helix Weighted Blanket: This blanket is dual-sided with a white sherpa fleece side and a gray minky fleece side. I found the sherpa side especially cozy, and so did my cat. But it had one of the worst beanbag effects of any of the blankets I tried, and there is only one size and color option available, though it did come in three weights. If this blanket suits your style, it’s a decent buy for an affordable price.

YnM Weighted Blanket: This is an Amazon bestseller in weighted blankets, so we wanted to put it to the test. It’s a perfectly serviceable budget blanket, but the glass beads created a sort of beanbag effect that the Luna did not. Plus, the Luna is even cheaper and made of Oeko-Tex certified cotton, which isn’t found with the YnM.

What we’re testing next

Bearaby Sleeper: This is the only weighted blanket I’ve discovered designed specifically for couples. While there’s little data available to determine the best weight for a couple to share, Bearaby has eliminated some of that guesswork by weighting the two halves of the blanket differently, allowing you to choose the right weight for each person. This is especially useful if you and your partner are drastically different sizes and therefore would benefit from different blanket weights. The two halves can unzip from each other and become two distinct blankets. Right now, they are sold out, but Bearaby has assured us that they’ll be restocking soon, and we hope to test it once they do.

Luxome Luxury Weighted Blanket: The Luxome weighted blanket comes with a reversible cover with a plush minky fabric on one side and a cooling bamboo fabric on the other. This allows you to customize your blanket with the seasons. I’m curious to see if this versatility actually makes a difference in how the blanket affects my body temperature. It’s also a nice mid-range option in terms of price, and I’m hoping to add some more affordable options to this guide.

Slumber Cloud Weighted Blanket: In my ongoing quest to find a cooling weighted blanket that stays put throughout the night, I’m looking forward to testing the Slumber Cloud. It’s made using thermoregulation technology developed by NASA to keep astronauts comfortable in their spacesuits. The technology called Outlast uses small beads that absorb body heat when you get too hot and release it back to you when you get too cold. I’m fascinated by this concept and I’m excited to see if it works.

Weighted blanket FAQs

What weight should a weighted blanket be?

It’s recommended to select a blanket that’s roughly 10% of your body weight. But Robbins adds that there are no clinically established guideposts for choosing a blanket weight. “It’s hard for the one size fits all approach because we’re all just so unique and have different physiologies,” she says.

This is especially true when blankets come in different sizes. A 15-pound throw blanket is going to feel much heavier than a 15-pound comforter since a larger blanket distributes its weight over a larger surface area. Robbins suggests trying out weighted blankets before purchasing them. If you can’t test weighted blankets in a store, look for brands that offer sleep trials or have buyer-friendly return policies like many of our top picks.

What if I’m sharing the weighted blanket with a partner?

If you’re sharing a weighted blanket with a partner, you’ll likely want something a bit heavier, mostly due to the fact that larger blankets feel lighter than smaller ones. A blog from Layla Sleep advises purchasing a blanket that’s roughly 7.5% of the couple’s combined weight. I reached out to the brand to determine how they established this number and a representative responded, “Most suggestions in terms of weight are based on anecdotal evidence. We also factor in the customer satisfaction data that we have when making suggestions, but ultimately the weight that’s right for any one person will depend heavily on personal preference.”

It’s important to note that this parameter hasn’t been established in any sort of clinical trial or scientific study, so take it with a grain of salt. As long as you’re comfortable and can move freely under the blanket, you should choose the weight that works best for you.

What size weighted blanket should I get?

If you’re sharing a blanket with a partner with a similar body weight, you’ll want a weighted blanket that covers your entire bed. Many brands, including almost all of our top picks, offer blankets in multiple sizes to fit standard twin, full, queen, and king beds.

Some weighted blankets in these sizes are a bit smaller than typical comforters so the weighted blanket doesn’t hang off the side of your bed too much. Excess fabric that hangs off the side can pull the weighted blanket off-center as you shift around in the night.

If you and your partner are very different weights, consider opting for two smaller separate blankets in a throw or twin size. This way, you can each get the weight that’s most comfortable for you. Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of not having to worry about blanket theft in the middle of the night.

How often should I wash my weighted blanket?

Brian Sansoni, Senior Vice President at The American Cleaning Institute, recommends you treat your weighted blanket like any comforter, washing it once or twice a year, provided it’s covered by a duvet cover that you’re washing monthly. If it doesn’t have a removable cover, the entire blanket should be washed roughly once a month.

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The best mattress sales happening in May 2021 – including deals on DreamCloud, Leesa, and Casper

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Purchasing a mattress is a tough process. Doing so while balancing a budget can make things even more difficult.

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The DreamCloud Premier Hybrid is highly recommended for all sleepers in our guide to the best mattresses due to its strong support, average firmness, and its fair price point. DreamCloud also offers an impressive lifetime warranty on all mattresses and a 365-night sleep trial period. 

Save up to $300 on the Leesa Hybrid Mattress: Our pick for best mattress for back pain

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If you suffer from back pain due to an uncomfortable mattress, the Leesa Hybrid Mattress will likely solve your problems. The mattress offers five layers of foam and coil support, motion isolation if you’re sharing the bed with a partner, and gentle pressure relief. In our review of the Leesa Hybrid mattress, we also noted its comfortability and other special features. It also takes home the title of “best for back pain” in our best mattress and best mattress for side sleepers guides.

Save up to $200 on the Casper Nova Hybrid Mattress: Our pick for best mattress for side sleepers

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For those of us that prefer to sleep on our side, the Casper Nova Hybrid mattress is our top pick for side sleepers. It took home the aforementioned title in our guide to the best mattresses, and also was named “best overall” in our side-sleeper specific guide. The mattress stood out when compared to other Casper mattresses for its softness, heat dissipation, and edge support.

Save $200 on the Birch Mattress by Helix: Our pick for best mattress for heavy people

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The Birch Mattress by Helix is our best pick for heavier individuals as it offers firm support and great motion isolation. If you typically sink into your mattress instead of sitting on top of it, The Birch Mattress will offer you supportive relief.

Save up to $700 on the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Mattress: Our pick for best foam mattress

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The 6 best body pillows we tested in 2021

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  • Body pillows are designed to create extra support so you can sleep better throughout the night.
  • A body pillow can improve your sleep by providing more comfort and proper spinal alignment.
  • The Coop Home Goods Body Pillow is our top pick because its adjustable to suit a variety of needs.

For many of us, finding a comfortable sleeping position can be difficult. Sometimes it takes tossing and turning, wrestling with pillows, and conforming to uncomfortable postures. These constant sleep disturbances can be detrimental to our physical and mental wellbeing. Body pillows can provide extra support and comfort to enhance your sleep. They’re typically popular among pregnant women and those recovering after surgery or injuries. But anyone can benefit from snuggling with a body pillow.

As a certified sleep science consultant, I know the importance of getting a good night’s rest. I managed a sleep laboratory for over two years and have conducted a vast amount of research on sleep. I’ve tested products for SleepScore labs and presented my work at the Eastern Psychological Association. And one of my all-time favorite sleep products is my body pillow.

I interviewed two experts – sleep consultant Zeke Medina, PharmD and physical therapist Karen Litzy, DPT – and tested nine body pillows for this guide. I slept with each for seven nights and evaluated them on comfort, breathability, and support. You can read more about our methodology and things to consider when purchasing a body pillow here.

Here are the best body pillows in 2021

The best body pillow overall

Best body pillow 2021 Coop

The Coop Home Goods Body Pillow is soft, supportive, and perfect for any body type.

Pros: Comfortable, snuggly, and supportive; adjustable; removable cover is machine washable; 100-day trial period

Cons: Strong “new memory foam” odor can be overpowering and take days to completely fade, bulky

I’m obsessed with the Coop Home Goods Body Pillow; it checks all the boxes for better sleep. Like our pick for best bed pillow (also from Coop), this body pillow is fully adjustable; you can add or remove the shredded memory foam to suit your sleep style and personal preferences. It’s also features a removable pillowcase for easy washing.

The Coop is bulky, but just the right height for me; not too low and not too elevated. It conformed so well to my body right out of the box, so I didn’t have to remove any foam. It’s extremely flexible, moldable, and supportive — great for any body type. 

It’s also the softest, most snuggly pillow I’ve tested. I love cuddling with it and have continued to use it for months after testing because it’s really helped with my shoulder pain. It hasn’t flattened out at all, and I sleep so much better with the support it provides. It stays cool throughout the night because it’s made with super-breathable polyester and bamboo-derived viscose rayon.

Although a mild chemical odor is normal with memory foam pillows, the Coop had a very strong smell out of the box. The company recommends running it through the dryer with a dryer sheet for an hour to reduce the smell, which I did. While this helped, the odor didn’t completely disappear until a week later, though I do think it’s worth the wait. You can rest assured that this pillow is safe, hypoallergenic, and CertiPUR-US certified.

Read our full review of the Coop Home Goods Body Pillow here.

The best body pillow for side sleepers

Best body pillow 2021 Snuggle Pedic

The Snuggle-Pedic is the most comfortable body pillow for side sleepers. It’s flexible and doesn’t go flat after months of use.

Pros: Free pillow customizations within 120-night trial period, contours exceptionally well to the body, provides great support between the knees for side sleepers, very comfortable and soft  

Cons: Might be too large and heavy for smaller individuals

My parents sent me the Snuggle-Pedic last Christmas and I’ve been sleeping better with it since. It shipped in a small and compact vacuum-sealed package and expands when you remove it from the packaging and toss it in the dryer for 20 minutes, which is what the company recommends. It had a mild new foam odor that dissipated within a couple of days.

I like this pillow for side sleepers because it’s firm and bulky, and side sleepers typically need more support in their pillows than back and stomach sleepers. However, out of the box it was a bit too lofty for my petite frame (I’m 5’2″ and 126 pounds). I contacted the company to customize my pillow and it came back perfect. While many side sleepers will find the loft just right, it’s nice to know you have the option of getting a more custom fit to your body.

After a few nights of sleeping with the Snuggle-Pedic, I noticed reduced hip and neck strain. I also like the bamboo, breathable cover that kept me cool throughout the night. My Snuggle-Pedic body pillow has not gone flat after months of use; it’s still fluffy, soft, and supportive. 

The Snuggle-Pedic body pillow truly impressed me. As a side sleeper, it can be difficult to find a restful position because the hips, shoulder, and knees are often under a lot of pressure. This pillow provided me with perfect support in all the right places.

The best cooling body pillow

Best body pillow 2021 Zoma

If you tend to sleep hot, the Zoma Sleep Body Pillow can keep you cool and comfortable throughout the night.

Pros: Regulates temperature exceptionally well, comfortable 

Cons: Washing and drying is time-consuming, shorter length might not be good for taller people, no trial period

The Zoma Sleep Body Pillow is made with high-quality materials that kept me cool and comfortable throughout the night. The cover is made from a blend of stretchy, lightweight polyester and spandex. It’s filled with shredded gel memory foam intended to keep hot sleepers at a comfortable temperature. It’s a very well-made, high-quality body pillow that provides great support and breathability. 

It’s somewhat firmer than the Coop pillow but still provides great support and comfort. The 6-inch loft is helpful for side sleepers like me who need support between the knees. After a couple of nights sleeping with the Zoma, I noticed a positive impact on my posture and spinal alignment.

The Zoma Sleep is two inches shorter than our top pick, so it’s not possible to rest my head on it and have full leg support at the same time. I’m relatively short, so I could definitely see this being a more noticeable issue for taller folks who want a pillow that supports the whole body. That said, the smaller size could be a boon for those who sleep with a partner and don’t want to hog the whole bed. The cover is also not removable, which makes washing and drying the pillow a lengthy process. 

Despite the two missing inches and complicated washing process, the Zoma does provide excellent body support and absorbs heat well. For pregnant women, this pillow is firm enough to rest a growing belly on to relieve pressure on the shoulders and hips.

The best body pillow for back pain

Best body pillow 2021 Tempur Pedic

The Tempur-Pedic Body Pillow might just be the solution to reduce tossing and turning throughout the night.

Pros: Exceptionally supportive and versatile, removable and machine washable cover, firmness is great for heavier individuals

Cons: Firmer and heavier than the usual body pillow, might not be a good choice for smaller bodies, no trial period

This body pillow, made from Tempur-Pedic material developed by NASA, is engineered with shapeable micro-cushions that respond and adapt exceptionally well to the body. It’s designed for pregnant women and side-sleepers, but people with injuries, muscle tension, and back pain can also benefit from the sturdy support it provides. 

The tension relief that I experienced after sleeping with the Tempur-Pedic was incredible. I love this pillow’s versatility; I have used it to prop up my legs, relieve pressure on my lower hips, and stabilize my back when I’m sitting up. No matter how I use it, the pillow always returns to its original shape.

The Tempur-Pedic is much firmer than the other pillows I tested. While this is a great feature for larger individuals and people looking for extra support, it might not be as comfortable for smaller folks or people who prefer a softer pillow. The foam is dense and heavy, so moving it around in the middle of the night could be tiring for people recovering from injuries, though the added heft means it doesn’t fall off or move around the bed as easily.

The best body pillow for pregnancy

Best body pillow for pregnancy 2021 Moonlight

The Moonlight Comfort-U Full Body Pillow provides exceptional support and comfort from all sides, which makes it great for pregnancy.

Pros: Great support through all stages of pregnancy, flexible for daytime and nighttime lounging

Cons: Larger than most, will occupy a significant amount of space in your bed, no trial period

The Moonlight Comfort-U Full Body Pillow is the best pillow for pregnancy because it provides 360 degree support and great comfort. It’s filled with hypoallergenic synthetic down and made with non-toxic materials that go through extensive testing to ensure the safety of the baby and mother. This pillow is specifically engineered to help women sleep better throughout pregnancy. 

During her pregnancy, Medina’s wife used a U-shaped body pillow like this one that wrapped around her body. “For early pregnancy, she would put one side of the pillow between her legs to avoid her knees from being sore,” he said. “In her later trimester when her belly was larger, she would use the body pillow to support her back.” 

This pillow can help expectant mothers find the best position to sleep comfortably — it supports the back and baby bump simultaneously and helps you avoid laying on your belly. This support can alleviate body aches that pregnant women often experience. Many also find it useful after pregnancy for nursing. 

I love that it can be used in a variety of ways throughout the night and even during the day. However, it occupies half of my Queen-sized bed, so consider the size of your bed before purchasing. Additionally, washing this pillow was no easy task because of its size and it can take a long time to dry.  

That said, I love to wrap myself around the Moonlight Comfort-U, even if I’m not pregnant or sleeping. Since working from home, it’s helped me with my posture as back support and it can be a game-changer for expectant mothers.

The best versatile body pillow

Best body pillow 2021 Leachco

The Leachco Snoogle‘s C-shape design makes it versatile to use throughout the day and night, and may be especially comfortable for expecting mothers.

Pros: Multiple ways to align and use this pillow

Cons: Larger and firm, cover is not very soft, no trial period, short warranty

The Leachco Snoogle is the most versatile body pillow I tested. This “C-shaped” body pillow was designed by a registered nurse to create extra support for expectant mothers and provide proper spinal alignment. It features a sham-style removable cover that is machine washable and dryer safe. 

I love how versatile the pillow is; it wraps around my body nicely, supporting my entire back and stabilizing my sleeping position throughout the night. The shape can be swirled into a lounge pillow, and I’ve used it to prop up my legs, cocoon me as I read comfortably in bed, and even as a replacement for my bed pillow. For expectant mothers, this pillow will support you all around. 

That said, there are a few things to consider about this body pillow because, as versatile as it is, it might not be for everyone. First, the texture of the cover is rough and resting my face on it was uncomfortable. I also found it very difficult to remove and replace the cover for washing. Second, it’s quite firm and might not be a good option for those looking for a softer pillow. Finally, it’s large size takes up quite a lot of room in my bed. 

Although I didn’t love the Leachco Snoogle‘s texture and firmness, I love to wrap myself around it while I read, work on my laptop, or watch TV. It’s very supportive, and there are many ways to configure it. If you want to upgrade, Leachco also makes a variety of softer covers for this pillow.

What else we tested

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What else we recommend and why:

  • Oubonun Body Pillow: The Oubonun features a hidden zipper to adjust its hypoallergenic polyester fiber fill. It’s softer than most but provides sufficient support and won’t take up much space in your bed. One side is quilted, which is a nice detail. It even includes a pillow case as a bonus. I recommend this body pillow if you’re on a budget; it’s good value for the money.

What we don’t recommend and why:

  • PharMeDoc Full Body Pillow: I was excited to test this one out since it’s received many great reviews. However, the quality, shape, and comfort was not what I expected. It’s flat, flimsy and there was virtually no support. It’s uneven and lumpy in some parts. I can’t recommend this pillow because it didn’t improve my sleep.
  • Ikea Axfryle Body Pillow: This was an impulse buy from Ikea, but it just sits in a closet now after I used it for only a couple of days. It’s flat and poor quality with very little stuffing. 

Our testing methodology

Best body pillow 2021 methodology

To find the best body pillows, I did hands-on testing with nine different models, relied on my background in sleep research, and interviewed sleep expert Zeke Medina, PharmD and physical therapist Karen Litzy, DPT. As a sleep researcher and certified sleep science consultant, it’s important for me to review items that truly improve quality sleep. I paid close attention to how well I slept with each pillow, including how comfortable, breathable, and supportive they were. Here’s how I evaluated each pillow:

Setup: First, I wanted to know whether the body pillows emitted any chemical odors as soon as I opened the package. If there was an odor, I evaluated how long it took for any smells to dissipate. I also noted if the pillows were adjustable and if they included a removable and washable cover. 

Specs and components: I recorded each body pillow’s length, weight, firmness, and quality of materials. I also noted if they were hypoallergenic and researched if the pillows’ fills were CertiPUR-US certified or made without toxic materials. 

Sleeping: I slept with each body pillow for seven consecutive nights, taking note of how well I was able to fall asleep, how well I stayed asleep, and how I felt in the morning. I evaluated how comfortable and soft the materials were, whether I slept cool or hot, and how much support and tension relief I felt throughout the night and in the morning. 

Return policy: I looked at the return policy and warranty of each pillow. This is important, in case individuals are unsure it’s the right fit. “No single pillow is the answer for everybody,” says Medina, so it’s best to try out body pillows to figure out what works for you.  

Long-term use: Since original testing, I’ve continued to regularly use our top picks and will report back about their durability over time.

FAQs

What are the benefits of sleeping with a body pillow?

The benefits you get from a body pillow will depend on your individual needs and preferences, but here are some common reasons to consider a body pillow:

They relieve muscle tension: A body pillow can help sleepers ease muscle tension and stress throughout the night. “You can throw your leg over it to take the stress off your shoulder, hip, and knees,” says Medina. “You can also place the pillow between your legs to alleviate the pressure between the knees.” 

Litzy also said that many people end up using their body pillow throughout the day to find comfort and tension relief. “They can help position people while they’re sleeping and even while awake,” she said. “Body pillows can sometimes be more comfortable because you can manipulate them a little bit easier as opposed to having two to three regular pillows.” 

They can ease recovery from surgery or injury: Similar to the benefits listed above, body pillows can be useful for correctly positioning and offloading joints after surgery, and for people struggling with pain and discomfort.

“If you’re getting over an injury or surgery, a body pillow can be a way to make you more comfortable,” said Litzy. That extra support helps avoid body aches in the morning by relieving muscle tension in the hip joints, neck, and back. “One thing that we know that helps with recovery is sleep,” she said. A body pillow can help you get that much-needed rest.

They can increase oxytocin levels: A body pillow can also encourage relaxation after a long day. We know that hugging releases oxytocin, a neuropeptide known as the “cuddle hormone.” This hormone reduces stress and induces a sense of safety. Cuddling with a teddy bear can make a child feel safe and relaxed. Similarly, a body pillow can help adults wind down at bedtime to sleep soundly throughout the night. 

They can make sleeping more comfortable when you’re pregnant: If you’re pregnant, a body pillow can help support the baby bump. “Having 20 to 40 extra pounds in your midsection can cause all types of issues,” said Medina. “A body pillow can be positioned in a way that can support the back to relieve pressure.” Litzy said pregnant people typically find body pillows helpful for supporting their legs and elevating their bodies. 

They can reduce snoring: Individuals who snore or have sleep apnea can benefit from sleeping with a body pillow. It can be used to elevate the head and neck to reduce snoring. Body pillows can also be a way to reduce moving too much during the night to find a comfortable breathing position.


How to choose a body pillow

There are dozens of options on the market when it comes to body pillows. Choosing the right one depends entirely on your individual needs and preferences. Consider the following factors as you search for the perfect one:  

Bed size: Think about how much space you have on your bed. Some body pillows, like our top pick by Coop, can be quite large and end up taking up a lot of space. If you share a bed with someone, you might want to go for a smaller, lightweight body pillow like the Zoma. 

Body size: The same applies to weight, if you’re smaller you might prefer a body pillow that you can adjust, like the Coop Home. If you’re a heavier individual, a firmer body pillow like the Tempur-Pedic will provide you with the support you need. 

Materials: Be mindful of the materials and filling that manufacturers use, since you’ll be spending a lot of nights with the pillow. You’ll want to make sure your body pillow is hypoallergenic and made without the use of harmful chemicals. You can confirm the latter by checking if the memory foam is CertiPUR-US certified. Most of the pillows on this guide have received this certification. 

Care instructions: Some body pillows like the Coop and Tempur-Pedic come with a removable cover that can be washed. Others like the Snuggle-Pedic and Zoma don’t, and washing them can be time consuming. Like any regular pillow, it’s recommended to use a case with your body pillow that you can wash often.

Customization: You want to make sure that you’re getting the proper support and correct spinal alignment. What works for one person might not work for another. Consider your own needs, as well as factors such as your weight, height, and sleeping position. Our top-rated pillow is fully adjustable to fit a variety of different body types and sleep styles. 

Cooling: Breathability is a big factor to consider. “You don’t want to become overheated on the body pillow,” Medina said. “When the body raises its temperature, it provokes a wake response.” More awakenings throughout the night will result in low-quality sleep. A good body pillow will give you the support, comfort, and breathability that can improve how you sleep. Body pillows like the Zoma and Snuggle-Pedic are made with breathable materials that can keep you cool throughout the night. 

Return policy and warranty: It’s also important to have the option to exchange or return a body pillow if it doesn’t fit your needs. So, it’s always good to check the trial period and return policy in case you’re not satisfied with your purchase.

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The 4 best linen sheets for summer 2021

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  • Linen sheets are the most breathable sheets you can buy in the summer.
  • The wrinkled texture is an acquired taste for some, but we love the casual look and durable feel.
  • Linen is notoriously expensive, but we found high-quality options that come at accessible prices.

Linen is a contentious textile. It wrinkles very easily, feels a bit rough, and is notoriously expensive. On the other hand, some prefer the casual, lived-in look, and it does get softer with time and use. Most importantly, because it’s made from hollow flax fibers, which absorb moisture and let air pass through, linen is breathable and stays dry even on the warmest, stuffiest nights.

We became believers from the first night we tried linen sheets. We felt their cooling benefits instantly and didn’t wake up sweaty or uncomfortable. If you sleep hot, you should try introducing linen to your rotation of bed sheets.

Product care can vary by brand, but you’ll typically want to hand wash or machine wash your linen sheets on a gentle cycle, without bleach. Then, tumble dry or line dry them.

Here are the best linen sheets in 2021

Best linen sheets overall

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The cool, airy, and beautiful linen sheets from Sijo will be your summer favorite, or if you regularly sleep hot, a durable yearlong standby.

Pros: Stays dry and cool, casually wrinkled style, flexible flat sheet option 

Cons: Doesn’t come in as many colors and sizes as competitors, may experience some shedding

Sijo sheets are the best linen sheets I’ve tried because they strike the right balance of comfort, coolness, durability, and price. After a couple months of testing, they knock out our former best pick, MagicLinen, because of how downright soft and comfortable they are, even while having the signature grainy texture of linen. And, they get softer and better after multiple washes. If your preconception of linen is that it’s too scratchy to enjoy, Sijo’s sheets will change your mind. They’re also airy and light, keeping me cool on California spring-nights-that-already-feel-like-summer (we recently had temps in the high 80s in late March). 

I personally loved the wrinkled look, especially combined with the soothing Blush color. I’m also a fan of Sky, a dusky blue. The color and overall construction have held up well so far, and the fabric continues to feel both substantial and lightweight. You should expect some shedding in the first few washes — it’s a natural part of the process but a little annoying to pick off your bed.

Unlike with MagicLinen, I didn’t have any sizing issues with Sijo’s sheets. All the sets have a 15-inch depth. You can also opt in or out of a flat sheet, which provides great flexibility and can bring the price of your purchase down.

Best linen sheets for variety

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MagicLinen’s comfortable linen sets include a deep option for thick mattresses and wear beautifully over time. You’ll also get the most color choice here. 

Pros: Looks and feels better over time, comes in many colors, suitable for thick mattresses, OEKO-Tex certified 

Cons: Takes some time to become softer and more comfortable 

Linen is the only thing you can buy from MagicLinen, which is precisely the reason it’s been able to edge out other brands that have only treated the material as one more piece of their larger bedding puzzles.

All of its products are handcrafted in Vilnius, Lithuania. The linen is stonewashed — a softening process that’s completely natural and non-toxic — and OEKO-Tex certified, meaning it meets chemical safety standards and is free from harmful substances. 

One reason these sheets stand out so much to senior editor Sally Kaplan is that they come in deep options for mattresses up to 18 inches tall, a sizing that’s usually difficult to find for linen. That means you can use mattress toppers or pads and still enjoy the comfort and feel of linen. 

According to Sally, MagicLinen’s sheets aren’t the softest out of the bag, but after two years of use, they’ve aged well, getting softer and cozier with every wash.

If you’re not sure yet about committing, you can get fabric samples. A set of all the colors only costs $5, plus you’ll get a $5 discount off your next purchase. 

Read our full review of the MagicLinen linen sheet set here

Best organic linen sheets

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Truly organic linen is hard to come by, which is why we appreciate Coyuchi’s thoughtful and careful approach to the fabric. 

Pros: Organic and eco-friendly, durable weave 

Cons: Pricey, not available in twin and full sizes 

Coyuchi, a brand that’s always been committed to organic products, transparent and ethical practices, and nature-inspired designs, is one of the few makers of organic linen.

As it turns out, if you’re buying linen, you’re already being somewhat of an environmentalist. Flax is an eco-friendly plant that doesn’t require much fertilizer or irrigation in order to thrive. However, Coyuchi goes one step further by only working with farmers in France who grow other organic crops (e.g. wheat, legumes) in the soil that the flax rotates through. This process ensures that the flax is 100% organic. 

In addition, the linen is Global Organic Textile Standard certified, Made Safe certified, and colored with organic dyes. 

Expect to pay a premium if you care about shopping organic. Coyuchi’s durable and heavyweight Linen Set, which comes with one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases and is available in seven colors, costs twice as much as other options in this guide. 

Best linen sheet design

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Primary Goods has a clever design that snaps the top sheet to your duvet, so you’ll never wake up with a bundle of fabric at your feet. 

Pros: Clever top sheet design, quality construction 

Cons: Only comes in three colors and stock is often low, pricey, not available in twin sizes 

I never enjoyed sleeping with a top sheet because it simply didn’t stay put throughout the night. After trying Primary Goods’ linen sheet set, I don’t hate top sheets anymore. The set features 10 snaps each on the long sides of the top sheet and duvet cover, so they’ll always move together. 

The linen itself is great and thoughtfully produced, too. It’s sourced from France, stone-washed for softness, and naturally dyed. It’s also OEKO-Tex certified and Global Organic Textile Standard certified. Soft and breathable, it feels great on my skin, plus the light pink color I own looks effortlessly casual. 

The Primary Goods Primary Set only comes with the flat sheet and duvet cover; the Complete Set, which also includes a fitted sheet and pillowcases, is currently sold out in most sizes. For now, you can buy a fitted sheet and pillowcase set separately. 

Read our full review of the Primary Goods linen sheet set here

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The 5 best bed sheets we tested in 2021

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  • Good sheets help you sleep better. It’s important to buy a set that’s comfortable and long-lasting.
  • We tested 14 sheets and consulted three experts to find the best sheets for every need.
  • The L.L.Bean Percale Sheet Set is soft, breathable, and made from durable extra-long-staple cotton.

Even if you have the perfect mattress, it can be hard to fully enjoy your time in bed without a comfortable set of sheets.

Though bedding brands are often quick to show off high thread counts, they’re less important than you might think. The type of fiber and weave also help determine the sheet’s texture, breathability, and durability. Percale and sateen, for example, are both made of cotton but have different weave structures, resulting in different feels.

“When finding sheets that will last and provide comfort and a relaxing night’s sleep, take a look at the material first and thread count second,” said Ave Bradley, senior vice president of design and creative director at Kimpton Hotels. Kimpton uses 200-300 thread count cotton sheets from Frette in its rooms.

Dennis Chan, director of retail product at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, said his team looks at the fabric drape (the way the fabric hangs), hand feel, and construction of weave when sourcing bedding for hotels worldwide. Four Seasons produces its own line of bedding in its Four Seasons at Home collection, featuring 350-thread count sateen weave cotton sheets.

Top hotel brands like Four Seasons and Kimpton outfit their rooms in 100% long-staple cotton sheets because they’re soft, breathable, and durable, resulting in luxurious and memorable sleep experiences for their guests. Long-staple cotton has longer fibers, so it’s stronger and softer than shorter-staple cotton, which is why we also generally recommend 100% long-staple cotton in our best picks. However, we’ve also included options like flannel and linen, which hold heat differently and may be more appropriate for specific seasons or those who tend to sleep cold or hot.

To test the best sheets, we washed and dried each set according to its respective instructions at least five times, looked at how each set fit on a 10-inch-thick mattress, and slept on each set to note texture, overall comfort, breathability, and coolness. Read more about how we tested in our methodology and consult our FAQs section for more on thread count, materials and fiber types, and fabric care, including input from a textiles scientist.

Here are the best sheets for your bed in 2021

The best sheets overall

best sheets 2021 L.L. Bean pima cotton sheets

The L.L.Bean percale sheets feel amazing on your skin — simultaneously light, crisp, and soft — and prove that quality materials are more important than thread count.

Pros: High-quality construction, very soft and comfortable, fitted sheet is labeled, accessible price

Cons: Lack of prints and patterns, fitted sheet may be loose on thinner mattresses

Of all the percale cotton sheets I tested, L.L.Bean’s set stood out for its ultra softness and comfort. It’s our overall best pick because it boasts a bit of everything that most shoppers are looking for: lightweight, breathable, and cool fabric; crisp yet soft feel; and strong construction that can reliably stand up to multiple washes. 

The sheets are made from pima cotton, which is a high-quality, extra long-staple cotton. Karen Leonas, who holds a doctorate in textile chemistry and is a professor of textile sciences at the Wilson College of Textiles, NC State University told us extra long-staple cotton is even stronger and more resistant to abrasion than long-staple cotton. That’s likely why the L.L.Bean sheets are extra soft and durable, even though the 280-thread count is on the lower end of the spectrum. They also had a great feel even after many washes and experienced no loose threads or shrinkage in the last three months.

The fitted sheet fit generally well and never slipped off, but there was a little excess (it fits up to 15-inch mattresses) on my IKEA Haugesund mattress. I loved that the long and short sides were labeled, a thoughtful touch that always sped up the annoying task of putting on my sheets. (When you’re constantly trying and washing different sheets, you notice and appreciate these things.) 

The sheets are available in a handful of light colors and they have hemstitched detailing (decorative threading at the edges). If you prefer a simple look that fits into pretty much any room style, the L.L.Bean sheets won’t disappoint. If you like fun prints and patterns, try Brooklinen’s sheets. They came in a close second to L.L.Bean for comfort and durability and are also reasonably priced.  

There’s nothing gimmicky or “special” about these L.L.Bean sheets and that’s what makes them so great. They’re simply well-made, extremely comfortable, and dependable — the best you could want out of something you’re sleeping on every night. 

The best cooling sheets for summer

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The cool, airy, and beautiful linen sheets from Sijo will be your summer favorite, or if you regularly sleep hot, a durable yearlong standby.

Pros: Stays dry and cool, casually wrinkled style, flexible flat sheet option 

Cons: Doesn’t come in as many colors and sizes as competitors, may experience some shedding

Linen is a contentious textile. It wrinkles very easily, feels a bit rough, and is notoriously expensive. On the other hand, some prefer the casual, lived-in look, and it does get softer with time and use. Most importantly, because it’s made from hollow flax fibers, which absorb moisture and let air pass through, linen is breathable and stays dry even on the warmest, stuffiest nights. 

Sijo sheets are the best linen sheets I’ve tried because they strike the right balance of comfort, coolness, durability, and price. After a couple months of testing, they knock out our former best pick, MagicLinen, because of how downright soft and comfortable they are, even while having the signature grainy texture of linen. And, they get softer and better after multiple washes. If your preconception of linen is that it’s too scratchy to enjoy, Sijo’s sheets will change your mind. They’re also airy and light, keeping me cool on California spring-nights-that-already-feel-like-summer (we recently had temps in the high 80s in late March). 

I personally loved the wrinkled look, especially combined with the soothing Blush color. I’m also a fan of Sky, a dusky blue. The color and overall construction have held up well so far, and the fabric continues to feel both substantial and lightweight. You should expect some shedding in the first few washes — it’s a natural part of the process but a little annoying to pick off your bed.

Unlike with MagicLinen, I didn’t have any sizing issues with Sijo’s sheets. All the sets have a 15-inch depth. You can also opt in or out of a flat sheet, which provides great flexibility and can bring the price of your purchase down.

The best flannel sheets for winter

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It’s hard to imagine snuggling in anything but Pinzon‘s thick flannel sheets on a cold winter night. They’ll keep you warm and cozy without causing you to overheat.

Pros: Plush and cozy feel, heavyweight, breathable, affordable 

Cons: Lots of dryer lint, only available in solid colors, may be too warm for hot sleepers

Imagine you’re nestled in a cabin in the woods, far, far away from the people and bustle of regular life. There’s a fire crackling nearby and you have a book in one hand and a mug of tea in the other. That’s what it feels like sleeping in these flannel sheets, even if the reality is that you’re laying your head to rest in a modern city high-rise. 

There’s no better fabric than flannel to bundle your body in during fall and winter (and even beyond, if you don’t sleep hot). Pinzon’s flannel is thick, soft, and cozy from the very first use and the comforting feeling only gets better over time. They’re velvety and a little fuzzy, but were never itchy and uncomfortable. Though the sheets are very warm, they never felt stifling or unbreathable, despite the fact that I sometimes sleep warm. However, if you regularly sleep hot, the flannel sheets may be too stifling.

These sheets make it dangerously tempting to take midday naps curled up like a cat or to sleep in every day as if it were a Sunday free of commitments and appointments. I consistently felt like I slept better and deeper because of how warm and comfortable these sheets are. Fortunately, there’s been no shrinkage or pilling to get in the way of that comfort.

Still, there are a few small inconveniences. Out of the package, they have a slight chemical odor, so you’ll need to wash them before the first use. Also, be prepared to empty out a thick layer of fuzz from your dryer lint trap every time you wash them. If you have thicker or high-loft pillows, the pillowcases may be a tight fit. I used them on my Casper and Leesa pillows (both moderately-sized pillows), and the pillowcases were a bit difficult to pull on.

The best hotel sheets

best sheets 2021 H by Frette hotel sheets

When you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars a night to sleep at a luxury hotel, H by Frette‘s smooth and luxurious sateen sheets will take you there instead.

Pros: Luxury hotel-approved, quality materials, washes well, brand has long manufacturing history

Cons: Only available in white

Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, and Kimpton hotels worldwide turn to this iconic name for their bedding needs. We’re talking about none other than Italian luxury brand Frette, once the official maker of linens for the Italian royal family. 

Sleeping in Frette’s soft and smooth sateen sheets, you’ll certainly feel like royalty. H by Frette is Frette’s consumer line of linens and whisks you away into the sumptuous hotel bed of your dreams. But rather than paying for just a single night in a high-end hotel, you’re dropping $300 for years of hotel luxury in your own room. 

The sheets are, of course, only available in white, and you can get them in sateen or percale depending on your preference. The resulting bed looks simple, clean, and fresh, and while housekeeping staff isn’t included with your purchase, you’ll probably feel motivated anyway to maintain the signature hotel style yourself because of how sleek and composed the all-white look is.

Frette uses 100% extra long-staple cotton, so even though the set doesn’t have the extraordinarily high thread count (300) you might expect from hotel sheets, it feels very soft. Extra long-staple cotton is also very durable — important for hotels where housekeeping teams are washing each room’s sheets constantly, and important for you as a consumer if you want to be sure your investment goes a long way. 

Sateen sheets can be too warm for me sometimes, but Frette’s felt perfect and cooler than other sateen sets I’ve tried. The sheets have a subtle gloss and a silky feel and they remain comfortable after every wash. 

You’ll find less expensive and equally comfortable sheets in the rest of this guide, but if you specifically want the sheets used in and approved by hundreds of hotels, then you’ll be very happy with Frette’s. Whenever I rotate through my sheets, I look forward to this set because I know it’ll feel like a treat.

Pro tip: “When recreating this [hotel] experience at home, think about using high lofting pillows, quality sheets and a plush duvet with a duvet cover for the ultimate luxury experience,” says Chan. 

The best sheets on a budget

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Threshold‘s sheets are popular among Target shoppers because they’re comfortable, thoughtfully designed, and best of all, affordable.

Pros: Affordable, great fit 

Cons: May trap body oils more, smell terrible out of the package

It’s the price tag that’ll catch your eye first, then the great fit and soft feel that’ll sell you completely on these budget-friendly sheets from Target brand Threshold. Of all the sets I tested, Threshold’s fitted sheet was the easiest to put on and fit my mattress the best, despite being designed for mattresses up to 18-inch deep. The extra stretch in the corners of the sheet made a big difference and helped the sheet cling to my mattress without showing excess material on top. It also has a top and bottom label to speed up the fitting process. 

Once on, the sateen sheets are smooth and silky. They’re made from 100% cotton and have a 400-thread count, which is on the higher end of all the sets I tried. I noticed after some use, however, that they seem to trap body oils more readily and feel greasier than other sets, making them less pleasant to sleep on. I wondered if this was because Target uses a short-staple cotton, or if they applied some kind of treatment over the sheets to give them their “performance” qualities (wrinkle-resistant, bleach friendly), but the brand didn’t respond to my requests for additional clarification. The problem does seem to go away if I wash the sheets more often.

Either way, I had a comfortable experience overall; they just weren’t the best of all the sheets I tried. And though they’re touted as “performance sheets,” most notably as being wrinkle-free, they certainly wrinkle. The best way you can get rid of the wrinkles, as with all cotton sheets, is to iron them. 

Be warned — the sheets have a strong sour and chemical smell when you first take them out of their packaging. The smell lingers even after the sheets are aired out for a couple of days, so you’ll definitely want to wash them first.

If you’re on a budget, a college student, or a frequent host looking to outfit a guest bed, these sheets are a smart decision. We’re continuing to test and wash them to look for any durability issues, but so far we haven’t run into any. 

What else we tested

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What else we recommend and why 

Brooklinen: As I mentioned earlier, it was a tight race between Brooklinen and L.L.Bean. We still highly recommend Brooklinen because the brand offers incredible value for long-lasting, comfortable, and beautiful sheets. But the set we tested (Brooklinen’s most popular) may be too warm for some people because of the sateen weave, which is why we ultimately picked L.L.Bean’s cooler percale. Read our full review of Brooklinen sheets here.

Boll & Branch: Boll & Branch uses cotton that’s both GOTS- and Fair Trade-certified, so if you live an organic lifestyle, or are trying to incorporate more organic products into your cart, you’ll love these ethically and sustainably made sheets. The sheets are comfortable and durable but keep in mind that the manufacturing process and certifications do come at a cost. Read our full review of Boll & Branch sheets here.

MagicLinen: MagicLinen recently lost its spot as our top linen pick because it wasn’t as comfortable or affordable as Sijo. There are a few reasons you might still want to buy MagicLinen, though: it comes in a lot more colors and sizes, including twin and deep-depth. If you’re willing to pay a bit more to find a specific style and fit, MagicLinen’s a good place to shop durable and airy linen sheets. Read our full review of MagicLinen sheets here

Riley: Riley’s percale sheets are softer than other percale sheets, but not more so than L.L.Bean’s. They felt cool and held up to all our washes well. I also appreciated the fair price point, and the flexibility of opting for the add-on flat sheet, instead of being stuck with one you don’t want. 

What we do not recommend and why 

Crane & Canopy: We liked the comfortable feel and embroidery of these extra-long staple, 400-thread count cotton sheets. Like L.L.Bean and Brooklinen, they’re made from high-quality cotton and have a mid-tier thread count — but they’re a lot more expensive. Since there are no other distinct features to set Crane & Canopy apart, we prefer L.L.Bean and Brooklinen for their better value.

Serena & Lily: The home brand has many pretty and composed sheet options, like this Classic Ring Sheet Set, which has a percale weave and a 310-thread count. The feel is indeed crisp and cool, but it’s a bit pricey for what you get and our other sheet picks offer better value. We also noticed after the first wash that there were already some loose threads on the pillowcases. 

Italic: Long-staple cotton percale sheets made by the same manufacturer of Frette, Four Seasons, and St. Regis sheets for $75? The Slumber Cotton set is definitely enticing for this reason, and it’s comfortable to sleep in. However, Italic has a $100/year membership model, so buying this set only makes sense if you plan on purchasing other goods from the site. We recommend first browsing the rest of the online shop to see if you’re interested in the other home products, clothing, and accessories. Otherwise, you’ll be paying $175, which isn’t any more competitive than our picks above. 

Ettitude: Ettitude’s claim to fame is using bamboo lyocell for its sheets. They’re made from 100% organic bamboo with a water-efficient manufacturing process and the result is uniquely soft, silky, and cool. However, we noticed they’re more delicate than other fabrics and the sheets showed more pilling and abrasion after we washed them.

Bespoke PostA defining characteristic of percale is that it’s crisp and airy, like your favorite button-down shirt. The problem I experienced with Bespoke Post’s new percale sheets are that they’re too crisp and can rustle loudly if you move in your sleep (which is probably most of us). It also held onto and showed body oils easily, and you’d need to wash the set frequently. 

Our testing methodology

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Here’s how we tested the sheets over a period of five months. Knowing that this is a fairly short amount of time, we’ll continue to follow these steps in the upcoming months and note any changes.

  1. Washed and dried each set according to its respective instructions at least five times. Usually, we washed the sheets in a cold cycle with gentle detergent and dried them on a low tumble cycle. 
  2. Put the fitted sheet on a 10-inch-thick mattress and noted slipping, sliding, post-wash shrinkage, and stretchiness of elastic. 
  3. Slept on each set for at least one week and noted texture, overall comfort, breathability, and coolness.

What we’re testing next

best sheets 2021 what we look forward to testing

BrooklinenBrooklinen’s sateen sheets usually get all the love, but we’re also interested in its other fabrics. Each set of its cozy made-in-Portugal linen sheets is individually garment-dyed, so you’ll feel like you have a unique piece of bedding. 

West Elm: West Elm’s Fair Trade-certified linen sheets are popular among linen lovers. They come in around the same price as MagicLinen’s and are also available in many beautiful colors, so we’ll mainly be comparing their comfort and durability. 

Kassatex: These long-staple cotton, 300-thread count sateen sheets seem promising, especially considering a Queen set is only $100. We look forward to putting these inexpensive sheets through all our tests to see how they stand up over time and how they compare to our current picks. 

ParachuteParachute’s name often comes up along with fellow direct-to-consumer darlings Brooklinen and Boll & Branch, all of which launched around the same time. We’re testing its sateen sheets and loving their smooth, soft feel so far. We need to sleep in them and wash them more to determine long-term durability. 

FAQs

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Does thread count matter?

Yes, to a certain extent. However, don’t use it as your sole determining factor because its definition can be manipulated, and after a certain number, the difference in feel and durability is negligible. 

Thread count is the number of yarns per inch, horizontally and vertically. Leonas tells us that a ply yarn (two single yarns twisted together) has traditionally been considered one yarn, but in recent years, some brands have been using total ply yarn count as the thread count, resulting in an artificially high number. 

Remember that thread count only applies to cotton sheets and single yarn weaves. All of our best cotton sheets fall in the 300-500 range, and you likely won’t need anything beyond that.

What are the different types of sheets?

The quality and type of material do matter. Below, we define, compare, and contrast different materials, fabrics, and terms you’ll often run into while shopping for sheets. 

Drape: The fluidity or rigidity of a fabric. A fabric with high or fluid drape, such as silk, is flowy and clings more to the object. A fabric with low drape is stiffer and holds its shape more. 

Long-staple cotton: Cotton with longer-staple fibers that result in smoother and stronger yarn. This is compared to short-staple cotton, which has fiber ends that stick out and cause the sheets to be rougher and less abrasion-resistant. Brands will generally call out when they use long-staple cotton; otherwise, you can probably assume it’s short-staple. Leonas says the industry definition of long-staple cotton is a fiber length of 1.15-1.22 inches.

Egyptian cotton: Cotton grown in Egypt. It’s often assumed that Egyptian cotton is long-staple, but it could also be lower-quality, short-staple cotton that just happens to be from Egypt, so be careful of this labeling, and look specifically for “long-staple cotton.” 

Pima cotton: Also known by its trademark name, Supima cotton. Extra long-staple cotton that is grown only in the US and has a fiber length of at least 1.5 inches. Extra long-staple cotton is even smoother, more flexible, and more resistant to pilling than long-staple cotton.

Percale: A type of cotton weave where one thread is woven another thread into a tight, grid pattern. It has a matte, crisp feel. It’s airy and more breathable. 

Sateen: A type of cotton weave where three or four threads are woven over one thread into a looser grid pattern. It has a smooth, silky feel and a slight sheen to it. Compared to percale, it’s less breathable and may not be suitable for sleepers who run hot. According to Leonas, sateen has a tendency to snag more easily and also show dirt more readily, due to its unique “float” weave. If you enjoy the feel and look of sateen, keep in mind that sheets made using this weave require a little more care and maintenance. 

Polyester: A type of synthetic fiber that may be blended with cotton or used to make microfiber. It’s less breathable and traps moisture more easily, and it may not be suitable for people with sensitive skin. 

Microfiber: A type of synthetic material made with very fine polyester fibers. It’s very soft and drapeable, but doesn’t breathe well. 

Lyocell: Also known as tencel. A type of fiber made from wood (often eucalyptus) pulp. It’s soft, silky, and breathable. 

Linen: A type of fiber made from flax plants. It’s slightly rigid, with a rougher texture, and it feels cool and breathable. It wrinkles easily. 

Flannel: A type of fabric made with thickly woven wool or cotton. It’s brushed to give it a slight soft and fuzzy texture, and it feels warm.

What are the different sheet certifications?

You may notice that some of our best picks have a Standard 100 by Oeko Tex certification. This label means the final sheet product has been independently tested for more than 100 harmful chemical substances and is safe for human use. While it’s not the only certification out there, it’s widely used and known in the textiles industry. Our experts say you should look for the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification for basic safety, but if you also care about manufacturing, look for STeP by Oeko Tex. It checks for environmentally friendly, socially responsible, and safe practices all along the production process.

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is another certification, used specifically for organic textiles. GOTS-certified sheets contain at least 95% certified organic fibers and meet environmental and social standards at every stage of processing and manufacturing.

What’s the best way to care for your sheets?

According to various bedding brands, you should wash your sheets every 1-2 weeks, and alternate sets to preserve their quality. We recommend following the specific care instructions that come with the sheet set you buy. Based on our experience, brands generally advise washing the sheets in a cold or warm cycle with gentle detergent, then drying in a low tumble cycle. Hot water can make colors bleed, cause shrinkage, and weaken fibers. Drying at a high heat can also weaken fibers and cause pilling.

What’s the best way to prevent wrinkles?

For all its great properties, cotton naturally wrinkles, and that’s thanks to its molecular structure. Leonas explained to us that wrinkles basically happen when hydrogen bonds form as your sheets bump around in the dryer. “The only way to get rid of those bonds is to flip some water on it, or apply high heat. That’s why we use a lot of steam when we press things,” she says. 

If you want to get rid of wrinkles, the best way is to iron them before fitting them onto your bed, or removing them from your dryer a little before the cycle ends and fitting them onto your bed while slightly damp.

Are alternative fibers any good? 

Alternative fibers like bamboo lyocell or microfiber are appealing because they’re often very comfortable and affordable. In our testing experience, however, their durability doesn’t match up to that of cotton or linen. They’re more prone to pilling, abrasion, and shrinkage. Plus, the production and care of these alternative fibers can be murky and bad for the environment. The shedding of microfiber, for example, is polluting the ocean

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These Brooklinen sheets are one of the best purchases I’ve ever made – and right now they’re 15% off

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High-quality bed sheets look great, feel even better, and can genuinely offer you a better night’s sleep for the third of your life you spend doing just that.

The only real argument to be made against them is their price.

Luxury bedding doesn’t come cheap. Even in the direct-to-consumer space – which is leaps and bounds more affordable than traditional retailers like Frette, which marks up its sheets by as much as 220% – finding genuine “deals” and “good values” still isn’t easy.

Enter Brooklinen

Launched on Kickstarter in April 2014 by husband-and-wife team Vicki and Rich Fulop, Brooklinen immediately struck a chord with shoppers who could never find high-quality products at reasonable price points.

“The outcome of the [Kickstarter] campaign was extremely successful,” Vicki Fulop told Insider Reviews. “We set our goal at $50,000, and we wound up selling $237,000 in sheets. It was surreal – we couldn’t believe it.”

The company pulled in $2.5 million in 2015, its first full year in business. In 2019, that number was close to $100 million, and in 2020, Brooklinen celebrated its 1 millionth customer and 1 millionth sheet set sale. What’s more, 40% of Brooklinen daily revenue comes from repeat customers (like ourselves).

That’s the kind of meteoric success you just can’t argue with.

Why Brooklinen is great: comfort, durability, style, and value

Customers love their sheets – how they feel and how they look – and they love the value they’re getting from them even more.

Insider Reviews executive editor Ellen Hoffman was an early fan of Brooklinen. “As someone who’s been sleeping on their sheets for six years now, I’m comfortable saying they are hands down the best sheets I’ve ever put on my bed. Perhaps more importantly, they didn’t cost me a small fortune either,” she said.

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In the bedding department, Brooklinen now offers four different kinds of sheets: percale, sateen, linen, and heathered cashmere. It also makes comforters, duvet covers, pillows, and other bedding accessories.

We’ve been impressed with the consistency of quality, comfort, and thoughtful design across all these different products, but the brand’s bestseller and original claim to fame – the Luxe Sateen sheet set- remains an all-time favorite among Insider Reviews reporters. If there’s one thing you need to get from Brooklinen, it’s these sheets.

Brooklinen Luxe Sateen Sheet Bundle review

There are a few different sets available, ranging from the basics to a full overhaul of your current bedding:

These are the technical specs:

To break down what these specifications mean and why they make Brooklinen a smart buy – 480 is a good thread count, but what matters more is that it’s combined with the use of long-staple cotton, or cotton with longer-staple fibers that result in smoother and stronger yarn. That’s why Brooklinen’s sheets are so durable and soft after years of continuous use and washes.

Ellen reports that after six years of use, “my Smoke Stripe and Window Pane sheet bundles (these are both primarily white) have yet to yellow in the wash; they’re still as crisp white as they were the day they were shipped to my door. They’ve only gotten more comfortable over time, too.”

Sateen is a kind of weave where three or four threads are woven over one thread into a looser grid pattern. It has a smooth, silky feel and a slight sheen to it. Compared to percale, which is light and crisp, it’s less breathable and may not be suitable for sleepers who run hot.

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But if you’re not prone to overheating, sateen is perfect for a luxurious sleeping experience. It’s no wonder why high-end hotels commonly outfit guest rooms with sateen bedding. When you slip into Brooklinen’s sheets, it feels like a warm and soothing escape from the world.

Lastly, the Oeko-Tex certification indicates that the final sheet product has been independently tested for more than 100 harmful chemical substances and is safe for human use. While it’s not the only certification out there, it’s widely used and known in the textiles industry.

Comfort and durability aside, it’s the look that really sold us on the brand. Along with mature and understated neutral colors, Brooklinen often releases playful, colorful limited-edition prints that look sophisticated as well. My Rust Topography sheets (no longer available) are my favorite pattern of all the sheets I’ve ever tested, and I’m often tempted by Brooklinen’s new prints. Right now, they include an abstract forest green print and colorful stripes.

The bottom line

If your bed sheets could stand to be upgraded (and they probably can), head over to Brooklinen and have a look. Your living space should complement the thoroughly grown-up achievements of your daily life, and this brand is a good value every way you look at it.

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The Bearaby Napper is one of the most attractive weighted blankets I tested, and it’s got plenty of heft to go with it

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  • Weighted blankets are a useful sleep aid but are often limited in their design sensibilities.
  • The Bearaby Napper uses organic cotton to weave the most attractive weighted blanket I’ve tested.
  • The Napper you receive may be heavier than advertised; the 15-pound I ordered actually weighed 24 pounds.

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Recent studies have shown promising results that weighted blankets can help aid in sleep and reduce anxiety. But often brands prioritize the functional weightiness of the blanket over the aesthetic. Many traditional weighted blankets get their extra weight from small glass beads sewn into the filling, so keeping those in place and secure is priority number one. Often, weighted blankets are limited in colors and styles, but Bearaby has set itself apart by focusing as much on the look of its blankets as the performance.

Instead of using glass beads to add weight, Bearaby’s blankets are made entirely of organic cotton woven into an exaggerated chunky knit. Each strand comprises layers and layers of cotton rolled together. And if you think it would be impossible to produce a blanket with the same weightiness as one that uses glass beads, you’d be wrong. I tested 11 weighted blankets for our buying guide to the best ones you can buy, and the Bearaby Napper was one of the most effective at providing gentle pressure.

What is the Bearaby Napper like to use?

The blanket I received was actually much heavier than advertised. Bearaby makes 15-pound, 20-pound, and 25-pound versions of its blanket, and common wisdom says to use a blanket that’s roughly 10% of your body weight. Based on those guidelines, the brand sent me its 15-pound version to test, but it weighed in on my home scale at 24 pounds. I laid the blanket out on my floor to measure it – each iteration of Bearaby’s blanket varies in size by a couple of inches – and confirmed that it was indeed intended to be the 15-pound blanket.

I didn’t actually mind the extra weight, and after testing so many weighted blankets I actually came to appreciate a weighted blanket that was heavier than guidelines might suggest for me. But it’s absolutely something to keep in mind if you prefer a lighter blanket overall. I spoke to sleep researcher, author, and post-doctoral fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Rebecca Robbins, and she assured me that as long as you can move freely under a weighted blanket that you can choose whatever weight suits your preference.

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I’ve used the Napper both as a throw blanket on my couch and as a sleep aid in bed and it performs both functions very well. The open weave allows for increased airflow preventing overheating, which I appreciate in both settings. Because it’s so bulky, it does take up lots of room on the couch, so I prefer to drape it over my bed while I sleep.

Care instructions

The Napper is fully machine washable and dryable, but I, unfortunately, have not been able to test how well it holds up once washed. The blanket is too bulky to fit into my apartment’s space-saving washing machine. But I’ve been testing it for nearly six months now and it still looks as clean and bright as the day I got it, and it hasn’t retained any smells.

Cons to consider

The Napper’s open weave is its number one aesthetic benefit, but it can lead to some awkwardness when trying to shift it around. If you pull too hard in any of the loops, they can misshape. I’ve had to be especially careful when shifting it around in the night, but I haven’t had any permanent gaps form yet. The open weave can also lead to fingers and toes poking through, so if that’s something that might bother you, check out our other weighted blanket recommendations here.

The bottom line

If you’ve held off on buying a weighted blanket because you didn’t want one to clash with your bedroom or living room decor, Bearaby has your interests at heart. The Napper manages to be one of the most attractive weighted blankets I tested without compromising on quality or weightiness. Just be warned that the blanket you order may actually be heavier than advertised. The 15-pound blanket I tested actually clocked in at 24 pounds. Whether or not this is a pro or a con strictly depends on personal preference. The Napper is also fully machine washable, barring it fits in your washing machine.

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