Along with summer comes the inevitable sweaty nights, when your AC or fan just isn’t cutting it, and it can take you even longer than usual to fall asleep. And while you may be OK blasting your AC all night for a week or two, then comes that first electric bill of the summer. It’s time to switch up your sleeping situation, and upgrade to cooling sheets that can keep you cool and dry all night long. Consider this a much cheaper alternative to spending hundreds on a new AC unit.
The most important thing to look for and consider is the breathability of the fabric. Natural fibers, like cotton and linen, allow for the most airflow. When your body is hot enough to sweat, breathable fibers allow the heat to escape and keep you cool. If you like the look and feel of smooth sheets — linen does tend to get wrinkled — look for 100% cotton percale, which is a smooth, tightly woven fabric made of finely combed fibers.
You also want to avoid polyester or poly blend fabrics, as they’re not going to allow air to pass through as easily. Ahead, we looked through product specifics and customer reviews (and even reviewed a few sheets ourselves) to figure out which sheets really can make for cool, comfortable nights, even in the heat of summer.
Opalhouse Printed Cotton Percale Sheet Set (starting at $26.99; target.com)
This cotton percale sheet set is loved by Target shoppers, with more than 900 reviews and a 4.5-star rating. On top of being ultrabreathable, the sheets come in all sorts of gorgeous patterns from the retailer’s Opalhouse line.
California Design Den 400 Thread Count 100% Pure Cotton Sheet Set (starting at $30.16; amazon.com)
With a whopping 12,000 reviews, this 100% cotton sheet set is an Amazon favorite, with a set made up of a flat sheet, fitted sheet and two pillowcases. You can take your pick of anything from pastel solids to paisley.
Boll & Branch Percale Tailored Sheet Set (starting at $160; bollandbranch.com)
Known for its organic cotton, Boll & Branch has percale cotton sheets that are great for hot sleepers. We love this subtle stripe pattern, and how crisp the sheets feel. If you want to make your bedroom feel like a luxury hotel room, this is where you start.
Brooklinen Linen Hardcore Sheet Bundle (starting at $423; brooklinen.com)
This lightweight linen set includes a core sheet set, a duvet cover and two extra pillowcases, and the pieces are washed and dyed in small batches, meaning no two sets are exactly alike.
Sheex Arctic Aire Sheet Set (starting at $179.99; bedbathandbeyond.com)
Specifically made for hot sleepers, these sheets are all about both breathability and sweat-wicking, so you’ll never wake up sweaty again.
Simple&Opulence 100% Linen Sheet Set (starting at $114; amazon.com)
Get luxury on a budget with this breathable set with quality reviewers love, with one writing, “I’ve never had linen sheets before but they are wonderful.”
Boutique Embroidered Percale Sheet Set (starting at $270; peacockalley.com)