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)
Another truly luxury pick, this percale sheet set stays crisp, with a 200 thread count, and comes with a lovely embroidered edge.
Parachute Linen Sheet Set (starting at $149; parachute.com)
When we tested these sheets last year, we were highly impressed with how cool they kept us all night. The linen set is crafted from flax in Portugal, and is available in seven lush colorways. It’s really not a bad price for linen either. But do take note that a set consists of a fitted sheet and pillowcases, but no flat sheet.
Threadmill Home Linen 600 Thread Count 100% Cotton Sheets (starting at $45.99; amazon.com)
Reviews rave about this well-priced set of 100% cotton sheets, with one self-professed “sheet snob” writing, “They are soft, cool and crisp and felt so good all night.”
Patric 1500 Thread Count 100% Cotton Sheet Set ($166.99, originally $201.99; wayfair.com)
You don’t want to miss the price drop on this 100% cotton set with over 500 5-star reviews. As one happy sleeper writes, “These are hands down the best set of sheets I have ever owned.”
Castorena Dearmond 400 Thread Count 100% Cotton Sheet Set (starting at $41.99, originally $58.99; wayfair.com)
One of the best deals on 400 thread count sheets we’ve seen, this set gets raves from reviewers, with one writing, “The price is so reasonable, yet the quality is pure indulgence!”
Crisp Percale Organic Sheets (starting at $99; solorganix.com)
It’s tough to beat the value you get for the price of these breathable sheets, ranked 4.5 stars by reviewers. Writes one happy shopper, “They definitely keep you cool which both of us wanted, plus it’s a comfort to know you’re not sleeping on chemicals and pesticides.”
Riley Percale Sheet Set (starting at $99; rileyhome.com)
Another set we’ve tested and loved, with over 800 5-star reviews, this percale set had to make our list. You’ll fall in love with the fun limited edition colors, and as one reviewer writes, “If you are looking for crisp, high quality sheets, I recommend these without reservation.”
Note: The prices above reflect the retailers’ listed prices at the time of publication.