The Best Linen Sheets

The Best Linen Sheets

Our pick

Cultiver Linen Sheets

Cultiver Linen Sheets

Our favorite linen sheets

This is one of the softest sets we tried, it’s sold by the piece, and comes in a wider range of colors and prints. We’ve also heard fewer complaints about the fabric wearing thin prematurely.

Buying Options

$385 from Cultiver
(queen set)

Cultiver’s Linen Sheets feel durable, and we haven’t seen any owner complaints about the sheets wearing thin prematurely—a common occurrence among other brands. Cultiver’s sizing is a little limited (it doesn’t offer a full-size fitted sheet, and not every color is available in every size), but these sheets come in the widest range of colors and prints we’ve seen. If you don’t want to spring for an entire set, you could save money by using a fitted cotton sheet with Cultiver’s linen top sheet and pillowcases. Several Wirecutter staffers dress their beds this way, because cotton bottom sheets tend to be more durable. Cultiver doesn’t offer a warranty, but it does have a 30-day return window. If you’d like to feel the fabric before you purchase, you can order swatches in any color. (The swatches are free, but there’s a $10 shipping charge if that’s all you’re ordering.)

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Runner-up

Rough Linen Sheets

Rough Linen Sheets

More textured sheets

Linen lovers rave about Rough Linen. We found these sheets to be a little grainier than Cultiver’s, but they’re beautifully constructed and you can buy individual pieces.

Buying Options

$360 from Rough Linen
(queen set)
$160 from Rough Linen
(single queen sheet)

We prefer the Cultiver sheets for their softness, slightly lower price, and color options, but if you want more texture to your linen we recommend Rough Linen Sheets. These were the roughest of the seven sets we slept on, but that texture isn’t unpleasant (it’s about as prickly as a kitten’s tongue). We have read durability complaints about these sheets, but the problem doesn’t seem pervasive. Like Cultiver, Rough Linen sells its sheets by the piece, so you could slowly invest in a set, or just buy a top sheet and pillowcase to use with a durable fitted cotton sheet. Like Cultiver, Rough Linen doesn’t offer a warranty, but will send a free sample card (you do have to pay for shipping) so you can feel the fabric before buying, and the company usually offers a 30-day return policy (it’s currently extended to 60 days in response to the Covid-19 pandemic).

Upgrade pick

Bella Notte Linen Sheets

Bella Notte Linen Sheets

The softest linen sheets

These are softer than the Cultiver set, wrinkle less, and are also sold by the piece. But at nearly twice the price, we’d recommend buying them only if you want (and can afford) supersoft linen.

Buying Options

$222 from Bella Notte Linens
(single queen sheet)

If you can splurge, we recommend Bella Notte Linen Sheets. They were our testers’ unanimous favorite, the softest sheets we tried, and less prone to wrinkling. Bella Notte sells by the piece and it custom-dyes each order. If you want to go full-blown romantic/bohemian-chic, the company sells a range of velvet, cotton, and lace accessories that it’ll dye to complement the sheets. If you prefer a minimalist look, the sheets themselves are very simple, with no frilly details. Bella Nota also sells swatches ($5 each, but shipping is free) so you can make sure you like the fabric; the company also offers a 30-day return window, and no longer charges a restocking fee.

Budget pick

West Elm Belgian Flax Linen Sheet Set

West Elm Belgian Flax Linen Sheet Set

A good entry-level set

These are softer and more durable-feeling than equally priced sets, but they aren’t sold by the piece, and we have read complaints about them developing holes or tears after a short time.

Buying Options

$250 from West Elm
(queen set)
Pottery Barn Belgian Flax Linen Sheet Set

Pottery Barn Belgian Flax Linen Sheet Set

An equally good set

These are equal to the West Elm set. Purchase whichever one you find on sale.

Buying Options

$280 from Pottery Barn
(queen set)

If you’re looking for a less expensive set, we recommend the Belgian Flax Linen Sheets from either West Elm or Pottery Barn. We suspect they’re made from the same fabric. They’re about as soft as the Cultiver sheets, but they feel thinner and we’ve read owner complaints about the West Elm set wearing thin. They do feel softer or more durable than similarly priced sets we tried. Unlike our other picks, the Pottery Barn and West Elm sheets are sold only by the set. We recommend getting whichever one you can find on sale, when you can buy a queen set for around $200. Although you can’t order a swatch, you can check these sheets out in person at a local store and they also come with a 30-day return policy.

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Our pick

Cultiver Linen Sheets

Cultiver Linen Sheets

Our favorite linen sheets

This is one of the softest sets we tried, it’s sold by the piece, and comes in a wider range of colors and prints. We’ve also heard fewer complaints about the fabric wearing thin prematurely.

Buying Options

$385 from Cultiver
(queen set)

Runner-up

Rough Linen Sheets

Rough Linen Sheets

More textured sheets

Linen lovers rave about Rough Linen. We found these sheets to be a little grainier than Cultiver’s, but they’re beautifully constructed and you can buy individual pieces.

Buying Options

$360 from Rough Linen
(queen set)
$160 from Rough Linen
(single queen sheet)

Upgrade pick

Bella Notte Linen Sheets

Bella Notte Linen Sheets

The softest linen sheets

These are softer than the Cultiver set, wrinkle less, and are also sold by the piece. But at nearly twice the price, we’d recommend buying them only if you want (and can afford) supersoft linen.

Buying Options

$222 from Bella Notte Linens
(single queen sheet)

Budget pick

West Elm Belgian Flax Linen Sheet Set

West Elm Belgian Flax Linen Sheet Set

A good entry-level set

These are softer and more durable-feeling than equally priced sets, but they aren’t sold by the piece, and we have read complaints about them developing holes or tears after a short time.

Buying Options

$250 from West Elm
(queen set)
Pottery Barn Belgian Flax Linen Sheet Set

Pottery Barn Belgian Flax Linen Sheet Set

An equally good set

These are equal to the West Elm set. Purchase whichever one you find on sale.

Buying Options

$280 from Pottery Barn
(queen set)

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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