The Best Flannel Sheets

The Best Flannel Sheets

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Nicole Lund
Nov 8, 2018
(Image credit: Courtesy of West Elm)

With cold weather officially upon us, it's time to start thinking about your plans for a successful winter hibernation (I can't be the only one who loves staying in and making my home a cozy wintery den come November). Aside from the usual suspects (blankets, candles, books, etc), a sure way to turn your bedroom into a snug nook is to invest in flannel sheets, which are heavier and warmer than your average cotton bedding. Read on to see our top picks for flannel sheets this year, and get ready to bundle up and stay that way until March.


Maxwell's Favorite:

I love a good flannel bedding set, especially when the temperature dips, but it can be hard to find a set that's both inexpensive and looks good. Sometimes the classic plaid look can be a bit kitschy, and solid white, while perfect for linen or cotton, doesn't quite translate when it comes to flannel. That's why this set found at Sierra Trading Post is my favorite: It's budget-friendly, a nice neutral gray color, and seriously soft.


LOW


Flannel sheets aren't cheap to begin with, so it's difficult to find quality sets for a good price. These sheets found on Amazon are a great deal—breathable and velvety, with a variety of color options available at a relatively low cost. Weighing in at 190 grams (or just over 6 grams), rest assured that these sheets are durable and very warm. Plus, can't beat that Prime shipping, am I right?


Another low-cost option, this sheet set is made of micro flannel, which is a combination of cotton and polyester. This makes the sheets less expensive, but a bit thinner and less breathable than pure cotton flannel. On the other hand, micro flannel sheets require less gentle treatment—they dry faster, stain less easily, and shed less lint.


MEDIUM


You can't go wrong with most things found at L.L. Bean—it seems like everything they produce is engineered to be the ultimate in comfort, and these sheets are no exception. The result of two years of testing and prototyping with a factory in Portugal, these sheets weigh in at 5 ounces and are Oeko-Tex® certified, which means that they are totally free of harmful chemicals.


If solid colored sheets aren't your style, check out these gorgeous striped sheets from Garnet Hill. Meant to be mixed and matched, they come in four colors and are brushed on both sides for extra softness. Flannel sheets tend to look very wintery, so these are actually a great option if you like to pull out your flannel sheets all year long.


Another patterned set, these sheets from West Elm are simply lovely. Made from recycled cotton fibers, they're sustainably sourced and luxuriously soft. West Elm also sells flannel sheets in both a subtle herringbone pattern and a solid gray, but we love this navy dot set the most—the darker hue is perfect for winter and adds a pop of interest to your bed.


Another retailer well-known for quality cozy sheets and blankets, The Company Store has a couple flannel bedding options. While you can't go wrong with any of them, we especially love this velvet flannel set for its ultra luxe feel and range of colors. Each item is sold individually, allowing for mixing and matching if you so choose, and with a weight of 4.7 ounces it's heavy without being too much.


HIGH


For a more heavy duty flannel, check out Lands' End's Supima Flannel set, which weighs 6 oz. and is made of ultra high-quality supima cotton fibers. These sheets are expensive, but they will last — if you only use them in the winter you'll have them for many, many years. What else? They're Oeko-Tex® certified, and, as a fun bonus, can be monogrammed.


Coyuchi is the leader in high-end organic bedding, and these flannel sheets are no exception. Made of 100 percent organic cotton grown in Turkey, they're made in Portugal and are GOTS certified—basically, they hit the highest standard of environmentally and socially conscious manufacturing. They're also just really pretty, with soft muted hues and patterns perfect for completing your own cozy den.


Very much on the high end, these sheets from Boll & Branch are made of organic, long-staple cotton with GOTS certification. They come in 10 different patterns, from herringbone and striped to this cozy plaid, which comes in a couple color combinations. We love the red plaid for its classic winter look, but you really can't go wrong with any of these.


Inside Resources

  1. Getting Cozy: Kid Friendly Flannel Sheets
  2. Hot Sheet: Do You Flip for Flannel?
  3. Winter Sucks. These Cold Front Essentials to Keep You Toasty Don't

Outside Resources

  1. The Best Flannel Sheets on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers — The Strategist
  2. The Best Flannel Sheets —Wirecutter
  3. The 8 Best Flannel Sheets to Buy in 2018 — The Spruce

Updated from a post originally published in November 2017.


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