The 6 Best Percale Sheets of 2022

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A great set of percale sheets is the perfect bedding option for hot sleepers and anyone who wants to stay cool on warm nights. Percale sheets not only stand out into their cooling, perfect-for-summer qualities but also their durability, due of the nature of their weave.

“The percale weave is a basic over-under weave,” says Anna Brakefield, co-founder of Red Land Cotton. “It’s woven tightly but the nature of the over-under is going to allow for more airflow.” She adds that other weave styles, such as a sateen finish, do not allow for as much airflow because there are more fibers on the top of the weave, which also results in a higher thread count.

We researched and tested percale sheets from all the top brands, evaluating quality, texture, breathability, and value. Our best overall pick, the Parachute Percale Venice Set, is made from durable Egyptian cotton that feels cool to the touch, looks crisp, and gets softer with each wash.

Here are the best percale sheets. 


Final Verdict

Overall, our top choice is the Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set (view at Brooklinen) because the high-quality sheets are crisp, cool, and cozy soft, and they’re available in chic colors and patterns. For an extra-luxurious option, we love the Parachute Percale Venice Set, which is made from 100 percent long-staple Egyptian cotton and available in classic solid colors.

 The Spruce / Lindsay Boyers


For this roundup, we researched the highest rated percale sheets from various brands to test. Then, we sent out our top picks to tester to wash, touch, and sleep on for almost a month. Our testers rated each pick on its quality, texture, breathability, and overall value on a scale of one to five. We then combined our tester’s insights with our writer’s independent research to compile this list.

Thread count 

Thread count simply means the number of threads, both vertical and horizontal, in a square inch of fabric. Percale is a tightly woven fabric, so thread counts for percale sheets tend to be on the higher end, ranging from around 250 to 500. Our testers noticed that a higher thread count signifies a softer sheet, but keep in mind that percale sheets with a super high thread count will be less breathable than those on the lower end of the range.

Type of cotton 

Percale sheets should always feel cool and crisp, which our testers can confirm, but the type of cotton they’re made from can have an impact on how breathable they are, as well as how affordable they are. Premium percale sheets are made from long-staple cotton. “When we talk about long-staple—it really just means that the length of the fiber is long enough to meet the spec that is long staple (1 and 1/4 inches),” says Brakefield. “We’re also looking at strength or how much weight can be put on it [the fiber] before it breaks.” She adds that staple length of cotton, the longest available, is always going to be preferential when constructing a strong set of sheets and purchasing a finished product.

Sheets made from long-staple cotton will fray less, feel softer, and even wrinkle less. They also will be more expensive, but you can rest assured they’ll last longer. Our top pick, the Parachute Percale Venice Sheet Set, is made of 100 percent Egyptian cotton and scored high marks for breathability and comfort in testing.

Certifications

There are two main certifications to look out for when shopping for percale sheets: OEKO-TEX and GOTS. OEKO-TEX certification means that sheets meet the strict environmental, social, and health standards established by a global team of scientists and independent testing facilities. If sheets are OEKO-TEX certified, you can be sure they were responsibly manufactured and are free of harmful chemicals. GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard. While some sheets may be labeled as “organic”, that may just mean they were made with a certain percentage of organically-grown cotton. GOTS is the certification to look for if you’re interested in buying sheets made with 100 percent organic cotton, and without the use of harmful chemicals or dyes.

FAQ

  • Percale is a type of weave with a plain criss-cross (one thread over, one thread under) weave that results in a breathable, crisp fabric. In general, percale sheets have a stiffer, almost linen-like feel than cotton sateen or microfiber sheets, and they stay cool to the touch even during the hottest months of the year.

  • In many cases, thread count can be a good indicator of the quality of percale sheets, but don’t rely on it alone. Percale sheets are designed to be breathable, so even thread counts as low as 200 are acceptable. It’s equally important to consider the type of cotton percale sheets are made from. Seek out percale sheets that specify they’re made with long-staple cotton for superior softness and durability.

  • You should always check the tags for specific care instructions, but in general percale sheets can be washed in either cold or warm water (in moderation) without the use of fabric softeners or chlorine bleach, as these products can weaken cotton fibers over time. Percale cotton sheets should always be dried on a low heat setting and removed immediately after the cycle. Fold them, or smooth them out over your bed as soon as possible to help prevent wrinkles.

The Spruce / Stephanie Vermillion

This article was edited and researched by Cristina Sanza, a lifestyle writer specializing in home products and organization hacks. To keep our product picks current, she reads customer reviews, third-party articles, and brand websites. She owns and loves the Snowe Percale Sheet Set, which is soft, crisp, and breathable. To make this list, she considered each style’s wrinkle-resistance and cost, as well as a person’s temperature needs. Emma Phelps, an Updates Writer for The Spruce, also offered additional support for this roundup by speaking to Anna Brakefield, the co-founder of Red Land Cotton, a family owned and operated bedding business. Brakefield offers a unique, expert perspective on bedding by having previous professional experience in marketing and branding, and working on her family’s North Alabama cotton farm, which supplies all of the fibers for Red Land Cotton’s bedding.

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