Which No-Iron Sheets Are the Softest?

Updated on November 21, 2016

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Slipping into freshly-ironed bedsheets is one of the most luxurious, wonderful feelings there is. Ironed sheets are one reason that beds at luxury hotels feel so good. Even rough or stiff sheets feel loads softer if they have been ironed.

But who has time, or a linen press, to iron their bedsheets at home? If you have a full-time maid who irons your sheets for you, well, then, lucky you. I am not that fortunate. But I do love the way ironed sheets feel . I wanted to know how to get that soft, crisp feel of ironed sheets at home without actually having to pull out an iron or ironing board.

Is the secret no iron sheets? Are soft sheets really all about thread count, the higher the better? or does the softness of sheets come from Egyptian cotton, or Supima cotton, or percale?

Here is what I have learned.

For my money, the best sheets for both softness and for not wrinkling is 100% Egyptian combed cotton percale with a high thread count — over 600 if you can afford it, but under no circumstances under 250.

And remember, your sheets will get softer with every washing.

Why Egyptian Cotton?

Egyptian cotton has extra along cotton fibers, which helps to make it the highest quality, softest cotton there is. This long-fiber cotton must be grown near the Nile to be called "Egyptian cotton." Egyptian cotton isn't the only high-quality, long-fibered cotton out there; it's simply the kind that grows in Egypt. "Pima" and "Supima" cotton also have long fibers, and they also can be very soft.

One challenge with Egyptian cotton is that it wrinkles pretty badly. If you are going for that soft sheets feel, wrinkles will get in your way.

How to Achieve Softness

So is there a way to get high quality, soft sheets that don't wrinkle?

There is, one through science, one through craft.

The science option is to buy no-wrinkle sheets or wrinkle-free sheets. These wrinkle-resistant bed linens use nanotechnology whereby the cotton fibers are coated with a treatment that helps reduce and control wrinkles for around 50 washes.

Not into nanotechnology for a bedfellow? There's another way to get soft sheets using fine Supima or Egyptian cotton, and that is percale.

"Percale" actually refers to the weave of the fabric; it is a flat weave that makes sheets particularly crisp. That, coupled with a high thread count and top quality cotton is your best to achieve soft bed sheets without gaving to iron them.

Another tip to make your sheets softer is to remove them from your clothes dryer immediately when the cycle ends and to put them directly on the bed or else fold them and put them away. You might also want to try a sower spin cycle in your clothes washer when you wash sheets. This will tangle them less.

Other thoughts and terminology around bed linens

Thread count is important when you buy thread sheets. "Thread count" refers to how many threads there are per square inch, so in other words, how tight the weave is. The tighter it is, the more durable and finer quality it is. I recommend always buying sheets with a thread count of 250 or higher. The higher you go, the softer the sheets do get.

Sateen sheets are made of cotton and have a sheen to them. They are very soft, but they do wrinkle, and sateen sheets are apt to pill, which makes them not last as long. Cotton sateen is achieved with a specific weaving technique.

Percale is a weave, not a kind of sheet or a kind of cotton. Percale can be 100% cotton r 50% cotton and 50% polyester. I recommend going with 100% cotton. Yes, polyester is softer, but it is not a natural fiber and does not breathe as well. So look specifically for 100% cotton percale.

Jacquard sheets are pretty, but pricey. Jacquard weaves are made on a special loom, and they usually have a subtle pattern woven into the fabric. These and damask are lovely, but not your softest choices.

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        tlicht 

        5 years ago

        Sorry to disappoint you, but...

        "Current manufacturing of single ply fabrics limits thread count to about 500-600 threads per square inch. After that, all fabrics are multi ply. Fabrics over 1000tc are most likely triple ply or more. These super high thread count fabrics are not necessarily lower quality, in fact most of them feel great. Some critics say that because multi ply sheets are usually made of shorter fiber cotton, they will pill more easily and therefore be less durable. If this is true, it is offset by the fact that the fabric is thicker (heavier) than lower thread count fabrics, and more durable for that reason."

        I didn't make this up - read more at http://www.myluxurymattress.com/thread-count-repor...

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