Cheap Sheets

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Price Range
Cheapism $10 - $50
Mid-Range $50 - $100
High End $100 and up
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In a more recent look at sheets, we explored the mid-range ($50 to $100) and found 11 Quality Sheet Sets That Are Worth Every Penny.

Our Picks

Royal Velvet Pure Perfection Sheets Review

From $50 Best

These 325-thread-count sheets are made from Egyptian cotton, a long-staple variety that delivers a soft feel. Reviewers compare them favorably to sheets with higher thread counts and higher price tags. This set fits mattresses up to 17 inches deep, and elastic all the way around keeps the fitted sheet from popping off the bed.

Royal Velvet Pure Perfection Sheets (starting at $50 for a queen) are made from Egyptian cotton with a sateen weave and come in eight colors. Consumers who have posted Royal Velvet sheets reviews at JC Penney admire this set for its softness and weight. Some reviews even mention that the Pure Perfection sheets are a bit heavy for hot weather -- but, on the flip side, nice and warm in cold weather.

The fitted sheet will fit up to a 17-inch mattress and has elastic all the way around to help keep the corners in place. The sheets are actually cut a bit large, according to some reviewers, and shrink quite a bit after the first washing, even when dried on low heat. Regardless, most users seem to have found the pockets deep enough and the fit generous. Royal Velvet sheets reviews say this set is soft to the touch, and a few washings makes it even softer and more comfortable to sleep on. The pillowcases and fitted sheet have a double pleat at the hem, which adds a bit of a high-end feel.

Most Royal Velvet sheets reviews indicate that the material doesn't pill, the color doesn't fade, and the sheets last through repeated washings. A few consumers used to expensive sheets with high thread counts assert that you have to spend a lot more for exceptionally soft sheets, but these are a good value for the price.

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Elite Home Cotton Print Sheets Review

From $40 Good

Elite Home sheets come in solid colors as well, but the reviews we read praise the patterns for the way they brighten up the bedroom. These 300-thread-count sheets are made to fit mattresses up to 17 inches. Reviewers find the sheets soft and comfortable and say they wrinkle less than other cotton sheets.

Elite Home cotton sheets in prints such as Tuscan Paisley and Yardley (a stripe) seem to fill the bill for consumers looking for a bit of zing in their bedding. The sheets are made with a 300-thread-count sateen weave and the patterns come in several colors designed to coordinate with each other. (For instance, one photo shows a reversible duvet set in a blue Tuscan Paisley print with the Yardley stripe in the same color palette on the other side.) The colors, however, are the primary source of dismay among online shoppers posting Elite Home sheets reviews at Overstock. They say the pictures don't exactly match the color of the sheets in person. The blue is more of a teal, for instance, and "spice" is closer to brown than red.

In Elite Home sheets reviews on Amazon, many consumers complain that the pattern is printed on only one side of the sheet, so if you want to fold the top sheet over a comforter or duvet, you have to put the sheet on upside down. Elite Home makes 300-thread-count cotton sheets in solid colors as well, although we found no reviews of those online.

Elite Home Cotton Print Sheets (starting at $40) are made to fit mattresses up to 17 inches thick. For the most part, Elite Home sheets reviews indicate that these patterned sets cover even pillow-top mattresses pretty well. Most reviewers call the sheets soft and comfortable, even silky -- but not slippery, as sateen sheets sometimes are. Several people complain of a chemical smell directly out of the package, but a few washings take care of that and leave the sheets softer, according to reviews.

This is one of the few sheet sets we researched that didn't garner many complaints about wrinkles. In fact, several reviewers rave about a lack of wrinkles. Others profess that washing seems to render the material thinner and flimsier and they question the durability of the fabric. That said, we saw very few reports of pilling or fraying, and even consumers who get only a few years out of these cheap sheets are likely to consider them worth the price.

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Target Home Organic Cotton Sheets Review

From $44 Think Twice

While reviewers laud the 325-thread-count organic cotton for being soft at first, some say pilling after laundering makes the sheets scratchy or the seams come undone. These sheets are meant to fit mattresses up to 18 inches deep, but some consumers complain that they shrink in the wash.

Organic cotton sheets at a price this low are a real find -- or at least they would be if their quality and durability weren't called into question in Target Home Organic Cotton Sheets reviews. Consumers posting on the retailer's website complain that the seams are not locked at the ends and the loose threads pull eventually, leaving big holes. The fabric appears prone to pilling after a few washings. Even reviewers who like the sheets acknowledge that the material grew noticeably thinner within six months or eventually discovered holes in the material.

Target Home Organic Cotton Sheets (starting at $44) come in many colors, as well as two floral patterns. Target advertises them as sufficient for a mattress up to 18 inches deep, and for the most part, Target sheets reviews indicate that this set fits pretty well. Some consumers with thinner mattresses tried washing the sheets in hot water and found that the resulting shrinkage made for a better fit.

Most people posting Target sheets reviews seem very pleased with the softness of Target Home organic cotton sheets and consider them very comfortable to sleep on. The cotton breathes, consumers say, keeping the sheets cool throughout the night. The sateen weave is described as smooth with a subtle sheen. A few reviewers call the sheets rough or scratchy and, oddly, the softness seems to vary depending on the color: Consumers identify darker colors (notably purple and gray) as significantly softer than lighter colors. The color stays true after several washings, Target sheets reviews say, and the material softens with age.

The bottom line: However attractive the colors, however soft the material, however strong the allure of organic cotton, these sheets don't seem likely to last long enough to be worth an endorsement.

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Buying Guide

A new set of sheets may feel smooth and soft -- until you slide between them after a few washes. Cheap sheets are notorious for pilling, popping off the corners of the mattress, or puncturing beneath the claws of a rambunctious pet. Luckily you can find sheets with high enough quality and a low enough price to let you sleep at night. Inexpensive sheets are often sold in sets, rather than as separate fitted sheets, flat sheets, and pillowcases, starting at less than $50.

Cheap Sheets Buying Guide

Royal Velvet Pure Perfection sheet sets, sold at JC Penney (starting at $50 for a queen), come in a multitude of colors and emerged as our top choice among the cheap sheets we researched. They also sit at the top of our price range, but sheet reviews posted online note the quality for the money. Elite Home makes cotton sheets (starting at $40) in several patterns, such as stripes, paisley, and even leopard, as well as solids. Consumers say these sheets wear well and feel soft. Target sells cheap organic cotton sheet sets under its Target Home brand name (starting at $44). Admirers call them soft and smooth, but the quality and durability consumers expect from cotton sheets appears lacking. Sheet sets from well-known designers such as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein and lines such as Croscill and Charisma run well into the mid-range price-wise, even on sale, but you can sometimes find discontinued lines or colors on eBay for a song.

Fabric and Thread Count.

Even if you stick to cotton, a common sheeting material, you can choose a percale or sateen weave, or opt for jersey or flannel. Percale sheets are crisp and cool, with a matte finish, while sateen sheets have a luster and a soft, almost slippery finish. Percale sheets have a reputation for durability and might be a little stiff at first, but they get softer after a few washes. The cheap sheets we picked are all cotton sateen, which should feel soft right out of the package. (Still, it's a good idea to wash any sheets before you use them.) Jersey sheets promise the feeling of sleeping in your favorite T-shirt, and flannel sheets keep you warm and cozy as you slip into bed on cold winter nights. Generally speaking, jersey and flannel sheets are cheaper than woven cotton, but all of these types of sheets can be found at all price points, depending on the quality of the cotton and the thread count.

Conventional wisdom holds that the higher the thread count, the denser, softer, and generally more expensive the sheets. However, experts say you can find high-quality sheets with low thread counts, and certainly vice versa. What matters more is quality of the cotton. Ideally you want to look for so-called long-staple cottons, such as Egyptian and Supima, although they can be difficult to find in this price range. One exception is Royal Velvet Pure Perfection sheets. Consumers posting sheet reviews at JC Penney praise the smooth, soft feel of the 325-thread-count Egyptian cotton against their skin.

A word of warning: Particularly at higher thread counts, cotton can wrinkle easily. Reviews of all the cheap sheets we researched include reports of wrinkling. Drying sheets on low heat and pull them out of the dryer immediately should help prevent wrinkles from setting in. Several brands of cotton sheets feature some sort of wrinkle treatment, but they are usually more expensive. To combat wrinkles, some manufacturers blend cotton with a synthetic such as polyester, which does not breathe as well as 100% cotton but doesn't need ironing.

Several consumers who have posted sheet reviews at Overstock say the Elite Home cotton sheets don't wrinkle very much after laundering. While some consumers complain in sheet reviews on Amazon that the Elite Home sheets are a bit on the stiff side initially, they seem to soften up after the first washing.

The Target Home sheets are made of organic cotton, which should be free from chemicals and feel soft right away. Most consumers who have posted sheet reviews at Target call these cheap sheets quite soft, at least at first (some mention that certain colors are softer than others). Complaints abound, however, that the sheets begin to pill after laundering, which gives them a scratchy feel. That leads us to the question of durability.

Durability.

The most durable sheets give you the best value for the money. Cotton sheets that are made well, laundered correctly, and rotated often should last for 10 years or more. Of course, most sheet reviews come from consumers who haven't owned their sheets for nearly that long. However, many issues with the Target Home organic cotton sheets arose after the first laundering, according to reviews. Aside from pilling, which is mentioned quite frequently, consumers have reported that the stitching comes undone, seams open up, the fabric frays after abut a year, or holes wear through after only a few months. Even so, one reviewer has used the sheets for about three years with no signs of excessive wear.

In reviews of Royal Velvet Pure Perfection sheets, users say the fabric is substantial, the color doesn't fade, and they see no evidence of pilling or fraying after several washes. Reviewers of Elite Home sheets relay varying experiences. Consumers posting sheet reviews on Amazon consider the material good quality, noting its thickness. Elite Home sheets seem to present no problems with pilling or fraying, although one reviewer complains that the threads too easily get caught on cat claws. More worrying are several sheet reviews on Amazon saying the color fades after a few washes. To help avoid that, it's best not to wash or dry cheap sheets at high temperatures, which can weaken the fibers as well.

Depth.

There isn't any standard sizing for the depth of a mattress. Oversize pillow-tops are popular and even regular mattresses seem to be getting deeper. Before you buy cheap sheets, measure your mattress to make sure the pockets of the fitted sheet will fit. Having elastic all the way around helps keep a sheet from popping off a corner. That's one of the features consumers rave about in reviews of the Royal Velvet Pure Perfection sheets. The manufacturer promises a 17-inch pocket, and consumers say that's accurate. They've found that the fitted sheet stays tucked underneath the mattress and the top sheet is plenty large enough. Elite Home sheets earn positive feedback on fit as well. For the most part, consumers who have posted reviews on Amazon say the pockets are deep enough to fit their mattresses, although others question the listed 17-inch depth, saying it's a struggle to get the fitted sheet on the bed. The Target Home organic cotton sheets purport to fit mattresses up to 18 inches deep. While one reviewer confirms that the fitted sheet covers a 15-inch mattress just fine, another complains that the flat sheet is so short it couldn't be tucked in.

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