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With balmy summer nights upon us, cool crisp sheets make for a blissful night’s sleep. Percale is the perfect summer sheet because of its ‘cool to the touch’ nature and excellent breathability.
Read on to find out what percale is, what to look for in a perfect percale sheet, and what the best percale sheets on the market are right now.
What is percale?
Percale sheets are defined by its loose weave, a classic one-over-one-under crisscross, which makes the fabric crisper than a starched white shirt.
Cool as a cucumber, with optimal airflow for better breathability, percale is great for hot sleepers and hot weather.
Percale has a matte finish and is so durable that they won’t pill over time.
What thread count do percale sheets have?
Percale sheets typically range from 200 – 400 thread count, with LL Bean’s top quality 280-thread count Pima cotton percale a great example.
Word to the wise: A higher thread count does not necessarily mean a better quality sheet.
Fiber quality of percale sheets
The best percale sheets use extra-long 100% cotton fibers which are generally 50% longer than standard cotton.
This means looking for Egyptian, Pima or the American-made Supima cotton, which will give you a more durable and smooth, cool sheet.
About wrinkle-free organic sheets
Some sheets that are labelled ‘Organic’ may be made using organic fibers but are still treated with toxic chemicals, prevalent in higher thread-count sheets that are “wrinkle free”. Instead, opt for Oeko-Tex certified sheets which ensure no harmful toxins or chemicals were used.
Here’s a round-up of the top-rated cool crisp percale sheets available right now.
Brooklinen’s signature long-staple cotton percale sheets are described as feeling like the cool side of the pillow which is exactly what you want on a hot summer’s night, right?
This company has paid special attention to minimizing the frustrating little details of bed-making. The fitted sheets are labelled “short” and “long” so the first fit is always the right fit. And their envelope closure pillowcases mean no pillow spillage. Love, love, love!
Achieve that ‘hotel bed’ feel with their classic cool crisp sheet set. With more than 7,000 reviews, averaging 4 ½ stars, you can’t go wrong. What’s more their price point is the best!
Snowe has editors in raptures, with Vogue describing Snowe’s products as “The perfect additions to a couple’s first home”, and Architectural Digest saying Snowe is “Your new favorite for home essentials”.
Their cool crisp percale sheets are made from 500 thread count Italian Egyptian cotton percale and come in five pastel shades.
With over 400 five-star reviews, one delightful reviewer said “The only thing I can say negative is that it’s awfully difficult to get out of bed in the morning now”.
With a phenomenal 90-day return policy, they stand behind their obsession for quality.
Suitable to stretch over 15” thick mattresses, these sheets come in eight pastel colors.
Some reviewers complain that these sheets are scratchy. They do get softer the more you wash them and are reportedly optimal after a second wash.
With a mission to offer the best sheets on the market, Parachute Home creates premium quality cool, crisp percale sheets at an accessible price point.
Their 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton percale sheets are made in a family-owned factory in Portugal and are pill-resistant and strong.
Their Heathered percale sheets are especially highly rated for their extra soft feel compared to the standard crisp percale sheets.
Note that these wrinkle easily and their sets can be purchased with or without a top sheet.
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