What Are the Best Sheets for Memory Foam Mattresses?

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Last year, over $100 million was spent on memory foam mattresses. Although this is only a small portion of an almost $7 billion industry, it’s estimated that the market for memory foam will only continue to grow, especially as more people learn about their options beyond the traditional innerspring mattress.

Any time a new version of a familiar product is introduced, there’s a degree of education that needs to occur so that consumers who were used to the old product understand the ways in which the new one functions differently. When memory foam mattresses first appeared on the market, consumers were inclined to treat them the same way they had every mattress they’d had before, especially when it came to linens. And if you’ve heard an unhappy memory foam mattress owner complain that their beds are too hot, or that their sheets won’t stay in place, then you’ve probably been talking to someone who didn’t buy the right sheets.

parachute sheets close up
Parachute sheets

Memory foam mattresses are frequently deeper than innerspring mattresses—and unlike innerspring mattresses, memory foam mattresses also trap body heat. Using your existing sheets or not paying attention to make sure you purchased deep-pocket fitted sheets may be setting yourself up for failure, as the sheets just won’t stay tightly wrapped around your mattress.

You also have to be careful about the textiles you select. Making your memory foam bed up with flannel or microfiber sheets, or synthetic sheets with a high proportion of petroleum-based synthetic fibers, might sound cozy, but you’ll probably wake up in the middle of the night with night sweats. Instead, a set of simple but high-quality 100% cotton percale or sateen sheets (percale will be more breathable on memory foam but some people have a strong preference for sateen) that haven’t been heavily processed will make for a much more comfortable night’s sleep.

Related: Check out our list of the best flannel sheets

So if you’re thinking of making the switch to memory foam, or you already have but you’re not happy with your current bedding, it’s time to get some new linens. So what are the best sheets for memory foam mattresses? A few of the standouts are below.

  • Saatva Organic Sateen Sheets: Saatva is known for producing some of the most luxurious mattresses on the market. They keep up this lavish reputation with their Organic Sateen Sheets. These sateen-woven cotton sheets are not only made to be silky and smooth, but they also promote cooling and breathability. This product tops our list because their cotton is Fair Trade Certified, as well as GOTS-certified.

Saatva organic sateen sheets

  • Wright Bedding American Cotton Sheet Set: These 100% American-made, American-sourced sheets are remarkably lightweight, and they get softer with every wash, making for a perfect bedding set for people who worry they’re sleeping too hot on memory foam. Plus, Wright cuts its flat sheet so generously that at first we thought they’d sent us a king-sized sheet in our a queen-sized set by mistake—meaning that you can get a cozy, hotel-style tuck around your bed, even with the deepest of memory foam mattresses.
Wright Unboxing with Branding
Wright Bedding American Cotton Sheet Set unboxing
  • L.L.Bean’s 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set: The favorite percale sheets of the Wirecutter review staff for four years running, these sheets might not come from one of the high-profile bedding start-ups, L.L.Bean has been in business for over a century, so clearly they know their stuff. Crisp, breathable, and slightly cheaper than their high-end competitors, these sheets will let you sleep comfortably and cooly on your memory foam mattress.
llbean percale sheets
L.L.Bean’s 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set is available in a variety of colors
  • Dreamz 400 Thread Count Specialty Size Sheet Set for Memory Foam Mattresses: As mentioned above, percale might be a better option for memory foam beds, but it’s definitely not the only option. Dreamz makes its affordable sateen sheet set especially for memory foam mattresses, promising that the sheets are a dream come true in terms of both fit and comfort

Related: Check out our list of the best sheets

Dreamz Sateen Sheets
The Dreamz 400 thread count sateen sheets are made especially for memory foam mattresses
  • Parachute Percale or Sateen Sheet Sets: Parachute does a lot of advertising about how great its sheets are, and we can tell you first hand that they’re being honest. The percale sheets sleep cool, and even the sateen sheets are lightweight enough that hot sleepers can probably slumber comfortably in all but the warmest conditions, plus their deep-pocket fitted sheet and generously cut flat sheet are big enough for a deep memory foam mattress without any overnight slippage.
Parachute Sateen Sheets tucked under mattress
Those who elect to add a top sheet to their Parachute orders will be pleased to learn that the sheets are wide enough to tuck around an extra-deep mattress, for a cozy hotel feel.

If you’ve been hesitating to buy a memory foam mattress or thinking about returning your memory foam mattress because you’re worried about sleeping hot and poorly-sized sheets, have no fear! There are lots of great bedding options out there for memory foam—you just have to be willing to get new bedding to maximize comfort.

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey is a Philadelphia-based writer, editor, and communications strategist. She has a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at Camden, and has published under her own byline at publications including DAME Magazine and The Frisky.

12 thoughts on “What Are the Best Sheets for Memory Foam Mattresses?”

  1. I have the foam full size memory topper i just need a sheet to go around the foam pad not the whole bed. I use this in my camper rv on top of the cushions. thanks Bill

  2. I have a temperpedic, my 18″ pocket sheets fit nice UNTIL
    I have to raise the head up (for sleep apnea issue) and that occurs a couple times a day.
    So it works it way off the head of the bed. I bought this very expensive bed to help me with my health issues. How do I fix this problem?

  3. I agree with Lisa! It’s nearly memory foam mattresses are not 14 inches deep and it’s proving impossible to find sheets that are in the 9-12” category. I love my new Puffy mattress that’s about 12” thick, but all of sheets I buy look saggy on the bed and won’t stay in place because every sheet maker thinks we all have 18” thick mattresses. Doesn’t anyone make sheets for thinner mattresses?

    • It can be tough to find sheets like that these days. They do make things you can buy to hold your sheets in place so they do not come up off the corners. I have seen these on sites like Amazon and have been told they work pretty well which may help. They are not expensive either.

  4. I think this article was intended for memory foam topped mattresses, not solo memory foam.
    The vacuum packed memory foam mattresses like Casper are shallow in height and require fitted sheets about 12 inches deep, not the monster 18 inch plus sizes the stores carry now.

  5. My issue with my memory foam mattress and sheets that I bought are that the sheets are too big.. any chance there are these great sheets for memory foam that aren’t as big as the deep pocket fitting ones?


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