If you’re a hot sleeper, outfitting your mattress with breathable bedding can give you a cooler sleeping experience. That’s why I’ve put together this list of the coolest sheets I’ve ever had the pleasure of testing! I picked a wide range of fabrics and styles so that everybody can find their perfect match. After perusing my picks for the best cooling sheets, read on for some personal tips and tricks for keeping a low temperature while you snooze.
Best Cooling Sheets
- Best Soft Cooling Sheets – Brooklyn Bedding Bamboo Twill Sheets
- Best Percale Cooling Sheets – Brooklinen Classic Core Sheets
- Best Value Cooling Sheets – Nectar Luxury Cotton Sheets
- Best Cotton Cooling Sheets – WinkBeds Cotton Sheets
- Best Sateen Cooling Sheets – Saatva Organic Sateen Sheets
- Best Bamboo Cooling Sheets – Cozy Earth Bamboo Sheets
- Best Hypoallergenic Cooling Sheets – Puffy Sheets
- Best Tencel Cooling Sheets – Serta Arctic Cooling Sheets
- Best Moisture Wicking Sheets – Dreamfoam Tencel Sateen Sheets
- Best Non-Slip Sheets – Sleep Number True Temp Sheets
Best Soft Cooling Sheets
Brooklyn Bedding Bamboo Twill Sheets
Bamboo sheets are known for their soft, smooth feel, and this set from Brooklyn Bedding is no exception. They’re also naturally cooling, thanks to the rayon fibers found in bamboo.
- This sheet set is breathable, moisture-wicking, hypoallergenic, and ultra-soft.
- The Brooklyn Bedding Bamboo Twill sheets are a great option for both hot and organic shoppers.
- The set is offered in four great colors.
- These sheets may have trouble fitting over taller mattresses. If your bed is over 14″ tall, definitely take advantage of the trial period and test out the sheets’ compatibility.
Price: $79–$129, with a 30-night sleep trial, free shipping, and 1-year warranty.
If you want to learn more about other Brooklyn Bedding sheet sets, check out my Brooklyn Bedding sheets review.
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Best Cooling Percale Sheets
Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set
Woven from 100 percent long-staple cotton, the Brooklinen Classic Core sheet set offers a durable yet lightweight quality that’s ideal for summertime. In the world of cotton bedding, sheets made from longer fibers (like we see here) are typically stronger, softer, and more resistant to pilling. But the thing that makes this bedding a particularly good pick for hot sleepers is its breathable percale weave.
- Cotton percale is known for being airy, cool, and crisp — and these sheets definitely meet that description.
- These sheets come in a variety of fun colors and patterns. Personally, I like the windowpane style!
- Brooklinen offers a 365-night sleep trial.
- When pressing into the fabric, you may hear a slight crinkling noise, which could be an issue if you’re a light sleeper.
Price:$139–$209, with a 1-year limited warranty.
For the full scoop, head on over to my full Brooklinen sheets review.
Woven with long staple cotton, these Brooklinen sheets are both soft and comfortable. Enjoy 10 percent off your order with code SLEEPOPOLIS10!
Best Value Cooling Sheets
Nectar Luxury Cotton Sheets
The Luxury Cotton Bed Sheet from Nectar comes with both a flat and a fitted sheet, as well as two pillowcases. It features 100 percent long-staple cotton and gets softer with every wash. I chose these sheets because they come at a great value, which is not so much about price as it is about the high quality.
- These sheets are luxurious and durable from feel to appearance, making them a high-quality choice.
- The pillows have enveloped closure for a nice, streamlined look.
- You’re able to choose between two fabric options: Cotton and Sateen.
- These sheets may be a bit more expensive compared to competitors. However, you’ll find higher quality and better consumer policies.
Price: $150, with free shipping and free returns.
Nectar's luxury cotton sheets come at a great price for the quality — they're made from 100 percent long-staple cotton that gets softer with each wash.
Best Cotton Sheets
WinkBeds Cotton Sheets
The 100 percent Fine Combed Cotton Sheet Set is a soft set of sheets from WinkBeds, and boasts a 260-thread count. I chose these sheets because they’re naturally breathable and feature extra-soft cotton, making them a good choice for hot sleepers
- This set has patented corner bands to keep them in place, which should be a good choice for combination sleepers who tend to move around.
- These sheets also contain high-quality materials, such as soft, fine-combed cotton and Sateen weave, which is often found in cotton and offers a uniquely silk and luxurious feel.
- If you like USA-made products, you’ll appreciate these sheets, which come straight from Alabama.
- This set is non-returnable under Winkbeds’ free trial.
Full written review coming soon!
These high-quality 100 percent cotton sheets are super-breathable and have a nice, soft feel.
Best Cooling Sateen Sheets
Saatva Organic Sateen Sheets
Allow me to introduce you to the only sateen bedding in this roundup — the Saatva Organic Sateen Sheets. Spun from 100 percent long-staple cotton, these sheets are soft, durable, and certified organic. And while they’re woven in the sateen style, hot sleepers shouldn’t be deterred! Though it’s true that a sateen weave often makes for a warmer, thicker set of sheets, this bedding is definitely an exception to that rule.
- These are the lightest, most breathable sateen sheets I’ve ever tested, and they still offer the great traits that are unique to this weave style.
- They have a lustrous sheen, silky-smooth feel, and drape elegantly over the bed.
- These sheets come with a one-year warranty, 45-night sleep trial, and are offered in three colors.
- Whether this is a pro or con is going to depend on personal preference, but these sheets are silky and smooth rather than crisp.
- They also tend to get fairly wrinkly for a set of sateen sheets.
Price: $145–$245, with free shipping, 45-day free returns, and a one-year limited warranty.
If you’re a fan of cotton sateen (but wish it didn’t sleep so darn hot), I encourage you to check my full Saatva Organic Sateen sheets review.
Saatva sheets are woven from 100 percent long-staple organic cotton into a 300-thread count, which is intended to offer a feel that’s soft, durable, and breathable. They are sateen-woven which means they're going to be a bit more silky in feel, and less crisp. Additionally, they offer a light, lustrous sheen rather than a solid, matte finish.
Best Bamboo Cooling Sheets
Cozy Earth Bamboo Sheet Set
This high-quality sheet set has gained popularity and praise for its softness — in fact, Oprah called them the softest sheets in the world. They’re made of 100 percent viscose from Bamboo fabric and have a 300-thread count. This allows them to sleep cool and remain durable. Anyone looking for a bamboo option should especially love this set.
- These are super soft for anyone seeking a cuddly feel.
- They’re a great fit for hot sleepers since they’re moisture wicking and lightweight.
- These sheets are hypoallergenic and free from harmful chemicals.
- Budget shoppers may want a more affordable option.
- Bamboo tends to wrinkle more easily than other materials, but these sheets can be ironed.
Price: $319-$439, with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year limited warranty
Read our full review of the Cozy Earth Bamboo sheets to learn more.
Best Hypoallergenic Cooling Sheets
If you’re an environmentally friendly shopper looking for a new set of sheets, then you may have found the perfect ones! The Puffy Sheets are an ultra-soft set of sheets made 100% out of pure bamboo, making them hypoallergenic and organic.
- A perk of these bamboo sheets is how breathable they are.
- Bamboo has natural climate adaptive properties, making these sheets a great option for all seasons.
- The sheets are Oeko-Tex Standard 100-certified, meaning they’re chemical-free. This makes them safe for sensitive skin and a safe choice for you and your family.
- The sheets are only available in gray and white, which is something to consider if you prefer more colorful bedding.
Price: $140, with free shipping, lifetime warranty, and a 101-night sleep trial.
Full written review coming soon!
The Puffy Sheets are made 100% out of pure bamboo, making them hypoallergenic and safe for you and your family. The bamboo's breathability makes these sheets great for hot sleepers.
Best Moisture Wicking Sheets
Dreamfoam Tencel Sateen Sheets
Tencel is a great material to not only keep sleepers cool, but to also give them the feeling of a soft, gentle hug while they sleep. These high-quality sheets by Brooklyn Bedding get softer as you wash them and remain cool and dry throughout the night. Tencel lyocell is made out of cellulose from wood, which ultimately creates a strong, yet smooth fabric.
- These are soft, lightweight, and easy to maintain.
- They come in four color options.
- Tencel sheets typically don’t wrinkle too easily and are long lasting.
- Some buyers have complained about the sheets being too slick.
- They’re designed to fit mattresses up to 14 inches, so they may not fit a mattress with a topper.
Price: $139+, with a 30-night sleep trial and a one-year limited warranty.
Our full Dreamfoam Tencel Sateen Sheets review is coming soon!
Best Non-Slip Sheets
Sleep Number True-Temp Sheets
If you’re looking for sheets that help you maintain your ideal sleep temperature while also staying put on the bed, these could be a great fit for you. The Sleep Number True Temp Set’s made with the brand’s 37.5 technology, which continuously adapts to your body’s temperature throughout the night. Not only are they temperature regulating, they’re also cool to the touch, breathable, and crisp.
- The fitted sheet is designed with elastic additions so the sheets stay in place on your bed all night long.
- These sheets are really strong and durable.
- They have a 300-thread count sateen weave, which contributes to them being high-quality.
- These sheets don’t have a very soft feel.
- They’re only offered in queen and king sizes
Price: $210-330, with a 30-night sleep trial and a one-year limited warranty.
For more information, check out our full Sleep Number True Temp Sheets review.
How To Shop For Cooling Sheets
Okay, hot sleepers, let’s cover some sheet-shopping basics. When you’re on the hunt for the perfect cooling sheets, it’s important to keep materials, weave style, moisture-wicking properties, and more in mind. Below, I’ll provide the need-to-know info on these factors so that you’re better equipped to find the right sheet set for your needs. For more information, check out my complete Bed Sheets Guide.
Some materials are perfect for summertime, while others are crafted for cold weather. But if you’re a year-round hot sleeper (like me), you’re going to want to aim for fabrics that will keep you cool no matter what the weather is doing. Below, I’ll describe some sheet materials you should look for, and some you should avoid.
Let’s kick things off with some great sheet materials for hot sleepers!
- Linen: As one of the world’s most breathable materials, linen is a go-to pick for hot weather. At the same time, it adapts to your body’s temperature (a process known as thermoregulation), so it will also keep you warm in the winter.
- Bamboo: Bamboo bedding is known for its silky feel, lustrous sheen, and great breathability. It’s also naturally moisture-wicking, which means the fabric actively dissipates sweat while you snooze. You may see bamboo sheets marketed as rayon, viscose, or bamboo linen. All three options are cooling and hypoallergenic.
- Tencel: Like bamboo, Tencel is a natural material known for its breathability and moisture-wicking properties. It’s actually the trademarked name for lyocell, which is an organic material made from dissolving wood pulp. It’s adept at keeping sleepers from overheating, so it’s used in both cooling bedding, and cooling mattress and pillow covers.
- Cotton Percale: Cotton that’s woven in the percale style is exceptionally lightweight, airy, and cooling. Some weave styles are more dense and warming (more on that later), but hot sleepers in the market for cotton should aim for a percale weave! If you opt for an organic cotton percale, your sheets will also be naturally hypoallergenic.
- Egyptian Cotton: Egyptian cotton sheets are also especially breathable, made of long-staple cotton that’s both durable and moisture-wicking. These sheets are known for feeling extra-luxurious.
- Supima Cotton: Supima cotton feels very similar to Egyptian cotton, but is a little less pricey, which could appeal to shoppers on a budget.
- Eucalyptus: If you’re looking for sheets that feel soft and cottony, but are as cooling as linen (which is a bit more cooling than cotton), you’ll want to consider eucalyptus. In addition to having a cooling, soft feel, these sheets are often organic and naturally antimicrobial, making them a great pick for sleepers with sensitive skin.
- Silk: Like linen, silk can help you feel cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Silk also has a natural sheen to it (most cooling sheets have a matte look).
On the flip-side, you’ll want to avoid the below fabrics when it comes to temperature regulation.
- Flannel: Flannel sheets are known for keeping you super-warm and cozy during the winter. While that might sound great to some of you, hot sleepers probably won’t get a good night’s sleep.
- Microfiber: Microfiber sheets are lightweight and absorbent, but their thick weave doesn’t allow for much airflow. Natural materials tend to be a little more cooling than synthetic materials like microfiber, so I’d recommend sticking to them if you’re looking for high-quality cooling sheets.
- Fleece: Like flannel sheets, fleece sheets are designed to sleep warm. I occasionally use a fleece top sheet in place of a duvet or comforter in more temperate months. It definitely does a good job replacing a blanket for me, so I’d steer hot sleepers on the hunt for a cooling sheet set away from this material.
More: Learn more about the difference between Tencel and bamboo!
Sheets made from linen, Tencel, and bamboo typically feature their own specific weave styles, but cotton bedding is woven in a variety of ways. So let’s take a look at which weave styles you should aim for, and which you should probably avoid.
- Percale: As I mentioned above, a percale weave usually makes for a lightweight, airy, and cooling set of sheets. Most commonly seen in cotton bedding, the percale weave style is a pretty safe bet for hot sleepers.
- Sateen: Sateen, on the other hand, is almost like the counterpart to percale. A sateen weave typically creates a thicker, heavier, less breathable fabric that’s better suited to folks who run cold.
- Twill: A twill weave is another one hot sleepers might want to avoid, as it’s known for being dense and less breathable. For example, a twill weave is most frequently used to make denim jeans extra-durable.
- Jersey: Jersey cotton is technically knit instead of woven, but its breezy, t-shirt feel makes it a great pick for hot weather. Jersey cotton also tends to be more affordable than other types of cotton bedding, making it ideal for folks on a budget. Finally, jersey sheets are wrinkle-resistant, which is great for folks who still haven’t gotten the hang of folding a fitted sheet.
More: Check my complete guide to understanding the difference between percale and sateen!
Additional Cooling Factors for Sheets
- Moisture-Wicking Properties: Moisture-wicking fabric can actually move sweat away from your body and keep your sleeping environment dry. Tencel, linen, bamboo, and polyester are all great examples of naturally moisture-wicking materials that can be blended with other fabrics or enjoyed solo.
- Thread Count: Thread count is the number of threads per square inch of fabric in a sheet. If you’re a hot sleeper, you might want to note that sheets with a lower thread count can actually feel more breathable than high thread-count sheets. That’s because the less dense weave allows for more airflow. Of course, you don’t want to choose a sheet with such a low thread count that it feels rough or falls apart. A sheet in the 250–300 thread count range could be an ideal fit for hot sleepers. Learn more in my What’s the Best Thread Count article.
Other Tips for Sleeping Cool
- For most sleepers, 60–75 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal for sleeping. If you sleep hot, try to keep your room temperature between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If your home has multiple stories, sleep on the first floor, as it will feel cooler than the upper floors.
- Take a warm shower before bed. This might seem counterintuitive, but it will actually lower your core temperature, which can help you feel cooler as you fall asleep.
- Open your windows and doors to cross-ventilate your room. Also, ensure your ceiling fan is spinning counter-clockwise (which blows cool instead of hot air).
- Shut your bedroom blinds during the day to keep excess sun and heat out of your room. This is especially important in the warmer months.
- Putting a cool cloth around your head or near pulse points, or cooling down your feet with a pair of frozen socks, can help cool you down before and during bedtime.
- Avoid food and alcohol too close to bedtime. Digestion can take a lot of energy, and actually make you feel hot around bedtime. Alcohol can cause hot flashes and sweating. Avoiding both before bed can help you sleep more comfortably throughout the night.
- Consider sleeping on your back. Spreading out like a starfish on your back can help you cool down because it won’t trap as much heat between your body and the mattress.
Additional Resources for Hot Sleepers
- Best Bed Sheets for Summer
- Best Cooling Pillows
- Best Cooling Blankets
- Best Cooling Mattress Toppers
- Best Cooling Mattresses
- How to Fall Asleep Fast
Do bamboo sheets keep you cool?
Bamboo bedding is a great pick for hot sleepers because it’s naturally moisture-wicking and very breathable. Additionally, bamboo fibers are known for being exceptionally durable, which can help your sheets last longer.
What type of sheets sleep the coolest?
In general, sheets made from linen, bamboo, and Tencel offer the coolest, most breathable feel. Cotton sheets that feature a percale weave are also known for being exceptionally lightweight and airy, perfect for hot sleepers.
How do I keep my bed cool?
In addition to finding a set of cooling sheets, sleepers can keep their bed extra cool by investing in a cooling mattress, pillow, or mattress topper.
Do Tencel sheets keep you cool?
Tencel sheets are known for being breathable, smooth, and cool to the touch. Additionally, Tencel bedding is derived from natural fibers, making it a great pick for eco-friendly sleepers.