About time to get rid of that old sheet set and hop into a fresh one? Sleepopolis is here to help you find that right set. This week we will be putting the new Brooklinen Classic Core sheet set to the test. Will they provide the comfort and cooling you’re looking for?
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Construction & Materials
The Brooklinen Classic Core sheet set is woven from 100% long-staple cotton. Per usual, the set includes 1 fitted sheet, 1 flat sheet, and 2 pillow cases. In addition to the long-staple cotton, these sheets have a 270 thread count and are designed to become increasingly softer with every wash / dry cycle. Finally, they are constructed with a percale weave and designed to be a perfect weight for optimal breathability.
Brooklinen’s fitted sheet has the ability to fit mattresses with depths up to 15″. Additionally, the fitted sheet has an elastic band around the entirety of the bottom. This band is designed to provide a snug fit for any mattress (up to 15″ thick). The pillow cases were built with an envelope style design. In other words, once the pillows slide in, they should remain inside the case due to the envelope closure. This design was implemented to avoid the look of extra fabric as well as creating a tight fit around the pillow.
Overall, the Brooklinen sheets have a strong build quality. I determine this by examining every inch of the stitching, material quality, and overall construction.
After taking a very close look at the stitching of these sheets, I found virtually zero loose threads. The percale weave is very smooth and tough. Although there were a few loose threads here and there, most of them were easily removed. The remaining threads did not look like they would create any issues. The fitted sheet’s elastic band was sewn on very nicely and the pillow cases did not seem to have any issues whatsoever.
All in all, the Brooklinen sheets seem very well made. The entire set wraps the mattress nicely and provides a smooth aesthetic.
Durability & Performance Tests
As I tested the Brooklinen Classic Core sheet set, I focused on a few main points.
To begin, shrinkage. The most common complaint about sheets is shrinkage. Purchasing a new sheet set only to watch it shrink drastically after normal wash / dry cycles can be extremely aggravating. Next up, thread examination. Are there any loose threads? Did these threads become worse after being run through the washer and dryer? Were any new threads a by product of the washer and dryer? Lastly, I test and examine the color materials for any sort of color / dye run off.
Shrinkage tests are vital. In order to determine the overall shrinkage of a sheet set, I first take measurements that will serve as my baseline (prior to a wash / dry cycle). Next, I run the sheet set through the washer and dryer and take new measurements immediately after doing so. Once this process is complete I compare the two sets of measurements to determine how much the sheets actually shrank. After doing so, I saw minimal shrinkage from the flat sheet and pillow cases. The flat sheet shrank by 3.70% (compared to original size) and the pillow case shrank by 2.0%. Any shrinkage less than 5% is considered good.
Throughout this test, I once again analyze the sheets for any additional damages that could’ve occurred from normal use and several wash / dry cycles. After further review, the Brooklinen sheets seem to have held up extremely well. There were no new issues with the sheets and the previous loose threads did not increase in size.
This test is designed to show any color / dye run off (if any) from the sheets. First things first, I soak a pillow case in warm water and allow the case to absorb the water. After doing so, I ring out any extra water with my hands. Next, I take a layer of paper towels and place them directly underneath the pillow case. Finally, I firmly press a rolling pin against the pillow case and examine the paper towels for any color run off. The Brooklinen sheets proved to be made from high quality color materials and did not show any signs of color / dye run off.
Feel, Cooling, & Style
The Brooklinen sheets have an interesting feel about them. The lightweight texture makes for a nice, soft feel as the sheets rested on my body. The sheets float delicately around you, as opposed to trapping sleepers. In fact, I was easily able to move around without bringing any of the sheets with me. Both my wife and I were able to rotate sleeping positions smoothly. Brooklinen’s sheets don’t get caught on your body, which can often lead to waking your partner. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the softest, I would rate these sheets at a 3-3.5 out of 10 (very soft).
Cooling was another impressive attribute about the Brooklinen sheets. The fitted sheet was tight around the mattress, but not so tight that it trapped the heat and created a warmer sleeping environment. In addition to that, the flat sheet had great breathability and had no issues of retaining heat whatsoever. The ultra lightweight feel further helped to improve the feel and breathability of the sheets.
Finally, style. Style is an area a lot of companies struggle with when creating sheets. Brooklinen is not one of those companies. They created a wide range of colors and patters to give consumers the option of selecting a set that matches their bedroom. During my sleep test, I reviewed their Window pane pattern with a grey and white color scheme. Personally, I really enjoyed the look of these sheets. They are a perfect middle-ground for couples who don’t want an overly feminine / masculine sheet set.
I would recommend the Brooklinen sheets to sleepers who:
- Want 100% cotton sheets – made from 100% long-staple cotton, these sheets have a great feel, a nice lightweight texture, and an increasingly soft feel (softens each wash).
- Want cotton + lightweight – the most notable attribute of these sheets is simply the lightweight and delicate feel. Some cotton sheets feel quite dense and thick, which can inhibit cooling and create a rougher feel. Brooklinen strikes a perfect balance of durability alongside a lightweight and cool feel.
- Want a modern design with options – Brooklinen’s sheets are offered in a multitude of colors and designs. If you’re looking to match the colors in your bedroom or want to stick with a modern pattern, these are a great option. Most of the options are a great look for both men and women. Overall, these sheets are aesthetically pleasing from top to bottom.
- Want a soft, lived in feel – with a 270 thread count, these sheets are able to offer the softness that a lot of traditional cotton sheets cannot. Additionally, the sheets become increasingly softer with every wash.
Want to know a little more about the Brooklinen Classic Core sheets? Visit Brooklinen.com.