Parachute Sheets Review – Percale and Sateen

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If you’ve ever flipped through a magazine and came across pictures of fluffy animals curled up in sumptuous folds of bedding, you were most likely looking at an ad for Parachute sheets. And if you’re like me, you probably felt a little jealous of those sleepy little creatures.

So, Sleepopolis is here to burrow into this bedding and see what it’s really all about. In this Parachute sheets review, I’m going to test both Parachute’s sateen and percale sheet sets so we can get a sense of how they feel and which sleepers might be most compatible with which material. If you don’t have time to read the full article, you can click this link to jump to the review summary.


Both Parachute’s sateen woven and percale woven sheets are made from 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton. This material has a reputation for being strong, durable, and oh-so-soft. There is no thread count information included with either sheet set. The folks at Parachute say that thread count is not as important as we’ve been led to believe. Instead, they encourage sleepers to pay attention to the caliber of the fabric itself.

While each sheet set is made from the same cotton, they offer different feels and appearances because they are woven differently. Parachute’s sateen woven sheets feature a subtly lustrous sheen, as well as a silky-soft handfeel that’s characteristic of this style of weave. Sateen is naturally wrinkle-resistant which is a nice perk, but it’s worth noting that the luminous sheen of sateen sheets will diminish slightly over time, and with every wash cycle.

Parachute sheets review

Percale, on the other hand, offers a more crisp and cool feel. Like I said, both are made from long-staple Egyptian cotton, but the percale woven sheets are less silky and lustrous and more light, crisp, and breathable.

The folks at Parachute say that the classic one-over-one-under weave of the percale sheets creates a handfeel akin to the “perfect white button-down shirt: crisp, clean and livable.” Unlike the sateen woven sheets, the percale set is garment-washed. This bumps up the cozy-comfort factor.

More: For those unsure about what garment washing is, it’s a technology within textile production that’s used to enhance the softness and comfort of the fabric. It also gives them a unique style and ‘worn-in’ aesthetic.

Egyptian cotton is regarded as superior in quality because of its extra-long fibers, and many sleepers use Egyptian cotton sheets year-round. Keep in mind that percale tends to sleep a little cooler, while sateen is often thicker and better at keeping you warm.

Parachute sheets on bed


Parachute Percale Sheets
Parachute Percale Sheets
Parachute Percale Sheets

These Egyptian cotton sheets from Parachute are lightweight, crisp, and breathable.


Parachute’s percale woven sheets feel, as the company puts it, crisp, clean and livable. They have a soft handfeel yet offer more of a cool breathability compared to the sateen sheets. The percale sheets are also lighter in weight than their sateen counterparts, so they’re likely to excel at keeping sleepers cool.

Both sheet sets come with two pillowcases and a fitted sheet capable of accommodating mattresses up to 16″ deep. Remember that Parachute’s bedding sets don’t come with a top sheet. The company says it’s a matter of personal preference, and if sleepers want to add a top sheet to their purchase, they can. But top sheets aren’t included in Parachute’s bedding sets.

Parachute sheets up close

Because the nature of percale is so crisp, there’s a bit of a crinkly noise when you bunch these sheets up or roll around on top of them. Because these percale sheets are garment washed, they are less crisp than some other percale sheets I’ve tested. They’re also a bit smoother. The garment washing adds a coziness that makes you think that they’ve grown soft and cool after many years of washing.

While I’m testing both these sheet sets in the company’s “slate grey” color, the percale sheets are lighter in hue than the sateen sheets. This is due to the nature of the different weaves and the garment washed quality of the percale sheets. So, the percale sheets look light grey while the sateen sheets look dark grey.

Sleeping in Parachute sheets

Parachute Sateen Sheets
Parachute Sateen Sheets
Parachute Sateen Sheets

These sateen sheets from Parachute are made with long-staple, Egyptian cotton.


When you look at the sateen sheets alongside the percale sheets, you can see the difference without having to feel them. Parachute’s sateen woven sheets have a lustrous sheen, a silky drape, and a billowy quality that sets them apart from percale. These sheets are as silky-smooth as they look.

Compared to the crisp cool handfeel of the percale sheets, the sateen set feels heavier in weight and a little less breathable. However, the sateen sheets feature this luminous sheen and elegant drape that’s not present in the percale set. So, each style of weave brings its own personality to the table and offers different benefits.

Parachute sheets in gray

The sateen set comes with a fitted sheet and two pillowcases. However, it’s worth noting that the pillowcases’ openings are on the back and down the middle of the pillow rather than on the side. For some, this can be a pillowcase perk or a pillowcase dealbreaker.

Neither sheet set is particularly noisy, but where the percale makes a crinkly sound, the sateen makes a swooshing sound when you rub your hands over the material. It’s definitely not noisy enough to wake you from a sound slumber, but it’s worth noting nonetheless.

Parachute sheets set up on bed


I’ll admit it: I am a big fan of sateen woven sheets. Right off the bat, I was expecting to be partial to Parachute’s sateen sheet set. After thoroughly testing them both, it’s clear that each set has its own perks and drawbacks…

Equipped with pillowcases, fitted sheets, and top sheets from each sheet set, I decided to get a little creative and do some mix-and-matching. So, I dressed the mattress with the percale fitted sheet, the sateen top sheet, and my two pillows with one of each fabric. This way, I felt like I was surrounded in a variety of Parachute-feels and ready to get into some “happy hibernating.”

As I slipped into bed, I honestly gasped at the lustrous, billowy beauty of the sateen top sheet. The slate grey color is gorgeous, and the darker color seemed to enhance the sheen and make the draping a bit more pronounced. It draped over my body in a way that carved out my shape’s silhouette, and it made me feel pretty elegant.

Personally, top sheets give me more playful vibes and are fun to fan out overtop of me, and I consider the fitted sheet to be more of a “home base” accessory. By that I mean that the fitted sheet is never going to slip off the bed; it’s there to comfort you no matter how much rolling around you do. So, I chose the percale fitted sheet because it’s cool, crisp, and breathable and I prefer to have those qualities as my home base.

Parachute sheets packaging

As I rolled around in bed, I had the cool crispness of the percale as my foundation and the silky smoothness of the sateen as my cover. Because I’m a naturally warm sleeper, I often sleep without a comforter and use a top sheet as a blanket. Because this sateen woven top sheet is a bit heavier in weight (as compared to the percale), I could imagine myself using it as a blanket in the summertime.

That being said, sleepers should feel encouraged to mix and match fabrics and colors when browsing Parachute’s bedding collection. If you know you prefer percale to sateen (or vise versa), you’re welcome to order your entire sheet set to be the same fabric. I dressed one of my pillows in sateen and one in percale so that I could bounce back and forth between feels.

Speaking of pillowcases, the one thing that detracted from my sleep experience was the slit in the back of the pillowcase, right down the middle of the pillow. I’m a frequent pillow flipper and I like to embrace my pillow from underneath, with my arms cradling the underside. But I don’t want to rest my face on the opening or get my hand caught inside the slit as I try to embrace the pillow from underneath. If I had to change one thing about this bedding, it would be the placement of the pillowcase opening.

Overall, I enjoyed rolling around in these sheets. I was able to customize my sleep space by mix and matching percale and sateen weaves. I think they each have some great qualities. Whether you prefer the sumptuous smoothness of the sateen or the cool crispness of the percale, I think both bring something special to the bedroom.

Side sleeping on Parachute sheets


Parachute’s sateen and percale woven sheets have different personalities. Let’s compare each set side-by-side so you can get a look at which might be best for you. You’re not limited to one or the other, and Parachute does offer customizable mix-and-matching. Feel free to get creative!

You’re likely to be more compatible with Parachute’s percale sheet set if you’re a sleeper who:

  • Likes a Crisp Feel — Parachute’s percale sheets have a crisp handfeel comparable to a button-down dress shirt. If you prefer crispness to silkiness, try Parachute’s percale sheets first.
  • Sleeps Warm — Because these percale sheets are cool and breathable, they’re better suited for the warmer months and for folks who run hot. If you’re prone to waking up in sweaty PJ’s, percale is the best choice.
  • Prefers a Matte Finish — Percale sheets aren’t shiny. They offer a more muted, matte finish that mimics the look of a dress shirt.
Parachute Percale Sheets
Parachute Percale Sheets
Parachute Percale Sheets

These Egyptian cotton sheets from Parachute are lightweight, crisp, and breathable.

You’re likely to be more compatible with Parachute’s sateen sheet set if you’re a sleeper who:

  • Likes the ‘Sateen Sheen’ — Parachute’s sateen sheets have a lustrous sheen offering a shiny, glossy appearance similar to satin or silk.
  • Sleeps Cool — These sheets lie heavier on the body as compared to Parachute’s percale sheets. They’re warm but they aren’t warming (like flannel, for example) but they are less cool and breathable than the percale set.
  • Prefers a Silky Feel — These sheets don’t just look silky, they feel silky too. Parachute’s sateen sheets are more creamy-smooth than crisp.
Parachute Sateen Sheets
Parachute Sateen Sheets
Parachute Sateen Sheets

These sateen sheets from Parachute are made with long-staple, Egyptian cotton.


There are all kinds of things to like about both these sheet sets, but some things that stand out about each of them are:

  • Oh-So-Soft — Whether you prefer the luster of sateen or the crispness of percale, both are made from fine, long-staple Egyptian cotton. This material is wide regarded as the highest quality cotton. Regardless of the weave, the long, fine cotton fibers makes these sheets strong, durable, and oh-so-soft.
  • Customizable Comfort — Even though a top sheet doesn’t come with these sheet sets, you have the option to customize your bedding. Parachute offers sleepers the option to mix and match fabrics and colors. So, you could order a cotton fitted sheet in grey, a linen top sheet in white, and pillowcases in powder blue. This way, you can curate your perfect sleep space.
  • Trial Period — Parachute offers a 60 day trial period wherein sleepers can test this bedding out and see how they like it. It’s easy to send it back for a refund, no questions asked.
Parachute Percale Sheets
Parachute Percale Sheets
Parachute Percale Sheets

These Egyptian cotton sheets from Parachute are lightweight, crisp, and breathable.


The “perfect bedding” means different things for everyone. Here are some things to keep in mind when browsing Parachute’s sheet sets:

  • No Top Sheet — While it’s a cool perk that you can customize your bedding by mix-and-matching fabric colors, I wish the bedding sets included a top sheet. It’s a matter of personal preference, and I prefer a top sheet to come with a sheet set. You can choose to purchase one separately, but that’s an additional purchase.
  • Pillowcase Slit — A small pet peeve is that the pillowcases open in the back. This limits my ability to flip my pillow because I don’t want to sleep on the side with the opening. I found that my hand can accidentally slip in and get caught in there when I’m embracing my pillow.
  • Cool vs Warm — In my experience, the sateen woven sheets kept me warm, and the percale sheets kept me cool. Remember that when you’re shopping for your sheet sets. If you’re a hot sleeper or shopping for the summer, perhaps percale is your best bet. If you’re looking for a thicker sheet that’s going to keep you a bit warmer, maybe go with the sateen.
Parachute Sateen Sheets
Parachute Sateen Sheets
Parachute Sateen Sheets

These sateen sheets from Parachute are made with long-staple, Egyptian cotton.


  • Free U.S. Shipping and Returns
  • Made in Portugal
  • Sizing — Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cali King
  • Percale Set Pricing — $129-$169
  • Sateen Set Pricing — $169-$189
  • Wash Care — Machine wash cool using mild, liquid laundry detergent. Do not bleach. Iron on low heat if desired. Tumble dry low.


What does "percale" mean?

Percale sheets are cotton sheets known for their signature tight weave. The word “percale” refers to the specific type of weave that is used to produce the sheet.

What does "sateen" mean?

Sateen is made from the mercerized fibers of any cotton plant and woven in a satin weave, meaning multiple threads of the same direction dominate either surface. Sateen is sheeny, drapey, smooth, more delicate, and often more affordable.

How do you care for Parachute sheets?

Parachute sheets can last a long time when well cared for. Simply machine wash cool using mild, liquid laundry detergent. Do not bleach. Iron on low heat if desired. Tumble dry low.

How long does Parachute bedding last?

Like most sheets, Parachute bedding should last about two years. Because the material is of a high quality, you might be able to get a bit more use out of it.

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Made from 100% Egyptian cotton, Parachute sheets are a durable, dependable, soft, and cool. Compared to most other sheet sets I would rank these among the top tier. The stone washed finish gives them a unique soft feel and aesthetically pleasing matte look. Although no top sheet is included, the option to add one is still there. Save a little money and avoid the hassle of a tangled ball of sheets. To cap it off, the Parachute sheets are a well made set and a good option for sleepers who enjoy cool cotton sheets.

Sarah is the former senior writer and bedding expert at Sleepopolis. She received her degree in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College and spends her free time doing stand-up, making pasta, and hanging with her cats.