Parachute Sheets Review – Percale and Sateen

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If you’ve listened to a podcast in the last year and a half, you’ve probably heard ads from Parachute Sheets, the woman-owned, California-based luxury bedding and home goods company that launched in 2014 and quickly gained a top spot in an increasingly competitive market. After hearing about Parachute basically every time I put my headphones in, I got the opportunity to try out their sateen and percale sheet sets. Were they everything the Pod Save America guys claim? Keep reading to find out.

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What I Got

For this review, I received Parachute’s Percale and Sateen Sheet Sets—both in Sand—which included a fitted sheet and two pillowcases. Parachute does not include a top sheet in its default set, noting that use of a top sheet is a matter of personal preference, but because my preference is (strongly) in favor of top sheets, we received those for review purpose as well. We did not order additional pillowcases, although both my husband and I sleep on two pillows, so we wound up using two separate pillowcases of our own during the review period. Pillows covered in our own pillowcases went on the bottom, so that we were still sleeping directly on Parachute linens.

parachute percale and sateen side by side
Parachute’s Percale and Sateen Sheet Sets come individually packaged in bags made of the same material. The percale bags are tied with a sewn-on hemp rope, and the sateen bags are tied with bows made of the same material.

Unboxing

My Parachute sheet sets came in a plain cardboard box, but the packaging inside was lovely. Fitted sheet, flat sheet, and pillowcases each came bundled separately, the percale linens in bags made of the same-color percale material and tied closed with a hemp rope, and the sateen sheets in bags of the same-color sateen, tied with an attached bow also made from the material. Too nice to waste, I’ve repurposed these bags to keep shoes separated from clothing when I travel.

Though the color of each sheet set was ostensibly the same, the difference in material meant that the sateen read more grey and the percale, more tan. Both sets were very soft to the touch coming out of the box, with the sateen having its usual shiny, brushed look and feel. But would I be able to tell the difference between the sheets once they were on the bed?

Parachute sateen sheets
Parachute’s sateen sheets wrinkle more than sateen usually does, but they’re so soft ad comfortable that it was easy to ignore.

Initial Experience

I started out with Parachute’s sateen sheets. They wrinkle more than sateen usually does coming out of the dryer, but made up for it by being buttery-soft. I also appreciated that the flat sheet was wide enough that I could tuck it under my 12” deep mattress, hotel-style. I’ve gotten so used to sheets that didn’t hang low enough that finding sheets that do is kind of like eating greenhouse-ripened tomatoes all year and then finally getting to the summer and having that first bite of a real, seasonal heirloom. You tell yourself everything tastes fine until you realize how good it can be.

That metaphor extends to the feeling of sleeping on the sateen sheets themselves. I’ve slept on department store sheets without complaint for so long but once I got to lie in these luxury sheets, I had a new appreciation for how comfortable my bed could be. Even my husband, who has been a somewhat unwilling participant in this review series, couldn’t stop talking about how much he liked Parachute’s sateen sheets. Sure, we both sleep hot and did wind up sweating a bit a couple of nights, but it wasn’t so much of a nuisance that it outweighed the sheets’ overall comfort.

My initial experience with the Parachute percale sheets was not dissimilar. Like their sateen counterparts, the fitted sheet stretched just fine over my deep mattress and the flat sheet was wide enough to tuck under. Though I was impressed by how wrinkled the fitted sheet wasn’t when I pulled it out of the dryer, the flat sheet and pillowcases wrinkled in a way that I’d expect percale to wrinkle. The beautiful neutral color of these bedsheets makes the wrinkles less noticeable—the sheets look rumpled and lived-in, not unforgivably wrinkled—but still, I woke up with a faint crease on my cheek from the pillowcase after that first night’s sleep.

parachute percale sheets wrinkled hem
Parachute’s Percale Sheet Set wrinkles about as much as any other percale sheet set. You especially notice it along hems.

Speaking of pillowcases, Parachute’s pillowcases for both the sateen and percale sets are sham-style, with an opening in the back instead of the side. While I appreciate the tidy aesthetic of neat corners, I hate not having the ability to flip my pillow over if I need to. (And lest you should think I’m making a mountain out of a molehill when I bring up pillowcase openings in this and other reviews, this is an especially important consideration for women who are pregnant or going through menopause and experiencing hormonal fluctuations that might make them seek a cooler surface on which to rest their heads. I just go to bed with wet hair a lot and like to be able to flip to the drier side of the pillow sometimes.)

But back to the percale sheets: though not nearly as soft as the sateen sheets in their initial use, the first few nights I slept in them was during a rare winter heat wave and I found that I could slumber comfortably, without worrying about night sweats, thanks to the percale weave. As someone prone to night sleeping hot, I’m happy to trade a bit of softness up front for a good night’s sleep that doesn’t end with me waking up in a pool of perspiration. It’s not as if the material was scratchy—it just needed a few go-rounds in the washing machine to reach its maximum softness.

parachute percale pillowcase open back
Pillowcases in Parachute’s sateen and percale sheet sets both open in the center rear, meaning you can’t flip your pillow over and sleep on both sides. The percale pillowcase is pictured here, complete with to-be-expected wrinkling.

Follow-Up Experience

Go with me on this metaphor. Know how when you go to an Italian restaurant, and your server puts a big, beautiful plate of pasta in front of you, and then you take a bite and it’s amazing but then the server asks if you’d like some freshly grated parmesan cheese and you say yes and then after you get the cheese you take another bite and the pasta has moved from amazing to transcendent?

Yeah. That’s what it was like after I washed the Parachute sateen sheets and remade my bed. I didn’t think they could possibly get any better, and then they did. Yes, the sheets still wrinkled more than sateen. And yes, I wished that the pillowcase opening were on the side rather than the back of the pillowcase. But honestly, none of that mattered when I got into bed and felt the soft sheets drape around me as if I were being enveloped in a cloud. As someone who has struggled with sleep procrastination and insomnia her entire adult life, I actually looked forward to getting into bed. Yes, the sheets are still sateen so they did mean sleeping a little hot, but for this kind of comfort, I’m willing to open my window on a chilly night and balance things out.

The percale sheets didn’t quite have that parmesan-on-your-pasta sort of improvement after their second wash, but they did soften up quite a bit and I’d imagine with repeated washes, they’ll soften even further. Though I made the bed as soon as the sheets came out of the dryer, they were still pretty wrinkled, but again, that’s not surprising with percale. I continued to sleep comfortably on the percale sheets over the next few nights and was even able to snuggle up against my husband without worrying we’d get too sweaty.

Neither sheet set shrunk noticeably from the first wash to the second, so the fitted sheet continued to snugly wrap my deep mattress, and the flat sheet could still be tucked under.

parachute sateen sheets 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.

Essential Information (Sateen Sheets)

  • Caring for the sheets: Parachute really, really cares about how you take care of your sheets, so not only are there instructions on the label of all of their products, but there are also expanded guidelines in two places on their website. If you’re someone who doesn’t pay much attention to what temperature you wash or dry your laundry at, you might find Parachute’s care instructions to be fussy.
  • The wrinkle factor: The Parachute Sateen Sheet Set wrinkled more than I’m used to sateen sheets wrinkling, but I don’t care about my bed having a rumpled look to it.
  • Comfort from night one: These were amongst the softest sheets I’ve ever slept in, from the very beginning.
  • Comfort over several consecutive nights: The Parachute sateen sheets didn’t bunch or come away from the corners of my mattress, and the pillowcases stayed in place, meaning I was as comfortable in the bed on night five as I was on night one.
  • Changes with repeated washes: From what I can tell after one wash, the Parachute sateen sheets will only get better if properly cared for.
  • Overall comfort: Like I said above: It was like sleeping in a cloud.
  • Good for “hot sleepers”? I’d say the Parachute sateen sheets are better than many other sateen sheets on the market when it comes to this category. As a hot sleeper, I did have a few nights of perspiration under the sheets, but not nearly as much as I’ve had in some other brands’ linens.
  • Value: The Parachute Sateen Sheet Set is definitely on the higher end for sateen sheets in the direct-to-consumer luxury sheet market, and is much, much higher than sateen sheets purchased at a department or big box store. Parachute’s price point may put their bedding out of reach for some consumers.
Parachute Sateen sheets on bed
Parachute’s sheets all come in neutral colors, inspired by the natural palate of its Venice Beach headquarters.

Essential Information (Percale Sheets)

  • Caring for the sheets: Care instructions for the Parachute Percale Sheet Set are essentially the same as for the Parachute Sheet Set, above—which is to say, maybe a little fussy.
  • The wrinkle factor: Percale sheets are known to wrinkle, and Parachute’s set is no exception. For best results, make your bed as soon as the linens come out of the dryer—especially your pillowcases, if you want to avoid waking up with cheek wrinkles.
  • Comfort from night one: The Parachute percale sheets were comfortable enough, but not buttery-soft like the sateen sheets. They were, however, a bit more comfortable on an unseasonably warm night.
  • Comfort over several consecutive nights: After a few nights sleeping on the Parachute percale sheets, they remained comfortably in place.
  • Changes with repeated washes: The sheets softened noticeably from the first walk to the second, and I’d imagine they’ll only continue to do so over repeated washes
  • Overall comfort: Though not as soft to the touch as their sateen counterparts, the Parachute percale sheets were lightweight and crisp, and allowed for a very cool night’s sleep.
  • Good for “hot sleepers”? I had the percale sheets on my bed during a surprise February heat wave and was able to sleep comfortably despite the unusual temperatures.
  • Value: As with the Parachute Sateen Sheet Set, above, the Parachute Percale Sheet Set is pricier than most of its competition, though not by as much.

Company Profile

Returning home from a vacation abroad, Parachute founder and CEO Ariel Kaye tried to find bed linens to rival the the ones she had slept on in Italy, but to no avail—so she decided to sell them herself. Motivated by a desire to offer the best sheets consumers could buy as well as to “create a community around sleep, wellness, and a comfortable home,” Kaye launched Parachute in 2014 with a line of high-quality bedding inspired by her European vacation. Parachute’s sheets are designed in Venice Beach, California and made in Portugal from 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton, and are not treated with the chemicals so often used to make bed linens soft. The company is also dedicated to social good: for every Venice Bedding Set (sheet set + duvet cover) Parachute sells, they donate one bed net to the United Nations’ Nothing but Nets campaign.

parachute percale pillowcase front
Parachute’s pillowcases in both sateen and percale are sham-style, allowing for tidy corners. But when you flip the pillow over, there’s no place to comfortably rest your head due to a centered opening. Pictured: the Parachute percale pillowcase, with normal-for-percale wrinkles.

Parachute Sateen Sheet Set Overview

  • Price without top sheet: $109 (twin) – $149 (king) as of date
  • Price with top sheet: $169 (twin) – $239 (king) as of date
  • Material: 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton
  • Thread count: Parachute does not disclose its thread count.
  • Weave: Sateen
  • Colors available: White; Sand (beige); Powder (pale blue); Light Grey; Slate (dark grey); Navy
  • Included in the basic set: Fitted sheet + two pillowcases.
  • Extras available: Top sheets may be added at the time of purchase, or later. Additional pillowcases and other linens may also be purchased separately.
  • Care instructions: Machine wash cool with similar colors using mild liquid detergent. Tumble dry low with wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. Do not use fabric softener.
  • Return policy: Parachute accepts returns within 60 days of delivery receipt on all items except final sale items, gift cards, fabric swatches, bed frames, and donations to Nothing but Nets.
  • Manufactured in: Portugal

Parachute Percale Sheet Set Overview

  • Price without top sheet: $109 (twin) – $149 (king) as of February 2018
  • Price with top sheet: $169 (twin) – $239 (king) as of February 2018
  • Material: 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton
  • Thread count: Parachute does not disclose its thread count.
  • Weave: Percale
  • Colors available: White; Sand (beige); Powder (pale blue); Light Grey; Slate (dark grey); Navy
  • Included in the basic set: Fitted sheet + two pillowcases.
  • Extras available: Top sheets may be added at the time of purchase, or later. Additional pillowcases and other linens may also be purchased separately.
  • Care instructions: Machine wash cool with similar colors using mild liquid detergent. Tumble dry low with wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. Do not use fabric softener.
  • Return policy: Parachute accepts returns within 60 days of delivery receipt on all items except final sale items, gift cards, fabric swatches, bed frames, and donations to Nothing but Nets.
  • Manufactured in: Portugal
Parachute percale and sateen packaging
Parachute’s sateen and percale packaging side by side.

Final Thoughts

After months of listening to some of my favorite Podcast hosts extol the virtues of Parachute sheets, I was happy to discover for myself that they weren’t just saying nice things because they were getting paid. Parachute’s sheets are some of the most comfortable I’ve ever put on my bed at home—mission accomplished, Ms. Kaye! Though the sheets are more pricey than some of their direct-to-consumer competitors, you’re truly getting what you pay for. With the exception of my annoyance at the pillowcase opening, I strongly endorse these sheets—whether you’re a sateen or percale lover.

 

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Summary

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.

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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.
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