It's hard to beat flannel sheets as a layer of warmth on cold winter nights. Flannel sheets should be soft and comfortable, but also hold up well to repeated washings.
For warmth and softness at a reasonable price, our Best Reviewed Pinzon Signature 190-Gram Velvet Flannel Sheet Set (Est. $65-$75) is a good bet, reviewers say. The double-napped, combed cotton sheets are substantial enough to keep the chill away without adding bulky layers, according to experts, and owners find them comfortable and attractive. Most find that the sheets resist wrinkling, pilling, fading and shrinking after multiple washings. However, a few users say the sheets don't fit on their mattresses like they should, and many call the pillowcases too small. Others complain that the sheets shed too much. They're sold exclusively at Amazon.com.
JCPenney's JCP Home Micro Flannel Sheet Set (Est. $55-$145) is a winner for softness and warmth, according to reviewers. The polyester sheets resist wrinkling, pilling and fading, and the deep-pocket fitted sheet can accommodate thicker mattresses. However, some users say the polyester simply doesn't breathe like cotton, making sleeping on the sheets a sweaty situation. Others say the fabric lacks the softness of cotton. While most owners report few durability concerns, the sheets ripped in one expert durability test.
If JCPenney's sheets aren't enough of a bargain, Pointehaven's Heavy Weight Solid Flannel Sheet Set (Est. $40-$55) collects solid reviews at a rock-bottom price. Owners say the 100 percent cotton sheets are soft, warm and thick. Most see minimal pilling and get a good fit over their mattress with the sheets' 16-inch pockets. However, some reviewers find them thinner than expected, especially for sheets billed as "heavy weight." Others report excessive shedding and lint, and some say a chemical smell lingers for several washings. Finally, some reviewers report quality issues such as rips, stringy hems and weak seams.