Flannel sheets are hard to beat as a layer of warmth on cold winter nights. The best flannel sheets should be soft and comfortable, but also hold up well to repeated washings. In general, unless you always like to be warm, flannel sheets are most suitable for wintertime. If you need sheets for the other three seasons of the year, or are looking for a good set of any-season sheets, see our discussions of percale sheets and sateen sheets elsewhere in this report.
For warmth and softness at a reasonable price, the Pinzon Heavyweight Cotton Flannel Sheet Set (Est. $65 to $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 shed too much in the wash.
Pinzon flannel sheets are sold as a set, with two pillowcases, a flat sheet and a fitted sheet. The fitted sheet that comes with the Pinzon flannel sheet set has a 15-inch pocket, which the manufacturer says will fit up to an 18-inch mattress. However, on Amazon.com, the exclusive retailer for Pinzon, there are quite a few questions as to whether or not this is the case. A couple of reviewers say they will fit a 17-inch mattress; most express doubt that they would fit an 18-inch mattress. These flannel sheets come in several attractive, muted colors. Owners say the colors are true to what is seen in the photos on Amazon.com.
JCPenney's Micro Flannel Sheet Set (Est. $60 to $100) 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 when it warms up even a bit. However, most say that they’re very soft and they like that they’re warm when you crawl in bed so you don’t have to take time warming up before you can fall asleep.
The JCPenney flannel sheets come in both muted and bright colors, like orange, red, and teal. Each sizes has different pocket depths; 14 inches for twin and twin XL, 16 inches for full, and 18 inches for queen and king sized mattresses. These sheets are sold as a set and include a flat sheet, fitted sheet and one or two pillowcases, depending upon the size.
As with our percale and sateen categories, L.L.Bean has a standout flannel sheet, the Premium Supima Flannel Sheet (Est. $50 to $80). Sheets and pillowcases are all sold separately, which makes them quite pricey compared to the other flannel sheets in this report, but they get stellar reviews from dozens of owners who say they are extremely cozy and soft and only get softer with a few washings, yet they resist pilling very well. Users also say they feel nice and thick and extremely durable. The sheets come in several colors, and reviewers say they are true to the color as represented on the website.
Owners say these L.L.Bean flannel sheets are a great fit even for larger mattresses. The fitted sheet features a 15-inch pocket, and the flat sheet is reported as long enough to tuck in securely. We saw no reports of shrinkage even after frequent washings and the elastic on the fitted sheet is said to hold up very well, without any undue stretching.
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