Sateen sheets have a unique luster and are slightly thicker than percale sheets, which we cover elsewhere in this report. Although sateen isn't as shiny as its name implies, it has a feel of smoothness that many people love in a bed sheet. Most people say that, to maintain that smoothness, it’s important to purchase properly fitting sheets when you buy sateen; if you purchase fitted sheets with pockets that are too deep, you will have wrinkling and folds, which somewhat negates the smooth, sateen effect.
The Royal Velvet 400-Thread-Count WrinkleGuard Sheet Set (Est. $130 to $200) is popular with those who love softness but hate wrinkles. Reviewers say the 100 percent cotton sheets, which are sold exclusively through JCPenney, are silky smooth with a substantial feel and come in a rich variety of colors. Most add that they live up to their wrinkle-free name, coming right out of the dryer looking as if they had been ironed. Of course, there are dissenters, who would like to see them completely wrinkle-free and still feel the need to take an iron to them, but most owners are very pleased.
The Royal Velvet sheets' extra-deep, 18-inch pockets accommodate large mattresses, although that generous fit may be a bit too much for thinner mattresses, and those who don’t like wrinkles also don’t seem to like loose-fitting sheets, so keep that in mind. We saw almost no durability complaints with these sheets and some owners say that they have had theirs for years.
Users say the Royal Velvet sheets are very soft right out of the box and only get better with repeated washings, although there are a few who say that even these sheets are too rough for their taste. Royal Velvet offers their sheets in a wide variety of colors, 10 at the time this report was updated. Four sizes are offered, full, queen, king and California king. The sheets do not come in twin size.
Pinzon Hemstitch 400-Thread-Count 100 Percent Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set (Est. $50-$65) is another popular choice that is hard to beat for the value, reviewers say. Most praise the cotton sheets for feeling soft, smooth and substantial, but a few say they're too rough or otherwise don’t live up to the promise of 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton. Like the Royal Velvet sheets, the Pinzon’s deep 18-inch pockets accommodate even the largest mattresses, and most users agree that the sheets resist shrinkage. However, a few complain of tears, ripped seams and prematurely worn elastic; these don’t seem to hold up quite as well to daily use as some other sheets, so they may be a better choice for a guest room.
Like L.L.Bean’s percale counterpart, the L.L.Bean 340-Thread-Count Cotton Sateen Sheets (Est. $50 to $80) are a popular choice that have been around for quite a few years. These sateen sheets deliver a soft, smooth feel that will please nearly all sateen lovers. Made of Pima cotton, the sheets also earn praise for their substantial feel, snug fit on bigger mattresses and ability to resist shrinkage. Owners say they have the look of sateen but the feel of high-quality cotton. While most users are pleased with long-term durability, with a few people updating their reviews after several years to say they’re still going strong. There are a few who say that they tore sooner than they should have, with some reporting holes and tears, but that seems to be a bigger problem for those with thicker mattresses. A few others say they're too scratchy for sateen and complain of wrinkles. All pieces must be purchased separately. They come in a variety of mostly muted colors as well as a couple of prints.
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