Fabric experts say cotton flannel bedding is an especially good choice in cold weather or for extra softness and warmth, but that inexpensive flannel is prone to pilling and roughness after a few washings. Unfortunately, flannel sheets don't receive attention in professional reviews, so we rely on what owners have to say about flannel sheets they have purchased.
One standout product we uncovered is Garnet Hill Signature Flannel Sheets (*Est. $145 for a queen set). Garnet Hill has been selling flannel sheets since 1976, and the consensus among approximately 200 owner reviews at GarnetHill.com is that these sheets are high quality and comfortable. The 100 percent combed cotton may be prone to shrinking, however. These sheets are available in six pastel colors and in six mattress sizes. The manufacturer says the elastic is sewn all the way around the fitted sheet to help keep it in place, and the queen size and larger will fit a 15-inch-thick mattress.
L.L.Bean Premium Supima Flannel sheets (*Est. $150 for a queen set) are made of fabric with a weight of 6 ounces per square yard, making the sheets durable and heavy. Experts say high-quality flannel should have a weight of at least 4 ounces per square yard. Although no expert reviews are available, about 60 customer reviews at LLBean.com mostly rave about the Premium Supima Flannel's soft, snuggly texture and the extreme durability. The sheets come in six colors and the standard four mattress sizes.