A percale weave follows a standard over-under pattern that gives the bed sheets a crispness, rather than silky softness. Reviewers say L.L.Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets achieve this quality wonderfully. Additionally, one expert comparison test found the sheets unmatched in strength. A lower thread count is typical of percale, but these bed sheets offer premium pima cotton for lasting durability. Owner reviews at LLBean.com, where these sheets are sold, are largely positive about the fit and feel. A few owners complain that the sheets are scratchy or become too wrinkled in the dryer. These cotton bed sheets are available in seven colors and are sold in the four standard sizes. If you want the softness of sateen and a higher thread count, experts recommend Wamsutta Dream Zone Sheets (*Est. $160 for a queen set), but they cost more.
We found an excellent professional review of L.L.Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale at ConsumerReports.org. Owner-written reviews are limited to LLBean.com, where these bed sheets are sold exclusively.
Editors at ConsumerReports.org evaluate L.L.Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets among 10 cotton percale bed sheets as well as 10 sheets with a sateen weave and three made of fibers other than cotton. The recommended bed sheets score well for fit, minimal shrinkage and strength. Editors provide separate ratings for construction quality, softness and crispness of the sheets.
Review: Sheets, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, May 2010
L.L.Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale receives a solid rating of 4.2 stars out of 5 from about two dozen reviewers. Owners say these bed sheets are a good mix of smoothness and crispness and fit the mattress well. Complaints include the color fading after washing and too much wrinkling out of the dryer.
Review: 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets, Contributors to LLBean.com