If you prioritize crispness over softness you should take a close look at L.L.Bean's 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets. Reviewers say the cotton has a cool, substantial feel, and the sheets' durability and deep pockets also earn praise. However, some complain that the sheets aren't soft enough, especially when new. Each piece is sold individually, so the price for a set can add up.
Crisp and cool. L.L.Bean's 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets are made of 280-thread-count Pima cotton that most users say feel "crisp and cool," even after repeated washings. Some say these sheets are soft enough right out of the package. Others say they feel a bit rough and scratchy at first, but get softer with each washing. Experts note that L.L.Bean's percale sheets are a great choice for all four seasons.
Good fit, deep pockets. The L.L.Bean percale sheets come in a variety of colors, including six solids and three patterns at present. The colors/patterns change regularly, but neutrals such as white and beige are a staple. A few owners complain that the colors aren't true to what's shown on the L.L.Bean website. The flat sheets and pillowcases are hemstitched. The fitted sheet has a 15-inch pocket, and nearly all users say the depth is generous enough to accommodate most mattresses with room to spare. Experts agree, giving fit an above-average rating. The flat sheet, fitted sheet and pillowcases must be purchased separately. Comforter covers are also available in 280-thread count percale to match the sheets.
Built for the long haul. Experts give L.L.Bean's 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets above-average ratings for strength, saying they resist tears and have sturdy steams, and praise their construction quality and minimal shrinkage. Most owners are pleased with durability, saying the fabric feels substantial and the sheets hold up well after several trips through the washer and dryer. However, a few complain of rips and unusual wear after limited use.
L.L.Bean Cotton Percale Sheets Reviews
Sweet Home editors spent 100 hours of research and testing, including speaking with experts and washing, drying and sleeping on sheets for this update. L.L.Bean's 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets once again come out on top.
Review: The Best Sheets, Melissa Tan and Alex Arpaia, June 27, 2015
ConsumerReports.org editors test L.L.Bean's 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets as part of its coverage of sheet sets of various types. Ratings are provided for strength, construction, fit, softness, shrinkage and crispness, but discussion is limited. Some users post reviews as well.
Review: Sheet Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
Customers give these flat percale sheets 4 stars out of 5 after more than 110 reviews; elsewhere on the site, the fitted sheets get slightly lower ratings after a similar number of reviews. Most say the sheets are cool, crisp and soft, and that the material feels substantial and durable, although some complain that the sheets feel rougher than expected. A few are dissatisfied with the color once they receive the sheets.
Review: 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet, Flat, Contributors to L.L.Bean.com, As of July 2015
4. The Huffington Post
This comprehensive buying guide explains exactly what to look for in bed sheets. Wong recommends L.L.Bean's percale sheets as an "excellent option for every day," saying they'll get softer as time goes on. The sheets aren't compared to others, however, and no cons are posted. This is an older review, but the L.L.Bean sheets are still the same product.
Review: Finding the Best Sheets for Your Budget: A Buying Guide, Dickson Wong, Oct. 11, 2012