Reviewers say L.L.Bean's 340-Thread-Count Cotton Sateen Sheets are soft, smooth and substantial. They also resist shrinkage and are deep enough to fit most mattresses. However, the sheets tore in one expert durability test and a few users say the cotton feels scratchy. Some may also find the sheets' price point a bit high to justify their purchase.
Soft and smooth, most say. Most reviewers find the L.L.Bean 340-Thread-Count Cotton Sateen Sheets soft and very smooth, but a few insist they're scratchier than expected. Others say the Pima cotton sheets soften after repeated washings, but report that those who like "crisp" sheets should look at percale instead. Some customers say the sheets look like satin without the high sheen, yet have the feel of a high-quality cotton.
Colors stay put. These cotton sateen sheets come in eight colors, including neutrals, muted pastels and a floral pattern. The colors stay true after being machine-washed five times during expert tests, but a few owners say the colors fade a bit after long-term use or don't match pictures on L.L.Bean's website. Some add that the sheets wrinkle easily in the dryer. The fitted sheet has 15-inch pockets, and nearly all reviewers say the depth is generous enough to accommodate most mattresses with room to spare. Experts praise the fit on a standard queen mattress. The flat sheet, fitted sheet and pillowcases are sold separately.
No shrinking, but some tears. Owners say they're pleased with the long-term durability of L.L.Bean's 340-Thread-Count Cotton Sateen Sheets, with several reporting no problems after years of use. The sheets tore in expert durability tests, however, and a handful of reviewers complain of holes or tears. Nearly all say the fabric has a substantial, weighty feel, and few report shrinkage. The sheets also resist shrinkage in expert tests. L.L. Bean responds to customer complaints, offering to replace or refund sheets for dissatisfied owners.
1. Good Housekeeping
L.L.Bean's sateen sheets earn an A- in expert testing. Editors say the sheets fit well on a queen mattress and don't shrink, and color stays true even after five trips through the washer. However, the sheets tore in durability tests.
Review: LL Bean 340-Thread-Count Sateen Sheets, Editors of Good Housekeeping, March 2012
Customers give L.L.Bean's sateen sheets 4.1 stars out of 5 after more than 60 reviews. Most say they're soft, smooth and cool, and fit thick mattresses well. Others praise their durability, saying they've had them for years without issue, but a few users complain of wrinkles.
Review: 340-Thread-Count Cotton Sateen Sheet, Flat, Contributors to L.L.Bean.com, As of July 2013