Investing in sleep is one of the best things you can do. Not only is it important to make sure you're getting enough sleep, but you also need to make sure the bed you tuck into every night will have you getting the best sleep possible. And one of the best things you can do for yourself is to get some really good bed sheets. You probably know the drill. Linen sheets, though good year round, are associated with the warm months. Cotton percale is an all-around good pick for whenever. But with the temperatures dipping in most places, you should be eyeing some good, cozy flannel sheets. You know all about flannel for your body (who's to say you're not wearing a flannel shirt right now?), but it's time you get that coziness up in your bed. Here are the seven best flannel sheets to wrap yourself in as soon as you start seeing your own breath in the air.
- Best Overall Flannel Sheets: L.L. Bean Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Set
- Best Splurge Flannel Sheets: Coyuchi Cloud Brushed Organic Flannel Sheets
- Best Budget Flannel Sheets: Mellanni Cotton Flannel Sheet Set
- Best Solid-Colored Flannel Sheets: The Company Store Legends Luxury Velvet Flannel Fitted Sheet
- Best Printed Flannel Sheets: Garnet Hill Cozy Plaid Organic-Cotton Flannel Bedding
- Best Organic Flannel Sheets: Casper Flannel Sheet Set
- Best Giftable Flannel Sheets: Brooklinen Flannel Core Sheet Set
What is flannel?
Flannel is a type of soft, brushed fabric that can be made from cotton, wool or synthetic material. "Flannel" and "cozy" often go together as the fabric is incredibly soft and warm owing to its brushed quality, which essentially raises the fabric's surface fibers to increase insulation and add a fuzzy-like feel.
Should you get flannel sheets?
If you're someone who loves super-soft bedding, then yes, you should absolutely get flannel sheets. There is a huge category people, however, who may never hope to get near flannel sheets, and those are folks who tend to overheat in their sleep. Flannel is a really good insulating material, hence its use in cold months for outdoor activities, so if you're already sweating through your linen bedding, you may find yourself getting cooked under flannel.
What is the best thread count for flannel sheets?
Unlike sheets of other materials, flannel sheets aren't measured by thread count, but are instead measured by ounce per square yard. Flannel sheets will either be considered heavyweight or lightweight, the former offering more warmth and the latter giving more breathability. A fairly standard weight for flannel sheets is five ounces, and you can go lighter or heavier depending on how much you overheat at night.
Editor's Note: All prices shown are for queen-sized bedding.
The Best Flannel Sheets of 2021
L.L. Bean is hard to beat in the flannel department, whether it's the brand's flannel shirts or flannel-lined pants. The same applies to its flannel bed sheets, some of the most lauded-after bedding when it comes to cold-weather comfort. Available in eight colors, the five-ounce flannel sheets are the perfect middle-of-the-road option between lightweight and heavyweight flannel. And while the colorways aren't exactly exciting, the brand does sell patterned flannel sheets for a bit more. The sheets are made in Portugal, one of the top flannel-producing countries, and with continued use and washing, will only get softer and softer with age.
- Incredibly soft, and will soften more with subsequent washings
- Not too light or heavy
- Shrink resistant
- May start pilling
Coyuchi's flannel sheets are certified organic, and made from six-ounce flannel, which is slightly toastier than L.L. Bean's. The sheets are resistant to pilling because of its velvet soft texture while also producing a luxurious feel against your skin. The available colors are muted and beautiful, and because the sheets have a Made Safe seal, you can bee sure they're free of harmful toxins.
- Soft and resistant to pilling
- Beautifully dyed
- Warm, but shouldn't cause you to overheat
- Limited colors
Testing the waters of flannel bedding? Take the plunge with the super-cheap flannel sheets from Mellanni, a brand that prides itself on affordable bedding that still pays attention to quality. These flannel sheets boast a decently heavy weight — 5.6 ounces — though most people note the sheets remain thin and breathable.
- Only decent quality
- Will shed and pill over time
- Shrinks after first wash, and top sheet is too small
The Company Store's heavyweight flannel are soft and warming, and they also come in more colors than most other retailers offer. The fitted sheet's deep pockets can accommodate loftier mattresses, while still being apt to use on shallower mattresses because of its reliable elastic band. While the company doesn't offer the bedding as a set, it does allow for some color mix-and-matching if that's your thing.
- Wide array of colors
- Bedding is sold separately; sheet sets are not available
- Shrinks over time
Garnet Hill probably has the best selection of printed flannel sheets whether it's classic plaid or more something fun for Christmas. The sheets themselves are woven in Portugal, and according to Garnet Hill, is made by folks who have been doing this for the past 40 years. The cotton is completely organic and is on the heavier side of flannel sheets, weight 5.4 ounces. Brushed on both sides, the sheets are extra soft and unlikely to pill too much (after the first wash).
- A huge selection of prints
- Extra-soft flannel
- On the heavier side
Casper's a sleep brand, so it makes sense that its flannel sheets are excellent for sleep — especially when it's frigid out there. The sheets are made toxin-free from 100-percent organic cotton. Give these sheets a try and do so with confidence because Casper offers a 30-day trial period. That's a long time to get adjusted to sleeping like a baby.
- Brushed for extra softness
- Includes a 30-day trial period and one-year warranty
- Not suited for tall mattresses
Sheets as a gift will rarely draw more than an: "Oh, thanks." But Brooklinen's flannel sheets should be at the top of your gift shopping list for, well, everyone you need to buy a gift for. They're supremely soft — the type of material you'll be thinking about all day until it's time to go to sleep again — and they're incredibly high quality. Buy a set for yourself too while you're at it.
- Buttery soft
- Beautiful prints
- Only available in prints
- Can't buy just a fitted sheet
We tested 36 different bed sheet sets to find the best bedding for every type of sleeper, at every budget.