What Are the Best Sheets for Summer? Linen vs. Cotton | Tuft & Needle
July 30, 2020
Author: Shelly Weaver-Cather
Linen has a long history of being the top fabric choice for clothing in hot summers, and when we say long, we’re talking Biblical times. Because of its natural ability to wick away moisture and heat, hot weather garments have historically been made of linen or linen blends to help keep people cool before indoor temperatures were controlled by air conditioning. This applies perfectly to bedding, as well.
Linen sheets break in overtime to be soft and cozy but are incredibly durable as well as breathable. They are usually more of an investment, but they have a cool reputation for a reason. Most linen bedding sets will have a naturally rumpled texture, which gives a lighter, more lived-in look while still maintaining a luxurious feel. Despite the high maintenance reputation, caring for linen is as simple as most bedding—wash with a good-quality detergent, tumble dry low or hang dry.
Pros: Durable, breathable, can wick away and hold up to 20% of its own weight in moisture.
Cons: Higher investment, naturally wrinkled look might not be your style.
Lots of companies claim high thread count and jack up the price on their bedding when in reality they are simply doubling or tripling the yarns used in a single thread to fake it.