There's no material more luxurious than silk: It's a natural fiber that's incredibly smooth and has built-in temperature-regulating properties. We've been fans of silk pillowcases for years because of the legit benefits of silk: They can help prevent bedhead and wrinkles (not to mention, they're super comfy to sleep on). The good news is you can take it to the next level by wrapping your entire body in silk all night long.
The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab tests real silk and synthetic satin fabric for things like durability, smoothness, washability, and moisture management capabilities. We also send silk pillowcases home with consumer testers to sleep on and provide in-depth feedback. On top of that, we perform extensive tests on bed sheet fabrics of all kinds. The picks below are either from our top-tested brands or popular styles with unique features and rave reviews from users.
How to Choose Silk Sheets
Silk sheets are an investment, and shoppers want to know they are selecting the best set. Understanding the different types of silk, momme weight ratings, and weave patterns can help narrow down the search for quality options. It is also essential to weigh the pros and cons of silk sheets, including what to expect in terms of price.
What to Consider When Buying Silk Sheets
There are some important factors to look for when buying new sheets in general, but others are specific to silk sheets. The list below will help you narrow down your options and understand what to look for when comparing silk sheet sets.
Material: Silk is made from the cocoon fibers of silkworms. The cocoon consists of one continuous thread, which must be carefully unraveled. It can take up to 5,000 cocoons to create one pound of silk, affecting the price and availability of certain types of silk. The type of silk is determined by the type and diet of the silkworms. These factors can affect the feel and weight of silk. As a material, silk is revered for its softness, breathability, and elegant drape. Organic silk can be more expensive. Budget-friendly options may include blended silk, which typically consists of cotton and silk.
Weave: How silk threads are woven on the loom affects the density and feel of silk sheets. There are not many weave patterns used for silk sheets; most are constructed with a charmeuse weave. Charmeuse is distinguished by its two-sided design: high sheen on one side, and dull on the other. Satin weaves are also common. Though momme is more important than thread count, the weave can indicate how many silk threads are used and in what pattern.
Feel: Silk sheets feel smooth and soft, but don’t expect them to be slippery like synthetic satin sheets. The smoothness of silk prevents it from catching on dry skin or causing frizzy hair. It is lightweight and breathable, so it feels comfortable for many different types of sleepers and climates. The feel of silk sheets can be affected by the type of silk, momme, and weave pattern.
Fit: Silk sheets are widely available in all standard mattress sizes, so shoppers should choose the sheet size that corresponds to their mattress. Some silk sheet sets are only made in queen or king sizes, so availability will depend on the brand. Also important to consider is the pocket depth of the fitted sheet. This measurement indicates the maximum mattress thickness the sheet will accommodate. High-profile mattresses often require deep pocket fitted sheets, so double check measurements before making a purchase.
Price: Avoid selecting the cheapest silk sheets, as you will get a better return on your investment if you spend a little more upfront on high-quality sheets that are more durable. Many silk sheets are expensive due to the high cost of manufacturing. That said, there is still a wide price range available, and value-minded shoppers should keep an eye out for sales and promotions.
Momme: Momme is the standard measurement for the weight of silk. It indicates the weight in pounds of silk fabric that is 100 yards long and 45 inches wide. For silk sheets, 19 to 25 momme is ideal, as this weight will be durable but still breathable. When shopping for silk sheets, you’ll probably see momme listed on product tags instead of thread count.
Design, Color and Pattern: Silk holds dye well, and there is a wide range of colors available for silk bed sheets as a result. White and neutral colors are especially common, though lighter colors can be sheerer. Jewel tones and vibrant shades are also popular. Silk bed sheets are mostly available in solid colors, but some brands offer additional patterns and designs. Seamless sets are also available from select brands.
Breathability: Silk is highly breathable, which helps it regulate temperature and prevent overheating. The sheets may feel cool to the touch at first, but silk can be insulating in colder months. We consider it to be an all-season fabric as the natural fibers wick away moisture, circulate air, and help keep sleepers comfortable.
Durability: Natural silk is highly durable and many shoppers find the above-average lifespan of silk sheets is worth the initial investment. The grade and type of silk, along with the momme weight rating and weave, can affect the longevity of silk sheets. Usage and care is also important. Proper cleaning and storage extend the lifespan of silk sheets.
Ease of Care: It is easy to be intimidated by caring for silk sheets, but many sets are easy to maintain. Always follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer and take precautions when washing the sheets at home. Silk benefits from hand washing, as this prevents damage to the fibers. Air drying the sheets is typically recommended.
Here are the best silk sheets to buy for your bed in 2021:
We choose 25 momme silk, which is of a larger weight and made of sufficient materials. It is compact, durable, shiny, and smooth. Our bed sheet height is about 40cm, which is widely used for different thicknesses of mattresses. We thicken and widen the elastic band through its sides for quick rebound and no deformation. It can be firmly fixed on your bed will not be messy. Enjoy a high-quality life from now on!
We develop technology and upgrade processes, just for the best experience. Silk contains 18 kinds of the same amino acids as human skin, so wrapping your skin in amino acids is like putting a face pack on your body all night long. We select quality mulberry silk fabrics for the sheets set, offer you a luxurious pure color visual experience. Its color is noble and the texture is drooping and smooth like a waterfall, which makes your bedroom full of luxury and brings you a royal and aristocratic sleep experience.
Go for this gorgeous pure color that's made of 100 percent Grade A mulberry silk. This type of silk is known to help nourish your skin and it has a special molecule that helps people sleep better throughout the night.
Like the option above, you don't have to forgo patterns just because your sheets are silk. This beautiful lasso printed set will be the scene-stealing statement piece in any bedroom.