I Tested 5 Fancy Sheets—and the Best One Wasn't the Most Expensive

We spend roughly 33% of our lives sleeping, according to the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research—that’s equivalent to about 26 years. Let that sink in for a moment. Picture everything that happened in 26 years of your life, wiped out in a dreamless sleep (a pretty sobering thought). Fortunately, sleep doesn’t actually work that way, but of course knowing exactly how much of our lives we spend in our bed—whether it’s blissfully passed out or tossing and turning—makes us want our sleeping conditions to be as conducive to a restful slumber as possible. And aside from choosing the perfect mattress, the most important part of getting that deep, so-good-you-don’t-want-it-to-end sleep is one thing: your sheets.

As someone who just moved coasts and left my old (very basic) sheets behind, I was ready to pull a Beyoncé and say “Upgrade U” to my lackluster sheets of yore. But one question nagged me: Are pricier sheets really that much better? The more I researched, the more I realized higher thread count isn’t necessarily a good indicator of quality—so how was I supposed to know if shelling out $300+ for sheets that I found via a pretty Instagram ad would actually give me the best snooze of my life? I decided that the only way to see if the new crop of buzzy sheets lived up to their hype would be to test them out myself. As someone who considers sleeping one of her favorite pastimes and most important talents, I was confident I would be up for the task. Armed with five of the best bed sheets from major players and young upstarts alike, I slept my way across them all—and fell for a few along the way.

Keep scrolling to read my reviews and find out which sheet set reigned supreme.