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- June 9, 2017
Many dorm rooms are furnished with twin extra-long beds, which are five inches longer than a traditional twin. Because of this, standard twin sheets won’t fit. Our sheet recommendations are for those looking for comfortable and inexpensive 100 percent cotton twin XL sheets.
We looked at 90 sheet sets from places like Target, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Costco, IKEA, and other large retailers that offer a variety of inexpensive options. For this guide, we also considered an additional nine sets that came in twin XL. We compared budget sheets to the expensive sets in our feel and durability tests. All of the sheets tested were either cotton sateen or percale (you can read more about the difference here).
Good dorm bedding should be comfortable, but it isn’t a long-term investment. If your room has a twin extra-long bed you’ll probably use the sheets for only a few years, max, so you shouldn’t spend much. There aren’t a ton of good-quality yet affordable twin XL sheets, but after considering 11 sets and testing two, we think Target’s Threshold Performance 400 Thread Count Sheet Set is the best for most dorm beds.
Great sheets at any price should feel soft against the skin, wear well, and be durably constructed. We picked and tested the sheets we feature in this guide while we worked on our main sheets guide. We looked for high-quality sheet sets made from 100 percent cotton, which experts say provides the best balance between comfort and value. Cotton sheets are soft and absorb moisture, allowing the body to stay warm in cold weather and cool in warm weather. Cotton’s also easy to clean and gets softer after multiple washes.
Like other percale sheets, these have what’s considered a “dry hand” (the opposite of slippery/silky). Laying on them you’ll stay put rather than feel like you’re slipping around. The sheets are not as crisp as more-expensive percale (they don’t have that crinkly sound of fine hotel bedding), but the fabric does feel better than the sets we tried from Walmart and IKEA. They feel lighter in weight than the sateen Threshold Performance sheets (although both sets came in around 3.5 ounces per square yard in our FIT tests). In our other FIT lab tests, these sheets were within an acceptable range for tensile strength and they showed good resistance to pilling (again a four to five rating).
Although we like Target’s Threshold Performance set better, its Threshold 300 Thread Count Ultra Soft sheets (flat, fitted, and pillowcases) are also good quality and come at a decent price of around $40 for a set. They’re not as soft as the Threshold Performance sheets, and they don’t feel quite as smooth as higher-priced percale (like our favorite L.L.Bean set), but they’re cooler against the skin than our main pick, which makes them a good choice for sleeping in warmer weather (or when the heat’s cranked). They also come in a wider variety of colors (aqua, elephant, ivory, red, and white in fitted sheets), in case you or the student in your life want more decorating options.
In our durability tests at FIT, the Threshold Performance sheets resisted pilling (ranking between a four and a five on a scale where five means no pilling), they were within an acceptable range for tensile strength, and they weighed about 3.5 ounces per square yard—lighter than our favorite sateen sheets from Royal Velvet, but similar to most of the percale and sateen sheets we tried. In years past, we’ve found that cheaper sateen sets are prone to snagging, but we haven’t experienced any issues like this with this set.
We held each sheet up to the same rigorous testing criteria used in our main sheets guide, which was designed to evaluate the hand (feel) of the sheets, overall comfort when sleeping with them, and durability over time. To eliminate brand bias, we removed tags from the sheets and marked them with numbers. As with the other sets we tried for our main guide, we tested their durability at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s textile-testing lab.
Cool Touch Peracle Sheets from Wamsutta are luxuriously soft and crisp sheets made from 100% Egyptian cotton. These sheets have a percale weave which gives them a cool, crisp feel, perfect for staying comfortable on warm nights.
Cool Touch Peracle Flat Sheets from Wamsutta are luxuriously soft and crisp sheets made from 350-thread-count 100% cotton. These sheets have a percale weave which gives them a cool, crisp feel, perfect for staying comfortable on warm nights.
Target’s Threshold Performance sheets were nearly as soft, durable, and wrinkle-resistant as the top-performing sets in our main sheet guide. They proved very durable in all of our tests at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s textile-testing lab. And because they’re made of 100 percent cotton, they’ll breathe better than the cotton-polyester sheets offered in a lot of college linen packages. Currently, the twin XL size is available only in four colors (white and dark gray solids and blue global and gray ring prints), but for about $30 a set (including shipping) we think they’re an exceptional value.
The best twin XL sheets Threshold Performance 400 Thread Count Sheet Set This sateen set from Target is almost as soft, durable, and wrinkle-resistant as sets we’ve tried that cost four to seven times the price. (They’re only available in the twin XL size in dark gray, white, and two prints.)
Out of 20 sets we tried, the Threshold Performance set was in the top four for wrinkle resistance in our tests at FIT’s textile-testing labs. These sheets come out of the dryer relatively wrinkle-free and look smooth on the bed. By comparison, our other pick, the Threshold Ultra Soft sheets, wrinkle quite a bit, even out of the dryer, and wrinkle even more with use.
Many universities and colleges offer bed linen programs through which you can purchase twin XL or full XL (another common size for dorm housing) sheets, as well as complete bedding sets. But the sheet sets are often made of a cotton-polyester blend, which can be very durable and wrinkle-resistant, but less breathable than 100 percent cotton.
If you want a percale set that’s a little cooler against the skin than our main pick we also like Target’s Threshold 300 Thread Count Ultra Soft sheets (flat, fitted, and cases). At around $40 for a complete set (again with shipping) they aren’t as great a deal as our main pick, and they’re also not as soft feeling or wrinkle-resistant. But because they have a very dry hand (the opposite of silky/slippery) they will feel nicer than our main pick for warm weather. The sheets come in a wider range of colors, too, in case you or the student in your life want more options.
Target’s Threshold Performance 400 Thread Count Sheet Set is the best inexpensive sheet set we’ve tried that comes in a twin XL size. (Note: This size is currently available only in dark gray, white, and two prints—blue global and gray ring.) Right now a complete set is only about $30, which also qualifies it for free standard shipping from Target. We found it softer than sets four to seven times its price when testing for our main sheet guide, and it was one of the best sets we tested for wrinkle resistance. It performed very well in our FIT durability tests, which leads us to believe this set will hold up better than other cheaper sets we’ve tried in the past. The fabric is on the warm side, so we think the sheets are best for using in cooler weather.
Preethi Gopinath, who tested all of our sheets, has worked for 20 years as a textile designer. Among other things, she has designed bed linens for Spring Industries and Designerie. She has also taught textile science courses in FIT’s Textile Development and Marketing department.
Take your bed to new levels of softness and comfort with this luxurious sheet collection. Wamsutta Ultra Soft Sateen high-quality, silky soft sheets are woven with 525-thread-count Pima cotton with a sateen weave, and are wrinkle resistant for easy care.
Take your bed to new levels of softness and comfort with this luxurious sheet collection by Wamsutta. These high-quality, silky soft sheets are woven with 525-thread-count Pima cotton with a sateen weave, and are wrinkle resistant for easy care.
We spoke with a half dozen bedding experts for our main sheet guide, and those interviews informed how we chose lower-priced sets. We also pored over reviews from Consumer Reports (subscription required) and on Sleep Like The Dead. We looked to customer review sections on websites including Amazon, JCPenney, Target, Walmart, Costco, and many other small and large retailers, and looked at reader comments on our main sheets guide to determine what people really love and hate about sheet sets.
Because these are sateen sheets, the fabric is very smooth with a silky quality and it drapes very nicely. It holds more heat than our percale pick, below, so it’s better for sleeping in cooler temperatures.
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