Your sheets are a vital part of your bedding, serving to both extend the life of your mattress and duvet as well as keep you comfortable while you snooze. But while most people tend to buy a pair of sheets and use them until they fall apart, it's really not ideal — for your mattress or your overall comfort. That raises a big question: How often should you replace your sheets? Spolier alert: Probably more often than you're doing now.
To delve into this issue, we consulted a pro. "Generally, the lifespan of your bedsheets is two years," says Laurie Fulford, laundry expert at SudShare. However, she stipulates, "This can vary depending upon the fabric." To be more specific: Sheets made from linen or 100% Egyptian or Pima cotton tend to last longer than other types — "three or more years," according to Fulford. Higher thread-count sheets — which are more expensive — can also have a longer lifespan compared to lower thread count sheets, she adds.
By the way, your pillows have an age limit as well: It's generally recommended that you replace them every two years, in addition to washing them regularly.
Naturally, personal preferences come into play when considering new sheets. Bedding made from cotton, linen and bamboo tends to be the most breathable — and best — for hot sleepers. If you like a silkier feel, consider sheets crafted from sateen or actual silk. And, if you just can't deal with wrinkles, microfiber is likely a good choice.
If you don't feel like keeping mental tabs on when to buy new sheets, there are a few other things that can tip you off that it's time for an upgrade. "Signs of wear and tear, such as discoloring, fading and areas that have ripped or frayed are the most obvious indicators that it is time to purchase new sheets," Fulford says. "Also, if you notice that, even after washing your sheets, they are still not smelling as fresh and clean as they used to, it might be a good idea to go ahead and purchase a fresh set."
So....time to upgrade your sheets set? We're guessing yes, and are ready with some popular options to consider.
One five-star fan called these the "most amazing sheets I've ever owned," adding, "They are worth every dollar. Feels like laying on your most favorite pair of basketball shorts. Super cool and super soft."
"They’re the comfiest set of sheets I’ve ever owned," said a happy customer. "They are luxurious without the price tag. I have other sheet sets that I’ve spent over $150 on and these don’t compare."
"The sheets were thick enough that I know they’ll last and get softer with age," shared a satisfied shopper. "They were smooth and comfortable after washing out the sizing, and not too crisp or too soft."
Shared a happy sleeper: "Thick material, beautiful color. I think I smiled when I fell asleep. Amazing! Very happy."
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