The Best Editor-Tested Handheld Vacuums You Can Buy Right Now

The Best Editor-Tested Handheld Vacuums You Can Buy Right Now

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Vacuums are a staple in any home, but if you haven’t considered a handheld vacuum yet or are in the market for a great one, allow us to introduce you to the best ones we put to the test. These portable vacuums are perfect for smaller messes or just more precise deep cleaning in hard-to-reach areas like tight corners and between sofa cushions. Have a pet? Handheld vacuums are heroes when it comes to targeting hair, dander, and dust bunnies. But even if your home is pet-free, the benefits of adding a handheld vacuum to your cleaning arsenal are many. They’re easier to grab for quicker clean-up, come in cordless options, and portable for tidying up cars, closets, and other tricky spaces that even full-sized vacuum attachments can’t reach. We’ve rounded up our top editor-tested handheld vacuums so you can up your cleaning game, stat.

The Best Handheld Vacuums

What to Consider When Buying a Handheld Vacuum

In short, there’s a lot. But we’ve narrowed it all down to two functions: suction power and whether or not the handheld vacuum is cordless. Keep in mind your preferred use experience, where you’ll mostly be using it (if you can’t narrow this down, go for cordless), and what you tend to need to clean up. Dusty messes benefit from an interior filter, preferably washable, while larger debris will need higher suction power. Read on for more information on how to pick the best handheld vacuum for your needs.

Suction power is one of the most important factors to pay attention to when it comes to the efficacy of mini or handheld vacuums. Size shouldn’t matter if the vacuum’s suction power is strong enough. There are a couple of units of measure that you may see when it comes to a vacuum’s suction power:

Cordless: The most popular type of vacuum today, cordless models are some of the most effortless vacuums to use and tote around thanks to their portability. They have exceptional ease of use and tend to be designed with convenience in mind. But like any other cordless electronic, their power and functionality can dwindle unexpectedly if the vacuum’s battery is low.

Corded: The predictable nature of corded vacuums makes them one of the most reliable types on the market. Because the suction isn’t dependent on how much power they’re able to hold after a charge, they’re often some of the highest performers when it comes to vacuums. That said, corded models usually have limited mobility and require unplugging and replugging in order to thoroughly vacuum larger spaces.

What We Look for In a Handheld Vacuum

We tested a variety of handheld and mini vacuums against different types and levels of small messes, judging them on the following criteria:

The Best Handheld Vacuums

“The Bissell AeroSlim is a sleek handheld vacuum that really doesn’t look like a vacuum at first glance,” says assistant shopping editor Britt, who tested it. “Its storage stand keeps both the hand vac and its brush and crevice tool contained, so there aren’t a lot of spare parts to deal with.” Small-space friendly and easy on the eyes, the AeroSlim is our choice as the best overall handheld vacuum. “The filter and USB charging cord are even small enough to fit inconspicuously into a drawer,” Britt continues. “I love the convenience of handheld vacuums, so I’ve come into contact with plenty. The AeroSlim is the first one that I haven’t felt compelled to keep hidden away with the other vacuums behind the door of my laundry room. Instead, it sits proudly on top of a bookshelf!” At under $50, the sleek AeroSlim and its multi-purpose accessories are suitable for tight storage spaces as well different aesthetics when displayed. It’s got all the expected (and helpful!) bells and whistles, like being cordless, having a washable filter, and coming with a USB charging cord, so it can be used anywhere for up to 12 minutes. The Bissell AeroSlim’s got it all and does it all.

Who It’s Best For: Those who want a compact yet powerful handheld vacuum; those who don’t want to spend too much; those who want something with a trustworthy name (like Bissell).

Yes, the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is a full-sized cordless vacuum, but it converts into one of the highest-powered, longest-lasting handheld vacuums on the market. It’s both our best investment handheld vacuum pick as well as our choice among highly versatile vacuum cleaners. It includes all the necessary features: a spacious canister base, multiple crevice tools, and 60 minutes of fade-free run time. Contributing shopping editor and tester Ivy says, “I LOVE THIS VACUUM!! I finally splurged and bought it during a sale two years ago and it’s one of the best home purchases I’ve ever made. It’s a total investment, but really is as amazing as it claims to be. It is absolutely unreal to see what the vacuum’s technology can help suck up, and how easy it is to reach those hard-to-clean areas. I love using the different heads that came with it for narrow crevices. It’s also so easy to empty the bin — total game changer to have a bag-free vacuum.” The extremely powerful V10’s attachments can pick up just about any mess, including those tiny, dusty corners or scattered spills of large debris. Because of its slender frame, we recommend emptying the canister after every couple of uses to avoid clogging. Take care of your V10 and it’ll be an investment that will take care of you, paying you back in a super tidy home that’s easily achieved for years (and years) to come.

Who It’s Best For: Those who are ready to pay more for a handheld that’s got it all; those who want longer run times; those with allergies who need maximum filtration.

Good to Know: The dock included with the V10 can be screwed into a wall at the height of your choice, making it easily accessible and rechargeable either as the full-sized vacuum, the handheld, or just the base.

Handheld vacuums come in all shapes these days. Some seem earnestly ergonomically beneficial, but most are just the same ol’ machine in a new suit. Same goes for price — many models are $50 or under and some ring in at over $200. Once we cleared the clutter, as it were, we found that the O.G. Dustbuster from Black + Decker is the handheld vacuum we go back to time and time again. It’s a recent Best List winner as well as the subject of one of our writers’ love letters from 2017, and we haven’t stopped raving about it since. Unfussy, straightforward, and reliable, it’s a dream for quick clean-ups and daily household maintenance — particularly if you have a pet or are chasing after a messy little one. It has a rotating nozzle and can be taken apart easily for filter cleaning, which we recommend doing regularly to maintain its efficacy. Replacing handheld vacuums is one of our biggest pet peeves — it’s expensive, wasteful, and annoying that they typically live such short lives. Somehow, our Dustbusters persevere, outlasting many others we’ve tested over the years.

Who It’s Best For: Those who need something compact in addition to their upright vacuum that has high power and suction; those with pets or households with frequent small messes.

Good to Know: We also tested the newer version that’s a bit more expensive but is high-powered with a pivoting feature that makes it even easier to use.

“Chic, cordless, and compact,” tester and SEO editor Sarah says, “the HomeVac H11 is the stuff of dreams,” especially for those who have ritualized their cleaning routines and view vacuuming as an act of self-care. “For the most part, hand vacuums can be rather large and unsightly,” says Sarah, “but this one puts a stylish spin on the popular cleaning tool with a sleek design that’s roughly the size of an average wine bottle.” Lightweight, sleek, and not hard to look at, the eufy by Anker HomeVac H11 welcomes us all to the modern world of vacuums, the way they should be. “Don’t let the size (or price!) fool you,” Sarah continues, “this vacuum packs a punch. With a powerful 5,500 Pa suction power, a washable high-efficiency filter, and an included multi-use crevice tool to reach every nook and cranny, this handheld vacuum might just become the star of your cleaning kit. The best part? It packs all of this power into a device that weighs just 1.2 pounds!” When we said lightweight, we meant it.

Who It’s Best For: Those who hate the look of traditional vacuums and cleaning tools; those who want something extra small but extra powerful.

Good to Know: The HomeVac H11 also includes an lOzone purification system within its filter, purifying the air as it cleans dirt, dust, and even large debris.

What if what you’re looking for isn’t as big as even the smallest handheld on our list but is still strong enough to keep your workspace dust free? The FineInno Mini Crumb Vacuum is ideal for keeping on your desk, in your desk drawer, on your kitchen counter, or near your dining table — wherever you find yourself needing to spot-clean a dry spill without the use of paper towels, chemicals, or wipes. Its tiny body carries battery power that allows it to last up to 10 minutes, the average time for some of the largest handheld vacuums we’ve tested. The best part? It’s designed to fit neatly in the palm of your hand so you can comfortably and effortlessly glide it over surfaces — even your laptop — and allow the device to vacuum everything up. “It’s powerful for its size and was even strong enough to pick up the tiny instruction manual it came with,” says Britt. When it’s ready to be cleaned, simply empty the canister from the bottom of the vacuum. It runs on two AA batteries that slide into the compartment just beneath the vacuum’s twist top. Easy to use, clean, and recharge, the FineInno Mini Vacuum could be your new cleaning BFF.

Who It’s Best For: Those who don’t want to break out their full-sized vacuum for tiny messes; those who want to keep a vacuum in their car or at their desk.

Good to Know: Make sure to purchase your batteries separately and prevent burnout by following the maximum recommended time of use: 10 minutes per cleaning session.

The Best Mattress Pads and Protectors You Can Buy Right Now

The Best Mattress Pads and Protectors You Can Buy Right Now

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A quality mattress is a big investment, so doing what you can to protect it from damage should be just as important as the mattress itself. Unlike mattress toppers, mattress pads and protectors aren’t meant to change the feel of your mattress or give it extra support — although you can and should use both if you’re so inclined. Instead, mattress pads and protectors fortify your mattress so you can enjoy it longer, avoid staining, and keep things hygienic. If you have kids or pets, are a city dweller and move from place to place (this is Apartment Therapy, after all), or are sensitive to allergens, getting a mattress protector should be the first accessory you purchase along with your mattress.

Even if none of the above apply to you, may we kindly suggest: Just get a mattress protector. You spend hours and hours on your mattress every day and night, leaving behind sweat, dirt, dead skin, drool (yep), and more, all of which build up after years of use and lead to faster deterioration of your mattress. While you can’t just throw your mattress in the laundry, you can do that with a mattress pad, which will act as a barrier and absorb spills, sweat, and other stains instead of your mattress. Mattress pads also prevent dust mites, which love to feast on the dead skin we shed, from making a home out of your bed and causing undue allergies. Another very important reason to get a mattress protector: Liquids can break down the foams in mattresses, so stains will void your warranty. So, if for no other reason than to protect your investment, it’s a smart idea to get a mattress pad.

Ready to buy one for yourself? Check out our editor-approved picks for the best mattress pads and protectors out there.

The Best Mattress Pads and Protectors

What to Consider When Buying a Mattress Pad

Mattress pads are there to protect the mattress you so generously invested time and money into, so there are a few things you should keep in mind when shopping for one. The key is deciding how you want it to protect your mattress or, really, what your mattress pad can do for you — after all, you’ll be getting pretty cozy with it.

Waterproof: While many mattress covers are water resistant, you’ll want to specifically look for a waterproof mattress protector if you have younger kids or pets who sleep with you, or if you just like to enjoy a glass of wine in bed. Doing so will protect your mattress from stains and anything else you don’t want to be lying in every night — not to mention, a damp mattress can lead to mold and bacteria growth. If you want a totally waterproof mattress pad, look for options that are made without phthalates, PVC, vinyl, or other potentially harmful chemicals. We found three great options that aren’t treated with chemicals to make them waterproof.

Hypoallergenic: Mattress pads can prevent allergens like dirt, dander, and dust mites from settling into your mattress, and they can also keep you more comfortable if you have sensitive skin. There are also mattress protectors designed to keep bed bugs out — which could be enough information to force us all to look for a mattress pad of our own. For the most effective hypoallergenic mattress protectors, look at encasement style. Ones that fully zip all the way around the mattress (rather than cinching around the top like a fitted sheet) and have a tightly woven fabric work best at keeping dust mites and their waste from passing through. Another rule of thumb if you have bad allergies is to wash your mattress pad (and other bedding) once a week in hot water.

Temperature regulating: Whether you sleep hot or cold, a mattress pad can help you sleep more soundly. Hot sleepers should look for breathable materials like cotton, wool, or bamboo/eucalyptus lyocell, and avoid polyester, which tends to trap heat. Also keep in mind that mattress pads will keep your mattress fresh if you tend to sweat during the night.

There are two types of mattress pads: those that fit like fitted sheets and those that fully encase the mattress. The most common type is the fitted sheet-style mattress pad, so all of the picks on our list are that style. These are easier to find and clean, as you can simply pull them off the mattress, but they do leave the bottom of your mattress exposed. If you have severe allergies or are in need of ultimate protection from bed bugs and other pests, look into zippered protectors that fully cover your mattress.

There are a few material and textile certifications we mention that are worth looking out for when shopping for bedding of any kind, including mattress pads.

What We Look for in a Mattress Pad

We tested a wide range of mattress pads for our list, judging them on the following criteria:

Rarely in life is there a ‘total package’ product that checks all the boxes, but the Sijo Eucalyptus Mattress Protector actually does just that. If you’re looking for comfort, utility, temperature regulation, sustainable materials, and an affordable price point all in one, look no further. Not only is it 100 percent waterproof, but it’s also made from eco-friendly Tencel lyocell, a fabric made from responsibly farmed bamboo and other wood sources. Don’t let the thought of sleeping on bamboo or wood scare you: These natural fibers actually create a super soft fabric that is naturally cooling, antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic. And unlike many other waterproof mattress pads that crinkle and have a plastic-y feel, Sijo’s Tencel fabric makes zero noise as you move around in bed. AT contributor Stella was impressed by how undetectable the Sijo mattress protector was when she tried it: “You can’t even tell it’s on with a sheet on top of it, and it doesn’t change the texture of my mattress either. I love that it’s 100 percent waterproof so my mattress can stay feeling brand new. It’s no hassle to put on or take off, and I really can’t emphasize enough how silent it is.” With a continuous elastic hem that wraps securely around the mattress, it stays snugly in place and won’t bunch or shift.

Who It’s Best For: Those who want a waterproof mattress protector without having to feel or hear a waterproof mattress protector; those who sleep warm and want a cooling layer.

Good to Know: There are no chemical treatments or coatings used, and yet, both the mattress protector top and sides are 100 percent waterproof with a protective barrier. While that may sound like music to a parent’s ears, unfortunately for those with young kids, Sijo does not make this mattress protector in Twin size.

Shoppers looking specifically for waterproof mattress protectors likely know they’ll be put to the test — and then replaced when they become spent. The budget-friendly price of Coop’s Ultra Luxe Waterproof Mattress Protector certainly makes having to replace these less of a pain, but it doesn’t mean they’re any less effective. Reviewers have said the mattress protector, made with a proprietary polyurethane backing, withstood everything from spilled drinks to pet throw up to potty training accidents and kept mattresses dry even after several washes. Plus, after said accidents, stains washed out well. Made of a bamboo-derived material that feels soft not crinkly (frankly we would never recommend a mattress protector that felt like you were sliding around on plastic), is wonderfully silent, cool to the touch, and hypoallergenic, it’s a great choice even if you don’t need waterproofing protection. The Coop mattress protector gets AT Best List writer Kendall’s stamp of approval “because of its awesome price, but also because it pretty much never slips off, is undetectable and silent, and effectively repels liquid (read: wine).”

Who It’s Best For: Those looking for an affordable waterproof option that doesn’t crinkle or feel plastic-y. Those who want a generous sleep-trial period (of up to 100 nights), as Coop will gladly take back your mattress protector if you’re not 100 percent satisfied.

Good to Know: The sides of this mattress protector do not have waterproof backing. If you do decide to purchase, use, and wash, do not dry on high heat as this could damage the waterproof membrane.

We talk about Avocado a lot on these Best Lists, but that’s because their products really are that good. Their mattress pad protector is one of the best if you’re looking for something luxe and don’t mind paying for quality. Made of quilted organic cotton with reinforced edges, it has a sturdy construction and thicker, plush feel — so you’ll likely feel a little extra padding but also have no doubts that it’s strong enough to hold up for many years. Even better? It’s free of polyurethane, spandex, thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs), formaldehyde, PVCs, vinyls, laminates, adhesives, chemical finishes, and waterproof coatings, making it about as natural as you can get. The Avocado mattress pad earned rave reviews from shopping editor Britt: “I’ve never found a mattress protector that I’ve loved until this one! It’s so luxurious that it almost doesn’t seem like a mattress protector at all. I got a stain on it, but the stain didn’t bleed through to the mattress, so it did exactly what it was supposed to do,” she said. “I’ve recommended this mattress pad to a few people already, and while it is pricey, I think it’s totally worth it.” We also love Avocado’s dedication to high ecological and social standards. This mattress pad is woven from sustainably and ethically sourced cotton and is handmade in California in a carbon-negative, GOTS-certified facility that pays just living wages.

Who It’s Best For: Those with sensitive skin; those who want organic bedding; those who want to support a carbon-negative business.

Good to Know: This is not a waterproof mattress protector. According to Avocado, “it’s intended to protect your mattress from stains, skin oils, and perspiration; absorb moderate spills and accidents; and keep your mattress clean.” It’s also ivory, not white, which is good to keep in mind if you intend to use thinner white sheets over top.

One of our favorite brands for organic bedding, Coyuchi, makes an Organic Mattress Pad that reviewers say is “perfection.” Made with 100 percent GOTS-certified organic cotton (so you can sleep easy knowing it’s free from pesticides, harsh chemicals, and unsafe flame retardants), the Coyuchi mattress pad is luxuriously soft, lightweight, breathable, and doesn’t have so much padding that it’ll change the feel of your mattress, but just the right amount to make all those nighttime hours that much more comfortable. We also appreciate that the all-organic cotton fill is sewn in two-inch quilted squares so it won’t bunch or shift unevenly after washing. Coyuchi was one of the pioneers that introduced all-organic bedding to the U.S. more than 30 years ago, and they’ve always made a firm commitment to strict environmental and social standards, including efforts to reduce post-consumer textile waste. The brand’s 2nd Home Take Back Program is an exemplary initiative to renew and recycle old linens: Send them back using a pre-paid shipping label and get 15 percent off your next order — and the peace of mind that your linens won’t end up in a landfill. 

Who It’s Best For: Those who want organic bedding; those who want to spend their dollars with a company that has a recycling program; those for whom price is not a deciding factor.

Good to Know: This is not a waterproof mattress pad. Also, quality, organic materials, and ethical supply chains do not come cheap, so prepare to shell out — but reviewers say it’s “worth every penny.”

Parents, pet owners, the accident prone, and those of us who like to enjoy drinks and food while watching TV in bed deserve the assurance of organically grown and non-toxic materials, too. Enter the Naturepedic Organic Waterproof Mattress Protector. Made with organic cotton jersey layered around an ultra-thin waterproof barrier made of GOTS-certified polyurethane, it’s the perfect choice for those who specifically want organic bedding but also need to protect against accidents and spills. While “polyurethane” may raise suspicions, Naturepedic (whose company motto is “comfort without chemicals”) uses medical-grade pure polyurethane rather than foam polyurethane, which can be problematic — an important distinction. And despite having a polyurethane layer, rest assured this mattress protector is whisper quiet and not plastic-y feeling. Several reviewers said that after buying these for their kids, they went ahead and bought them for the rest of the beds in the house — a testament to their quality and comfort despite being waterproof mattress protectors.

Who It’s Best For: Those who want an organic mattress pad with waterproof protection as well.

Good to Know: Naturepedic’s founder wanted to find an organic but also waterproof baby crib mattress for his first grandchild but couldn’t find one. So he set out to create the very first organic baby crib mattress designed with a patented food-grade waterproof surface. The company now also has full lines of organic mattresses, bedding, and protectors specifically for babies and kids.

The Best Silk Pillowcases You Can Buy Right Now

The Best Silk Pillowcases You Can Buy Right Now

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Growing up, I always associated silk pillowcases with my grandmother. She slept on one every night and always had the perfect head of hair in between her trips to the beauty salon. Although admittedly prone to horrible sleep habits and extreme bedhead, I am definitely a health and beauty devotee, so I regret never having thought much about including a silk pillowcase in my sleep routine. That was, of course, until they became much more popular in the beauty world, promising not just smooth, frizz-free hair but also hydrated and protected skin and a cool night’s sleep. Still, even I was skeptical of the silk pillowcase’s promises, so I, along with my AT colleagues, put a number of them to the test. After trying several, I can now say I’m committed. My grandmother would be so proud.

There’s a wide variety of silk pillowcases on the market, so it can be quite a challenge to figure out which ones live up to the hype. That’s why we did the work for you to determine the best of the best, considering everything from quality to price. Your skin and hair can thank us later.

The Best Silk Pillowcases

What to Consider When Buying a Silk Pillowcase

Not all silk pillowcases are created equal. There are a few terms to know and several factors to consider while shopping to ensure you end up getting what you intend to pay for and don’t just succumb to good marketing. Are you dreaming of waking up with gorgeous hair without breaking the bank? Perhaps you’re in search of the most luxurious silk money can buy. From momme count to care instructions to price point, these are the facts to consider when choosing the best silk pillowcase for you.

It may not sound pretty, but mulberry silk threads are the byproduct of silkworms that have eaten the leaves of a mulberry plant. There’s actually several types of silk named after the weave or fabric or the type of worm that secretes the silk threads, but mulberry silk is the most common and the type of silk that goes into all of our top picks here.

There’s a reason mulberry silk is used for a variety of beauty products, including pillowcases, sleep masks, scrunchies, and robes: It contains 18 amino acids and proteins known to benefit the hair and skin. Because silk isn’t as absorbent as cotton or other common bedding fabrics, you don’t have to worry about your night creams coming off while you sleep or even your natural hydration being wicked away by your pillowcase during the night. The smooth surface of a silk pillowcase keeps hair from breaking and tangling, and prevents pillow marks, premature lines, and wrinkles. It’s also known to be breathable and hypoallergenic, which is great for hot sleepers and for those with sensitive skin and allergies.

Like I said, not all silk pillowcases are the same, and this has to do with momme. Similar to thread count, momme count measures the fabric’s quality and durability. The higher the momme count, the heavier and more durable the silk… aaand the higher the cost. Most silk pillowcases range from 15 to 30 momme, but not all brands advertise the momme count of their silk, so keep an eye out to make sure you’re not paying for more than you’re getting.

How Do You Care for Silk?

While silk takes a little more work to care for than other fabrics, it’s not much different from the extra care you give when washing your most beloved items. Most of the brands behind silk pillowcases advise washing their product in cold water or, better yet, hand washing with a mild detergent (no bleach, detergent pods, or fabric softeners) and laying flat to air dry. That said, some are able to go in the dryer and can be fairly low maintenance. Just be sure to check the label on your pillowcase since proper care can vary. Similar to wet hair, silk is extra delicate when wet, so you’ll want to handle with love.

Like most air-dried items, silk pillowcases can be a bit stiff or wrinkled, but after a night of use, they go back to their normal, smooth selves. To get rid of wrinkles in the pillowcase, many brands allow ironing on low heat. Like all things, the better care you give your silk, the longer it will last. In turn, you can give yourself shiny locks and supple skin for years to come.

What We Look For in a Silk Pillowcase

We tested a range of silk pillowcases, from low to high momme count and price point, judging them on the following criteria:

The Best Silk Pillowcases

MYK Silk offers among the best varieties of silk pillowcases, ranging between 19 and 30 momme, all at affordable prices. I tested the 25 momme version, which is one of the thickest, smoothest pillowcases I’ve tried and costs less than $45. Most silk pillowcases are 19 or 22 momme and come at a much higher price, which makes MYK Silk our hands-down pick for best overall. It comes in three sizes and several beautiful colors, and it’s OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified, to boot. I love a zipper closure for silk pillowcases because they keep it from moving around, and the MYK Silk pillowcase fits my pillow perfectly, allowing it to stay nice and plump throughout the night. After washing, sleeping on, and comparing it to the others tested, MYK’s pillowcase remained the softest with the least amount of post-wash wrinkles. The only downside? I don’t want to get up when my alarm goes off.

Who It’s Best For: Those who want durable, smooth silk with a high momme count at a manageable price; those who want a variety of sizes and colors to choose from.

Good to Know: MYK Silk offers a variety of silk pillowcases from 19 to 30 momme, some with a cotton underside so you can get the best of both worlds. You can also find silk pajamas and robes for women and men, eye masks, scrunchies, and bonnets.

*Honorable Mention: Best List writer Kendall has tried several silk pillowcases and Casper’s is her new favorite. “I wake without bedhead or pillow marks, my skin is far less irritated, and I’m not sticking to the pillowcase, no matter how toasty I get,” she says. The smooth and durable silk pillowcase can also be purchased as a bundle, which includes a matching sleep mask.

Commerce writer Britt was happily surprised with this budget-friendly silk pillowcase from Mildly Home. “I really liked this pillowcase more than I expected to, and it’s less than half the price of my all-time favorite silk pillowcase,” she says. “I also really liked that the zipper kept the pillow from sliding out of the case, no matter how much I tossed and turned!” Compared to more expensive silk pillowcases, it feels just as smooth, soft, and cool, says Britt. She typically wears a satin bonnet when she sleeps, but the one night she forgot, she woke up with hair that wasn’t dried or tangled. She also wakes up free of lines and creases on her face, thanks to this pillowcase — perfect for that morning video call.

Who It’s Best For: Those who want a budget-friendly option.

Good to Know: It comes in five beautiful color palettes — Britt loves the blue!

*Honorable Mention: Britt also recommends the Mellanni 100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcase as another budget-friendly option. It has a momme count of 19, which isn’t as high as our best pick, but it comes in several more colors and is still extremely soft and luxurious for its price point. Since it’s delicate, Britt notes to adhere to the care instructions.

Multiple AT staffers love Brooklinen’s Mulberry Silk Pillowcase, especially our master tester Britt, who gave it a glowing review and says that it’s by far her favorite mulberry silk pillowcase. “Once I started sleeping with this pillowcase, I definitely noticed a change in my skin,” says Britt. “I don’t break out very often, in general, but I woke up looking rested with smooth, clear skin versus having to deal with any lines on my face from a wrinkled pillowcase.” She also adds how easy Brooklinen’s pillowcases are to clean. “Even if you don’t wash them exactly right, they won’t get ruined after one bad wash.”

I’m also a huge fan of this pillowcase, which fits my pillow perfectly and comes in several limited edition colors and patterns that you can’t find anywhere else. I’m obsessed with the funky Wild Purple pattern that adds a colorful, unique touch to my bedding. I’ll definitely be grabbing another to create a matching set before this pattern goes out of stock!

Who It’s Best For: Those looking for a reliable pillowcase, but nothing too fancy. Those who like fun colors and limited-edition pattern options.

Good to Know: You can also purchase Brooklinen’s Mulberry Silk Pillowcase as a bundle, which includes a silk eye mask so you can really catch those Zzzs. Scrunchies and a solo eye mask are also available.

The Parachute Silk Pillowcase is the first silk pillowcase I tested, and it was a total game changer for my dry skin and frizzy hair. It has a 25 momme count, which sets it apart from most others, as you can immediately feel the difference when you slide your hand across it. I also love that it’s OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified. The care instructions recommend washing it in a mesh bag, but I’ve had no problems washing it without one alongside other delicates. The only downsides are its price point, which is higher than MYK’s silk pillowcase of the same momme count, and its limited color selection. But, given how soft and visibly thick and durable this pillowcase is, there’s no way we could leave it off this list. I know I’ll personally be using mine for years to come.

Who It’s Best For: Those who want a luxurious and soft pillowcase; those looking for OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified bedding.

Good to Know: In addition to being free of over 100 harmful substances, Parachute’s fabrics aren’t artificially softened.

For those who don’t love the look of shiny pillows atop their cotton or linen sheets but still want all the beauty benefits of a silk pillowcase, CULTIVER’S Silk Linen Flip Pillowcase is the perfect solution. We’re big fans of the brand’s luxuriously soft linen (in fact, their sheets made our Best List), so the dual-sided combination of mulberry silk and linen may just be the versatile solution we all need — especially those of us sticking to a certain decor aesthetic. It’s definitely the best of both worlds for AT contributor Alyssa, who loves sleeping on the silk side at night and then flipping the pillow over when making her bed in the morning to showcase the equally luxurious linen side.

Who It’s Best For: Those who don’t like the look of silk; those who want options; those who love the feel of both silk and linen.

Good to Know: The pillowcase can also be purchased in a set of two and as a bundle with an added silk sleep mask. Did we mention it also comes with a matching silk and linen drawstring bag? This may be your new travel companion.

NIGHT’s Trisilk Luxe Pillowcase is just that: luxe. It’s super soft with a bit of stretch, given the added spandex, which makes it a great option if you want something luxurious but with a little give. I received the Standard/Queen size for testing, but it seemed pretty loose on my pillow, despite its use of spandex for a snug fit. However, I do think my pillow is quite flat and that perhaps a larger pillow would work perfectly. I love that this pillowcase has both a zipper and envelope flap, which hides the zipper, but the flap is visible on the front (overly so with my flat pillow), which is an aesthetic choice.

Who It’s Best For: Those who want a pillowcase with stretch; those who want added protection for their pillow.

Good to Know: This pillowcase is available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Nordstrom so you can easily add it to your existing carts (or just shop from your favorite retailer).

SEO writer Sarah loves Bedsure’s 100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcase, which comes with a bonus eye mask for a truly peaceful night of sleep. “It’s silky soft so it feels great against the skin, and I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my hair — my blowouts look better longer and it’s been so kind to my curls (nothing better than waking up after a wash day and not having frizzy curls).” While the pillow tends to wrinkle easily, this wasn’t a deal breaker for Sarah, who also loves the matching eye mask. “I think this makes it a lovely gift for the wellness obsessed in your life as well as a great travel option for those looking to keep their sleep routine in tact while on the go.” While the instructions say to dry clean or hand wash, Sarah machine washed hers on gentle and hung it over her shower door to dry.

Who It’s Best For: Those looking for an affordable option; those who prefer a pillowcase with an envelope closure; those looking for the perfect bundle to gift.

Good to Know: Sarah also recommends this set for travel so you can use your own pillowcase and catch some sleep with the eye mask wherever you go.

The Best Electric Kettles for Coffee, Tea, and (So Much) More

The Best Electric Kettles for Coffee, Tea, and (So Much) More

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Gone are the days of waiting impatiently by the stove for water to boil and subsequently forgetting about it. Electric kettles boil water quickly and more safely than their stovetop counterparts, and once I started using one, there was no turning back. But with so many models on the market, it can be difficult to pick out the absolute best electric kettle. That’s why we did it for you. Whether you’re a coffee or tea drinker, want something simple or with all the bells and whistles, we have just the perfect electric kettle for you.

The Best Electric Kettles

What to Consider When Buying an Electric Kettle

Purchasing an electric kettle can be tricky because of the wide variety of models and settings available. From the type of spout to size and temperature options, there are a lot of features to consider when selecting the best kettle. Knowing how you’ll be using your kettle will help to determine the features that will be most important to look for.

Types of Electric Kettles

Stainless steel: While you can’t watch water boil in a stainless steel kettle, they’re often more durable than glass.  

Glass: One of the perks of glass kettles is that you can see directly inside to check the status of the water and evaluate whether your kettle needs a good clean. The glass also creates an illusion of taking up less space, which is great for small kitchens. 

Gooseneck: The long, thin spout on a gooseneck kettle allows for precise pouring, which is especially useful for making pour-over coffee.

Standard: For those looking for a basic boil, a standard electric kettle is the way to go. There’s no frills here – at the press of a button, the kettle will reach a boiling point.

Variable temperature: These kettles have several temperature presets or the ability to select a specific temperature within a wide range.

Temperature controls: Whether you opt for a standard kettle that simply brings water to a boil or a variable-temperature kettle depends on what you’ll use your electric kettle for. If you’re looking to have more precise control over water temperature for making tea and coffee, a variable-temperature kettle is the way to go. For these you’ll want to make sure that it’s easy to select a temperature and that any presets are ones you will use.

Pour spout: Gooseneck spouts are most popular for their pouring precision, while large, traditional spouts come with more pouring power. Whichever you choose, you’ll want to keep an eye out for those that leak when poured — this is more common for kettles with larger spouts.

Safety: Many kettles will automatically shut off once they reach a boiling point or the desired temperature, which is an important safety feature to look for. You’ll also want to look for kettles that remain cool when heated to avoid burns when being handled or poured.

What We Look for in an Electric Kettle

We tested a range of electric kettles, from standard to variable and stainless steel to glass, judging them on the following criteria:

The Best Electric Kettles

Out of all of the electric kettles we tested, the Zwilling Enfinigy Cool Touch Electric Kettle Pro takes the cake as our best overall option (and I’m not the only one who’s in love with it). It’s an excellent multipurpose kettle with six preset temperatures, including one for coffee and another for warming a baby bottle (there are also instructions on how to use the boil setting to clean the bottle). One of my least favorite things is waiting for pasta water to boil, and with its large 1.5-liter capacity, this kettle easily cuts down the time it takes to whip up a a pasta dish. Thanks to its double-walled body, the kettle retains heat while the exterior stays cool, and it also has the ability to hold a temperature up to 30 minutes. Bonus: You can keep your counter clutter-free with hidden cord storage in its base.

Who It’s Best For: Those who want a versatile kettle; those with kids.

*Honorable Mention: If you like the look and feel of the Zwilling but don’t need the temperature presets or ability to hold a temperature, the Zwilling Enfinigy Cool Touch Kettle is nearly identical to the pro version but at a lower price point.

Our best option for those not looking to make a huge investment on a kettle is adorable, easy to use, and impressively well made for its low price. Commerce writer Erin got this Amazon Basics Electric Kettle during her time in London and quickly realized that “purchasing this small appliance has hands-down been the best decision I’ve made for my kitchen, well beyond just using it for tea!” Erin recalls learning about the versatility of a good electric kettle from her British housemates. “If they were making pasta,” she says, “they’d boil water in the kettle first, then pour that water into the saucepan for even speedier meal prep. Now that I use this method myself, I can confidently say it is much better (and faster!) than waiting for a pot of water to boil.” This model’s also got a water-level window for quick reference and its stainless exterior is effortless to clean. If reliability in an affordable kitchen essential is worth liking, this kettle’s worth loving.

Who It’s Best For: Those looking for a budget-friendly kettle; those wanting a standard kettle for boiling water.

Good to Know: This kettle doesn’t have the bells and whistles of higher-priced models, like customizable temperatures, but it still has the essential safety features.

When it comes to making coffee, the Fellow Stagg EKG once again takes the prize. It was designed for creating the perfect cup with to-the-degree temperature control, a brew stopwatch, and a beautifully designed gooseneck spout for precision. I make a pour-over coffee nearly every morning, and the Stagg EKG has been a total game changer for my routine. I was previously using the stovetop version of the Fellow Stagg but now can’t imagine brewing a morning cup without the EKG’s precise temperature control and brew stopwatch. This is also one of the best looking electric kettles I’ve seen — and for about $30 more you can add to its design by selecting a kettle with a maple or walnut handle (which I opted for). Oh, and for those new to pour-overs, the box includes a guide to help you up your coffee game.

Who It’s Best For: Those who want to make the perfect cup of coffee; those who prefer a gooseneck kettle; those who want a stylish kettle.

With six temperature presets for various types of tea and a removable infuser for loose-leaf tea, the Hamilton Beach Variable Temperature Kettle is the ideal match for any tea lover. You can steep tea right inside the kettle, thanks to its 30-minute temperature hold. AT editor Megan loves this kettle because it’s made out of glass — which means no water touches plastic and she can easily see when the kettle needs a good clean. She’s been using this quick-heating kettle for tea (and an occasional cup of coffee) since 2019 and says it still works like new.

Who It’s Best For: Those who like loose-leaf tea; those looking for a glass kettle.

Good to Know: The infuser can be used not only for loose-leaf tea, but also for tea bags, if you want to avoid the cleanup!

The OXO Adjustable Temperature Kettle is our pick for the best temperature control model. It has an easy-turn dial that can heat the kettle to any temperature between 170 and 212 degrees. “I definitely prefer this dial base versus the temperature kettles with presets on the handle because I think it looks a lot cleaner when displayed on my counter,” says commerce writer Erin. “I also love being able to pick a specific temperature so I’m not burning my delicate green or jasmine tea, but I can make sure that it’s hot enough for brewing coffee in my French press.” Another feature that Erin frequently uses is the 30-minute temperature hold. “I’m someone who boils water in my kettle first thing in the morning and then I usually have to boil it again because I take a while getting ready before I pour my tea or coffee. I love that I can turn this kettle on and not feel rushed to get to it as soon as it boils.” While the kettle is quite large, Erin likes that the glass doesn’t make her kitchen look too cramped, and she often uses its large capacity to boil water for pasta.

Who It’s Best For: Those who want precise control over water temperature; those who prefer glass; those who want a large-capacity kettle.

Good to Know: This is by far one of the easiest kettles to use — simply turn the dial to the desired temperature, and press the large circular button to begin heating.

The Best Linen Sheets You Can Buy Right Now

The Best Linen Sheets You Can Buy Right Now

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So, why all the hype about linen sheets? To put it plainly, when made well, linen sheets are extremely long lasting, luxuriously soft, and get better with age. They’re easy to care for (a softly wrinkled look is the goal), breathable, and have superior temperature regulation — keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Since they get softer with time, they also won’t pill, nor will they need to be replaced in just a couple of years. Oh, and they’re environmentally friendly. They’re basically the perfect piece of year-round bedding — but unfortunately, unlike other best things in life, they don’t come cheap.

One-hundred percent linen bedding is costly, but so very worth it if you’re able to make the investment. So you can make the best decision with your budget, we spent months testing linen sheets from a wide range of brands, price points, and manufacturing processes and narrowed down the field to bring you the best of the best. If you’re ready to take the plunge into linen (which we highly recommend that you do) or upgrade your current set, check out our favorites below.

What to Consider When Buying Linen Sheets

Linen sheets have become somewhat of a status symbol in recent years, thanks to social media showcasing their effortlessly relaxed aesthetic, but also because of their higher price point. So, what exactly is the difference between linen and cotton, and how do you choose what’s best for you? If this is your first foray into purchasing linen sheets, here’s everything you need to know.

What Is Linen and What Are Its Benefits?

Linen is made from flax, a strong plant with long, sturdy fibers that make it easy to spin into thread. Two times stronger than cotton, linen textiles are known for their durability and can last for years, if not decades.

Because linen fibers are thicker than cotton, thread count is lower in linen sheets and the weave is often visible. This looser weave, along with linen’s natural moisture-absorbing and -wicking properties, make linen sheets supremely breathable (hence why it’s such a great fabric for summer clothing). Linen is ideal for hot sleepers and warmer climates, but it also regulates temperature well, keeping you warm and cozy in winter also. Essentially, linen makes a great year-round choice — another reason the investment can be well worth it. On top of that, linen is hypoallergenic and bacteria resistant, so it’s perfect for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin.

Linen is also wonderfully sustainable: flax requires very little irrigation (rainwater is enough for it to grow), doesn’t require pesticides to yield a healthy crop, and linen processing expends a low amount of energy. Plus, quality linen sheets are so durable, you won’t have to replace them very often, reducing waste. And once they do eventually need to be retired, they are fully biodegradable.

With so many benefits, are there any down sides? Of course, linen textiles have a casual, laidback look that is part of their appeal and charm, but if the visible wrinkles aren’t your style, this could be a drawback. That said, some heavier-weight linen sheets combat this expectation, and you can always wave a steamer over your sheets if you like an extremely neat bed.

It’s important to note that flax fibers are rougher than cotton, so if you’re dreaming of downy-soft bedding right out of the package, these may not be for you. Even high-quality linen is a bit grainy or textured at first, with a heavier weight that can take getting used to if all you’ve ever known is airy cotton bedding. But it’s important to keep in mind that linen will get softer with each wash and use — often the opposite of other materials, which can pill or weaken over time. Many modern retailers try to speed up the aging process by pre-washing their linen bedding to make it softer, and while it’s possible for this to impact the sheets’ long-term quality, being ready for immediate use is definitely nice in terms of enjoying the luxury of linen sheets right away. All this to say, don’t be afraid of roughness at first, especially with organic, unwashed, or raw linen and even the most expensive sets.

Where Does the Best Linen Come From?

Flax is mostly grown in Western Europe — particularly Belgium and France, but can also come from Ireland, Lithuania, and Portugal, among other places. Belgian flax is known for being the highest quality because of the particular climate and soil properties found there. Although many retailers source their flax from Europe, they may actually produce their linens or assemble their bedding in other places, such as China or the U.S. This shouldn’t be assumed as an indication of worse quality, as the type of looms and mills the linen is produced with have a much greater bearing on the end result of quality rather than where it’s produced.

One of the benefits of linen is that it’s easy to care for, so take a “less is more” approach. Use a mild detergent (you don’t need a lot), and skip the fabric softener and bleach. Wash in cold or warm water as hot water will harm the fibers over time. Air drying is best, but if that’s not feasible (oh, you don’t live in a farmhouse?), tumble dry on low, and pull the sheets out just before they’re fully dry to avoid major wrinkling. Using wool dryer balls can help increase fluffiness. Most of all, embrace that effortlessly relaxed look: Wrinkling is to be expected, so you can skip the ironing. If you must iron, we recommend taking the sheets out of the dryer before they’re fully dry, and iron on low heat right away.

Why Is Linen So Expensive?

In short, flax is more laborious to harvest, linen is more time consuming to weave, and most of the world’s flax supply is centered in one specific area of Europe, so it’s less abundant. We have a great, more in-depth explainer on it here. To be honest, if you find a linen sheet set priced lower than $100, it’s probably too good to be true. It might last you for a short period of time, but the quality simply isn’t there, and you’ll likely deal with shredding sooner rather than later.

What We Look for in Linen Sheets

We tested a wide range of linen sheets, judging them on the following criteria:

Note: All prices are listed for Queen size.

Parachute has quickly become a favorite retailer of bedding and bath products at AT. They make luxurious textiles that don’t cost a fortune, and we can’t help but rave to all our friends about them. “Parachute’s linen sheets are one of the most reliable sets I’ve tried right out of the packaging,” says our Best List writer Kendall. “They’re lightweight without being totally sheer, and the price point for these doesn’t exceed $200 — a rare find in the world of quality, even luxury linen bedding.” Made in a generations-old, family-owned mill in Portugal, these sheets are softer out of the box than many other brands because Parachute pre-washes them in small loads to relax the fibers so they’ll be comfortable on night one. We also love the array of earthy colors they come in, with Bone, Clay, and Dusk being standouts.

Who It’s Best For: Those who don’t want to deal with a longer wear-in period; those looking for the perfect intersection of price, quality, and color options.

Good to Know: The basic set does not include a top sheet, but can be added for $100 more. You can also buy these sheets separately by the piece. Fitted sheets tend to wear out faster than top sheets, so if you don’t need a whole new set, it’s nice to buy only what you need and save where you can.

A good organic sheet set can be hard to find. A good, organic, linen sheet set that’s also affordable is a unicorn. And that’s why our commerce executive director Mark, who doesn’t typically like to spend tons on bedding, called Quince’s Belgian linen sheetsa game changer.” Perfect for the price-conscious shopper, the Queen set (top sheet included) rings in at $160. But don’t mistake value for sacrificed quality. Made from 100 percent organic European flax and pre-washed for softness, these sheets thoroughly impressed Mark and greatly upgraded his sleep. “The linen sheets were only a bit more weighty than my usual bedding but a thousand times more luxurious. Not rough, not crinkly, just … nice,” he raved. “Quince’s sheets made me feel pampered as I settled into bed, and I swear I slept better than I had in weeks.” We also admire Quince’s commitment to ethical and sustainable production. Aside from paying workers fair wages and providing safe working environments, they also ship directly from the factory, reducing the carbon footprint of moving the product several times, and use as little packaging as possible.

Who It’s Best For: Those who want luxury at an affordable price; those who take an eco-friendly lifestyle seriously.

Good to Know: Quince has a very generous return window of up to a year, so there’s really no reason not to try them.

CULTIVER is Australia’s answer to Parachute and Brooklinen, but fortunately they offer free shipping to all 50 states. Their pre-washed linen sheets are luxuriously soft right out of the box, and reviewers were impressed with their durability — which makes them a great investment piece. Commerce contributor Amy and her boyfriend fell in love with these sheets the moment they arrived, and their whole outlook on bedding changed: “The minute we took these sheets out of the packaging, my boyfriend was obsessed with the fresh-linen smell and durable feel,” she said. “The CULTIVER sheet set has totally transformed his entire routine and the way he thinks about bedding.” The set comes in a whopping 20 dreamy colors, ranging from forest green to blush pink, so you’ll be sure to find something to match your aesthetic. We also love that the top sheets are sized generously with plenty of drape on all sides — no fighting for sheets here, and you can fully wrap yourself in sumptuous linen with room to spare.

Who It’s Best For: Those who want luxuriously soft sheets straight away; those who want a big range of colors to choose from.

Good to Know: There’s no pressure to buy the set. CULTIVER also sells their linen sheets separately if you prefer to sleep with just a fitted sheet or want some savings by using a cotton fitted sheet and just a linen top sheet.

*Honorable Mention: For those looking to spend their dollars in an eco-friendly way, Avocado’s Organic Linen Sheets are OEKO-TEX Standard 100, GOTS, Made Safe, and Climate Neutral certified (in fact, the company offsets more carbon emissions than it generates, making it carbon negative). “They undeniably achieve everything a dream sheet set should be, from the certifications to the quality, feel, overnight performance, and durability over time,” Kendall said of these soft and supremely breathable sheets.

While we recommend washing any new sheet set before using it, AT assistant shopping editor Britt says she “could have gotten away with skipping that first wash before trying Nuzzie’s French Linen Sheets.” She opted for the navy hue, and noted that the sheets come “in a matching linen tote bag and don’t have any strange odors from packaging or shipping.” Made from French flax and OEKO-TEX certified, “they definitely feel like good-quality linen and aren’t rough or unpleasant to the touch,” said Britt. “I don’t typically sleep under linen sheets, so I worried about the thickness of them at first. Since it’s the tail end of winter, I figured now was as good a time as ever to try them out because if they WERE too thick for me, then at least they’d keep me warm. However, I was surprised to find that these sheets didn’t make me feel overheated at all. They’re a good weight and effectively breathable, so I slept comfortably all night long!”

Who It’s Best For: Those looking for a perfect combination of soft and sturdy; those who sleep hot or want temperature regulation.

Good to Know: The fitted sheets are generously sized with deep pocket coverage, which might overwhelm thinner mattresses.

These highly coveted linen sheets sold out a day after they launched. And when Kendall finally got her hands on a set to test, they quickly became her “latest obsession.” Super soft and highly breathable, these lightweight sheets were the perfect year-round solution for Kendall, who tends to get chilly at night, and her partner, who sleeps hot. “The velvety Euroflax linen regulates body temperature, so you feel cozy as soon as you hit the bed and don’t have to worry about overheating in the middle of the night,” she said. “They are also ventilated just enough, thanks to the impressively fine weave that prevents excess heat retention.” Another thing we love about Riley sheets is that they all come with handy labels indicating top, side, and bottom to avoid the guessing game on laundry day. Plus, all Riley pillowcases have a side-envelope closure that helps keep pillows from sliding out, or perhaps more importantly, conceals any less-than-pristine pillows from sight.

Who It’s Best For: Those who don’t want to have to switch sheets for different seasons; those who share a bed and are concerned about temperature regulation.

Good to Know: The basic set doesn’t come with a flat sheet (how very European), but you can add one for $110.

Even if you consider yourself a linen sheet purist, you’ll absolutely love the coolness of of Kassatex’s linen-bamboo sheets. Bamboo sheets (which means they’re made from rayon from bamboo trees) are known for their cooling properties, plus bamboo is an eco-friendly material in the same vein as linen. Could the combination of the two fabrics result in a glorious, as-close-to-perfect-as-you-can-get sheet? The answer is yes. “They are soft, airy, and lightweight,” said commerce contributor Olivia. “Unlike other linen sheets that can take a few washes to achieve a soft texture, these were soft from the moment I pulled them out of the package. I started using them as spring weather started to heat up, and I found they were the perfect weight to keep me cozy but cool at night.” While they aren’t as airy as 100 percent linen sheets, they’re still lightweight enough to be comfortable for hot sleepers, and they’re durable enough that shredding isn’t an issue. Even better? Bamboo is hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, so these sheets are a fantastic option for those with sensitive skin.

Who It’s Best For: Those who aren’t fully committed to the linen sheet life; those who want something ultra-soft right away.

Good to Know: Kassatex only makes King and Queen sizes.

We’ve been testing linen sheets for a while, so we thought we knew what “soft” sheets felt like — and then we discovered The Citizenry’s stonewashed set. Commerce contributor Sholeen tried them and found that they were buttery soft right from the get-go. “These sheets feel like I’m sleeping on a soft, breathable linen shirt that only gets better with every wash,” she said. “Linen sheets are notorious for feeling rough and scratchy, but I’m happy to report that The Citizenry’s set delivers the true luxe linen feel. I have washed them three times so far and there’s absolutely no wear, tear, or fading.” Another thing that’s great? The Citizenry brand. The company works directly with artisans around the globe to source handmade, high-quality goods (these linens are sustainably made in the oldest, family-run mill in Portugal) and ensures fair treatment and wages (they pay an average of two times the fair wage requirement).

Who It’s Best For: Those who want sheets that feel like they’ve been washed dozens of times the very first time you use them; those who hate the sometimes “scratchy” feel of linen; those who want to shop ethically.

Good to Know: You can also purchase Bed Bundles in “palettes” that comprise more than one color so you can mix and match from their 12 gorgeous hues. Not sure what color you like best? You can order swatches for $3 a piece with free shipping.

Because of the superior durability of linen, high-end linen sheets are often thought of as wonderful wedding gifts and can be passed down from generation to generation. Linoto’s beautiful Organic Linen Sheets will last a lifetime — and then some. Made by master weavers who select only the finest-quality long-staple flax fibers, the linen goes through the extremely gentle and sustainable process of dew-retting, which means that it’s softened naturally with rainwater and morning dew rather than harsh chemicals and wasteful quantities of water. These sheets arrive in rather sturdy condition (read: they may be a bit rougher than you’re typically used to), but that’s because they’re made to last. After using and washing them for two full years, Kendall was extremely impressed: “Today they are the best, softest, most reliable sheets I own. They only get better with use and washing, which can be expected from linen sheets, but I am frankly astounded by just how quickly they softened up…and how much!” she raved. “I’m proud to own these, use them, and will be proud to pass them down!”

Who It’s Best For: Those who want an investment piece that will last decades and get better with time.

Good to Know: Although only available in two minimally dyed natural colors, Linoto’s sheets come in a range of sizes (more than any other retailer we’ve seen): There are 11 sizes from Twin to European Queen to Split Cal King, and fitted sheets in varying depths to accommodate shallow, standard, and deep mattresses, so you can ensure your sheets fit properly and don’t slide and bunch due to excess fabric.

Linen takes dye really well, and West Elm’s palette of 20 beautiful hues, ranging from subdued (Frost Gray and Silver Mist) to bold (Amber and Midnight) to striped, takes the cake for color options. The pre-washed sheets are soft yet crisp out of the box, and although linen can sometimes have a nubby, very texturized look, these have a smoother hand feel than a lot of other brands. They’re also on the lighter side (which may affect the long-term durability), but make a great starter set at a decent price point for anyone looking to dip their toes into linen bedding. “I adore the heathered look and texture of the West Elm linen sheets,” said Kendall. “They’re ideal for those who want linen sheets worth looking at and using immediately after unboxing since they come in a gorgeous array of (organically dyed!) hues.”

Who It’s Best For: Those just starting out with linen bedding; those who want a big array of color options.

Good to Know: West Elm regularly has sales that include bedding, and some of the colorways are currently on sale right now if you act fast.