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Welcome to our big fitted sheet test 2021. Here we present all the fitted sheets that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best fitted sheet for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a fitted sheet.




Summary

  • Fitted sheets are sheets in which an elastic band has been incorporated. This makes them easy to pull over the mattress and very slip-resistant.
  • Basically, fitted sheets are available in cotton or synthetic fabrics. Both types have individual advantages and disadvantages.
  • Fitted sheets made of cotton have a high absorbency and offer optimal conditions for lovers of natural materials. If you suffer from allergies, you are on the safe side with a fitted sheet made of polyester.

The Best Fitted Sheet: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a fitted sheet

What is a fitted sheet and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A fitted sheet is a sheet that has an elastic band built into it. This elastic ensures that the sheet is held in place on the mattress. It is particularly popular because it is easy to put on and there is no need to iron it. In addition, it offers the advantage over conventional sheets that it hardly slips, even under heavy use.

This means that the bed always looks neat and not wrinkled. The only disadvantage is that the rubber can become porous over time. As a result, it loses its elasticity and the sheet no longer sits properly. However, this is usually the case only after long use.

Advantages
  • Easy to attach
  • No tedious smoothing
  • No slipping
Disadvantages
  • Rubber band can become porous

You can buy fitted sheets wherever you can buy bed linen. The elastic of the fitted sheet keeps the sheet in place and is therefore more practical than a plain sheet without elastic. (Photo: Free-Photos / pixabay.com)

What material is a fitted sheet made of?

When it comes to the material of bed sheets, there are generally two rough distinctions:

  • Fitted sheets based on cotton
  • Fitted sheets based on synthetic fibres

Cotton is very popular as a material for bed sheets because it is very tear-resistant and durable. However, not every cotton-based fitted sheet is of identical quality. The type of cotton, the corresponding weave and the thread density of the respective model are decisive. With the following overview, we would like to give you an overview of the cotton-based versions:

Designation Properties Special features
Beaver / Flannel 100 % cotton, especially soft, quickly warming Suitable for winter, flannel somewhat lighter than beaver
Jersey 100 % cotton, very elastic, breathable and absorbent No ironing necessary
Jersey-Elastic Cotton with a small amount of elastane, stretch effect, very durable Sheet stays wrinkle-free
Terrycloth Approx. 80 % cotton and 20 % polyester, very absorbent, tiny nubs on the surface, very soft Uncomplicated care
Linon / Linen 100 % cotton, slightly shimmering fabric, soft and temperature balancing Very high-maintenance, difficult to iron, Linon fabric is cheaper and easier to care for than linen
Mako satin 100 % malo cotton, very soft and cuddly, slightly shimmering fabric Colours very intense due to the fabric, upper price category

In the course of time, the useful properties of natural fibres could be reproduced industrially. This led to the development of sheets made of synthetic materials, which are becoming more and more popular today. The following materials have partially replaced fitted sheets made of cotton:

Designation Properties Special features
Microfibre / polyester Chemically produced textile fibres, very tear-proof and resistant, cooling effect, poor absorption of liquids Suitable for summer, unsuitable for people who sweat heavily, suitable for allergy sufferers
Fleece 100 % microfibres, quickly warming, very soft Very easy to clean, suitable for allergy sufferers
Nicki 100 % microfibres, quickly warming, very soft, very stretchy Wrinkle-free adaptation to the mattress

In which sizes are fitted sheets available?

Fitted sheets are available in any size you need. As with mattresses, most models are available in different versions. So you should have no problem finding the right fitted sheet for your mattress. In some cases, manufacturers specify that a fitted sheet is suitable from a certain size to a certain size.

For example, a model can be used for both a 90 x 200 cm and a 100 x 200 cm mattress. This is because fitted sheets are usually very elastic and if the mattress is smaller, the sheet can simply be pulled further over the underside of the mattress. However, you should be careful not to buy a fitted sheet that is too large, otherwise it will no longer be able to be attached to the mattress in a stable manner. In that case, it can easily slip.

The price of a fitted sheet naturally varies with the corresponding size. The material also plays a big role and leads to certain price differences. With the following overview, we would like to give you a rough orientation framework:

Designation Price
Beaver / Flannel 5-25 €
Jersey 5-25 €
Jersey-Elastic 10-30 €
Terrycloth 5-15 €
Linen / Linon 15-100 €
Mako-Satin 20-100 €
Microfibre / Polyester 5-25 €
Fleece 8-30 €
Nicki 15-60 €

How should I wash a fitted sheet?

Basically, you should always follow the manufacturer's care instructions to be on the safe side. These are usually on a small label on the sheet itself. Most impurities can usually be washed out at a temperature of 40°C.

In the case of heavier soiling or special hygiene requirements (such as for allergy sufferers), washing at 60°C is recommended. There are also bed linen that can even be washed at 95°C. As a rule, white bed linen can be washed at a slightly higher temperature and coloured bed linen at a lower temperature.

Generally speaking, sheets made of synthetic fibres can usually withstand temperatures up to 60°C. For sheets made of natural fibre, there are many differences depending on the type of cotton.

Decision: What types of fitted sheets are there and which is the right one for you?

Fitted sheets basically differ according to the material. Personal taste also plays an important role. There are many different types of fitted sheets, of which we would like to explain the most important ones here and show their respective advantages and disadvantages:

  • Fitted sheets made of Renforcé
  • Fitted sheets made of microfibre
  • Fitted sheets in mako satin
  • Fitted sheets in beaver
  • Fitted sheets in seersucker
  • Jersey fitted sheets

What distinguishes a fitted sheet made of Renforcé and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Renforcé is the standard weave for cotton fabrics. It is a medium-fine, soft fabric with a smooth surface. Therefore, it feels very comfortable on the skin. The fabric is also very durable. Renforcé fitted sheets are suitable for allergy sufferers and can be washed at 60 °C without any problems.

Since they are temperature-balancing and can absorb moisture well, they are perfect for the warm summer months. However, they do not provide too much warmth in winter.

Advantages
  • Pleasant to the touch
  • Hard-wearing
  • Suitable for allergy sufferers
  • Suitable for summer
Disadvantages
  • Unsuitable for winter

What are the characteristics of a microfibre fitted sheet and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Microfibre fitted sheets are made of tiny synthetic fibres. They are usually made of polyester, i.e. synthetics, and are therefore particularly suitable for allergy sufferers. They are also very breathable. Because they have very small pores and a large number of air chambers, they are particularly soft, absorbent and retain their shape.

The material is also very easy to care for and usually does not need to be ironed. They can be washed at up to 60 °C and dry very quickly. They have a smooth surface that provides pleasant coolness in summer but might not be warm enough in winter. The smooth surface also ensures that they are somewhat slippery.

Advantages
  • Suitable for allergy sufferers
  • Breathable
  • Very soft
Disadvantages
  • Not very warm
  • Slippery

What distinguishes a fitted sheet made of mako satin and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Satin is a particularly fine fabric that has a shiny surface and a matt underside. It is produced by a special weaving process, the so-called "atlas weave". It is particularly preferred for bed linen as it is silky and soft. Mako satin is pleasant for the skin and also very breathable.

It has a temperature-balancing effect. In summer it has a cooling effect, in winter it warms. It is also very easy to care for and hard-wearing. However, it should not be washed at temperatures higher than 40 °C and not with fabric softener. Fitted sheets made of mako satin should also not be washed together with other materials, as the surface structure can otherwise become chafed.

Advantages
  • Silky feel
  • Hard-wearing
Disadvantages
  • Must not be washed too hot
  • Should not be washed with other materials

What are the characteristics of a beaver fitted sheet and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Beaver fitted sheets are particularly fluffy and are therefore ideal for cooler nights and grey days. This is due to the roughened surface and the dense fabric quality. They keep you pleasantly warm and are very cosy, as the fabric is warming, breathable and temperature balancing.

Beaver also absorbs moisture very well. This creates a pleasant sleeping climate. Fitted sheets made of beaver are therefore the classic in the cool winter months. In summer, however, it can quickly become too warm on these sheets.

Advantages
  • Keeps you warm
  • Very soft and cosy
  • Breathable
Disadvantages
  • Unsuitable for summer

What are the characteristics of a seersucker fitted sheet and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Seersucker fitted sheets are easily recognisable by their striped crepe effect. They are usually made of cotton. They are made using a special process that uses threads with different shrinkage values. After weaving, the fabric is subjected to a special washing process, which causes the threads to shrink in different ways. This creates the crepe look. This bed linen is particularly light and also soft and supple.

The crepe structure allows air to circulate and the bed linen is particularly suitable for the warm season. In winter, on the other hand, it hardly keeps you warm.

Advantages
  • Very light
  • Durable
  • Suitable for summer
  • Breathable
Disadvantages
  • Unsuitable for winter

What are the characteristics of a fitted sheet made of jersey and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Jersey fitted sheets are soft and elastic. They are usually knitted or warp-knitted and are made of cotton, silk or viscose, for example. This material is particularly popular because it is supple, breathable, absorbent and does not need to be ironed after drying.

A further distinction is made between single jersey and interlock jersey. The single jersey version is knitted on one side, the interlock version is knitted twice. It is therefore a little thicker and warmer. Jersey is very durable and does not warp or wear out. It is also special because it is good for both summer and winter, as the fabric is climate-regulating.

Advantages
  • Very soft
  • Elastic
  • Keeps its shape
  • Breathable
  • Suitable for all seasons
Disadvantages
  • Relatively expensive

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate fitted sheets

We would like to show you below the criteria you can use to compare and evaluate fitted sheets. We want to help you decide which model is suitable for you and which is not. The following factors play an important role:

  • Material
  • Available sizes
  • Suitable mattress height
  • Colour selection
  • Washing temperature
  • Drying suitability

In the following paragraphs we will go into more detail about the individual purchase criteria. This will tell you exactly what they are and make it easier for you to classify them.

Material

Depending on whether you are looking for a fitted sheet made of natural or synthetic fibres, you have a wide choice of materials. There are also various differences within these categories. For models made of cotton, the type of cotton as well as the thread density and weave always play a role and determine the properties of the sheet. So not all cotton is the same.

Did you know that you should use a different fitted sheet in summer than in the cold winter months? In summer, it is recommended to use a thin sheet with cooling material. The right sheet can improve the quality of sleep and you will also sweat less on hot nights.

Fitted sheets made of synthetic material are processed accordingly for cooling or warming properties, but are usually not quite as absorbent as products made of cotton. You can find a comprehensive overview in our guide.

Available sizes

When choosing the size of your fitted sheet, you should make sure that it is suitable for the size of your mattress. Often, certain fitted sheets can be used for slightly different sizes in width and/or length.

To make sure that you are sure about the size of your mattress when buying your fitted sheet, we have summarised the most common variants in a table here as a reminder:

type width (in cm) length (in cm)
single beds 70/80/90/100/120/140 200
double beds 140/160/180/200 200
special sizes 70/80/90/100/120/140/160/180/200 190/210/220
children's beds 60/70 120/140

Here you should follow the manufacturer's instructions. Sometimes fitted sheets are offered in a double pack, which can save you some money. In addition, extra sizes are often offered for toppers (mattress toppers).

Toppers add a little height to the mattress, which can make a regular fitted sheet too short. So if you use such a mattress topper, you should pay attention to this.

Suitable mattress height

Unfortunately, the obvious dimensions of a fitted sheet are usually width x length. However, when making the correct choice, you should always consider the mattress height for which the fitted sheet is suitable. Otherwise, your sheet may be too short or too long, which can affect the stability of the sheet on the mattress.

Of course, this also plays a big role when using a mattress topper. Here you need to add the height of the mattress and the height of the topper and choose a fitted sheet accordingly.

Colour selection

The range of colours varies greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer. If you are convinced by the other features of a certain sheet, it can unfortunately sometimes fail because of your desired colour. However, most manufacturers offer white as a colour, which has the additional advantage that you can usually wash it at a slightly higher temperature. By the way, the price can vary for different colours.

Washing temperature

Many fitted sheets can be washed at temperatures of up to 60°C. This means that you can be sure of hygiene. This is a good way to be on the safe side when it comes to hygiene.

If a fitted sheet can only be washed at 40°C, you can add a disinfectant to the wash cycle. However, this is only necessary for heavy soiling - 40°C is sufficient for light soiling.

However, you should always follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid damaging your fitted sheet during washing. Incorrect handling can also cause the colour to wash out quickly.

Drying temperature

As with the recommended washing temperature, you should always follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding the suitability of the fitted sheet for the dryer. In some cases, more detailed information on the dryer programme is also given.

Did you know that fitted sheets can lint? When buying, pay close attention to the material and quality to avoid lint. These lumps are also called pills and occur most often on roughened materials. Gentle washing and drying are also necessary to avoid lint.

If you are unsure and cannot find any information, we advise you to simply let your sheet dry on the rotary dryer.

Facts worth knowing about fitted sheets

Who actually invented the fitted sheet?

Behind the practical invention of the fitted sheet lies a somewhat inglorious history. In 1977, the Portuguese textile merchant Mário Marques went on a business trip to Sweden. Marques also had a soft spot for blonde ladies. So the married Portuguese met a Swedish woman and they had a fling in a hotel room. After the lovemaking, the textile merchant noticed that the bed sheet had hardly slipped.

When he looked under the mattress, he noticed that the sheet underneath was tied with ribbons. Marques felt it was an imposition that the hotel staff had to lift the heavy mattress every time they changed the sheets. So he came up with the idea of incorporating an elastic band right into the bed sheet. He returned to Portugal and founded a factory for fitted sheets. Today, Mário Marques is a millionaire.

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