You work hard, you work out hard, but it doesn’t mean much if you’re not getting the rest you need. Getting enough quality sleep means better brain power, greater muscle recovery, and higher level of general wellbeing. You need the right tools for the job.
Every night’s sleep should feel restful—even luxurious—and you need the best bedding to maximize your chance at some deep slumber. Coupled with the right gadgets and gear, good bedding provides the foundation of your sleep; it makes your bed and bedroom feel like a place you want to be, it makes you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. It makes all the difference.
The best bedding brands and best bedding sets have a few things in common. For one, they’re made from the best quality materials. Even the best budget bedding has some extra durability built in, so you can wash and reuse over and over again. And secondly, good bedding is all about comfort instead of just utility. That’s where our picks go the extra mile.
Check out below for our picks for the best bedding men need in their bedroom ASAP—including our picks for the best sheets, the best pillows, and the best comforters. Together, they’ll have you sleeping like a log but feeling more limber when you get up in the morning.
The Best Sheets
Your bed sheets make direct contact with your skin—they simply have to be the best. The consequences of lousy sheets can be felt in the morning, from skin rashes to allergic reactions. So if you’re in the market for sheets, look for what a hotel would look for in the best bedding: Good. Quality. And there’s a few things that go into the best bed sheets.
Start with the materials. Most sheets are made from cotton, but more expensive, more luxurious cotton is where you want to be. Whether that’s pima cotton, Supima cotton, or Egyptian cotton, look for smooth-feeling cotton that feels natural and soft.
Then examine the weave of the sheets. Mostly, you’ll find percale and sateen weave—percale is a miniature grid and most common, and sateen is more intricate and softer-feeling. We’re partial to the latter, but then you’re getting up in cost. And for the winter, it’s hard to beat a warming flannel construction.
Lastly, when it comes to thread count, don’t overthink it. It’s marketed as the big difference-maker, but all thread count ultimately is is the number of threads per square inch. Anything in the 300- to 500-thread count range is great. Over 800, you’re going top-shelf.
Best Budget Sheets
Caspar’s Cool Supima is, well, cool, but also very comfortable and has little touches that make all the difference, such as securing snaps and very grippy elastic.
Best Premium Cotton Sheets
Brooklinen’s Luxe Core set has everything you’d want in premium cotton sheets: a smooth weave and a 480-thread count that’ll feel like you’re sleeping like a king. Made from 100% cotton and actually certified for chemical safety, they’ll be your new bedroom staple.
Best Silk Sheets
Every night’s sleep should feel as luxurious as it does on Mulberry Park Silk’s 22 Momme sheets. Soft, breathable, and hypoallergenic, these sheets even resist dust mites, molds, funguses, and more. Plus, they come in a wide assortment of luxe colors.
Best Cooling Sheets
These bamboo sheets are indeed blissfully soft. They effortlessly wick sweat away in the middle of the night and keep your body temp regulated with their 300-thread count bamboo weave. If you’re a hot sleeper, this one’s a no-brainer.
Best Flannel Sheets
Sturdy as flannel can be, but soft to the touch, Riley’s sheets warm you up when the weather starts to cool and wrap you in 100% premium cotton, straight from Portugal. They’re reversible, too, so if you get bored just flip it over—and it’s like a brand-new set of sheets.
The Best Pillows
Nothing feels better than plopping your head down on a luxurious pillow after a long day. But before you get ahead of yourself, you need to make sure it’s the right pillow for you.
Before you start shopping for the best pillows, it’s important to keep your sleep position in mind. If you’re a side-sleeper, then a papery-thin pillow, where your head sinks down, will end up causing you neck pain. You need a thick, firm pillow, ideally one made of foam or with gel.
By the same turn, if you tend to sleep on your stomach, you don’t want your neck propped up and your head in an unnatural position–opt for a thinner pillow. One with feathers is a little retro, but will work fine. And if you sleep on your back, well, you’ll need something in between to keep your neck at a nice angle without causing it to raise or lower too much.
Best Firm Pillow
If you’re a side sleeper—or even a back sleeper—pick up this pillow that’s got extra firmness. Inside there’s a fiberfill core that contours to your head to support your neck; on the outside, soft pima cotton you’ll be excited to settle into after a long day.
Best Budget Pillow
Allswell’s down alternative pillow might not be the firmest option—but it is the most budget-friendly one. And you get a lot of bang for your 19 bucks, including an antimicrobial polyester fill and beautifully soft cotton sateen shell.
Best Soft Pillow
Stomach sleepers, your dream pillow is here in the Layla Kapok Pillow. It’s super soft yet supportive, plush and airy—made from a mix of Kapok (that’s a tree) fibers and memory foam. It effectively contours to your head, giving you a comfortable but supportive sleep experience.
The Best Comforters
When it comes to shopping for the best comforters, you basically have two options: down or down alternative.
Down comforters are super fluffy and hefty, with duck or geese feathers on the inside. They trap air for better insulation, keeping you warm and cozy—and you can tell how warm you’ll be by the comforters “fill power,” or the amount of down per ounce. When it starts to get warmer outside, you’ll want something with a little less fill power so you’re not sweating in your sleep.
Alternative down comforters, on the other hand, are usually made from synthetic materials, so they’re good for those on a tighter budget and allergy sufferers.
Either way you cut it, the best bedding sets need a quality comforter. See our top picks below.
Best Down Comforter
Light, fluffy, and enveloping, Brooklinen’s down comforter will have you sleeping like a king. It has a baffle box construction that keeps the light down from Canada filling evenly spaced, and comes with a soft cotton sateen shell. It’s our favorite down comforter we’ve found.
Best Down Alternative Comforter
Alternative downs save you scratch and sneezes—but Crane & Canopy’s take the crown because of their dual-zone design, with “lightweight” and “all year” clearly labeled, perfect for couple who prefer sleeping at different temps. Inside, you’ll find a premium down alternative, and a 400-thread count cotton on the outside.
Best Light Comforter
When the heat is on, go green. Buffy’s plush comforter is made from a super-soft eucalyptus shell that cools you off during the hotter months—though it’s perfectly good for every season of the year. And inside, you’ll find recycled fabric that otherwise would have been in a landfill.