The 8 Best Silk and Satin Sheets of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

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The 8 Best Silk and Satin Sheets of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

If you're a fan of soft, smooth bedding with a slightly shiny finish, silk or satin sheets might be right up your alley. But while the two have a similar look and feel, they're not the same thing.

"Satin is a type of woven fabric made from any smooth and lustrous filament yarns," says Preeti Gopinath, Associate Professor of Textiles at The New School Parsons School of Design, explaining that it's typically woven from synthetic materials like polyester. Natural silk, on the other hand, is loomed from protein fibers sourced from mulberry worms.

We tried 12 silk and satin sheet sets firsthand to figure out which ones are worth buying, evaluating each for quality, texture, breathability, durability, and overall value. We put them through multiple tests in our lab and then slept on our favorite silk and satin sheet sets for a month to determine which ones are worth the money.

It's worth noting that there are basically two types of silk and satin sheets on the market: under-$50 options and over-$500 options. There are not many options in the middle range, and in the case of silk and satin sheets, you usually get what you pay for. The cheaper versions tend to be a bit more slippery, and neither are resistant to staining, so keep that in mind while choosing the right bed sheets for your home.

With that being said, these are the best silk and satin sheets PEOPLE tested.

Sheets are well-made with durable stitching and smooth seams

Silky fabric feels cool to the touch

Colorfast material holds up well in the wash

Fabric creates lots of static

Don't contain any real silk

Of the sets we tested, Lanest Housing Silk Satin Sheets were our favorite. Out of the packaging, they seemed very well-made with durable stitching, wide, smooth seams, and no visible imperfections. We loved the slick, silky feel and ultra-soft texture.

When making the bed, the fitted sheet went on easily and tucked nicely over all four corners. It didn't come loose at night when tossing and turning, either. All in all, the sheets felt cool against the skin and were comfortable for sleeping, though they did create some static when moving around.

These sheets passed our colorfastness test, showing no signs of fading or bleeding. They also held up well in the wash — the color still looked good, and there were no snags or loose threads, which are qualities to look for in high-quality bed sheets. One thing to note is that, despite the product name, they're not technically silk but rather a satin-woven polyester. Still, considering the affordable price tag and impressive color selection, you really can't go wrong buying this sheet set.

Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, Cal king | Fiber: Polyester | Thread Count: 400 | Colors: 18 colors available

Sheets have a silky-smooth feel

Color didn't fade at all in the wash

Appear durable and relatively stain-resistant

Several loose threads out of packaging; more after washing

Hard to get fitted sheet on

For folks on a budget, we recommend Pure Bedding Satin Sheets. Although the fabric seemed a bit cheap, it felt immediately silky-smooth, and the color was consistent throughout. (The color or pattern is only on one side, though, so keep that in mind if you like to fold over the top sheet when making the bed.) The fitted sheet was a little tricky to get on, but after making the bed, it stayed secure and didn't budge throughout the night.

After washing them, the color and texture hadn't changed at all, but there were multiple loose threads. Although makeup left a mark, the other stains came out pretty easily in the laundry. The material also held up well through our abrasion test, with no visible pilling or tearing. These sheets don't seem as well-constructed as other sets we tried, but considering the wallet-friendly price tag, we still think they're worth buying.

Sizes: Twin, full, queen, king, Cal king | Fiber: Microfiber | Thread Count: 1800 | Colors: 26 colors available

High-quality construction with durable stitching and consistent color

Exceptionally soft and smooth fabric with a subtle sheen

Nice fit makes it easy to make the bed

Lost some lustrous sheen in the wash

If you're open to spending more on luxury sheets, consider this 100% mulberry silk set from LilySilk. Out of the box, we found the quality to be pretty outstanding, with durable stitching, no loose threads, and consistent color throughout. The fabric is lightweight, super-soft, and smooth (but not too slippery), with a subtle sheen — and it feels amazing against the skin. We also liked how easy it was to make the bed — the fitted sheet and pillowcases fit well, and the top sheet tucked in without a fuss. Everything stayed in place, even through a night of tossing and turning.

Though the sheets held up well in the laundry without any noticeable fading, they lost some of their original luster in the wash. Another thing to note is that stains were pretty much impossible to remove, so you'll want to be careful about eating and drinking in bed and making sure you always lay down with a washed face. The price might be hard to justify, but if these sheets are within your budget, we say go for it.

Sizes: Twin, full, queen, king, Cal king | Fiber: Mulberry silk | Momme: 19 | Colors: Black, navy, white, pink, lavender, teal, blue, silver, taupe

Incredibly soft and smooth material

Cool to the touch and consistently breathable

Nice sheet fit with smooth-gliding zippered pillowcases

Shine dulled slightly in the wash

Quince is known for offering high-quality natural textiles at fair prices. While these sheets are steeply priced, they're pretty reasonable, considering they're made of 100% mulberry silk with a 22 momme rating. We tried them firsthand, and the quality was immediately apparent. The fabric was smooth and oh-so-soft with reliable stitching and no noticeable imperfections. We found it easy to make the bed and liked how the pillowcases have smooth-gliding zippers that are concealed within the seams.

These sheets are cool to the touch and have a consistently breathable feel that keeps you comfy while you sleep. After washing, the fabric was still incredibly soft, but the shine had dulled slightly. We should also note that the coffee, oil, and foundation stains didn't come out during our tests, though this seems to be an issue with most 100% silk fabrics. We wish these sheets came in more sizes and colors, but beyond that, we have no complaints.

Sizes: Queen, king | Fiber: Mulberry silk | Momme: 22 | Colors: Ivory

Exceptionally soft and silky-smooth with a cool feel

Holds up well in the wash

Extra-deep fitted sheet makes it easy to make the bed

Slippery fabric doesn't always stay in place

Not breathable; may trap heat at night

We found these satin sheets to be exceptionally soft with an attractive appearance. At first glance, the smooth, medium-weight material has a cool-to-the-touch feel that seems like it would be nice during the summer months. However, the synthetic fabric didn't end up being breathable, so we wouldn't recommend it for hot sleepers. We appreciated how well the extra-deep fitted sheet fit on the mattress when making the bed, and it stayed in place throughout the night. However, due to the slick, slippery fabric, you can expect the top sheet to move around a bit and potentially slide off while you sleep.

After washing, the fabric retained its silky-smooth look and feel. Unfortunately, the fabric is prone to staining — none of the substances we tested came out in the wash. We wouldn't say these are the highest-quality sheets (there were some loose threads and puckering out of the packaging). But considering the affordable price and delightfully soft feel, they're definitely worth buying.

Sizes: Full, queen, king, Cal king | Fiber: Polyester | Thread Count: 180 | Colors: Black, brown, gold, blush, purple, teal, navy, gray, ivory, white

Exceedingly soft and smooth fabric

Airy material stays comfortably cool throughout the night

Luxurious, high-end look and feel

Slightly less silky after washing

Top sheet slides around due to the slick texture

If you sleep hot or are prone to night sweats, Mulberry Park Silk Sheets might be your best bet. The 100% mulberry silk fabric is not only exceedingly soft and smooth but also notably breathable, and it stays comfortably cool throughout the night. This high-end sheet set looks just as luxurious as it feels — we noticed zero imperfections and were impressed with the stitching and consistent color.

It was easy to make the bed, thanks to the deep fitted sheet, though the top sheet slid around a bit due to the slippery texture. Like other silk sheets we tested, these were a bit less lustrous and slick after washing, but they were still very soft. While this is the most expensive set we tested, we think it might be worth the investment if you can swing the price.

Sizes: Full, queen, king, Cal king | Fiber: Mulberry silk | Momme: 22 | Colors: White, ivory, gunmetal, silver, blue, plum, sage, sand

Soft and smooth but not overly slick

Dense, medium-weight feel that's still breathable

Durable fabric resists pilling and fraying

Faded slightly and lost some silkiness in the wash

For those partial to organic bedding, we recommend Colorado Home Co. The brand's 100% mulberry silk sheets are certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Upon first inspection, they felt soft and smooth but not overly slick, and we didn't notice any snags, loose threads, inconsistent dye, or other imperfections.

These sheets have a medium-weight density feel that feels high-quality but doesn't appear to sacrifice breathability. Unfortunately, they faded slightly and lost some of their luster in the wash, though the fabric still looked and felt luxurious. However, another downside is that, like most other silk sets we tested, the fabric is prone to staining. Still, it seems generally durable and resistant to pilling and fraying. While the price is undeniably high, we think these might be worth the investment if you're looking for real certified-organic silk.

Sizes: Queen, king, Cal king | Fiber: Organic mulberry silk | Momme: 22 | Colors: Blue, mauve, charcoal, champagne, white, off-white, olive, silver

Silky-smooth feel but not overly slippery

Deep-pocketed sheet stays in place while sleeping

Fabric creates some static while sleeping

Color faded slightly in the wash

Looking for bedding in a particular color? These satin sheets come in a whopping 21 hues, ranging from black to silver to deep dusty rose. While the stitching seemed consistent, we did notice some loose threads when we took them out of the packaging. Other than that, they appeared well-made, felt silky-smooth, and had a consistent dye and texture. These sheets passed our colorfastness test, and although they faded slightly in the wash, the color remained even throughout.

Thanks to a fitted sheet with pockets deep enough to fit any mattress, it was easy to make the bed, and everything stayed in place throughout the night. Though the fabric wasn't overly slippery like other satin sets, it did get slightly staticky. These sheets aren't quite as nice as the real silk sets we tested, but considering the budget-friendly price, we think they're a great value and would buy them as a backup set or use them in a guest room.

Sizes: Twin, full, queen, king | Fiber: Polyester | Thread Count: Not listed | Colors: 21 colors available

When shopping for silk or satin sheets, pay attention to the material — as in the actual fiber used to make the fabric. Like LilySilk 19 Momme Seamless Silk Sheets, some sets are made of real silk, which is sourced from mulberry worms, so it's a natural material but not vegan. Satin sheets, on the other hand, can be made of various materials. But as with Lanest Housing Satin Sheets, they're most often woven from synthetic fibers like polyester.

Silk is naturally breathable, moisture-wicking, and gentle against the skin. Polyester can have a similar feel, though it's generally not as breathable and may not be ideal for hot sleepers or those who get night sweats.

The weave affects not only the feel of bed sheets but also the weight and breathability. Silk bedding can be made using various weaves, including plain square, jacquard, or satin. Satin sheets, as the name would imply, feature a satin weave.

"Satin-weave fabric has long floats in its weave structure," says Gopinath. Unlike a plain square weave pattern (one thread over, one thread under), a float means the pattern skips threads. Satin sheets follow a one-thread-over, four-threads-under pattern. The tighter weave makes them silky-smooth but not as breathable as those with a square weave.

Satin sheets might list a thread count, which can range from 150 for polyester to 1,800 or more for microfiber. Some people view a high thread count as an indicator of softer, better-quality sheets, but it doesn't tell the whole story in terms of durability and feel.

For 100% silk sheets, you'll often see a momme (pronounced "mommy") number listed. This measurement grades the weight of the material, and a higher number is generally considered better quality. Between 19 and 25 is ideal, like the Quince Mulberry Silk Sheet Set, which boasts a momme grade of 22.

After researching the best silk and satin sheets on the market, we selected 12 sets to try firsthand, including five silk and seven satin. First, we took them out of the packaging, inspected the look and feel, and checked for imperfections, such as loose threads or snags. Then we performed various assessments, including a colorfastness test with warm water and an absorbency test with water droplets. We also rubbed steel wool back and forth on the fabric to see if it pilled or tore.

To see how well they held up in the wash and check for fading, we laundered the sheets and compared the material and color to an unwashed pillowcase. Finally, we applied coffee, oil, and foundation to evaluate stain resistance. Each sheet set was scored for quality, texture, breathability, durability, and value, and those with the highest overall ratings are featured in this roundup.

Derived from protein fiber (aka fibroin) produced by mulberry worms, real silk refers to the actual fiber used to make bed sheets. "Fabrics made from silk are typically luxurious, smooth, and lustrous," says Gopinath.

Conversely, satin is simply a weave style. This means satin sheets can be woven from various materials — though they're most often made of synthetic fibers like polyester. As Gopinath notes, "They have the appearance and feel of silk fabric due to their luster/sheen and smoothness." But satin bedding is typically not as breathable as natural silk.

Since satin sheets are often loomed from synthetic materials such as polyester or microfiber, they're not as breathable or moisture-wicking as natural fabrics like cotton, linen, or silk.

"They can pill, especially when made from synthetics," Gopinath adds. After trying out several sets, we should note that satin sheets can also be super slick and slippery, which may bother you while you're sleeping, and some sets are prone to static cling.

Silk sheets made of 100% mulberry silk are among the most expensive on the market, often costing upwards of $500 per set. Satin sheets tend to be much more affordable. You can easily find a set for under $100, if not $50 or lower.

Theresa Holland is a freelance commerce writer specializing in bedding, home goods, decor, and lifestyle. For this story, she interviewed Preeti Gopinath, Associate Professor of Textiles at The New School Parsons School of Design, then compiled insights from our team of testers. A stickler for nice bedding, Theresa has slept on multiple satin sheet sets over the years and currently sleeps with a silk pillowcase for the skincare benefits.

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The 8 Best Silk and Satin Sheets of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

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