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Even though our blog leans toward smart home and technology gadgets, one of the best upgrades we’ve made to our home was making the switch to an awesome Tuft and Needle mattress last year. It’s funny, you spend 1/3 of your life asleep, but that seems to be the last thing a family wants to invest in.
Our current sheets were a wedding gift from 2005, so I jumped at the opportunity to make another sleep upgrade when Brooklinen provided us with a set of their “Luxe” sheets to put through the paces. You’ve seen their ads all over the internet… can they really make a difference in your bedroom? Read on to find out!
What Does It Claim to Do?
Brooklinen is a bedding company that claims to offer top quality sheets and accessories using only premium materials at an affordable price.
- Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle
- 480 Thread Count
- Long-staple Egyptian Cotton
- Singly ply yarn
Do all of those buzz words make a difference in daily use? Let’s dive in.
Look and Feel
It takes a special kind of person to get excited about bed sheets, but I guess I don’t know myself as well as I think I do. When our Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle arrived, I intended to leave it in the box until I had time to take a look at it later in the weekend, but that suspiciously well-designed shipping box kept calling to me; then, I made the mistake of opening it.
Now, packaging really has nothing to do with the quality of the product within, but sometimes it can be foreshadowing to a great customer experience… That’s definitely what happened with these Brooklinen sheets. Immediately upon opening that box, we found a sheet set neatly contained in a gray bag with flourishes that felt like something you’d purchase from a hipster store front (in a good way).
So, that’s a pretty good impression right out of the gate; what about, you know, the actual sheets? They feel incredible. They have a buttery satin finish out of the box that is leagues beyond whatever abomination we’ve been sleeping on up until this point. We ordered a simple white set, so there’s really nothing remarkable to mention (or photograph), but if you’re used to sleeping in the same Walmart clearance sheets you purchased in college, you and your spouse will feel like royalty on these things.
This is really hard to describe, and it’s purely subjective, but I’ll give it a shot. Sleeping on our old sheets a few nights out of the washer felt a bit like wearing the same tshirt for a few days in a row. It works, but there’s something that feels a little coarse on your skin. These Brooklinen sheets feel silky smooth night after night, and they seem to be getting softer with every wash. We watch TV in bed a lot (don’t hate), and sometimes I’ve found myself rubbing the sheets between my fingers just appreciating the quality. Yeah, I’m a weirdo.
One other thing worth mentioning here is sleeping temperature. Our old sheets were about half of the Brooklinen Luxe’s 480 thread count, which I think made them a bit more breathable. Since we’ve been using these in the summer months, I was initially a little warmer at night until I got adjusted to it; something worth considering if you’re a hot sleeper.
You’re probably not up on your sheet terminology, but Brooklinen promises that their sheets are made with all of the top materials your grandmother would tell you to look for. They use “long-staple” Egyptian cotton to produce smooth weaves. They use single ply yarn to produce strong, thin threads. The Luxe sheets are 480 thread count according to an honest standard that counts actual threads vs the strands contained in a thread.
All of that adds up to a sheet that’s going to last you years and grow softer as you use it (instead of falling apart over time). It’s a great product.
Sheets are all over the place when it comes to pricing, which makes it difficult to assess what is actually a good deal. I’ve seen cheaper sheets with a “similar” thread count at discount stores. I’ve seen name brand sheets at big box stores with lower thread counts for far more than these. The set I chose from Brooklinen is $250 for King-sized high-end sheets (included fitted sheets), 4 pillow cases, and a duvet cover; that feels like a good price.
We love these sheets, and I think your family would love them too. This is the kind of purchase you make when you just want to buy a fantastic product for a fair price without wasting a weekend doing comparison shopping over nitpicky spec charts. If you’re tired of sleeping in the same ratty sheets you’ve suffered with since the Bush administration, go treat yourself to a little Brooklinen luxury; I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.