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You know you’re all about sleep as self-care. From sleeping on cooling sheets to linen bed fashion to organic bedding, you’ve explored all your options. But have you really treated yourself right, with the most luxe bed dressings that you can buy? We’re talking silk sheets, the natural fiber choice that’s got some surprising benefits besides just, well, silkiness.

Why You Need Silk Sheets

It helps to know what, exactly is this magical fiber of kings, or more specifically, of emperors, since its origin story goes back to the 27th century BC in China, when the then-emperor’s wife discovered a worm in a cocoon had fallen in her cup of tea (ewww). She noticed the cocoon unwind in a long thread which she then commissioned to be woven into a robe for the emperor. And just like that, a new precious resource was discovered, inspring global trading and exploration. The reason why this fabric was so coveted then is the same reason why you want to sleep on it now, thousands of years later—it’s among the softest of all fibers, and it has natural temperature-regulating, skin-soothing and anti-allergic properties.

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The Best Silk Sheets Winners at a Glance

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1. Mulberry Park 100% Pure Queen Silk Sheet Set

Best Overall

These supple sheets tick all the boxes—they are 100 percent, 6A rated 22 Momme Mulberry silk sheets without a seam to snag or a chemical additive used during manufacture to irritate sensitive skins. The charmeuse finish is shiny without looking for a second like a polyester imitation, and the subtle seven shades including rose quartz, sand and silver will coordinate with any color scheme you’ve already got going on in your boudoir. (These sheets are so pretty, you’ll never want to pull a comforter over top of these.)

$604 at Amazon

Amazon

2. ZIMASILK 4 Pcs 100% Mulberry Silk Bed Sheet Set

Best Value Silk Sheets

This sheet set costs half of what some comparable brands run, but they have the quality (19 Momme Mulberry silk) and color (six rich shades including peacock blue, we see you) that you want. They still aren’t exactly a budget purchase, but remember, silk is so strong, this is an investment in years of future great sleep.

$559; $509 at Amazon

Bloomingdale's

3. Gingerlily Silk Solid Collection

Best Silk Sheets Splurge

At $500 per sheet, these London-designed sheets have a distinctive Old World elegance and craftsmanship—as well as just plain gorgeousness. Long-strand Mulberry silk is woven into nude, ivory, charcoal and similarly restrained shades that promise to puddle fetchingly around you as you pose in bed, or lean back on one of the elegantly flanged pillow shams.

Buy It ($500 per sheet)

Amazon

4. THXSILK 4pcs Silk Bed Sheets Set

Best Satin Sheets

Pure long-strand, 25 Momme Mulberry silk comes in a satin weave. All seven colors are gorgeous, but the mint especially gets our vote for playing classic Hollywood screen siren in the comfort of our own bedroom.

$630 at Amazon

Amazon

5. LilySilk Silk Sheets Queen Size, 25 Momme Silk Sheet Set

Best Silk Sheets on Amazon

The 25 Momme weight is the smoothest and most lustrous weight of Mulberry silk available, and this set of top flat sheet, bottom fitted sheet and two pillowcases has all the shine and comfort you’d ever want. In five shades including light coffee and black, these get our vote for blending into a wide range of décor from traditional to modernist.

$1,055 on Amazon

Amazon

6. THXSILK 19 Momme Silk Duvet Cover Set 4 Piece

Best Silk Sheets for Multiple Size Options

When shopping for silk sheets, you might be disappointed to find that many designers create their luxe goods only in Queen and King sizes. So you’ll be thrilled that these sheets come in California King, as well as Twin, Full, Queen and King. And in ten irresistible shades, including the best red we’ve seen this side of a Chanel lipstick.

$540 at Amazon

Amazon

7. Orose 4Pcs 25 Momme Charmeuse Silk Flat Sheet Set

Best Silk Sheets for Color Options

These 100 percent Mulberry silk, 22 Momme sheets come in 8 satiny colors including a steel grey and rich plum. A generous 16-inch pocket on the fitted sheet keeps everything in place, and it comes with a top sheet and two pillowcases.

$659 at Amazon

THXSILK

8. THXSilk Luxury 22 Momme Sheet

Best Sheets Sold Individually

With a weight that’s right in the middle of the thickest and lightest silks, and a fabrication of superior Grade 6A Mulberry silk, this sheet is the bullseye perfect choice for starting that slippery slope into the silk sheet lifestyle, one piece at a time. In seven rich colors that skew towards neutral (along with a snazzy ballerina pink tone), you can’t make a wrong move here.

Buy It ($220)

Puffy

9. Puffy Sheets

Best Vegan Silk Sheets

These all-bamboo viscose sheets aren’t made with any animal products, and users love them for being as lightweight and slippery-smooth as silk. Other bonuses are that bamboo is breathable (so no sweaty nights) as well as being naturally hypoallergenic.

Buy It ($140; $119)

Cuddledown

10. Cuddledown Silk Cotton Fitted Sheet

Best Silk Cotton

With a 55 percent silk / 45 percent combed cotton fabric combination, these sheets combine the lightweight softness of silk with the comfort of cotton. And the six colors are equally balanced, with pastel pink and teal shades as soft as these sheets feel.

Buy It ($189)

Anichini

11. Anichini Romano Silk Sheet Set

Best Luxury Sheets

Italian luxury home goods brand Anichini has introduced a shimmering blue-on-blue pattern that, one imagines, might surpass the ones that even a principessa sleeps on. Made to order in Germany of washable silk sateen, a set contains a top and bottom sheet and is truly the stuff dreams are made of.

Buy It ($3,150)

Lilysilk

12. Lilysilk 19MM 3PCS Duvet Cover Set

Best for Hot Sleepers

One hundred percent Grade A, 19 Momme silk is lightweight, and temperature-regulating enough to be comfortable for hot sleepers. This set is a duvet cover and two pillowcases, so you can either pair with a matching fitted sheet or coordinate with a sheet that’s currently in your bedding collection.

Buy It ($155)

SilkySilk

13. SilkySilk 25Momme Mulberry Silk Seamless Fitted Sheet

Best Jewel Tone Silk

These intense hues signal a fashion-forward design scheme, with five intense hues including teal and wine. Made from 25 Momme silk satin, these are dependably warm and have a delicious drape.

Buy It ($319)

Rachel Silk

14. Rachel Silk 4PCS Seamless Floral Printed Silk Bedding Set

Best Patterned Silk Sheets

The delicate gingko leaf pattern on these sheets is playful, while the Grade A Mulberry silk is serious comfort. And with a 16 Momme weight, these sheets guarantee year-round comfort.

Buy It ($500)

Pottery Barn

15.Slip Silk Pillowcase

Best Silk Pillowcase

In 10 sorbet shades including swirled white and pink marble patterns, these pure Mulberry silk pillowcases are sold for those who might not want an entire bed full of silk, but appreciate how the natural silk fiber helps preserve a line-free complexion. (Why not go full Blanche DuBois and pair with a matching eye mask?)

Buy It ($89)

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST SILK SHEETS

You might associate silk with fragility, since silk blouses and dresses tend to be saved “for special,” and not worn while say, tarring the roof. But silk’s delicate treatment has more to do with its high price, not its delicacy—indeed, its properties include extreme durability. That’s why silk sheets can be used regularly to make up a bed. The heavier the weave of the silk, the more durable it will be—and the warmer. A thinner weight is preferable for summertime use and for hot sleepers.

Look for the momme listing on your silk sheets. The number might range from 19 to 30, and the higher the momme level, the more dense the weave of silk will be. (Think of it as similar to the thread count of sheet sets.) As with thread counts, while a higher number may seem preferable, there are other factors to consider, too, before you buy. You’ll want to check if the fabric is 100 percent silk, if it contains long-fiber silk, if it is finished in shiny charmeuse or a more matte appearance and finally if it’s free of toxic chemicals along the supply chain.

Another thing to look for is the type of silk. Mulberry is considered the gold standard, since made by silk worms fed mulberry leaves, producing long silk fibers that contain a natural protein called sericin, which reduces allergic reactions in skin. While other silks such as wild silk or Habotai silk are also precious, they are less durable due to their shorter fibers. Finally, silk shoppers should know that silk is classified by quality, first by letter (Grade A is the finest, extending to C) and then by number (A6 is the finest).

Not sure you want to invest in a full set of silk sheets? Buy a 100 percent silk pillowcase first. Not only is a silk case recommended by beauty experts for its beneficial effects on hair (its slippery surface prevents breakage), but estheticians swear by the protein-based fiber’s ability to hold in moisture naturally.

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