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​​The Best Flannel Sheets


When it comes to getting your bed comfy and cozy, the right bedding can make all the difference. And if you live in a colder climate, a good, durable pair of flannel sheets can keep you extra toasty and warm. Check out these top picks when you shop for flannel sheets.  


These pre-shrunk, brushed flannel sheets feature deep pockets on the fitted sheet that can work with mattresses up to 15 inches deep. Additionally, the set includes a flat sheet and two standard pillowcases.  

These flannel sheets are breathable and feature deep pockets that can fit mattresses up to 16 inches. It comes with a fitted and flat sheet as well as two standard pillowcases. The entire set is machine-washable.  

This thick flannel sheet set is made without harmful chemicals. It includes a fitted and flat sheet, and two standard pillowcases.  

This flannel sheet set is available in five shades and includes a flat sheet, two pillowcases and a fitted sheet that accommodates up to 17-inch mattresses.   

This flannel sheet set is breathable and great for any season with a fitted sheet that works on mattresses up to 17 inches. It also includes a flat sheet and two pillowcases.  

Flannel Sheets FAQs

1. What’s the best thread count for flannel sheets?

Because it’s a heavier option, the optimal thread count for flannel sheets is 170 grams per square meter or more. However, you can find flannel with a lower thread count. In most cases, you’ll find 170 GSM is the standard as this is a traditional weight that tends to be more durable. However, you can find higher thread counts for heavier flannels. Similarly, you can find sheets labeled as flannel that are less than 170 GSM. For example, jersey-knit typically features a 150 GSM rating, but is sometimes promoted as a lightweight flannel.  

2. What is the best weight for flannel sheets?

Typically, weight is a better metric for determining flannel sheet quality than thread counts. Experts recommend prioritizing flannel sheets with a weight of at least 5 ounces for a sufficiently warm set. Alternatively, you can find flannel sheets with a higher weight. Along with being warmer, these sheets are usually going to be more expensive. 

Flannel Sheets Buying Guide

Flannel sheets are a must-have buy for many people that struggle with staying warm while trying to fall or stay asleep. However, they’re classified slightly differently than traditional cotton-based sheets. Specifically, while you can check for thread count, a more important indicator is the weight. 

Typically, to classify as flannel, a sheet must be at least 170 GSM and weigh five ounces. At this rating, you’ll get a sheet that’s warm and durable. However, heavier flannel sheets are available and, usually, more expensive. Alternatively, you may find lighter sheets that are labeled as flannel, but are actually jersey knit. 

If you’re concerned about breathability, you’ll want to ensure that you’re buying cotton flannel rather than micro flannel, which doesn’t fare as well for this metric. Specifically, cotton flannel is ideal for a luxurious feel, offers better breathability, and is great if you regularly apply skin creams before bed. 

Conversely, micro flannel is great for people with sensitive skin. Plus, it is pet-friendly, easier to maintain, and is less expensive than cotton flannel.

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