Amazon.com has some great percale sheet sets on offer. But digging through the 24,000 different search results to find what is percale and what is not can be time consuming and frustrating. Relax. We’ve already done that for you. What follows below is what we, in all our estimable knowledge and lifetimes of experience (that’s a joke. we’re not professionals just informed enthusiasts) have deemed to be worthy of your time and money.
Quick note: If you’ve clicked over here from part 1 of this article, we hope you’ve got some ideas in your head about how to proceed and possibly avoid the pitfalls of buying percale sheet sets on Amazon.com. If you’re just joining us, then before you do too much shopping, we hope you check out the points we discussed over at part 1. They could help save you some time and frustration, and maybe even some money.
Disclaimer for honesty’s sake
To be clear, we have not purchased, used, washed or slept on any of these sheets. Not one. We’d love to have a year-long percale sheet shoot-out where we buy top brands and send them to people to try out and have them report back on their experiences and in the end make recommendations for you based on that. Unfortunately, we don’t have the budget for it. So take the following recommendations not so much as endorsements of products, but rather the words of a friend who says “If I was in the market for a percale sheet set today, this is what I would consider.” Because that’s exactly what we are saying.
One more caveat and then we’ll get on with the show. We have kinda divided up the percale sheet market on Amazon into three sections, low end, mid range and high end. They look like this:
- Low end – up to 50 bucks for a set, up to 25 for a single sheet, flat or fitted.
- Mid range – 50 -100 bucks for a set, up to 50 for a single sheet, flat or fitted.
- High end – over 100 bucks for a set, over 50 bucks for a single sheet, flat or fitted.
And to be honest, we’re not going to recommend any low end sheets or sheet sets. Why? What we saw didn’t instill confidence in us. We did include some in the listing below but we have some major reservations about them. Feel free to buy them and report back, but we just feel the average consumer is going to be better served by spending more than 45 bucks or so on 2 sheets and 2 pillowcases. At least that’s what we saw at Amazon.
What would we actually buy if we were buying today? Honestly we’d put Tribeca Living, Pinzon and Organics and More on our short list. If we thought we could swing it, we’d include Peacock Alley and Coyuchi. Those brands look to have the best combination of quality and price for us. But that’s just us. And if we had deeper pockets – the Malouf. Ooof.
So, without further ado…If we were planning on buying percale sheets in the near future, these are some of the choices at Amazon that we would seriously consider:
(Here’s a hint – click on the pictures to be taken to Amazon and check out the current prices)
Tribeca Living (mid range) –
Seem to be okay. Their offerings are a bit confusing. We’d stick to their 450 thread count choices. They advertise deep pockets, but make sure and measure what you’re going to be putting them on. The Tribeca Living brand seems to be sold by a couple of different sellers on Amazon, so it may pay you to dig around a bit and find one with better shipping rates or faster shipping times. These are mid priced sheets, but on the high end – the 450 thread count set is hitting just under a hundred.
Echelon (mid range) –
Also seem to be fine looking sheet sets. The reviews are either singing their praises or cursing them, so they’ll probably be fine for the person who knows what they are getting. Their other products on Amazon generally have high reviews so the quality is probably there. Not cheap at almost a hundred for the set, but check the different colors. At the time of this writing some of the colorways were about 30 dollars cheaper than others. If you can live with a different color, you might want to save yourself some money. But don’t worry – the cheaper colors aren’t brown or black or gold; they look nice.
Peacock Alley (high end) –
Yeah, this is pretty spendy stuff here. But from everything we can gather, you’re going to get your money’s worth. Although the reviews on Amazon are scant (meaning non-existent) we did some digging and found two nice bits of information. First, Peacock Alley has been around for 40 years or so. They’re no flash-in-the-pan outfit. Second, the places we found that were reviewing their products spoke rather highly of them. So if you’ve got the cash to shell out, definitely give these a hard look. How much cash? How about 150 or so for a single sheet? Of course, it’s got a 400 thread count and 100% Egyptian cotton. But that’s a lot of cash. For a single sheet.
Malouf Fine Linens (high end) –
Yup, these’d be on my short list. Malouf is a newer brand and seem to be doing good things. Reviews on Amazon are scant but other places I’ve heard from say good things. Be warned – these are not cheap. Not by a long shot. But they are not competing with the cheapo bed-in-a-bag offerings you got at deep discount in college. No, these are high end Italian sheets that come in at a reasonable price for their target. 400 thread count so on the higher end of what percale should be. In fact, if you want to really see what percale sheets should look like, click on the picture, go to Amazon and see that pic blown up nice and big. That is percale weave. Pure and simple. A steep price at over 300 for the set, but I’ll hazard a guess that these are going to be worth every penny. All 3500 of them.
Coyuchi (high end) –
Ahh, Coyuchi. If I had the cash to spend, I’d be taking a good hard look at these. Why? Organic sounds nice. Lack of chemicals sounds nice. Fair trade program sounds nice, too. They get rave reviews wherever I see people reviewing them. Prices are high, but one thing I noticed on Amazon – different sellers can have different prices, some by as much as a 50 dollar difference for the same exact sheet. These are definitely high-end sheets as a set is going to be over 200 bucks with single sheets running half of that or so. But from everything I can tell, they deliver. Perhaps Peacock Alley and Coyuchi would like to send me some so I can do a comparison?
Organics and More (mid range) –
Cheaper by far than Coyuchi, Organics and More offers their Naturesoft organic cotton 230 thread count percale sheets they say are made from USA grown organic cotton. Surprisingly, they’re about 40% the price of a Coyuchi sheet set. Lots of color choices as long as you like “natural”. Which means that’s the only color choice you have. Great for us because we like how they look. Hey, perhaps Coyuchi and Organics and More could send the fine OPS folks some sample and do an organic percale sheet shoot out. We promise to be impartial. Honest.
SheetsNThings (mid range) –
Although the pictures they use are pretty much exchangeable with any other fly-by night outfit, the descriptions they use are pretty clear that they at least know what they are talking about when it comes to percale sheets. Pretty reasonable prices with a sheet set coming in around 70 bucks. They look like a solid contender and one I’d definitely take into consideration if shopping for another percale sheet set.
Pinzon (low end) –
Pinzon is one of the brands that irk me on Amazon. do a search for “percale sheets” and you’ll see all kinds of Pinzon products popping up, including sateen which is in now way shape or form considered percale. In my opinion they’re gaming the Amazon system by throwing every sheet related keyword under the sun in each offering. Just my guess, so please, Pinzon, don’t sue me. That being said, a lot of people say nice things about their sheets. 300 thread count and a hair under 50 bucks for a set is a good deal as long as they are what they say they are and are made well.
So folks, that’s a basic overview of what Amazon has to offer. It takes a bit of digging. Unfortunately Amazon will pull up everything that has a tag of “percale” when you search for “percale sheets”. The problem is there seems to be no policing of this at all. Many of the items that you find on a basic search are not percale in the slightest. Amazon is leaving it up to the sellers to include the tags that they feel are appropriate. Wanting to sell more, some less than scrupulous sellers will put “percale” as a tag just so their product pops up.
But lucky for you, you’ve got the fine OPS staff to do the leg work, the dirty work, the heavy lifting for you. Good luck in your search and if you do go ahead and buy any of these percale sheets sets, first of all thank you. Second of all, please stop by and lets us know what you think of them. Heck, write up a mini review and we might post it for all the world to see.