The 7 Best Bedsheets for Australian Weather

Last Updated May 30, 2022

At Mattressreviews.com.au, we talk a lot about mattresses (obviously), mattress toppers, pillows and the like. They’re all key to a great night’s sleep. However, an often missed ingredient to drifting off into slumberland and remaining comfortable all night long is bedsheets. There’s little point in finding the perfect mattress if the comfort layer between your body and the bed leaves your skin feeling hot, irritated, or bothered. So, if you’ve been suffering from disrupted sleep, this simple investment could transform your sleep habits for the better.

When looking for high-quality bed sheets, comfort is king. However, there are plenty of other contributing factors to consider, ranging from the climate you live in, to material, colour, style and beyond. We’ve shortlisted seven sets that are sure to help you enjoy a better night’s sleep.

The 7 Best Bed Sheets for Australian Weather

1. Bed Threads Flax Linen Set ($270)

This 100% French flax bedding from an Aussie business Bed Threads has made serious waves, and for good reason. It’s gorgeous looking, feels amazing and is highly affordable for linen. Made from the sustainable flax plant, linen is a natural fabric that’s very durable. Because of its natural thermo-regulating qualities, it’s a good option for all seasons. Not to mention it’s designed to look a little creased, so if you hate ironing, this is the bed sheet set for you!

 

2. Ecosa Bamboo Bedding ($240)

Ecosa’s 100% organic bamboo bed sheets are excellent to sleep on and good for the planet. Made entirely from bamboo, it’s odour-resistant and breathable, making it ideal for hot sleepers. It’s woven into a sateen weave for extra comfort with a 400 thread count, and the natural properties of bamboo make it anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic. Bedsheet sets come with one fitted sheet, one flat sheet and two pillow cases.

 

3. Koala TENCEL Sheets ($195)

Koala bed sheets are made from eucalyptus-based material TENCEL, which is sourced from sustainable forests. Like bamboo, eucalyptus is hypoallergenic and great at regulating temperature leading to a cool night’s rest. The Koala sheets are made with a twill weave so they are slightly heavier, and it’s unclear what the thread count is. However, you do get a 120 day free trial so you can test out the sheets and see if they’re right for you.

 

4. Eva Hemp Linen Sheets ($340)

While slightly on the pricier side, Eva’s Hemp Linen bed sheets might well be worth the investment. With its thermoregulating, anti-bacterial and hypo-allergenic properties, these sheets are gentle on the skin and stay fresh for longer. Hemp is mother-nature approved, requiring very little water and no pesticides, synthetics or fertilisers. Known as the most durable of the natural fibres, Eva’s Hemp Linen Sheets will soften with age but never look worn.

 

5. Ettitude Bamboo Lyocell Sheet Set ($268)

Made from 100% organic bamboo fibre with excellent thermoregulating properties, Ettitude’s bamboo sheet sets help draw moisture from the skin and wick it away from the body, ensuring a comfortable sleep all night long. With a 300 thread count made from sustainable lyocell, Ettitude says it feels like a cotton sheet with a 1,000 thread count. Including an Oeko-Tex® certification, Ettitude’s bamboo sheets are eco-friendly, natural and gentle on the skin. You do get a 30-day sleep trial, but there is no warranty with these sheets.

 

6. Sleeping Duck TENCEL Sheets ($240)

Sleeping Duck’s TENCEL™ sheets are made using a sateen weave with a heavy gauge eucalyptus fibre to ensure sheet quality. TENCEL™ fibres are produced to the highest eco standards, featuring a closed-loop system that recycles and reuses water to minimise waste. TENCEL™ fibres absorb moisture more efficiently than cotton. When your body sweats at night, the sheets wick away humidity and heat from your immediate area. A point of difference with Sleeping Ducks sheets is you have the option to buy 1. a fitted sheet with two pillowcases ($150) 2. duvet cover and pillowcases ($180) 3. flat sheet ($90). This is great because some people don’t use a flat sheet, so you can buy 1, 2 or 3 or bundle them all together.

 

7. Noa Home Organic Cotton Sheets ($299)

Featuring a rich, super-smooth finish, Noa’s cotton sateen sheets offer a substantial feel due to a denser, intricate weave. Sateen is extremely breathable, making it the ideal choice for year-round comfort and all types of Australian weather. The sheet sets are made of 100% long-staple cotton featuring a four-over-one, luxurious weave. Fun fact is that Noa’s sateen sheets are crafted in Guimarães, Portugal by one of the oldest textile factories in the country (est. 1921). The sheets are also STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX Class I certified – the highest criterion in the industry – meaning they are free of harmful chemicals and gentle on the skin.

Buyer’s Guide to Choosing the Right Bed Sheets for You

Climate

The first thing to consider is your climate, as not all Aussie weather is created equally. Some states and territories experience harsher summers, while winter can get quite chilly in some places. All season sheets might be OK in some regions, but living in Darwin versus Melbourne – your bed sheet needs will be different, no matter what time of the year it is.

Flannelette sheets are cosy for winter, but it depends on how cool the night gets where you live – and what type of duvet you’re using. If you prefer cotton year-round, look out for thread count – the higher the thread count, the hotter the sheet will be – more on that below.

Thread Count/Fibre Length

Thread count is what’s most commonly used to measure quality. The general rule of thumb is the higher the thread count, the better the need sheet is. However, it’s worth noting that just because something has a high thread count, doesn’t mean it’s good quality. A better test of quality is fibre length. The longer the fibres, the smoother and better quality the material will be. Take Egyptian cotton: it’s the pinnacle of luxury bed sheets and it has extra-long fibres which give it that luxurious feel. That being said, if you are going by thread count, anywhere from 300-400 is good.

Material

Below are some of the most common types of bed sheet material and what you can expect from each:

  • Cotton: Your t-shirts are made from them – in fact, many things are made from it – and it’s the most common material used to make bed sheets. It’s breathable, forgiving when removing stains, and stays cool.
  • Bamboo: An environmentally friendly material; making bamboo sheets entails extracting bamboo cellulose and weaving the fibres into what’s called bamboo rayon. Bamboo is softer than polyester or linen, and is known to be wrinkle-resistant. They are also durable, hypoallergenic, and breathable. 
  • Polyester: Most pure polyester sheets are rough, while polyester blends tend to be much softer and are more comfortable. These sheets are easy to wash, wrinkle-resistant, and typically very budget friendly.
  • Linen: Linen is great for hot sleepers and those with allergies because it’s a naturally cooling, hypoallergenic material. These sheets can be quite stiff, however.
  • Tencel: Tencel™ is a branded material for Lyocell, a product of wood pulp found in certain trees. It’s very eco-friendly and is wrinkle-resistant. Soft, smooth, and hypoallergenic, Tencel™ is a great choice for eco-conscious consumers.
  • Silk: Silk is a natural fibre produced by silkworms but it is one of the pricier options. Silk sheets are naturally hypoallergenic, but it can be difficult to properly maintain and look after them.

Colour & Style

Colour and style are important, so make sure you pick one that matches your room and tastes. When your room looks and feels good, you’re more likely to snooze off into dreamland much quicker. Meanwhile, calming colours like blue, purple, grey, silver, green, and neutrals are all sleep inducing colours that may help your drift off faster.

Ally Burnie Head Dreamer Ally Burnie
Journalist, presenter and host based in Sydney with a passion for cooking, outdoor adventures, hiking, humanitarianism, and travel.

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