I Compared Brooklinen vs Parachute Sheets So You Don’t Have To

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Ooh, look at you taking proper care of yourself by investing in high-quality sheets. Unlike most grown-up decisions, the current market is making this one pretty easy. Why? Because only two brands are truly dominating the world of bedding right now: Brooklinen and Parachute.

Both of these organic sheet brands operate primarily online, and have similar price points. Oh, and both make me daydream about crawling back into bed during my workday…but maybe that’s a personal issue?

To be honest, you really can’t go wrong with either (it’s like a Lebron James vs. Michael Jordan situation, or Beyoncé vs. Rihanna). But if that makes you even more confused, join us as we take a deep dive into everything you need to know about these organic sheet brands. Then read on to find out exactly what happened when we sleep-tested sheets from Brooklinen and Parachute. Let’s cuddle up, shall we?

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The $$$

  • Brooklinen’s bedding runs at a slightly lower price than Parachute’s, but not too far off. A full-sized linen duvet cover will run you $220 at Brooklinen, versus $320 at Parachute. Brooklinen’s best-selling full sized satin sheet set starts at $169 pre-sale, and Parachute’s goes for $269. Brooklinen also regularly has sales going on throughout the year, and Parachute offers discounted items on their Happy Returns locations, or by mail. Refunds are provided instantly if items are returned in person, or within 10-14 business days if it’s done by mail. Original shipping costs cannot be refunded.

    Sizes

    • Both Brooklinen and Parachute carry bedding in sizes from Twin to Cal King. Solid range!

      Colors

      • Brooklinen loves that whole minimalist vibe, so most sheets are white, beige, blue, and gray. Want something that feels spesh? Limited-edition patterns and shades are up for grabs too.
      • Parachute rarely strays from the neutrals, but some top sheets are reversible. That means you’ll score a chic contrast when (or if) you make your bed.
        Sateen Top Sheet

        Sateen Top Sheet

        Parachute Home parachutehome.com

        $100.00

        Percale Top Sheet

        Percale Top Sheet

        Parachute Home parachutehome.com

        $60.00

        Luxe Core Sheet Set

        Luxe Core Sheet Set

        Brooklinen brooklinen.com

        $159.00

        Core Sheet Set

        Core Sheet Set

        Brooklinen brooklinen.com

        $139.00

        Core Sheet Set

        Core Sheet Set

        Brooklinen brooklinen.com

        $139.00

        Linen Top Sheet

        Linen Top Sheet

        Parachute Home parachutehome.com

        $120.00

        Sateen Fitted Sheet

        Sateen Fitted Sheet

        Parachute Home parachutehome.com

        $100.00

        Linen Core Sheet Set

        Linen Core Sheet Set

        Brooklinen brooklinen.com

        $289.00

        Care

        • Brooklinen sheets can go in the washer on either a cool or warm setting. If you have the time (and space), skip the dryer and hang the sheets on a line.
        • Parachute sheets are also washing machine and dryer-friendly, but the brand suggests swapping traditional fabric softener for wool dryer balls, which cuts down on drying time—a major laundry day win.

          Shipping

          • Brooklinen has a free-shipping special for those in the U.S. and a wildly generous one-year return policy (uh-huh, 365 days) for most items. The brand also covers the cost of return shipping in the U.S.
          • Parachute has free ground shipping in the States and accepts returns on most purchases (WOMP: final sale items, furniture, gift cards, and fabric swatches don’t count) within 60 days or 100 for mattresses.

            Challenge 1: Percale Sheets

            First, a quick primer on how sheets are made. There are two common weaves: The first, percale, is a simple stitch pattern associated with a lightweight and crisp feel. If you’ve ever seen bedding that appears perfectly disheveled, with little peaks and folds falling just so, you’re probably looking at percale.

            Brooklinen’s Percale Sheets

            Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle

            Brooklinen Brooklinen

            $210.00

            • Lightweight
            • Super airy
            • Don’t wrinkle easily
            • Slightly plasticky before you wash

            The Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle starts at $231 and is crisp to the touch. The fabric is 270-thread-count organic cotton, slightly low for what’s considered “good,” thread count but it’s also probably why they’re so airy and breathable. I thought these would be too light for winter, but I was wrong. My room is extremely warm, thanks to my overzealous radiator, and these keep me cool all night long. They are my new staples.

            My rating: 5/5

            Parachute’s Percale Sheets

            Percale Venice Set

            Parachute Home parachutehome.com

            $239.00

            • Super soft
            • The brand gives back
            • Sweat-wicking


            Parachute’s

            Brooklinen

            Luxe Hardcore Bundle

            Brooklinen brooklinen.com

            $243.00

            • SO smooth
            • Feel like hotel sheets

            If you want sheets that feel smooth like buttah, these are for you. 

            Even though they were super soft right when I opened them, I followed the instructions and washed them before making my bed. Brooklinen’s Luxe Hardcore Bundle is the brand’s best seller, at $330 for a queen set, and it lives up to the hype. At a 480 thread count, they’re definitely heavier than the percale. I kicked off the duvet the second night I slept under these. But they have other benefits—they feel, essentially, like softened butter. I was also surprised by how much I liked the slightly shinier look. This bedding made my room look fancier.

            My rating: 4/5

            Parachute’s Sateen Sheets

            Parachute

            Sateen Venice Set

            • Silky, not shiny
            • Look (and feel) expensive
            • Softest sheets tested

            If you think you don’t like sateen sheets, these will convince you otherwise. 

            I once again opted in for the top sheet, which brings Parachute’s Sateen Venice Set to $379 for a queen size. That’s a lot more than my old, cheap sateen bedding, which I promptly threw out after sleeping on these for one night. Guys. These are. The softest sheets. I’ve ever felt. Have you ever been outside on a nice day and realized the temperature was so perfect that you couldn’t even feel the air around you? That’s what lying in these feels like. I didn’t wake up sweaty or kick off my comforter. The only bad thing is I never want to leave them.

            My rating: 5/5

            The winner:

            Even though they cost almost half a month’s rent (in NYC, at least), I can’t recommend Parachute enough. Don’t get me wrong—both brands are amazing and instantly will make your room look more grown-up. Something about the shinier look is just FANCY. But if you want something that feels truly luxurious, the Parachute set is your best bet.

            Challenge 3: Linen Sheets

            Does anyone really need linen sheets? No. Does that mean you don’t want them? Of course not. Something about the fabric’s slightly undone look—like the bedding equivalent of the perfectly messy bun—is just so appealing. And linen is kind of a super-material: It wicks away moisture by retaining more water than traditional cotton can, so they’re a worthy investment if you sweat a lot or have a partner who sweats a lot.

            Brooklinen’s Linen Sheets

            Percale Venice Set

            Parachute Home parachutehome.com

            $239.00

            • Nice and cool
            • Pre-washed and dried
            • Wrinkles and creases after a couple nights
            • Prone to snagging

            Brooklinen’s Linen Hardcore Bundle starts at $450 and is made from 100 percent linen. Although they come pre-washed and dried, I washed them beforehand anyway. I also made sure to fold and get them on my mattress super fast because the fabric, ICYMI, is prone to wrinkling. The first night, my bed looked dreamy and amazing. These feel really soft, although not as soft as cotton, and definitely keep me cool. But by nights two and three, they were creasing and wrinkling a bit more than I liked, and my fitted sheet was moving around a lot. Also, linen snags more than cotton does. So if you have a pet who likes to sleep with you, think twice about these.

            My rating: 3.5/5

            Parachute’s Linen Sheets

            Parachute

            Linen Venice Set

            • Stay wrinkle-free
            • Airy and cool

            The brand’s signature sheets for a reason. These are the softest linen sheets you can buy at this price. 

            At $529 for a queen, Parachute’s Linen Venice Set officially costs more than half my rent. But once again, I was blown away. The way I rationalize the steep cost is that I’ll probably use these only in the summer, which will prolong their lifetime. Parachute Hannah writes about health, sex, and relationships for Cosmopolitan, and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

            Alexis Bennett is the Shopping Editor at Cosmopolitan.

            Annabel Iwegbue is an editorial assistant who covers entertainment, beauty, fashion & astrology.

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