I consider myself a sheet expert since I owned a B&B for 13 years. You really get to know sheets when you are making 6 beds 7 days a week. I have tried ALL the brands. I’ve tried 100% cotton and linen, but no flannel because it doesn’t get that cold here.
This post isn’t about selling you sheets, I don’t have any affiliate/income at stake. After what I have to say about both brands, I wouldn’t earn much if I did.
The story behind Brooklinen and Boll and Branch is that they skip the retailer and bring luxury hotel-quality sheets straight to the consumer. But do they really? Yes, they skip the retailer, but I would argue that the quality is no better than MANY sheets that are half the price.
Brooklinen Sheets Pros and Cons
I’m only talking about cotton sheets in this post, click here to read about linen sheets. Brooklinen has two types of cotton sheets, percale and sateen. A set of queen percale sheets in 2021 start off at $149 and includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet and 2 pillowcases. The thread count is 270 for percale. The same set in sateen is $149 and the thread count is 480.
When you unwrap the sateen sheets they feel more like luxury sheets. In truth, I had a set of Brooklinen percale sheets for myself and my son, but ours developed a big hole after two years. These are good sheets in the summer because they are so light, but they are VERY THIN.
Brooklinen has a 365 day return policy. I was not able to determine where they are made (seems odd that it’s a mystery).
Pros of Brooklinen sheets:
- They sleep cool
- The envelop closure on the pillow cases is nice
- They come in lots of colors (7) and more limited edition colors and patterns (7)
Cons of Brooklinen sheets
- They don’t last very long in comparison to other sheets I’ve used. I don’t use bleach or any harsh detergents.
- They are expensive, even without the “middle man”.
Boll & Branch Sheets Pros and Cons
Boll & Branch only makes sateen sheets, not percale. They have lots of color choices in solids and patterns. A set of queen sheets in 2021 start off at $258 and includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet and 2 pillowcases. Their signature sheets are called “hemmed” which I don’t quite get. All sheets have a hem. The thread count is 300.
Boll & Branch fitted sheet will fit up to a 17-inch deep mattress. Boll & Branch makes sheets in India, Portugal, and the United States.
Pros of Boll & Branch Sheets
- These sheets have a nice weight to them
Cons of Boll & Branch Sheets
- Not worth the price. I’ve purchased sheets for much less that were just as nice.
- Limited colors (seven choices).
What is The Difference Between Percale and Sateen?
Sheet manufacturers usually have two types of 100% cotton sheets. There are percale and sateen.
- Percal is described as crisp, airy and cool. The real difference is usually thickness and the weave. Percale sheets are thinner with a looser weave. This makes them feel lighter.
- Sateen is described as cozy and buttery. The weave on a sateen sheet is tigher which makes them feel more heavy and silky.
Is Higher Thread Count Better?
Thread count used to be the one thing that everyone measured sheets on, but that number has become less relevant. The reason is that the thread counts got SOOO high that they seem suspicious. Is that even possible?
The higher the thread count, the denser the material. This ISN”T a good thing for cooler sheets. Percale sheets will always have a lower thread count.
What is OEKO-TEX or Certi-PUR?
Oeko-Tex is a certification that manufacturers can get if they meet certain criteria. Sheets that have an Oeko-Tex label “have been tested for harmful substances and which are thus safe from a human-ecological perspective”. The label also means that “textiles which have been tested for harmful substances and also manufactured under sustainable working conditions”.
Both Brooklinen and Boll & Branch sheets have this label. But, many companies get this certification, including inexpensive sheets that are sold on Amazon.
If I had to choose between Brooklinen and Boll & Branch I prefer Brooklinen’s percale sheets. They are better if you live in a climate that gets hot. However, I think there are sheets that are just as good at a much lower price point. These two sheets are more expensive because they have large advertising budgets that which is why so many influencers push them.
I recently purchased a set of California Design Den sheets that was half the price and they felt every bit as good. They had the same certification, thread count, etc.