|They look like this.|
|Oops... that doesn't look too promising. Those are Amazon reviews. I'll explain why they're so variable in the sections below.|
- They fit our decor scheme, which is transitional to contemporary.
- I'm a light sleeper, and I like a very dark room. We have black-out drapery and I find that black sheets are more calming. I don't want bright reflectance or patterns in my face when I'm trying to sleep. I find that black sheets help to reduce mild insomnia.
- Pardon the potential for indelicacy here, but black sheets don't show stains like lighter-colored sheets do. You can spill your glass of Cabernet Sauvignon on them and even if some time passes before you get them into the laundry, the stain probably won't show. Why in the hell the market insists in continuing to supply an overabundance of light-colored sheets is a complete mystery to me - other than to suspect that what those manufacturers are really hoping is that we'll all ruin our sheets with staining and therefore we'll be quicker to purchase new ones: ca-ching! More money in their pockets, less in ours. Not my idea of a marketing ruse that I want to get sucked into.
Very often when I'm looking for a product like this, I go straight to Consumer Reports because they've already done the head-work and testing. I did that a few weeks ago when I was re-evaluating the available products, and sadly, none of the top-rated choices were available in black.
So instead of relying on a third-party rating, I had to go trolling the internet myself, a pursuit which is complicated by the fact that product information is widely misleading where bed sheets are concerned.
|Tap to expand. This is someone's eBay rant about thread count deceptions.|
|Close-up of the Wamsutta. Standard flat weave. None of that criss-cross patterning stuff. These are also 100% cotton. Polyester blends are also out of the question for me. They may last longer, but they feel worse, in my opinion.|
The other common complaint on the internet is that this brand of sheet is not as soft as people want them to be. Some reviewers describe them as being like fine sandpaper. This is probably true, but what we've found by buying successive sets of Wamsutta over the years is that they "break in". They definitely get softer with age and repeated washings.
|This may be TMI, but we like stiffer sheets. They definitely have a mild exfoliating effect, as this photo suggests! It's a view as I was taking them off the bed for their weekly wash. Like it or not, we all naturally shed vast numbers of skin cells - up to one million per day according to this Discovery Health article. I'd rather shed the majority of them this way and in the shower than while out in public. I like rougher bath towels also for the same reason of exfoliation, but that's definitely a personal preference.|