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And Good Housekeeping wants to help you do just that. The experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute's Textiles Lab have tested hundreds of bedding items — from sheets and pillows to mattresses and quilts — for durability, fabric strength, pilling resistance, washability and more. In addition to lab equipment, the team also tapped more than 100 at-home sleepers to test factors including comfort, support, fit, softness, temperature regulation and appearance.
After testing hundreds of products for six months and reviewing 9,847 data points, they've landed on their 2021 Best Bedding Awards winners. Lexie Sachs, fiber scientist and director of the Textiles Lab, visited TODAY to share a look at eight of the 48 award winners.
From a waterproof mattress protector to a triangular body pillow, keep reading to check out all the best bedding products that will have you begging for a few more minutes in bed.
It can be hard to find a quality mattress at an affordable price point, and Good Housekeeping found one that's under $1,000 and outperformed others over double its price. It's an innerspring and foam mattress hybrid so you get coils and foam for a mix of support and pressure relief. It also ships directly to you in a box for contactless and convenient delivery.
Some of us probably don't change our sheets as often as we should, and this sheet set has the word "lazy" in its name for a reason. The fitted sheet has labels for the long and short sides so you don't have to struggle to figure out which way is which. It also has an elastic strap secure for below the mattress so it doesn't slip off while you're tucking every corner in. The flat sheet has split corners so it's much easier to tuck them under. The Textiles Lab also gave the fabric a high softness score and found it doesn't easily show signs of wear.
This viral sheet set has hundreds of thousands of reviews because of its price and buttery smooth softness, and the Textiles Lab has found the product lives up to the hype. "They’re polyester which actually makes them more resistant to shrinkage, wrinkles and pilling than cotton," Sachs said. "We put them through the wringer in our test ... and it held up to these durability evaluations."
Sachs's personal favorite item has a unique fill of memory foam pieces and kapok fiber, which is a natural fiber from trees that gives a sleeper the perfect balance of cradling support with a plush feel. "It was the tester favorite in our latest pillow review and kept its shape well in lab evaluations, meaning it bounced back to shape after we left weights on it to mimic your head overnight," Sachs said.
When it's time to swap out bedding for the warmer season, it can be hard to find something lightweight that keeps you cool but also provides a soft and comfortable slumber. "Brooklinen’s lightweight quilt is great for that but it’s also substantial enough that you really can use it year round," Sachs said. The 100% cotton quilt is handstitched with details and machine washable for easy care.
Mattresses can last a long time if you take care of it properly, and a mattress protector is a simple, easy way to extend that life. It protects from allergens, dust, wear and tear and liquid spills. This award-winning protector has a waterproof layer inside so spills don't seep through. "Some concerns may be that it can get noisy or hot, but this one from Home Depot’s brand is quiet and it actually has a cooling feel on top to prevent overheating," Sachs said. "It’s also a Good Housekeeping Seal holder - we love that it has a fitted sheet style so it goes on and off easily when you need to change it, and it held up well to washing in our tests," Sachs said.
If you have back pain or are pregnant, a body pillow helps keep you in proper alignment. This pick from Good Housekeeping is triangular and suits both side sleepers (for between your legs) and back sleepers (for under your legs). While it's a steep price point, you can choose from luxe materials including wool, latex or a blend of both. It also comes with extra filling so you can adjust the pillow to your ideal height.
Bed skirts aren't for everyone. They can look sloppy or out of style. But this pick from Good Housekeeping wraps around the bed frame instead of going underneath your mattress, which gives it a neat and sleek presentation. The bed wrap is easy to install and designed for one person to be able to do it on their own, though having a buddy makes it even easier. "We found it created a really upscale and elevated look to the bed, plus it comes in lots of colors," Sachs said.
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