After navigating what I thought was just one box with a divider, I pulled out the duvet cover—which came folded in a little bag to keep neat—and the sheets for a first impressions inspection.
SOL Organics Sateen Sheet Construction
The packaging wasn’t fancy, ostentatious, or even striking, the sheets came wrapped in a ribbon with an informational tag describing the features and special aspects, while the duvet came with a plastic tag fastener.
The duvet package tag boasted that SOL Organics uses “The World’s Finest Cotton,” and adding that the sheets are “sustainable, organic, fair trade, and transparent.”
As I learned from my review of the Homestead 100% organic sateen cotton sheets, thread count does not directly correlate with quality—in fact sometimes less is more when it comes to sheets as higher thread count can mean a hotter night’s sleep. SOL Organics comes in at 300 thread count, which is pretty middle of the road for sheets—I have been told that the sweet spot is between 300 and 500 depending on personal preference. These sheets can be directly compared with the Homestead sheets, because of their similarities in materials and weave.
My SOL Organics Findings
The tag instructed me to wash them in cold water and dry on low heat, which seems to be the prefered launder treatment of higher quality sheets. When I removed the sheets from the dryer, I found that they were exceptionally wrinkly.
Even after setting up my bed—and sleeping on them for a week—they have remained wrinkly, which reminds me of the Magic Linen duvet. This issue apparently can be rectified by including a damp washcloth in the dryer cycle, but I have yet to try this.
Something I really love about this set is that it comes with four pillow cases—two cases come with the sheet set and two shams come with the duvet. I love pillows, so the more the merrier, but each set is different, which is odd. The two that come with the duvet have seams before the edge of the pillowcase, giving them flaps; while the two that come with the sheets have regular french seams (the pillowcase conforms to the pillow’s size and shape).
The duvet set also comes with small, matching, wooden buttons on all three pieces, which differs from the zero wooden buttons on the sheet set. The wooden buttons and their respective holes are quite small and a bit hard to maneuver; while the wooden buttons on the duvet set from Magic Linen are large, attractive, and easy to finagle.
After sliding my pillows into the four pillowcases, I was worried about the integrity of the buttons—despite being queen-size pillow shams, the fit was tight and seemed to strain the stitching.
With a claim like “softer with each wash,” I expected the sheets to be suboptimal the first around, but color me impressed—they’re extremely soft! On the downside, I find them a bit heavy and warm for my taste, and the breathability leaves something to be desired. The duvet and duvet cover are a bit much, so I mainly slept with the flat sheet alone.
My SOL Organics Recommendation
While I think the whole Sol Organics Sateen cotton set-up is comfortable and great for a uniform bed look, I definitely preferred the sheets over the duvet set. The sheets come in at an affordable $149 (for queen) and the duvet $139 (also for queen). The Homestead sateen sheet set is priced at $169, which places them just above SOL Organics’ set. So if you want to save $20, SOL Organics’ sateen sheet set is just as comfortable as the Homestead set, and just as sustainable and ethical. On the contrary, I don’t find the duvet set especially exceptional and definitely prefer the Magic Linen duvet over the cotton—it’s lighter, more breathable, and easier to button up. With that said, SOL Organics offers their complete 7-piece set for under $300 while Magic Linen and Homestead offer their collections for a bit more (Homestead 4-piece: $169; Magic Linen 7-piece: $428). The SOL Organics sateen sheet set is affordable, accessible, comfortable, ethical, sustainable, and uniform—what else could you want?
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