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Everyday Cheapskate: The Best Inexpensive Flannel Sheets

Mary Hunt on

There are few things as comforting as slipping between super soft, comfy flannel sheets on a cold winter night. But not all flannel is created equal.

The problem with flannel and other raised fiber fabrics like fleece and knits is the heartbreak of "pills," those little raised balls that develop, creating a lumpy surface. The solution to the pilling problem with flannel sheets is twofold: Opt for high-quality flannel and take steps to prevent pilling.


Quality flannel is not cheap. You could spend the outrageous price of $400 or more for a set of high-quality flannel sheets with a luxury brand name, or you could opt for something of quality with a much more affordable price tag.

Flannel sheets are not measured by thread count but rather by the weight of the material. Look for flannel sheets that are rated at least 155 gsm (grams per square meter, the metric measurement of fabric weight). And even though the very best flannel is manufactured in Portugal, other options deserve consideration.



My pick for best inexpensive flannel sheet set currently available is JCPenney's North Pole Trading Co. Flannel Sheet Set. These flannel sheets are nicely manufactured, offer excellent quality and are resistant to pilling. An excellent budget-friendly option.

They're not made in the USA or in Portugal but rather the country of origin is stated as "Imported." Prices start at about $32 at this writing.


You're in luck if you shop at Costco. (You don't have to be a member to shop for many items at, but you will pay an additional 5% nonmember fee and also shipping.)


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