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Shrinkage is a problem
on December 28, 2009
November 9, 2010 update: Please do not buy these sheets. Over the past 11 months that I have owned these sheets, they probably have been washed about 20 times because I rotate them with two other sets. They continue to shrink. The bottom sheet no longer fits the bottom of the bed. Undoubtedly this is the worst sheet set that I have ever owned. The remainder of this review is my initial assessment after the first wash, followed by the January 2010 second wash.
There are mixed reviews regarding these sheets. Here is my experience with them.
Before shopping for sheets, it is imperative to know the depth of your mattress. I have a pillowtop with a 2 inch foam pad on top of that, for a total of 14 ¾ inches. I bought these sheets specifically on the basis that they were 600 thread count and because of this statement on the webpage: "The fitted sheet is fully elasticized and has deep 16-inch pockets that will fit today's extra-thick mattresses (up to 18 inches deep). Machine wash and tumble dry for easy care." What I didn't have access to until I received the sheets were the actual washing instructions, which are to (1) machine wash in cold water separately, and (2) tumble dry low. They were made in India.
Putting the sheets on the bed directly from the package, the fitted sheet definitely would fit an 18 inch deep mattress; there was room to spare to the point that I had to tuck in the bottom sheet. There was a nice, shiny sateen finish to the sheets. I was further impressed because the top sheet was ample, to the point that there was a 16 inch drape on each side, and around 5 to 6 inches to tuck in at the bottom. The pillow cases were very ample.
I followed the washing and drying instructions exactly. Naturally, I expected a little shrinkage. However, after the first wash and dry, the bottom sheet now just fits my 14 ¾ inch deep mattress. The top sheet lost length, probably between 3 and four inches, and maybe two inches on the width. The pillow cases are a snugger, but not difficult, fit. This information is provided because if you intend to use these sheets for an 18 inch deep mattress, they may not fit after the first wash. Since they shrank on a low dryer setting, my guess is that you would have to air dry the sheets in order to prohibit shrinkage.
Regarding the sateen finish, it is gone, but the sheets are soft, not scratchy (used a dryer sheet). This is more information than you want, but my husband sleeps sans bedclothes, so you know these sheets have to be soft. Insofar as wrinkles, I take my sheets out immediately; these do not wrinkle too badly, but do not expect wrinkle free. I will be updating this review once I have washed the sheets a couple more times as to whether additional shrinkage occurs.
January 11, 2010 update: Second wash. Remember my mattress measurements (above) and that the first time I washed exactly per instructions. The second time I washed in warm water/cold rinse because I just want the sheets clean plus they shrank so much the first time that they couldn't possibly shrink more, right? Wrong. They shrunk again. I would change my rating to one star because:
1. The bottom sheet now goes on with a struggle. Don't even think of getting these for a mattress of 15-inch depth or more unless you are prepared to clean these sheets with absolutely no heat whatsoever. Even then, they might shrink.
2. The top sheet barely tucks in, both on the length and the width. To get it to tuck in lengthwise, the sheet must be dropped down from the top of the mattress. There's nothing to be done about the problem of the width; the tuck in amount is only about two inches on each side, meaning they will come out fairly easily.
3. There is absolutely no sheen to these sheets now, if that matters to you. At least they are still soft, but in every other way, these sheets are a big disappointment, and I cannot recommend them.