Whether you’re giving your child’s room a refresh or upgrading to an entirely new bed, the bedding such as sheets, comforters, pillow cases and more is arguably the centerpiece of the room. Good kids’ bedding should look good, feel snuggly and cozy, and hopefully get your child excited to jump into their new bed.
Here at the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab, our Lab director Lexie Sachs, product analyst Emma Seymour lead testing for hundreds of bedding products year-round, from crib sheets to kid’s mattresses as well as find the best bedding for adults and kids. When we evaluate bedding for boys and girls, we test factors such as fabric strength, shrinkage, softness, pilling as well as review feedback from a real consumer panel. Our picks below are kids’ versions of top-tested items, recommendations based on our testing expertise, personal favorite places to buy or those that are highly rated and reviewed. Here are the best kids bedding sets of 2021:
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Best Overall Kids’ Bedding Set
Kids’ Bedding Sets
Our experts have used Pottery Barn Kids bedding at home with their children for years and say, “It’s held up exceptionally well.” Pottery Barn also took the best overall spot in our crib sheet round-up for being safe and comfortable without being too pricey.
Not only do they have a wide variety of prints and colors, but also a lot of style options like duvets, quilts and comforters, so it’s easy to build the perfect, personalized bed. They also have plenty of options that are organic and fair-trade certified.
- Good quality
- Lots of print and color options
- Organic and fair-trade certified options
Best Value Kids’ Bedding Set
Amazon Basics offers an assortment of kids’ bedding such as sheets, comforters, quilts and bed-in-a-bag options all at an affordable price. They come in a ton of fun prints and colors and the sheets have gathered over 38,000 reviews and an average 4.7-star rating.
When we tested the Amazon Basics adult sheets, they were extremely durable, hardly pilling, shrinking or wrinkling with a smooth feel, thanks to the polyester material. Given this, we feel comfortable recommending their bedding and sheets that are made out of the same material. Take note though, because these sheets are polyester, some testers thought they felt too flimsy rather than crisp like cotton.
- Extremely durable in our tests
Best Character Kids’ Bedding Set
Complete Bed Sets
At times getting kids to want to go to bed can be a tricky task, but Sachs says, “My kids love the characters and themes of these sets, and it’s made bedtime much easier!” Also as a parent, she appreciates that the characters are incorporated in a way that gives them a more modern aesthetic.
The complete bed sets come with an organic cotton sheet set, pillowcase, duvet cover, sham and knit throw. However, you can also buy each piece separately if you want to mix and match or only need a few pieces. One thing to note about the duvet, the buttons are spread pretty far apart which can leave some big gaps, and they have a tendency to come undone.
- Fun themes with a modern aesthetic
- Buy complete set or mix and match
- Duvet cover buttons can come undone
Best Basic Kids’ Bedding Set
Brooklittles Kids’ Bedding
Brooklinen’s Luxe Sateen Set performance was outstanding in our Lab and consumer tests, which earned it the top spot in our best sheets round-up for adults. That said, we feel confident recommending Brooklittles’ sheets that are made with the same fabric as the top-tested winning sheets and bedding.
Besides sheets, the Brooklittle Collection also offers swaddles, blankets, quilts and baby bundles. The one downside, the bedding options are for babies and toddlers, so if you’re looking for older kids’ bedding, you’ll have to opt for the adult versions which will also be top quality — just without the child-friendly prints.
- Not as many print options
Best Bed-in-a-Bag Kids’ Bedding Set
Kids’ Bed-in-A-Bag Bedding Set
If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for bedding, this bed-in-a-bag 5-piece set contains a comforter, fitted and flat sheet, pillow sham and pillowcase so you don’t need to worry about buying each piece separately.
It has over 2,700 reviews and a high rating of 4.8-stars. Shoppers adore this set with one saying the set is, “nice and soft, lightweight, noise-free and breathable.” It comes in nine cheerful prints and in twin and full/queen sizing.
- No need to buy each piece separately
Best Minimalist Kids’ Bedding Set
Baby and Kids’ Bedding Sets
Parachute’s Percale sheet set aced our tests for its lightweight crisp feel and excellent durability, which is a top pick not only in our adult sheets round-up but also for crib sheets as well since they use the same material. While they don’t have percale sheets for beds with kid-friendly prints, they do have solid color options.
Beyond sheets, the baby and kids collection carries pillow covers, quilts, baby blankets and shams in kid-inspired neutral tone prints that are minimalist and very on-trend.
- Top-tested fabric
- Trendy and neutral tone prints
- No print options for sheets
Best Mix and Match Kids’ Bedding Set
Mix and Match Kids’ Bedding Sets
If you want to mix, match or layer your kid’s bedding, Target has hundreds of options for sheets, comforters, quilts, blankets, throws, decorative pillows and even canopies to create the dreamiest bedding set.
Some of the most popular bedding options include the Minecraft comforter and organic cotton sheets. Many bedding options are claimed to be OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified, which means they are free from many known harmful substances.
- Hundreds of options to mix and match
- Some bedding is OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified
Best Organic Cotton Kids’ Bedding Set
Percale Kids’ Bedding
The Company Store
The Company Store’s Legends Hotel Sateen Sheets snagged a top spot in our sheets test for their softness and durability, and the brand overall has done well in our testing. The organic percale bedding is also some of the most popular bedding at The Company Store.
The kids’ bedding comes in fun prints like “Wilderness Camp,” “Little Gymnasts” and others as well as solid colors. Reviewers of the organic percale sheets say these are “excellent quality” and they would buy them again. They also said they feel fresh and crisp, thanks to the percale weave.
- Fun prints and solid color options
- Fresh and crisp feel
Best Flannel Kids’ Bedding Set
Kids’ Flannel Bedding
Garnet Hill’s flannel bedding has earned rave reviews on its website with a 4.6 rating from over 1,100 shoppers. Not to mention their wrinkle-resistant sateen bedding was a top performer in our sheets roundup for their superb smoothness, so we feel confident in their bedding.
While the prints for kids are pretty limited, they have solid options and a best-selling vintage rocket ship print that glows in the dark, which will have your kids ready to blast off to bed.
- Rocket ship print glows in the dark
- Not as many print options for kids
Most Cozy Kids’ Bedding Set
Casey Bedding and Pillow Collection
Ugg took their wildly popular slippers known for their cozy fabric and turned those materials into kids’ bedding. This ultra snuggly collection has options for a 3-piece comforter set and sherpa pillows in dreamy shapes like stars, clouds or rainbows.
This set is exclusive to Bed, Bath and Beyond and it’s one of the most popular sets with nearly 140 glowing 5-star reviews. One shopper bought this for their child and says it’s so thick and fluffy that their child says they feel like they’re laying on a cloud.
- Thick and fluffy materials
Best Kids’ Bedding Set With Reversible Comforter
5-Piece Kids’ Bedding Set
This bedding set comes with a reversible comforter making it easy to quickly refresh a room or if your child wants to change the comforter’s look, all in one flip. The set includes a comforter, flat and fitted sheet, pillowcase and sham.
It’s highly rated on Amazon with over 7,400 perfect 5-star reviews, with one reviewer saying that their child loved their set so much they “jumped right into bed.” The themes include popular Disney characters, music groups, and games such as Frozen, Black Pink and Minecraft.
- Comforter can be reversed to change print
- Popular themes and characters
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