If you’re in the market for new bedding, the Martha Stewart line is soft on your skin and kind to your wallet. The sateen sheets are stylish and comfortable for use year-round, while the down comforter is plush, lofty, and super warm, making it ideal for the winter. I didn’t love the pillows, as they don’t provide much support, but their super-soft feel might suit front or back sleepers.
Reasonable prices for quality bedding
Comfortable all-season sheets
Sheets come in a range of colors and patterns
Warm comforter is ideal for winter
Certified by American Down and Feather Council and OEKO-TEX
Comforter is dry clean only
No envelope closures on pillowcases
Pillows don’t offer much support
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Martha Stewart is the queen of all things home, so it should come as no surprise that she has her own line of bedding. The collection includes everything you could ever need to make your bed, including sheets, blankets, pillows, and even items like mattress toppers, all made with high-quality materials for reasonable prices.
I was able to test three different products from the Martha Stewart line, including a set of cotton sheets, a down-filled comforter, and two pillows. I tried them out over the course of two weeks, sleeping on them each night.
Overall, I was really impressed with the quality and performance of all three pieces. The sheets were soft and breathable, and the comforter was cozy and warm, even on cold winter nights. The pillows were too soft for my taste, but there will definitely be people who love their plush, sink-in feel. Here’s everything I thought about the three products, as well as who I think should buy them.
Martha Stewart Sheet deal
Martha Stewart Bedding Specifications
Sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, King
Material: 100% cotton sateen
Thread Count: 210
Fitted Pocket: 16 inches
Machine Washable: Yes
Includes: Flat sheet, fitted sheet, two pillowcases
Sizes: Twin, Full/Queen, King
Shell: 55% Tencel Lyocell, 45% cotton
Filling: 90% white goose down, 10% white goose feather
Thread Count: 233
Machine Washable: No
Unboxing my Martha Stewart bedding set
The three products I tested all arrived separately, and while the sheets and comforter were in nice branded packaging, the pillows were just tossed into a cardboard shipping box, which I thought was strange.
The comforter came packaged in a plastic tote (not the most eco-friendly), and the sheets were in a fabric bag that matched the pattern. The two pillows were tightly wrapped up in a layer of plastic. I had to very carefully cut away the wrapping to get them free, and they were a bit flat at first. However, I tossed them in the dryer for 10 minutes, and they fluffed up nicely.
Before putting the sheets onto my bed, I washed them according to the care directions. They had a slight odor initially, but that's common for bedding that’s been sitting in a warehouse waiting to be shipped. It went away after a cycle through the laundry. The sheets were also noticeably softer after laundering, which often happens with 100% cotton fabric.
Test 1: Cotton Sheet Set
I tested out the Martha Stewart 100% Cotton Sheet Set in a pattern called Otto Geometric Light Blue. The queen-size set fit well on my mattress, which is around 14 inches thick, and I loved the colorful pattern, which features a light blue quatrefoil motif with yellow accents. The pillowcases and flat sheet have a pleated detail on the hem, and overall, it’s a very pretty set that brightens up the bedroom. I only wish that the pillowcases had a envelope closure, as they sometimes migrated off the pillow when I tossed and turned at night.
In terms of comfort, I was really impressed with the feel and weight of these sheets. They were soft and comfortable to sleep on, keeping my partner and I warm, but I think they’re also breathable enough to use during the summer. They seem to get softer after each wash, so I think they’ll only continue to get better over time. I also like that they’re OEKO-TEX certified, which means they’ve been tested for harmful chemicals and deemed safe for human health.
Overall, these sheets get top marks from me. I’ve reviewed dozens of different sheet sets in my career, and this one of the better budget-friendly sets I’ve tested, retailing at around $65 for a queen-size set.
Test 2: Down Comforter
In addition to the sheets, I used the Martha Stewart Down Comforter on my bed for two weeks. The outer shell is made from a blend of cotton and lyocell, which is a type of rayon, and it’s super smooth and soft to the touch. In fact, it felt so good that I didn't bother to add a duvet cover.
This comforter features baffle box stitching that keeps the blend of down and feathers evenly distributed across the blanket. It's cozy and lofty without being too puffy.
We keep our house quite cool during the winter – generally around 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night – so this blanket was absolutely amazing for chilly nights. When paired with a lightweight quilt, it provided the perfect amount of warmth, keeping both me and my partner comfortable all night long.
The brand claims the blanket’s medium-weight is suitable for all-season use, but as someone who sleeps hot, I think it would be too warm for the summer. But for the winter in New England, it was absolutely ideal. Not to mention that it’s notably more affordable than many other down comforters, costing around $130 for a king size.
Test 3: Down Alternative Bed Pillows
Finally, I tried out the Martha Stewart Down Alternative Bed Pillows in a standard queen size. These pillows come in a pack of two, which costs $50, and honestly, they’re a little pricey for what they are. The exterior of the pillows is a cotton-polyester blend, and they’re filled with regular polyester fiberfill. They’re definitely not as thick as they appear in the product photos, but they do have a cute light blue piping detail around the edges.
As a side sleeper, these pillows simply didn’t provide enough support for me. I like a fairly thick pillow that keeps my head supported, and these pillows were way too soft and plush. My partner liked the pillow better than I did, saying that it was comfortable to cushion his head when he was sleeping on his back.
Overall, I think these pillows are better suited for back sleepers or stomach sleepers, but even then, you can definitely find similar options that are much cheaper: $25 for a regular fiberfill pillow is a bit steep.
Cleaning my Martha Stewart bedding set
Another great thing about the Martha Stewart bedding is that many of the items are machine-washable. The sheet set and pillows can both be put in the washing machine and dryer, making them easy to maintain. In fact, the sheets actually get softer after washing, helping to improve their texture the more you use them.
Unfortunately, the comforter isn’t as easy to clean, but that’s not surprising given that it’s filled with down. The care tag reads 'dry clean only' in large letters, so you will need to pay to have it laundered. To that end, it’s probably a good idea to use a duvet cover on it, especially if you have pets who climb on the bed.
Should you buy Martha Stewart bedding?
All things considered, I was pleasantly surprised by the Martha Stewart bedding line. Despite the reasonable prices, the products were all well-made and comfortable to sleep on. I particularly liked the sheets, which come in both solid colors and fun patterns, and the down comforter was a perfect option for cold nights in the winter. I wasn’t sold on the pillows, which were too soft for me, but if you sleep on your back or stomach, they might be a better fit for you.
Overall, the bedding is a great budget-friendly option for your home, and it should make your bedroom feel like a little lap of luxury.
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Camryn Rabideau is a writer and product reviewer specializing in home, kitchen, and pet products. In her five years as a product tester, she's tested hundreds of items first-hand, including many, many kitchen appliances for Homes & Gardens. Camryn does her product testing from her small homestead in beautiful Rhode Island.
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