Skip the overpriced prix fixe dinner in whatever noisy, overcrowded restaurant you haven't booked a reservation in yet.
Heed lady-killer John Mayer's advice instead and swim in a deep sea of blankets—preferably of the down variety with luxurious sheets that bring Valentine's Day back to its essence as a global day for lovers.
Men's Fitness editors took a deep dive of their own to test the latest bedding varieties—sleeping their way through performance sheets that can handle a fair amount of heat (and sweat), luxe comforters that make your current bed-topper look paltry in comparison, and alternative-material bedding made from wool and bamboo.
Check out the sheets, duvets, and comforters that made us hit snooze again and again and again.
If you covet that cool, crisp, roll-around-in-me feel of high-end hotel sheets, dress your mattress in Brooklinen's Luxe Core Sheet Set. It's made from a lustrous sateen with a 480-thread count. They have a nice weight and opacity without being overbearing—aka they don't become suffocatingly hot at night (this is coming from someone who pops the AC on in the dead of winter). The sheets were buttery soft after a whirl in the washer and dryer (Brooklinen advises you wash before your first use) and haven't pilled or lost their freshness. I also love how the pillowcases have a sewn edge—almost like a pocket—you can tuck the end of the pillow in; it's a small detail that furthers the elevated feel of the Core Sheet Set. There are also plenty of colors (sky blue, navy) and patterns (stripes, dots) to choose from should you want to stray from solid white. —Brittany Smith, senior associate digital editor
Includes: 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet, and 2 pillowcases.
(from $129, brooklinen.com)
If you’re looking for luxury—and ready to splurge—the Hemmed Sheet set from Boll & Branch is the way to go. These 300-single-ply-thread count sheets are lusciously soft but durable. They're also ethically made using Fair Trade-certified cotton and eco-friendly, nontoxic dyes in classic neutrals (white, ivory, pewter) and more modern colors (blush, shore, navy) that can instantly transform any bachelor pad into a sophisticated bedroom. People say a quality pair of sheets can change your life (or, at the very least, your sleep), and these have the wherewithal to prove it. — Erin Alexander, assistant editor
Includes: 1 fitted sheet, 1 flat sheet, 2 pillowcases
Crane & Canopy's Ultimate Luxe Down Alternative Dual Comforter is genius in its simplicity and utilitarianism—and should be coined the ultimate couples' comforter. It's a his-and-hers split down the middle: One side is dedicated to those who sleep hot and the other is designed for your average sleeper who doesn't toss the covers off their sweaty body at 3 a.m. The "lightweight" side has 7" baffled boxes, while the "all-year" has 10" sewn-through boxes for greater insulation. (Note: You can also toss it in a duvet cover if you or your partner is OCD about the asymmetrical nature of the squares.) The comforter is made from 400-thread count extra-long staple cotton, and filled with down alternative for plushness and that sumptuous feel against your skin. I like the corner tie loops. They keep the comforter in place, even if you tend to thrash around at night—whatever the reason may be... — B.S.
Includes: 1 comforter
(from $199, craneandcanopy.com)
Tomorrow's Supima Cotton Sheet Set is perfect for the guy who starts baking between the covers at night. I loved the cotton's cooling effect and super-soft feel (that's due to the 500-thread count and breathable, two-sided weave). While the pillow case might feel a little too slippery for some (yeah, it’s that silky), the yarns in the fabric only get softer and more supple over time. Allow yourself to sink into these sheets and we bet you’ll be comfortably dozing off in no time. — E.A.
Includes: 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet, 2 pillowcases
(from $120, tomorrowsleep.com)
Down comforters are great and all (hat tip to the geese who not-so-willingly gave up their feathers for our comfort), but they have their drawbacks. Their all-encompassing warmth can be stifling, and allergies are a real issue. And synthetics are OK, but why go with a hot and heavy petroleum product when you can get an all-natural night’s sleep with the Washable Wool Comforter from Nest Bedding? I sleep hot, and at first the comforter felt a little too heavy and oppressive—being used to down’s light loft—but that extra weight ended up being comforting. I quickly drifted off to sleep—and stayed that way. Wool regulates your temperature, so you won't wake up soaked and kicking your comforter to the floor in a hot, sweaty rage. — Adam Bible, contributing editor
Included: 1 comforter
(From $250, nestbedding.com)
Linen has the texture, weight, and breathability that caters to fussy sleepers. When I pulled Loomstead's set out of the packaging, I found them to be a little rough to the touch (as expected). Though, the great thing about linen is they soften considerably after some time between the sheets and a tumble through the wash. Loomstead's are crafted from Belgian flax that's airy and suited for all-year use. Make sure you note a flat sheet is not included; that's an additional cost. This is a great option if you're a minimalist. —B.S.
Includes: 1 fitted sheet, 2 pillowcases (add flat sheet for additional ~$60)
(from $149, loomstead.com)
When you get a massage, more often than not your bare skin is nestled on jersey sheets. They're luxurious, comforting, and soft as a kitten. So, yeah, this Organic Jersey Sheet Set by Coyuchi is the perfect way to turn your bed into an oasis. These are ideal for all-day lounging. In fact, if you want to turn up the heat, why not give her a massage at home? I'll just leave this here: four massage techniques for better sex. —B.S.
Minimalist Set includes: 1 Duvet cover, 1 fitted sheet, and 2 pillowcases (1 for twin)
Classic Sheet Set includes: 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet, and 2 pillowcases (1 for twin)
(from $128, coyuchi.com)
This bad boy draws inspiration from your favorite puffer—enveloping your body with cushy insulating warmth. Sewn-through seams create little vents to keep the cloud-like puffiness of each square. I love that Casper uses humanely sourced duck down—and that this isn't too heavy. The Down Duvet is versatile enough to use all-year-round: Great news for those in small apartments, 'cus there's not much space to stow a comforter. — B.S.
Includes: 1 comforter
(From $250, casper.com)
If you want to knock her socks off before you even get her in bed, deck your bedroom out with Restoration Hardware's 1000-Thread-Count Luxe Sateen Bedding Collection. It's decidedly sophisticated but not stuffy or stiff like some style-minded bedding can be. The sheets and comforter options are smooth to the touch and have a high-quality weight—a nod to old-world craftsmanship. These also have that sateen luster of upscale hotel bedding, so it feels as if you're a million miles away. Mix and match the elements to create your dream bedroom. — B.S.
Includes: Options to add sateen duvet cover, sham, sheet set, pillowcases, decorative pillows, dow pillows, down comforter, down-alternative comforter
(from $134, rh.com)
If luxe doesn't jive with you (silk sheets are a hard sell, we know), try bamboo. These sheets from Brooklyn Bedding are a great middle ground; they're woven from rayon derived from bamboo, which gives them top-notch breathability and natural anti-microbial properties. Out of the box, they're soft yet sturdy. The Bamboo Sateen Sheets are crafted with a weave that has more vertical yarns than horizontal, making them durable. If I do sweat at night, it's quickly wicked away; there's never that clammy feel. — A.B.
Includes: 1 fitted sheet, 1 flat sheet, and pillow case(s)
(From $79, brooklynbedding.com)
Want to punch up the color in your bedroom without going overboard? Peacock Alley's Boutique Embroidered Percale Sheet Set has satin stitch-detailed bedding in 25 different colors. My wife and I like that the piping is double-sided and how the sheets are deep enough to fit over our mattress with its big topper. The sheets feel nice and cool, and will be really good in the summer months. They're made from 100% long-staple cotton, after all. They did, however, wrinkle after laundering, which is my least favorite part about the sheets. Although I've read, for wrinkle-free sheets you should take them out of the dryer slightly damp, then hang them to finish drying, so we'll try that next time. — Russ Mendoza, production director
Includes: 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet, 2 pillow cases
(from $245, peacockalley.com)
Ver-Tex Performance Sheets provide a unique experience. Bedgear uses a special material rather than standard cotton; truth be told, they feel similar to basketball shorts. The fabric is cool to the touch, silky, and smooth, if not a little slippery—though the fitted sheet and pillowcases won’t slide off your mattress due to specially made powerbands that hold everything in place. If overheating is a nightly issue for you, then these may help regulate your body temperature by circulating air and dispersing body heat. — Jackie Friedman, photo editor
Includes: 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet, 2 pillowcases
(from $299, bedgear.com)