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- You spend one-third of your life in a bed and your quality of sleep affects the quality of the other two-thirds.
- Investing in great bedding is a no-brainer in terms of optimization.
- I've covered a lot of bedding companies, but Parachute's Percale Venice Sheet Set (Queen, $299) is my choice for day-to-day use thanks to its softness, understated and airy color scheme, and its overall impeccable comfortability.
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For better or worse, the efficiency of your sleep affects the efficiency and freedom of your waking hours. It bookends the time you spend awake and contextualizes it; good sleep can make it easier to think clearly, be positive and productive, and operate at a high level. Bad sleep can impose unnecessary restrictions on your life and daily choices, creating a habit of missed opportunities.
I've covered Brooklinen, Sheex, Loomstead, and Coyuchi, but Parachute's Percale Venice Sheet Set has surpassed every other brand as my go-to everyday choice for bedding. I'm still loyal to Brooklinen's Twill Sheet Set for winter, because who can get past something that literally feels like a worn-in flannel (and you get a bit more mileage out of your money there), but I genuinely enjoy sleeping on these Percale sheets every day. I've even stripped them off in order to try other kinds and felt eager to put them back on again.
Review of Parachute's Venice Percale sheets
Parachute's sheets come in six sizes — Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King. I tested the Venice Percale Set for my Full mattress, which came with a fitted sheet, duvet cover, and two pillowcases.
Part of the reason why I tested the Venice set is that it includes a duvet cover while other sets didn't and would cost between $130 and $190 to add on. It isn't cheap and some companies, such as Brooklinen, give you a top sheet and more pillowcases for about the same price, but Parachute is still my personal pick for comfort and style. Plus, every time you buy a set, Parachute donates a life-saving malaria bed net through Nothing But Nets (a United Nations foundation aimed at ending malaria).
Parachute sheets come in beautiful colors that make you think of fresh air and watery, springtime sunshine. I tested the Percale Venice set in the color Powder and it's the perfect, understated blue that does a great job of mimicking that semi-illusory hue of fresh snow. My room is small but has great light and most of my home goods purchases aim to maximize that. Parachute, with its light tones and easy draping, has a light-handed way of making every room look a little more laid-back and sun-drenched. The products are designed in Venice Beach, and their effortless construction is reminiscent of that.
In terms of feel, the Percale was crisp and crinkly like a white button-down. The Percale is best for those who get hot at night since the fabric is lightweight, breathable, and cool to the touch. It's made from 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton.
On my bed, it looked clean and comfortable, but it was slightly softer (and perhaps a bit thinner) out of the box than sheets I've tried at a similar price point. This is probably due to the fact that when you come into contact with Parachute bedding, you're interacting with the materials in their natural form, without being treated by toxic materials.
Parachute is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified, which means its products are not made with harmful chemicals and synthetics. Most importantly, it doesn't artificially soften their fabrics. The Percale sheets, for instance, are stonewashed for comfort, which uses (you guessed it) large stones to roughen up fabric in order to increase softness and flexibility.
This natural take, however, means that their sheets may be more susceptible to chemicals. The company advises you to stay away from harsh liquid and powdered detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, and bleaching agents because they coat and weaken natural fibers. You'll want to keep the bedding away from household cleaners and personal care products that contain benzoyl peroxide or alpha hydroxy acids to prevent any color change. If you have a face or body cream that works on regulating the clarity of your skin, check the ingredients before buying a set.
Parachute's design plan also makes my life a little easier. Pillowcases have an envelope-close so my pillow doesn't slide out of one end during the night, and the duvet covers have a button closure and twill ties in all four corners, plus an added fabric flap to smooth out the texture of the corners.
The bottom line
All in all, Parachute's quality is pretty stellar across the board. My experience with its Percale Venice Sheet Set means I'll likely be coming back for a Sateen set in the near future, or to check out the bathrobe that has generated so much buzz online. If you're looking for a pair of soft, chemical-free sheets that you can feel good about sleeping on, I highly recommend checking out Parachute. And if you don't love them as much as I did, you have 60-days to make up your mind and send them back.