Rated 1 out of 5 by MemieB Really disappointed
I have been using LL Bean's percale sheets for twenty years. First, made in France, then Portugal, now China. Asked for these as a Christmas gift. They are scratchy and rough. Really nothing like the old LL Bean percale linens. Company should state where made (used to when it was Europe).
January 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by EliAlKi Outstanding Percale Sheets
I ordered a set of the plain white 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets for my new king-size bed and find them to be outstanding in every way. The have a nice medium weight, lovely quality thread and weave, excellent hemming/finishing and, last but not least, that wonderful crisp, cool feel of a perfect percale. For what it's worth, I'm a very choosy, hem-inspecting, textile snob with high standards and these exceed my expectations, especially at the price point. The only thing that would make them better is if they were made in the USA!
That said, I am completely puzzled by the negative reviews. The only explanations I can come up with are that 1.) there have been occasional quality control issues and/or 2.) some people simply don't understand the difference between percale and sateen sheets. If you are concerned about the former, don't hesitate to order these sheets - on the off-chance there's an issue, Bean has a 100% guarantee (what do you have to lose?)! As for the latter, these are outstanding basic percale sheets of excellent quality and I have not found better; if you want the feel of 340-thread-count sateen (or jersey or flannel), well then don't buy percale and then blame it for not being sateen.
January 15, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by citymom09 very poor quality
They are scratchy and for some reason absorb oil from your skin and it doesn't wash out! I have never had pillowcases like this before. We've had them a couple of months, and I've washed them a whole bunch of times, and they look horrible.
January 3, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Passeshopper Worst Sheets Ever
After careful studying of the 280 Thread Count Pima Cotton Percale(???) sheets, I decided to buy a complete king size set of sheets. Trusting LLBean's outstanding quality merchandise, the price was justifiable. These sheets are the roughest fabric and very uncomfortable. Trying ever thing to soften the material, and finally giving up on that, this review might keep another customer from purchasing these sheets. My one star rating is only for the lovely color of Lake. No longer have invoice or packaging materials, so returning is too late. Look elsewhere if you are looking for soft percale sheets!
December 28, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by MarthaJF OK quality, not even close to color shown
Very disappointed with the color of these linens, depicted as a spruce green on the LL Bean website, and arrived a different lighter green altogether. Glad I didn't order the entire set of sheets!
September 11, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by FirstQuality Rough fabric.
These pillowcases are rough on the face, and they are pilling and catching lint or something - never before had this problem with LLBean linens. Both these and the sunwashed percale sets have failed me, and just after I went through my linen closet and threw away the cases that were just too old to be used. 10 years old, some were....so they performed well, but these are just not nearly as good, they're unsuitable in fact. I have to keep them, I have no others, and I noticed that you pulled some of these cases (in my green color) and put them on sale, they're now backordered, so I'm thinking you fixed the problem and come mid September I can place a new order and restock the linen closet with my usual wonderful quality LLBean bedding.
August 23, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by FirstQuality What happened to my favorite bed linens?
I love LLBean linens, I've gradually switched all of the linens for my 5 beds to the LL Bean percale 280 thread count - this last bunch wasn't the same as in all the previous years. There is an odd staining thing going on - don't understand it - couldn't figure out what the stains are I never had that trouble with Bean linens before - but when I saw another reviewer say the same thing - I began to figure that it's something wrong with the fabric. Also: the fabric is slippery, and it's nothing like the percale of last year, even. I buy percale because I love how it isn't slippery or silky (ugh), so that's another (major)) issue with this year's offering........I've been washing drying and folding Bean's percale linens for 10 or more years and I've loved them. I hope LLBean as it usually does, takes note of these reviews and problems and fixes them so we can enjoy your lovely percales, original version, once again.
August 23, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by ChiTownDad These only lasted a year
We purchased these pillowcases along with the windowpane sheets, and after just over a year of use, the pillowcases are wearing holes along the seams. Great feel: what you would expect for 280 count, but disappointed that they are already starting to fall apart.
August 10, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Michelinwoman This Feels like fake percale
I am sorry, but this is not pima percale. I am not sure what I was sent, but this is not pima percale. Not sure if the company relies on the high independent ratings on these bed sets and just did a switch on the product quality in mid flight. This is what is called bad business, LL Bean!
June 4, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by AW04 Rough, stains, fades
I am on the second set of these sheets, and I will be returning them. I originally got the Light Blue color (no longer offered) and returned them for fading. I now have the vintage green and they are also fading. Weirdly, the pillowcases end up with what appear to be oil stains on them even after one or two nights, which looks disgusting and is baffling to me since my husband and I both exercise after work and so have always taken a shower shortly before bed. I have never had this happen with any other sheets before!
Additionally, I ordered an extra set of pillowcases (so I could wash them more often) and the second set is noticeably rougher than the original set of sheets. Very disappointed!
June 2, 2015