Rated 1 out of 5 by PhxBean These are NOT percale
I have purchased these sheets a few times in the past year, hoping each time that the quality has improved, and I have been disappointed every time. I agree with the reviewers who have said these feel slippery. In fact, I thought they felt somewhat like nylon, even after laundering. They aren't crisp, smooth, or "stiff" like traditional percale, though they are soft in a slippery, flexible sort of way.
I have some of these LLBean percale sheets from many years ago which I was hoping to replace. The new sheets feel nothing like the old ones or like any percale I've ever known, so I actually looked at them under a low-powered microscope! The new sheets have a different weave. The old sheets are standard percale weave: single-strand warp and weft. The new ones are more like a basketweave: single-strand warp and double-strand weft. I don't know how that might account for the slippery feel; perhaps that's just due to a lower-quality cotton on this batch? But the weave is definitely not a traditional percale, and it's noticeable in the hand of the fabric.
Additionally, the color is way off. As other reviewers have mentioned, Mid-Blue is nothing like the rich blue depicted; it's much more pale, not quite "slate" but more of a "country blue,"
more in the range of the "Blue Periwinkle" of the Ultra-Absorbent towels, but not as bright and with a slightly more greyish cast.
Please, LLBean, bring back the wonderful *real* percale sheets you used to carry!
May 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by SCStatebulldog BEAUTIFUL, SOFT, SMOOTH
This is one of the most beautiful patterns I've ever seen, and I have mixed it up with some Indian block print sheets I have, as well as some of the other LL Bean blue and white sheets and pillowcases. I am so happy with these.
May 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by SCStatebulldog BEAUTIFUL, SOFT & COOL!!
I really don't understand the complaints about these percale sheets and pillowcases: they are completely soft and they maintain a coolness that I really like. They are also absolutely beautiful on the bed, and I have mixed and matched some of the other blue/white bedding items for a look I really love. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
April 12, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by fabricfanatic When percale is not percale
I know a smooth firm percale when I feel it. When I opened the sheets and pillowcases I was dubious that they would remain CRISP wash after wash as they seemed a bit too silky and smooth. I had purchased these percale hoping they would be the same high quality sheets LLBean has offered for years and years. One wash later and I have limp, flabby sheets. The lint produced in the dryer proved these sheets were not woven with thicker higher ply fiber content. Was the cotton thread produced in the USA? I bet not. Some folks may want rumply, frumpy beds, but I long for the crisp smooth sheets of yesteryear. Does anybody make them any more? I do not even mind ironing them, if they would only have a crisp, firm finish. I guess I will have to starch these new ones to get the bed linens I expected.
February 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by mjd1943 too small
the sheets are great. love the fabric, feel, and fit. Pillow cases are too small. Can barely get pillow into case. End of pillow sticking out by morning. Have used and washed so can't exchange for larger ones. Never had this problem before.
January 22, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by camdendeshopper Thin, rough, cheap material,,
Having had wonderful LL Bean percale pillowcases in the past, I was terribly disappointed in this very low quality product. Very thin material, nubby and rough to the touch. Not at all crisp, not smooth, I returned them and as usual LLBean refunded promptly. But what a loss! Where will I find those wonderful pillowcases and sheets that they sold some years ago? .
December 28, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by DrJJoyner Color not as shown or described
The sheets came highly reviewed so I figured I'd give them a try. I ordered the "Silver Sand" color, which shows on every screen I own as a dark, silvery color. The sheets are in fact just plain beige sheets. There's not even a hint of silver to them.
Additionally, because I'm used to sheets coming in sets, it didn't occur to me to order pillowcases. Alas, they're not in stock for another month.
July 24, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by gratefulmom Color is not accurate
I agree with other reviewers that the color shown online is very different from what I received. I ordered the mid-blue expecting quite a dark color, almost a light navy. Instead the color is a very medium blue - it looks more like a slightly darker version of "Lake". I bought these to go with a patterned sheet set that needs new pillowcases, but these do not match at all. I cannot comment on the quality as I am not even opening the package.
May 28, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by L123laugh sheet color not as shown on Website
I ordered the mid blue colored pillowcases to go with the ultra soft cotton comforter in the red/blue/tan plaid. On the screen it looked to be the perfect color. The color that I received is completely different than is shown on the website. It is more of a medium country blue. Disappointed. Otherwise seem to be nice quality.
November 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by CanadianBean beautiful
Great quality material.
Love the lilac colour.
No wrinkles if taken out of the dryer right away.
Bought the pillow cases and the king fitted sheet.
Colour goes well with the heirloom purple matalesse covers.
September 6, 2013