Silk pillowcases have become a popular item in recent years, with claims that they can help reduce wrinkles, acne, and frizziness while providing a better night’s sleep. But with so many options available, how do you know which ones are worth the investment? CNN Underscored set out to find the best silk pillowcases on the market by testing and reviewing products from 13 popular brands. After several weeks of testing and speaking with experts, they found four stand-out options that offered both comfort and beauty benefits. Whether you’re looking for the best overall option, an affordable choice, a luxury pick, or a great alternative, CNN Underscored has you covered with their top recommendations.
Important Details about Best silk pillowcases in 2023 –
– Silk pillowcases are trendy due to their claim of reducing wrinkles, acne and frizziness while also giving a better night’s sleep.
– Four silk pillowcases stood out: Fishers Finery, MYK Silk, Lunya, and The Company Store.
– Fishers Finery’s case was the best overall due to its softness, fit, quality, and durability.
– MYK Silk’s case was affordable and constructed from both silk and cotton, offering good quality and color options.
– Lunya’s case was luxurious and made entirely from silk, providing a dreamy, restful sleep and smooth hair.
– The Company Store’s case was ultra-smooth and luxurious, made from high-quality 100% mulberry silk, and had good durability and an envelope closure.
– All four cases were machine and hand-washable and came in various sizes and colors.
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Have you ever woken up with creases on your face, bedhead, or frizzy hair? If so, you might be interested in exploring silk pillowcases. Silk pillowcases are having a moment, owing largely to marketing claims that they can help prevent wrinkles, acne, and frizz in hair—all while giving you a better night’s sleep. And beauty benefits aside, there’s no doubt that silk pillowcases are ultra-soft, smooth, and a pleasure to sleep on.
To find the latest and greatest silk pillowcases that are worth your money, we tested pillowcases from 13 popular brands for several weeks, noting the texture, fit, and most importantly, how our skin and hair looked following each night of rest. We also spoke with experts to find out if these added beauty benefits are real or clever marketing myths. In the end, we identified four standout silk pillowcases that we believe are worth considering.
Best silk pillowcase overall: Fishers Finery
The Fishers Finery silk pillowcase is the best of the best. The 100% long-strand, luxurious mulberry silk is incredibly soft and felt noticeably smoother against the skin and hair than any other pillowcases we tested. The cases are weighted at 25 momme, which is a standard unit to measure the weight and quality of silk. This weight puts it at the upper end of desirability for silk pillowcases. They’re spun from 100% pure grade 6A Mulberry silk, which is generally considered smoother, stronger, and more uniformly colored than other silks.
Fishers Finery’s cases also had the best fit on our standard pillows: well-fitting but slightly loose, so they’re easy to put on and pull off. The case has an envelope closure that looks nice and makes the bed feel neat. We also found these cases the easiest to wash and wear. Like all the brands we tested, the Fishers Finery cases are both machine- and hand-washable. These cases were the least wrinkly after hand washing and less wrinkly after machine washing.
These cases come in three sizes (standard, queen, and king) and 11 colors, more than most of the brands we tested. Fishers is priced solidly in the middle range of the brands we tested, and we found these to be an excellent mid-range pick that ranked above their price.
Best affordable silk pillowcase: MYK Silk Natural Silk Pillowcase
The MYK Silk Natural Silk Pillowcase is about half the price of the Fishers Finery option and features silk on one side and white cotton on the other. Although it’s notably less luxurious-feeling than the Fishers Finery option, it still offers a good fit and restful sleep.
Despite only being silk on one side, the MYK Silk pillowcase was amazing to sleep on and kept our hair smoother than all-cotton pillowcases. Made from 19 momme mulberry silk, which is lower weight than Fishers Finery but still quite nice to the touch, these pillowcases are well-constructed for the price. The MYK cases are also easier to maintain than many we tested and were a great fit on our pillows.
MYK Silk pillowcases are sold in three sizes (standard, queen, and king), and nine colors.
Best luxury silk pillowcase: Lunya Washable Silk Pillowcase
We couldn’t get enough nights of sleep on the Lunya Washable Silk Pillowcase — it was so pleasant. Lunya’s silk surface case was lavish to the touch, and design details made it feel significantly elevated. Made from 100% silk, this pillowcase is even more well-constructed than before. The Lunya pillowcase is so soft and touchable that it was downright evocative to use. Sleep felt so restful on Lunya’s silk that we didn’t want to lift our heads out of bed. But once we did, our hair seemed noticeably less frizzy than with other pillowcases we tested.
This pillowcase hits all the right notes on fit and care. The Lunya fits a bit more loosely than the others we tested with a narrow width and extra-long length. The Lunya is easily machine-washable on cold, or by hand. And Lunya’s site says you could even put this case in the dryer on low, but we didn’t test that out.
Lunya’s silk pillowcases come in two sizes (standard queen and king), and in just one color, Tranquil White.
A great luxury alternative: The Company Store’s Silk Pillowcase
The Company Store’s silk pillowcase was the smoothest we tried, with a shiny, satiny feel, and it left our hair the smoothest in the morning. It’s a great alternative to the Lunya, though it is only available in a standard size. Made with high-quality 22 momme, 100% mulberry silk, this model had a pleasant weight to it, and the fabric was smoother and silkier than anything else we tested, with a visible shine that feels delightful on clean skin, and imparts a feeling of luxury that other pillowcases lacked.
Like others, this pillowcase also has an envelope enclosure, for a clean look, and gave us a roomy, but not saggy fit on most standard pillows. Company Store recommends hand or machine washing inside out on cold (ideally in a mesh laundry bag), and air drying. We followed these instructions and didn’t encounter any issues.
Although this pillowcase is the most expensive we recommend, the price is borne out in its quality. The silk feels more ample and luxurious than our other high-end recommendation from Lunya, which was a bit thinner, in comparison.
Silk pillowcases are a pleasure to sleep on, and these four options are the best out there. Regardless of which one you choose, we think you’ll enjoy the experience. Happy sleeping!