Your Next Bedding Crush: Our Review Of Sijo Sheets In 2023
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I’ve never been a “bed person,” usually opting instead to snuggle up on couches and lounge on my outdoor patio on nice days. Lingering in bed for too long makes me feel lazy, tired, and uninspired. No, I was never a bed person. Until I actually started curating my linens and blankets more thoughtfully, that is.
I first stumbled across the bedding brand Sijo when I made the switch from a full size to a king size mattress. I needed new sheets that wouldn’t break the bank (at least too much). And at around the same price as Target’s top linens, these were more budget-friendly than most sustainable bedding.
Founded in 2017 by Anni Stromfeld and Jacob Xi, Sijo’s mission is simple: to create sustainable sleep products that support quality rest. The brand also prioritizes relationships with responsible manufacturers and 1% of each purchase goes towards a cause of your choice (including mental health, women entrepreneurs, One Tree Planted, and more). I was intrigued by Sijo’s focus on sustainable, high quality materials like bamboo made from FSC & PEFC-certified eucalyptus wood, OEKO-TEX certified cotton, and recycled polyester.
Over the past year, I’ve been slowly building out my new bedding collection with their products. And guess what? I can now confidently say, that, thanks to Sijo, I am now a bed person. Here’s what I’ve been sleeping in:
Price Range | $95–$215
First and foremost, the brand’s flagship cooling sheets are undoubtedly the star of the show. These silky-soft hypoallergenic sheets are made from 100% TENCEL™ lyocell, which comes from FSC & PEFC-certified eucalyptus wood. There’s a slight sheen to these sheets, and you can select from seven timeless colors and opt for with or without a top sheet to suit your preferences. I went with the blush color, and love how feminine it feels while still giving me the design advantages of a more neutral sheet set.
I’ve been a bit of a sweaty sleeper as of late due to an extra hot (and extra stressful) summer, so I’ve had these sheets on heavy rotation thanks to the cooling nature of eucalyptus bamboo. The one drawback is oil stains are slightly visible even after washing, so just be aware! (Oh and the reason they’re so wrinkly on my bed is that my dryer isn’t very effective). Other than that, these sheets get an A++ in my book.
“I’ve been a bit of a sweaty sleeper as of late, so I’ve had these sheets on heavy rotation thanks to the cooling nature of eucalyptus bamboo.”
Price Range | $235–$275
Another delightful addition to the bed of any hot sleeper, I’ve had my Sijo eucalyptus comforter for the longest out of all these products. This lightweight comforter offers plenty of warmth during the winters without getting swampy in summer, and slips easily into my linen duvet cover from Under the Canopy (which I also highly recommend).
“This lightweight comforter offers plenty of warmth during the winters without getting swampy in summer.”
The king size fits in my standard sized washing machine, and it’s held up beautifully for over a year. Occasionally I’ll be too lazy to pull on my duvet cover after laundry day, and sleep directly under this comforter, but I don’t prefer that. It’s a bit silky/shiny like the sheets and I tend to like more linen/cotton blends for my top blanket. That’s probably a very specific-to-me issue, but I felt like it’s worth noting!
Price Range | $65–$90
My childhood best friend’s family had waffle blankets everywhere in their home, and I have fond memories of slumber parties and scary movies spent wrapped up in them. Sijo’s bamboo waffle blanket wraps up all the same nostalgia in an even bigger, softer way. It comes in four colors, and I’m very happy with the bright snow white shade I got.
There’s a standard throw size as well as bed sizing available, so you can snag the right dimensions for wherever you want to throw it. I got a king size, so that if ever I’m too hot for the comforter I can have a thin cover to reduce the night sweats (with enough room to share 😉). I’m keeping this blankie top-of-mind for affordable housewarming or holiday gifts this year—it’s that good. I just wish there was a robe made of this same material!
Price Range | $70–$140
I’ve never had nice pillows, usually opting for cheap and readily available, so this upgrade felt the most luxurious. (I’m also not one to replace my pillows often, so they’re usually as flat as a sad pancake—my neck and shoulders aren’t happy with me.)
Both of Sijo’s pillows are designed with cooling comfort in mind, and unique from one another in their firmness. The CloudSupport, which is my favorite of the two, is a bit firmer and more structured thanks to the Talalay latex, with Sijo CLIMA™ fiber blend fill and a TENCEL™ lyocell removable shell. I did try to find out exactly *what* the patented CLIMA blend included, but had no luck on Sijo’s website. I’d be curious to know if it includes any polyester!
The FluffBase pillow is quite plush, and is filled with a recycled polyester down alternative. I’ve ended up using it more as a pillow to snuggle with than to sleep on since it’s so poofy and I prefer more structure. It’s very comfy if you like soft pillows, although I am not a huge fan of polyester materials in my bedding and wouldn’t likely invest in this one.
Price Range | $175–$195
I’m still unclear on the difference between a mattress pad and mattress protector, but was excited to try this pad from Sijo in either case. My first impression was to be a bit hesitant, as it’s a little stiffer than the rest of Sijo’s bedding, and it seemed it might be a little crinkly or crispy underneath me while I laid. Once the bed was made, though, it was unnoticeable. I’ve experienced fewer night sweats, and when I combine the pad and the bamboo sheets, it’s a nice and cool bedtime oasis.
Sijo’s mattress pad is made using their eucalyptus fibers, of course, but also includes polyester, nylon, and the previously mentioned CLIMA fiber blend. While I don’t love the synthetic inclusions, I can also understand that specialized cooling bedding takes more engineering and different materials than just a simple cotton sheet. I honestly don’t have a strong opinion either way about this mattress pad, but I would happily recommend it if you have specific needs in mind (it’s moisture-wicking and waterproof, too).
Overall, I’ve got a big bedding crush on Sijo. The prices are more accessible than many other sustainable bedding brands, and the products are well-constructed and luxurious to the touch. I do see that there are a few items made using synthetic materials like polyester and nylon, which is the only drawback I’ve found so far. Just check the materials twice before ordering if you have a sensitivity to these types of fabrics!
Here’s hoping you can slip into your own snuggly bed soon enough—and rest well, my friend.
“Overall, I’ve got a big bedding crush on Sijo. The prices are more accessible than many other sustainable bedding brands, and the products are well-constructed and luxurious to the touch.”
- Sijo is a new-ish and growing brand in the sustainable bedding space that combines natural and synthetic materials to make soft, cooling, and luxurious sheets, comforters, blankets, mattress pads, clothing, and more.
- Sijo stands out for its commitment to eco-friendly materials, using things like FSC & PEFC-certified eucalyptus wood, OEKO-TEX certified cotton, and recycled polyester.
- For all the bedding brands I’ve tried in my career, I love how Sijo blends luxury and affordability. I’ve had some of these pieces over a year and they’re still holding up as well as they did on day one.
- If you have any sensitivities to polyester or nylon, make sure to double check the materials of the Sijo item you’re considering. My very favorites are the comforter and the eucalyptus sheets, both made from 100% TENCEL™ lyocell.
Emily Torres is the Editorial Director at The Good Trade. Born and raised in Indiana, she studied Creative Writing and Business at Indiana University. You can usually find her in her colorful Los Angeles apartment journaling, caring for her rabbits and cat, or gaming.