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11 silk pillowcases that’ll greatly improve your skin and hair while you sleep
Don’t underestimate the type of fiber you’re sleeping on every night for 8 or so hours a night. It does make a difference on your hair and skin.
Colby Maxwell
07.26.21

Sleep is more important than we realize. SO much happens while we sleep and we aren’t even conscious of all the things going on! While the quantity of sleep you need is pretty well known (~8 hours for most), have you ever considered the type of fiber you sleep on?

Silk pillows are proven to help your hair and skin while you sleep.

We all sweat a bit while we sleep. Making sure our face isn’t pressed into our own dirt for hours on end is an important step to a clear face. Additionally, your hair stays calmer (less frizz) when it is not on a rough surface that creates static and disruption. We’ve put together a list of the best silk pillowcases you can find in each category and we know you are going to love them.

If you want clearer skin and smoother hair, check out our 11 faves below!

Before you hop into our list, there are a few things you should know. The first is how silk is “judged”. Most fabrics use thread count as the metric for quality, but silk is a bit different and uses “momme”. It’s essentially the weight of the fabric and typically, the higher the better (but it can be situational). Additionally, most silk products aren’t totally silk. Many combine satin or even polyester so if you are looking for a budget pillowcase, look for those keywords. One last thing – Mulberry silk is the highest quality around! It’s the silk equivalent of Egyptian cotton or mozzarella di bufala.

Best Overall – 25mm Mulberry Silk Pillowcase – $49.99

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The Fishers Finery 25mm Mulberry pillowcase is our choice for the best overall silk pillowcase. It’s 100% pure Mulberry silk and comes in all the sizes and colors you could possibly want. Additionally, it scored the best by Good Housekeeping for moisture-wicking and it is incredibly comfortable to sleep on, especially for the price.

Things we love

  • It has a 25 momme fabric weight (really high)
  • has performed well in nearly all lab and consumer tests
  • feels amazing

Things to consider

  • It will shrink after its first wash

Best value – MYK One-sided Silk Pillowcase – $23.99

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This company took a great idea and made it a reality! We can only use one side of the pillow at a time, why pay for silk on both? If you are on a budget, this pillow cuts costs by putting high-quality silk on one side.

Things we love

  • It’s super affordable
  • It has a zipper to close it up

Things to consider

  • It’s only 19 momme, so you can feel how thin it is

Most popular – Bedsure Satin Pillowcase 2-pack – $8.99

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This is the best-selling option on Amazon! It’s SUPER affordable, but that’s mostly because it’s satin, not real silk. It’s really durable and has a 4.5-star rating with over 35k reviews. It’s also sold in a 2-pack making it TWICE as affordable.

Things we love

  • REALLY inexpensive
  • Feels great for being polyester

Things to consider

  • It’s not actually silk

For the skeptic – Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Pillowcase – $59.00

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Buying an expensive pillowcase isn’t for the faint of heart. If you need a little convincing, try this one out. Brooklinen offers a year-long return deal if you don’t fall in love with it. Also, it’s just a solid silk pillowcase.

Things we love

  • 22 momme fabric weight
  • Incredibly well-reviewed
  • Great return policy

Things to consider

  • People said it wrinkled easy

Smoothest option – Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase – $89.00

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This pillowcase was blind tested and ended up beating all the others in smoothness rating. From what people say, it’s incredible to sleep on. It’s not as strong as other fabrics, however, so be gentle with it and it will treat you well!

Things we love

  • 22 momme fabric weight
  • the smoothest around
  • incredibly comfy

Things to consider

  • it’s expensive
  • it’s delicate

Best for curly hair – Shhh Silk Pillowcase – $51.00

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You don’t get blowouts every day and it’s worth it to try and extend them! Also, if you have curly hair, this pillow got top-rated for helping to prevent bedhead. It’s also really comfy and a solid choice overall.

Things we love

  • 22 momme fabric weight
  • tested well among consumers
  • helped prevent frizz and bedhead

Things to consider

  • not the cheapest option

Best printed option – SLPBABY Silk Pillowcase – $20.99

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If you want a fun or custom print on your bed, the Slp Baby is the way to go. It comes with 30 design options to choose from, giving you tons of ways to make your bed special. It does have a lower fabric weight but it’s also well-reviewed.

Things we love

  • really customizable
  • pretty inexpensive

Things to consider

  • 16 momme fabric weight

Most durable – Cuddledown Silk Pillowcase – $59.00

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Silk isn’t the most durable material in the world, but thankfully, there are options. The Cuddledown is super strong, making it abrasion resistant and the highest scorer in the Good Housekeeping durability testing. It doesn’t moisture wick all that well, but that’s probably because of how durable it is.

Things we love

  • 19 momme fabric weight
  • strong and responded well to washing
  • high rated

Things to consider

  • doesn’t moisture wick as well as other silk cases

Best luxury option – Manito Silk Pillowcase Pair – $249.00

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This is def on the pricier side of silk pillowcases, but it does come as a set of two. These pillowcases aren’t just pricey, however, they perform impeccably. They scored highest in comfort and smoothness, so you are getting what you pay for.

Things to consider

  • 22 momme fabric weight
  • scored highest in comfort and smoothness

Things to consider

  • well, it’s expensive!

Best travel option – Spasilk Travel Silk Pillowcase – $14.99

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If you travel a lot, leaving the hotel pillow up to chance just doesn’t cut it. This is the perfect option for anyone who wants to have consistency and comfort when they leave home. It’s a solid performer and is compact, perfect for taking anywhere.

Things we love

  • small size, perfect for travel
  • performed well in lab tests

Things to consider

  • We don’t know the fabric weight

Best sustainable option – The Ethical Silk Company Silk Pillowcase – $65.00

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This matte-feeling pillowcase isn’t as slippery as silk, but there’s a reason. The company says that they take the silk after the moth has left the cocoon, not during (as most are harvested). It’s also undyed to reduce the potential chemical pollutant.

Things we love

  • ethically sourced (you can sleep easier)
  • no dyes (whether you’re allergic or just want to be sustainable)

Things to consider

  • Although it’s 19 momme fabric weight, it’s not as smooth as others in the same arena

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By Colby Maxwell
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Colby Maxwell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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