When the holidays are over and the bleak, frigid weather sets in, a bed is one of the best places to be — and with the right set of sheets, it can be even better. The best flannel sheets can help you transform your bed into a cozy, cold-weather refuge, ideal for Netflix binging, tea drinking, and book reading. But first, a warning: If you hate winter to begin with, you'll have an even harder time getting up and out after this purchase.

Why is flannel such a popular wintertime choice? In the same way that linen is optimized for summer, flannel's material and weave make it ideal for cold weather. Usually, it's made from a blend of natural fibers like cotton, and it's brushed over with a fine-tooth comb to create that soft, fuzzy feel.

While a set of flannel sheets will make your bed much more comfortable, most people don't know that flannel is also a smart pick for sensitive skin. "Flannel is a great choice if you have a skin condition like eczema, because it is extra soft and unlikely to disrupt the skin barrier," says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner.

But cheaper flannel, which often contains synthetic fibers, can have the opposite effect, so be sure to check the labels if your skin is easily irritated. Natural fabrics are also much better than synthetics for wicking away moisture, so if you overheat at night, you won't get that dreaded cold-sweat feeling. Check out these top picks for the best flannel sheets you can buy this winter; all of them are made from natural, skin-friendly cotton, so they'll feel like a midwinter's night dream.

With over 4,000 reviews, these Pinzon flannel sheets are one of the top-rated sets on Amazon. They're made from 100 percent cotton (imported from Portugal), and with a 190-gram weight, they're especially thick and velvety for extra cold nights. Pinzon's Velvet Sheet Set is available in three sizes (Queen, King, and California King) and a choice of 11 colors and patterns.

Buyers have given these sheets a 4.8-star rating because they're extremely soft, so warm, and resist stretching and pilling — even after multiple washes. The pure cotton is brushed on both sizes for full-body comfort, and the checkered patterns offer a classic, rustic look.

If your body temperature tends to fluctuate during the night — or if your partner's warmth preference differs — this is the pick for you. Even though they're made from soft, cozy cotton, these sheets are especially lightweight and breathable for adaptability. "I run hot, my wife cold," one reviewer says, but this set "works great for both of us." The sheets come in five neutral colors and 10 whimsical patterns.

For those with especially high standards in sheets, the Heritage Chamois flannel sheet collection is the way to go. This collection was made specifically for L.L. Bean using double-brushed cotton, Italian-stitch detailing, and Portuguese weaving techniques. Even those who have bought "many different brands over the years" say that this set is the "highest quality [they] have ever purchased."

Fully embrace the winter season with the Pinzon snowflake sheet set. It's available in four festive patterns and can fit just about any size bed, including twin XL and California king. The 170-gram flannel is soft, heavy, machine-washable, and made entirely of cotton.

Looking to get high-quality sheets for a discount? Eddie Bauer's flannel sheet set is currently 40 percent off. It's made from 100 percent Portuguese cotton and brushed on both sides. This is a deal you don't want to miss, especially because reviewers have given it a near-perfect rating.

For those with especially sensitive skin, it doesn't get much better than Whisper Organics' flannel sheets. This set is made from certified organic cotton, so it's gentle, nontoxic, and free from pesticides if those are concerns of yours. Even the dyes are totally natural.

Looking for a set that's cute, whimsical, and reasonably priced? Pointehaven heavyweight cotton sheets come in three adorable patterns: winter dogs, autumn deer, and Ankara geometric. One Allure editor loves Scottie dogs, so you'd better believe she's buying these immediately. Reviewers say they feel like a "snuggly cocoon" and "look just like the pictures."

Whether you're searching for a specific shade to match your room palette or a bold pop of contrasting color, few sets offer as many options as this one. All eight shades are made with brushed cotton, and they're resistant to fading, shrinking, and pilling, so they get better with every wash.

It doesn't get much more luxurious than this. The Supima Heather flannel set is made from 100 percent Supima cotton, tested for over 300 toxic substances, and designed to fit your mattress like a glove. You can even opt for a personalized monogram, which is centered on the top sheet's hem and faces outward on both pillowcases.

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Simplicity is a beautiful thing. This rustic flannel set from Stone & Beam comes in a selection of solid, neutral colors to match any room. The pure Portuguese cotton is easy to love and even easier to care for in the washing machine. And it comes in a cloth drawstring bag that you can reuse on laundry day.

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