At the risk of being redundant, 1000 count sheets are an investment and a project. I washed this set two times and I know I will be happy with them on my bed tonight. However, I will be really happy with them in a year and thrilled in 3 years. That is just how it goes with sheets at this thread count. I can tell that these will have a nice smooth silky finish and will be luxurious once they mature. If you want immediate gratification, get a lower count sheet, there is nothing wrong with that. But if you enjoy true comfort and indulgence and are willing to wait and experience the joy of watching a great sheet mature, these are for you.