I purchased these sheets for my queen bed. as I always do, I washed them before using, without soap or softener, and dried on low. they are wonderful. I know people who use half a bottle of laundry detergent and far too much softener every time they wash. perhaps that is part of the "problem" reviews. also, my husband insists on sleeping in sweats and wool sox. he routinely literally wears out the sheets on his side of the bed and they have to be replaced! anyone wearing bulky rough sleeping attire could cause "piling" on a granite slab, so maybe there is a reason some folks are having problems that is not because of the sheets, but their personal habits. these sheets are really nice - soft, warm, wash well, wear wonderfully, and WELL worth the cost. we have recently switched to a king bed and I have just purchased more sheets for that bed. every bed in my home had these sheets. all my "sleepers" love them! I strongly recommend you try them!