After reading all the reviews on these sheets & seeing that it seemed that there were 2 completely different views on these sheets I did a little research on flannel sheets. When you get these sheets, as with any cotton clothing or bedding, you must wash them first. DO NOT USE ANY DETERGENT OR FABRIC SOFTENER the first time! Add 1 cup of WHITE vinegar where you put the fabric softener and wash on delicate. After washing this way, place in dryer on LOW heat with NO dryer sheet and check lint filter every 10 mins or so as these sheets will shed around a baseball sized ball of lint the first washing. Remove sheets when dry. Subsequent washings...use very little detergent and NO dryer sheets, or if weather permits, hang outside to dry and your sheets will stay pill free & soft. Time will tell if these sheets hold up to the test of time. But remember, these are $$$ sheets. For high quality German cotton flannel sheets you will pay around $150 and up.