- Cool in summer and spring.
- Crisp rather than drapy.
- Smooth, matte finish.
- Strong, not flimsy or easily worn out, because of the tight, one-over-one percale weave.
- No great tufts of lint and fluff cluttering up dryer filter.
- Washable (try not to use super hot water and keep chlorine bleach to a minimum - I can't avoid bleach in my life, but I've found a little bit goes a long way.)
- Multiple uses after they wear out - turn into handkerchiefs, use as rags, etc.
- Available in neutral colors (including your standard whites and pastels) as well as bright colors.
- Available as plain and stark OR with fancy detailing like embroidery and eyelet designs.
- More affordable than higher thread count sheets.
- More like traditional crisp "bed and breakfast" sheets than silky and slippery "hotel sheets"
- Wrinkly (I personally don't mind wrinkles, but then I don't entertain much. Wrinkles can be minimized by taking sheets out of the dryer before they are completely dry and not drying a full, heavy load at the same time).
- Mostly sold in sets, not individually.
- Can be more expensive than you'd expect (mid-range).
- Noisy - nothing awful, but you can usually hear the rustle of all-cotton percale sheets.
- Sheets made of lower quality cotton can feel scratchy.