We are all aware of the importance of a good mattress for quality sleep. However, one part of our bedding that is not given as much consideration is bed sheets. Not only do quality bed sheets keep us cool and comfortable during the night, but they also add to the décor of your room as well. But most of the time we wonder when it comes making a choice between bamboo and cotton sheets.
There was a time when luxury covering on the bed meant Egyptian cotton sheets. Nowadays, it is bamboo blends that are slowly making their way up on the popularity charts when it comes to luxury bedding.
Read on as we help you choose between these two fabrics to help you improve your sleep experience.
Bamboo sheets are made up of bamboo fibre. This fibre comes from a particular variety of bamboo that is quite akin to timber. There are different types of bamboo bedsheets in the market depending on the different kinds of the manufacturing process used to make them.
Cotton is one of the most common natural materials used to make bedsheets. The quality of the bedsheet depends on the thread count. The sheets with lower thread count are more likely to be scratchy whereas the sheets with higher thread count will fell softer and more luxurious.
Bamboo vs cotton sheets
Cotton and bamboo sheets both have unique qualities that make them an excellent choice for quality bedding. However, choosing the perfect one for your home can be quite confusing considering the numerous options available on the market. Let us compare the various aspects of these sheets to help you make a perfect choice.
Comfort and thread count
Cotton is a breathable fabric as it helps absorb sweat. The cotton fabric is available in a large variety. The sheets with the higher thread count are softer and more comfortable, and those with a lower thread count can be rough on the skin.
Bamboo sheets are considered more breathable than cotton. They can absorb sweat as well. These sheets have natural thermal regulating properties that keep them warm during winters and cool during summers.
Bamboo sheets are hypoallergenic and have natural anti-bacterial properties. Since these sheets are made up of organic material, bamboo sheets are preferred by those suffering from asthma and allergies. Bamboo sheets are resistant to mildew, bacteria, mould and odour, even after multiple washes.
Though cotton sheets do not have any specific health benefits, they are naturally absorbent and gentle on the skin.
Bamboo is a rapidly growing plant that produces much more fibre per acre than cotton. Bamboo also does not need any pesticides for growth, and this makes it environmentally friendly.
Cotton, on the other hand, is a crop that needs a high dosage of pesticides to grow. It is very toxic for the environment and for those who use these sheets.
Care and durability
Bamboo sheets are durable but need to be cared for gently. They should be washed on a gentle cycle with cold or slightly warm water. They should also be dried on the low heat setting. Take them out of the dryer as soon as possible to prevent wrinkles.
There is such a wide variety if cotton sheets and so their care instructions also differ. Fine quality Egyptian cotton sheets should be washed and cared for gently to make them last longer. Taking these sheets out of the dryer right after they are done will help reduce wrinkling.
In the end, let us compare the cost of these two types of sheets.
Bamboo sheets tend to be a bit more expensive than low quality cotton sheets. However, if you compare them to superior Egyptian cotton sheets, you will find that they cost almost the same.
Types of bamboo fibre sheets
Though bamboo sheets have become quite popular in the recent years, not many people are aware of what to look out for when you buy them. Here’s a guide to the various types of bamboo fibres:
Most sheets available in the markets these days are made up of bamboo rayon, which is the first generation is cellulosic fibre. Different methods with different levels of chemical usage are used to manufacture rayon.
Be environmentally conscious and buy these sheets from the manufacturers with strict effluent treatment protocols. Do not use sheets that use rayon treated with chlorinating bleach and zinc sulphate.
100% Bamboo Lyocell
This material is stronger and softer than rayon. It is one of the most sustainable and contemporary textile materials. The process of manufacturing this material is non-toxic and non-hazardous.
Bamboo linen is sustainable but it is not very soft and wrinkles easily. This material requires a lot of maintenance. The manufacturing process of this linen is similar to that of regular linen.
Types of cotton sheets
Egyptian cotton sheets are the finest and the most durable cotton sheets on the market. They are also very soft and gentle. These sheets are made up of higher thread count and weigh more than regular sheets.
This fabric is known for its durability and strength. These sheets are soft and have a subtle sheen. These are expensive as compared to regular sheets but not as expensive as Egyptian cotton.
The weave of the fabric effects how it looks and feels. Here are the different types of cotton and bamboo weaves.
Percale is a lightweight, tightly woven, sturdy fabric. It produces a crisp and smooth finish.
Sateen is a weave which uses more vertical threads than horizontal ones. The finish is very soft and smooth.
This weave is ideal for winter as it is fuzzy. It is cosy and creates a warm sleeping temperature.
This fabric is made from one yarn under three yarn weave and produces a smooth and lustrous finish.
Identifiable by a diagonal rib, bamboo twill is not as soft as sateen but is better than cotton blend sheet.
Now that you are aware of all the advantages and disadvantages of these kinds of sheets, it will surely make your choice easier. Although we may now believe that a bamboo sheet has more benefits but we must not discount the qualities of a cotton sheet completely. The price point is another aspect to consider before you make your final decision.