Bamboo Vs Cotton Sheets

Bamboo Vs Cotton Sheets

Written by Nectarsleep editorial team

Last Updated on Sep 07, 2022

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    Today, bamboo and cotton sheets are the market's most popular and easily available variants. Cotton sheets are known for their breathability while bamboo sheets, which were introduced recently, have become a favorite due to their durability and lightness. 

    But, what are the major differences between bamboo vs cotton sheets? Which one is better? Read ahead for all the information about bamboo and cotton sheets.

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    Bamboo Vs Cotton Sheets : The Differences

    Let’s take a quick sneak peek at the differences between bamboo vs cotton sheets before you proceed so you are well familiar with what these sheets have to offer.

    ParameterBamboo SheetsCotton Sheet
    DurabilityExtremely durableDurable
    Comfort and FeelSmooth and soft Softens after a few washes
    BreathabilityBreathable Breathable
    HealthEco-friendly. Don’t pose health hazards. If not 100% organic, cotton may be grown using pesticides and herbicides, which are not good for the health.
    Ease of CareCan be machine washed Can be machine washed
    Environmental FriendlinessMore eco-friendly than cottonLess eco-friendly compared to bamboo
    CostAround $100 to $300Around $100 to $200

    What are Bamboo Sheets?

    Bamboo sheets come from bamboo fiber and the three distinct types of material from bamboo fiber include rayon, lyocell, and modal fabric. 

    When you compare bamboo sheets with cotton sheets, it almost feels the same. Bamboo sheets offer the same softness and breathability as cotton fabric. But, bamboo sheets are considered more sustainable because bamboo plants don’t require any irrigation or fertilization to grow and grow rather quickly, almost effortlessly. That being said, bamboo sheets are not entirely eco-friendly because while the raw materials mean no harm, chemicals are used to process the raw materials into fibers.

    However, if you want something completely chemical-free, you can always opt for bamboo linen. It is curated from a chemical-free mechanical process and is eco-friendly. But bamboo linens don’t offer the same softness. They can be slightly rough and tend to get wrinkled very soon.

    Pros and Cons of Bamboo Sheets

    Now you know what bamboo sheets are. So, let’s take a look at all the benefits and drawbacks associated with bamboo sheets. 

    Pros 

    • Bamboo sheets are breathable 
    • They are very soft 
    • They are extremely durable and good quality sheets can last for up to 15 years
    • They are also sometimes considered eco-friendly 

    Cons 

    • They are created using a chemical process 
    • It is more expensive than cotton sheets 
    • Depending on the weave, bamboo sheets are more prone to wrinkles

    Types of Bamboo Sheets

    As mentioned earlier, bamboo sheets have different materials. But, they also come in three different weaves that affect their quality and feel. The three most common types of bamboo weaves include; 

    • Percale: Here, the weave uses one thread over and one thread under method, resulting in light sheets that are firm and offer a matte finish. These weaves are also very breathable but a drawback is that they tend to wrinkle very soon. 

    • Sateen: With sateen, it is one thread under and four threads over, which means you can experience a silky finish. They don’t wrinkle very easily and also offer great smoothness. However, they are not very breathable. 

    • Twill: Here, it uses a parallel weave, just like with denim. While they are very durable, they are not very soft or smooth.

    What are Cotton Sheets?

    Cotton sheets are very popular and the most common fabric for bedsheets. Most cotton sheets use the natural fiber from cotton plants. Hence, you get the soft and breathable material. Cotton sheets are also in demand because they can be cared for very easily and are very durable. 

    Cotton sheets are available in different variants depending on their thread count. The higher the thread count, the higher the price, softness, and durability. For instance, Egyptian cotton has a high thread count and extra long staples and offers optimal luxury. However, it can also be very pricey.

    Pros and Cons of Cotton Sheets

    Some of the advantages and disadvantages of cotton sheets are;

    Pros 

    • They are very durable, and a higher quality sheet can last for up to 15 years 
    • Cotton sheets are extremely breathable 
    • Cotton sheets come with moisture-wicking properties and don’t retain heat
    • They can be cared for very easily 
    • Cotton sheets become softer with each wash

    Cons

    • Some variants get wrinkled very quickly
    • Cotton plant needs more water and pesticides for cultivation 
    • Cotton sheets can shrink the first time you wash them

    Types of Cotton Sheets

    Again, just like with bamboo sheets, cotton sheets to come in different weaves and some of the common ones are;

    • Percale: Just like you read earlier, here, one over and under weave is used. Percale sheets are breathable and come with moisture-wicking properties. They are also very durable and become softer with each wash. 

    • Sateen: Again, it’s one under and four over and these weaves give you a silky smooth finish. They don’t wrinkle very easily but can trap more heat. 

    • Twill: Cotton twill sheets are not the softest but a very durable option because of the weave. 

    • Jersey: This is typically a knit and is the same material found in most t-shirts. So, these sheets can be incredibly soft and cozy.

    Cotton Vs Bamboo: Which Sheet to Choose?

    Both bamboo vs cotton sheets can be a great option when it comes to bedsheets. They are both soft and smooth and bring durability to the table. However, bamboo sheets can sometimes be eco-friendly and are also extremely breathable. So, if you are looking for something sustainable and something to keep you cool as you sleep, bamboo sheets can be a great option.

    This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.
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