While folks tend to splurge on getting the best mattress, the same can not be said when it comes to bedsheets. Like myself, many opt for the least expensive ones. But is that the best way to go about it? What is the best bed sheet material?
Some of the best bed sheet materials are derivative of cotton, and flannel bed sheets will keep you warm.
In this article, I will cover some of the best materials you should be looking for when it comes to bed sheets. (Think fancy hotel sheets)
Considered a luxury, Egyptian Cotton material comes from cotton grown in Egypt. Egypt’s dry climate is perfect for growing cotton. Egyptian cotton is handpicked to maintain the fibers that give it that soft feel.
Egyptian cotton is stronger, softer, and more flexible than regular cotton, and it’s a breathable fabric that is super comfortable.
Real Egyptian cotton sheets are expensive, so be aware of fake brands that claim to be real Egyptian cotton but with a small price tag.
Upland Cotton is derived from fibers in the United States, and most standard bed sheets are made of upland cotton. Upland cotton is more affordable than other long fiber sheets and is very easy to find.
However, upland cotton is prone to growing coarse over time and pilling due to the shorter fibers, which are less flexible, rougher, and less durable.
Pima Cotton Sheets
Pima cotton is grown in the southwestern part of the United States and has long been a staple of the country. Pima cotton sheets are smooth and silky with a natural sheen to them.
Pima Cotton is resistant to pilling, fraying, and wrinkling and is durable and comfortable. It tends to be more expensive, and like Egyptian cotton, many knock-off brands are cheaper.
Silkworms produce the fibers in silk sheets, which are extremely comfortable and luxurious. But with comfort comes cost. They are pricey and need to be treated delicately.
The fibers in bamboo are very long, which gives bamboo sheets their softness and durability. Bamboo sheets are also breathable and great for those who suffer from allergies. Bamboo sheets do tend to be on the more expensive side.
The flax plant produces the fibers used in linen sheets. These fibers are thicker than cotton, making them very strong and absorbent. Linen sheets must go through several washes before they are comfortable and soft.
A trademark of India, micro cotton was originally used for towels, but it has been used more and more for sheets because it is quick to dry and has lint-resistant properties.
Microcotton is made with long-staple cotton, which is soft and durable and much more absorbent than cotton.
Microcotton does tend to be less flexible and rougher to the touch, and it is more prone to pilling and coarseness.
Flannel, made from cotton, wool, or polyester, has a soft and fuzzy feel due to brushing out the fibers once the fabric is woven. This provides an extra layer of warmth and coziness, making them perfect for winter and cold climates.