“To each their own”
That’s a very popular idiom that conveys quite a true reality. Not everyone is made the same; that is why there exists what we call preferences. Each one has a different set of likes, dislikes, and tastes that although personally satisfying, may not be so enjoyable for others. This is true for bed sheets too. When choosing the best bed sheets, material is always a big and major concern. And why wouldn’t it be? The right material can either make or break your day as the best sleep makes a day complete. Hitting the jackpot and selecting the right bed sheet material will truly give you sound nights and better mornings.
Below we have gathered some of the best materials used for bed sheets and a short description for each. If you’re looking to buy one sometime soon, this should give you a fair idea on which ones will best suit you.
Cotton is by far the oldest one out in the market – and heavily advertised at that. Cotton is one of the best materials for bed sheets because it is soft, durable and breathable all at the same time. Recently, cotton is often blended with other material to create budget-friendly varieties (but still of good quality) such as cotton-polyester or cotton-bamboo. Although these combinations provide sufficient comfort to facilitate a sound and comfy rest, nothing beats pure, gold standard cotton material.
- Egyptian cotton – This kind of cotton is rated to be one of the best, not to mention luxurious. Extra-long fibers are woven to create this little piece of heaven. Known for its extremely soft and breathable texture but can comes at a high price. There are two varieties in terms of how it is weaved – percale or sateen. Not that one is better than the other really; both are great with Percale made through a plain matte weave that feels more crisp but still soft and cool and Sateen which is a little bit heavy but has a smooth and glossy finish.
- Pima – Often trademarked as Supima – is a one-of-a-kind cotton that strongly fairs with Egyptian cotton in terms of durability and quality . This kind is grown in the United States and has a superbly soft texture. It has medium to long fibers that are perfect for your bed sheets. They are also quite expensive not to mention not very common in shops.
- Upland cotton – This is the kind that you’ll usually find marketed at a cheaper price. It’s not really bad for a bed sheet but expect to get what you paid for. Bed sheets that are labeled as “100% cotton” not otherwise specified are usually made of Upland cotton. The softness of this cotton is okay but the durability is not that great because the fibers woven are short so it is more prone to tear and wear.
Silk is a fiber made from silkworms that has a soft and shiny texture. It’s the kind you’d see on soap commercials fabulously gliding down the model’s skin. Pure silk is purchased at a large sum but that only goes to show how intricate the process of producing silk is. Plus, silk never fails to make a room feel romantic and sexy so it’s a big turn on for couples on a honeymoon. It’s naturally hypoallergenic and gives a cool, airy feel to the skin – definitely acceptable for its cost.
This kind of bed sheet fabric is made of processed bamboo that is usually referred to as rayon. Although bamboo fibers alone can be weaved into a fabric without being processed; it will end up being stiff and rough thus, unable to provide the right comfort when you sleep. The good thing about this material has a number of benefits like the fact that it’s naturally antimicrobial and relatively durable. You can check out our top pick for the best Bamboo sheets in the market.
This fabric material is synthetic and man-made and is used in the manufacture of popular Microfiber sheets. As the name suggests, it is made out of the same polymers used to manufacture plastic materials. Cotton-polyester for example is a popular kind out in the market. It’s durable and soft at the same time. The price is reasonable (cheap even) and may be a good alternative to use for young, spirited kids whose sheets need frequent washing. Feel free to check out our list on some of the best selling 100% polyester sheets.
These are just a few of the many varieties available for your bed sheet needs. Although there are also other factors that contribute to how well your bed sheet will work for you (e.g. thread count, size, etc.), material always comes as a primary consideration. Always choose with care. For a better pick, don’t just take our word for it. Go do some window shopping and use the old touch and feel method in choosing the perfect bed sheet for you.