The Benefits Of Bamboo Sheets Over Cotton Sheets

One of the big decisions these days surrounding our sleep comfort is choosing between cotton and bamboo sheets. Is bamboo fabric better than cotton? We’d have to say, in many ways, bamboo sheets win over regular cotton sheets. Now, if you were looking at Egyptian cotton sheets, it would be a slightly different matter. 

Whatever the case, you have to weigh the pros and cons, and decide which works best for your needs. Here, we’ll look at the benefits of bamboo over bedsheets of regular and Egyptian cotton. 

In a nutshell, we can say bamboo sheets: 

  • Are more vivid, because they hold dye better. 
  • Don’t stain with sweat and oil as cotton does. 
  • Are hypoallergenic. 
  • Are smooth and soft most of the time. 
  • Are made using renewable resources, using less water and pesticides than cotton.
  • May feel gentler on the skin depending on which cotton sheet you compare with. 

How Are Bamboo Sheets Made? 

Bamboo bedding is made from the long and strong fibers of certain species of bamboo grass. Bamboo grows quickly, with barely any help from pesticides and other chemicals used in cotton production. The thought of just how much water, pesticides, and fertilizers go into cotton production may make you lose sleep at night, and we’re trying to avoid that! Bamboo barely needs any water for growing. 

The bamboo sheets you buy are likely to be bamboo viscose, made through the viscose process or bamboo lyocell. It’s true these are chemical processes. But bamboo bedding made by mechanical processes like crushing and retting is harder to come by. Bamboo linen, made through mechanical processing, may be preferable if you don’t want any chemical involvement in your bedding at all. But bamboo linen sheets are prone to wrinkling and somewhat coarse. 

The bamboo viscose process is simple. The bamboo fibers are broken down in a chemical solution. The result is pressed into fibers and spun into yarn. 

The chemicals involved in the process include carbon disulfide, sulfuric acid, and sodium hydroxide.

Responsible manufacturers have made their viscose process far more environment-friendly than it used to be. These factories may recycle water in a closed-loop system. They strictly follow local environmental regulations and ensure these chemicals don’t escape their factory premises and into the environment. Knowing that your bamboo bedding is made by Oeko-Tex-certified manufacturers may ease your mind about your carbon footprint. 

How Do Bamboo Sheets Feel To The Touch?

Bamboo sheets are usually soft and smooth, offering a luxurious experience that you’d only expect from the finest quality cotton. Of course, the softness also depends on the weave. 

The three types of weaves you need to know about are percale, sateen, and twill. All three types of weaves are used in bamboo and cotton sheet production. 

Percale-weave bamboo is lightweight, crisp, and has a matte finish. The weaving pattern is one thread over, one under. Percale sheets tend to wrinkle, but they are highly breathable. If you’re a hot sleeper, you’ll want to find a percale-woven bamboo sheet for better temperature regulation. 

Sateen weave bamboo sheets are silky and lustrous. The weaving pattern is denser, with one thread under and three or four over. It’s wrinkle-resistant and drapes well over the bed. If you’re a hot sleeper, though, you may find sateen sheets can be warmer than percale. 

Twill weave (like denim) is tough but not the softest. The pattern involves diagonal ribs, like denim. 

How do bamboo sheets compare with Egyptian cotton sheets? Egyptian cotton is the finest quality cotton, and also the most durable. The yarn is thin and tough, allowing textile manufacturers to make sheets that are soft, lightweight, breathable, and durable. However, when you compare with bamboo, you’ll find Egyptian cotton sheets (even with the highest thread count) may feel crisper. If you prefer a soft, silky feel under your body when you’re sleeping, then bamboo sheets are for you. 

For the most softness, pick bamboo sheets with a minimum of 200 thread count. These compare with Egyptian cotton sheets of thread count 400. 

How Much Care Do Bamboo Sheets Need? 

Both cotton and bamboo sheets need to be cared for in order to last long. Always follow the care instructions that come with your sheet. 

Having said that, both bamboo sheets and cotton sheets are made with long, thin fibers that resist tearing and piling. They tend to be quite durable. 

One major difference between the two is bamboo doesn’t discolor like cotton. It doesn’t absorb oil and sweat from the body during sleep. Cotton tends to develop grey and yellow stains that deep cleaning could remove to some extent. But bamboo sheets don’t tend to take on these gross discolorations, which technically makes them more durable. 

What About Health Benefits? 

Bamboo sheets, unlike cotton, are naturally hypoallergenic. If you have sensitive skin or allergies, you’ll enjoy the moisture-wicking, hypoallergenic qualities of bamboo bedding. This moisture-wicking quality prevents bacteria from growing in the bedding and prevents odor. It keeps dust mites, bugs, and other pathogens away from you as you sleep. Cotton sheets aren’t known to have any hypoallergenic properties. 

What About Price? 

Bamboo sheets and Egyptian cotton may have a wide range of prices. Bamboo sheets tend to be more expensive than regular cotton sheets. However, if you’re on a budget, you can always go for 100% bamboo sheets with a lower thread count (a higher thread count is more expensive.) The truth of the matter is, a higher thread count won’t matter so much with bamboo bedding as the softness and quality of the sheets. 

The Bottomline

The choice between bamboo sheets and cotton is really a personal one. But with so many factors going for it, bamboo sheets in Australia are becoming fast popular. 

We recommend bamboo sheets if you: 

  • are concerned about the environment and how many chemicals you bring into your life 
  • have sensitive skin 
  • want your sheets to look good as new for longer 

Both bamboo sheets and Egyptian cotton sheets are super soft. But with many other factors in their favor, bamboo sheets may be a clear winner.