How To Know If You’re Getting Quality Bamboo Sheets

How To Know If You’re Getting Quality Bamboo Sheets

 

Maybe you’ve heard about bamboo bed sheets. And maybe you’ve also heard about all the benefits of bamboo sheets, i.e. they’re softer than cotton, thermal-regulating, moisture-wicking and naturally antimicrobial. Whether you knew this or not (now you do), you still may not know what exactly you should look for when buying your first set of bamboo sheets.

 

Lots of companies sell bamboo bedding. You can find them at most bedding retailers, in stores and online. But not all of these brands sell quality bamboo sheets. Here’s what you can do while shopping for bamboo sheets to ensure you get the best night’s sleep you’ve been promised,

 

Check the label.

All bamboo sheets come from bamboo plants. But, they’re not all equally made. The different manufacturing processes yield different materials and weave; some superior to others.

 

Material

Today’s market offers four different bamboo fabric types:

 

100% Bamboo Viscose

Viscose from bamboo provides numerous benefits, to its users and the environment. Besides being ultra soft, yet still very durable, viscose from bamboo bed sheets also offer silky sleep environments and comfortable sleep environment temperatures (think warm during the winter and cool during the summer). Most are even resistant to most stains and dust mites. Just double check that the manufacturer followed stringent effluent treatment protocols if that matters to you.

 

100% Bamboo Lyocell

Another popular bamboo material type, bamboo lyocell is not only highly sustainable, but it’s also a strong material and no harmful chemicals are used during the manufacturing process. And it is soft, but some think bamboo lyocell isn’t quite as soft as sheets made of 100% bamboo viscose.

 

Bamboo Linen

While a very sustainable choice, this material type isn’t as soft as the previously mentioned bamboo materials and tends to wrinkle more easily, meaning you’d potentially have to iron it after washing (no thank you).

Bamboo/Cotton Blend

When bamboo is blended with cotton (usually 60/40 or 70/30), you get blended benefits of both materials. You also get a little stronger fabric. But, this blended material is also not as soft as sheets purely made from bamboo. The cotton production also involves more chemicals that can cause skin sensitivities.

 

Weave

Bamboo bed sheets can also be differentiated by their weave, which affects how the bamboo fabric feels and looks. The two common weave types are twill and sateen.

 

Bamboo Twill

Twill is a standard weave pattern that’s tight, short and fine. It’s sturdier than bamboo sateen but not as soft, although it’s still softer than a bamboo/cotton blend or plain cotton sheets.

Bamboo Sateen

Sateen’s weave follows a one-yard under and three yarns over weave pattern. It provides more of a shiny finish, higher thread count and silky, smooth feel. But sateen is also a little more delicate and often more expensive because it takes longer to weave.

 

So before buying, read the label to make sure you get the material and weave you want.

 

Read online reviews.

Labels tell you a lot about bamboo sheets. Salespeople and a company’s website can as well. But if you want the whole truth about a set of bamboo bed sheets—how they really feel and hold up—look up and read Cariloha bamboo sheets reviews and other brands you’re looking into. But also, take some reviews with a grain of salt. Some online reviewers, like many critics, simply like to find whatever negatives they can and others might not have followed the sheets care instructions, which could have affected how their sheets functioned after washing them.

Look up the warranty.

If the retailer offers a good warranty, it’s a safe bet that those bamboo bed sheets are high quality. If the retailer doesn’t offer a satisfaction guarantee or warranty, then they probably aren’t confident in the quality of that product—and you shouldn’t be either.

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