Viscose from Bamboo vs Cotton Sheets

By Samantha Gleave | Mar 26, 2021

Viscose from Bamboo vs Cotton Sheets

By Samantha Gleave | Mar 26, 2021

The search for the right sheets can be daunting. Personally, when I’m in the market for a new product (especially an expensive one), I like to do a lot of research before making a decision. The amount of fabrics sheets come in is slightly dizzying. The most popular of which are bamboo and cotton. This post will highlight the similarities and differences between bamboo and cotton sheets and should help answer any questions you may have when deciding between the two. 
Bed made with Cozy Earth bamboo bed sheets and comforter

Cotton is by far the most common fabric for sheets. It’s cheap and easier to manufacture than any other fabric. Because cotton is cheaper, the thread count is usually lower which makes them more likely to pill. However, there are luxury cotton options with higher thread counts that are less prone to pilling but carry a corresponding price tag that is generally higher. Cotton is usually rougher at first but gets softer with washing. This is why people tend to prefer older cotton sheets to new ones. Viscose from bamboo on the other hand is extremely soft from the get go and also gets softer with each wash much like cotton. 

Cotton tends to retain more heat than bamboo so if you run cold in the night, cotton might be the right choice for you. However, if you’re the kind of person who falls victim to night sweats, steer clear of cotton and opt for viscose from bamboo instead. Viscose from bamboo is temperature regulating which makes it ideal for any kind of sleeper but especially for those who sleep hot. 

Another big difference between cotton and viscose from bamboo is that cotton absorbs moisture while viscose from bamboo wicks moisture. Confused? Here’s how it works, wicking fabrics are lighter than moisture absorbent fabrics which just feel better to most people than cotton. Lighter fabrics tend to help you to stay more comfortable all through the night. Moisture absorbing fabrics (cotton) on the other hand, are slightly thicker and are designed to absorb more sweat. This makes cotton more prone to bacterial growth and needs to be washed more often. 

Mom and daughter under Cozy Earth bamboo bedding

Both cotton and viscose from bamboo are natural materials. However, the way viscose from bamboo and cotton sheets are made is very different. Something important to know is that cotton and viscose from bamboo, is they're both not 100% organic. Cotton for example is grown with the use of a lot of pesticides and herbicides, most of which are quite dangerous for our health. Manufacturing cotton sheets is also not as environmentally friendly due to all of the pesticides needed to grow cotton.  Bamboo plant farming seem better than cotton farming because of the absence of pesticides and special irrigation of fresh water. However, viscose from bamboo as a textile is not considered environmentally friendly.

The bamboo tree on the other hand is one of the fastest growing trees on the planet.  

With regards to price, viscose from bamboo sheets are generally more expensive than your average cotton sheet but many would argue that the price is worth it because viscose from bamboo is so much softer than cotton.

Husband and wife reading the newspaper in bed

There is a lot of information out there which can seem overwhelming. Hopefully this post helped ease the confusion a little bit. If you still aren’t sure about which to choose, allow our 100 night sleep trial to help you. Order a set of our viscose from bamboo sheets and sleep on them yourself to feel the difference. We promise you won’t regret it! Still not satisfied/in love? Return them for free before 100 nights to get all of your money back.

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