Microfiber vs Bamboo Viscose Sheets

By Kelsi Hicken | Feb 18, 2021

Microfiber vs Bamboo Viscose Sheets

By Kelsi Hicken | Feb 18, 2021

Your bed sheets are crucial to a good night’s sleep, and on average they're typically replaced every 2-3 years. If you’re looking to replace your bedding there are lots of factors to consider to find the best material to meet your expectations. 

Once you start researching options, you will inevitably come across microfiber and bamboo viscose as two promising choices, and there are lots of reasons that these two are front runners since they're both incredibly soft. In reality, you can’t go wrong - but below we have compiled a list of the key differences:

Woman in Cozy Earth loungewear laying on bed



Microfiber threads are TINY; they’re smaller in diameter than a human hair and 1/10th the size of a strand of silk. This is what makes the fabric so soft, but it also increases the likelihood of wear and tear on the products. Viscose from bamboo coming from a high-quality company is guaranteed not to pill and uses better yarns and weaving techniques than microfiber. This means your viscose from bamboo sheets will be super soft, but still maintain that “new sheets” feeling even after extended use. Viscose from bamboo is also much less prone to shrinking if washed and cared for properly.

Product Care

Both fabrics are machine washable, and for the most part, easy to care for. Viscose from bamboo needs to tumble dry on a low setting or air-dry for best results. Microfiber can also go through the dryer, however it is prone to static electricity and wears out quicker by washing. Both fabrics are stain resistant and easy to wash if you follow the recommended care instructions.

Environmental Impact 

Bamboo viscose is a fast-growing plant that can flourish in unhospitable locations with no pesticides or fungicides to assist its growth. Although bamboo does undergo a process to create viscose from bamboo, it is most likely less detrimental to the environment than its synthetic competitor - microfiber. Microfiber is typically a blend of polyester and nylon, and typically is exposed to many harmful additives throughout the manufacturing process.


Microfiber sheets will come at a much lower price point, so you can get a luxurious night’s sleep at a fraction of the cost. However, due to the decreased durability, microfiber sheets will quickly wear out and you will find yourself replacing them fairly regularly. Viscose from bamboo sheets are more of an investment, but the quality is guaranteed for much longer. At Cozy Earth we’re so confident that the product will last that we offer a 10 year warranty on our viscose from bamboo sheet sets!

Happy couple talking in bed on Cozy Earth sheets

Be careful! There are lots of imitation "bamboo sheets" out there that leave out the important "viscose" part and even include microfiber in them. This is made worse since microfiber sheets are easier and less expensive to produce than viscose from bamboo. Make sure the product is labeled Bamboo Rayon or Viscose from bamboo to guarantee you are getting what you pay for. If you find a deal that seems too good to be true, it probably is.

When it comes down to it, both microfiber and bamboo viscose are great choices when it’s time to replace your sheets! If you decide viscose from bamboo is the best option for you, we hope you check out our viscose from bamboo bedding, you won't regret it!

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