The Best Bamboo Sheets – 2019 Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

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Quick Summary

Bamboo sheets are an excellent choice for a relaxing sleep experience on some of the best quality bedding you can buy. This ultra-soft sheet material is growing in popularity because of its unmatched durability, comfort, and because it’s made from highly renewable resources.

While bamboo sheets require additional care during laundering, this extra effort is offset by their potential to last up to two decades. Check out our detailed bamboo sheets review and best bamboo sheets buying guide to help you decide which sheets are best for you.

We’ll let you in on our top bamboo sheet picks by category, then guide you through how the sheets are made, the hallmarks of quality bamboo sheets, evaluating thread count, what factors to consider while shopping, and how to properly care for your sheets.

See the table below for our picks for best bamboo sheets for 2019, then check out the complete buying guide to make the best shopping decision for you and your family.

Best Bamboo Sheets of 2019

Editor’s Choice – Brooklyn Bedding Bamboo Twill Sheets

Best Value – Royal Hotel Silky Bamboo Sheet Set

Best Luxury – Luxor Linens Bali Bamboo Sheet Set

Best Organic – Ettitude Bamboo Lyocell Sheet Set

How We Decided

 

19 bamboo sheet sets considered –– 18 hours of research –– 4 sleep experts consulted

Bamboo Sheets Reviews – Tuck’s Top Choices

Brooklyn Bedding Bamboo Twill Sheets – Editor’s Choice

Brooklyn Bedding bamboo twill sheets

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Rayon made from 100% bamboo
  • 300 thread count
  • Choice of four colors
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • Fits up to 14” mattresses

We chose Brooklyn Bedding bamboo twill sheets because of the unmatched softness and subtle shine at a remarkably reasonable price given the top quality.

Brooklyn Bedding bamboo sheets are made with a twill weave. This weave is unique and produces a much stronger fabric that drapes nicely, and resists wrinkling better than other bamboo sheets. These sheets have more yarns on the vertical side of the weave for greater softness. These offer impressive breathability, are moisture-wicking, and naturally hypoallergenic. The company also offers a 120-night sleep trial so that you can try them at home to decide if they’re appealing to you.

Royal Hotel Silky Bamboo Sheet Set

HIGHLIGHTS
  • 100% bamboo viscose
  • 300 thread count
  • Choice of 12 colors
  • 90-day warranty
  • Fits mattresses up to 18”

We chose Royal Hotel’s Silky Bamboo sheets as our best value because they sell at an impressively low price point of less than $60 without sacrificing comfort or performance.

These bamboo sheets are a top choice for those that want a soft feel and moisture-wicking comfort. Royal Hotel makes these with ultra-soothing and plush bamboo viscose. It wicks away moisture 60% more effectively than cotton sheets for cool and comforting sleep. Plus, there’s a wide array of colors to fit any décor palette and a warranty that covers any defects in manufacturing. However, there’s no sleep trial, so be sure these are what you want before you buy but at this affordable price, you can’t go wrong.

Luxor Linens Bali Bamboo sheets

HIGHLIGHTS
  • 40% bamboo, 60% microfiber
  • 300 thread count
  • Choice of 12 colors
  • 90-day sleep trial
  • Fits up to 21” mattress

We chose Luxor Linens Bali Bamboo sheets as our top luxury pick because the hybrid fabric blends bamboo with microfiber for a rich softness that’s further enhanced by an aloe vera infusion in the fabric.

The microfiber and bamboo blend means the fabric is wrinkle-free and lower maintenance than other bamboo sheets. Plus, these are ultra-deep so they fit mattresses as thick as 21”. The full surround elastic keeps these comfy sheets perfectly in place. They are moisture-wicking, cooling, feature attractive stitching and also a full-envelope enclosure on the pillowcases. With a 90-day trial period, you can test out these luxury sheets first to see if they offer you a good night’s sleep and are worth the investment.

Ettitude Bamboo Lyocell Sheet Set

HIGHLIGHTS
  • 100% organic bamboo lyocell
  • 300 thread count
  • Choice of ten colors
  • 30-night sleep trial
  • Fits 17” deep mattress

We chose Ettitude Bamboo Lyocell sheets as our best organic bamboo selection because of their unmatched silky texture, thermoregulating benefits, and healthy OEKO-TEX rated manufacturing process.

The ten colors in their palette offer choices to fit every décor. The all-around elastic border on the fitted sheet keeps it snugly in place. For those with allergies, health concerns, or that sleep hot, these are high-performing sheets to help you find a better night’s sleep. Bamboo lyocell is made with low-chemical manufacturing. The fibers are mechanically processed, rather than chemically, so it’s healthier and less likely to aggravate allergies, asthma, etc. Plus, the feel of these sheets is remarkably soft and there’s a 30-night trial to see if they work for you on your mattress.

Bamboo Sheets Buying Guide

Bamboo is one of the hottest trends in bedding, and for good reason. It’s a soft, durable, and naturally healthy fabric when produced by quality manufacturers. This bamboo sheets buying guide will take you through what you need to know to make the best purchase decision. We’ll explain the benefits of bamboo sheets, how it goes from plant to fabric, thread count, weave, and other buying concerns.

We’ll explain care and maintenance of bamboo sheets, what décor considerations, and how to take advantage of sleep-night trials to make sure you get the best bedding for your buying dollar. Let’s get started.

Why Choose Bamboo

One of the reasons behind the popularity explosion in bamboo sheets over the last few years is that they’re sustainably sourced and therefore more eco-conscious. Plus, they’re comfortable. If you’ve ever wondered how the tropical wood-like plant made it from the jungle to the bedroom, we’ve got the answers you want.

We’ll dig into when bamboo became a top trending sheet material and why and explain how bamboo sheets are crafted. Not all bamboo is made equal so it’s important to understand how these sheets are made so you’ll know what to look for, signs of quality, and how to tell if they’re worth the investment.

From Bamboo to Bed Sheets

Bamboo is a top sustainable resource for fabric because it grows where other crops and plants will not and requires far less water than cotton and other materials. Bamboo is cut down to the root but immediately starts regrowing and comes back sturdier and more robust.

Bamboo can be processed either mechanically or chemically. When processed mechanically, the bamboo is crushed and enzymes are added to break it into pulp. the fibers are then combed out and spun into yarn that’s then used to make the fabric. Because it is so labor intensive and time-consuming, bamboo linen is a relatively rare product.

The other option is to process the bamboo chemically, producing fabrics called lyocell, rayon, or viscose. Chemicals are used to soften the harvested bamboo and then the softened cellulose fibers are crushed and processed to produce threads that are woven into fabric to make sheets, clothing, and other textiles.

You may hear bamboo fabric described as being made of either Bamboo Rayon or Bamboo Viscose, and it’s important to recognize the two contain subtle differences even though some sellers use the words interchangeably. Both are made from cellulose fiber from the bamboo plant (which is a grass, not a wood).

Rayon is silk-like because of the chemical process used to create it. To make bamboo rayon, the fibers are heavily processed and reconstructed. Rayon is very absorbent and easier to dye. Viscose is made from pulp that is soaked, shredded, aged, spun into thread, made into yarn, and finally woven into fabric.

Rise in Popularity

So why is bamboo trending as a bedding choice? Over the past several years, bamboo has become one of the top sheet fabrics of choice. Some of the best features of bamboo sheets include:

  • Renewable resource – Bamboo grows fast, requires little water, and doesn’t need harsh pesticides to keep it healthy.
  • Antimicrobial/antibacterial – Bamboo is 99.8% antibacterial so it kills germs, odors and more. It’s also naturally antimicrobial which helps reduce risk of bacteria and virus growth.
  • Hypoallergenic – Very few people have allergies to bamboo fabric, making it one of the least likely materials to trigger an unwelcome reaction.
  • Moisture-wicking – Bamboo wicks water away from the body at double the rate of cotton, keeping you much drier.
  • Extremely soft – Bamboo rayon is among the softest sheet fabrics on the market, drapes nicely, and sleeps comfortably.
  • Durability – Premium bamboo sheets made with very long fibers get softer and stronger over time and can last up to 20 years.

The Importance of Thread Count

Thread count is a significant factor in choosing sheets. Thread count is calculated by adding together the number of threads woven vertically and horizontally across one square inch of fabric.  

In a well-made sheet, the higher the thread count, the softer and stronger the sheet should be. Anything greater than a thread count of 400-600 should be regarded with suspicion. That count is high enough to be comfortable but not so high that it’s potentially a scam.

Many manufacturers use multi-ply yarn and count each strand in the thread which can inflate thread count by three to four times, misleading consumers. The best sheets are made from single ply yarns.

What to Consider When Buying Bamboo Sheets

When you’re ready to buy a set of bamboo sheets for healthy sleeping, there are several factors to consider to get your money’s worth and a good night’s sleep. We’ll explain what thread count is ideal, what weaves there are to choose from, how to clean and take care of your sheets, and what to consider when choosing the color of your new bamboo sheets.

Thread Count

For bamboo sheets, a thread count of 300 is a good number, if it’s an accurate count based on single-ply yarn. Higher thread counts can be good choices, but only if they’re well made and the number is not a marketing trick. A better-made sheet with a lower count is often softer than higher counts. That’s why reading reviews is critical so you know what to expect.

Weave

The weave is how the yarn strands are interlaced to create the fabric. There are three main weaves you’ll see in bamboo sheets – percale, sateen, and twill. Here’s a look at how each feels, performs and affects durability.

  • Percale – This weave is a simple one-over, one-under. Bamboo sheets woven this way will be of a lighter weight with a crisper feel and great fabric strength. These have a distinctive feel.
  • Sateen – This weave is three or four over and one under in both directions. Bamboo sheets woven this way are silkier and have a subtle sheen to them. They are thicker sheets.
  • Twill – This weave is over and under but in an offset pattern creating a diagonal rib pattern. Bamboo sheets woven this way are stronger and drape nicely. These are stronger sheets.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Bamboo sheets need special care and the first thing to do is read the manufacturer’s instructions. Some things to avoid with your sheets is letting peroxide or alpha hydroxy creams touch them. These chemicals can discolor the sheets. Bleach is also not recommended, even for white bamboo sheets.

Fabric softener and dryer sheets are not recommended nor needed since high-quality bamboo sheets are soft by nature. Chemicals can break down the bamboo fibers decreasing the lifespan of your sheets. Recommended washing is every one to two weeks in cold water, washed separately.

Mild liquid detergent (not powder) is preferable. High heat damages the fibers so if you can line dry your bamboo sheets, that is best. If that’s too much hassle, tumble dry on low but not until completely dry. Bamboo sheets may wrinkle so if you iron them, do it on a low setting.

Neutral Colors

If you buy good-quality bamboo sheets and take good care of them, they can last for 15-20 years. Because of this excellent longevity, you should think carefully when choosing your color. Dark, rich colors may fade even though the fabric stays in good condition, so you may want to avoid these.

You’ll probably change your duvet or comforter and other bedding accessories while your bamboo sheets last and last. We recommend you consider a neutral color that will complement evolving décor. If white sheets aren’t your thing, a neutral gray or taupe can fit with many palettes for years to come.

And don’t forget, that neutral colors and décor choices help create a calm sleep environment. You don’t want anything too visually striking because that can excite your brain rather than getting it into a restful state you need to fall asleep fast and sleep well.

Other Things to Consider

Some final matters to consider while buying bamboo sheets is whether you want to invest more in organic and understanding what the return, sleep trial, and warranty policies are before you buy so you know your options.

Organic Materials

Organic means that something is grown without harsh pesticides and chemicals in the cultivation process. Because bamboo is naturally antimicrobial and doesn’t require irrigation and needs little water to grow, most bamboo is grown under conditions that are considered organic. However, it’s more of a challenge to find certified organic bamboo sheets. If you want organic, you’ll need to do some extra legwork and be prepared to spend a bit more money.

Warranty & Return Policy

You should understand the difference between return, warranty, and sleep trial. A return is when the company lets you bring back something you don’t like. With sheets, some brands will only accept sheets that are unused, meaning they haven’t been slept on or laundered; for some, it can mean not removing the sheets from the packaging.

Other manufacturers offer a sleep trial where you can try the sheets at home to see if they will work for you and return them if they do not.

Warranties apply to defects in workmanship such as hems coming apart, seams tearing, pilling, excess shrinkage, etc. They do not cover regular wear and tear that occurs with use.

It’s important to understand what terms are offered before you purchase. It also depends on where you buy the sheets. For instance, if you buy through Amazon versus direct from a manufacturer, you may not get a sleep trial, warranty terms may be limited, and returns may be more of a challenge.

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