Why You Should Avoid Bamboo Sheets

Bedding material is a personal choice and also an important one. After all, the average person spends seven to eight hours a night in bed, and the sheets they select can impact an array of elements from softness to coolness, breathability, general appearance, and ability to sleep. While Egyptian cotton has long been regarded as the king of comfort, savvy sheet shoppers know that the options are extensive these days. In particular, alternative fabrics like bamboo and eucalyptus have gained popularity in recent years. But are these sheet substitutes really as good as they claim? At Latest Bedding, we’re passionate about providing shoppers with the highest-quality designer bedding without the brand-name price tags found at other retailers. Keep reading to learn more about bedding type and discover why you should avoid bamboo sheets if you want to get the best rest.

The Truth About Bamboo

If you’ve shopped for sheets in the last year or two, then you’re probably aware that bamboo bedding is having something of a moment. Made from the bamboo plant, this product may seem all-natural at first glance. However, while bamboo viscose tends to feel great against the skin, this bedding alternative is produced using a solvent that causes air and water pollution. If you want to purchase sheets that are truly healthful for you and your environment, sticking to cotton or linen is the way to go.

What Is Bamboo Viscose?


Sheet shoppers may find themselves wondering what exactly bamboo viscose is. Made from the wood pulp of bamboo and eucalyptus, bamboo viscose describes the process by which these trees are turned into fabric. To achieve this, manufacturers use chemicals such as sodium hydroxide, carbon disulfide, and other materials that can cause issues for those with sensitive skin. Along with having a negative effect on the environment, this process involves large amounts of water. For this reason, bamboo is less eco friendly than sellers tend to claim.


It’s worth noting that bamboo sheets also have a low thermal stability. In other words, they can melt or suffer damage if exposed to high temperatures. If you opt for bamboo bedding, you might want to avoid drying or ironing pieces too frequently. Additionally, it’s a good idea to keep bamboo sheets out of the sun, as the UV rays can decrease their longevity.

Health Benefits of Cotton


On the contrary, cotton bedding is known for its health benefits. Whether you opt for 100 percent pure Egyptian cotton or a less expensive American cotton percale, cotton sheets get points for being all-natural and hypoallergenic. To that end, they’re a great choice for sleepers with skin sensitivities. If you’re prone to hives or heat rashes, opting for cotton sheets can keep your skin healthy and smooth.


Additionally, cotton sheets win converts due to their breathability. In particular, cotton percale is a great choice, as the one over, one under weave pattern allows plenty of air to circulate. So you don’t have to worry about waking up in a pool of sweat. Regardless of the temperature outside, cotton sleepers will stay cool and dry throughout the night.

The Best Sheets for Sleep


A recent article by New York Times’ Wirecutter review site reveals that breathable cotton sheets are the best choice for both health and comfort. Along with lasting longer than other bedding types, cotton sheets are known for resisting pills and tears. Moreover, they’re made free from harmful substances and chemicals. Whether you opt for silky sateen or crisp percale, there’s a cotton sheet option out there to meet your needs. Below are two of the most popular cotton sheet sets currently available in our online shop:


Ultra Percale Sheet Set | Hotel Collection | 100% Certified Giza Egyptian Cotton

Searching for a sheet option widely regarded as the best of the best? Pure Parima’s Giza Egyptian cotton sheets are a natural choice. Featuring 350 thread count certified cotton picked in the Nile River Valley, the Ultra Percale Sheet Set boasts a crisp, cool weave and a beautiful matte finish. The end result is that you stay cool and cozy no matter how high the temperature outside rises. The set, which is available in sizes twin through king and split king, comes in on-trend hues White, Carbon, Bone, and Slate and is OEKO-TEX certified. It’s a simple yet sophisticated collection that looks as incredible in the master bedroom as it does a teenager’s room or guest room.


Royal Fit Silver 500 Thread Count 4-Piece Sheet Set By J Queen

Prefer a bedding set with a silky hand feel? It’s hard to beat the Royal Fit Silver 500 Thread Count Sheet Set by J Queen. At once soft and healthful, the collection comes with a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and two coordinating pillowcases crafted from 500 thread count 100 percent cotton. Thanks to the unique sheet construction, this bedding option easily stretches to fit both deep and low profile mattresses. As a bonus, the Royal Fit is known for staying in position no matter how much you toss and turn. This stylish collection comes in a beautiful shade of silver that goes well with an array of comforters and bedrooms. Pair it with one of J Queen’s many luxury comforter sets for an unforgettable look.

Discover the Benefits of Great Sleep


Latest Bedding was founded with a simple belief – that all shoppers deserve to sleep on luxury sheets without having to break the bank. A division of Zako LLC, we pride ourselves on supplying a broad selection of bedding products, including Egyptian cotton sheets, luxury comforter sets, pillow shams, window treatments, and more. Additionally, we stock many of your favorite bedding brands, from Bebejan to J Queen, Croscill to Waterford. Regardless of your tastes and budget, we’re confident there’s a bedding selection in our online shop perfect for your needs. Shop our collection today and start getting better sleep.