Bamboo-based sheets are an eco-friendly bedding essential that bring a variety of natural perks to the world of sleep. They’re sustainably sourced, hypoallergenic, breathable, extremely durable… The list of reasons to snooze on bamboo goes on and on. But with so many bamboo-based bedsheets on the market, how are you to know which sheet set is the perfect fit for you?
Well, as with any sleep accessory, it’s important to take some time to consider every last detail before you make your purchase. For example, some sheets are crafted to be light and airy while others are made to be warm and cozy. So keep reading and I’ll show you my personal favorite bamboo-based bedsheets, and fill you in my own tips and tricks for picking the perfect bedding!
Best Bamboo Sheets
- Editor’s Pick – Linenwalas Bamboo
- Best Color Options – Cosy House Collection Premium Bamboo
- Best Value – Zen Bamboo Luxury 1500 Series
Linenwalas Bamboo Sheet Set
These super soft sheets are naturally hypoallergenic, organic, and made from 100% bamboo rayon. Additionally, they feature a sateen weave which gives the fabric a silky feel and lustrous sheen.
- Bamboo-based bedding is already ultra smooth in feel, but these sheets feature a sateen weave and a 300 thread count which makes them especially silky and lustrous.
- Each set comes with a top sheet, two pillowcases, and a fitted sheet with very deep pockets, capable of accommodating mattresses up to 16 inches tall.
- Something I prioritize in a set of sheets is easy wash care, and this bedding qualifies. Just wash on a cool, gentle cycle, tumble dry on low heat, and that’s it!
- Sateen sheets tend to be thicker and less breathable as compared to other weave styles, and some hot sleepers might find that this bedding is not quite cooling enough.
- These sheets are very silky and lustrous. Shoppers looking for a crisper, less shiny set of sheets might want to look elsewhere.
The Linenwala bamboo sheetes are super soft sheets are naturally hypoallergenic, organic, and made from 100% bamboo rayon.
Best Color Options
Cosy House Collection Premium Bamboo Sheet Set
This sheet set is made from a blend of bamboo and polyester, both of which are naturally moisture-wicking materials. Not to mention, this bedding comes in sixteen different color options, ideal for sleepers looking to get creative with bedroom decor.
- This bedding is hypoallergenic which means it can serve to keep dust mites, mildew, and other allergens at bay.
- Sleepers who are tired of plain white bedding might like to know that this sheet set comes in sixteen different colors, most of which are bright and vibrant.
- The fitted sheet in this set has super deep pockets capable of accommodating mattresses up to 16 inches high.
- Because these sheets are made from a blend of materials, they are less lustrous and silky than bedding made from 100% bamboo fiber.
- This bedding is light, breathable, and cooling. Sleepers looking for a sheet set to keep them warm might want to keep searching.
The Cosy House sheets are made from a blend of bamboo and polyester, both of which are naturally moisture-wicking materials.
Zen Bamboo Luxury 1500 Series Sheet Set
This sheet set is made from a cozy blend of bamboo and brushed microfiber, a combination that feels soft and cozy to the touch. Additionally, it’s priced well below $50 which makes it a great value for bamboo-based bedding.
- These sheets blend the hypoallergenic and durable properties of bamboo with the soft and cozy feel of brushed microfiber.
- Bamboo-based bedding tends to come at a higher price point as compared to other fabrics, but this set is competitively priced at around $33 for a Queen size set. Sleepers on a budget might be most compatible with these sheets!
- These sheets are machine washable and dryable which makes caring for them nice and easy.
- This bedding is not purely made from bamboo fiber, which means it’s less silky and lustrous than sheets woven from 100% bamboo.
- As a hot sleeper, I found these sheets to be a bit too warming, and not quite breathable enough.
The Zen Bamboo Luxury 1500 Series Sheet Set is made from a cozy blend of bamboo and brushed microfiber, a combination that feels soft and cozy to the touch.
How To Shop For Bamboo Sheets
Okay shoppers, now that we’ve taken a look at my top three favorite bamboo-based sheet sets, let’s dive deeper into what to look for when shopping for bamboo sheets.
Pure VS Blend
First thing’s first — take some time to decide if you’re looking for bedding made purely from bamboo cellulose, or if you prefer a blend of bamboo and another material.
Bedding made from 100% bamboo has certain characteristics that are unique to pure bamboo-based sheets. For example, bamboo bedding that hasn’t been blended with any other material is more likely to be silky in feel, lustrous in appearance, highly durable, and sustainably sourced. Let’s take a closer look at the natural perks of pure bamboo bedding:
- Cool & Breathable – Bamboo fibers produce a light and breathable fabric that’s ideal for keeping sleepers cool. If you have trouble snoozing through the night because you’re prone to heating up, bamboo bedding might be just the thing!
- Hypoallergenic – Pure bamboo-based bedding is sustainably sourced, derived from natural materials, and hypoallergenic. Those with allergies or sensitive skin might be particularly compatible with sheets derived from bamboo.
- Silky & Durable – Bamboo fibers are known for being extremely durable, which is why bamboo-based bedding has a reputation for lasting sleepers a good long while. If you’re looking for the bedsheets that’ll give you the best bang for your buck, bamboo is a good way to go.
- Moisture-Wicking – Bamboo fibers are much more absorbent as compared to cotton fibers, which makes bamboo-based bedding ideal for sleepers who run hot. If you’re prone to night sweats, bamboo bedsheets can serve to wick that moisture away while you sleep.
It’s important to note that when bamboo-based fabric is mixed with another material (like cotton or polyester, for example), the benefits listed above can become diluted. For these reasons, pure bamboo bedding is typically quite a bit more expensive than sheets that blend bamboo with another textile.
That said, some sleepers may find that they prefer the feel of blended fabrics. For example, bedding made solely from bamboo typically has a silky quality that might not be compatible with those looking for a crisper, more cotton-like feel. If you don’t like a silky feel (but still want to enjoy the perks of bamboo) aim for a sheet set that’s blended with cotton, microfiber, or polyester.
Thread count is a term used to measure the individual yarns per square inch of fabric, and 250-300 is considered a great benchmark for bamboo-based bedding.
However, thread count can be a little misleading, as many bedding brands use multi-ply yarns in order to boast a higher thread count. This is why it’s best to look specifically for bedding woven from single-ply yarn. Bedding woven from single-ply yarn is typically softer and more durable, as the threads don’t need to be spliced together as much as bedding made from multi-ply yarn.
When you’re shopping for bamboo-based bedding, be sure to scroll through the “materials description” in order to determine the thread count and whether the yarn is single or multi-ply. But here’s a pro-tip: Any sheet set that advertises a thread count of 1,000 or higher should raise a red flag, and is likely woven from less durable multi-ply yarn.
When you’re on the hunt for bedding of any kind, you’ll find that there are three primary weave styles from which to choose: percale, sateen, and twill. Let’s take a look at each one, side by side.
- Percale – This weave style is known for producing a lightweight, breathable fabric that feels soft and crisp. For context, many sleepers compare the feel of percale woven fabric to a freshly ironed dress shirt. Of all the weave styles, percale is one of the coolest!
- Sateen – This weave style produces a thicker sheet that lies heavier on the body, ideal for folks looking to keep warm. Additionally, sateen bedding is beloved for its lustrous sheen and elegant draping.
- Twill – A twill weave is known for its superior durability and distinct diagonal ribbing (this weave style is commonly found in denim jeans). Bamboo-bedding woven in this style will be exceptionally durable, but not as breathable as percale.
If you’re having a hard time deciding between these weave styles, rest assured that the weave pattern does not affect the properties of bamboo itself. Instead, it determines how the finished fabric will look and feel on the skin. To better guide you in the right direction, I suggest hot sleepers aim for percale, those who prefer a silky feel shoot for sateen, and people who prioritize durability go with twill!
Wash care for bamboo-based bedding can be a little tricky, which is why the sheet sets I’ve listed in this guide are all easily machine washable and dryable. In fact, to save you some time, I’ve listed the wash care for each set listed in this roundup below:
- Wash on a cold, gentle cycle with mild detergent (no bleach)
- Tumble dry on low heat, or line dry when possible
- Remove from dryer as soon as possible to keep wrinkles at bay
Pretty simple, right? Well, there are a few other things to consider when washing your bamboo bedding in order to keep is as pristine as possible. Firstly, bamboo-based bedding is naturally very soft, so I wouldn’t bother with fabric softeners. Sometimes chemicals in fabric softeners can damage the bamboo fibers and make the bedding less durable.
Secondly, heat from a dryer can be kind of harsh on bamboo-based bedding. So, if you have the means (and the time), line-drying can increase the lifespan of your sheets and keep them looking brand new.
Pricing & Warranty
As I mentioned, bamboo bedding that hasn’t been blended with any other material tends to come at a higher price point. That said, price does range quite a bit within the world of bamboo bed sheets, and a lot comes down to your personal budget. Regardless of your budget, though, I suggest taking careful note of a brand’s return policy, trial period, and/or warranty.
A generous return policy and warranty inspires confidence in the consumer, and lets you know that the company proudly stands by its product. Additionally, a warranty covers any material defects (if it arrives damaged, you’ll be refunded or have your purchase replaced at no cost to you).
That said, something that I look for in a set of sheets is a trial period. A trial period is different from a return policy in that it offers the chance to “try before you buy.” Sometimes, bedding brands will not even charge you until your trial period is up (which basically means you get to test a product for free).
Most often though, a trial period means that you have a certain amount of time to try a product and see how you like it. If, within that time frame, you decide it’s not the best fit for you, just send it back to the company for a full refund.
Before you begin your hunt for the perfect bamboo-based sheets, allow me to leave with you a few helpful tips:
- It’s a common misconception that all bamboo-based is certified organic… but that’s not the case. If you want to make sure your bedding is organic, look for the “GOTS Organic” stamp. This label is always clearly indicated on a brand’s website/the product itself, and indicates that it’s been certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard.
- If you sleep on a mattress with a depth of 12 inches or higher, make sure you get a fitted sheet with pockets deep enough to accommodate that. To be on the safe side, I like to go with fitted sheets with pockets that are 14” or deeper.
- I can’t overstress the importance of a trial period! Being able to try a product before financially committing is a great way to decide whether or not a sheet set is really worth the dough.
Well, we’ve reached the end of my guide and you’re that much closer to finding the bamboo-based bedding of your dreams. Remember: a great set of sheets is an investment in your sleep health, so take your time in picking the right one! Happy shopping, everybody.