Why Bamboo Sheets Are Better

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Recently we talked about that bamboo drawer organizer, and I alluded to the fact that I had more to say on the matter of bamboo as a material.

If I told you a set of sheets had changed my life, chances are you wouldn’t believe me. And if I followed that up with a “No, really, they have,” you probably still wouldn’t. But lets just, for the sake of things you know, elaborate.

I am a hot sleeper. I always have been. Hot as in extremely sexy, and also as in if anyone actually took the time to wake me up in the middle of the night to shove a thermometer under my tongue, they would find I was sporting an alarmingly high fever.

This has presented a number of dilemmas over the years, the most notable being that individuals who reside under the same roof as you don’t appreciate when you have the windows wide open in the dead of winter on a below freezing night. And even then, you’re still the hottest you’ve ever been (besides the night before).

I’ve tried altering blankets, thinking that opting for a lightweight coverlet over a down quilt would certainly remedy the situation. Fever. I desperately blast the AC in the summer, turn off any and all traces of heat in the winter. Blistering fever. I blast the AC, sleep under a paper thin blanket, and point a fan on its highest power setting pointed directly at my sleeping body and still a fire red hot fever, and a sore throat upon waking (do fans have the same effect on anyone else? Must have something to do with the dryness of the air).

A number of months ago I did a little Google-ing a la the “cures for dangerously hot sleepers” query. Upon doing so, I found the bamboo. Review after review claimed that bamboo sheets were the best thing since self-tanners: touted as being softer than Egyptian cotton, far, far more breathable, with anti-microbial properties, and, most importantly, able to regulate body temperature by way of moisture wicking, which vastly reduces the humidity in between the sheets that causes one to become extremely hot or cold. Sold.

And then on some holiday some lovely kind-hearted person gifted me my very own set of bamboo sheets.

Here is how the past six months have gone:

Bamboo sheets every night.

They get washed, then immediately put back on the bed.

The other linens I own have all but ceased to be utilized. Ever since bamboo acquisition, they’ve been sitting neglected in the closet all forlorn and heat-trapping. Having discovered the glory of bamboo sheets I just can’t go back. These are magical fibers I tell you.

On the few occasions I have had to revert to the cotton sheets (because the bamboo weren’t dry in time for bed) I have had markedly uncomfortable sleep. Each time. In comparison to the bamboo sheets, they seem to literally conduct heat.

For anyone reading who gets overheated at night or excessively chilled, who routinely sweats the bed, who prefers soft fabrics to sucky ones, you must buy yourself a set of set (a few options for solid colors: bamboo sheets by Egyptian Bedding, Bamboo 300 Thread Count Sheet by Kassatex Fine Linens, BambooWeave Sheets by VivaTerra, and for a bit of pattern: Casablanca Bamboo Bedding, and for wee babes: Cloud Bamboo Crib Sheet)

The moral of this story is that 1. I can’t vouch for these zealously enough, and 2. It appears it’s really time to for me to buy another set or two.

Kaboom.

Image credits: 1. unknown, La Tavola Linen, 2. Oly Studio via MASHDecorology

 

35 thoughts on “Why Bamboo Sheets Are Better

  1. Catherine

    Oh my gosh! Thank you for this! I turn into a space heater at night, and I had no idea there was anything I could do to improve the situation. Bamboo sheets are definitely going on my wish list. Hooray!

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  2. Ann Claire

    You have spoken truth my friend. I have recently learned about these sheets from a friend. When I spied them on sale I bought them. I will NEVER buy anything the else again! I feel like Linus waiting for the dryer to stop! Are there more bedding products done in this fabric? Thank you for your post.

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    1. Annie Post author

      So happy to hear you’re also a bamboo convert! Not sure about other bedding options. If you locate any, please let me know!

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  3. Carolyn Emole

    Which brand are your sheets? I’ve been searching and can’t find any locally, so I’m relying on peoples opinions online. Thanks!

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  4. Gerri

    We have bamboo sheets for about 2years now I love them! The only thing is they get brown easily we have white ones and washed them they still have a dingy dirty color like it’s now stained how do you wash them? I’m thinking of getting darker colors

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    1. Yvonne

      I recently bought bamboo sheets when I bought a new bed. I love the feel and can’t imagine ever using a different sheet. I also have concerns about the dingy look. The package says wash in cold water. Sometimes manufacturers prefer to err on the safe side so I’m wondering if I should try a warm-water wash. But they were expensive so I’m still hesitating.

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      1. Annie Post author

        Yes! So glad to hear you’ve discovered bamboo! I washed mine in warm water and had no issues.

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      2. Rebecca Johnson

        Hi,
        I’ve grown up in the laundry and dry cleaning world… continue to hesitate on the warm water. Though the sheets might be o.k. for a bit with warm water… save using warm or hot water for issues concerning bugs or sanitation. Warm water can and will break down the bamboo fibers… which, over time, can & will cause pill, rips and even a rougher feel. A little Oxy can help prevent dinginess. Also, if your sheets have even a small amount of cotton in the fiber blend (even as small as 30%) this can also help… because cotton generally releases dirt a bit easier than other fibers. In other words… a Bamboo Rayon/Cotton blend will usually come out looking cleaner than if the product is simply Bamboo Rayon. This doesn’t mean… do not get 100% Bamboo Rayon, but maybe if the product is 100% Bamboo Rayon.. purchase darker colors and get a Bamboo Rayon/Cotton blend if buying whites or other lighter colors. I hope that this helps.

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  5. Danielle

    We sell all kinds of luxury bedding in our store, and let me tell you, bamboo sheets are definitely the most popular! It takes a while to convince people to buy them, but once they do, they are converts and never want to go back to cotton! Everyone who works here all buy bamboo sheets over some of the more expensive options! So we are not surprised you love them! The brand we carry is by Home Source and they are amazing! Definitely recommend trying them out! (plus they have some really fun colors!) http://www.scandiadownmn.com

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  6. leah mckenzie

    I bought bamboo sheets on ebay and at a great price, pretty colors and even for twin. I just bought 3 sets for my brothers family for Christmas! cant wait until they try them.

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  7. Ginny

    I have been using bamboo sheets for about two years and have hardly ever used my cotton ones since. Mine are ivory and still look pretty good. I ordered a new set today, a bit darker, a deep beige. Does anyone know of a good place to get standard pillowcases sold in pairs without the sheets?

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  9. Amanda Tuck

    I just want to say that washing and drying on warm or hot can cause natural fibers like bamboo or cotton to eventually break down even if you haven’t previously had problems in the past. I know a lot of people believe that higher tempatures need to be used to kill bacteria and so they use it even when cold wash and drying is recommended but over time higher temps can cause micro damage to the ends of even very long fibers that can eventually cause roughness, pilling, holes and the like. Unfortunately there’s really no guaranteed way to know which sheets will hold up the best to warmer temps because people often have vastly different experiences even with the same brand. Also, from what I understand using natural or organic detergents is strongly recommended with bamboo linens to keep the quality of the material. I’m a bit of a textile nerd and have until recently resisted bamboo but I’m coming to prefer it to cotton as I’m a hot sleeper with skin that seems overly sensitive to texture.

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  10. Darlene Holcomb

    I am getting the feeling that you would need to wash the bamboo sheets every day? How often do you have to wash them?

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  11. Nicole

    Thank you for this article. I’m a cold sleeper who becomes a hot sleeper over the course of the night. It’s a matter of temperature regulation. We need breathe-able sheets because we already have enough troubles without sleeping in the equivalent of a nylon bag. I was debating whether to get bamboo sheets, and now I’m convinced. I think the fact that it’s a bit antimicrobial also helps since your body reacts to pathogens by heating up.

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  12. Skylar

    Thanks the for article! I have a quick question: Do you or anyone here know if there’s a difference between bamboo sheets from Cozy Earth versus Cariloha? There’s a big difference in price and I’m seriously debating making the plunge.

    Thanks!
    Skylar

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  13. Skylar

    Thanks the for article! I have a quick question: Do you or anyone here know if there’s a difference between bamboo sheets from Cozy Earth versus Cariloha? There’s a big difference in price and I’m seriously debating making the plunge.

    Thanks!
    Skylar

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  14. Robin

    I just purchased a set of bamboo sheets from PureCare.com and they are the most amazing sheets I have ever slept on! A bonus is the pillow cases have extra material on the inside to keep your pillow from falling out, (they call it enveloping pillow case) really cool feature.

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  15. Rachyl

    Hey Annie! I really enjoyed your post. I have a rare genetic condition that (among many other things) causes my body to be unable to regulate its temperature…so I get “inappropriately” hot or cold. I found your post while looking for options to the standard high thread count cotton sheets, wondering if there were any sheets that “wicked” rather than held moisture similar to what we find in modern outdoor clothing. I was extremely intrigued by your post! And encouraged that maybe something exists that will help. However, my husband and I actually tried bamboo sheets probably 8 or 10 years ago…initially we LOVED them. They were so much softer than cotton. However, they pilled SO BADLY that they were unusable in one washing! Now, I seem to remember that these were a bamboo knit jersey rather than woven but we had to return them because they were so awfully pilled and that ruined the softness. Do you use knit or woven bamboo sheets? Do they pill badly? I’d love, love, LOVE to be able to switch but I’ve been gun-shy ever since being concerned that they won’t last like before. Have you ever experienced this or do your sheets last pretty well? Thanks in advance!!

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  16. Lisa

    Do the sheets need to be 100% bamboo? I’m finding other materials included and I want to be sure I get the right sheets

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