You might be asking, so if the material isn't bamboo then what is it? Most fake bamboo sheets are actually made out of polyester/microfiber. Microfiber costs a fraction of the cost of bamboo sheets. For example, if a bamboo sheet costs $30 to produce, a microfiber sheet costs between $3 to $6 to manufacture.
Imitation bamboo sheets are sold just about any place where bamboo sheets are sold. There are fake bamboo sheets on eBay, Amazon, and even retails stores. They can also be sold in malls in packaging that makes it look like it is bamboo.
Additionally, it takes about 3 months to make a batch of bamboo sheets as it requires a lot of work to organically harvest bamboo in an eco-friendly manner. Microfiber and polyester sheets on the other hand only take about a month as it requires no organic material to produce.
Fake Bamboo Sheets Labeled As "Microfibers" on Care Tag
Below is an example of a fake bamboo sheet set that is easy to spot. Even though the Amazon listing and packaging states that it is Bamboo, there is actually no bamboo fibers in it at all. The tag on this product states that it is "100% Microfibers". To identify these fake bamboo sheets just look at the packaging and the care tag.
Bamboo sheets are required by the FTC to be labeled as Bamboo Rayon or Viscose from Bamboo.
Fake Bamboo Sheets That are Labeled Incorrectly
Now in the prior example, it is easy to spot that the sheets are not bamboo by looking at the label. But what if the label says bamboo? How do you tell if it is really bamboo.
Most fake bamboo sheets fall in this camp where the label is purposely labeled incorrectly.
Some of the top selling bamboo sheets on Amazon claims that their sheets have 40% bamboo fibers and 60% microfiber. But when we tested these sheets at SGS, we realized that the sheets contained less than 15% bamboo rayon fibers and others had no bamboo fibers at all.
We expect a variance of about 3-5% in composition but a 25%+ difference is purposefully deceptive.
How Do You Spot Fake Bamboo?
There is no easy way to tell if you have real bamboo sheets versus microfiber. If you own a set of microfiber, this is the easiest way to tell. Fake bamboo sheets usually use a very high quality version of microfiber so they will feel similar to standard microfiber sheets but with maybe a little more thickness.
High quality bamboo sheets will blow you away in how silky smooth and soft they are. They are also much cooler to the touch than microfiber. So if you have microfiber sheets in your home, you should be able to spot them out right away just by touching them both.
The bamboo sheets should feel cool, silky, and soft. Even though high quality microfiber is soft, it isn't as soft and silky as bamboo. The texture of bamboo sheets should have more of a smooth, silky sheen versus microfiber is often brushed and thus has more of a lackluster appearance to them.
Check the reviews - If you are buying your bamboo sheets off Amazon, first read the reviews. Sometimes there are indications of the quality of the sheets in the review section and you will sometimes see other users posting pictures of the label showing that it is 100% polyester or microfiber.
But what if the reviews are fake? Unfortunately there has been a trend with many sellers on Amazon getting fake reviews. Fortunately there is a site out there that has been able to spot fake reviews at http://www.fakespot.com. The top selling bamboo sheets on Amazon is Zen Bamboo. When you check their reviews on fakespot, it shows that over 40% of their 2,800+ reviews are fake. That means they have over 1,100 fake reviews! Their Amazon rating is 4.4 stars but if you take out the fake reviews, the actual rating according to FakeSpot is 2.5 stars!
The same company that operates Zen Bamboo also runs Mandarin Home Luxury Bamboo Sheets on Amazon. Using their review farm, they were able to get over 100 reviews fake reviews overnight.
It looks like Zen Bamboo / Mandarin Home Luxury just got their reviews wiped by Amazon and possibly their selling privileges removed. Bravo Amazon!
Hotel Sheets Direct's Real Bamboo Sheets
On the other hand when you run fakespot on Hotel Sheets Direct 100% Bamboo Sheets, our 4.5 star rating is actually a real 4.5 star rating. We have the highest rated 100% Bamboo Sheet Set on Amazon EVEN with our competitors using fake reviews.
When you take into account our competitor's fake reviews, no one even comes close to our real bamboo sheets.