The Pros and Cons of Bamboo Sheets | Hotel Sheets Direct

The Pros and Cons of Bamboo Sheets

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- Hotel Sheets Direct Brand Team 

Everyone’s been talking about bamboo bed sheets these days - it feels like every sheet set on the internet contains the word ‘bamboo’ in it somewhere. So what’s the big deal? Why all the hullabaloo about bamboo? 

Well, there are a lot of factors - they’re breathable, soft, durable, and can be eco-friendly. But, are they really better than other types of sheets? 

We’re going to find out - in this article, we’ll get into the weeds (hehe): what bamboo sheets even are, their texture, the pros and cons of bamboo sheets, which bamboo sets give you the best bang for your buck, and whether or not sheets made from bamboo are worth it (short answer: yes, but for varying reasons). 

Without further ado, let’s get into it! Get your PJs on, because we’re about to enter a world of comfort and coziness. 

What Are Bamboo Sheets?

Before we get to the pros and cons of bamboo sheets, let’s get something cleared up first - most bamboo bedding is not made of 100% bamboo. They’re most often made with rayon, lyocell, or modal fabric that is derived from bamboo! However, that doesn’t impact their softness or quality. 

Are Bamboo Fiber Bed Sheets Actually Eco-Friendly? 

Many people choose bamboo fiber sheets because they’re considered to be more eco-friendly than other types of sheets - which is mostly true! Bamboo is a fast-growing, low-impact plant that doesn’t require chemicals or harmful sprays to keep alive. 

However, some bamboo-derived sheets are made via a viscose process that uses a lot of chemicals to dissolve the bamboo, which...isn’t so eco-friendly. Anything made from rayon, lyocell, or modal fabric uses this process. 

For those looking for an eco-friendly bamboo option, we recommend trying bamboo linen. This is made from bast bamboo fiber that doesn’t require chemicals during its mechanical process! While it can be hard to come by, we’ve got you covered - try this bamboo sheet set and duvet cover set! They’re made from - you guessed it - bamboo linen! And to top it off, they’re super soft, super strong, and super breathable. 

What Do Bamboo Sheets Feel Like? 

Overall, bamboo sheets have a silky, ultra-soft feel - without the slipperiness. It’s very lightweight, super breathable, and moisture-wicking, so you can stay cool all year round. 

Sheets made with bamboo linen are even softer! They’re silky smooth, and feel a bit like soft hotel sheets. So, essentially, it’s like getting a 5-star sleeping experience in your own home. 

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get into the best part - the pros and cons of bamboo sheets! 

Pros of Bamboo Sheets

They’re extremely durable

No matter what types of bamboo sheets you have, they’re most likely much more durable than traditional sheets. Since long fibers go through the entire length of the sheet, this means not nearly as many tears, pilling, or fading with time! 

They’re super comfortable

Typically, this is everyone’s top concern while looking for sheets. But, are bamboo sheets comfortable enough to make it to the top spot? YES! Bamboo bedding is even softer than cotton (not to mention more breathable). Imagine silk sheets, but without the slip or stuffiness. They also don’t trap excess heat underneath you, leaving you cool and cozy year-round. Comfort is truly the bamboo sheet’s ace-in-the-hole!

They’re often healthier than other sheets

Bamboo bed sheets are non absorbent - meaning they won’t lock in moisture or oils from our skin, which keeps them cleaner. They’re also often hypoallergenic and antibacterial, which can help to stop the trigger of allergies. 

Cons of Bamboo Sheets

They can be expensive

Bamboo sheets are often seen as luxurious, and even inaccessible to those who may not have a lot to spend on sheets. It is true that the initial costs of bamboo linens are often more expensive - but most people argue this is more of a long-term investment than an expensive up-front cost, because these sheets are so durable. Still, for those looking for a cheaper option, we’ll call back to our bamboo linen sheet set and duvet cover - not only are they eco-friendly, ultra-soft, and super durable, they’re a super reasonable price (plus, they come in lots of different colors! 

They’re prone to wrinkling

Unfortunately, bamboo sheets (linens, in particular) are a little more prone to wrinkling than other types of sheets. Those who don’t care as much about this may find this to be a minor problem (or not a problem at all), but those who are a little more particular about wrinkles may want to consider other options if they don’t want to iron a little more often (but honestly, we think it’s a small price to pay). 

They can shrink if exposed to too much heat

While instructions on many bamboo fiber sheets may have detailed instructions on how to wash them (using cool or cold water and air drying/drying on low), you may find your sheets shrink by about 5% after the first wash. That’s not a HUGE amount, but it’s something to look out for! 

Are Bamboo Sheets Worth It?

In our opinion, yes! The general consensus is that while there are pros and cons of bamboo sheets, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. The possibility of wrinkles and shrinkage are common in a lot of types of sheets, not just bamboo - so why not take the leap to something soft, soothing, and similar to a 5-star hotel experience? 

We can’t see any reason not to, honestly. 

Final Thoughts

We hope this has helped you reach your final decision, whether you end up with a new set of bamboo sheets or not! If you’re interested in a new set of sheets or some new bedding but not sure bamboo is for you, no sweat - we have lots of other types of sheets, duvet covers, pillows, and more on our website! So don’t be afraid to kick back, relax, and treat yourself this holiday season (or any season, really - our bedding is great year-round)!

Sweet dreams!

Contributing Writer: Aurora Detor