Are those $100 sheets a good deal? Watch our video or read on...
You’ve seen them - $100 sheet sets selling online claiming to be 1,000 thread count and made from 100% Egyptian Cotton.
You may also have seen bedsheets selling for as much as $1,000.
Why the disparity?
Thread count can be meaningless; for the most part, it is unchecked. After all, are you going to cut off a piece of your sheets and pull apart the threads and count them?
The reality is there is likely over 10 times more Egyptian Cotton sold than grown according to Egypt. Cotton can now be DNA tested. This new technology has led to several lawsuits against many large department stores including Walmart.
One of the many factors that determine the quality of a bed sheet is the quality of the cotton that it is woven from.
As with most things, there are different qualities available – i.e., Timex vs. Rolex, and the list goes on.
The same is true with cotton.
The below image sums it up.
Cotton is graded on many attributes: fiber length, fiber diameter, tensile strength, and color are a few of the more important ones.
Sheets made from short yellow fibers are likely the $100 sheets. In addition to likely not being 1,000 thread count, they are probably not Egyptian Cotton.
One should look for Long or Extra-Long Staple cotton. These are the finest grades, and they will yield bed sheets that are not only the softest you can buy, but with proper care, can last 10 years or more.
These finer grades of cotton do cost more, but they provide a product that is higher quality and will last longer and feel softer and softer with each washing.
Other things that effect the cost of better sheets are:
- Stitches per inch
- Product sizing
- Embroidery, hemstitching, applique, or other details that enhance the look of the sheets.
Country of origin.
- China, India, Pakistan, and other third-world countries have low-cost labor forces and unchecked/unregulated specifications. The quality of their weaving and finishing are not world class.
- Europe, or better yet Italy, is where the best bed linens in the world are produced.
- These countries do have higher manufacturing costs; however, the quality of their products is unmatched.
We hope this article sheds some light on this often-confusing topic.
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