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Best Bamboo Sheets of 2020

By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Review Editor
Tuesday July 14, 2020
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Sick of sleepless nights in subpar sheets? We researched dozens of the best bamboo sheets out there to choose the top 10 contenders in 2020. We then put every set through a battery of tests to see which ones are ready to go the distance. We slept in every set through hot desert nights, spent mornings cuddling with the dog, and sloshed wine on them to learn what they can handle. We considered how they're made, how they feel, and how many colors and sizes they come in. If you've been contemplating a bamboo upgrade, let us help you find the right set for your slumber.

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Best Bamboo Sheets


Wooflinen 6-Piece Duvet Set


Editors' Choice Award
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$170.00
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Material: 100% bamboo (viscose) | Pocket depth: 16 inches
Amazingly soft and silky
Excellent temperature regulation
Attractive, modern design
Construction could be sturdier
Limited color options

While bamboo sheets are sought after for soft, silkiness that drapes across your skin, the Wooflinen 6-Piece Duvet Set raises the bar for the entire industry. Laying in this 300 thread count sateen weave set is like being cradled by cool clouds — whether you wear PJs to bed or climb in au naturel. Though Wooflinen sells traditional sheet sets, we tested their modern duvet set, which replaces the flat sheet with a bamboo duvet cover. Though skeptical at first, we instantly fell in love with this contemporary upgrade. It does an outstanding job regulating temperature while you sleep, keeping both cold and hot sleepers happy in the same bed. We had no problems easily washing a puddle of red wine and copious summertime labrador hair right out. And for those with sensitive skin, these sheets are OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified, meaning there are no residual substances in the material that are harmful to humans.

While the fabric of this Wooflinen set seems durable enough, it's not without its flaws. Any sateen weave, while being significantly smoother, is more susceptible to snagging (more on that later). Additionally, compared to the construction of the rest of the contenders, we're underwhelmed by the relatively loose-stitched, and in some spots, sloppy seams we found on the Wooflinen pieces. Though nothing came apart during our testing and laundering, we have concerns about how they may weather the years of tossing and turning. And though we very much like the look of the charcoal/chalk set we tested, it currently only comes in this bicoloration and plain white, so if you're looking to match a specific color, you're out of luck. Overall though, we absolutely adore how these sheets feel and sleep and think they are the best bamboo sheets of the bunch.

Thread Count: 300
Weave Type: Sateen
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified

We adore sleeping in this ultra comfortable modern set from Wooflinen.
We adore sleeping in this ultra comfortable modern set from Wooflinen.

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Best for Silky Smooth Feeling


BAMPURE Organic


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$99.99
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Material: 100% organic bamboo (viscose) | Pocket depth: 16 inches
Smooth like silk
Extra elastic security
Good for oversized beds
Fitted sheet may bunch up
Wrinkles easily

The BAMPURE Organic sheet set has a similar construction to so many we tested, with its 300 thread count sateen weave, but manages to feel almost as smooth and slippery as silk. We're not sure if it's the organic bamboo used to make them or what, but they're so silky they practically shine, making us feel like royalty sliding into bed at night. We know it's not harmful chemicals, as this set boasts OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification. Whatever it is, they're quality construction, with protected seams inside the fitted sheet corners and double stitching on the pillowcases and flat sheet. They also have a 16 inch pocket with extra elastic across the corners to keep them from riding up during the night. And they come in numerous colors so you can have some vibrant diversity.

All this silky smoothness feels great, but if your mattress is on the thinner side, you may find that the extra material bunches up while you sleep. Many other sheets cling to the mattress below, but the BAMPURE are so slippery that they're best used on a mattress that closely fits the advertised 16-inch pocket depth. And while all natural-fiber sheets, and especially bamboo sheets, wrinkle easily, these wrinkle a bit more than average. But at the end of the day, we think how they feel matters more than how perfectly crisp they are, and these have us feeling like we're living a luxurious life.

Thread Count: 300
Weave Type: Sateen
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified

Drape yourself in silky goodness with the BAMPURE Organic sheets set.
Drape yourself in silky goodness with the BAMPURE Organic sheets set.

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Best Bang for Your Buck


Tafts Bamboo 4-Piece


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$99.99
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Material: 100% bamboo (viscose) | Pocket depth: 17 inches
Great fit
Silky feel
Solid construction
Limited colors
Pillowcase "edges" are a unique look

It can be challenging to find a set of sheets that both feels great and fits your bed with or without that giant pillowtop addition. Enter, the Tafts Bamboo 4-Piece set. These silky smooth sheets have a deep, 17-inch pocket that accommodates thick mattresses without loosening their grip on thinner beds. Despite having a higher thread count, this sateen bedding breathes quite well, and kept us warm under a high-speed fan and cool on hot summer nights. It also boasts many double stitched seams, protected in all the most vulnerable areas like the pillowcases and inside the corners of the fitted sheet. The envelope-style pillowcases are some of our favorites, with deep pockets that actually keep pillows secure — even the ones that are well-loved and have shrunk from their original girth.

We struggled with the high visibility of lip balm smudges leftover on the pillowcases in the morning, but they came right out (along with red wine!) in the wash without an issue. And, while we appreciate the high quality double stitched seams on the pillowcases, they're sewn around the outside. Since they're made of floppy bamboo, this limp look isn't our favorite aesthetic. The Tafts are also only available in limited, all neutral colors. However, for the quality comfort and construction, they bring to the table, we'd pay much more than their very reasonable price tag.

Thread Count: 400
Weave Type: Sateen
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified

When it comes to all-around performance for a reasonable price  it's hard to beat the Tafts.
When it comes to all-around performance for a reasonable price, it's hard to beat the Tafts.

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Best for All Seasons


Pure Bamboo 4-Piece


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$99.99
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Material: 100% organic bamboo (viscose) | Pocket depth: 16 inches
Work well in the cold
Great envelope pillowcases
Good construction
A bit floppy
Could be softer

The Pure Bamboo 4-Piece is a pretty solid set of organic sheets. They offer a bit more warmth than many sets we tested, but aren't so warm we had any difficulty sleeping in them on a hot summer night. In fact, we think these are a great choice for couples who are split in their desire to be cool or warm when they sleep, or as an option for your winter bed that won't leave you too cold to make it through snowy nights. They're well constructed, with neat stitching, protected seams, and many double-stitched high-traffic areas. The envelope pillowcases just as easily held in our oversized pillows as our scrawny flat ones, which is quite the feat! They're also available in many colors, which we appreciate.

If you're here searching for sheets that will cool you off from your nightly sweat baths, these probably aren't quite enough for you. They're a bit on the floppy side, clinging more to the skin than many other sets, which can contribute to holding in body heat. We don't find them to be unbearable on a summer's eve, but if you're a hot sleeper, you might. They're also not outstanding when it comes to skin feel, though compared to your old polyester rags, they still feel phenomenal. If you're on the hunt for some all-season sheets, this is a reliable set.

Thread Count: 300
Weave Type: Sateen
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified

Though they're on the floppy side  the Pure Bamboo 4-Piece is a great choice for year-round comfort.
Though they're on the floppy side, the Pure Bamboo 4-Piece is a great choice for year-round comfort.

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Best on a Tight Budget


Hotel Sheets Direct


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$46.97
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Material: 100% bamboo (viscose) | Pocket depth: 15 inches
Solid all-around performance
Good balance of softness and flexibility
Inexpensive
Unimpressive construction
Flat sheet a bit small

If you're after a solid set of bamboo sheets that are pretty decent all around but won't cost a ton of money, check out this set. These sheets from Hotel Sheets Direct will give you the softness and silky, cooling feel associated with 100% bamboo without breaking the bank. They're reasonably flexible without being so loose and drapey that they wrap you up or hold in too much body heat. They're decent thermoregulators for warm or cool nights and are certified to be free of harmful chemicals.

We're not overly impressed by their single stitched construction with loose ends poking out after washing and clearly visible elastic around the fitted sheet. And though the flat sheet does fit the bed, it's not particularly large, so those with taller mattresses or who like to tuck in the edges are likely to be disappointed by this smaller option. This set also doesn't stand out from the rest in any particular area but offers a pretty decent performance for a lot less than most the rest.

Thread Count: 320
Weave Type: Plain/Percale
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified

The set from Hotel Sheets Direct has a lot to love for a much lower price than most.
The set from Hotel Sheets Direct has a lot to love for a much lower price than most.

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Decent Choice for Lovers of Relaxed Material


Bedsure Cooling


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$39.99
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Material: 100% bamboo (viscose) | Pocket depth: 14 inches
Loose, flowy material
Decent overall usability
Not the most solid construction
Very large pillowcases

The Bedsure Cooling sheets are about what we've come to expect from a set of bamboo sheets. They're decent thermoregulators, reasonably soft and smooth, and pleasant to sleep in. Compared to most others we tested, these are much more on the side of being very flexible, loose, and flowing — drapey, if you will. Depending on what you're into, that may be a deal-sealer or a deal-breaker. Beyond that, there's not a lot that stands out about these fairly average 100% bamboo sheets.

As one of the few sets we tested that aren't a shiny sateen weave, these percale or plain weave sheets are slightly more resistant to snagging than sateen woven options. However, this is slightly offset by underwhelming construction, with just single stitching, several sloppy and exposed corners, and relatively weak elastic. The pillowcases are also exceptionally large — great if you have giant pillows, but they left ours swimming. Yet you can often find these sheets for a pretty good price, and if you're a big fan of being swathed in loose, silky fabric, they may be what you've been searching for.

Thread Count: 250
Weave Type: Plain/Percale
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: None

The Bedsure Cooling sheets are about average in this category  and very loose and drapey.
The Bedsure Cooling sheets are about average in this category, and very loose and drapey.

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Thin and Silky


LINENWALAS Organic


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$79.99
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Material: 100% organic bamboo (viscose) | Pocket depth: 16 inches
Very loose and drapey
Silky-feeling
Thin fabric allows airflow
Fabric quite thin (durability concerns)
Exceptionally wrinkly

For the ultimate in thin, flowing bamboo sheets that drape over your body and lay against all your skin, look no further than the LINENWALAS Organic sheet set. If you want something thin to cover you while you blast the ceiling fan all night, these are those sheets. They're the thinnest-feeling sheets we tested and also the most flexible.

They're actually so thin that we have some concerns about how well these sateen sheets will withstand the test of time — or the pattering of pet feet or unclipped toenails. And though we aren't super picky about the wrinkliness of a quality set of sheets, these are too wrinkly not to mention. No matter how many times we washed them according to their directions, the wrinkles remained. Yet what really concerns us most about the LINENWALAS set is that its construction — both fabric and seams — gives us very little confidence in their durability. They are also an odd fit, as the flat sheet is exceptionally narrow, the fitted sheet is fairly loose and bunches easily, and the envelope pillowcases are both large AND have very shallow pockets that do next to nothing when it comes to containing our pillows. Unless you're totally set on the thinnest, drapiest bamboo sheets you can find, we think there are better options available.

Thread Count: 300
Weave Type: Sateen
Pillowcase Style: Envelope

Health Rating: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified

The envelopes of the LINENWALAS pillowcases are the shallowest of any we tested  and don't do much for holding your pillows in place.
The envelopes of the LINENWALAS pillowcases are the shallowest of any we tested, and don't do much for holding your pillows in place.

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Bamboo with a Backbone


Cariloha Classic


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$179.00
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Material: 100% bamboo (viscose) | Pocket depth: 18 inches
Good construction
Decent temperature control
Not very soft
Smaller than expected

In a category of sheets that often feel fragile, the Cariloha Classics are a sturdy relief. The only contender we tested with a twill weave, these sheets are sturdier than their sateen counterparts. They also feature double stitching all over and protected seams inside the pillowcases and fitted sheet corners. This helps them drape pleasantly across the skin without sucking you in like some others we tested. Even on a hot summer night disrupted by fitful dreams, they proved themselves to be quality temperature regulators. We also like the cheerful shade of green of the ones we tested.

However, in a category of sheets meant to caress your skin with incredible smoothness, these just can't quite live up. They're not horribly rough or unpleasant compared to all sheets, just vastly underwhelming compared to the other bamboo sheets we tested. And isn't that feeling what you're here for? We were also surprised to find that, though deep-pocketed, these were surprisingly small and tight on our bed in all other dimensions besides depth. The flat sheet is barely long enough to tuck into the foot of a 10" mattress, and very little hangs over the sides. The pillowcases lack the envelope closure we love so much and are also quite short and narrow, even on our leanest pillows, letting the ends pop out quite easily while sleeping. All in all, we expected more than we got from the Cariloha Classics, but if you want bamboo alongside a bit more durability, this may be a good match.

Thread Count: 250
Weave Type: Twill
Pillowcase Style: Standard

Health Rating: None

The Cariloha pillowcases are our least favorite of the bunch. Barely big enough for even our most flattened pillows and without an envelope fold to seal off the end.
The Cariloha pillowcases are our least favorite of the bunch. Barely big enough for even our most flattened pillows and without an envelope fold to seal off the end.

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A Small Step Up from 100% Microfiber


Cosy House Collection Luxury


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$39.95
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Material: 60% bamboo (rayon), 40% microfiber (polyester) | Pocket depth: 16 inches
More durable construction
Many colors available
Relatively inexpensive
Not very breathable
Not particularly soft

In our search for the best bamboo sheets, numerous bamboo blend options popped up, like these Cosy House Luxury sheets. They offer more colors than most 100% bamboo sheets, allowing you to pick your perfect shade. They also cost significantly less than most bamboo sheets, making them a highly appealing choice for upgrading your sleeping experience from the same old cheap sheets you've had for years. This 60% bamboo, 40% microfiber set also brings some quality construction to the table, blending more durable microfiber (aka polyester) with the less durable, natural fibers of bamboo. Additionally, they have neat, tidy seams, which we greatly appreciate.

And yet, if you want the unique experience of sinking into the silky coolness of bamboo sheets, you won't find it in these. Sure, they're smooth and fairly soft, and if you had only your old synthetic set to compare them to, they feel great. But next to some seriously silky bamboo competitors, these just don't hold a candle. And in the same vein, though they're more breathable than the average microfiber sheet, they're the least breathable bamboo set we tested. If you're here to upgrade your sheets without spending a small fortune, these may seem appealing. But even for their low price point, we think there are far better options that provide superior breathability, and much-improved skin feel, for roughly the same cost.

Thread Count: Not specified
Weave Type: Plain/Percale
Pillowcase Style: Standard

Health Rating: None

Unfortunately  this bamboo-microfiber 60-40 blend from Cosy House just can't stack up to the performance from 100% bamboo pieces.
Unfortunately, this bamboo-microfiber 60-40 blend from Cosy House just can't stack up to the performance from 100% bamboo pieces.

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Best for Crispness


Royal Hotel Silky Soft


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$79.99
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Material: 60% bamboo (viscose), 40% cotton | Pocket depth: 18 inches
Crisp feel like a cotton sheet
Fairly wrinkle resistant
More forgiving care directions
Less soft
Not particularly cooling

Another bamboo blend, the Royal Hotel Silky Soft sheets are 60% bamboo and 40% cotton. Much like the other blend we tested, these feel a world apart from their 100% bamboo competitors. They're much more similar to cotton sheets, offering a thicker feel and a crisper texture. Their cotton content also helps them to wrinkle far less than any fully bamboo option, and they have less specific laundering directions that are much more forgiving than most others we tested. Compared to 100% cotton sheets, they're a bit softer and more breathable than most. Up against 100% bamboo competitors, they hold their shape and structure much more, making them a great choice if you want bamboo but aren't ready to give up that crisp sheet feeling.

Just like other bamboo blends, the Royal Hotel Silky Soft set is much more like their minority material than bamboo. In this case, it means a loss of silkiness, smoothness, and slipperiness typically associated with dreamlike bamboo beds. And though they're not heat-trapping, they can't quite live up to the breathability of pure bamboo. That said, we think these represent a quality blend of the best of both worlds, offering comfortable sleep with a crisp finish.

Thread Count: 312
Weave Type: Plain/Percale
Pillowcase Style: Standard

Health Rating: None

The Royal Hotel bamboo-cotton sheets feel more like cotton than bamboo.
The Royal Hotel bamboo-cotton sheets feel more like cotton than bamboo.

Why You Should Trust Us


This review is headed by our long-time Senior Review Editors, Maggie Brandenburg and Aaron Rice. Both Maggie and Aaron have been working from home for years, which equates to even more time spent between layers of sheets than the average human. They also both live in high deserts (Nevada and New Mexico, respectively), that require a lot of their sheets to keep them cool during the blazing summer and warm deep in the snowy winters. With their respective backgrounds in scientific research and extreme attention to detail, they devised a testing plan to push every set of sheets to their limits. The two of them are the "sheet gurus" for GearLab.

To really understand how each of these sets of sheets performs, we used them — A LOT. Without years to sleep on them all, we simulated as much wear and tear as we could in an abbreviated time span. We washed them repeatedly, taking notes of how well they withstand the rigors of the modern washing machine and dryer. We poured wine on them, smeared them with antiperspirant, and invited dogs to join us for cuddle sessions. We tested their breathability on hot nights and against blasting fans. We sweated in them and smelled them (yes, actually), scrutinized every detail of their construction, and scoured the web for other user complaints. As with all our reviews, we did our best to leave no stone unturned, bringing our honest and unbiased results directly to you.


Analysis and Test Results


We formulated our testing plan to cover five separate metrics that encompass everything we could want from our sheets. We also weighted each metric according to its importance in choosing the optimal set of sheets. By combining these comprehensive and mutually exclusive five metrics — skin feel, temperature control, utility, ease of cleaning, and durability — we're able to view a complete picture of each set of sheets we tested. Below, we'll go through each of the five metrics and discuss which options perform best where.

We tested sheets side by side  sleeping in them  spilling on them  and laundering them repeatedly to help you decide which ones are the perfect fit for your bed.
We tested sheets side by side, sleeping in them, spilling on them, and laundering them repeatedly to help you decide which ones are the perfect fit for your bed.

Skin Feel


Whether you wear full-length pajamas or sleep in your birthday suit, what your sheets feel like is the most important aspect of your sleeping experience. We tested all different features of skin feel, including softness, slipperiness, stiffness, and flexibility. We laid in every pair with and without clothes and evaluated them through the course of several launderings. Before we dive into the best performers of skin feel, we would be remiss if we didn't admit that every one of these sets of sheets feels significantly softer and silkier than regular 100% polyester sheets — it's what bamboo sheets are known for. However, we compared them to each other rather than to all other sheets in the world, to bring you the softest and best feeling options out there.

What's in a Weave?
Among the sheets we tested, there are three different types of weaves, each with their separate strengths and uses. Though there are numerous ways to create each type of weave, here is a basic breakdown of the main differences between them:
  • Plain or Percale weave is the basic lattice pattern we all think of - under one, over one, under one, and so on. It's a durable way to create fabric and resists snags, and is typically matte in appearance.
  • Sateen weave is when each thread goes over four or more warp yarns before going under one. The threads themselves are sometimes also treated to "seal" them. Both of these strategies provide a glossier appearance and texture of fabric with a diagonal appearance. It is, however, more prone to snagging than plain weave.
  • Twill weave falls in the middle of these two, with threads passing over two warp yarns and under one. It also gives a diagonal appearance and is typically in the middle of plain and sateen weaves in regards to both shininess and snagability.

Hands down, our favorite set is the Wooflinen 6-Piece Duvet Set. This inclusive set has a modern twist, including a duvet cover instead of a flat sheet. Though we were initially skeptical of this switcharoo, we quickly discovered that Wooflinen has nailed the skin feel of their fabric, making this contemporary set an instant hit. Even in a category filled with the softest, most supple sheets you can conceive of, these are impressive. They're soft and smooth without being so slick you feel like you're sliding around, and they lay pleasantly on the skin without draping so much you feel claustrophobic. If you're searching for another reason to never get out of bed again, these are it.

We quickly became big fans of the feel and look of the Wooflinen duvet set.
We quickly became big fans of the feel and look of the Wooflinen duvet set.

The BAMPURE Organic set is a close second. They're smooth to the point of feeling a bit slippery and silky, and absolutely deserving of the title "luxurious." If what you want is to indulge in some extra richness for your slumber, sleeping in the BAMPURE sheets feels like how royalty takes their rest. Not far behind are the above-average silky smooth Tafts, the soft Pure Bamboo, and the easy-to-love Bedsure Cooling. All three of these, while not being knock-outs (again, in a category defined by its silky smoothness), are still extremely pleasing to sleep on.

The BAMPURE Organic sheets are silky smooth and sleep like a dream about ice cream.
The BAMPURE Organic sheets are silky smooth and sleep like a dream about ice cream.

Temperature Control


After the initial feel of sliding between your two bamboo clouds, the next most important factor of your sheets is temperature control. Bamboo appeals to many people because of its innate ability to wick moisture away and dry quickly, making them an excellent choice for muggy nights and hot sleepers. We tested every set by sleeping in them in the middle of a scorching hot summer. We held them up to fans and rolled around to work up a sweat. We assessed how clingy they are and if they feel warm or cool to lay in. Both sleepers who like it hot and those who like it cold tested every set to see which breathable sheets are the most breathable and which ones are more adaptable across wide temperature spans.

Types of Bamboo Materials
Like trying to spin a t-shirt from a tree, raw bamboo can't be directly woven into fabric. Instead, it's treated with various processes to pull out the cellulose and turn it into thread for weaving material. This process involves a LOT of chemicals and can be quite harmful for the environment, which flies in the face of the environmental benefits of using bamboo in the first place. Essentially, the different "types" of bamboo fabric you can buy refer to the method by which it is made.
  • Rayon: This is a generic term for the process used to make cellulose fibers from woody plants. All of these fabrics (viscose, modal, and lyocell) are a type of rayon, whether you're making your fabric from bamboo, eucalyptus trees, or soybeans. But exactly how that rayon is made is where you find these additional terms. So all three of the following are different ways of manufacturing rayon.
  • Viscose: This is the so-called "first generation" of making threads from cellulose and is currently the most common way to turn bamboo into fabric. It typically performs similarly to cotton and is highly breathable, drapes well, and is resistant to pilling (unless it's made with short fibers). It's also the most detrimental to the environment, with tons of harmful chemical bi-products left behind. You'll often see viscose fabrics externally tested for residual harmful chemicals and designated safe for human wear with an OEKO-TEX certification (more on that later).
  • Modal: The second generation of making rayon, modal is more environmentally friendly, creating a very soft, durable fabric that's highly absorbent and easy to dye. It's often blended with other fibers to allow for easy dying and is incorporated into many household products.
  • Lyocell: This third generation of manufacturing rayon is the most environmentally friendly method, with about a 99% material recovery and recycle rate during the manufacturing process. This nanofiber is supremely wicking and even naturally odor-resistant and anti-bacterial. It's often used in performance clothing.

No set scored a perfect 10 in this metric, but still, there are differences. Once again, the Wooflinen emerged as a favorite. Lacking a flat sheet, the duvet cover simplifies your bed, draping against your skin enough to keep you warm even under a fan, while leaving enough space for air to adequately circulate on a stifling evening. Not far behind are the Tafts 4-Piece. This set's flat sheet clung to the underside of our comforter better than any other, creating a very similar temperature-regulating effect as the Wooflinen duvet cover.

The breathability of the Wooflinen duvet set helps us lounge in bed long after the scorching sun has risen.
The breathability of the Wooflinen duvet set helps us lounge in bed long after the scorching sun has risen.

Both the Hotel Sheets Direct set and BAMPURE also provide solid thermoregulation, keeping us cool through wild dreams and warm under a high-speed fan. Also notable, the Pure Bamboo 4-Piece breathes pretty well, while simultaneously offering more warmth than many others, making them a great choice for winter and all-season use.

The Pure Bamboo 4-Piece offers both warmth and breathability and is a solid choice for all-season comfort.
The Pure Bamboo 4-Piece offers both warmth and breathability and is a solid choice for all-season comfort.

We'd also like to point out that we tested two sets of sheets that are bamboo-majority blends of fabrics. The Cosy House Collection Luxury are 60% bamboo and 40% microfiber, while the Royal Hotel Silky Soft are 60% bamboo and 40% cotton. Both benefit from the breathability of bamboo when compared to 100% versions of their minority material (microfiber and cotton), but neither can hold a candle to the cooling properties we experienced from every 100% bamboo set we tested.

Though the Royal Hotel sheets  a blend of bamboo and cotton  can't quite keep up with the breathability of the all-bamboo options  they are much crisper than any bamboo set we tested  if that's something you look for in your bedding.
Though the Royal Hotel sheets, a blend of bamboo and cotton, can't quite keep up with the breathability of the all-bamboo options, they are much crisper than any bamboo set we tested, if that's something you look for in your bedding.

Utility


Sheets are only so good if they won't stay put on your bed. We considered pocket depth to accommodate mattresses of various thicknesses, evaluated elastic effectiveness and corner shape, checked the amount of overhang around edges, and stuffed pillows of numerous different fluffinesses into the cases. After sleeping on them, we checked to see if the corners rode up, if extra fabric pooled in the middle, or if pillows escaped their cases. We also considered how many sizes and colors each set of sheets is available in, what comes in a set (and other options available for purchase), and how well those are likely to fit into the average bedroom decor.

Measure Your Bed
Just because your bed is a California King or your pillows are "standard" doesn't mean they'll accommodate just any sheets. Pillow sizes are highly variable, and mattress depth is extremely important when it comes to keeping your bedding where it belongs. Newer mattresses tend to be thicker than ones of old, so measure how thick yours is, add at least 1 if not 2 inches to that measurement, and look for sheets that list that pocket depth. But don't get them too large! Either way, if you get the wrong depth, you'll likely find yourself yanking down corners or dealing with pooling fabric in the middle of the night.

We're most impressed by the Tafts' ability to stay in place. With a deep, 17 inch pocket on the fitted sheet, this set is ready to cover the thick mattresses that are so popular today. Even on a much shorter mattress, the fitted sheet clings to the bed below, rather than your body on top, staying in place throughout the night better than any other set we tested. And while many come with envelope style pillowcases, the Tafts is one of the few that's actually deep enough to keep our pillows (both poofy and flat) not only contained but also hidden all night, no matter if we used those pillows for our heads, under our torsos, or between our knees. The flat sheet has plenty of room to be tucked in. When it comes to staying put, this set is everything we want.

The pillowcases from Tafts are what we want in an envelope case; the right size for poofy or flattened pillows and an envelope flap that's deep enough to hold them in place without letting anything peak out.
The pillowcases from Tafts are what we want in an envelope case; the right size for poofy or flattened pillows and an envelope flap that's deep enough to hold them in place without letting anything peak out.

Next up are the Wooflinen and Pure Bamboo sets. Similar to the Tafts, the Wooflinen clings to the duvet and to the mattress rather than your body, to stay solidly in place. It also has the deepest envelopes on the pillowcases. The Pure Bamboo are sized right and do an above-average job of staying in place throughout a fitful night of sleep as well. The Hotel Sheets Direct set fits fairly well, though not quite as snug as higher-scoring contenders. If you have an oversized mattress or a bulging pillow topper, the BAMPURE might be right up your alley, as they're quite large and better-suited to accommodating oversized beds than many others.

We're looking for corners that are the right shape to stay put  a texture that holds your bed and not your PJs  the right measurements to accommodate a variety of mattresses  and elastic that can hold it all in place.
We're looking for corners that are the right shape to stay put, a texture that holds your bed and not your PJs, the right measurements to accommodate a variety of mattresses, and elastic that can hold it all in place.

Ease of Cleaning


Firstly, if you're looking for sheets that are easy to clean, can be bleached or washed in scalding water or smoothed with a hot iron, bamboo sheets aren't your friend. It seems that every single set has slightly different directions for how they're best cleaned, and most of them involve babying them, never bleaching, never getting them hot and wet at the same time, and only using a low iron, if at all. To test these sensitive sheets' ability to be easily and quickly cleaned, we simplified their directions and then laundered them all repeatedly. We noted which ones seem to ooze wrinkles more than others, we sweated in them and sniffed them, and we purposely tried to stain them with deodorant and red wine.

How to Care for Bamboo

While we're all guilty of sometimes cutting off tags without remembering what they say about caring for the garment, we strongly recommend NOT doing that with your new sheets. It seems that just about every set we tested had a slightly different set of directions on how to best launder them for maximum longevity, so be sure to follow whatever the directions say.

Also, there are a lot of complaints about bamboo sheets being wrinkly. Yes, they will wrinkle. No, you can't stop them. Unfortunately, one of the properties of rayon (see above if you missed the explanation of what bamboo rayon is) is that it is very prone to wrinkling. And often can't be ironed. So if you want wrinkle-free sheets, don't get bamboo.

Most models easily shed their red wine stains after a single gentle cycle with no pretreatment and mild detergent. Only two sets required a second wash (with the same settings) to get out remaining faint reddish patches, the LINENWALAS and Cariloha, both of which we also tested in lighter colors (ivory and sage, respectively). Several pillowcases grabbed faint oily residue from lip balm, but all rinsed clean with no problems.

The LINENWALAS sheets are the most wrinkle-prone set we tested - if you care about that sort of thing.
The LINENWALAS sheets are the most wrinkle-prone set we tested - if you care about that sort of thing.

While bamboo sheets are very wrinkle-prone, some proved to be much more so than others. The LINENWALAS, in particular, are outrageously wrinkly. While we personally don't care much about the look of wrinkly sheets if they feel good, these are just too absurd to ignore. The Cariloha pillowcases also picked up some very unattractive wrinkles along the edges of the openings, forcing them to unevenly expose the ends of our pillows even more than their small size already did. If wrinkles aren't your thing, you can iron many of these sheets on a low setting (though we're not sure it's worth your time). However, the Wooflinen and Cosy House Collection Luxury sets may not be ironed at all.

All bamboo sheets are much more prone to wrinkling than cotton or microfiber alternatives. Additionally  they can be rather picky to care for  so be sure to read your tags.
All bamboo sheets are much more prone to wrinkling than cotton or microfiber alternatives. Additionally, they can be rather picky to care for, so be sure to read your tags.

Durability


Unfortunately, being the longest-lasting set of sheets around isn't something bamboo sheets are known for. However, there are many things that go into an individual sheet or pillowcase's ability to cradle you for years to come: the specific blend of fabrics used, the weave that holds them together, the seams and actual stitching around edges, and high-traffic corners — among other things. We inspected every aspect of these sets, from elastic closures and buttons to hems and seams and even the fabric itself. We considered thread count, checked for loose threads, pilling, and snags. And because we didn't have years to sleep on every set, we spent hours combing through other users' online reviews for recurring issues.

What does an OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certification mean?
As we previously discussed (see Temperature Control section if you missed it), to make bamboo into rayon into fabric is a chemically intensive process. After completing this process, many manufacturers choose to have their products tested for any trace amounts of harmful chemicals that could remain. If they prove that they are free from such damaging chemicals, they are given the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification. If you're switching to bamboo linens because you're concerned about the environment, this certification does not mean your sheets are environmentally friendly. While growing and using bamboo is an environmentally friendly process, the manufacturing of bamboo viscose receives a very low score of E from the Made-By Environmental Benchmark of Fibres (modal is slightly better, in Class D, and lyocell scores higher yet, in Class B). To instead support environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing practices, try lyocell fabrics or look for products with the OEKO-TEX MADE IN GREEN certification.

When it comes to solid construction, the Tafts take the cake. With many double-stitched seams and seams protected from rubbing on your bed or pillow, this set is thoughtfully put together. The Cariloha Classic set is also designed with a harder-to-snag twill weave and sturdy double stitching with additional seam coverage protecting vulnerable corners from abrasion.

Though the Cariloha Classics aren't our favorite set of sheets for other reasons  when it comes to durability  they're one of the best.
Though the Cariloha Classics aren't our favorite set of sheets for other reasons, when it comes to durability, they're one of the best.

The BAMPURE are nearly as nice but lack the extra security that the Tafts pillowcases provide by neatly positioning the dual-stitched seams around the outside edges of the pillowcase instead of leaving loose threads floating around inside. The BAMPURE fitted sheet also has an extra thick band of elastic across each corner, adding extra holding power and longevity to the piece. The Cosy House Collection Luxury fabric is another that is more durable, as it's blended with microfiber, which is a synthetic polyester material designed to be durable.

Holy sheets!
Holy sheets!

Conclusion


Buying sheets online without being able to truly see and feel them first can be a challenge — we get it. By buying and testing the best bamboo bedding available, we hope that our honest results have helped you figure out which sheets are going to cradle you off to sleep, all without leaving the comfort of your home (or bed). Sweet dreams!

Maggie Brandenburg