What makes the best cotton sheet? Firstly it is The Cotton.
One of the best cottons in the world is Egyptian cotton (see our earlier article on Egyptian cotton).
However, 90% of the world’s cotton crop is American Upland variety. This cotton is grown in most cotton producing countries, but it has a shorter fibre length than Egyptian cotton. It is this cotton however which makes up a large percentage of fabric being labeled and sold to you as “Egyptian Cotton.”
So if you want the best cotton sheet, you need to buy yourself genuine EGYPTIAN COTTON sheets.
Target and Walmart are pulling bedding off their shelves after a falsely labeled Egyptian cotton products controversy involving manufacturer Welspun India – The Guardian Sat 19 Nov 2016.
There are a couple of things that can help you tell if you have a REAL Egyptian cotton sheet.
The first is PRICE. A low priced ‘Egyptian Cotton’, ‘Made with Egyptian Cotton’, ‘Made in Egypt’ sheet usually means a low quality cotton sheet. As one supplier noted, if an Egyptian cotton Sheet set is priced at under NZ$400 then it’s a reasonable indicator that the cotton is NOT genuine Egyptian cotton.
The other thing to look for is CERTIFICATION. A genuine Egyptian cotton sheet will be labelled with Certified Genuine 100% Egyptian Cotton.
Genuine Egyptian cotton is a long staple variety so it has extra-long and fine silky fibres. Egyptian cotton is grown in Egypt along the Nile. Growers in the US have developed Egyptian cotton varieties known as PIMA cotton. Egyptian cotton and Pima cotton are preferable for sheets, both for their silky softness and durability.
After the cotton is grown and harvested, it goes through a process called Ginning, and it is carded to remove weaker and broken fibres. If the cotton is then ‘combed’, this further refines the cotton leaving linger fibres that produce a finer yarn.
But as well as the long staple cotton, there is also the THREAD COUNT which makes your cotton sheet a beautiful sheet.
‘It is the thread that counts, not the thread count”.