The importance of High Thread Counts (above 300) started in the bedding market in the mid 1990’s, and even now is still the main focus when consumers inquire about the qualities of sheets in the marketplace.
Originally, manufacturers of High Quality Luxury Sheets and bedding felt that this was information the consumer needed to consider when purchasing new Sheets. However since that time due to intense competition for the consumer’s dollars, thread counts have become insignificant in the quality of a sheet. In fact, some Manufacturers who originally started the thread count craze are trying to “kill it”, as there has become so much deception in the marketplace today, and they feel the consumer is not getting the whole truth.
So now how are you going to be able to purchase High Quality Sheets?
Here are the other basic factors to consider when purchasing new Sheets for your bed.
- Country of Origin
100% Cotton sheets are by far the most popular and widely used. (We also like
Bamboo/Cotton, Silk, Modal, and Linen, but will focus on 100% Cotton.) Just like thread counts there are huge varieties in the quality of the cotton used. The highest quality cotton is Extra Long Staple, sometimes referred to as Turkish, Giza, or Supima Cotton. Egyptian Cotton has both medium and long staple cotton. Staple refers to the length of the cotton fiber, the longer the fiber the better, because it creates stronger and finer yarns.
Country of Origin
The Country in which the sheets have been made is a big factor in the quality of the sheets. Products made in the USA, Europe, and Canada use a higher grade of woven fabric than those found in Asia.
Sateen is a weave construction that has more yarn surface on the face of the cloth than other basic weaves giving a softer hand (feel) and more lustrous (sheen) look.
Percale is a closely woven, plain weave, spun fabric. Used in all sheets above 180 thread count that is not considered Sateen.
Whenever possible touch the products before buying. If they feel good you will be satisfied with your purchase. If they don’t feel good, move on. At the end of the day, the best sheets you can buy are the ones that you think look good in your bedroom and feel comfortable against your skin.
Keep in mind, that with higher thread counts (above 300), price and quality do tend to go hand in hand. An extremely high thread count sheet at a very low price is exactly what it sounds like, too good to be true. This is not to say that you need to spend a small fortune for quality sheets – just don’t make thread counts your only criteria when shopping for sheets. However, a lot of companies make it difficult to make a well informed decision in purchasing sheets, and with the current pricing of cotton, more deception is starting to appear in the marketplace, so ask more questions about the products and ask to feel the actual product.
Focus less on thread count and more on the other factors presented above and you will end up with a more comfortable product that truly represents quality and value.