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Silk vs. Egyptian Cotton Sheets



Both silk sheets and Egyptian cotton sheets have their advantages and disadvantages. When considering which to choose for your bed, you will need to compare these features and decide which is most important to you. As a general rule of thumb, figure out three most important features for your needs and select the product that scores best on those points.

Silk Sheets Egyptian Cotton Sheets
High insulating factor (keeps you warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer) Average insulating properties
High surface moisture wicking (removes surface moisture from the skin quickly) Moderate moisture wicking rate
Natural protein fiber from silk warms Processed thread from the cotton plant
Higher upfront cost Lower upfront cost
Naturally hypoallergenic (Resists mold, mildew, dust mites and fungus) Not hypoallergenic. Frequent washing can help keep allergens at bay
Sold by momme weight Sold by thread count
Extremely comfortable to sleep on High thread count versions can be quite comfortable to sleep on.
Primarily sourced from China in Asia Sourced from Egypt in the Middle East
Machine wash cold with mild detergent Machine wash hot

No matter which you choose, both Silk and Egyptian cotton sheets can be a vast improvement over a standard cotton set of sheets. If cost is a major concern, you may lean towards Egyptian Cotton Sheets or Bamboo Sheets which have a luxurious feel at a more affordable price. If however, you’re looking for the best of the best in sheets, seamless silk sheets should be your first choice.


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