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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.

For more information about luxury bedding:

[Myths about silk sheets] [An Explanation of momme weight] [ What is the thread count of silk? ]