Bamboo sheets have risen in popularity due to their softness, moisture-wicking properties, and eco-friendliness. Our bamboo sheets reviews show that high-quality bamboo fabric is about twice as soft as cotton. At the end of the day, this is, of course, subjective, but we blind tested all sheets with a large group of people, and the results were unanimous. Bamboo sheets are also more absorbent than cotton.
The bamboo plant itself uses less water and grows faster than other alternatives which makes it better for the environment. Who can say no to ultra-comfortable sustainability? Sleep smugly knowing you get better rest and help the environment than everyone else out there with regular sheets. The jury is still out on whether bamboo fabric is antibacterial (studies are somewhat conflicting but tend towards yes), but it is a nice thought. For starters, it is definitely not more bacterial. The moisture-wicking and breathability of bamboo sheets is a blessing to those of us who overheat. Who doesn’t want to end the cycle of sweating and then shivering yourself awake? If you struggle with being a hot sleeper or simply want to get eco-friendly long-lasting linens, it might be time to try out a bamboo sheet set.
But how much do you really need to invest to get great bamboo sheets? Our product researchers have tested a variety of products and found two options at different points on the price spectrum for you. Both have their use for different people so let’s take a look.
Bamboo Tranquility produces luxury bamboo sheets for the discerning sleeper. They keep to a simple, neutral color palette of white, gray, and ivory that will please shoppers with a minimalist aesthetic. They are also very up-front about their sustainable bamboo sourcing and manufacturing processes. Our team could not find specific information about the Royal Hotel alternative’s bamboo sources, so if you want to know for certain that your sheets came from a good place, you might prefer Bamboo Tranquility.
Royal Hotel bamboo sheets are very affordable and available in a range of colors and sizes, including Split King sizes for adjustable beds, and XL Twin sizes for the sleepless college student and kids. The larger variety of colors and sizes gives them an edge as gifts and for purchasing multiple sets for the whole family. As you will see below, they share many specs with the Bamboo Tranquility sheets while offering a great price. In short, if you want to sleep better and buy a bamboo sheets bargain, try them out.
The Bamboo Tranquility Supreme sheets are made of 100% bamboo rayon. Rayon (also known as Viscose) is created when a source of cellulose is crushed up and converted into a fiber--in this case, the cellulose source is bamboo pulp. Rayon’s anti-static properties make tidying up the bed or wearing flannel pajamas a little less annoying, too.
The Royal Hotel bamboo sheets are made of the same lightweight 100% bamboo rayon material as the Bamboo Tranquility. The bamboo rayon method results in a much softer fabric than traditional bamboo linen, cotton, or bamboo-cotton blends. Bamboo rayon sheets are incredibly soft without being slippery so they will not slide off your bed.
The 300 thread count of the Bamboo Tranquility Supreme sheets is right at the sweet spot. Though sheets with extremely high thread counts (like 1,000 and up) seem like they would be better, actually getting that many threads stuffed into a sheet is impossible. The loophole manufacturers use is to twist multiple thin threads into a single strand, and counting each thread in the strand as part of the thread count despite there being little to no difference in the overall amount of thread used in the weave. In short, 300 thread count is ideal.
Royal Hotel has a 300 thread count, too. Neither of these bamboo sheet sets is making impossible thread count claims, which definitely gives them credibility and some karma in our books. A 300 thread count also helps to keep the sheets breathable, plus an ultra-high thread count (think 400+) isn’t necessary when the fabric material is already awesomely soft. You might be interested to know that one tester who sleeps exclusively in the nude totally loved these sheets. They are simply super soft.
The Royal Hotel sheets also come with a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and two pillowcases. The Twin set comes with one pillowcase, which is standard for many sheet sets. And, like the Bamboo Tranquility sheets, you can buy more pillowcases in sets of two.
Each Bamboo Tranquility Supreme sheet set comes with a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and two pillowcases (except for the Twin set, which comes with only one pillowcase). You also have the option of buying additional pillowcases separately, in sets of two.
Bamboo Tranquility reports that the bamboo sheets repel allergens, perhaps due to their natural antimicrobial properties. The Bamboo Tranquility company uses sustainably sourced bamboo grown without pesticides or herbicides, so you don’t have to worry about residual chemicals being left on your sheets. You know what’s better than residual chemicals? No chemicals. Boom.
Bamboo sheets repel allergens, and that’s also the case for the Royal Hotel set. Our researchers could not find any specific information about where Royal Hotel sources its bamboo, but since bamboo has few to no natural pests, it’s unlikely that the bamboo Royal Hotel has been treated with pesticides. People who find fabrics like hemp or wool to irritate their skin should have better luck with bamboo rayon, because the round, smooth fibers produced don’t catch on or scratch the skin.
Bamboo sheets are naturally resistant to staining, so the Bamboo Tranquility sheets should be able to take quite a beating. If you are worried about an accidental mark not coming out in the wash, treat with degreasing dishwashing soap, a chlorine-free stain remover, or diluted white vinegar before washing.
Yeah, the Royal Bamboo sheet sets are just as stain resistant as the brand product. It is nice to know that the fabric hasn’t been chemically treated to make it that way, too. Bamboo fabric is just naturally awesome that way. Don’t worry, be happy; but try not to drink wine or eat Cheetos in bed, anyway. Because that can get too messy, even for bamboo.
These sheets are machine washable because we live in the modern world and would refuse to have it any other way. The manufacturer recommends washing them on the cold setting, then tumble drying on low. Avoid using fabric softeners or bleach--fabric softener can make your sheets less absorbent over time, and bleach… well, this is kind of obvious, but it bleaches things. Bleach is bad for bamboo, degrading the fabric’s structure.
The Royal Hotel bamboo sheets are also machine washable. Avoid bleach, since it messes with the integrity of many fabrics, weakening them as well as stripping out dyes. For all bamboo brands, customers found that the sheets might seem slightly wrinkled right out of the wash, but that the creases don’t stick around for long (you can also iron them if you prefer). Moreover, Rayon’s anti-static properties also mean you don’t have to bother with dryer sheets.
The Bamboo Tranquility sheets are available in Twin, Full, Queen, King, and California King, while the extra pillowcase sets come in King or Queen (basically a long Standard) sizes.
You can buy the Royal Hotel sheets for Twin XL, Full, Queen, Olympic Queen, King, Split King, California King, and Split California King. Phew! Also, Standard or King pillowcase sets are available. Having the split sizes available is great for adjustable beds.
Take your pick from tasteful and understated gray, white, or ivory. If a limited dyeing process appeals to you, these light, natural colors are a nice choice. Some people might prefer a wider variety of color options, but these look great.
Hold onto your hats: we’ve got taupe, sage, gray, white, red, ivory, gold, blue, teal, coral, linen-beige, periwinkle blue, royal blue, and sea blue. One of those has to match your bedroom color scheme and feng shui, right?