Today we are talking about two top most popular sheets material, sateen and Egyptian sheets, their comparison, benefits and much more.
Bed sheets are the ultimate comfort providers in our life. If spending a few extra bucks can add comfort to your life, what can be better than this? Normally, a person spend one-third of his life on the bed. Hence, it is worth to invest a good fortune on bed sheets.
When spending money all that matters is what exactly you want. The lustrous sheen of sateen sheet over durable Egyptian sheets can definitely confuse anyone. Sateen is soft right away and Egyptian sheets soften over time after repeated washing.
We have created this comprehensive guide which will definitely help you to choose the best bed sheet for you: sateen sheets or Egyptian cotton.
Egyptian cotton fibers are extracted from a particular plant gossypium barbadense. The longer, thinner fibers of the plant differentiate it from other forms of cotton. It never produces lint and thus rarely pill. Due to its longer fibers, Egyptian cotton sheets always have a higher thread count. Traditionally, longer fibers are considered to be stronger.
The most popular luxury bed sheet choice, Egyptian sheets have a matte look and crisp feel. Initially they seem rough on your skin but it becomes softer with regular washes.
Sateen is actually a kind of cotton, in which cotton fibers are combed and corded to make them longer. To make the soft sateen sheets, the cotton sheets are mercerized (soaked in lye) and then in an acid. These are kind of seals that make the fabric more durable and long-lasting then original cotton. The fiber used in making sateen absorbs dye in a better way. Mercerization makes the surface of the fabric more smooth and reflective. It gives signature sheen to the fabric. The soft, smooth and luxurious feel of the sateen gives the fabric strength and durability.
Difference between Sateen and Egyptian sheets
The major difference between both the sheets lies in their construction and finishing.
- Egyptian cotton is made from untreated, specific long cotton fibers which are woven in a traditional manner. Sateen is made from mercerized cotton with weaving multiple threads in the same direction.
- Egyptian cotton is matte in appearance does not wrinkle easily. Sateen is sheeny, drapey, smooth and more delicate.
- It is more affordable when compared to Egyptian sheets.
- Egyptian cotton takes dye well and does not wrinkle easily. Sateen has the perfect luxurious look and ability to drape.
- When it comes to temperature control, Egyptian cotton is considered superior to Sateen. This is due to its weave and crispiness. But, anyway both Egyptian cotton and sateen sheets are breathable.
- Sateen is a good option for people who are already dealing with skin sensitive issues. Being water repellent, it resists mildew growth on its surface.
- The signature sheeny finish and draping ability makes it look more attractive, vibrant and eye-catching. Egyptian sheets are not that attractive.
- Egyptian cotton is quite expensive but it does not justify its long-lasting power each time. Sateen is comparatively cheaper.
After going through all the differences and similarities, I can say that the choice of the type of bed sheet totally depend upon personal circumstances and choices. If you prefer aesthetic beauty and softness that too with a low budget, sateen is a good choice. However, if you want something more durable that can go well in all seasons, go for Egyptian cotton sheets.