Both bamboo and silk are considered luxury bedding and are a great investment for anyone trying to get a better sleep. Indeed, having quality bed sheets is as important as having a good mattress. Both are very soft and smooth and offer great benefits such as being hypoallergenic, antibacterial, moisture wicking, helping prevent wrinkles or hair frizz, but there are crucial differences between the two. So, which fabric comes on top? If you’re still not sure which one to invest in, we are here to help. 

1. Comfort & Breathability

Bamboo sheets have a satin-smooth feel and are often compared to cashmere. Indeed, they are very soft and gentle on the skin. And, unlike silk, they become softer with every wash without being slippery though. Silk bed sheets can become too slippery.

Moreover, a quality silk of 25 momme has a high thread count of 600+ and a tight weave that might prevent good air-flow. Bamboo sheets, on the other hand, have an optimal thread count between 250 – 350  which makes them much more breathable. In addition the bamboo fabricis filled with micro-gaps, which allows it to breathe better and regulate body temperature. 

2. Durability & Maintenance

Although, both silk and bamboo are delicate, soft fabrics, the bamboo bed sheets are extremely durable compared to silk because of the thickness and strength of the bamboo fiber. As a testimony bamboo is used as construction material for high rise buildings.  
Compared to silk,  bamboo sheets can be machine washed on a cold & gentle cycle. They are also resistant to wrinkles and stains. Silk, on the other hand, is quite susceptible to water stains and these are notoriously difficult to remove.

3.  Sustainability

We believe the eco-friendliness and sustainability of each fabric is an important element to consider. Compared to silk, bamboo beddings are definitely more ethical, environmentally friendly  and sustainable.

Indeed, bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world and also regenerates itself without requiring irrigation after being harvested for its bamboo fiber. Moreover, bamboo is chemical-free as it does not require any fertilizer nor pesticides. This makes it a safe choice in matter of health. Bamboo sheets are also biodegradable, which is a great asset for reducing the carbon footprint for future generations.

Silk production, on the other hand, requires large amounts of water and energy, as well as the use of live silk worms, that are killed at the end of the process.  This makes silk fabrics non-vegan as well as a less than ideal option in terms of animal welfare and environment care.

4. Cost

Bamboo is a more affordable alternative to silk. In fact, high-quality silk sheets can cost more than 400€, while 100% bamboo sheets typically cost around half that amount. Also taking into account that silk sheets are more difficult to maintain and less durable, buying bamboo sheets is a better long-term investment. 

Therefore, if you are thinking of buying high-quality bedding and you are not sure which is the best, bamboo sheets seem to offer better value for money, with more benefits for you and also for the planet.