We know long-fiber (Egyptian) cotton bedding means luxury, but high-quality polyester bedding can be beautiful and comfortable. Let's take a look and the good and not-so-good points of polyester.
Understanding the benefits of both polyester and cotton will help you select bedding you actually want to keep for years.
- Polyester is highly durable
- Polyester bedding retains its shape and look through many years of wear
- Nothing says easy-care like polyester. It resists wrinkles and it washer/dryer safe
- Polyester bedding is budget friendly
- Polyester bedding tends to trap heat and moisture in the bed and may be uncomfortable in warm weather
- Synthetic materials are more likely to pill after several washings
- It absorbs oils easily, making oil-based stains difficult to remove
- Polyester bedding may attract static electricity
- Some polyester fibers can be irritating to delicate skin
Homeowners on a budget and those who enjoy bright, long lasting color that's easy to care for may prefer the benefits of polyester bedding. As a compromise, products like the Wentworth 800 Thread Count Sheet Set offer the best of both worlds. Bedding made from a cotton/polyester blend provides the soft touch and breathability of cotton with the easy care and durability of polyester.
The importance of thread count (the number of threads per square inch) cannot be discounted when it comes to buying high-quality linens. While cotton is typically considered the superior textile for bedding, cotton sheets with a low thread count may not provide the same level of comfort as polyester bedding with a high thread count. These pros and cons about cotton should also be considered before making a purchase:
- Cotton wicks moisture away, keeping you warmer in cool weather and cooler when it's hot
- Bedding made from cotton tends to get softer and more comfortable with time
- Stains are more easily removed from cotton bedding
- Cotton does not pill
- Cotton is more likely to wrinkle
- Cotton may shrink with improper washings
- Cotton bedding may thin and tear over time with everyday use
- Cotton bedding can be higher in price than polyester
The Luxury Supima« Cotton Blanket is a perfect example of cotton bedding that isn't fussy. It's durable, beautiful, comfortable and affordable. The use of high-quality Supima« cotton creates a bedding option that is completely machine washable (easy care) and the elegant matelassÚ design makes this blanket look far more expensive than it is.