September 09, 2019

When it comes to shopping for bedding, the options are plentiful while the differences seem minimal. With such a variety of choices, how do you know the best one to pick? The decision really comes down to the material it’s made out of. In today’s blog, we are going to discuss the difference between Tencel, which is considered a more luxurious option, and cotton, to decide which one will give you the best night’s sleep.  



So, what exactly is Tencel? Although first developed in 1972, this fabric is relatively new to the market and is produced out of cellulose from wood, more specifically eucalyptus trees. You may also hear it referred to as lyocell. Instead of being woven out of fibers from cotton, Tencel is created from the pulp of eucalyptus wood. The outcome of this process produces a very strong, yet super smooth fabric.



Cotton certainly ranks as the most widely used fabric in the country and has been around for over 7,000 years! This natural fiber comes from the seedpod of the cotton plant and is used to make many fabric types. The end result makes for a durable and soft material.


What’s the difference?

  • Environmental: Tencel is made from renewable eucalyptus trees and the wood pulp is generally more efficient than cotton plants. Very little water is needed for the production of Tencel, whereas cotton requires a large amount.
  • Comfort: While both options are comfortable, Tencel tends to be softer than cotton, making it less-irritating and a great option for those with sensitive skin.
  • Coolness: Both cotton and Tencel are excellent contenders for breathability and keeping you cool throughout the night. However, if you’re a person who sweats a lot, Tencel will be a better choice as its tiny fibers absorb moisture away from the skin.
  • Durability: Tencel is generally easier to care for and washes well. It also happens to be a very long-lasting material. Cotton is the same way and its unique properties actually make it improve over time.
  • Price: The production of Tencel is costlier so it can be rather expensive compared to cotton. Cotton is a great value for your money but if you can afford it, Tencel will last your longer and save you maintenance time.


Which is better?

Like anything, there are benefits and drawbacks of each. If you have more specialized sleeping needs and/or sensitivity to fabrics, Tencel is the way to go. Additionally, if you’re seeking out more luxurious bedding, this is certainly a viable option. Cotton is always a wonderful choice for those on a stricter budget.


What products do we suggest?

You’re in luck because at Warm Things we have a large array of cotton and Tencel products to meet the needs of every sleeper. We recommend our Simply Cool 600 Thread Count Tencel Lyocell Sheet Set or the Knights Bridge Herringbone 500 Thread Count 100% Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set. This week we’re running our “buy more, save more” sale! Visit our website at to learn more!



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