September 09, 2019

Tencel vs. Cotton Bed Sheet: Which is the Better Choice?

Is there a noticeable difference between a Tencel vs cotton bed sheet? The answer is yes. 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? There are tons of different fabrics, colors, styles, etc - and sometimes, they look the same! When it comes to choosing a bedding product, the decision really comes down to the material that it’s made out of.

At the end of the day, you're going to be sleeping in bed with this product, so you're going to want to ensure that it's super comfortable. The more comfortable your bed is, the better sleep you're going to have... The better sleep you have, the better mood you'll be in for the rest of the day!

In this blog, we are going to discuss the difference between a Tencel vs cotton bed sheet. Tencel is often considered a more luxurious option... However, we all have different preferences when it comes to sleeping. Some people prefer to feel like they're sleeping on a cloud, whereas other people like a more firm bed. So, we'll let you decide which fabric will give you the best night’s sleep. Without any further ado, let's get into it!

 

What is Tencel?

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. It tends to be very soft on the skin and is very popular among sleepers!

 

What is Cotton?

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

 

What’s the Difference Between Tencel and Cotton?

  • 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.

 

Is Tencel or Cotton better?

Like anything, there are benefits and drawbacks to 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?

We're big fans of both Tencel and cotton... Here at Warm Things, we have a large array of cotton and Tencel products to meet the needs of every sleeper! So, whether you're looking to purchase cozy sheets, nice pillowcases, or beautiful blankets, we have it all! Here are a couple of our favorite Tencel and cotton products that we have in our stores!

Our Top 3 Favorite Tencel Products:

1. Simply Cool 600 Thread Count Tencel Lyocell Sheet Set

Our Simply Cool Tencel Lyocell Sheet Set has a 600 thread count and it comes in so many beautiful colors! Some of those colors include white, lavender, denim, cream, dark teal, and more. The photo above features our grey set. This Tencel sheet set comes in several different sizes, too. Whether you have a full, queen, king, or California king bed, our sheets will fit! The set includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and 2 pillowcases.

One of the best parts about our Tencel sheets is the eco-friendly Tencel fibers... They help to make the product resilient to color fading, shrinkage, and pilling wash after wash. Thanks to their unique moisture control capability, our Tencel sheet set will help to keep you cool and comfortable throughout the night... Thank us later!

For more information on our Simply Cool Tencel Lyocell Sheet Set, click here.

2. Simply Cool 600 Thread Count Tencel Lyocell Duvet Cover Set

This Tencel duvet cover set is one of our absolute favorites! It has a unique moisture control capability that helps to keep you cool and comfortable throughout the entire night! Even if it's super warm in your bedroom, your duvet cover will help to keep you a bit cool! The Tencel is incredibly smooth and feels gentle on the skin. The eco-friendly Tencel fibers are also resilient to color fading, so it's really just a win-win!

Our Simply Cool 600 Thread Count Tencel Lyocell Duvet Cover Set is available in several colors including cream, blush, dark navy, grey, taupe, and white. It can fit either a full / queen bed or a king-sized bed.

For more information on our Simply Cool Tencel Lyocell Duvet Cover Set, click here.

3. Simply Cool 600 Thread Count Tencel Lyocell Pillowcases

We love all the different colors of our Tencel Lyocell Pillowcases! It comes with 8 beautiful colors and fits both standard and king-sized pillows. Just like the other Tencel products we mentioned, these cozy pillowcases have a moisture control capability to keep you cool in the night. The eco-friendly Tencel fibers are very kind on the skin and will ensure that you sleep soundly! 

For more information on our Simply Cool Tencel Lyocell Pillowcases, click here.

Our Top 3 Favorite Cotton Products:

1. Knights Bridge Herringbone 500 Thread Count 100% Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set

If you're looking for extremely comfy cotton sheets - then look no further! Our Knights Bridge Herringbone Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set will always be one of our favorite choices for sheets! It has a 500 thread count and is made from 100% Egyptian cotton. This set includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and 2 pillowcases. The cotton is breathable and durable which helps you to have a comfortable sleep night after night. 

This sheet set comes in 4 different colors: blue, ivory, purple, and taupe. They can be purchased for either a king bed or a California king bed!

For more information on our Knights Bridge Herringbone Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set, click here.

2. Organic Cotton Herringbone Baby Blanket

Fun fact: Here at Warm Things, we also carry baby products! We have cozy comforters, mattress pads, and beautiful little blankets. This baby blanket is made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. It's cotton farmed without any chemicals, dyes, or pesticides... The cotton is extremely gentle on the skin and it's easy to clean - (just stick it in the washing machine!) These blankets are actually smaller versions of our soft, heirloom-quality throws.

Our lovely Organic Cotton Herringbone Baby Blanket comes in 3 different colors (as featured above!) The blue color is called Sky, the pink color is called Petal, and the greyish color is called Mist.

For more information on our Organic Cotton Herringbone Baby Blanket, click here.

3. Flannel 100% Cotton Duvet Cover

If you're not a big fan of pink, don't worry! Our Flannel 100% Cotton Duvet Cover comes in several different designs including one called 'twisted stripe'. This is a 5.6-ounce flannel cover set that is super soft and gentle on the skin... You're guaranteed to sleep happily and feel extremely comfortable all night long! It's available in a twin, full / queen, and king size. The best part about this duvet cover is the fact that it's made from 100% cotton and it's brushed on both sides multiple times.

For more information on our Flannel 100% Cotton Duvet Cover, click here.

Conclusion of Tencel vs Cotton Bed Sheet

Hopefully, you were able to learn more about the difference between a Tencel vs cotton bed sheet! In the end, it comes down to what you as a sleeper prefers. We hope you enjoyed this blog and we truly wish you the best of luck if you're trying to decide between a Tencel and cotton product!

The products that we mentioned are our top 3 from both fabrics discussed, however, we have tons of other products that are incredible! Make sure to check out our website to see what else we have to offer.

Here at Warm Things, we're here to help you with all of your bedding needs... Please feel free to send us an email with any questions - or alternatively, you can DM us on our social media platforms! Thank you so much for reading!


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