The Difference Between Microfiber & Bamboo Sheets

bamboo vs microfiber sheets

Bamboo vs microfiber sheets is the topic today. In this brief article, you’ll learn what makes microfiber and bamboo sheets close relatives. We will deal with the pros and cons of both bamboo and microfiber and let the chips fall where they will.

Ready to get started?

Are Bamboo Sheets Made of Microfiber?

Yes and no.

Both are synthetic (man made) fibers, but they are different in many ways. The process for Bamboo is considered more green than microfiber because cellulose is used and bamboo grows faster than other sources of cellulose. You harvest and more just grows back. It’s a great plant, has many uses, and does not need the fertilizers or pesticides such as cotton.

Microfiber is a synthetic fiber also, but it’s threads are much smaller than even silk. In fact, it’s 97% to 99% smaller in diameter than a human hair and less than 1/10th the size of silk. Because of such small fibers or threads, it feels super-soft.

Neither are prone to allergies, body odor, and both keep you cooler while sleeping.

What Is Microfiber Fabric Made of?

Microfiber is basically the same as most synthetic fibers in makeup and process. What is different is the diameter of each thread. The fibers in microfiber is finer than one denier or decitex/thread, and has to sport less than ten micrometers. It’s really small fibers/thread.

Are Bamboo Sheets Better Than Microfiber?

This is where things get interesting.

Since the fibers or thread is super fine and very small in diameter, I personally shun microfiber as sheets. Bamboo will outlast microfiber sheets 10 to 1 in my opinion.

Because the fibers/thread is so small, the weight and friction of your body will soon wear the microfiber and you will see what looks like shaved areas on microfiber sheets in a fairly short amount of time.

Characteristics of Microfiber Sheets

As stated above, you will see quicker wear and tear on microfiber sheets when compared to bamboo sheets. You will likely see more pilling, extreme wear quickly, and end up with new sheets within two years or so.

Blankets made from microfiber could last decades if cared for because it’s on top of the sheets and you have much less friction.

Microfiber does not do well in dryers after laundering because it’s prone to static electricity. Talk about aggravating! I made the mistake of washing a set of microfiber sheets with a set of cotton sheets and drying them together once. It was an electrifying night to say the least because any motion seemed to make it worse.

It’s light weight, hypo-allergenic and breathes well, which keeps you cooler and wicks off moisture while you’re sleeping. Many people who have trouble with night sweats and hot flashes use these sheets for more comfortable sleeping with such conditions.

Microfiber sheet sets usually cost 1/5th to 1/10th the cost of high quality bamboo sheets. If you’re looking for the feel of luxury without it breaking the bank, maybe a nice set of microfibers sheets are for you.

Characteristics of Bamboo Sheets

Bamboo sheets have much thicker fibers, and the additional softness you gain from microfiber is nothing in comparison to the benefits of a high quality set of bamboo sheets.

Bamboo sheets can last 10 years or more, only trumped by ELS cottons such as Egyptian cotton. Buy 2 sets for your bed and you’ve got 10 plus years of soft, luxurious sleep coming right at ya!

Bamboo is hypo-allergenic, does not absorb odors (the bacteria), and they breathe well. They are much less prone to pilling and wear from friction and body weight, unlike microfiber.

Bamboo is actually much greener than microfiber and safer for the people who produce it because of the closed system used to make Bamboo threads.

Although a super high quality set of bamboo sheets could set you back a couple of hundred dollars, you know you’re getting better long term value for the money, plus the same health and cooling benefits of microfiber, all while helping to keep the earth in a bit better shape.

In my opinion, it’s the best of both worlds