Slip Into the Best Bamboo Sheets for Sweet—Not Sweaty—Dreams
Here’s our short list, all tested.
Published Jun 29, 2022 9:30 PM
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If you’re considering adding a set of bamboo sheets to your bedding rotation, we’re here to cheer you on. There are serious perks to bamboo. First of all, it’s naturally antimicrobial and hypoallergenic—a win for anyone with sensitive skin, allergies, or eczema. Bamboo sheets can be super-breathable and moisture wicking, too, since they absorb more water (ahem, sweat) than even cotton does. Whether you overheat in the night, need a gentle set of sheets to soothe irritable skin, or simply are ready for something new, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve tested the best bamboo sheets and have narrowed down your options to the five sets we think are worth your hard-earned money and precious hours of shut-eye.
“For me, sheets are like clothing: They’re intensely personal,” says designer Nate Berkus, who knows a thing or two about the importance of getting good sleep. (He is a dad of two little ones and just released a sleep collection with Beautyrest.) If you’re new to bamboo sheets, Berkus suggests starting small. “You could buy a pillowcase first; then you’ll know for certain that what you’re sleeping on is something that you love.”
Or if you’re like us and always tempted to try out anything new, you won’t regret going all in with the whole set, and you’ll probably want a second one ready in the linen closet. We do. Scroll on for our Domino-tested and -approved picks for the best bamboo sheets.
- Best colors: Sunday Citizen Premium Bamboo Sheet Set
- Best luxury: Cozy Earth Bamboo Sheet Set
- Best soft-to-the-touch: Oasis Fine Linens Charcoal Striped Island Bamboo Sheet Set
- Best silk imitator: Quince Organic Bamboo Viscose Sheet Set
- Best cotton-bamboo blend: The Company Store Bamboo Sateen Sheet Set
Best Colors: Sunday Citizen Premium Bamboo Sheet Set
Sizes: Queen and king | Return policy: Within 90 days | Care: Machine-wash cold
What we like:
- Available in 9 dreamy colors
- Supremely soft to the touch
- Including a top sheet in the set is optional
- Some sizes and colors of pillowcases currently sold out
Why we chose it: The array of soft, soothing color options are easy on your (tired) eyes.
These Sunday Citizen sheets check all the boxes: They’re wildly soft, breathable even on the hottest of nights, and ultra-gentle for sensitive skin. They have one advantage that the other selections on this list don’t, though. Whereas those brands mostly stick to neutrals, Sunday Citizen offers an array of calming colors that cast a relaxing glow on your bedroom. There’s no going wrong colorwise, but we’re partial to the rich clay hue. Another feature we love? The top sheet is optional. So whether you’re firmly on Team Flat Sheet or somehow kick it to the bottom of the bed every night, you have the choice to include it in your set or not.
Best Luxury: Cozy Earth Bamboo Sheet Set
Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king, and split king | Return policy: Within 100 days | Care: Machine-wash cold
What we like:
- Feels like sleeping on a cloud
- Includes a 10-year warranty that covers pilling, rips, and tears
- Easily fits tall and pillow-top mattresses
- The priciest option on this list
Why we chose it: Oprah Winfrey calls them “the softest ever,” and we agree.
Our tester piggybacks on Oprah Winfrey’s enthusiasm for these bamboo sheets from Cozy Earth, noting their butterlike softness. Their cooling capability is no joke either, even when put to the test during the first steamy nights of summer. Before you even take as much as a nap on them, though, you’ll be impressed by the charming (and practical!) tote bag the set is packaged in. That makes them especially perfect to travel with or gift to a luxury-loving friend. You’ll pay a pretty penny for this set, but when taken care of properly, they should last you at least a decade. If they don’t, they’re covered by Cozy Earth’s warranty.
Best Soft-to-the-Touch: Oasis Fine Linens Charcoal Striped Island Bamboo Sheet Set
Sizes: Full, queen, king, and California king | Return policy: Within 30 days | Care: Machine-wash cold
What we like:
- The only set on this list available in a pattern
- Backed by a 5-year warranty
- Fits extra-tall mattresses up to 22 inches
- Some sizes are low in stock or currently sold out
Why we chose it: These aren’t made of cashmere, but they sure do feel like it.
Not wanting to get out of bed because your sheets are too soft? That’s a good problem our tester ran into. (Whether or not your boss buys that excuse is another thing.) They’re that soft. Before snuggling up in this set, admire the reusable linen pouch they arrive in, which makes them easy to store and easier yet to give as a gift. For all the pillow-top devotees out there, you’ll be pleased to know these are deep-pocket–friendly, fitting thick mattresses up to 22 inches tall. Whether you’re seeking sheets that are gentle on sensitive skin, cooling for hot nights, or simply soft, these sheets have got you covered.
Best Silk Imitator: Quince Organic Bamboo Viscose Sheet Set
Sizes: Twin, full, queen, king, and California king | Return policy: Within 365 days | Care: Machine-wash cold
What we like:
- Almost unbelievably soft
- Retain all the benefits of bamboo with the feeling of silk
- Easy to care for
- Quick to wrinkle
Why we chose it: We won’t blame you if you’re tricked into thinking this set is made of silk.
This set of Quince sheets veers so far into the silky-soft realm that it would be easy to confuse them for actual silk. They’re not, though. This set, which gets a serious thumbs-up from our tester, boasts all the benefits of bamboo sheets (like being hypoallergenic and having temperature-regulating abilities) with the luxurious feeling of silk. Win-win. Note: Our tester warns that the sheets are a bit wrinkly upon first opening, but you can combat that with a gentle wash and by taking them out of the dryer immediately.
Best Cotton-Bamboo Blend: The Company Store Bamboo Sateen Sheet Set
Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, and king | Return policy: Within 90 days | Care: Machine-wash cold
What we like:
- The cotton-bamboo combo brings out the best features of both fabrics
- Available in a variety of sizes and colors
- Includes the option to monogram
- Fits mattresses up to 16 inches high, so they’re not pillow-top–friendly
Why we chose it: Enjoy the breathability of cotton and the softness of bamboo in one sheet set.
If you’re not ready to let go of a long-standing cotton sheets habit—we understand!—compromise with this soft-as-can-be cotton-bamboo blend. Our tester attests to their butteriness, which gets even softer after a few washes and more than a few nights’ rest. There’s a five-star-hotel–like luxury to these sheets. (Minus the room service, but plus the comforts of home.) They are smooth without being slippery and somehow always look and feel fresh, if you’re procrastinating doing laundry.
We also have our eye on Ettitude’s line of bamboo Lyocell sheets, which have all the usual benefits of bamboo sheets (they’re hypoallergenic with a cooling effect) as well as a next-level softness we’re eager to sleep on ourselves. Ettitude claims its bamboo set feels as smooth as silk, with a touch that’s comparable to a cotton set with a 1,000 thread count. Yes, please.
How We Chose These Products
We would never underestimate the power of sleep. We’d never underestimate the power of a good sheet set either. Knowing those two are closely connected, we thoughtfully tested these bamboo sheets to give you our honest opinion on the best sets. They all had to come from reputable brands, include a reasonable return policy, and be ultra-easy to care for. An Oprah endorsement doesn’t hurt either.
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Material and Weave
We read the material makeup of these sets carefully. Bamboo sets are often made of rayon, viscose, or Lyocell, all of which are derived from bamboo fibers, and we wanted to represent each of these options. Don’t overlook the weave either. A sateen weave has a silky feel with a slight sheen and is tough at resisting wrinkles. A percale weave, on the other hand, is more wrinkle-prone but offers a crisp, lightweight feel some prefer.
One of the biggest perks of bamboo is its top-notch breathability, and our picks had to live up to this standard. They also had to be moisture wicking for the hot sleepers among us. So long, night sweats!
Ease of Care
Even though bamboo is more delicate than, say, cotton, the care for each of these sets is supereasy: Machine-wash them with cold water, then gently tumble dry. As long as you keep them away from a hot washing or drying cycle, they should serve you well for years to come.
Q: What are bamboo sheets made from?
At the heart of bamboo sheets is, of course, bamboo. The stalks are harvested into small pieces, processed into a pulp, and then put through a chemical process to become yarn. Not all bamboo sheets are created equal, though. The full makeup of bamboo sheets varies widely by brand and often includes Lyocell, rayon, or viscose that are all derived from bamboo fibers.
Q: Are bamboo sheets eco-friendly?
The eco-friendliness of bamboo sheets is a touchy topic. Bamboo itself is considered sustainable, since it grows quickly, doesn’t require fertilizer, and self-regenerates from its own roots. But there’s more to the story.
“Even though bamboo is considered a green option, the most commonly used methods for manufacturing bamboo sheets include processes and products that can have an outsize environmental impact,” says Byron Golub, director of product and merchandising for bedding company Saatva. “Think: chemical-laden wastewater.” That process? Not so eco-friendly. So it’s important to always do your homework.
Q: Are bamboo sheets cooling?
Yes! Bamboo sheets’ ability to keep you cool is one of its biggest advantages over other fabrics. On average, bamboo sheets stay two or three degrees cooler than cotton sheets throughout the night. They’re quick to wick away moisture, too, so no more sweaty bedhead in the morning.
Q: How do I wash and care for bamboo sheets?
Always refer to the care instructions for the specific sheets you buy. If you’ve lost or cut out the tag, scan the brand’s website—you should find care recommendations there. In general, most bamboo sheets are machine washable in cold water; you can tumble dry on a gentle cycle. When cared for properly, bamboo sheets can stay in tip-top shape for up to 15 years.
The Last Word
As much as we love cotton and linen bedding, there are serious upsides to bamboo sheets: They are ideal for sensitive skin, keep you cool at night, and are silky soft, to boot. Our advice? Make room in your linen closet for a set of each.
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