Is Higher Thread Count Better? It can be, but generally not. Most often, higher thread count sheets are made from inferior quality cottons, packed together more tightly, to give a higher thread count, but, more often than not, a lower grade and courser cotton fabric. Don’t be fooled by higher thread counts.
Is Higher Thread Count Better?
Is Higher Thread Count Better? No. It’s different, but not better. It’s also a little confusing sometimes and lower thread counts don’t necessarily mean your cotton or polycotton sheets are any better or worse.
Have you ever looked at different sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers and been a little confused by the different thread counts? Everywhere you look, you’ll find 200 thread count, 400 thread count, 600 thread count, 800 thread count, even up to and over 1000-thread count. What you might notice is… as the thread count goes up, so does the price.
Many retailers will do their best to convince you that, the thread count, the better the quality of the sheets. The truth however, is that higher thread counts don’t make sheets superior, in fact, the absolute opposite can be more accurate. Here’s why high thread count doesn’t mean better quality.
To achieve higher thread count numbers, manufacturers will sometimes use thinner – and lower quality – cotton fabric, twisted in to pairs or triplets of cotton. If, instead of one thread of superior quality cotton, three inferior threads a twisted together, this does mean the thread count can be tripled, but squeezing multiple lower quality cotton threads together can simply result in a course material, more likely to wear. These thinner – and cheaper – fibres are often shorter, too, meaning they will become tattered more quickly.
In the above image, we can see a 300 thread count fabric of single-ply cotton, versus a double-ply fabric advertised as higher thread count, but actually an inferior fabric.
What is Thread Count?
Often abbreviated to just ‘TC’, it’s the number of threads in woven material, per inch. For example, a 200TC cotton sheet is made from woven cotton with 200 threads of cotton, in each direction (vertical and horizontal), per inch. But – there’s always a ‘but’ – it’s never as simple as that.
Higher count sheets can sometimes feel heavier than lower thread counts, giving a more ‘luxurious’ feel, but this doesn’t necessarily mean the sheets are of better quality. If the cotton, or polycotton, is of a poor quality, the higher thread count means little – the sheets are still poor quality. There’s a nice article over at austinlinen.com.
Also, the number can sometimes be misleading. Read more about thread count here.
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Cotton vs Polycotton
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Polycotton is Strong & Durable
Polycotton is a highly durable material as Polyester contains strong plastic-like substances, making it far less likely to rip or tear. The durable nature of Polycotton makes it an very popular choice in commercial situations such as hotels, where bed sheets are often changed often.
Polycotton is a blend of natural cotton and synthetic polyester. Both Cotton and Polycotton bed sheets are easy to care for, both types of fabric can be washed on normal cycles in your washing machine and can be dried in the dryer. It is advised to wash cotton at lower temperatures (around 30° or 40°) however Polycotton can be washed at higher temperatures – up to 60° – for ultimate cleanliness. Washing natural fabrics like cotton 60 degrees may (most likely, will) cause them to shrink, however polycotton will not. That said, there are a number of types of cotton and polycotton, so always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when washing and drying your sheets and bed linen.
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