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Bamboo Bed Sheet Question: Which is better? Sateen vs Twill

Bamboo Sateen vs Bamboo Twill – Quick Read

Thinking of purchasing a new set of 100% bamboo bedding and confused about your options? Well, one of the first questions that might pop up is the differences in weaves. Unlike cotton, which comes in about half a dozen different weaves, Bamboo threads are mostly woven in either Sateen or Twill.

And which is the better option? If looking for a quick answer, it is Sateen. Still curious on why? Keep reading…


Sateen vs Twill – Pros & Cons

If you were to ask us, Sateen doesn’t have any cons. Other than price, of course, as it is a bit more expensive to make than Twill, with the one-yarn-under, three-yarn-over structure producing the most incredible, silky-soft feel. Which makes Sateen Bamboo a perfect substitute to (far more expensive) silk bedding. If you are interested in silk bed sheets, read our comparison in, “What is Bamboo Silk You Ask?”

Sateen Pros: The softest bedding material on the market. For those looking for a silky sheen, Sateen provides exactly that. But, for those who want a more matte appearance, consumers can easily diminish the sheen with a hot wash or two. A big fan of the sheen? Then stick to washing in cold/warm water and keep dryer heat to Medium max temperature. It’s that versatile!

Sateen Cons: Sateen has a reputation for pilling. But, unlike other fabrics, if bamboo were to pill it typically can’t be felt (and is rarely seen). Wooflinen sheets are also manufactured to prevent pilling, a solution to this minor issue with the weave. Have no fear, Sateen is very durable.

Twill Pros: But not as durable as twill. Twill, due to the shortness of the threads, has a flatter look more akin to denim. Twill bed sheets are typically less expensive than Sateen.

Twill Cons: Twill weave is all about a preference of look, at the sacrifice of comfort. Twill is about 1/3rd as soft as Sateen. A deal-breaker for those looking to get the most comfort out of their sleep. The material also doesn’t fare as well in the dryer. While Sateen has the means to shrink 4%-6% over its use, Twill has been seen to shrink 6%-10%. And the shrinking isn’t always uniform.

To conclude the same way we opened: If you care entirely about the quality of your sleep, Sateen should always be your go-to choice. Because of our preference, Wooflinen uncomplicates your decision by only producing sateen weave bamboo bed sheets. 🙂