Most consumers know that bamboo sheets offer some unique benefits. Bamboo is well-known for its durability, anti-microbial and hypoallergenic qualities. Eco-conscious sleepers love bamboo sheets because they’re made from a sustainable resource.

You’ve probably heard that bamboo fabric is naturally moisture-wicking, which means it has a light, breezy feel that helps to stave off night sweats.

But did you know that not all bamboo sheets offer the same benefits? Yup, there are different types of bamboo sheets out there, and it’s important to know more about them so you can make an informed buying decision.

What are the Different Types of Bamboo Sheets?

When looking for bamboo bed sheets you might notice the label says, 100% viscose made from Bamboo, rayon made from bamboo, or 100% bamboo linen.

Most bamboo sheet sellers use these phrases interchangeably. Unfortunately, when you see labels like 100% viscose made from Bamboo or rayon made from bamboo, many times this means that the sheets you’re buying are made in a way that strips away most of the benefits of bamboo.

That’s why manufacturers are required to use these labels to let consumers know that the fiber is rayon or viscose, not bamboo. Let’s inspect the differences between the various types of bamboo sheets and demystify the subject.

How do Bamboo Sheets vary?

Bamboo Rayon (Viscose)

Here, the bamboo plant goes through a chemical process that allows the manufacturer to extract and transform it into woven fabric. Some manufacturers use more chemicals than others when manufacturing bamboo rayon fiber. It’s the least eco-friendly option as the chemical waste product is disposed of in ways that harm the environment. Not only that, the toxic chemicals also tend to withdraw the natural benefits of Bamboo.

Over at HyggeB, OriBamboo follows effluent treatment protocols and eschew the use of zinc sulphate and chlorine-containing bleach. This mitigates the adverse effects caused by the manufacturing process. We also ensure that no harmful substances are being used or produced during the process.

You can count on HyggeB's OriBamboo sheets to be 

  • Moisture-wicking
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Thermo-regulating

  • Learn more about Hyggeb sheets here.

    Bamboo Lyocell

    Bamboo Lyocell Sheets are made using the Lyocell Process, where the fiber is created in a closed-loop system that reuses water up to 200 times, recycling 98% of water in the process. They are nonetheless, the bamboo fabric that the planet loves the most. Unfortunately, Bamboo Lyocell fabric is found to pill more easily than the other Bamboo fabrics. 

    Bamboo Linen

    Bamboo linen sheets are highly sustainable because they’re manufactured similarly to hemp and flax. The only problem with linen is it’s very demanding. You have to regularly iron linen sheets to keep them smooth.

    Pros and Cons of the Different Bamboo Sheets

    Bamboo Rayon (Viscose)

    Pros

    • They have a super soft texture.
    • They're lightweight and breathable.

    Cons

    • Unfortunately, many bamboo rayon or viscose sheets are manufactured using highly toxic chemicals and sometimes even bleaching agents.
    • They don't have anti-bacterial properties.
    • They can irritate sensitive skin.

    OriBamboo 

    Pros

    • Super soft yet holds up well
    • Resistant to bacteria and odours
    • Releases excess body heat for all-night comfort
    • Hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial
    • Helps you stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer

    Cons

    • Pricier than normal bamboo viscose because of the extra manufacturing steps taken to avoid harmful chemicals.

    Bamboo Lyocell

    Pros

    • Sustainable
    • Releases excess body heat for all-night comfort
    • Hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial
    • Helps you stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer

    Cons

    • Bamboo Lyocell Sheets are much pricier. Beware of Bamboo Lyocell Sheets that are priced cheaply as they may not be made of real Bamboo Lyocell. Despite the high price tag, you'll have peace of mind knowing that your purchase doesn't negatively affect the environment.

    Bamboo Linen

    Pros

    • Super breathable
    • Moisture-wicking
    • Hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial
    • Help you sleep cooler

    Cons

    • Bamboo Linen sheets have stubborn wrinkles. That's why it's always recommended to wash them with a gentle cold wash. After that, put them on a low tempo dry heat and pull them out of the dryer as soon as you can so you can lay them straight on your bed. This can help to reduce wrinkles. Otherwise, you may need to iron them every other day.

    The Verdict?

    Don’t be fooled by labels that say 100% bamboo sheets and think you’re buying the real thing. As you can see, a lot goes into making bamboo sheets, and there are different varieties for you to choose. Some methods are so taxing on the natural materials that they strip away most of the beautiful qualities that bamboo is known for.

    Luckily, HyggeB only produces OriBamboo fabric for our bedding essentials. Shop here for HyggeB’s unique OriBamboo selection.