When it comes to bedding, we are often overwhelmed with a number of different options whether that would be material or style. Selecting the right one can be challenging when you are unsure of their advantages and disadvantages. In this blog post, we compare our Linenly bamboo bedding products with silk bedding. If you’d like to know if silk or bamboo is the right choice for you, keep reading to find out!
When purchasing bedding, often we look for items that are resilient and can withstand damage. When purchasing a luxury, expensive item such as silk or bamboo, it is expected the product will have a long lifetime. Bamboo uses long fibres rather than short fibres which boosts the durability of sheets as they are less likely to tear from being caught by a toenail. After multiple washes over the years, your bamboo sheets will look good as new and softer than ever. Although silk sheets are less durable than bamboo, silk sheets do not shrink over time, whilst bamboo sheets may begin to shrink overuse. However, the shrinkage rate is a low 6% and is often due to a lack of precaution when washing. To understand how to care for your bamboo bedding correctly and avoid shrinkage, read our blog post.
When it comes to cleaning, most customers prefer products that are easy to maintain. If this is you, bamboo is the right choice for you. Bamboo bedding can simply be thrown into the washing, with little to no maintenance required. In addition to being easy to clean, as it is non-absorbent, it is stain resistant and does not discolour. It leaves the washing machine in the same condition it was bought. Whilst Silk bedding is considered high maintenance, requiring professional cleaning to ensure durability. This can be a major inconvenience to most customers, as it can be quite expensive for professional cleaning. Other cleaning methods such as a machine or hand washing leads to a reduction in quality over time.
Silk bedding is well known for its soft, silky and smooth material. Although most people enjoy silky bedding, it can often be too slippery for some. Unlike silk, bamboo is soft but not slippery. Bamboo is much more breathable than silk, keeping you warm in winter and cool during summer. It is perfect for any climate. Silk, on the other hand, has a tight weave and as such, is less breathable than bamboo as it hinders airflow. Often silk retains heats and lacks the cooling fabric required for a hot night.
Both silk and bamboo are hypoallergenic and are perfect to maintain the health of your skin and hair. In addition to being hypo-allergenic, bamboo is also antibacterial and microbial. A number of tests have been conducted testing bamboo against bacteria and results have revealed a 99.9% antibacterial kill rate. Silk and bamboo are efficient at reducing dust mites, mildew and mould. In addition to these benefits, bamboo is more water wicking as it is more moisture absorbent and therefore prevents sweat absorbent. Whilst silk does not draw away moisture but encourages a proper moisture balance. This can often lead to silk retaining odour and therefore requires regular cleaning.
CostLuxurious bedding can be quite expensive. However, silk is much more expensive in comparison to bamboo. This is as bamboo is easier to harvest as the grass grows at a rapid pace and can be harvested quickly. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant with some species growing up to 91 centimetres each day. In comparison to silk, silkworms can take up to 48 hours to complete one strand of silk measuring up to 1 kilometre. This is the process which determines the pricing of silk and bamboo. Silk can retail for double the price of bamboo. At Linenly, our pillowcase set retails for $44.95 in comparison to silk pillowcase sets retailing at $89.
In summary, bamboo is a great option for the bedroom providing much better qualities in comparison to silk. Bamboo exceeds expectations in terms of durability, maintenance, comfort, benefits and cost. If you’d like more value for your money, bamboo bedding is the right choice to make. Here at Linenly, we provide high-quality bamboo bedding for all to enjoy a good night's sleep and long-lasting benefits! Feel free to contact us for any further questions you may have.