You probably know that the average person spends a third of their life asleep. However, that’s only true of people who don’t struggle with insomnia or other sleep disturbances. If your mattress or bedding isn’t up to snuff, there’s a good chance you pass a large portion of the night tossing and turning rather than getting the sleep you need to function. Luckily, you can get the best rest in certified Egyptian cotton sheets. The right sheets can keep you cool and comfortable all night along. But what type of bedding is right for you? Keep reading for Pure Parima's tips on deciding between percale and sateen sheets.
Why Fabric Matters More Than Thread Count
In the world of sheet shopping, the term thread count gets thrown about with some regularity. However, the truth is that a high thread count doesn’t necessarily translate to a better quality product. The reason for this is that many companies post misleading claims about the number of threads in their products. While just 800 threads can fit in a square inch of fabric, manufacturers often inflate their numbers by using shorter threads twisted together. The result is a tougher, lower-quality product prone to rips and tears.
On the other hand, opting for 100 percent Egyptian cotton means that your sheets will be softer, stronger, and generally more luxurious. Picked in the Nile River Valley, where the climate and conditions produce higher-quality plants, Egyptian cotton consists of extra-long staple strong fibers. Sheets made from this material hold up even after hundreds of washes and stay silky smooth and pill free for years.
Comparing the Textures
While Egyptian cotton is undoubtedly the best choice for bedding, shoppers still have another decision to make: should they opt for percale or sateen sheets? The main difference between the two options is how they’re made, with percale sheets featuring a “one-over-one-under” weave, while sateen sheets boast a “three-over-one-under weave.” While there’s no one right answer when it comes to the best fabric weave, the different textures come with various benefits.
With sateen sheets, the unique weave style results in a silky soft material with an appealing shine. Along with being naturally resistant to wrinkles, so you don’t have to spend your days ironing sheets, the material drapes in an attractive way. So, you can rest assured knowing it will look beautiful on the bed. Shiny and smooth, sateen is a great choice for those who appreciate the beauty of silk sheets but want to enjoy all the benefits of Egyptian cotton.
On the other hand, some consumers think that nothing beats percale when it comes to bedding. Crisp and durable, percale sheets have that fresh-from-the-wash feel that makes them seem clean and new. In fact, many people report that percale sheets feel like the kind they’d enjoy in a fine hotel. Thanks to their unique weave style, percale feels cool and delightful year round.
Comparing Heat Levels
Of course, texture isn’t the only concern when choosing sheets. The weave you select also has an impact on the degree to which your bedding traps heat. For example, percale sheets are known for being highly breathable. Because of the increased airflow, sleepers tend to stay cool and comfortable on even the hottest of summer nights.
On the other hand, sateen sheets are on the heavier side, meaning they hold in a little more warmth. If you tend to wake up soaked in sweat, a sateen sheet might not be the ideal option. However, if you live in a colder climate and want a cozy sheet that’s also silky soft, sateen is a great way to go.
Are Percale or Sateen Sheets Right for You?
So how do you decide whether percale or sateen sheets are right for you? The following shoppers tend to prefer sateen:
- Those who like shiny fabrics
- Those who run cold
- Those who hate to iron sheets
- Those who love the feel of silk against their skin
Certain consumers may prefer a percale weave to their bedding, including:
- Those who sleep hot
- Those who appreciate durability
- Those who like their sheets to feel crisp to the touch
- Those who don’t like the slickness of sateen.
When it comes to 100 percent Egyptian cotton sheets, it’s hard to make a wrong choice. Ultimately, the right sheet is the one that meets your needs from both a functional and aesthetic perspective.
Trust Pure Parima With Your Night's Sleep
Whether you’re searching for sleek sateen or crisp percale, Pure Parima has the perfect sheets to help you get a good night’s rest. In fact, we’re so sure you’ll love your new bedding that we offer a risk-free trial. If for any reason you don’t adore your new bedding, you can return it within 100 nights for a full refund. Shop online today and start looking forward to bedtime again.