Is Egyptian Cotton Best for Sheets?

Many people have pondered this question. Today we will go over the facts about Egyptian cotton and hopefully give you the answer you're looking for. Ready to get started? Good.

The most coveted cotton on the planet is Egyptian cotton, but with other super high quality sheets on the market today, does Egyptian cotton stand firm when pressed?

What Makes Egyptian Cotton so Sought After?

The fibers of ELS Egyptian cotton have the longest cotton fibers in the world and there is an entire line of seed strains in Egypt that really does produce the longest cotton fibers. The longer the fiber, the stronger the thread made from it. The seed line is named Giza and Giza 45 is the most expensive in the world.

Egyptian cotton also weaves tighter and is great with a plethora of weaves. You can use a sateen weave, which is the smoothest of all, giving the silk type of feel or percale weaves for the more crisp, luxury hotel type of sheets.

What's the Best Thread Count for Egyptian Cotton Sheets?

If you have actual ELS Egyptian cotton from the Giza line, your thread counts should be between 400 and 800 thread count. Because of the ELS (extra long staple) fibers, the threads are tighter when woven and much stronger than normal cotton by far.

If you are buying thread counts over 800, you should start questioning the price. If you pay attention, the cheaper the sheets, the higher the thread counts when looking at Egyptian cotton sheets. Luxury of the Pharaohs has some helpful and more detailed information on marketing gimmicks, laws and how to sort the frauds from the real deal.

Why do I say that a higher thread count is a sign of low quality?

Any cotton grown in Egypt is legally considered Egyptian cotton, even if it is standard upland cotton as long as it's grown in Egypt. If you are not careful, you may buy upland types of cotton (regular short fiber cottons) that are no different in quality than your common t-shirt in Wal-Mart.


The Best Egyptian Cotton Sheets Available Right Now

There are only a few high quality brands of Egyptian cotton sheets in the United States today and you probably won't find many of them that are available on Amazon. They tend to be expensive and can run into nearly $1,000 for a full set of sheets and pillow cases. 

Fortunately, you can see a list of the best Egyptian cotton sheet brands that are around here: . It contains a list of mostly high end Egyptian cotton sheets, but some blends are available for those who can't afford the higher end prices of the real thing. 

One brand that comes to mind when talking about Egyptian cotton sheets is Sferra. You can buy these at high end department stores and they're sometimes available on Amazon. 

Another brand that you can always rely on to produce high quality, durable sheets is AQ Textiles and these are available at Macy's for a few hundred dollars per set. 

Last, but not least, Matouk is another brand that you can't go wrong with. But, again, these are expensive and go close to $1,000 for a full set of sheets plus pillow cases. If you want high quality, it's not going to come cheaply. The trade off is that you won't have to buy sheets for the next decade.