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Supima Cotton Sheets VS Egyptian Cotton

Updated May 6, 2020

With so many different style sheets on the market, you may find yourself wondering which type of sheet would be the best suited for you. There are cotton blends, thread counts, and textile materials to consider, but two of the more luxurious styles of sheets on the market are Supima cotton sheets and Egyptian cotton sheets.

Supima and Egyptian may both be superior textiles, but which of these would best suit your sleeping needs? Both have high durable fabrics that promote softness and comfort, but it’s up to you which fabric would better suit your needs. We’ve set up a rundown on each to better understand the complexities of both styles of fabric.

Supima Egyptian
Longer threads for durability Softer, thinner fibers
Promotes breathability Anti-pilling
Gets softer over time Also gets softer over time

Supima or Egyptian?

Although both of these fabrics promote durability and softness, the differences between Supima and Egyptian are clear. Supima fabrics are woven with long fibers that promote strength and softness. With a higher thread count, Supima can last for years and years, only becoming softer throughout use. Egyptian cotton, also with longer fibers, has a thinner compound, making the fabric softer with a higher thread count. Both fabrics do well in commercial washing machines and dryers. They are both luxurious fabrics that are reasonable for everyday use.

Cost-wise, both Supima and Egyptian sheets are comparable. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind – the higher the thread count, the higher the price. But rest assured that both fabrics will equally last a long while, even after countless uses and countless washes. This is an especially economical factor to consider for a household with kids or a large family. It’s not uncommon to use Supima and/or Egyptian sheets throughout the whole house since they are both durable and strong fabrics.

Which is better?

Although each of these fabrics has its distinctions, it’s nearly impossible to choose one over the other. Many factors come into play when considering which sheets would be best for you, but that is up to you, the individual and what you need from these sheets. Comfort, durability, breathability, longevity – these sheets will only tell their true value to you once you try them out. Thankfully, you can typically be able to fee or maybe even use the fabrics since warranties are typically tied behind these types of purchases. Check your store policies before making any final purchases, especially if you are on the fence about which to choose.

While Supima has those longer, finer fabrics that ensure strength, Egyptian have long fibers that promote breathability and softness. These are both interesting fabrics that will withstand many uses and washes. Both types of the sheet are single-ply, which means that they both add to airflow and breathability throughout the fabric. This is especially beneficial to anyone who tends to sweat at night or wake up continuously from becoming too warm. These are great cotton sheets for the warmer months, too, since they both promote coolness and airflow.

Supima Sheets

Cost

Supima sheets will typically cost you anywhere from $30 to $80, depending on the thread count and style. They are easily found in any home or retail store that sells home furnishings and each type of brand that manufactures Supima will have their own luxurious factors tied into them.

Features and Maintenance

The Supima sheets are used with Supima cotton, a highly durable and soft type of cotton. Although Supima is a luxurious type of sheet, the luxury will not get in the way of the product since it is both durable and easy to maintain. You can wash these sheets normally and use them without worry. Maintain these sheets as you would with your other bedding items.

Warranty

Each manufacturer and store will have its own warranty policies, so it’s best to consult management on the terms of return before purchasing to make sure you can get a refund.

Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Cost

Much like the Supima sheets, Egyptian cotton sheets are durable, luxurious and soft to the touch. Over time, the sheets will only redeem themselves in cost, which is comparable to the Supima sheets, anywhere from $20 to $100, depending on brand and type.

Features and Maintenance

Also comparable to the Supima cotton, Egyptian cotton sheets are easy to take care of and you can wash them regularly and normally. Treat them as you would any of your other luxury bedding items and they will only get softer and prove their durability. In fact, Egyptian cotton is known for its anti-pilling fabric, which means those tiny balls of fuzz won’t appear on the fabric, no matter how often you wash or use them. The fabric holds up over time.

Warranty

Again, each department store or manufacturer varies, so make sure that you know the warranty or refund policies before making a final purchase. Usually, these are a simple process, but again, each store is different so make sure you’re mindful of them.

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Conclusion

No matter which type of sheet you choose, both the Supima and the Egyptian cotton sheets are sure to be luxurious and please you time and time again. Even after countless washes, each of these luxurious fabrics is sure to hold up and maintain their soft feel. This is especially great if you are someone who doesn’t like to switch up the bedding too often and are happy with sticking to the same type of sheets.

So, which type do you prefer? Maybe you won’t be able to come to a final decision until you try these fabrics out for yourself, but what’s great is that you typically can do that. Hopefully, through this rundown on each, it will help you on your way to your decision and you’ll be able to choose one of these superior cotton sheets. Both are also easy to find, so you won’t have to look very far for comfort.