People often think that the higher the thread count, the better the bed sheet. This is not necessarily true. It ultimately comes down to the quality of the fabric itself. Many bed sheets out there hide behind the shiny high thread count sign, while offering a less than mediocre product. Let’s see exactly what thread count is all about, and what are the best 1000 thread count sheets out there that are actually worth buying.
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Thread count is the number of horizontal threads and vertical threads in one square inch. The horizontal threads are also called weft, and vertical threads are called warps. So a 400 thread count sheet has 200 warps and 200 wefts in one square inch. Thread count is something that generally characterizes cotton sheets. But it is also used for other natural fibers, such as linen and bamboo, though this is not as common. The different fiber thickness of these plants means that you can’t easily compare these numbers to one another. And it might get a bit confusing, or just misleading.
Essentially, what this number shows, is how tightly the fibers are weaved together. There’s a quite longstanding myth that a high thread count indicates better quality but at face value, this is not true. A high thread count simply means that there are more threads in that one square inch. Good cotton sheets range between a 200 and 600 thread count, whereas linen sheets with a naturally thicker fiber generally have a thread count between 80 and 120. When it comes to bamboo sheets, a 200 to 400 thread count is the norm. Keeping in mind those ranges, how is it that some sheets have a thread count of 1000, or even 1800? For the latter, you would have to have 900 wefts and 900 warps, but how is that possible? Technically it isn’t and there’s quite a cunning trick that’s being used for such high thread count sheets that we’ll explain a bit below.
Thread Count vs GSM
Keep in mind that microfiber sheets, which are made from a synthetic man-made fiber, do not have a thread count. Instead, what you’ll often come across is GMS – grams per square meter. This is a measurement of microfiber thickness. The more fibers there are in one gram, the higher the GMS, and the heavier the sheet. Microfiber sheets usually have a GMS between 55 and 120. The smaller the number, the lighter and thinner the sheet. Similarly, the higher the number, the thicker and heavier the sheet.
Nevertheless, you will probably come across a microfiber sheet set where the product description includes a higher number, such as 1200 or 1800. This is often a series number, or just a simple number added to catch your eye and make you think “oh, that sheet has a high thread count, it must be a good quality sheet“. But just remember that this number doesn’t actually refer to a thread count, because microfiber sheets don’t have that.
The Secret Behind 1000 Thread Count Sheets
Thread count represents the number of threads in 1 square inch. The secret behind higher thread counts, such as 1500, 1800, and sometimes also 1000 thread count sheets is either flat out false advertising, extremely thin fibers (which is rather rare), or usually just multi-ply threads. The latter one seems to be the most common. With multi-ply threads, the trick is that instead of counting just each individual thread, manufacturers count each fiber (which is called a ply), that makes up the individual thread. So a single thread can actually consist of two or more plies that are twisted together.
You can see this on the above picture where the final visible thread is actually 2 individual threads twisted together. In order to claim a 1000 thread count sheet, there would have to be 500 of such 2-ply threads in one square inch. So 250 warps and 250 wefts. And if you have a 4-ply thread, you only need 250 of them to say that you have a 1000 thread count sheet. The reason why this is not a good practice, is that the threads being used are usually lacking in quality. They’re being masked behind a high number that seems impressive, while in reality you might get a much better deal if you went with a good quality 400 thread count sheet. Keep in mind that it’s not the thread count that ultimately makes a difference, it’s the quality of the fabric.
It’s important that you’re aware of how this high number comes about. So when you do come across this, you’ll know not to make false assumptions. Having said this, there are a number of sheets out there that have a 1000 thread count and are actually good sheets. We’ve picked them out for you, in case you want to experience what they’re like. With a good quality sheet, you won’t be disappointed.
Best 1000 Thread Count Sheets From Egyptian Cotton
Egyptian cotton is considered to be one of the highest quality cotton. The name has become somewhat misleading because not all sheets that carry this label come from Egypt, nor is all the cotton grown in Egypt the high quality that it once was. It used to be that way however. Egyptian cotton was different from other types of cotton, as it had long staples. In other words, the cotton fibers were longer than usual. Cotton fiber length is usually divided into 4 groups:
The longer the fiber, the better the quality. Fiber length affects the quality of the sheet is many ways. Fabrics with longer fibers have less fiber ends sticking out from them, so they’re softer to the touch. Short fibers are more prone to exiting the fabric and starting the pilling process. And they are less durable than sheets made from long or extra-long fibers.
These days Egyptian cotton is used for various types of cotton, not only the Egyptian-grown extra-long staple cotton it used to be. But the good news is that often this does not affect the quality too much. If the sheets are made from long or extra-long staple cotton, you can still be sure that they are higher quality sheets that are softer, more comfortable, and will last longer. Here are our best picks for 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton bed sheets.
Bluemoon’s Egyptian cotton sheet set has a sateen weave, which makes it super soft to the touch. What’s best about this set is that they fit extra deep mattresses. So even if you have one that’s 21”, Bluemoon has you covered. Remember to take them out of the dryer quickly, so they wouldn’t start wrinkling. And even if you do forget about them for a little while, they even out nicely on the bed, so no ironing is necessary.
Sizes: California King, Queen, King, Full, Twin
Colors: White, Ivory, Taupe, Elephant Grey, Silver Grey
Another beautiful sheet set comes from Minor Monkey. Their Egyptian Cotton sheets are made from single ply threads that are really fine. The end result is a lightweight fabric with excellent softness. The material is durable and breathes well, even though the thread count is as high as 1000.
Sizes: California King, King, Queen, Full, Twin
Colors: White, Ivory, Sky Blue, Chocolate, Elephant Grey, Silver Grey
Ce Casa Esencia has a sheet set that is really top of the shelf. The 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets have a sateen weave, which gives them a more soft and silky feel than usual. The sheets are strong, classically beautiful and feel luxurious. Thanks to the long fiber length, they won’t pill. Just as if this wasn’t enough, Ce Casa Esencia has also put effort in the presentation. The sheets come in a beautiful box, so they are also a great option if you want to gift them to a family member of friend.
Thread Spread’s cotton sheets are made from Egyptian cotton that actually comes from Egypt. To be more exact, from the Valley of the Nile river. Quite a rare find these days. They have a nice crisp and soft feel to them and the sateen weave makes them extra smooth. The sheets are a bit prone to wrinkling, so it’s best to take them out of the dryer while they’re still a bit hot and fold them until they’re cool.
Sizes: California King, King, Split King, Queen
Colors: White, Cream, Light Blue, Red, Burgundy, Taupe, Silver, Dark Brown, Dark Grey, Deep Blue, Black, Sage, Navy, Lilac, Plum, Team, Blush, Royal Egyptian Blue, Diamond Maze White
Price: Starting at $115
These eLuxury Supply Egyptian cotton sheets have a sateen weave which makes them extremely smooth to the touch. The 1000 thread count means that the sheets are heavier than average but they are very good quality sheets. They wash well and come in a limited, but gorgeous variety of colors.
Sizes: California King, King, Queen, Full
Colors: White, Ivory, Sage, Burgundy, Gold, Taupe, Medium Blue
Price: Starting at $140
If you’re looking for ultimate comfort, go with these soft sateen weave sheets. They’re 100% Egyptian cotton of great quality and will make you feel like you’re sleeping on a million bucks. A little on the expensive side, but they will last for a long time, are so soft against your skin, and will gift you a wonderful night’s rest. This is definitely one of the best 1000 thread count sheets out there.
Sizes: California King, King, Queen, Full
Colors: Ivory, Sage, Light Blue, Burgundy, Taupe, Grey, Navy Blue, Medium Blue, White, Gold
Best 1000 Thread Count Sheets From Pima Cotton
Pima cotton is another high quality cotton that is used for making bedding. Some consider it even better that Egyptian cotton. These two top quality cottons make up only around 10% of cotton sheets in the world.
But what is pima cotton? The scientific name of this particular cotton plant is gossypium barbadense and it produces extra-long staple fibers. As we saw before, the staple (or length of the fiber) is what determines the quality of the fabric. The shorter the fiber, the higher number of threads you need to weave together to make a sheet and the more fiber ends there are sticking out of the fabric. As a result the fabric is less smooth and more prone to pilling. So as a rule of thumb, you want to go with long and extra-long staple cotton. Pima cotton is perfect for that.
The gossypium barbadense plant is not only the mother of pima cotton, but also of other extra-long staple cottons. The difference is simply where the cotton is grown. It requires a lot of sun, humidity, as well as rainfall in order to thrive, so not all places are suitable for this plant to grow. Originally, this type of cotton was cultivated in Peru and Ecuador. Later on, as it became widespread in the United States, it was the pima tribe of the American Indians who started growing it in the south-west. The tribe also gave the cotton its name. In addition to Peru and the US, pima cotton is now also grown in Australia. Out of all the cotton sheets sold in the US, pima cotton makes up about 3%.
A certain type of pima cotton that is exclusively grown in the US is sold under the trademark Supima®. The word comes from supreme and pima, and these are some pretty exclusive sheets. The Supima non-profit was formed in 1954 by a group of American farmers who saw the rising demand of pima cotton, but did not want the quality to start lacking, as often happens when the demand for something rises and the production wants to catch up with that. Today, there are only around 600 US manufacturers and retailers who are licensed to sell their product under the Supima label. Most of them are located in the Southwest of Far West, as Supima cotton requires a pretty specific environment and climate to grow well. So without further ado, here are our picks for the best 1000 thread count sheets made from Upland cotton.
AURAA Royale offers a very affordable sheet set made from Supima cotton. It’s often hard to find sheets from this high quality cotton under $100, so it’s a great find. But leaving the price tag aside, the sheets are heavy at a 1000 thread count. They have a sateen weave, which gives them a nice sheen and true smoothness. If you have a thick mattress, not to worry – the fitted sheet works well with mattresses up to 18”. The size selection is not that big. But they do come in beautiful neutral tones that give a delicate feel to your bed.
Sizes: King, Queen
Colors: White, Taupe, Charcoal, Ballad Blue, High Rise, Sea Foam
Price: Starting at $79
If you’re looking for a good quality pima cotton sheet set with a truly affordable price, then Moonstone’s 1000 thread count sheets are it. They come in solid color and there’s quite a few to choose from. You can go with a classic white or ivory or go with a more rich color like burgundy to give some extra feel to your bedroom. The sheets are really soft and fit mattresses up to 21”. So they’re a great pick if you have a thick mattress or a memory foam on top.
Sizes: California King, King, Queen, Full, Twin, Twin XL
Colors: Black, White, Ivory, Sage, Wine, Sky Blue, Lilac, Burgundy, Gold, Taupe, Chocolate, Navy Blue, Aqua Blue, Elephant Gray, Silver Gray
Serene Linens’ 1000 thread count sheets from 100% pima cotton come in a great variety of colors. So you’re sure to find the right one that fits your needs. The sheets are not as heavy as some other 1000 thread count sheets but they’re ever so soft and their quality is premium. While normal sheet sets usually include 2 pillowcases, Serene Linens generously adds 2 extra pillowcases. So it’s the perfect choice if you have more than 2 pillows, or just prefer to have another pair of quality pillowcases close by.
Sizes: California King, King, Queen, Olympic Queen, Full, Twin, Twin XL
Colors: Black, White, Ivory, Sage, Pink, Brick Red, Wine, Sky Blue, Burgundy, Gold, Lavender, Taupe, Grey, Peach, Chocolate, Navy Blue, Yellow, Silver, Purple, Orange, Beige, Royal Blue, Hot Pink, Moss, Aqua Blue, Blood Red, Mediterranean Blue, Parrot Green, Turquoise Blue
Threadmill Home Linen’s sheet set is made from Supima cotton. And is probably one of the best 1000 thread count sheets you can find. The extra long staples ensure that you get great quality sheets that are soft and won’t pill. As with some other cotton sheets, you may need to wash them a few times until their true softness starts coming out. But once it does, you can fully enjoy this luxurious set. Another reason to buy from Threadmill Home Linen is because they really step up their nature preserving game. The sheet sets are shipped straight from of the Threadmill factory, which runs completely on solar and wind energy. Plus, this helps keep the costs down, as there is no markup from a middleman. Threadmill also cuts down on the use of plastic by packaging their sheets in reusable 100% cotton tote bags.
Sizes: California King, King, Queen
Colors: White, Ivory
CottonWorks offers a beautiful sheet set from 100% pima cotton. The sheets are nice and thick and don’t let yourself get discouraged if they are a little stiff coming out of the package. This is normal for cotton. Just wash them and you’ll see firsthand how they become softer and softer over time and with each wash. This is a true high quality sheet made from extra-long staple cotton, with a sateen weave. A true investment for a good night’s sleep.
Sizes: King, Queen
Colors: White, Ivory
Best 1000 Thread Count Sheets From Upland Cotton
In case Egyptian cotton, pima cotton, and Supima cotton are over your budget limit, don’t worry. You can still find decent 1000 thread count sheets made from Upland cotton, also known as Mexican cotton. Their quality is not as high, so there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
The reason why Upland cotton is considered lower quality is because of its short or medium staple fibers. Staple represents the length of the fiber and this is a crucial aspect of all cotton sheets. As we saw above, short fibers simply have more fiber ends sticking out of the sheet and this reduces the softness. The second downside is that short and medium staple cotton sheets tend to pill more easily and are less durable. That’s because it’s quicker and easier for short fibers to start exiting the fabric and forming the pill, eventually becoming more prone to tearing.
Around 90% of all cotton sheets are made from Upland cotton, so it’s hugely popular and available. And even though it’s no match for Egyptian, pima, or Supima cotton, it still retains the main characteristics that cotton is loved and appreciated for. It’s a highly breathable fabric, it absorbs and wicks water, and is soft. So even if your budget is limited, you can still enjoy the greatness of the cotton fabric by picking from our selection of the best 1000 thread count sheets from Upland cotton.