Egyptian cotton sheets not only are softer, longer lasting but also don’t pill easily. More and more people like purchasing Egyptian cotton sheets, but most of them are more likely to buy low-end sheets and duvet covers with high-end prices.
A New York woman bought sheets labeled with “800 Natural” from a national retailer. But, experts confirmed that the thread count was 408 instead of 800. She accused this retailer of doubling the thread count and the prices. The national retailer used two-ply cotton strands to make their sheets, making 400 count sheets into 800 counts.
Makers in countries like China, Portugal, India, and even Egypt apply different thread count standards to their sheets and duvet covers to get around the labeling. Makers usually use two- or four-ply threads, and they inflate their thread counts on the label. In fact, you can feel the difference.
Conversely, sheets and duvet covers made with 100% Egyptian cotton contain a single ply of long yarn of pure cotton fiber. Sheets made of single ply and the greater length last longer and feel softer to your skin.
Your sheets are 250 or 500 counts, but you might think you are getting 1000 thread count because of the company exaggerates. Knowing thread count helps you understand the controversy, making you spot fakes.
It is important to read all the fine print. You might think you are buying the highest quality cotton if you read the wording on the label.
If you see “feels like Egyptian cotton” on the label, this sheet is probably a polyester blend, not cotton at all.
Check the word “ply” on the label! If you see ply, don’t buy it because it is made with short fibers that are threaded together to produce one long thread.