Should we choose sheets with 1000 thread count? Generally, manufacturers always inflate thread count, and it is very usual to see misleading labels in the marketplace. When choosing sheets and duvet covers, what should we consider?
What Is Thread Count?
Thread count means the number of threads woven together in a square inch. Both the vertical and horizontal weave of the fabric are counted up to determine thread count. To increase the overall thread count, manufacturers always add additional threads to the weft. The thread count of these sheets can raise the count over 1000.
Big Retailers Do It
In fact, even some big retails also inflate the thread count of their brand of sheets. For instance, a person bought a sheet with an 800 thread count from a big retailer, but she found the sheets were actually had a count of around 400 threads per square inch.
Why Manufactures Inflate Thread Counts?
More and more users choose sheets with higher thread count. Consumers have been fed this lie – the higher the thread count, the better its quality. Generally, this has some truth in a limited way. The quality of sheets depends on a number of factors, and thread count is one of them.
People like purchasing sheets which are labeled with 800 thread count, 1000 thread count and even more because they think high thread count means high quality.
Picks and Misleading Labels
Weavers say: “no sheet has a count greater than 500 to 600 threads for every square inch.” It is safe to assume that 1000-count sheets are using false information on the label since they are the ones who would know. Weavers like inflating the thread count.
Ply and Labels Lies
Manufacturers also use the ply of the thread to double or quadruple the number, inflating the thread count. Extra-Long Staples, or ELS are high-quality Egyptian sheets with extra long fibers. These single-ply strands are extremely soft, extra fine, and very durable.
However, Egyptian cotton sheets are expensive since this type of cotton makes up just 4% of the world’s supply of cotton. To make longer stands, sheet makers use lower quality short fibers from Egyptian cotton that are mixed and blended together. Compared with the single ply, ELS cotton, this thread is not soft, as long lasting or as lustrous. However, we cannot find this information on the label. The manufacturers falsify the information and charge higher prices.
Sheets using two-ply thread double the thread count. Sheets using four-ply quadruple the thread count.