When buying sheets, we always choose one with high thread count. The higher the thread count, the higher the quality of the sheets. However, a higher thread count doesn’t mean you’re buying a better quality sheet. “If you got sheet beyond 400 threads per square inch, you could doubt its quality,” Julian Tomchin told The New York Times.
Thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch. For bedding, that number maxes out around 400. Thus, to create sheets with 1,000-plus numbers, users have to employ some creative counting.
To create sheets with 1000 thread count, manufactures always consider the fabric’s ply. Ply is how many yarns are twisted together to make a single thread. Two-ply means that two yarns are twisted together to make a single thread that is then woven into the fabric while three-ply means that three yarns are twisted together.
Some manufacturers double or triple the thread count by counting each of the strands individually, increasing the price. For the actual quality of the linens, this has little effect. Other manufacturers might increase the thread count by using thinner threads, shortening the linen’s lifespan without increasing comfort.
In the early 20000s, the first 1,000-plus thread count sheets hit the shelves, and manufacturers use it to differentiate themselves from the competition. These sheets have a higher-ply as well as higher thread count because they use very fine cotton. Although labeling thread count prior to this was virtually unheard of, the competition followed suit. Actually, it is a voluntary standard that it only counts threads, and manufacturers are not forced to comply.
Inflating thread count tricks consumers into a purchase. All leading authorities agree that thread count alone is not an indicator of quality. Higher thread count doesn’t guarantee better sheets according to a test from Consumer Reports. Actually, some of these practices will lead to heavy sheets that don’t breathe well or feel stiff and uncomfortable.