If you're in the market for bed sheets, read Ellen Warren's primer in today's edition of the Chicago Tribune. "The four big things you need to keep in mind are fiber content, weave, finish and--to a lesser extent--thread count."
In terms of fiber content, it's interesting to note that Egyptian Cotton doesn't necessarily guarantee a better feel than other types of cotton or even blends. It's all a matter of personal preference. Also, in terms of thread count, "you want to buy 180 or higher (which is called percale), but anything higher than about 300 in plain weave or 400 in sateen is meaningless. And those claims of really high thread counts (more than about 400 in plain or about 700 in sateen) are most likely not true..."
4 questions to ask when buying sheets
- Wrinkles really bug you? Then a blend's for you.
- Do you need color and pattern? The dye and finish will make it rougher.
- Pilling or fuzzy sheets drive you nuts? Go 100 percent cotton.
- What about long wear? Look for polyester content.
So, the moral of the story is that you should think twice about paying hundreds of dollars for 100% Egyptian Cotton, 1000 thread count sheets.