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If the only thing you know about bamboo is that giant pandas love to eat it, friend, you’re missing out. Bamboo also happens to make the most beautiful bedlinen. Not only in terms of its looks (it’s very drapey, giving it a vintage / rustic look - think a French farmhouse), but its feel too. Bamboo sheets are silky smooth, without ever being cold. Slipping under them delivers a comfortable and cool night’s sleep. Thermo-regulating, bamboo bed sheets are warm in the winter yet pleasantly cool in the summer.
We’ve rounded up the best bamboo sheets in Australia so you can enjoy all the bamboo benefits for yourself. (Oh, and bamboo sheets don’t use the bamboo giant pandas eat so you’re not depriving them of lunch. Promise.)
How we picked the best bamboo sheets
To find the best bamboo sheet sets in Australia we looked for:
- Hands-on experience: bamboo sheets we’ve slept on gave us good insights into how they look, feel and perform. We also sifted through bamboo sheet reviews to see how real Aussie sleepers found them.
- Availability: a biggie - are the bamboo sheets actually easily available in Australia without incurring expensive shipping costs?
- Australian owned businesses: we love to support local so we wanted to include Aussie businesses, where possible.
- Eco-friendliness: bamboo is definitely cleaner than cotton (it needs less water for starters) but it can still undergo an environmentally damaging manufacturing process. We looked for companies that try to be environmentally responsible.
- 100% bamboo: the material had to be 100% bamboo, not a blend.
The 5 best bamboo sheets in Australia
This wouldn’t be a guide to the best bamboo sheet sets without mentioning Ecoy. I (Cosier editor Sarah) absolutely love Ecoy bamboo sheets which are made from organic bamboo viscose. (Read me rave about them in my Ecoy hands-on review.) These sheets are buttery soft and silky, without ever being cold or slippery. They’re so breathable and cool, making them the perfect choice for hot sleepers.
It’s not just the feel and quality of these bamboo sheets that I love (they even wash like a dream). It’s also that Aussie company Ecoy does good for the environment. They’re members of 1% for the Planet, which means at least 1% of their annual profits are donated to environmental charities. So, it’s guilt-free shopping and sleeping.
Although currently there are only a few colour options, more are coming.
Choose this if…
You want the softest, coolest sheets I’ve ever slept on.
Australian born, Ettitude bamboo sheets are now the darling of the rest of the world, especially America. Whereas Ecoy chooses organic bamboo viscose, Ettitude goes with organic bamboo lyocell. What’s the difference? Ettitude says that bamboo viscose goes through a chemical manufacturing process while their CleanBamboo uses a non-toxic solvent (which is still a chemical, by the way). In terms of the look and feel, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between bamboo viscose sheets and bamboo lyocell.
We love that Ettitude offers a wide range of colours and patterns and that you have a choice of sateen or sateen+ fabric. Both silky soft and smooth, sateen+ is enhanced with charcoal to absorb unwanted smells, wick away moisture and reduce bacteria. Aussie sleepers love Ettitude sheets, especially for their coolness and breathability and how well they wash. Although, there are recent complaints about the perceived quality of them.
Ettitude has a great range of sustainability initiatives, including belonging to 1% for the Planet, introducing 100% plastic-free packing and becoming Climate Neutral certified.
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You want the most eco-friendly bamboo sheets possible.
Another proudly Aussie company, Ecosa is making waves in the sustainability space too. They’re Australia’s first certified carbon neutral mattress company and Ecosa bamboo bedding is eco-friendly too. Made of organic bamboo, Ecosa bamboo sheets have a sateen weave. This gives extra silky smoothness, while still remaining light and breathable.
Ecosa bamboo sheets have some great details. These include keep in place clips so your sheets stay in place all night long, and label cues telling you the size and side. They come in a great range of classic colours to suit every home and style. Note that they only go up to a queen size - there’s no king option for Ecosa bamboo sheets.
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You’re all about the details.
For the greatest range of colours and patterns, we haven’t seen better than Aussie company Mulberry Threads’ bamboo sheets. They come in a gorgeous selection of classic, muted colours (think olive, clay and blush) and patterns, including gingham and stripes. That’s because Mulberry Threads’ bamboo sheets are Australian designed, giving you a better choice than just the stock manufacturer colours.
Even better, they have kids bamboo sheets sets so your kids can enjoy the benefits of bamboo too. Mulberry Threads sheets are made from 100% organic bamboo with a sateen weave for ultimate drapability - with these looks, you’ll want to show them off.
Mulberry Threads is partnered with i=Change. Every time you buy, you’ll choose one of three Aussie charities which Mulberry Threads will donate $1 to on your behalf.
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You want the most beautiful looking bamboo sheets.
Bamboo Sheets Australia
Bamboo Sheets Australia is an Australian family business, so shopping here will give you the warm fuzzies. Like the rest of the bamboo sheets in our guide, their sheets are made from 100% certified organic bamboo. Like Ecoy, they opt for viscose over lyocell. They also opt for plastic-free packaging and instead use reusable bamboo storage bags.
Bamboo Sheets Australia sheet sets come in a range of beautiful muted colours, including sky blue, pistachio and teal. We love that they offer ‘deep wall’ sheet options, which are suited to high mattresses. For the smallest members of the family, you can also buy bassinet and cot sheets.
Choose this if…
You want to support an Aussie family business.
How much do bamboo sheets cost?
For a bamboo sheet set which contains a fitted sheet, flat sheet and 1-2 standard pillowcases, you’re looking at between $180 for a single to around $260 for a king. The higher price points tend to reflect more well-known and international brand names (hello Ettitude).
What is the ideal thread count for bamboo sheets?
The thread count on bamboo sheets is normally within 250 and 350. But beware this tricky question - you can’t compare the thread count on bamboo sheets with cotton sheets. Why not? Well, thread count is the number of horizontal and vertical threads woven into 1 square inch of fabric. It's intended to tell you how soft a fabric is. Traditionally, the higher the thread count on cotton sheets, the higher the quality (and price). In Egyptian cotton sheets, the thread count can be as high as 700.
But bamboo fibres are naturally softer, more breathable and lighter weight than cotton fibres. So regardless of thread count, bamboo sheets are going to feel softer. Plus, this lower thread count leaves more air to circulate which is why bamboo is known for its breathability.
What are the pros and cons of bamboo sheets?
The pros of bamboo sheets include that they’re incredibly soft; breathable; moisture wicking; thermo-regulating; highly durable; and somewhat eco-friendly, depending on the material used. Bamboo is quicker to grow than cotton though, uses less water than cotton and can be harvested sustainably. See our guide to cotton vs. bamboo sheets.
The cons of bamboo sheets include that they’re often made with chemicals (so not quite as green as some brands claim); they’re expensive; and need some care to keep them looking their best. They might wash well but warm water increases the risk of shrinking. They do best on gentle settings with mild detergents.