When looking for sheets for your bed, there are so many different options these days that it can get confusing to figure out which you need for what purpose. After all, there are percale sheets, satin sheets, silk sheets, microfiber sheets, cotton, pima cotton, Egyptian cotton, flannel, tencel, etc… how is a person supposed to know what to choose?
Fortunately, there is a lot of information about what types of fabrics and weaves are good choices depending on what you want to do with them. Let's dive in and look at the main differences between satin and microfiber.
What Is Satin?
Satin is often confused with silk, but that's for a good reason: high quality satin is made from silk. You see, satin is a type of fabric weave, not a fabric itself. Satin can be woven from fabrics such as silk, nylon, or polyester. Many things that are labeled as “satin” today aren't made from silk, they're made from synthetic fabrics instead.
The satin weave itself is very soft and smooth; this is a result of the warp yarns running from top to bottom and the weft yarns that run across them only overlap at certain intervals. There is even more than one type of satin weave and it's all dependent on how many weft yarns overlay how many warp yarns.
Then, What's Sateen? Is It The Same?
Sateen is also confused with satin, but also for a good reason: sateen fabrics are simply satin fabrics that are made with cotton instead of silk or other synthetic fibers. This is why sateen sheets are as smooth as they are.
What Is Microfiber?
Most of us know that microfiber is soft and smooth, as well; but it is a type of fiber used to produce fabric, not a weave. Microfiber is a synthetic fiber that is extremely fine, even finer than a strand of silk. Most microfibers are made from synthetic fibers such as polyester and polypropylene, a primary practical difference between the two being that the former (polyester) isn't recyclable, while the latter (polypropylene) is.
While single strands of microfiber are weak, sheets and other products that are made with them tend to be tightly woven and quite strong, even though they don't weigh that much. If you're going to go with microfiber anything, make sure it's not low quality. Price is important here, but read reviews first.
Which To Buy?
Microfiber sheets breathe very well and are soft, while satin sheets are smooth. Microfiber sheets are also hypoallergenic, often stain resistant, and resistant to dust mites and other pests. Satin sheets tend to be more expensive, because the most common type of satin sheets are made of cotton, so if you're looking for the smoothness of satin in a cotton sheet, what you're searching for is “sateen sheets”.
Here Are The Best Satin Sheets
Chateau Home Collection Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheets
These sheets from Chateau Home Collection are made of 100% Egyptian cotton and come in 15 different colors. They include a fully elasticized fitted sheet that fits mattresses up to 15 inches deep, a flat sheet, and 2 pillow cases.
Brielle 100-Percent Sateen Modal from Beech Sheet Set
This set of sateen sheets is made from modal fibers, which is a synthetic fiber most often produced from Beech trees. It's considered a type of rayon, because rayon comes from tree fibers. The modal used in this sheet set comes from Europe.
This set includes a flat sheet, a fitted sheet with 16 inch pockets, and 2 standard size pillow cases.
Brielle 630 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set
These sheets from Brielle are made of 100% Egyptian cotton and come in a 630 thread count sateen weave using single ply yarns only. The fitted sheet fits up to a 17 inch mattress and the set comes in over 10 different colors.
Mayfair Linen Bedding Collection Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheets
Mayfair Linens are known for good quality sheet products and these are no exception. This set is made of 100% Egyptian cotton and comes in 8 different colors. The fitted sheet will fit up to a 16 inch mattress.
Here Are The Best Microfiber Sheets
MALOUF Double Brushed Microfiber Bed Sheet Set
Malouf has always produced top quality bedding, so it's no surprise that these double brushed microfiber sheets are top of the line, also. They come in over 12 different colors and they will fit mattresses from 6” to 18” deep.
The fitted sheet is also fully elasticized, which means the elastic goes all the way around the sheet and isn't just in the corners.
Beckham Hotel Collection Microfiber Sheet Set
These bed sheets are soft, comfortable, wrinkle-resistant and stain resistant. For the price, it's hard to beat the quality of these. They come with a fully elasticized fitted sheet that fits mattresses up to 16” deep, a flat sheet, and 2 pillow cases.
Southshore Microfiber Extra Deep Pocket Sheet Set
These are the deepest pocket sheets that we've found in microfiber thus far. The fitted sheet will fit mattresses up to 21” deep. They come with 4 oversized pillow cases (except for the twin size, it comes with 2). If you use a mattress topper, these are likely to be the best fit that you'll find. They come in over 15 different colors.
Sonoro Kate Bed Microfiber Sheet Set
This set from Sonoro Kate is 1800 thread count and includes a fully elasticized sheet capable of fitting mattresses up to 16” deep. It includes 2 standard size pillow cases and is resistant to fading, shrinking, wrinkles, and stains.