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Last Updated on March 29, 2024

Are Bamboo Bed Sheets Really Cooling And Why?

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Written By Alex Petrović

Certified Sleep Consultant

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Bamboo has so many benefits and bamboo bed sheets have all the same benefits while giving you a comfortable sleep.

The bamboo bedding world has become increasingly popular as people are more familiar with their natural properties. Not only has it been said that bamboo bedding is super soft, but it is also promoted for hot sleepers to help with night sweats. This is just one of their advantages but are they really cool?

Well, we have tried our fair share of bamboo bedding so we can tell you a little bit about what we have found when using them.

What makes bamboo bedding cooling?

So, we can confirm that bamboo bedding is cool and they have been made with that intention. The reason is that bamboo is naturally breathable, cool to the touch and lightweight. All of these work together to stop you from overheating.

That is just the baseline of it, however, bamboo bed sheets are moisture-wicking. Due to them being breathable, moisture and heat can circulate whilst wicking away before you reach a level of getting too hot. Unlike most sheets, bamboo does not absorb and retain heat – it keeps you feeling fresh and clean all night. Although bamboo sheets can absorb more water (sweat) than others, it is not retained. Some are even temperature-controlling to keep you cool when it's warm and warm when it's cool.

Bamboo duvet and bedding

Best bamboo sheets

Bedding sets include a duvet cover, fitted sheet, pillowcases and sometimes the addition of a flat sheet. This is no different for bamboo bedding sets – you can get them in a full set too so why not have a look at some of the best options?

Panda 100% Bamboo Bedding

One of the best bamboo sheets you will find. Panda's 100 per cent bamboo sheets are available in five different colours so you’re sure to find a set that matches your colour scheme. Their complete bedding set includes pillowcases, a duvet cover and a fitted sheet – there is the alternative of buying the products separately, as well as a flat sheet.

The full set is super soft to the touch and will definitely keep you cool on warmer nights. Panda’s bedding has been made sustainable which is a bonus. Of course, the bamboo bedding is naturally antibacterial, hypoallergenic and kind to your skin.

Bamboo bedding by Panda London

Kuddly Bamboo Bedding Set

This bamboo bed set is only available in two colour ways (white or grey) and in two sizes (double or king). Even though there is a limited selection, this does not affect the quality of the bedding. It is made to suit those with any allergies, those with sensitive skin and anyone who is looking for the best bamboo sheets that will not make your hair frizzy.

Of course, these bedding sets are also antibacterial and temperature-regulating due to them being made with renewable 100% bamboo fabric. You can take control of your breakouts, damaged hair, night sweats and allergies with a simple switch of your bedding. It is worth noting they are easy to clean as they can be popped in the washing machine.

White bamboo bedding set

M&S Bamboo Cotton Blend Sateen Set

Another great choice is the bed sheets from M&S, however, the products need to be purchased individually and not in a full set. There is a bamboo duvet cover, fitted sheet, deep fitted sheet, extra deep fitted sheet, flat sheet, and 2-pack pillowcase set. So, even for those worried a fitted sheet won't fit over their mattress and mattress topper, these options have you covered.

This bedding collection is slightly different to the others because it is a bamboo cotton blend sateen rather than 100% bamboo. Thankfully, it still draws moisture from the sheets to keep you cool throughout the night. These products are majority bamboo so you have the perks of a silk-like fabric and antibacterial properties.

Black bamboo cotton sateen blend duvet

Cosy House Collection Luxury Bamboo Sheets – 4-Piece Bedding Set

The Cosy House luxury bedsheets have the broadest colour selection, making it very likely that they have the colour you are after. Their bamboo bedding set contains a fitted sheet, a duvet cover and two pillowcases (excluding Single which only has one). Again, they are not bed sheets made from 100% bamboo so not the most sustainable pick. Nevertheless, it is high quality and suitable all year round with the ability to adjust to your body temperature.

You already know you will have a lovely sleep with the durable and soft bamboo bedding. 

An added bonus to this set is the fitted sheet having elasticated straps to keep it secure on a deep mattress – genius.

Luxury bamboo sheets by Cosy House Collection

Why is bamboo bedding a good choice?

We have briefly touched on some of the benefits of bamboo sheets, but we will go into more detail for you to see that they are pretty impressive products.

Temperature control

The moisture-wicking properties help with the temperature control of the bedding. Due to this, you can use the bed sheets all year round without getting too hot or too cold. If you begin to sweat, the bamboo helps to absorb it and continue air flow to keep you cool.

However, when it is colder in the winter, you can still count on your bamboo bedding to keep you warm. Bamboo is insulating so you can stay cosy while you are sleeping.

Beautifully soft

It is worth noting how incredibly soft bamboo bedding is. These bed sheets have a silky feel to them, pretty much as soft as silk. The fabric is really gentle on your skin so there will be no skin irritation. Those with sensitive skin can enjoy the luxury of bamboo.

Bamboo bedding on a bed

Hypoallergenic properties

One of the natural benefits is that bamboo is hypoallergenic so anyone who suffers from allergies can know they will have a comfortable night's sleep.

Antibacterial properties

Another property of bamboo is being naturally antibacterial so it is fairly easy to maintain clean bed sheets. Bamboo will help to prevent bed bugs and dust mites, keeping it fresher for longer.

Sustainably grown

The bamboo used for these products tends to be grown in managed forests that meet environmental standards – therefore, you know that the bamboo grows without harming the planet. When growing bamboo, it uses a third less water than when you grow cotton which immediately makes it a lot more sustainable. What's more, no harmful substances or chemicals and no pesticides are used to grow the bamboo plants.

How to wash bamboo bedding

The thought of washing your bamboo bedding sets might seem like a tedious job that requires special care. However, you will find that most of them do not.

In most cases, you can just pop them in the washing machine on a low-temperature wash – the same as you would for your delicate laundry. It is usually ideal for them to be washed with non-bio washing powder for the best results and to reduce the chances of skin irritation. Once they have been through the wash, you leave them out to air dry. If you need them to dry quicker, you can tumble dry on a low setting.

Always remember to check the care instructions that come with the bed sheets, but they should be fairly straightforward. After every wash, you will find the bamboo bedding gets softer and softer.

Turning a washing machine on


If you are already using a bamboo mattress, then you should consider bamboo bedding too. You will always be able to have the perfect night's sleep because the bamboo sheets will work with your body temperature. Also, who wouldn't want a beautifully soft bed sheet set?

There are so many positives to using bamboo bedding so it is worth having a look at. The only downfall is that they can be more expensive than other cotton bedsheets. However, they are durable and of excellent quality which can weigh out the negatives. Or you could start off with a pillowcase set to see how it feels on your skin and hair, then decide if you want to invest in full bedding sets.

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Alex Petrović
Sleep Consultant
A CPD certified Sleep Consultant with more than 2000 hours of research into all the different ways we can get a great night's sleep. As a former insomniac, I know how difficult life can be without a nightly recovery and I love that I get to share everything I've learned with you all. So hopefully we can all sleep soundly!
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