LightSpiral wrote:For lesser quality cottons I agree. However, actual REAL Egyptian Cotton (EC) is much softer and lower thread counts in EC are superior to those cheap cottons touting 800, 1000, 1200+ thread counts. After all, if it feels like wood fiber, adding more wood fibers doesn't necessarily help the softness.
I've slept on nothing but Egyptian Cotton sheets for over a decade. They are great!
OK, guys, here's the real deal: The thread count, as you both know, is threads per square inch. BUT what makes the difference in softness and comfort is the ply--many, many high thread count sheets are made with yarns that are actually as high as four ply, that is, four threads twisted together--what that means is that you are getting possibly a more durable sheet, but not a better or softer one. The BEST, softest, sheets are made with single ply yarns--so a 500 TC of single ply yarns is going to be softer than a 1600 of double, triple, or quadruple ply. There is also a difference between sateen sheets and percale sheets. Sateen is a type of weave that is much smoother than a percale sheet; which you like is a matter of preferance. I like Sateen, even knowing that percale is a bit more durable, sateen feels better to me. When you buy 1600 thread count sheets and say they're softer, unless that's single ply yarn, you're fooling yourself. I wish this listing said whether these were single ply yarns..I'd jump at this if they were.