Very soft and breathable
Not 100% bamboo
We purchased The Twillery Co.'s Alonzo 1800 Series Bamboo Blended Sheet Set so our writer could put it to the test in her own home Keep reading for our full product review.
The home products trend is moving toward incorporating more eco-friendly and sustainable options, including a significant rise in bamboo-based products. We tried out The Twillery Co. Alonzo 1800 Series bamboo blended sheet set to see if a bamboo blend held up as well as cotton. Bamboo has a lot of perks like increased breathability, lasting color, and it’s hypoallergenic, too. Read on to see what we thought about this set.
Material: Partially Eco-friendly
The big selling point of this sheet set is that they are made out of a bamboo blend consisting of 60 percent microfiber and 40 percent rayon from bamboo. While the bamboo is highly emphasized on the website and packaging, it would imply to an unassuming consumer that the sheets are made totally out of bamboo, but they are actually only 40 percent bamboo. Microfiber, which makes up the rest, is a synthetic fiber (usually polyester or nylon) that is much cheaper and quicker to produce than bamboo so many companies opt for a blend to keep costs down.
Compared to cotton, bamboo is much more sustainable than cotton. One acre of planted bamboo yields 10 times more product than on a cotton field, requires much less water, and self-replenishes after harvesting. A drawback of bamboo is that sheets made with cotton are usually more durable and hold up longer.
Regardless of the blend, bamboo sheets boast promises of breathability and being hypoallergenic. Since the material doesn’t trap heat or take on body oils the same way that cotton does, it offers a lot of benefits. Though these sheets aren’t fully bamboo, we felt that these sheets were breathable; we didn’t overheat and slept comfortably throughout the night.
One of the first descriptors on the packaging was “wrinkle-free,” which was something we did not experience initially. Upon removing the sheets from the packaging and making the bed, the sheets had set-in wrinkles. We chalked this up to it being in tight plastic packing for a long time. We waited until we had slept in the sheets and washed them before passing judgment. Once we pulled the sheets out of the dryer, then the sheets were wrinkle-free. We folded the sheets, and after spending a week packed tightly in our linen closet, the wrinkles were back. Not only were the wrinkles frustrating, but the misleading expectations on the packaging were frustrating.
Texture: Soft and Silky
Another inherent quality of bamboo sheets is that they are typically much softer than cotton—and they were extremely soft. They were easy to slide into and even easier to sleep in. This is partially due to the bamboo and also due in large part to the microfiber blend. Microfiber is lightweight and its tight weave makes them very soft. The downside of microfiber is that a tight weave often means poor temperature regulation, but fortunately, this blend with the bamboo still allows breathability.
The Twillery Co. offers eight different colors for their Alonzo sheets. We opted for the sage green which complimented our tan and red master bedroom but you can also choose from a number of bolder colors like aqua, grey, and sky blue, or muted colors such as ivory, silver, white, or linen. Though limited, all of the color options are very tasteful and can fit with any color scheme.
Washing: Just as soft
To launder the sheets, the instructions say to launder with like colors and to tumble dry on low heat. It also recommends not ironing the sheets, so if you are looking for super crisp sheets even after they’ve been neatly folded in the closet, these will not meet your expectations.
Straight from the dryer to the bed, we were able to make a very neat looking bed with these sheets. The elastic around the fitted sheet and significantly deep pockets made making our queen-sized bed a simple task. It's too bad the elastic isn’t taught enough to pull out the wrinkles these sheets have after being folded up.
After the first wash and dry, they felt as soft as they did right out of the package. They were perhaps the slightest bit less silky but not noticeably so. They held up well without any pills or textural differences.
Thread Count and Weave: Shiny and smooth
Some bedding manufacturers would have you believe that the higher the thread count on sheets, the higher the quality they are. When in reality, thread count is just one of the factors to indicate a good set of sheets. Thread count, or the number of threads per square inch of fabric, can be a valuable factor to consider, but some manufacturers exaggerate these numbers. A thread count of 300 to 900 is usually considered good to high quality.
But when that count gets ridiculously high, in the example of the Alonzo sheets, which boasts a 1,800 thread count, the number is misleading. We suspect that these sheets were fabricated using multi-ply yarn. Multi-ply yarn counts all the small pieces within a single thread as part of the thread count and helps to inflate these numbers. While we aren’t sure how scientific the thread count is here, there is no doubt that these sheets are very soft. The weave is sateen, which is the reason it appears a bit shiny and contributes to the silky smooth surface.
Price: On target for a bamboo blend
The retail price for these sheets is $99; however, they are usually sold for $29. This might be another marketing ploy. When it comes to bamboo sheets, the Alonzo price point is on the lower end, but this likely due to these sheets being a bamboo blend and not 100 percent bamboo.
Rayon from bamboo is the least sustainable and cheapest way to turn bamboo into fabric. Bamboo-based rayon fibers are made when bamboo is treated with harsh chemicals. That processing can add to air pollution, and the chemical residue can even off-gas in your home. The most sustainable and eco-friendly 100 percent bamboo sheets, can cost upwards of $100 to $250.
For the $30 price point, the Twillery Co. sheets are priced right. They have nice detailed edging on the pillowcases and a luminous sheen that makes for a very soft product.
Competition: Bamboo options abound
The Bamboo Collection Sheet Set at Target: We compared The Bamboo Collection 100 percent bamboo sheet set to the Twillery set. Though The Bamboo Collection is four times the price, the texture is noticeably silkier. On its own, The Twillery set is very soft, but when you compare it to an all-bamboo sheet, it’s not in the same league. On the plus side, the Twillery set is a little more modern and clean, while the Bamboo Collection sheets have a plain weave and rougher finishes.
LuxClub 6pc Sheet Set: For about the same price as The Twillery set, you can also check out the LuxClub 6pc Sheet Set. LuxClub also uses a bamboo and microfiber blend for their sheets but they include four pillowcases standard as opposed to Twillery’s two. Additionally, LuxClub has 43 different color options, which is an incredible variety compared to The Twillery Co.
Only halfway to eco-friendly.
If you are looking for more earth-friendly sheets, the Twillery Alonzo Modern Rayon from Bamboo really only gets you part of the way there. The cost is lower than the average 100 percent bamboo set and the product is incredibly comfortable to sleep in both due to the softness and breathability. If you are just looking for a great set of sheets regardless of the environmental considerations, then this is definitely worth it.
- Product Name Alonzo 1800 Series Bamboo Blended Sheet Set
- Product Brand The Twillery Co.
- SKU W001450020
- Price $99.99
- Color Aqua, gray, ivory, sage, silver, white, sky blue, linen
- Material 60% microfiber, 40% bamboo from rayon
- Sizes Twin, full, queen, king
- Includes One fitted sheet, one top sheet, two pillowcases