Anyone shopping for sheets these days will be bombarded with the term thread count. When asking most sales people, they will advise you to buy sheets with the highest count in order get the best quality sheets. Stofnodig Markt Utrecht It is believed that the higher the thread count the finer the fabric, because the higher count produces a tighter weave, creating a softer, smoother and stronger sheet.
Thread counts can range from as low as 80 and as high as 1000! It is a measure of the coarseness or quality of fabric, often referred to as TPI (threads per inch). Standard cotton counts are around 150, while good quality sheets start at 180. According to Consumer Reports any count above 400 will likely only provide a higher price tag. If you understand that a thread count consists of the number of horizontal and vertical threads in one square inch of fabric. You might ask yourself, how can they get 1000 threads running vertically and horizontally in one square inch? Good question.
Sometimes we can be fooled as some manufacturers will insert two-ply cotton or multiples together and give them a higher count. Some manufacturers will count each fiber that makes up a thread. Which means one single thread could have three plies twisted together. While one manufacturer counts this as one thread another may count it as three, thus skewing the actual count of threads. What this means to you is a 300 count is now a 600 count. That is why a 300 count can sometimes feel superior to a 600 thread count. Even though the FTC has ruled that they should only be counted as one thread this is not being enforced. So to answer your question how can manufacturers claim to have thread counts as high as 1000, the short answer is you can’t according to Consumer Reports.
Manufacturers have a product and they are using thread count as a marketing tool. They want us to believe that the bigger the count the better the quality of sheets. This can present a problem if a manufacturer uses an inferior cotton thread with a high thread count. Most people see the high count on the package and think they are getting a good quality sheet when actually they are paying a higher price for an inferior product. They could have bought a sheet set using a higher quality thread, with a lower count for less money and go home with a superior product. A thread count of 200 high quality fibers can feel better and be a better quality sheet than one that has a 400 count using low quality twisted threads.
When shopping for sheets make sure to compare products that have the same quality of cotton with the same thread count. Be sure to read the label for the percentage of cotton and the type of cotton used. Cotton quality is as important if not more important in determining the quality of a sheet. Now when shopping for sheets you will have a better understanding of what to look for and you won’t be fooled by packaging.
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