We’ll make this a quick & easy read, listing the pros and cons of each weave below, so you can make an informed purchase decision.
- A crisp, cool hand-feel.
- It’s the same weave as luxury hotel linens or your Grandma’s comfy sheets!
- Great durability while maintaining softness.
- Breathability; it provides a ‘cool’ sleep on warm nights and ‘warm’ sleep on cool nights.
- Will stand up to years of use.
- Easy to care for.
- More prone to wrinkles.
- Doesn’t have a sheen, or shiny appearance.
- Slick, smooth hand feel.
- An initial, nice sheen to the fabric. (This sheen loses its luster with washing/use.)
- Can have a shiny appearance.
- Slightly more wrinkle-resistant.
- Less durable.
- More susceptible to pilling.
- Does not breathe well.
- Shiny appearance & sheen fades with use.
The Percale weave is the better choice for 95% of people. The primary exception is if you have very sensitive skin. We at Authenticity 50 chose to go with a Percale weave because the combination of a fabulous, crisp, soft hand-feel combined with superior durability resonated with our core values. That said, to get the best out of either weave you want to be using the highest quality cotton available - for us that meant Extra-Long Staple Supima® cotton - superior to and more expensive than Egyptian cotton - that is also grown in America.
The breathability of our Supima® cotton contributes to improved comfort and a better night's sleep by regulating temperature in your bed. Many companies market Sateen sheet sets as a ‘luxury’ sheet. However, think about your Grandma’s super soft linens or your favorite high-end hotel’s white sheets; they are absolutely a Percale weave, with good reason! Percale offers you the best night’s sleep, and does so with style and substance.