Bamboo rayon sheets are becoming more and more popular. Today we wanted to talk about a very affordable set that we bought a while ago. Made from bamboo rayon and microfiber blend, it’s one of the biggest surprises so far.
This Zen Bamboo 1800 Series Rayon Sheet Set review is meant to help you find out everything there is for these sheets. After reading it, you’ll be ready to decide whether it’s a purchase you want to make.
Before we start with all the details, these are the biggest bad and good sides about the Zen Bamboo 1800 Series Rayon Sheet Set, we felt you need to know:
- Affordable price
- Stay put on the mattress
- Trap heat
- Loose threads
- Pill after a while
What are the Zen Bamboo 1800 Series Rayon Sheets Made of?
The best thing you can do before purchasing a set of sheets is learning more about the material used in the manufacturing process. There sheets are made of 40% bamboo-derived rayon and 60% microfiber. They have a luxurious and soft feel. According to Zen Bamboo, they only use high-quality bamboo yarns with high-strength brushed microfiber to achieve the durability and comfort of these sheets.
The thread count is 1800, which means there are 1800 threads woven into one square inch of fabric. This is a very important feature when buying cotton sheets, but it’s not quite as crucial when it comes to a blend of bamboo rayon and microfiber. This is a material that is already soft, so numbers like 1800 are mostly mentioned for advertising purposes.
Although the brand clearly states that the sheets are made in the USA, the tags on them tell a different story. The sets that we received have tags that clearly say they were made in China. The country of production is an important factor for numerous customers. That’s why we wish Zen Bamboo were more transparent.
Now, let’s get more into detail about what you’ll receive in a set. The available sizes are Twin, Full, Queen, King, and California King. Each set comes with a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and two pillowcases. Only the Twin size is packed with a single pillowcase. What you might find as useful information is that the pillowcases in the King sizes are bigger to fit the king mattress.
We know that everyone wants their sheets to elevate the bedroom décor, so having a wide variety of colors to choose from is always a plus. The Zen Bamboo 1800 series Rayon Sheet set is available in twelve different shades. Most of the hues are on the dark side, but you’ll also find the classic white, taupe, cream, and sky blue. We do love these sheets’ performance, which means we would also love if the company expanded their color range as well.
Our Zen Bamboo 1800 Series Rayon Sheets review
Here’s a sheet with all our findings regarding the shear, tensile, smoothness, weight, thickness, thermal conductivity of the fabric. Below we explain more thoroughly why and how we got these scores:
These sheets are so soft we could spend all day laying on them! But, in reality, things are much more complicated. Aside from softness, numerous other features determine the comfort of bed sheets. Let’s not forget to mention that the sheets became softer after several washes, even though they’re not made of cotton.
During most nights, the sheets stayed put on the mattress and didn’t slip or move. There was one night when the fitted sheet slid off the corners in the middle of the night. That slightly ruined the comfort of our sleep, but we’re people who toss and turn a lot. If you don’t sleep with a partner, we doubt that you’ll have any comfort department problems.
The major thing we can complain about was the trapped heat on the nights when the weather was really hot. That doesn’t come much as a surprise, but it still influenced our score.
For you to better understand our final comfort grade, we decided also to include these scientific findings. When researching the tensile of the material, we reached a score of 8.1 out of 10. For shear, we got a 7.3 out of 10 and a smoothness score of 8.4. All these results led us to a score of 7.9 out of 10 for comfort.
Right after taking the sheets out of the packaging, we noticed many loose threads, and that’s never a good sign. If a product doesn’t leave you a good first impression, it takes a lot to fix it. That’s why we felt like we needed to spend a long time sleeping on these sheets to give the most honest opinion.
Aside from the loose threads, the thing that really made us reconsider purchasing again is the overlapping stitching. The good thing is that it was only present on one of the fitted sheets that we got. All of the other parts of the sets featured decent stitching.
The fabric is thick but soft. We strongly believe that it will be a durable purchase from our overall experience, aside from the slight pilling after months of use. Thankfully, it only happened to one of the fitted sheets (yes, we purchased several sets). We couldn’t find the exact reason why it happened, but it’s worth mentioning.
Also, to be 100% transparent, there is a slight mismatch in color from what you see on the pictures online. This was not a big deal for us. In fact, we liked the hues that we received even more.
One of the best things about this product is the very affordable price. Starting at $27.49 for the Twin size, going up to $33.99 for Queen size, the sheets are a real bargain. It’s hard to find a set that doesn’t cost a fortune but still features decent quality.
Yes, this is not the highest quality bamboo-derived rayon. Still, when you consider the great breathability, good comfort, and maintenance, you’ll want to purchase the Zen Bamboo sheets. At this price range, we doubt that you’ll find a better alternative. A 6.7 out of 10 for quality from our team.
According to Zen Bamboo, these sheets are made with eco-friendly bamboo fabric blend with microfiber. Well, there are two sides to the story, and we’re here to tell it.
Rayon bamboo is a high-quality and durable fabric that is biodegradable and is sourced from plants. In other words, it’s made of a natural source. But, there are still several questions that emerge that also make it not so eco-friendly. First of all, the brand doesn’t disclose what kind of dyes they use in production. Also, this is not 100% pure bamboo. It’s bamboo rayon, a material that is still treated with chemicals before it arrives in its final form.
One of the biggest problems we would like to stress about rayon bamboo is that its sourcing often presents damage to rainforests. Although these plants are renewable, we live in a time when there is massive rainforest destruction. Yes, Zen Bamboo mentions that they use eco-friendly bamboo blend fabric, but they don’t detail how they source it.
The fabric for these Zen Bamboo sheets is made of 60% microfiber. That’s just one of the reasons why these sheets are not truly eco-friendly and sustainable. When you wash microfiber sheets, small fibers tear from the material and pollute the water.
We conclude that these bed sheets are durable and will be a part of your bedding collection for quite some time. You won’t need to spend more money on a new set in the foreseeable future, which means you’ll be saving the environment from extra damage. They did not show signs of wear after many cycles in the washer, so we felt that 8.2 is a fair ECO-score.
Sleeping on hot sheets is a hot mess. Bedding that traps heat is a major nightmare for so many people who tend to sleep hot. That’s why breathability is one of the most important features of a product.
80% of the time, we felt very comfortable sleeping on the sheets, without feeling too hot or too cold. Just the perfect neutral environment every set should offer. We tracked how the sheets performed on cold and hot nights. The conclusion is that they tend to trap heat when the temperatures are really high. That’s why people who sleep hot might want to search for another alternative. But, on the bright side, these will be a great purchase for winter, spring, and autumn.
Now, get ready to see how much in-depth we dove into our research. To reach the grade of 8.2 for cooling, we used the following characteristics: thermal conductivity (8.4), thickness (8), and weight (8). These are all very influential when it comes to the breathability of a certain fabric. Combined with our personal experience, we’re confident to give a final score of 8.2 out of 10.
Easy Maintenance (7.8/10)
We strongly adhered to the maintenance suggestions given by the brand. You can wash them in the machine, but make sure to use cold water, with non-chlorine bleach and clothes in similar colors. Feel free to dry them in the dryer, but use a tumble dry low setting. Finally, don’t let them sit in the washer or dryer. Take them out once the cycle is done to avoid wrinkles.
This product is advertised as wrinkle-free; however, it’s not. As much as we wanted the sheets to be crease-free, we still noticed wrinkles after the first wash. Once we put it on the mattress, we didn’t see too many creases, so that’s something to keep in mind. Also, taking them out of the dryer and washer right away makes things much better. If you’re not using them right away, fold them gently and store them away.
The Zen Bamboo 1800 Series Rayon sheets are easy to maintain in general. The only thing that bothered us is the wrinkles. Although we don’t mind using wrinkly sheets, we still prefer it when brands don’t advertise their products wrinkle-free when they are not.
Final verdict 7.8
Finding a set of so affordable sheets, available in many colors, and durable at the same time is not the easiest task. What our Zen Bamboo 1800 Series Rayon Sheet Set review wants to show is that it’s not an impossible one. These sheets check the three boxes mentioned above, plus a few others.
The product is not 100% sustainable or eco-friendly, but bamboo rayon is still more environmentally-conscious than a wide range of sheet materials. If you were wondering about the breathability, we’re generally happy with the performance of these sets.
Will we be purchasing this Zen Bamboo 1800 Series Rayon Sheet Set again? Probably yes! We think that this is a great option for when you need affordable bedding either for your bedroom, guest room, or even your vacation house. If you’re ever left without ideas about what to get your friends and family as a gift, this set will make everyone happy. It’s such a bargain that you simply have to try them out.
[FAQ’s] Consumer Questions & Answers
How deep are the pockets of the elastic sheet?
The elastic sheet can fit mattresses that go up to 15 inches in depth.
Do the dark-colored sheets fade after you wash them?
No, the sheets retained their original color, even after washing them over ten times.
What is the thread count of these sheets?
The thread count is 1800.
Are the sheets hypoallergenic?
Yes, the Zen Bamboo 1800 Series Rayon Sheet Set is hypoallergenic, stain, and fade resistant.
- Affordable price
- Stay put on the mattress
- Trap heat
- Loose threads
- Pill after a while