Linen vs Cotton: battle of the bedspreads

I love a game of would you rather as much as the next person. Let’s play a quick round now. Would you rather speak every language in the world or talk to animals? Only drink coffee or tea for the rest of your life? Sleep with linen or cotton bed sheets?

Like all comparisons, there’s no right or wrong answer; it usually comes down to personal preference. Together, let’s take a look at the difference between linen and cotton. Hopefully we’ll come to a conclusion of what works for you; and for me. Just in time for a nap.

First, we’ll get to know the competition.

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Eve Linen

Meet our eco-friendly bedding. Eve Linen  is 100% pure certified French flax linen, made from the flax linen plant. The fabric has hollow fibres, which means air can pass through it more easily than other materials. It’s also incredibly soft. The only scratchy thing about it is the croissant crumbs that somehow made their way into your bed. Weird. Our Eve Linen is durable, breathable, and easy to look after. In fact, it’s made to last generations and gets softer each time you wash it.

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Eden Cotton

A classic for a reason. Eden Cotton is long staple 100% cotton, made from a unique kind of cotton plant that has the ability to grow fibres that are longer, stronger and smoother than a standard cotton plant. Cotton has been used for almost 7000 years, and can be seen everywhere from clothes, to bedding, to tampons. Eden Cotton is naturally hypoallergenic and odour-resistant. You know, in case of spring. We don’t use any harsh dyes or chemicals in the production of these sheets. They’re breathable, absorbent, soft, durable, and easy to look after. They’re the perfect cotton sheets.

Let’s break them down a little deeper.

How do they really compare?

 Eve CottonEve Linen
MaterialLong staple 100% cotton100% French flax linen
PriceFrom $55From $120
ComfortSoft yet crisp, like your favourite jeans. Lightweight, breathable and really reliable.Buttery soft and highly breathable - with a more weighty appearance and a more noticeable weave. The more you wash and wear linen, the softer it will get.
Rating4.9 stars4.9 stars
Word on the street“Like sleeping on a cloud.”

“The best sheets I’ve ever purchased.”

CareCotton is super easy to care for, like the rest of your clothing. Heat will help to remove any creases.The lived in look makes care easy. Dries quickly so it’s ready for round two in no time. It’s natural crinkled appearance means there’s no need for ironing.
Natural fibres

The long-staple cotton plants that we harvest to produce our sheets have the natural ability to grow fibres that are longer, softer and stronger than regular. Long-staple cotton is the same as Egyptian cotton, just without the fancy name.

Our flax plants are eco-friendly plants, requiring less water than cotton. The whole plant gets used for oils and seeds, so it’s as sustainable as they come.
BiodegradableYesYes
Natural fibresNo harsh dyes or chemical treatments used.Naturally free from nasties, less chemicals are required to treat the fibres.
DurabilityWill last you through all the seasons. Best replaced every 10-15 years depending on how many you’ve got in your rotation.Strongest of all plant fibres, linen is 30% thicker and stronger than cotton making it incredibly durable for generations. As the saying goes, Linen is for life.
Breathability

Absorbs heat from your body throughout the night, keeping you cool and dry. 

Our long-staple cotton means we need less threads to make a strong fabric which makes ours more breathable than a higher thread count alternative.

Highly breathable, it’s a heat-conductive fabric. When it’s cold, it retains heat from your body to keep you warm. When it’s hot, it allows air to circulate freely so you can stay cool.
Special skillsNaturally hypoallergenic, odour-resistant, absorbent, breathable, soft, durable and easy to maintain.Linen absorbs 20% of its weight in moisture, while staying dry to the touch. It wicks moisture and dries faster than cotton, making it better for people who suffer from allergies.
Chance of snoozing through your alarm100%100%
So, which one is right for you (and me)?

There’s a few things to consider. 

Firstly, it depends what kind of sleeper you are. If you find yourself sweating more frequently through the night, Eve Linen might be the sheets for you. If you’re especially prone to allergies (hello, spring), that’s another point to Eve Linen, as the breathable fabric and moisture-wicking qualities make it beneficial for those who suffer from restless nights.

Secondly,consider your budget. Eden Cotton is the more affordable of the two, while still providing you with an incredibly comfortable and healthy set of bedding. Just read our reviews. We’ve got some very satisfied sleepy-heads. 

Thirdly, think of your sustainability efforts. While both options are (far) better than synthetic sheets and other cotton bedding, linen is a universally more eco-friendly plant, requiring less water than cotton.  Honestly? The choice is yours. The best part of this battle is that both Eve Linenand Eden Cotton are winners. Both are luxurious, comfortable, and dream-worthy, according to our fans. And if you can’t choose, why not alternate between the two? That way you get the best of both worlds, year-round.  Speaking of, aren’t your sheets due for a change?