It’s time to buy new cotton sheets and towels again for your hotel rooms, and that means it’s also time to consider what type of cotton to choose. Should you go with Egyptian cotton, considered a premier cotton for hotel use? Or should you go with HygroCotton, a quality advanced cotton fabric that is growing in popularity?
At Mayfair Hotel Supply, we decided to delve into the differences and similarities between these two popular options to help customers choose the best one for their hotel linen needs. We also want to highlight reasons why we prefer to offer HygroCotton products over those made from Egyptian cotton at our hospitality supply company.
What is Egyptian Cotton?
The Nile River region in Egypt is known for its fertile soil, and that’s where authentic Egyptian cotton is planted, fertilized, grown and picked. What makes this cotton special is its extra-long staple (ELS) cotton fibers. When these fibers are used to produce bed sheets, the thread count is usually 200 or higher, making these sheets some of the highest quality in the world. Egyptian cotton is also used to make luxury towels used by many hotels and spas.
What is HygroCotton?
HygroCotton is made with a patented process that involves creating a hollow core within 100% cotton yarn used to make quality sheets and towels. It is blended with a small percentage of polyester. This cotton blend material has excellent breathability, wicking away moisture into the air where it quickly evaporates. This moisture wicking is precisely what makes it appealing for hotel beds and baths. With every use, guests remain dry and comfortable.
Egyptian vs. HygroCotton: Pros and Cons
- Consistent Quality
It’s no secret that Egyptian cotton is highly valued for its overall quality. Unfortunately, some manufacturers of bedding and towels use inferior types of cotton grown in Egypt. This leads to a situation where products labeled as the finest Egyptian cotton may not be of high caliber. Figuring out who is selling what type may be time consuming.
There are no such inconsistencies when it comes to HygroCotton. Because raw material is treated the exact same way as it is spun into yarn, these products perform well time and time again.
Egyptian cotton is super absorbent, making it a top choice for towels in many hotels focused on luxury. The long ELS fibers spun into yarn also offer a good amount of breathability. Sheets made of this cotton can help keep guests cool during warm nights.
The main distinction is that moisture-wicking is a major feature for HygroCotton fabrics. Before moisture has a chance to accumulate into dampness, it is whisked away from the body. Guests remain nice and cool while sleeping on HygroCotton bedding (available separately as pillowcases, flat sheets and fitted sheets), putting it on par with the finest Egyptian cotton sheets and pillowcases. In addition, the towels dry quickly for frequent use and no odor concerns.
Egyptian cotton and HygroCotton can be machine washed. While Egyptian cotton sheets easily wrinkle, the polyester in HygroCotton helps the sheet maintain its structure.
Softness is a big reason to choose luxurious sheets and towels because it is something tangible that guests can feel and enjoy right away. Egyptian cotton and HygroCotton score equally well in softness. Both materials become softer with every wash. Try HygroCotton hand towels and bath towels in two dozen or three dozen packs, and compare them to your Egyptian varieties if you already own them.
Durability is important when you consider the sheer number of sheets, pillowcases and towels required for an entire hotel. Bedding and towels undergo frequent cleaning to maintain a high standard of cleanliness for guests. Getting the maximum usage out of these items is a must to avoid wasteful spending. Long-staple Egyptian cotton fiber remains strong and soft after years of constant use, and HygroCotton is engineered for equal longevity.
Hotels pay a premium for Egyptian cotton products. Alternatively, hotels can enjoy wholesale pricing with HygroCotton products in cases that range from two to six dozen depending on the product.