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Your grandmother was on to something. It’s time to bring back the satin pillowcase. It’s comfortable, cool, and easy on your hair and skin. If you aren’t sure where to start, we’ve got your back in our best satin pillowcase roundup. Plus, we’ve answered a few questions you might have about how to choose. Let’s take a look.
Why Should I Choose Satin?
Satin used to be all the rage for pillowcases and other sleep accessories, and it’s making a comeback. Here are a few significant reasons you might want to choose satin.
Cotton may feel good, but the fibers draw moisture away from your skin causing the skin to go into oil production over time. Satin doesn’t have the same moisture-attracting properties as cotton, so over time, your skin’s moisture might be better regulated.
Satin doesn’t agitate the shaft of your hair as much as cotton. Your hair doesn’t have as much static and the smooth fibers of satin glide right over hair shafts. The result? Your hair could be smoother and less frizzy in the morning and over time show less damage from sleeping.
There’s some evidence that satin won’t cause as much compression on your face during the night. Abrasive fabrics create stress on your skin that can lead to wrinkling and aging signs. With satin, your face can glide over the material easier and possibly over time show fewer signs of aging (along with a good skin care regimen).
Satin fibers are highly breathable and may help your gel infused or phase change pillow work. It allows air to pass through and remains cool just like other breathable fabrics (but with the skin and hair benefits as well).
What’s The Difference Between Silk And Satin?
You’ve probably already known that silk pillowcases have all these great benefits, but what’s the difference between the two materials? It’s actually a misleading question.
Silk is a type of fabric. Natural silk comes from the fibers of the silkworm cocoon, and synthetic silks are a polyester blend.
Satin is actually a type of weave instead of a material. Many different fibers, including silk, can use the satin weave to create a smooth, soft material that’s breathable and durable. Cheap satins are often synthetic fabrics while natural fabrics can be a higher investment.
How Do I Choose A Satin Pillowcase?
Choosing the right one is a question about priorities.
Type Of Material
Silk satins are the pinnacle. Natural silks are durable and offer the most benefits, but they also are the most expensive. Silk fibers are softer and less likely to pill than their polyester cousins and can stay cooler as well.
Polyester satins aren’t all bad, however. They’re a lower investment, and some can strike a balance between cool and affordable. Cheap polyesters are like bad clothes from the 70s though, so watch out.
Silk pillowcases require delicate cleaning. You mostly hand wash them and allow them to air dry. If you’re up for that hassle, a natural pillowcase may be a good option.
If you’re less than enthused about having to handwash a pillowcase every three days or so, a polyester option might be a better choice. Look for one you can machine wash and machine dry for ultimate convenience. Some polyester options can’t be machine dried, and it’s better to have two, so you can alternate while you’re waiting.
Natural silks with high momme counts are going to cost you. If you’ve got the budget, this material is cool and soft. Many silk pillowcases come with warranties for manufacturing defects, so you’re covered there as well.
Polyester fabrics are an affordable option to natural silk, but you need to be careful. Truly cheap polyesters aren’t breathable or durable, leaving you to replace your pillowcase way sooner than you’d like and causing more problems than they solve.
How Do I Care For My Satin Pillowcase?
Regardless of the material you choose, you should wash your pillowcase frequently to prevent oils from your face attracting dirt and grime. How you wash the pillowcase depends on the material.
Many polyester fabrics are machine washable although some may need to be washed on gentle cycles. If you don’t have a lot of time to care for your pillowcase, or you only have one and need to wash and dry it quickly, the polyester may be a better choice.
Silk pillowcases require more delicate care, so you don’t break the fibers. Some need to be hand washed or washed on a very gentle cycle and air dried. If you go this route, it may be a good idea to go ahead and invest in more than one.
And now for the good part. This is our list of favorite satin pillowcases. Your grandmother would be so proud!
Shine by Night pillowcases are a luxury line of sleep products designed to improve the condition of your skin and hair. They use 100% charmeuse satin, designed to mimic the look and feel of natural satin without adding to the budget.
It’s machine washable, and you can tumble dry your pillowcase. Ease of care means you don’t have to think ahead, just wash and go.
This line is made with the same care as Shine’s original silk products, but they save you some cash. We think this product walks the line between expensive taste and small budgets. The look and feel are just like natural silk, but your wallet won’t hate you.
If you’re looking for natural silk, this option may not be the right one for you. It’s actually a well-done polyester blend. If you have an allergy or irritation to synthetic fibers, be aware that the pillowcase is entirely synthetic.
However, if you don’t have any allergies or sensitivities, this option is an excellent entry to satin without the price tag to go with it.
- affordable option
- washable and dry-able
- 100% charmeuse style satin
- polyester fiber
Bedsure’s two pack satin pillowcase set is an affordable polyester satin that feels like real silk. It comes in standard and king sizes and uses envelope closure with no zipper. It’s good for your hair and skin and naturally resists allergens and oils from your face.
The weave helps create better airflow, so you stay cooler during hot months and warmer during cool months. Polyester satin is excellent at keeping the ambient temperature of the room, so you don’t have to flip the pillow looking for something more comfortable.
The one downside of this one is that you need to wash it delicately on cool and air dry. It does come with two so you can alternate while you’re waiting for the other to finish drying. If you can’t clean it conveniently, you at least have a backup for the meantime.
It’s an excellent budget option, however, if you’re up for the extra cleaning trouble. It also comes with a one-month return policy, so if you don’t like the feeling, you can send them back. We love that the envelope closure is soft but still keeps the pillow in place instead of sliding around.
- highly affordable
- two pillowcase pack
- two available sizes
- must be air dried
Shop Bedding’s pillowcase is a polyester satin that comes in a variety of colors. It stays cool during the summer months with a 100% polyester satin weave. It’s durable and soft, helping your skin and hair stay smooth. It has a zipper enclosure to keep your pillow in place.
It can be washed and dried, so care is much easier than standard silk. It’s also an affordable, flexible option that matches your decor. Many satins don’t hold color well, but this particular brand has durable color with minimal fading even after washing and drying.
The company’s king-size pillowcases are our favorite, but they do offer a variety of sizes and a full set of sheets as well. You could redo your entire sleep situation in satin. They don’t have the option of silk, but we think you can barely tell that this is synthetic fabric.
- available in a variety of colors
- washable and you can put it in the dryer.
- stays cool
- some of the seaming isn’t as durable as the fabric itself
Ethereal Lomoer uses 100% mulberry silk in a satin weave. It’s durable and soft. Plus, silk is naturally hypoallergenic, resisting the allergens commonly found in cotton options and repelling facial moisture.
This is a silk budget option and includes just one pillowcase. You can hand wash the silk or wash it in cold water on the gentle cycle, but you must allow it to air dry. To bring back the natural sheen, you may have to go over the pillowcase with a cool iron. We definitely prefer something more convenient to wash, but we understand if the natural fabric is more important than the cleaning method.
Silk is a natural option to polyester, so if you’re looking for natural fabrics, this type of satin is a good option. The seaming is durable (especially if you hand wash it) and it uses a zipper to keep your pillowcase in place.
Silk is excellent at temperature regulation, staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter. If you have a cooling pillow, natural silk is a great complement.
- 100% natural mulberry silk in a satin weave
- excellent temperature regulation
- budget silk option
- washing it is a pain
Our final silk pillowcase is a washable satin pillowcase that comes in a two pack. You have plenty of color options, and the envelope style trim looks really nice on the bed. This option is useful if you leave your pillowcases out when you make your bed and want something that looks a little more tailored.
The two pack is convenient for design purposes, but since you can’t dry the pillowcase, it’s also good for having an alternative while you’re waiting for your pillow to dry. This option is free of formaldehyde commonly used to smooth the fabric, so it may have some slight imperfections that won’t impact the feel of the fabric.
These pillowcases pass SGS certifications for low emissions and toxins in fabrics commonly found close to the skin. If you can’t afford real silk, but you’re concerned about the toxins used to create the polyester versions, this is an excellent middle ground.
We love the tailored look of the pillowcases with the trim detail and would happily leave these out to showcase on the bed. We’d still prefer a pillowcase we can dry as well as machine wash, but with two in a pack, we can’t complain too much.
- tailored design with trim detail
- comes with two in a pack
- machine washable
- can’t machine dry
Satin pillowcases are great alternatives to cotton, and we aren’t sure why satin ever went out of style. We think if you have issues with dry or problem skin and frizzy hair, a satin pillowcase can really transform your sleep routine.
Since satin isn’t a material itself and a weave style instead, you can find a satin pillowcase to fit your budget. 100% silk is a good option for those who want a natural material with excellent temperature regulation.
Polyester materials are great budget options provided you get one with soft, well-made fibers. They also reduce the hassle of cleaning since many of them can be thrown in the wash and some can even be machine dried.
We think you’ll be thrilled with the way your skin and hair look in the morning. Plus, the materials help if you have a temperature regulating pillow because you can feel the cooling. Cotton just can’t compete there.
Did your grandmother have a satin pillowcase? What made you decide to switch? Let us know in the comments below.