Tencel vs Cotton

December 13, 2021

Meet Tencel: the sustainable luxury fabric that is the cotton of the future! Tencel and cotton are very different fibers- and both are well-known for their breathability, durability, light weight and softness.

Price, production and variety are some of the key differences between the two. Tencel is supremely soft and smooth to the touch, in contrast to cotton’s crisp feel. Made from wood cellulose, Tencel has a closed loop production process with minimal water consumption and wastage. It also offers excellent thermal regulation, and is a natural choice for those who feel hot in bed.



Microfibre wickability

Tencel fibers are incredibly small, which allow it to have more breathability. It is moisture-wicking, which is excellent for body’s temperature regulation.


Cotton doesn’t trigger allergies and allows your skin to breathe. It helps with the airflow and moisture absorption so that you don’t feel sweaty and clammy.

Closed Loop Production

The production of tencel uses less water and space than cotton, owing to the closed loop production process. Hence, 99% of the materials and chemicals can be reused to minimize waste.

High Water Consumption

Cotton production requires more water and space, so even if the production technology is cheaper than that of tencel’s, it ends up being costlier due to higher water consumption and capacity.

Softer feel

Tencel is silky and has a softer sheen. It is also not prone to wrinkles which further enhances its smoothness.

Crisper feel

The smoothness of cotton completely depends on the type of weave. Percale’s simple tight-knit weave pattern gives it a cool and crisp feel.

Tencel also holds dye better- and is available in a wide array of vibrant colours. For luxurious mattresses topped with the finest Tencel fabric, explore Eclipse sleep systems today.


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