A Buyer's Guide to the Best Silk Pillowcase 2018

When you’ve finally decided to invest in luxury bedding for sweet dreams and a good night’s sleep, it’s time to take the next step: buying the best silk pillowcase for you. Compared to satin or cotton pillowcases, silk fabric offers a softer and more hygienic experience that helps you feel more rested and ready for the next day. Say goodbye to bedheads, sleep creases, and frizzy hair, and hello to deeper, cleaner, and more comfortable beauty sleep. 

But what makes a great silk pillowcase? How do you know what to look for? The experience of purchasing premium sheets can be confusing and daunting for some. But don’t fret! We’ve got a simple guide to purchasing the best silk pillowcase for every buyer.

A Balance of Texture and Durability: Always Check With Momme

Momme knows best when it comes to choosing the right silk pillowcase. Silk is measured in silk weight with its units measured in momme, instead of thread count which is popular with most other fabrics.

Momme or silk weight refers to the weight of 100 yards of silk fabric, 45 inches wide, indicating density and durability of the weave: so the higher the momme, the more silk there is. Lower momme (usually below 20) is usually seen in clothing while you can see much higher numbers (in the 30 momme range) in more heavy use applications such as upholstery.

When it comes to pure silk pillowcases, you get the best feel from sheets with momme around the mid-20s range – and with slightly higher silk weight, the fabric is more washing machine friendly, making it easier to care for your sheets while still enjoying the premium quality. Alternatively, you would need to hand-wash lower momme mulberry silk to prevent damaging the fabric. For more information on caring for your silk pillowcases, check out “A Guide to Washing Silk Pillowcases and Sheets

Does Thread Count Matter?

Compared to silk weight which looks at the density of the silk, thread count usually refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric. When it comes to cotton pillowcases for example, cotton threads are thick and uniform enough to be able to use thread count as a reliable unit of measure – so saying 400 thread count cotton indicates a good quality cotton pillowcase. However, because silk threads are so thin, silk pillowcases would get an extremely high thread count measurement regardless if it is made of low or high quality silk. 

Keeping It Pure and Hygienic: Look for Mulberry Silk

Known for being the highest quality silk on the market, mulberry silk has been used for thousands of years for luxury items all over the world. Originating from China, this silk is produced from fibres made from silkworms specifically nourished with leaves from Mulberry trees, making it a 100% natural silk with a softer and smoother feel compared to synthetic and silk blend varieties.

Mulberry silk pillowcases also come with a slew of health and wellness benefits. For one, one hundred percent silk is much more breathable than other cloth blends on the market, regulating temperature naturally so you have a more even night’s sleep and making you more well rested the next morning. Because mulberry silk is made of completely natural silk proteins, these pillowcases are hypoallergenic and more resistant to bugs, odour-causing bacteria, and other harmful microbes that could come in contact with your face and could cause problems especially for those with sensitive skin.

Good is in the Details: Check Stitching Quality and Silk Weave

The beauty of mulberry silk sheets is that they feel soft and seamless, preventing bed head and skin creases when you wake up the next day. What you don’t want is low-quality stitching getting in the way of high-quality rest. Be on the lookout for stitch holes, puckering, and uneven seams that may cause friction and skin irritation which could lead to acne, especially for sensitive skin. When you choose silk pillowcases, you are making sleep part of your nightly beauty routine. 

That attention to detail can also be seen in the type of silk weave. It would be a waste to see a poor weave used on such premium-grade mulberry silk, wouldn’t it? 

Look out for charmeuse weave. This technique allows the silk to be woven in such a way that brings out a reflective, smooth, and lustrous quality on the front side while the back of the fabric retains a dull finish. Charmeuse heightens the already naturally smooth quality of pure mulberry silk that results in a soft, fluid, and aesthetically pleasing fabric. Remember, you aren’t only paying for the pure silk and the right silk momme but also the care that goes into making a great pillowcase.

Now that you know all the basics, it’s time to purchase your own high-quality silk pillowcases. Check out one of our best products, the Ecosa silk pillowcase: eco-friendly, machine-washable, and hypoallergenic – and at 25 momme mulberry silk, it is three times more durable than other products on the market. With just a few clicks, your pillowcases will be on their way to you.

So don’t waste any more time! Get shopping and start investing in your a good night's sleep.