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Microfiber vs cotton: which one is better?

Whether you’re looking to buy clothes, bed sheets or linen, it is important that you look into the composition of each fabric, as this observation will help you determine which type of textile suits you better.

In this article, we will guide you through choosing between two particular types of fabric which are cotton and microfiber.

In fact, there are many more factors that you need to consider before making a choice, which we will be enumerating in separate sections.

Identification of each type of cotton

Cotton is a natural fiber extracted from cotton plants whereas microfiber is a synthetic texture made from very tiny fibers usually made from Polyester and Nylon, but it can also include other materials such as acrylic and rayon.

Even though microfiber is a more recently invented fabric compared to cotton which dates back to centuries ago, it managed to gain popularity due to numerous attractive aspects.


Appreciating a specific textile over all others depends on your personal preferences regarding warmth, comfort, and breathability.

As a matter of fact, both cotton and microfiber are soft, warm and comfortable. However, cotton is more breathable then microfiber even though it’s thicker and heavier. On the other hand, microfiber is better than cotton at repelling water and sweat. Therefore, it may be more suitable for outwears and sportswear.


Both cotton and microfiber can be washed easily. However, cotton is much more likely to hold on to stains, and it takes more time and energy to get dried since it is meant to absorb water, unlike microfiber which is meant to repel water, and therefore, to be more resistant to mold formation.

In fact, cotton is much more resistant to high temperatures compared to microfiber. Therefore, when it comes to ironing, cotton behaves much better, while microfiber necessitates the use of very low temperature and a cotton barrier to avoid the shiny effect that implies that some particles of the fabric have melted.

Sturdiness over time

If you apply proper care, you can keep both fabrics for a very long time. Nonetheless, if the cotton is of low quality, it will deteriorate easily. Moreover, cotton will not hold on to its original color over the course of time and wear, as well as microfiber does.

Price tag

Pure cotton textiles are considerably more costly than microfiber textiles. This difference in price is due to the fact that the production of cotton fabrics goes through a longer process than that of microfiber fabrics.

Now, you can still find cotton items that are cheap, but rest assured that the item in question is either blended with other synthetic materials or is too loose.

Which one is better?

Each one of the two fabrics has its advantages and disadvantages.
To be able to determine which one is better for you, you have to define your use frame first and choose your fabric accordingly.
We hope this article is going to help you select the optimal option that will ensure that you make the most out of your textile.

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