Bed sheets often state the thread count as an indication of quality. Is the thread count really a good measure of quality? If not, what other things can be checked to determine the quality of the sheets?
Qualities people might be looking for in sheets are durability (& resistance to pilling), softness, resistance to fading, resistance to wrinkling. My experience is that most sheets are cotton, but I know some are a polyester/cotton blend, and there are other fabrics used such as silk. Obviously a thread count of silk is not comparable with cotton, but the same questions might apply when comparing silk with silk.
Personally, I can't afford silk sheets, so I'm primarily interested in cotton or similar.
Apparently the thread count is important enough to put in bold print with the item name: