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TENCEL™ Lyocell Vs TENCEL™ Modal: Which Is Better?

TENCEL™ Lyocell Vs TENCEL™ Modal: Which Is Better?
At a Glance

Curious about the differences between two of the TENCEL™ branded fibres? They may be from the same brand, but they have distinctions we'll discuss in this article.

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While looking for the most ideal bedding products for your household, you might have stumbled across the terms “TENCEL™ Lyocell” and “TENCEL™ Modal” and wondered what those terms meant.

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How different can these fibers be considering that they are from the same brand? In this article, we will cover the similarities and differences between these two TENCEL™ branded fibers so that you can make an informed decision when purchasing your bedding products.

What is TENCEL™ Lyocell vs Modal? 

TENCEL™ fabric refers to the brand of fibers manufactured by the Austrian textile company Lenzing AG. The terms “Lyocell” vs “Modal'' refer to the different types of fibers made under the TENCEL™ family of products. Both Lyocell and Modal are semi-synthetic fibers commonly used in the production of clothing and bedding in Singapore. Their popularity has been on the rise as an alternative to silk fabrics and traditional long staple cotton due to the many benefits they offer.


TENCEL™ Lyocell differentiates itself from its Modal counterpart as the newest generation of fibers manufactured by Lenzing AG. This means that TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers are produced with the latest and most advanced technologies such as REFIBRA™ to improve the sustainability of the material

REFIBRA™ by Lenzing AG
REFIBRA™ by Lenzing AG

Similarities of TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal

Since both TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal are manufactured by the same company, they share a host of similarities. Most products composed of Lenzing’s TENCEL™ material are usually known for their high-quality texture and breathability.

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Both TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal Are Highly Breathable

Through Lenzing AG’s highly technical production process, the use of a twill weaving pattern of both fibers ensure the breathability of the fabric. TENCEL™ fibers are significantly more breathable than other cooling fabrics such as cotton and bamboo. The breathability of the material would allow moisture from the surface of your skin to escape. The reason many of us feel hot when we sleep is because the moisture from the surface of our skin is trapped. 


In high humidity environments this effect is accentuated as the air would be saturated with moisture. This would hinder the evaporation of the moisture from our skin. By using a breathable bed sheet, there would not be an additional layer of fabric preventing the evaporation of the moisture.


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Featuring Weavve's TENCEL™ Lyocell Duvet 

Given the high humidity and temperature in Singapore, breathable TENCEL™ Lyocell and TENCEL™ Modal sheets would have a substantial impact on the quality of your good night’s sleep.

Both Fibers Are Environmentally Friendly

If you are environmentally conscious, you should know that both fibers are environmentally friendly. The production processes of both TENCEL™ fibers have minimal impact on the environment. Lenzing AG produces TENCEL™ fibers from sustainably sourced natural wood through environmentally friendly production processes which minimizes the destruction of the environment. TENCEL™ Modal is manufactured from Beech Trees while the production of Lyocell utilizes Eucalyptus wood. 


Both of these tree types are fast growing in almost anywhere and require minimal pesticide and care, making Eucalyptus and Beech an exceptional choice in terms of sustainability as the supplies of these trees would be replenished relatively quickly. This prevents overharvesting, since the trees that are cut can be grown back in a short period of time. 

Forest with trees used to make TENCEL
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Moreover, the production process of TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal requires less than half the water used in the production of fibers from cotton. Thus mitigating the excessive water consumption by the fashion and bedding industry. TENCEL™ Lyocell is also toxin free and Oeko-Tex® certified. Based on a report by the World Bank, 20% of the world’s water pollution stems from textile dyeing and treatment.

tencel fiber manufacturing process by Lenzing AG
Image from TENCEL™

Additionally both TENCEL™ Modal and Lyocell are manufactured from natural renewable raw wood, the fibers are certified to be biodegradable and compostable. The biodegradability of the fibers ensure that the environmental impact of these fibers are reduced. You can be assured that your TENCEL™ bed sheets would not be contributing to the piles of disposed fabric in landfills.


Therefore, TENCEL™ fibers are a better choice than bamboo fibers when it comes to sustainability and environmental friendliness.

Differences Between TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal

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Now let’s look at the key differences between these two fibers. The most obvious difference between them are the different raw materials used in their manufacturing process with TENCEL™ Lyocell utilizing Eucalyptus wood while TENCEL™ Modal uses Beech wood. Apart from the foundation of fiber raw material, here are some of TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers characteristics which differentiate it from Modal.

TENCEL™ Lyocell Is Stronger Than Modal

If you want a fabric which can last you for a long time, TENCEL™ Lyocell is for you! The combination of Eucalyptus wood and Lenzing AG’s production processes results in a durable and strong fiber.


The durability of the material would give you a peace of mind when it comes to washing your TENCEL™ Lyocell bed sheets. Moreover, it would ensure that your sheets would have a longer bedsheet lifespan as they would be more tear-resistant as compared to other fabrics.


girl sleeping under silky duvet on Weavve's light blue Tencel lyocell queen bed sheet set

TENCEL™ Lyocell Has Moisture-Wicking Properties 

TENCEL™ Lyocell is a moisture-wicking fabric that can quickly dry out excess moisture and keep the fabric fresh and release heat while doing so.


What this means is that our TENCEL™ Lyocell bed sheets would ensure that you remain cool when you sleep. It does so by preventing the build up of sweat on your body when you sleep. The reason many of us feel hot when we sleep is because the moisture from the surface of our skin is trapped. In high humidity environments this effect is accentuated as the air would be saturated with moisture. This would hinder the evaporation of the moisture from our skin. By having a moisture wicking bed sheet, the efficiency of this evaporation process would be improved. As the bed sheet would transfer the moisture away from your skin. This allows you to sleep cool throughout the night.


On the other hand, Modal fibers do not have moisture-wicking properties. So they will be absorbent instead. Hence, TENCEL™ Modal bed sheets would just absorb your sweat instead of enabling your body to dissipate heat, it could leave you feeling warm and sweaty.


Thus, TENCEL™ Lyocell is an ideal fabric when it comes to bed sheets in warmer and humid climates such as Singapore. The heat management of bedding made from TENCEL™ Lyocell fabric would ensure a greater quality of sleep for you.




tencel fiber properties infographic by Lenzing AG
Image from TENCEL™


It all points down to your preferences and budget. TENCEL™ Lyocell might be pricier than TENCEL™ Modal. However for those who value quality, TENCEL™ Lyocell would be a more suitable choice. It offers a more durable fiber and moisture-wicking properties which would allow you to sleep cool on a hot night.

How CHOOSING GOOD QUALITY Sheets Can Improve Your Sleep

Having good sleeping habits can have an impact on your daily productivity. Sleep-related conditions such as sleep apnea can potentially increase your risk of coronary heart disease by 30%. It is important to sleep at a fixed time every day to cultivate healthy sleep routine. Try not to consume a big meal or caffeine too close to bedtime as sleeping after a big meal would impact your digestion. For deeper and more comfortable sleep, invest in premium quality TENCEL™ Lyocell bed sheets and experience the difference they can make.  

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TENCEL™ Lyocell Bed Sheet Sets

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Featuring Weavve's Signature TENCEL™ Deluxe Set in Sand Taupe

Our TENCEL™ Lyocell sheets with a high thread count stand out because they are exceptionally breathable, temperature-regulating, and absorbent. With these top-notch bed sheets, you can stay cool all night long and worry less about night sweats interfering with your sleep. They're gentler than standard cotton and linen, with a silky smooth hand feel. Thus, our hypoallergenic TENCEL™ sheets are ideal for newborns and those with sensitive skin or allergies. They are also Oeko-Tex® certified to guarantee that no dangerous chemicals were involved in the production.


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TENCEL™ Lyocell Duvet

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Featuring Weavve's 100% TENCEL™ Lyocell Duvet

Looking for ways to sleep cool and fresh on hot and humid nights, and warm on cold nights? Singapore’s first 100% TENCEL™ Lyocell duvet might be the answer! Made for 100% deep, blissful sleep, both the duvet exterior and filling are derived from 100% eco-friendly TENCEL™ Lyocell - no blend! Our duvet is naturally hypoallergenic and gentle, making it a great solution for people with sensitive skin.


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Frequently Asked Questions: Bed Sheets

Is Lyocell the same as TENCEL™ ?

Lyocell is the type of fiber, so Lyocell can be manufactured by any company. However, TENCEL™ Lyocell is exclusively manufactured by Lenzing AG. There are more stringent production processes on the production lines during batch productions of the fibers administered by Lenzing AG. This guarantees the quality and sustainability of the fiber as compared to a generic brand Lyocell fiber.


Is TENCEL™ Lyocell the same as eucalyptus?

TENCEL™ Lyocell is manufactured from Eucalyptus trees (Gum Trees). They were chosen as they grow extremely quickly in almost anywhere and require minimal pesticide and care. Which makes Eucalyptus one of the most sustainable choices of wood.

Is TENCEL™ Lyocell good quality?

Lyocell, produced by Lenzing AG, has to meet stringent production standards which ensures the quality of the fibers produced. However, if you are unsatisfied with our products, we offer a 100 day risk free trial as we strive for 100% customer satisfaction. 

Is TENCEL™ Lyocell or TENCEL™ Modal better?

Both are eco-friendly and manufactured by the same company. And though TENCEL™ Lyocell is generally more costly than TENCEL™ Modal, the former provides superior quality. TENCEL™ Lyocell is relatively more durable and moisture-wicking.

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