|Use||Polyester is used in a wide range of sportswear because it is so durable and quick drying.||Nylon is most commonly used by yoga and innerwear brands. This is because it is soft, smooth and feels nice next to skin.|
|Feel||Drier and rougher||Softer and smoother|
|Dyestuff||Dyed using disperse dyes.||Dyed using acid dyes.|
|Dyeing and colorfastness||Absorbs dyestuffs well.||Does not hold color well. Dyed nylon fades quicker than polyester in sunlight.|
|Abrasion resistance||Performs better||Performs worse|
|Durability||Less durable than nylon but more durable than natural fiber.||More durable, stronger and stretchier than polyester.|
|Reaction to heat||More durable in high heat.||Cannot be processed under high heat.|
|Reaction to water||Water retention ratio: 0.4|
Polyester is hydrophobic and quick drying.
|Water retention ratio: 4|
Nylon absorbs more water than polyester.
|Care||Both nylon and polyester are easy to care for. They shouldn’t be dry cleaned but they can be ironed and tumble dried on a low heat.|