Bathroom Towels Buying Guide

Updating your bathroom doesn’t require a major overhaul. Sometimes a purchase as simple as new bathroom towels can bring distinct style punch to what is often a small room. In this buying guide, we provide advice and tips on how to shop for bathroom towels that work for your lifestyle and budget.

Types of Bathroom Towels

Types of Bathroom Towels

Purchasing the right bathroom towels depends on who will use them and how. Are the towels you’re shopping for meant to be purely decorative? Or will they be used every day for drying off? Bathroom towels come in several standard sizes, a rainbow of colors, and a variety of materials. Here, we help you find the right combination for your needs.

Bath Towels

A standard bath towel is anywhere from 27x52 inches to 30x58 inches. Towels in this size range are the most common and typically used for drying off.

Bath Sheets

Bath sheets are larger -- and usually more luxurious -- than bath towels. Their size ranges from 35x60 inches to 40x70 inches, giving them the length and width to cover even bathers who are tall or wide. You might use a bath towel to wrap wet hair and a bath sheet to wrap your body after a shower.

Hand Towels

Hand towels range in size from 16x28 inches to 18x30 inches and are most often used for drying hands or as decorative accents.

Finger Towels

Finger towels, at 11x18 inches, are smaller than hand towels and might be used in powder rooms or guest bathrooms.

Washcloths

Washcloths are considered part of towel sets, although they are typically used wet to wash the body rather than dry it off. Generally 13x13 inches square, washcloths generally undergo the heaviest use in the bathroom.

Tub Mats

Also considered part of the towel-set family, tub mats measure 27x52 inches and are quite absorbent -- not just to dry off wet feet, but also to protect the floor beside the shower or bath.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Bath towels might seem like a simple purchase, but there are many factors to consider. Here’s a roundup of purchase considerations.

Materials

Most towels are made from different kinds of cotton, including standard cotton, which is used for most everyday bath towels. Egyptian cotton is a step up; it’s a high-quality cotton with extra-long fibers that make towels highly absorbent. Pima cotton is similar but grown in the southwestern United States. Turkish cotton, grown in the Aegean region of Turkey, is slightly less absorbent than Egyptian or pima cotton. Organic cotton is grown without pesticides or chemicals, and it may be a good choice for those with allergies. Combed cotton has been combed to remove short, uneven fibers, leaving the longest, most absorbent fibers. Both long and short fibers of ringspun cotton have been twisted together to make smoother yarn. Two-ply cotton uses double the amount of yarn and for a densely woven pile. Other material options include bamboo, which has antibacterial properties and is highly absorbent, and, more recently, microfiber or Modal -- a blend of polyester and polyamide fibers that dries quickly.

Construction

Towels with longer and denser cotton loops are more durable and absorbent. Terry cloth towels have standard loops, while velour towels have cut loops, making the surface smoother than terry but not as absorbent. In a jacquard towel, a pattern is woven into the fabric; on a printed towel, the design is printed on the surface. An embellished towel is accented with trim or embroidery.

Weight

Towels have a fabric weight, or density, that is measured in grams per square meter (GSM). The lower the number, the less dense the fabric; lighter towels might be good to carry in a gym bag, and heavier towels are better candidates for bathroom use.

Color and Washability

Neutral-color towels are perfect for any bathroom, while brighter colors and patterns provide more decorative punch where needed. Remember to wash towels before using, as manufacturers often coat towels in fabric softener to help them appear soft and fluffy on store shelves; fabric softener hinders absorbency.

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