The ABCs of buying the softest, coziest bath towels ever

March 1, 2015

Wrapping up in a fuzzy towel after a shower or bath is pure bliss. To help you pick out your next set, here are the ABCs of buying the softest, coziest bath towels ever.

The ABCs of buying the softest, coziest bath towels ever

Always consider size

While there are many sizes and types of towels, bath towels are available in two designs that you should look at:

Standard bath towels: Ranging from 27 inches by 52 inches to 30 inches by 58 inches, standard bath towels are large enough to wrap around your body.

They are smaller than bath sheets, so they dry quickly and hang nicely from a towel rack.

Bath sheets: These bath towels are larger, ranging from 35 inches by 60 inches to 60 inches by 70 inches.

They can be luxurious choices for indulging in comfort and warmth. The larger size makes them heavier when wet, and they may not fold or hang as neatly on a towel rack.

Be aware of fabric choices

Fabric determines how well the towel absorbs water, how it feels and how it stands up to wear.

Egyptian, Turkish and Pima cotton towels

These popular bath towels are highly absorbent, feel luxurious and are durable thanks to their extra-long, fibrous threads.

Organic cotton towels

These quality, eco-friendlytowels are made with cotton that's grown without the use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.

Bamboo towels

These towels feature a synthetic fibre made from bamboo that is typically combined with cotton.

Bamboo towels have a natural sheen and are highly absorbent. Bamboo is a quick-growing renewable resource, making it environmentally friendly.

Microfibre towels

These bath towels are made up of tiny synthetic fibres that are smooth and durable.

Choose for these features

Consider these features when considering bath towels.

Weight: Bath towel fabric is measured in grams per square metre (GSM).

  • Towels weighing 300-400 GSM are light and thin.
  • Towels weighing 400-600 GSM are of medium density and a little more absorbent.
  • Towels weighing 600-900 GMS are heavier, more absorbent and take longer to dry.

Construction: Yarn construction impacts how the towel feels.

  • Combed cotton towels have longer, stronger fibres resulting in a fluffy towel.
  • Ringspun cotton has fibres that are twisted for a smooth, luxurious feel.
  • Longer looped yarn creates a fluffier, moisture-wicking towel while shorter looped yarn creates an absorbent, denser towel.

Hooded towel: With a cozy hood, these towels are a great choice for babies and children. They typically come in a range of colours and adorable designs.

Colour: Bath towels come in a variety of colours and patterns to complement your bathroom decor.

Choosing bath towels

When choosing bath towels, think about how you want them to feel:

  1. Do you prefer a thick, denser towel or a fluffy, plush towel?
  2. Look at different types of towel fabrics, how the yarn is constructed and the towel's level of absorbency.
  3. Finally, consider your bathroom decor to find the perfect towels to complement your style.
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