Bath Towels


beautiful towelsGetting out of the tub and wrapping oneself in a thick, luxurious, absorbent bath sheet is one of life’s greatest simple pleasures. However, finding the towel isn’t always as easy as it seems. First we have to recognize what we want:

  • softness
  • absorbency
  • quick drying
  • the right sized towel
  • looks good in our bathroom décor

In order to get these qualities we need to pay some attention to the qualities in the towels we are looking at, such as:


  • manufacturers often put a “soft” finish on the towel which may wash out so don’t count on continued softness
  • instead look for good quality cottons often from Egypt (watch the label for up to 100% or it could be as low as 10% according to US standards) or Turkey, or even Supima from the USA


  • cotton towels are best for hands and bodies (linens are best for dishes and glass)
  • terry is the most absorbent of all weaves
  • check the fibers; if they lay flat they won’t feel or work as well, watch for fibers that stand up like grass
  • cotton can hold 25X its weight in liquid; Egyptian, Turkish or Supima cottons are excellent choices
  • towels have a fabric weight measured with a grams per square meter (GSM) number.  Look for 550 or higher
  • piles are the looped or cut fibers that make up the surface.  Uncut fibers are more absorbent because the loop holds water.  Long dense loops are better


  • look for combed cotton – the shorter threads have been removed so pilling will be reduced and the towel will last longer
  • good quality towels feel heavier than they look, cheap towels are very light
  • double turned edges and double stitching reduces fraying to extend life of towel

Right Size

  • it seems such a simple thing to just select from “bath towels” or “bath sheets” but actually there is quite a variety of selection so watch your sizes on the label, because a tiny bath sheet is too small for many people but too big to wrap around the head so it isn’t very useful for its purpose
  • a standard bath towel is approx. 27″ X 52″
  • a standard beach towel is approx. 30″ X 60″
  • a standard fingertip towel is approx. 11″ X 18″
  • a standard hand towel is approx. 12″ X 24″
  • a standard wash cloth is approx. 13″ X 13″
  • a standard bath sheet is approx. 35″ X 60″
  • a standard sports towel is approx. 20″ X 40″

Looks Good in our Bathroom Décor 

  • if you’re buying towels as a gift and aren’t sure what will look good, you can hardly go wrong with beige or white
  • in a neutral bathroom towels can add a trendy pop of color and design
  • if you have a lot going on in your bathroom in terms of different tiles and fixture colors, you can tie them together with a multi colored towel having many of the other colors in the bathroom, or you can stick to a neutral

Here are some good choices if you’re still not sure what to get:

towels1900 Gram Towel Set Egyptian Cotton Towels by ExceptionalSheets

If you’re looking for a set of towels, this is a good quality option. These would make a great wedding shower gift.

  • 100% Egyptian Cotton
  • Two bath towels 30″ x 55″
  • Two hand towels 20″ x 30″
  • Two wash cloths 13″ x 13″
  • Machine washable, non fading
  • 900 GSM
  • Color: Chocolate
  • Brand: ExceptionalSheets

towel21888 Mills Luxury Cotton Made in Africa Towel

I find more often than not these days I buy single bath towels.  I just find I need extras of these and go through them faster than hand towels.  I have a few pretty sets to fill the various towel rods, and keep a bountiful supply of regular bath towels and sheets on my hotel style towel racks and in a linen closet for when extra guests show up.  These ones are standard sized hand towels of an excellent quality, In addition, “Think Globally and Act Locally.” Cotton made in Africa is a project that promotes the sustainable cultivation of African cotton to sell in products bearing the project’s name. Funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the goal of the project is to increase the income of African cotton farmers thereby increasing the overall quality of life for themselves and their children. The purchase of this bath towel directly contributes to poverty reduction of more than 265,000 African farmers by creating sustainable trade rather than one time profit maximization. Additionally, these towels are manufactured in the USA by 1888 Mills, a leading textile manufacturer committed to environmental and social sustainability.
  • Size: Bath Towel – 30″ X 58″
  • Color: White
  • Brand: 1888 Mills
  • 2-ply, ring-spun, combed-cotton construction for longevity and soft hand feel
  • Made of 100-percent African cotton sourced from the Cotton Made in Africa project
  • Sales contribute to poverty reduction for more than 265,000 African farmers
  • Machine washable for easy care; manufactured in the U.S.A
This is what I all a nice bath sheet.  Its huge size will let even a big guy wrap up cosily after a bath or shower.
  • 20 oz. per sq. yd. Plush, Thick and Thirsty Turkish Bath Sheet
  • 1/4 inch loop length – this towel gets only better with every wash as the thick terry loops bloom and absorb every drop of water on your body
  • Weighs approximately 3 lb each
  • 100% Genuine Turkish Cotton
  • Size: 40″x80″
  • Color: White
  • Brand: ThirstyTM Towels
  • Made in Turkey, unlike others claiming to use “Turkish Terry” but not “Made in Turkey”
  • Combed Turkish Cotton which results in towels that will not pill or shed
  • Made in a mill that is Oeko-Tex® Certified.

face clothNorwex Antibacterial Microfiber Washcloth Set of 3, Natural

In addition to the pretty face cloths I have from various towel sets, I always have a few of these around for personal use. They’re the best I’ve ever used, as they act as a make up remover cloth with no lotions or soaps at all, just the cloth and water, and they’re gentle on the skin even when removing make up. I love their earthy neutral tones too. They’re expensive but to me they’re well worth the price. I can’t imagine using anything else, love these!
  • Antibacterial Microfiber with a 2 Year Warranty
  • Removes Makeup, Dirt, Oils, and Dead Skin with Only Water
  • No Need for Chemicals or Soap to Clean Effectively
  • Colors: Beige, Taupe, and Grey
  • 12 inches x 12 inches

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