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Best Towels 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated February 1, 2018
Best Towels of 2018
Many models on the market may be confusing to a person who is shopping for their first time. Here are my top picks with detailed reviews, comparison charts and buying guides to help you purchase the perfect item for your needs.
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Test Results and Ratings
Why did this towels win the first place?
I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!
Why did this towels come in second place?
I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice.
Why did this towels take third place?
This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers.
Towels Buyer’s Guide
The White Company
This lavish, ribbed hydrocotton towel is made using a “low twist” process that keeps it fluffy, light and exceptionally absorbent. It is also quick to dry out after use, as well as staying super-soft even after being washed and washed. We like the range of five colours – all neutrals – but it’s not for those that like the premium, denser feel.
This is one of our favourites because it absorbs moisture well and feels as soft as some towels three times the price. It also stays feeling luxurious for years on end, thanks to the mature cotton fibres and there’s a wider variety of colours than all the other brands we looked at. A great option for people who prefer lightweight, fluffy towels. Also available in three different sizes.
House of Fraser
This elegant towel is covered with an unusual raised and textured pattern, made from 100 per cent cotton with a soft velour finish. It’s the kind of pattern you see regularly in North African markets, giving an exotic look to any bathroom. It absorbs water well without staying wet several hours later. Also available in a smaller size.
Cox & Cox
This 100 per cent cotton towel is ideal for those who want a plain colour (it’s available in blush or grey) but with a highly textured finish. Made in Denmark, you can even buy accessories to match. We thought it might not be much cop at drying out except on the raised surface, but we were very pleasantly surprised.
Downland Set of Two Bathsheets
We had high hopes for this bargain set (yes, you get two towels for the price, despite costing under a tenner) because of the large number of high customer ratings online. And we weren’t disappointed, with a softness usually only found in much pricier towels. It’s medium weight, good at drying and is available in an attractive range of colours. But it is prone to fraying quicker than others.
We were intrigued by this really thing towel that looks more like a throw. But actually, the lightweight linen waffle weave was good at wicking moisture away from the body (rather than just pushing it around as some thin towels do) as well as quickly drying out itself. Although not quite as luxurious against the skin as some, this has its own benefits as the bumpy surface stimulates circulation to leave your skin feeling refreshed after use. Available in one other size.
Stuff of Dreams
This fine cotton offering is a version of the lightweight hammam towel. Handmade in Tunisia using traditional methods, it is available in two colours and can also be used as a blanket, shawl or wrap. When in towel mode, it dries quickly – useful for travelling or if you don’t have much drying space. Fear not if you think it feels a bit coarse to start with – it is tightly woven to become softer with each wash.
You don’t see many great-looking floral-inspired towels about, and when you do, they tend to come at a premium cost. Not so with this bargain option that’s ideal for brightening up otherwise dull and plain bathrooms or matching with other flower themes. The pure cotton stays soft, especially with a bit of help from tumble drying it after washing, although it’s not quite as durable as some. Also available as a bath towel.
Towels often feel softer in the store than they do after a few washes. Most manufacturers coat towels with a fabric softening finish that feels soft to your hand, but it wears off after a wash or two, say Consumer Reports’ experts.
Towels made with rayon, including rayon derived from bamboo, are usually very soft. Towels made with Pima or Egyptian cotton are also soft as their yarn is smooth and silky and less prone to fuzzies. Liquid fabric softeners do work, but they leave a film that decreases a towel’s absorbency, and increases flammability. Use dryer sheets instead. Most towels shrink, so use the appropriate heat setting. If your dryer has a moisture sensor then all the better.
For soft, absorbent towels that last, first consider two-ply towels made with Pima or Egyptian cotton, or towels that blend cotton with rayon, but they may not last as long. Premium cotton towels usually cost a bit more than other types, so look for them on sale or bring coupons.
Buy inexpensive towels if you or a family member uses products for treating acne. They often contain benzoyl peroxide, which can bleach towels and leave an orange or pink blotch. Some towels are claimed to be safe to use with benzoyl peroxide, so we tested them. See “Towels That Resist Bleaching” for details.
Whatever towels you choose, pick up an extra washcloth and store it, unwashed, with your receipt. If your new towels fade and you need to return them, that washcloth is your proof.
In the Laundry
Towels absorb large amounts of dirt and body oils and should be laundered frequently, and using a high-scoring detergent from our tests will keep them looking good. We test how well a detergent removes stains from body oil, dirt, grass, and more. The detergents below are the highest-scoring liquid detergents tested, earning overall scores ranging from 7to 8They appear in alphabetical order.
Persil ProClean Power-Liquid Senstive Skin, 1cents
The Weave of a Luxury Towel
There are four weaves that are commonly used to make luxury bathroom towels:
Terry Weave: Often used for hotel towels, terry weave is the most popular choice. This weave consists of large, uncut loops, which makes terry towels soft, absorbent and strong.
Waffle Weave: Waffle weave towels have raised squares woven into the fabric in a waffle or honeycomb formation. They are lighter, more absorbent and faster-drying than terry towels.
Velour: Velour towels are similar to terry towels, but with the loops sheared on one or both sides. This gives a soft, velvety feel but the towel loses some absorption as a result.
Jacquard: Jacquard towels comprise of a terry weave with patterns woven into them. These appear on both the face and back of the towel.
The Process of Refining a Luxury Towel
Carding: This removes tangles in the fibres but does not fully align them, so they tend to go off in different directions, creating a fluffy, super absorbent towel.
Combing: As the material is spun, the fibres are aligned using fine-toothed combs to create a very smooth and silky towel.
The Weight of Luxury Towels
The higher the GSM (grams per square metres), the heavier, denser and, generally speaking, more absorbent the towel is. This measurement relates to the weight of the fabric which is woven into every square metre of towel.
700 – 900 GSM:Our range of heavyweight towels are highly durable whilst giving you a cosy plush finish. It’s noteworthy that the heavier the towel, the longer it takes to dry so ensure these towels have been fully aired and dried before storing them.
400 – 700 GSM:Our collection of medium weight towels are equally as absorbent as heavyweight towels. They are lighter and take less time to fully dry so ideal for a busy household and frequent use.
150 – 400 GSM:Our range of lightweight towels are incredibly versatile as they are lighter and quick to launder. They are slightly less absorbent so are suited for travel or gym use.
Hand towel 50 x 90cm
Face cloth 30 x 30cm * You should aim to allocate each member of the family two bath sheets, two bath towels and two face cloths, so they alway have a clean one when one is in the wash. Hand towels can be limited to one per bathroom, and of course always have plenty of spare towels of all sizes for guests.
What type of bathroom towels are there? * Egyptian cotton towels are the most luxurious and absorbent as they have a long, thick loops. They are also the most expensive towels so consider them as a long term investment. * Supima cotton towels are a good alternative to costly Egyptian towels, as they are also soft and very durable, but are less luxurious and this is reflected in their price. * Waffle towels have a textured surface and their lightweight nature makes them handy for travelling. * Standard towels are made from synthetic fibres and are therefore less absorbent and are a lesser quality than cotton towels, however they are low-cost and are ideal if you’re planning to change them frequently.
What colour and design should you choose? * Plain white towels will bring a hotel chic look to any bathroom and will complement any scheme, dark or light. * If you want your towels to make a statement choose a contrasting colour or pattern. * For a more subtle look, choose towels that tone with the tiles and flooring. * Patterned towels can be used to bring style to the bathroom. Floral or polka dotted towels can add a country-chic touch, while stripy towels bring a contemporary feel.
How to care for bathroom towels * Always wash bath towels for the first time before using them. * Don’t use fabric softener as it will decrease the towel’s ability to absorb water.
Video Of The Week *If you can, put your towels out on the line to dry to give them extra freshness. Driers are also great for adding extra softness. Don’t iron towels as this can make them stiff and scratchy and also make them less absorbent.
Country Home and Interiors
Thick and luxurious
This towel is softer and plusher than our main pick, and it comes in more sumptuous colors than the Fieldcrest line.
The Frontgate Resort Cotton Towel definitely counts as a splurge, but in our testing, it consistently ranked very high for softness and comfort. Thicker than our main pick, it feels luxe and substantial, like a high-quality hotel towel. It’s made with long-staple cotton, and with each wash it felt fuller and plusher. Its fluffiness held up better than any of the other towels we tested. It comes in a very wide range of rich colors, with more choices than our other picks. It’s also available in a bath sheet size and coordinates with a range of matching accessories. If a plush, luxurious towel is what you want, this is a great one; however, it’s almost three times the price of our main pick, so we think most people will be happy paying less for the Fieldcrest.
Wild Wolf Outfitters Microfiber Travel Towel Set
This microfiber travel towel set from Wild Wolf Outfitters is a great way to limit the weight of your backpack on your next hiking or camping adventure. These travel towels are up to 300% lighter than traditional cotton towels and are also compact and durable.
Fast Drying material means that your towels will be completely dry times faster, this is great for anyone on the road and needing to be constantly on the move. No time to allow for other styles of towels to dry and no requirement to hang the towel on the back of your pack.
The Wild Wolf Outfitters are free of anti-bacterial chemicals which some of the other towels include. This is great for kids and people with sensitive skin. We did find however that these could start to smell overtime so you need to consider this when making your purchase.
JLine Antibacterial Microfiber Towel
This range of microfiber travel towels from JLine are a great addition to any backpack or luggage set. Antibacterial properties in this fabric help to take care of the odors associated with perspiration while traveling. Bacteria growth is inhibited resulting a smell free product.
Microfiber is well known for the soft feel of the fabric, these towels offer a suede feel and the strong fabric also makes them durable and versatile. Like most travel towels this one is fast drying and will dry in minutes after being hung up allowing for air flow. This is great if you are in a hurry and avoids you having to hang your towel on the outside of your backpack while you walk.
Like all of the best travel towels these microfiber towels are very lightweight and compact. It will fit into a small bag quite easily and you will not even know you are carrying it. Try that with a heavy duty cotton towel. The JLine Antibacterial Microfiber Towel makes a great choice if you are looking for a quality and affordable travel or camping towel.
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PiKaQ Microfiber Travel Towel
This microfiber travel towel is from PiKaQ and is a very soft and extremely durable making it perfect for any vacation or camping trip. This towel features a handy hanging hook as well as a convenient mesh bag for storage. Made using microfiber this towel is super absorbent and also extremely fast drying, after you have finished using it you can give it a quick wring and hang it up making it dry in a matter of minutes. It can hold x its own weight in water.
Raqpak Microfiber Travel Towel
Raqpak make a wide range of quality travel products and this microfiber travel towel in no exception. This towel is extremely lightweight and compact so it will not take up valuable space in your backpack or suitcase depending on what type of travel you are planning.
Antibacterial properties in the microfiber fabric help to prevent mold, odors and germs growing which keeps the towel and yourself hygienic and extends the life of the towel. These travel towels are also extremely fast drying and will be touch dry in minutes if hung up with the correct airflow. The Raqpak microfiber travel towels are available in multiple sizes including large (60 x 30”) and extra-large (40 x 20“) and also offer a 100% money back guarantee. back to menu ↑ back to menu ↑
These fantastic microfiber travel towels from Venko is perfect for your next camping trip or backpacking adventure and features a super soft fabric that feels great to use unlike some rougher chamois. These towels are super absorbent and can absorb up to x their own weight in liquid and is also very fast drying which is ideal when out on the road and in a hurry. There is nothing worse than carrying a wet cotton towel on the back of your backpack trying to dry it in transit.
The Venko Microfiber Towel Pack is also extremely hygienic and is made using fabric with anti-bacterial properties. This helps the towel last longer while also preventing bacteria growing and causing mold, odors and germs. This set includes a 60 x 30” fast trying travel towel as well as a smaller microfiber hand towel, the towels fit perfectly into the breathable mesh travel case and are fantastic for any trip or vacation. back to menu ↑ back to menu ↑
Design Trifecta 360 Knife Block
Admittedly expensive, this handsome block certainly seemed to live up to its billing as “the last knife block you ever have to buy.” The heaviest model in our testing, this block was ultrastable, and its durable bamboo exterior was a breeze to clean. Well-placed medium-strength magnets made it easy to attach all our knives, and a rotating base gave us quick access to them. One tiny quibble: The blade of our 12-inch slicing knife stuck out a little.
Schmidt Brothers Downtown Block
This roomy block completely sheathed our entire winning knife set using just one of its two sides—and quite securely, thanks to long, medium-strength magnet bars. Heavy, with a grippy base, this block was very stable. An acrylic guard made this model extra-safe but also made it a little trickier to insert knives and to clean; the wood block itself showed some minor cosmetic scratching during use.
Schmidt Brothers Midtown Block
This smaller version of the Downtown Block secured all our knives nicely, though the blade of the slicing knife stuck out a bit. With a base lined with grippy material, this block was very stable. An acrylic guard afforded extra protection against contact with blades but made it a little harder to insert knives and to clean; the wood itself got a little scratched during use.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Towels wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Towels
- №1 — Luxury Hotel & Spa Bath Towels 100% Cotton Dobby Border
- №2 — 6 Piece Turkish Luxury Turkish Cotton Towel Set – Eco Friendly
- №3 — Luxury Hotel & Spa Towel Turkish Cotton Bath Towels – Gray – Dobby Border – Set of 2