Towel Buying Guide
Buying a towel is not only a tactile experience, it is also often confusing and complicated, thanks to the different fibers, thread counts, and brands. Towels are essential items in home. From wrapping us in fluffy warmth after a shower to keeping the kitchen counter clean, they do it all. So obviously, a lot of factors should be considered when buying towels.
Here are some of the few points to consider when buying bath towels for your home.
Depending upon the purpose of the towel, there are various sizes. Standard bath towels are generally 27″ X 52″ while bath sheets are a little larger at 35″ X 60″. If you want to wrap yourself after a shower, bath sheet is the better option. There are other options too, like hand towels and wash cloths that are smaller than the average bath towel.
The weight of a towel is determined by the GSM (grams per square meter) of the fabric. Towels with a low GSM are thinner and lighter and tend to wear out easily. These are some of the cheapest towels. Towels with the highest GSM are the premium luxurious towels found in hotels and spas. They are dense and durable, but also take some time to dry. Your pick should be a towel that strikes the right balance between being absorbent and quick drying.
There are generally three types of cotton used to make different kinds of towels. Regular, everyday towels are made from standard cotton. Premium, luxurious towels, like the ones found in hotels, are usually made from Egyptian cotton. This type of cotton is handpicked to ensure purity, and is also the most expensive. Egyptian cotton towels are softer, heavier, more absorbent, and take longer to try. A great alternative to them are Turkish towels. Although not as luxurious as Egyptian cotton towels, they are highly absorbent, lighter, and dry more quickly, preventing mildew.
There are two major types of construction for towels: combed and ringspun. Combed cotton have their fibers ‘combed’ to remove shorter threads, and then the strongest and longest threads are used to weave the towel to ensure durability and prevent pilling. On the other hand, ringspun cotton is made with a fine, smooth yarn derived from twisting long and short fibers together. Terry cloth towels are woven with extra yarn and larger thread loops.
Towels are used for drying and cleaning purposes, and need to be able to absorb water. Pure cotton towels are the most absorbent, compared to towels that have polyester or other synthetic fibers added to them. When talking about absorbency, it is also important to consider how fast the towel dries, because damp towels are a breeding ground for bacteria. Both Egyptian and Turkish cotton towels are highly absorbent, but Turkish towels dry sooner than their Egyptian cousins.
Having the perfect towel is one of life’s simplest pleasures and biggest luxuries. Blend your own preference with the above pointers to make the right selection.
How to Pick the Best Bath Towel
One of the most delightful feelings in the world is to be wrapped in a soft bath towel after a shower. But not all towels give the same feeling. There are towels that are coarse, cause skin allergies, or hardly absorb water. Many low-grade towels bleed and wear out within a few washes. Worst of all, a towel that seemed fluffy at the store might get all flat and coarse in a short time. Choosing the bath towel that feels heavenly can be quite a difficult task sometimes.
Thankfully, there are things that can lead you to the perfect bath towel. Keep your eyes, and bear in mind the following tips to pick the best bath towel. Read on to find out.
The reason why the towels that feel soft in the store end up all dry and rough after a few washes is that fabric softeners are added to them in order to fool customers. Most people decide to buy a towel after only feeling it with their hands, and it helps manufacturers and store owners get away with their tricks.
The best way to judge the enduring softness of a towel is to check its quality. If it says 100 percent cotton or combed cotton, it means the towel will absorb water and become softer and fluffier over time. Cotton also has the longest fibers, preventing pilling and retaining softness. Anything other than cotton might last longer but won’t provide the same comfort, softness, or absorbency.
The ability to soak water and dry quickly is desired in every bath towel. This can be determined by inspecting the stitching very minutely. The tighter and denser the loops, the higher the absorbency of the material. If you are able to see past the loops, you have low-grade material there.
Another way to judge absorbency is by feeling the weight of the towel. If it feels heavy, it probably has more volume and good absorbency. Also, check for double stitching on the edges for better durability and less fraying. Double edges with double stitching are the preferred finish in a towel.
The most durable towels are the two-ply ones, compared to their one ply cousins. The strongest fabric is pure cotton, the reason why they are the most expensive and most sought after. There are towels made of rayon and cotton-polyester blends. These are durable but less absorbent and far less comfortable than cotton.
Your first choice should always be two-ply pure cotton towels, preferably made from Egyptian or Pima cotton. They have the highest durability, absorbency, and softness, and are worth the price. For something more affordable, you could choose cotton-rayon blends, but they cannot give the same comfort and softness as cotton.
Instead of sticking to the same store, look at different towels in a number of stores. Decide on your budget and the kind of cotton you want. Synthetic bath towels are inexpensive, but they hardly last long and may also cause skin allergies and reactions. Premium cotton towels are expensive, but since they last for years, you save money in the long run.
A few times in the year, there are great deals on premium cotton towels. Look out for these deals if you want to own a high quality bath towel at half the original price. Be careful when buying discounted items, though. Check for authenticity and quality before purchase to make sure you aren’t buying fake products.
Once you have found the right bath towel, follow the care instructions that came with it. Too often, even the best towels are damaged when care instructions are not followed. Look for the label, and read and understand everything written there.
If it says to avoid chlorine, bleach, or hot water, follow it. The manufacturers know what is best to ensure the towel’s longevity. It is recommended that towels are washed with similar colors on medium heat. Refrain from using fabric softeners since they leave a residue on the towel and affect absorbency. Natural fluffiness can be maintained by shaking out the towel after washing and drying.
It isn’t enough to buy the best towel; proper care is required to ensure the quality is maintained throughout the towel’s life.
There are hundreds of different kinds of bath towels available in the market, from low-grade inexpensive ones to premium Turkish and Egyptian cotton towels. Depending on your preference and budget, it isn’t hard to pick the best, if the above pointers are followed. A towel is multipurpose and versatile. Take your time to pick the best, and you will not regret it.