Buying towels is a delicate process. Sure, you want to buy towels that feel soft and luxurious, but what does ‘gram count’ really mean? And how does it differ between Turkish cotton and Egyptian cotton or choose from a rainbow of colors and patterns? Before you throw in the towel too soon, take some time to read our handy guide below. We’ve put together and grouped everything you need to know about how to choose towels into five key categories, from size and weight to construction, to make your search as smooth as possible.
It is not a myth that cotton is the softest material for your clothes or towels. However, there are different types of cottons and the top three are:
Japanese cotton towel
Egyptian cotton towel
Pima cotton towel
These cotton towels are made to be soft, and last a long time as well. Plus, they’re worth every penny you spend on them. When making use of these towels, there is no need to make use of fabric softeners because you will always get the much needed fluffiness.
Towels made of Japanese cotton are the softest bath towels you can buy. They are also known as Xinjiang cotton. This species of cotton is produced in the Xinjiang region of Japan, so the name was derived. A good example of Japanese towels is the Mizu towel. Japanese cotton is used to create luxurious hand and bath towels that provide the softest feeling for its users. Japanese cotton is long and thin with stables ranging from 3.8 cm-4cm. They are mostly harvested by hand, and this makes the material durable, intact and resistant to stress. The collection method also increases its uniformity. These are the attributes that make Japanese cotton stand out from the rest.
Be careful when buying a soft towel:
Towels, as we all know, come in different qualities and materials. When going for a towel, there are several factors to consider including: the nature and quality of the towel material. This seems to be the most important factor. Here, we consider how soft the material is, as we know that a good towel complements the refreshing shower to soothe and calm the nerves after a long, stressful and hectic day.
It is crucial to keep in mind that some materials appear to be soft when New because some manufacturers cover their towels with a fabric softening finish and the towel will lose its softness quality immediately after the first wash or use.
Therefore, it is very important to consider the quality and nature of the material of a towel before obtaining it.
To avoid falling victim to one of these manufacturers, choose the above three cottons. These materials are very soft, bland and silky. Towels made of these materials last a long time and can be used again and again without losing their quality. The softest materials for towels are cotton, rayon or Pima and any quality towel should be made from any of these.
Determine the size
Towels come in a variety of sizes that you will want to consider before your purchase. A standard bath towel to dry after a shower or bath is 27″ x 52″, while a bath sheet is slightly larger at 35″x 60″. A bath sheet offers more coverage, allowing you to wrap yourself completely. If you’re looking for smaller options, hand towels are 16 “x 30″, while square cloths are 13″x 13”.
Decide on weight
The density of the bath towel is measured in grams per square meter (GSM), and this number varies between 300-900. A towel of 300-400 grams is thinner and lighter, so it is ideal for the gym or kitchen. These dry faster than heavier towels. A 400-600 GSM is a medium weight towel that is ideal for the beach, and can be used as bath towels every day. And finally, a 600-900 GSM is dense and absorbent, which makes it feel extra luxurious but requires a little more drying time. With our towels, we like to find the perfect balance of thick, fluffy and absorbent, yet light enough to be quick-drying.
Choose Your Cotton
Everyday towels are often made of standard cotton. Turkish cotton, on the other hand, has longer fibers that give the towels extra durability and a softer feel. Towels made of Turkish cotton have longer and denser yarn loops that absorb a lot of moisture and trap heat. Popular in hotels and spas, they are heavier than standard towels and take longer to dry. Choose Turkish cotton if you prefer a thick and luxurious feel. They also become softer and fluffy with each wash. Another highly absorbent and durable option? Towels made with Zero twist technology. This material feels extraordinarily soft and fluffy while providing a shorter drying time. Zero twist cotton towels are lightweight, durable and easy to pack.
Select the combed or Ringspun construction
Towels made with combed cotton means that their fibers are combed to remove shorter threads and debris, leaving the stronger and longer threads to be woven into the bath towel. This process ensures durability and prevents pilling. Ringspun cotton is made with long and short fibers twisted to create a softer and finer yarn, while Plush cloth is made with larger yarn loops and woven with additional yarn. Also, look for towels made with banded edges to reduce fraying.
Choose Color and style
#Towels can add the warm, finishing touch to a bathroom, so consider selecting a stack in a fun accent color or pattern. Another option is to stock your cabinets with season-based colors (i.e., bright beachy colors in spring/summer, cooler colors in Fall/Winter). The most classic option is fluffy white towels, which look timeless and work with any style or environment.
Notes on care
The best way to make your towels last longer is to take care of them properly. Before using towels, wash them once to help fix their color, improve absorbency and reduce any lint. Also, avoid using fabric softeners, as they can leave residue and create a stiff texture. By putting a little time and energy into the selection process, you’ll find towels that add style and comfort to your bathroom.