Cotton towels are the most common choice, but not all cottons are on the same shelf, quality-wise. Some towels are entirely cotton, while others may have other natural fibers added for softness. Bath towels made from Egyptian cotton, Pima cotton, and Turkish cotton feature extra-long fibers. These superior towels are highly absorbent, strong, and durable when cared for properly. Be particular with percentages; look for towels labeled “100% Egyptian cotton,” “Supima®,” “100% Pima cotton,” or “100% Turkish cotton” to be assured of quality bathroom accessories
Egyptian cotton is, of course, grown in Egypt. Pima cotton is usually grown in the United States (but can be grown in other locations). Bath towels labeled as Supima® (Superior Pima) cotton are made of 100% American Pima cotton. Turkish cotton is grown in Turkey, usually in the Aegean region.
You know to look for thread count when shopping for sheets, but what about bath towels? Look for the GSM number, which refers to grams per square meter. This number indicates the fabric density of the towel; the higher the number, the better quality the towel. Good-quality cotton bath towels have a GSM of at least 500; for luxury towels, select a GSM of at least 600. Keep in mind that dense, heavy towels may take a longer time to dry. Lower GSM towels in the 300-400 range are usually quick drying; you might want this type of towel for gym or kitchen use.
Now that you’ve found your dream towels, keep them looking their best with proper care. A little kindness goes a long way, so opt for warm water over hot, and select mild liquid detergents instead of harsh ones. These simple steps can help to preserve those pretty colors and prevent fiber breakdown. Fabric softener might seem like a logical choice, but it can build up a waxy coating on towels that affects their absorbency. If you find yourself tempted to reach for the fabric softener, try some distilled white vinegar instead. Add a quarter cup to half cup to each load to keep your towels soft and snuggly.
Select towels on our site may be monogrammed by our skilled staff for an additional charge. Monogramming allows you to add a personalized touch to your bathroom decor. Monogrammed towels also make wonderful and memorable gifts, especially for a wedding, housewarming party, or anniversary. Towels that may be monogrammed will display a personalization option beneath the product name after you select a towel color and size.
These towels are usually embellished with embroidery or trim. Decorative towels may have a lower GSM and are best for light use or display. These towels may require special care, so look to the manufacturer’s label for laundering instructions.