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A Top-Quality Bath Towel Can Make All the Difference in Your Shower Routine — These Are Our 7 Favorites

Bestproducts.com logo Bestproducts.com 6/14/2019 Melanie Yates
Towels are everyday necessities that you're likely to have in your bathroom rotation for years to come, so why skimp on quality? We tested the most talked about bath towels and determined which are the best to buy. © Getty Images Towels are everyday necessities that you're likely to have in your bathroom rotation for years to come, so why skimp on quality? We tested the most talked about bath towels and determined which are the best to buy.

Bath towels are everyday necessities that you're likely to have in your bathroom rotation for years to come, so why skimp on quality?

Whether you’re looking for a registry-grade investment or just a few basic sets on the cheap, there are plenty of high-quality towels on the market within virtually any budget.

We've hand-tested numerous bath towels in varying price ranges to find the top textiles that feel amazing and actually hold up to daily use and frequent washing. Of course, we always recommend following the care instructions on your towel’s tag to prolong their like-new, cushy feel, but there are also a few clever tips and tricks out there to help keep your bath linens in tip-top shape, well past year one.

Here are our favorite user-tested picks that'll help you clean up nicely:

Best Overall: Brooklinen Super-Plush Bath TowelMost Absorbent: Parachute Classic Towel

Most Quick-Drying: Pottery Barn Hydrocotton Quick-Drying Towel

Best for the Wedding Registry: Matouk Milagro Towel

Best Waffle-Weave Towel: Parachute Waffle Weave Towel

Best Cheap Towel: Wamsutta Hygro Duet Bath TowelThe Crowd Favorite: Fieldcrest Spa Bath Towel

Read on to find out why we named these the best bath towels below!

Best Overall

Brooklinen's bath towels are made of Oeko-Tex-certified Turkish cotton and clock in at a plush and slightly weighty 820 GSM. They are impressively soft upon first feel, and even after multiple washes, they maintain their cloud-like coziness. We’ve found that the airy loops of their Turkish cotton material also help them dry much faster than towels of a similar size, so they're less likely to harbor mold and mildew. We’ve named them as our best bath towel overall because they strike that perfect balance of absorbent and quick-drying, while feeling like a resort-quality material.

The Brooklinen Super-Plush Bath Towels are $69 for a set of two and come in four different colors.

Most Absorbent

The Turkish-cotton towels from Parachute are an everyday luxury that look right at home in any bathroom. From their dense 700 GSM weight to the ribbed dobby, every facet of these towels is designed with intention. The towel material feels both soft and airy, thanks to its Aerocotton construction, which allows more air to pass through each cotton fiber during the looming process. Though the towel’s initial plushiness can start to feel a little more lived-in over time, we've found that it maintains exceptional absorbency, even after a year-plus of regular use.

The Parachute Classic Bath Towels are $29 each, and are also available to buy as a set including two bath towels, two hand towels, and two washcloths for $114. They also come in five different colors.

Most Quick-Drying

These bath towels from Pottery Barn are crafted from Turkish hydrocotton, and the material’s cushy fiber loops are untwisted for increased absorbency. The towels are also constructed with a 550 GSM weight, and they’re Oeko-Tex-certified for chemical-free peace of mind. The material is also crafted to dry quickly, so that the weight of the towel doesn't warp its shape when left to dry on a towel rack.

Though they are a bit pricey, these towels thankfully don't require a special washing treatment to be fully enjoyed - one of our editors tested this towel in-house and reported that they "found them to hold up well to public laundromat treatment." These towels are also a favorite of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.

The Pottery Barn Hydrocotton Quick-Drying Bath Towels are $28.50 each and are available in a spectrum of 10 different colors.

Best for the Wedding Registry

The Portuguese-made Milagro towels from Matouk are undoubtedly a luxury item, with a plush 550 GSM weave made from 100% Egyptian cotton. The bath towels are also a sizable 30-by-60 inches, making them particularly great for taller folks, or for those who don't mind a bigger towel. On the other hand, for shorter people, drying off with these can feel a little like getting a bear hug (which is not necessarily a bad thing!). We say that these are great towels for your wedding registry, because they're on the pricier side, but they aren’t quite as heavy and slower to dry as other top-of-the-line textiles can be.

The Matouk Milagro Towels are $62.50 each and come in 16 different colors.

Best Waffle-Weave Towel

When you want to switch it up from drying off with a super-thick towel, Parachute’s Waffle Weave towel is one of our favorite styles. Springy, flexible, and lightweight, this quick-drying material both looks stylish on display and is enjoyable to use, providing a more textured tactile sensation than all-over terrycloth does. These towels are a light 240 GSM, so they aren’t the most absorbent towels on our list, but using them brings more of an intentional, ritualistic feel to your morning (or nighttime) shower routine.

The Parachute Waffle Weave Towels are $39 each (or $128 for a set of two) and come in four different colors.

Best Cheap Towel

If premium bath linens are well outside your price range, we suggest this affordable 100% cotton option from Wamsutta. They aren’t the fanciest or weightiest towels out there, but they are probably the best you can get on a tight budget.

The towels are quite durable, too. One of our site editors tested this towel, and they were "pleasantly surprised at the continued fluffiness after a month of use and washing." The towels are also touted as having a pleasing-to-the-touch texture. This bath towel is crafted with a slightly different texture on each side for different benefits, one with hygro-twist loops that give it a soft and smooth feel, and the other with two-ply terrycloth that helps it absorb moisture. Plus, its textured dobby stripe also adds a tailored flourish to the WC.

The Wamsutta Hygro Duet Bath Towels start at $9.99 each and are also available in a wide range of 28 colors.

The Crowd Favorite

While Target’s in-house brands can be a little hit-or-miss textile-wise, the Fieldcrest line of bath towels is a reviewer favorite. These bath towels also top Business Insider and Wirecutter’s top towel lists as well, and at the time of publishing, 89% of the towel’s reviewers on Target's site recommend the towel to others. For all of those accolades, this 100% cotton towel looks relatively unassuming with an average 300 to 400 GSM weight and large striped dobby border, but also happens to be Oeko-Tex-certified. Users tout the towel’s fluffy texture, generous sizing, and for feeling more expensive than they look.

The Fieldcrest Spa Bath Towels start at $19.99 each and are available in 15 different colors.

Because there's a lot of towel terminology to take in, allow us to demystify some of the most key textile terms before you start adding-to-cart:

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What does the towel’s GSM number mean?

The GSM denotes the grams-per-meter of a material. If you're looking for the fluffiest towels possible, then you may want to hone in on picks that have a GSM of 500 or more. The higher the number, the more dense the material, so you’ll get that nice and soft feel, though the towel itself may be heavier and take longer to dry.

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What’s the difference between a bath towel and a bath sheet?

Bath sheets are simply larger bath towels, and are used to towel off post-shower in exactly the same way. Folks who find that an average-sized 56-by-30-inch bath towel is a little too small may be more comfortable using a larger 70-by-40-inch bath sheet. Just keep in mind that because they have slightly more material, bath sheets also tend to be a little more expensive than bath towels.

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What are those little bleach spots that show up on towels after washing them?

Certain ingredients in skincare products (like benzoyl peroxide) have a tendency to leave spots on colored linens. If you suspect this may be an issue when buying top-of-the-line towels, opt for white to be on the safe side.

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