Towel Buying Guide
Types of Towels
Bath Sheet Towels
Types of Towel Materials
Egyptian, Pima and Turkish Cotton Towels
Organic Cotton Towels
Terry Cloth Towels
Towel Buying Tips:
- Buy bath towel sets to save time and money and to keep your set coordinated
- Choose towel colours that match your bathroom decor
- Look for double-turned edges and double stitching for extra durability
Most towels are made of cotton, but the type of cotton fibre used affects softness, durability, absorbency and colour retention. Newer materials, such as bamboo, hemp and microfibre offer additional advantages such as antibacterial properties, resistance to mold and mildew and greater absorbency. When choosing towels, consider their primary purpose to determine the right material for your needs.
Fabric Weight +
All towels have a fabric weight measured in grams per square metre (GSM). This refers to the density of the towel and is reflected in the feel and absorbency. Towels with a lower GSM (300 to 400) are lighter, thinner and dry faster, making them handy for the gym or pool. Towels with a medium GSM (400 to 600) are denser and more absorbent, which makes them practical for the bathroom or beach. Towels with a higher GSM (600 to 900) are more absorbent and take longer to dry, so they’re best suited for guest towels.
The yarn’s construction contributes to the feel and function of your towels. Combed cotton, which is processed to remove short, uneven fibres, creates towels that are soft, strong and durable. Ringspun cotton is made by twisting individual fibres together to make a rope of cotton fibres. The higher the twist count (the number of twists per inch of yarn), the softer and more durable the material. Lower twist counts result in thicker, plusher yarn.
Towels come in a full range of colours and are an easy, affordable way to accent your bathroom decor. Neutral colours can play a complementary, supportive role while letting other room elements, including walls, floors and fixtures, get all the attention. Choose bold colours to set a different mood or usher in a change in season. Freshly laundered, fluffy white towels create a classic look for your bathroom and can be monogrammed for added elegance.
Towels come in a wide variety of styles to add a decorative touch to your bathroom. Towels may be jacquard (a pattern woven directly into the fabric), printed (a design is printed on the surface of the towel) or embellished (trim, monograms or designer embroidery is applied to the towel) to accent your bathroom and add interest and elegance.
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Towel Care Tips:
- Wash new towels before using
- Add a cup of vinegar to the wash cycle periodically to remove residue and musty smells
- Wash dark and brightly coloured towels separately
- Avoid fabric softeners to prevent residue that reduces absorbency
- Use a lower heat setting on your dryer or alternate between air fluff and low heat settings to avoid damaging fibres