10 Best Bath Towels
What should you look for in a bath towel? Good absorbency and drying power are key, it should dry you efficiently and dry out quickly after use; it should also be long lasting and wash well. Design is important too, you want it to look good in your bathroom.Size matters. To make your choice bath-friendly aim for at least 70 x 130cm, so it will wrap comfortably around you after washing. Gsm (grams per square metre) is the scale used to measure towel quality and a handy comparison tool when shopping - the lower the number, the lighter the towel. Basic designs weigh in between 200 and 300gsm, while higher-end luxury choices range from 400 to 700gsm.At the lower end of the market, cheaper towels are made from synthetic materials and therefore less absorbent, but they have the benefit of being lightweight and, obviously, cost less. Egyptian cotton towels, with their long, thick fabric loops, are soft, durable and highly absorbent, while Turkish cotton is very plush, but can be slightly less absorbent. Supima cotton offers longer, stronger fibres, making it a more luxurious option. A waffle weave is an eco-friendly choice, lightweight and handy for travelling.Each towel in our review was tested for absorbency, comfort and drying power, and all passed the 'washing test', completing a wash cycle at the recommended temperature and drying to pre-wash levels of softness.You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The IndependentSize: 70 x 127cmMaterial: 100% cottonWeight: 600gsmThis one is made from soft cotton with a zero-twist pile, which means the fibres are not twisted before they are woven, giving them a larger surface area and allowing moisture to be absorbed more easily. Other innovations include a reduced fibre shedding design for longevity.This all combines to create a towel that feels like velvet - soft, thick, plush, highly-absorbent and the epitome of luxury. It also dried fast and, at this price, is our favourite of the bunch. It is also available in 18 colours.Buy nowSize:70 x 137cmMaterial:100% combed Turkish cottonWeight:550gsmWe loved the 5-star hotel luxury look and feel of this design, with its white, exceptionally-soft fabric, featuring a smart navy stripe border that would look great in a bathroom or guest bedroom.The cotton mix fabric blend absorbs water well and it's quick to dry out after use. Plus, at this price, it's a real luxury bargain.Buy nowSize:100 x 150cmMaterial: 100% cottonWeight: 700gsmWith its thick pile and plush-to-the-touch fabric, don't think staple, think indulge. The double-ended stripe motif is a smart design feature but - and here's the disadvantage of a large, dense towel - we found it quite weighty and heavy to use.While the absorbency is good, we'd save this one for leisurely bath times, rather than quick showers.Buy nowSize: 70 x 127cmMaterial: 100% Turkish cottonThis soft, lightweight towel is smooth to the touch, with a geometric print in a palette of greys and bright pops of colour for a designer look that's not reflected in the price.It's particularly good for drying hair, being thin enough to make an effective head turban, but its light fabric did remain slightly creased and damp for longer after use.Yet we love the fact that there's a 100-day satisfaction guarantee - so if you don't like it, simply return within the time frame for a refund.Buy nowSize: 100 x 150cmMaterial: 100% cottonWeight: 700gsmThis top of the range design is as luxurious and soft as you would expect from the price tag, made from twisted Egyptian cotton terry that feels ultra-plush when drying. And with its stylish double-ended border, it looks good too.But once damp, this towel really comes into its own -the fabricfeels like velvet as its glides over the skin. Utterly absorbent, utterly luxurious, if you have a bit of money to spend, we highly recommend this.Buy nowSize: 70 x 140cmMaterial: 100% cottonWeight: 700gsmThis towel promises a lot with its very deep pile, luxurious size and ample folds. However, in use it has a slightly rougher texture than the others we tested in this top-of-the-range category and was just a little bit less absorbent, which is reflected in the slightly lower price.It comes in 11 colours and has a deep border stripe on each end for an eye-catching finish.Buy nowSize: 70 x 130cmMaterial: 100% cottonWeight: 600gsmA recent relaunch of the range has improved the feel of this towel Next tells us and while it is certainly soft and fluffy, it is lighter to the touch and not as indulgent as some of the other deep pile designs we tested.Made from 100% Egyptian cotton pile, it's available in 29 shades, is finished with a stripe border and the pretty berry shade we sampled will certainly add an eye-catching pop of colour to a bathroom. And at this price, it's a good option for a slice of everyday luxury.Buy nowSize: 70 x 140cmMaterial: 100% organic cottonAnd now for something completely different. This Danish waffle weave design might not appeal to fluffy towel aficionados, but we were completely smitten.A lightweight fabric with a textured surface, it dries the body fast and efficiently and also dries out quickly.It's 100% organic, won't take up much space on your towel rail and folds compactly for packing - so ideal for trips to the gym or travelling. Be aware that there will be some shrinkage after washing, so you should stretch it into shape while still wet.Buy nowSize: 100 x 150cmMaterial: 100% cottonWeight: 350gsmLooking for a soft towel without the fluffiness? This may be the one for you.Made from 100% cotton, one side offers traditional terry towelling, the other a crisp cotton striped pattern. Finished with white tassels each end, it will look as good on the beach as on your towel rail. It's lightweight and compact, so takes up less space in the bathroom or linen cupboard, but is just as absorbent as the thick pile designs we tested. And, with its thin fabric, it dries almost instantly.Buy nowSize: 75 x 137cmMaterial: 100% Supima combed cottonWeight: 650gsmWhen it comes to cotton, Supima is king, one of the finest cotton yarns in the world. Here, it has been blended with Christy's patented Hygro technology to create a towel that is the ultimate in soft fluffiness.Imagine the texture of velvet cotton wool, soaking up moisture easily. It is exceptionally absorbent, feels utterly luxurious and looks the part too, with a smart border trim at each end. One of our absolute favourites, it proves that you get what you pay for.Buy nowSoft, fast drying and great value for money, the towel from Dunelm was easily our best buy.For something different, we loved the Ferm cotton towel with its waffle weave design, while the towel from The White Company remains unbeaten for luxury.IndyBestproduct reviews are unbiased, independent advice you can trust. 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