How to choose a towel: tips and recommendations

When buying a towel, you should pay attention to its composition, the density and length of the pile, as well as the size and appearance of the product.

Choose a towel

Which towel to choose. Materials

Towels are made from different materials, most often cotton, bamboo and flax. Each of them has its advantages and disadvantages, which you need to consider when buying.

Towels can be terry (with a lot of moisture absorbing loops on the surface), wafer and velor (with cropped eyelets):

  1. Terry products are ideal for the face, hands and body – they are very soft and pleasant to the touch, absorb a large amount moisture.

  2. Waffle towels are a great option for the kitchen. They are good they wipe dishes, dry quickly and do not lose their basic properties even after intensive washing and digestion. Besides, they do not leave marks on cleaned surfaces.

  3. Velor towels are soft and pleasant to the touch. They are just like and terry, used to care for hands and face. But such products have worse moisture-absorbing abilities. Are dry Velor towels are faster than terry towels.

Cotton towels

Cotton towels

Cotton products are highly hygienic, soft and hypoallergenic. It is recommended to use them for care for children, especially for newborns. It is important that the towel was pure cotton.

The quality of the product and its appearance largely depends on what type of cotton is used. For example, terry cloth Egyptian cotton are the highest quality and most elite.

The length of the fibers of cotton of Egyptian origin is twice more than the standard. Due to this, the density of weaving towels are higher and it has more moisture absorbing “loops”. Ultra-soft and super-fluffy bath towels that use in luxury hotels and spa salons, as a rule, they are produced from Egyptian cotton. They are particularly durable and durability. However, such products also have disadvantages – they heavier than standard towels and take longer to dry.

Long-fiber cotton is on par with Egyptian cotton Pima, native to America. It is just as strong and durable like the Egyptian, but less soft and fluffy. Towels from this material is produced by the famous American company Supima.

One of the most popular types of cotton is Turkish. Is he, Of course, not as fluffy as the Egyptian or Pima cotton, but absorbs moisture well and dries quickly. Turkish towels cotton light and durable, and in addition, with each wash they become softer and fluffier.

But not always marking that the towel is 100% high quality cotton, true. Some manufacturers report that their product is made from Egyptian cotton, but actually towels are made from mixtures of cotton and synthetic fibers. It limits moisture-absorbing abilities of products and makes them less pleasant on touch. Therefore, you should choose towels from proven manufacturers and do not pay attention to goods from “high-quality high-end cotton” at a low price.


  • Suitable for newborns, pregnant women and allergy sufferers;

  • Ideal for wiping hands, face and body.

  • They have good absorbent properties;

  • They have high strength and wear resistance;


  • Dry for a long time;

  • After washing can sit down.

Linen towels

Linen towels

Flax is most often used in the manufacture of kitchen and bath towels. It can also be combined with cotton fibers to create towels for face and body.


  • Do not cause allergic reactions;

  • Do not fade;

  • They have a good massage effect;

  • Withstand a large number of washings;

  • Durability (service life is longer than that of cotton);

  • It is not electrified;

  • Possess antiseptic properties (destroy pathogenic bacteria);

  • Can be used for children;


  • Strongly crumple;

  • They are expensive.

Bamboo towels

Bamboo towels

Bamboo towels are widely popular among residents RF and CIS countries. They are soft and pleasant to the touch, perfectly absorb moisture and retain their unique properties even after many washes.

Many towels, as well as bedding, blankets and pillows, positioned as “bamboo” have little to do with this unique plant. Actually bamboo material comes to us from Asia and China.

Enterprising Asians “perfectly” learned the basics of production rayon made from bamboo wood, during which cellulose is extracted from the plant and processed using various chemical substances. The result is hydrated cellulose artificial material – viscose. Such a “bamboo” does not have those unique properties reported by almost everyone thematic online publications. Rayon made of bamboo wood possesses only viscose properties. Viscose towels fibers may be labeled bamboo viscose.

Real eco-friendly and healthy bamboo fiber (“viscose linen”) is produced mechanically, like hemp and flax fibers. However, its production “flies into a penny, “so goods made from real bamboo fiber have high cost and rarely found on sale.


  • Do not cause allergies;

  • Do not cause allergic reactions;

  • Dry quickly;

  • They stop the growth of pathogenic microorganisms;

  • They have antibacterial and deodorizing properties;

  • Absorb moisture well (better than cotton);

  • Long retain the original “presentation”;


  • High price;

  • Most 100% bamboo products are not bamboo at all.

What should be the size of the towel

Towels can be bath, massage, for hands, face and feet and etc. Each of them has its own dimensions:

  1. Dimensions of towels for shower or bath range from 0.7 x 1.4 m up to 1 x 1.5 m;

  2. The sizes of products intended for a bath or sauna may be 1 x 1.8 and 0.8 x 2 m;

  3. Hand towels can be 0.4 x 0.6, 0.5 x 0.7 and 0.5 x 0.9 m;

  4. The length of face paintings is often 0.5 and 0.9 m, and the width 0.3 and 0.5 m, respectively;

  5. Products for hands can be 0.4 x 0.6 m, 0.5 x 0.7 m;

  6. Beach linens, as a rule, are 1.4–1.5 cm long and 0.7–1 m wide

  7. Kitchen towel models are often 0.3 x 0.3 and 0.3 x 0.5 m

What should be the pile

Terry towels have a special pile – “close-knit” loops on surface. The softness and fluffiness of the product depends on their length. The villi can be 3–8 mm long, and considered ideal 5 mm value. Moisture absorbing properties depend on the length of the loops products. The longer they are, the better the towel absorbs moisture. But too large loops (more than 5 cm) can stretch, and lose shape and roll off after washing. Pile less than 3 mm long “serves” longer, but absorbs moisture worse.

Towel Density

Towel density is measured in grams per square meter. it the value varies from 300 to 900 g / m2 (on foreign labels manufacturers may be indicated GSM – grams per squere meter). 300-400 g / m2 canvases are thin and light – they are ideal for classes in the gym or kitchen. Products 400-600 g / m2 more often total used after taking a shower or bath. Many beach towels have this density of weaving threads.

Canvases with a density of 600-800 g / m2 have the highest strength and best absorbent properties. However they have most weight and dry for a long time. Towels with this density often made from high quality varieties of cotton Pima and Egyptian cotton.

How to check the quality of the towel

  1. Inspect the product from two sides. It should be even stained, without stains and extraneous chemical odors;

  2. Pay attention to the pile of terry products. Swipe it hand – if there are threads or fibers on the skin, the product is better not buy;

  3. Wipe the damp glass surface with a towel. On her are there any divorces? If so, this may indicate the use of synthetic fibers in production;

  4. Make sure that all edges of the product are treated with closed seams, and terry “loops” do not stretch with minimal impact. Remember that durability depends on their fastening strength. products.

How to wash a towel

  1. Manufacturers often process new products with special fabric softeners that make them more fluffy and soft. However, such towels absorb water worse. By this reason new towels should be washed before the first using.

  2. Remember that using whitening products makes a towel less durable and reduces their service life. Therefore use them only in extreme cases.

  3. Read the care label before use. On her should it should be indicated at what temperature to wash products and in what mode, Is it possible to iron and give it to dry cleaning. Usually towels can be washed at a temperature of 40-60 degrees at medium speeds cars.

  4. Remember, a towel will last you longer if you will care for him properly.

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Attention! This material is subjective opinion of the authors of the project and is not a buying guide.

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