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Choosing The Right Towel For The Job

When outfitting your bathroom, the sheer number of towel options available can be overwhelming. You have to consider fabric, weave and size. We can’t help you pick a color scheme, but we can give you some guidance about other aspects of towel design.

  • Fabric
    While cotton is the most common towel fabric, there are other types that are popping up in stores. Bamboo is becoming very popular; it is usually mixed with cotton, which produces a fiber that is ultra-absorbent and very silky. Microfiber towels are also creating buzz. These towels are made from beech or Modal™ woven with cotton. Microfiber is highly absorbent and fast-drying.

  • Weave
    Weave can make a difference in the absorbency and softness of a towel. Terry towels are the most common type. They are made of cotton and have loops. The longer and denser the loops are, the more durable and absorbent the towel is. Velour towels feature cut loops that make the towel feel smooth. It feels plush, but it less absorbent than terry.

  • Size:

  • Bath: These are the larger towels most commonly used in bathrooms.
  • Bath sheet: These are luxurious, oversized towels used for after bath or shower.
  • Hand: Smaller towels used for drying hands. They can also be decorative.
  • Washcloth: Small towels usually used to wash the face or body.
  • Fingertip: These are smaller than hand towels and are used mainly in guest bathrooms.
  • Tub mat: Smaller than bath towels, these sheets are used when stepping out of the tub or shower.
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