How to Choose Bath Towels: A Guide to Sizes, Materials and More

Let's face it: There are few better ways to start or end the day than with a hot session in the tub or shower followed by a delicious rub down with a soft, luxurious bath towel, so let us show you how to choose bath towels to achieve your relaxation goals. If you have kids, you know how much they love being swaddled in warm, fluffy towels after bath time. We think that bath towels should look good, too. With a rich choice of jaunty colors and stylish patterns available, we love the fact that they can enhance your bathroom by imparting a relaxing, spa-like vibe. In fact, a cozy bathroom bedecked with colorful towels is one of our favorite sights in the home. We're guessing you feel the same, so discover our top tips on how to choose bath towels.

Beguiling Bath Towel Picks

Whether you're settling into your first home or you've decided it's time to upgrade your bathroom, we recommend you put acquiring a bath towel collection near the top of your to-do list for bed and bath products. We also feel they make the ideal housewarming gifts for friends or family moving into new homes, or for kids heading off to college.

When you go to buy bath towels, you'll find items offered in a range of sizes and materials, each with its own special weight, construction, style and range of colors. As you can see, you have quite a tempting range of options when you start to compare bath towels, so let us point you in the right direction.

Sizing Up Your Dream Bath Towels

Standard bath towels measure around 27 x 54 inches, making them just the right size for the adults and kids alike. However, if you're like us, you may prefer the larger bath sheets. These jumbo size towels measure 32 x 60 inches and let you wrap up like a mummy if desired.

When you set out to buy bath towels, be sure to pick up some hand towels, as these are the workhorses of the bathroom. Measuring 16 x 30 inches or less, we believe these belong in every bathroom for drying hands and faces, and having them keeps people from needing to dampen the larger towels. Guests and visitors welcome lovely hand towels, and you can quickly change them after use.

Another factor that we think you should definitely consider is fabric density, measured in grams per square meter (GSM). As you compare bath towels, note that the higher the count, the heavier and more absorbent the towel, which is what we absolutely love. The trade-off is that denser ones take longer to dry, but we're OK with that. Everyday types weigh in at 400 to 600 GSM, while 600 to 900 GSM items are especially dense and absorbent. We suggest you choose the latter if you're in search of a luxurious feel and can dry laundry easily.

Fabrics That Fascinate

Next up is the all-important matter of materials. As with most items used in the home, like towels, cotton reigns supreme as a preferred fabric. With its blend of softness, absorbency and durability, we believe it's the natural choice.

Most regular bath towels are standard cotton or a cotton blend. If you're eco-conscious, you may want to buy bath towels made from organic cotton grown following environmentally friendly guidelines. Another prime choice is bamboo, either pure or blended with cotton. Along with its eco-friendliness, it's deliciously soft and supple and holds colors well.

Regular cotton is a fine, all-around choice, but if luxury bath towels tempt you, check out these variants.

Egyptian Cotton

Grown under the Egyptian sun on lands watered by the mighty Nile, Egyptian cotton is the king (or pharaoh) of the fabric world, owing mainly to the length of its fibers. The world's premier spas and hotels buy bath towels made from Egyptian cotton, so you'll be in good company.

Turkish Cotton

Turkish cotton is another long-fibered, premium fabric famed for its softness and absorbency. It's ideal for luxury bath towels with a plush feel that are also highly durable.

The Mystery Behind the Construction of Cotton

This refers to the way the cotton threads are woven and how it influences absorbency, softness and durability.

Combed Cotton Ringspun Cotton Twisted Cotton
Combed cotton comes from a "combing" process that removes shorter threads and various impurities to leave long, smooth and strong fibers. Ringspun binds long and short fibers together to make a tough yet smooth yarn for towels with a more refined feel than those made from combed cotton. Twisted yarn involves twisting fibers together in various ways. Low-twist fabrics are smooth and soft, while high-twist yarns tend to be more durable.

Bath Towel Textures That Wake the Senses

The length of the loops is important as it influences the feel and absorbency of the fabric. One popular choice that we really enjoy is terry cloth, which features larger loops on both sides of the cloth for enhanced absorbency. In contrast, velour features no loops. While less absorbent, it features a soft surface that's ideal for printing, which is one of our favorite features. We love the feel of linen, and luxury bath towels fashioned from 90 percent cotton and 10 percent linen are a real high-end treat. Other blends include cotton, linen and polyester.

Bath Towel Designs That Delight

If you have an artistic streak, we're convinced you can have a field day with the wide range of plain, sculpted and patterned luxury bath towels to choose from. You can pick colors and patterns to complement your existing decor or opt for towels that deliver contrasting accents, which we think adds to the fun of the space.

Some enticing styles we're excited about include patterned bath towels and also floral ones in breezy bright colors such as yellow and coral that help create a tropical mood. Another favorite we love features tribal motifs in deep colors such as terracotta.

Or, you may prefer, like we do, to opt for a classic, sculpted paisley design. One nice thing about sculpted patterns is that they help keep plump towels from looking too bulky. Other cute options that inspire us include towels with knotted fringes. When you come to compare bath towels, we're sure you'll love the possibilities.

One nice technique we'd like to recommend is to buy bath towels in colors that match the season, namely green for spring, yellow for summer, gold for fall and white for winter. One thing's for sure: You'll never lack for inspiration when you choosing bath towels.

Bath Towel Collection Tips to Hang On To

You can pick up your towels either as individual items or as matching sets that also include face and hand towels. As well as offering instant harmony of color and style, buying bath towel collections tends to be more economical than purchasing piece by piece. Another helpful tip that we are inspired by is the fact that fluffy, white towel collections are timelessly stylish and always popular and simple choices.

Choosing the right bath towel collections ensures the whole family enjoys fast, safe and comfortable drying after baths and showers. They also offer an easy way to add style and color to any bathroom. For inspiration and to compare bath towels, check out our exclusive collection.