When was the last time you talked about towels? We use them every day and we don’t really talk about them. However, towels are an important part of your daily lives. Being an essential component of your bath linen collection, you often start and end your day by using them. Every individual has their own set of preferences when it comes to buying and using towels. After all, nothing signifies luxury like wrapping yourself in an ultra-smooth towel.

So, let’s talk about towels! Even though they are one of the most used fabric products, we seldom make the right choices. Maybe, you just get confused while buying bath towels. We all do. There are so many options out there, all claiming to be the fastest drying, most absorbent, and softest around. It’s hard to figure out where to begin.

Things to consider while buying towels

To make it easier, we have created a towel buying guide for you. Hopefully, this article will help you in making the right decisions while buying towels. The guide answers almost every question related to towel selection. So, bookmark this one and revisit the article whenever you go for towel shopping.

Absorbency

Well, you can’t take a bucket of water and test every towel. But, at the same time, you want the best absorbing towels. So, what should you do then?

 

You should always look for the GSM (or “Gram per Square Meter”) number. Simply put, GSM indicates the “weight of a fabric”. You can consider this indicator as a “quality measure.” Each type of fabric has its own GSM number. A t-shirt is generally made with material of 180 GSM. A towel can be anywhere between 400 to 600 GSM.

 

Typically, the higher the GSM in a towel, the more absorbent it is. Therefore, if you have the budget to go for 600 GSM towels, you should buy them for your home.

Thickness

The thickness of a towel is a subjective matter. Some prefer them to be thin, others believe a thicker towel is better. If you ask us, we believe you should always go for a denser towel.

 

Thinner towels dry quicker, but thicker towels have more absorbency.

 

Higher-quality towels are woven more densely, they feel heavier than they look. Comparatively, they will be able to dry you off easily. They will be more durable, making your purchases cost-effective.

 

Decor

Bathrooms are like blank canvases and towels are the colors. By changing towels, you can change the appearance of your bathroom.

 

While the simple white towel is timeless, you may want to spice things up a bit by adding a few colors. Why? Generally, bathrooms are small, closeted spaces. Introduce aquatic colors to create beach-like vibes. With yellows and oranges, you can introduce warm, feel-good hues. Perhaps, you can go bold with reds and blacks.

Size

You can find towels in many sizes. Ideas Home produces three different sizes of towels: Hand Towels, Bath Towels, and Bath Sheets.

Here are the measurements of the different towel sizes from Ideas Pret:

  • Hand Towel: 50cm × 100cm
  • Bath Towel: 70cm × 140cm
  • Bath Sheet: 100cm × 150cm

Usage

When you are picking towels for your home, it’s important to understand why do you need them. As hand towels are small-sized towels, they are generally versatile in the use. You can use these to dry your hands or soak up any accidental spills in the kitchen.

 

Bath towels, on the other hand, have a self-explanatory usage. You’ll use them to dry up after taking a bath. They are perfect to wrap babies in.

 

Then, you will ask: “What’s the use of a bath sheet?” A bath sheet is a full-body towel. Due to its larger size, you can wear this type of towel sarong style. Like bath towels, bath sheets are good for cleaning up yourself after a bath, but due to their bigger sizes, they can absorb more water. Perfect for quick drying. Alternatively, you can use these as beach blankets.

Material

When you pick your towels, you want them to be comfortable. No one likes a scratchy, scrunchy piece of cloth rubbing their body. Ideas Home understands how materials influence the towel buying decisions.

 

So, let’s check out the variety of towels Ideas Home manufactures.

Combed Cotton

As the name implies, combed cotton has literally been "combed" to remove short, uneven fibers and debris resulting in longer, stronger and more lustrous cotton perfect for weaving. This makes for a super absorbent towel. Combed cotton towels are very popular due to their natural softness and lasting finish.

Bamboo

Yes, you can make fabric from bamboo trees. As amazing as it sounds, bamboo towels are the epitome of luxurious bath linen. Bamboo towels are made up of bamboo fibers. They are more absorbent than cotton towels. They are magnificently soft and delightfully low maintenance. It is believed that bamboo towels have natural germ-fighting properties. This is why bamboo towels are preferred over cotton ones in humid climates.

Zero Twist (Cotton)

Known for its plush texture and quick drying properties, zero twist towels are made with light-woven cotton. These towels are light in weight and soft on the skin. They reduces and dissipate moisture from your body. Therefore, you do not have to rub yourself over and over to be dry.

Jacquard

Crafted on a special hook with a programmed attachment for pattern creation, jacquard towels are known for their durable finish and plush texture. Essentially made with jacquard cotton weave, these towels have decorative designs on both sides. They are super smooth with extraordinary absorbing powers.

Viscose

Blended with cotton for ultra-smooth finish, viscose towels are super absorbent and long lasting. These towels do not lose their “newness” easily even after several washes.

Time to pick your towels

So, how will you make up your mind? Well, it’s easy. If you are living in hot, humid conditions, you should buy bamboo or viscose towels. If you are looking for a thick towel, then you should go for combed cotton towels. If you prefer thin, yet absorbent towels, you should then stock up on jacquard or zero twist towels. The choice is now yours.