The last thing you want when you step out of a luxurious bath or relaxing shower is to feel the scratchy material of a cheap towel even if it matches your bath decor. What you do want is to be able to wrap yourself in a plush, thick towel to continue the feeling of having a spa treatment at home. So, how do you find bath towels with the quality you enjoy at five-star hotels? Here are a few tips to ensure that you purchase the right kind of towels for your home.
Most towels are made of cotton, but there are wide variations in quality. Egyptian cotton and Supima cotton are usually the best choices for a towel that provides you the luxury you want. These materials are also the most durable, which means they can last a long time or at least until you are ready to change your bath décor and renew the towels.
The difference in cottons is in the length of the fiber. Egyptian has the longest fiber, which contributes to the soft, plush feel that you enjoy wrapping around you. Supima cotton is shorter but still provides softness combined with durability.
Also you may look at the edges of a towel to determine its quality. The double-sewed edge is not just an attractive feature, but one that provides extra durability. These edges will be less likely to fray than one with a woven edge.
Density refers to the number of fibers that are in a square foot and is also called the pile. A high quality towel will have a high density.
If you want to check the density on your towel, you can pinch a section of material between your fingers so you can see the loops of fibers. If there is a space between the loops, you have a poor quality towel. However, if the loops are touching, you have made a good choice. The density determines how well the linen (towel) dries you off.
A high quality linen towel will absorb the water while still providing the comfort you want. Low quality towels are often wet before you have even finished using them while the better quality choices may barely even feel wet. The best towels combine absorbency with lighter weight to dry quickly for the next use.
The new microfiber and cotton combination towels are absorbent with a light feel that still dries fast. They are fluffy and plush with a texture similar to soft suede. A velour finish on a terry-looped towel can reduce the absorbency and is often seen in woven towels. However, it is still a popular choice because of the soft texture and the elegant design.
Higher quality towels often have a higher price to go with them. However, these towels also tend to last longer, which can make them cheaper in the long run.
Of course, the name brand has a lot of influence in the price along with the material and density. That is why it is essential that you know what makes up a quality towel so that you know what to look for instead of just looking at the cost.