12 Best Bath Towels in 2017

Towels are an indispensable item to have on hand in the bathroom, especially after a shower.

From standard bath towels to oversized bath sheets, you can find them in pretty much any color you want.

Unfortunately, many people purchase towels based on the color alone simply because it matches the bathroom décor, but when you settle for the perfect color, that doesn’t always mean you’re getting the best quality.

Are you sick of loose seams coming undone in the wash and material that sheds more than a Golden Retriever in June?

Read our guide, and your towel woes will disappear. Here, we highlight 12 of the best bath towels and help you understand all of the small details you need to pay attention to when shopping for them.

Top 12 Bath Towels Comparison Chart

DesignNameQuantityDimensionsRating (1-5)
  1. Cacala 100% Cotton Pestemal Turkish Bath Towel 1 37” x 70” 4.6
  2. Luxury Hotel & Spa Towel Turkish Cotton 1 40” x 80” 4.5
  3. 4 Piece Bath Towel Set 4 30” x 56” 4.5
  4. Classic Turkish Towels Jacquard Rib Style White Jumbo Bath Sheet 3 40” x 65” 4.4
  5. TowelSelections Sunshine Collection Soft Towels 2 27” x 56” 4.4
6. Utopia Towels Soft Cotton Machine Washable Extra Large 1 35” x 70” 4.3
7. Fina Ultra Absorbent *Waffle Weave* Microfiber Bath Towel in Sage 1 29” x 55” 4.2
8. Pinzon Heavyweight Luxury 820-Gram Large Towel Bath Sheet 1 40” x 70” 4.1
  9. Superior Zero Twist 100% Cotton Bath Sheet Towels 2 34” x 68” 4.1
  10. Cotton Craft Ultra Soft 4 Pack Oversized Extra Large Bath Towels 4 30” x 54” 4.1
  11. Luxury Hotel & Spa Towel Turkish Cotton Bath Towels 4 27” x 54” 4.1
  12. 6-pack: 27″ X 52″ 100% Cotton Extra-absorbent Bath Towels 6 27” x 52” 3.8

Difference Between a Bath Towel and Bath Sheet

While you may use a variety of different towels in the bathroom, from the washcloth to the hand towel, there is only one that you should use after bathing – the bath towel.

As you can see from the options in our list, there isn’t really one standard size since each manufacturer is different. Some consider the 27” x 52” size to be standard while others offer one that is slightly smaller at 27” x 54”.

Towels that are noticeably larger, such as the Chakir Turkish Linens Luxury Hotel & Spa Towel or Pinzon Luxury Bath Sheet, are known as bath sheets, but not all manufacturers choose to label them as such.

So which one is best?

  • Choose a standard size bath towel if you typically dry yourself off and then use a bathrobe or get dressed soon after drying off. They’re also great if you usually wrap your hair up.
  • Opt for a bath sheet if you prefer to wrap the towel around your waist or your body when you get out of the shower. Standard towels are usually not wide enough for most peoples’ frames, but bath sheets have no problem overlapping.

Turkish Everything!

You’ll see the term “Turkish” used frequently by manufacturers. Is it a sign of quality? What is the difference between Turkish cotton and Egyptian cotton?

Find out in this section.

  • Turkish Cotton Is Best – The best bath towels are made from cotton, particularly that from the Turkish cotton plant.

There is a bit of confusion surrounding the term “Turkish” when it comes to bath towels because you can use it to describe two things.

First, the cotton plant. The Turkish cotton plant yields longer fibers than the Egyptian cotton plant, so towels that are made from it tend to be softer. Egyptian cotton is also soft, but it is better in sheets than in towels.

  • Turkish Bath Towels – also known as Pestemals – are different from towels that are simply made of Turkish The latter is referring to the style of the weave, which is much flatter than the fuzzy, fluffy towels many of us use in the shower. These towels are highly absorbent and dry more quickly than fluffy towels do.

Inspect the Quality

Towels that are made from a mixture of polyester and cotton are usually the lowest in quality. They shed more, and they just don’t feel soft and smooth on the skin, so avoid them if you want to invest in towels that will last!

Be sure to take a look at how well the seams were stitched, too. If they are too far apart or seem loose, then the chances are that they will come loose the more you wash them; this will result in fraying!

We avoided towel sets that include washcloths, hand towels, and bath towels simply because the quality is usually lower when you purchase them in sets.

When you purchase a single towel and pay a little more up front, it will last much longer than any of the cheaper options out there.

Top 5 Best Bath Towels Reviews

1. Cacala Pestemal Turkish Bath Towel

So many people rave about Turkish bath towels, and we must say that we were hooked, too, after trying this one from Cacala.

This traditional Pestemal is made from 100% cotton that is woven flat. Unlike most bath towels that are fuzzy, this one is ideal for the practical person who just wants to dry off after a bath and have a towel that dries quickly once finished.

Since these towels are so huge, you won’t have to worry about not having enough material to dry you off when you get out of the bath or shower. You’ll also appreciate that they take up less space in your linen closet since they aren’t as full as fuzzy cotton towels are when folded.

The color selection is impressive, and since most of us prefer to choose towels that go with our décor, this is a big bonus for those don’t want to sacrifice style for quality. These will impress you wash after wash, so if you’re looking for something practical and stylish to use in the bathroom, try an authentic Turkish bath towel like this on.

2. Chakir Turkish Linens Luxury

From a true Turkish towel to one that is made with Turkish cotton, Chakir’s towel is perfect for those of you who like your towels soft and fluffy.

As the largest towel on our list, there is plenty of it to go around (literally!) since it’s generous 80-inch length makes it easy to wrap the entire thing around your body without running short.

Since the manufacturer uses 700+ GSM (grams per square meter) of cotton, it truly is soft and fuzzy, minus the lint and fiber shedding all over you when you dry off your skin. The amount of cotton they used also makes it a highly absorbent towel, so you won’t have to worry about reaching for a second one and wasting resources.

Keep in mind that the generous size also means that this towel will take up much more space in drawers and on cupboard shelves when folded. The colors are standard, so unless you’re dead set on some purple or dark brown bath towels, this is the biggest and softest one on our list.

3. Maura Turkish Bath Towel Set

If you want a set of bath decent bath towels that won’t break the bank, we suggest this one from Maura.

To set the record straight, these aren’t the true Turkish towels (Pestemal). We don’t even know if they are made of cotton that came from the Turkish cotton plant. All we know is that they are made in Turkey, which is why the manufacturer has labeled them as “Turkish Bath Towels.”

We do know that they are made of 100% ring spun cotton and that the quality is excellent for the price.

Worried that they might not be the towels of your dreams? That’s not a problem because the company offers you a 60-day money back guarantee. If you change your mind, you can return them for a full refund.

Hopefully, you won’t have that issue, and you’ll love them enough to get some matching hand towels and washcloths.

4. Classic Turkish Towels (Ribbed)

These ribbed towels are made with 100% Turkish cotton, making them smooth and soft to the touch.

We were impressed with the construction quality and appreciated their double stitched seams. You won’t have to worry about them fraying or falling apart in the wash, which is great especially for those who wash them frequently. These make great hotel bath towels.

While it may not be the best bargain on the list, these towels are certainly worth the asking price. Remember that they are not the classic Turkish bath towels as we discussed earlier but rather towels made of Turkish cotton.

They seemed to shed a bit in the beginning, but if you wash them first, you will rinse the fibers off.

5. Towel Selections Sunshine Collection

Unlike the Chakir Turkish Linens towels, these are made of 550 GSM Turkish cotton rather than 700+. They are every bit as soft as the latter, but they aren’t going to be quite as absorbent.

It was interesting to see how the care instructions varied from other Turkish cotton towels because the manufacturer recommends that you do not use dryer sheets or fabric softeners. They say it will make them less absorbent? Fact or fiction? We aren’t sure, but it’s worth a try!

Considering that you get two towels in the set, this is quite a bargain. They are well made, the cotton is soft, and they have a generous color selection if you’re worried about getting something to match your bathroom.

If a bath sheet is too large and a hand towel is too small, get standard sized towels like these to hang by the shower. They take up an honest amount of space when folded and offer you just enough fluff to be usefully absorbent.

They also offer matching hand towels and washcloths if you need an entire set.

Final Tip

The key to finding good bath towels is to understand how manufacturers use the term “Turkish” when describing their product.

A true Turkish towel (flat woven cotton) is different from a Turkish cotton towel (deriving from the plant).

Pay attention to these details as you shop, and you’ll have no problem finding the best bath towels for your drying expectations and budget.