12 Best Microfiber Towels in 2017

While cotton may be one of the most common fibers out there for clothing, apparel and everything in between, microfiber is a much better choice when it comes to towels.

In spite of their microscopic thickness, which is finer than a strand of silk, these fibers are soft, highly absorbent, and they dry much quicker than cotton fibers do.

Microfiber towels come in a variety of shapes and forms, but not all of them work in the same way.

Wondering how many different ways you can use a microfiber towel and how one style varies from another? Read on, and our experts will provide you with all the information you need to choose the best microfiber towels for your needs.

Top 12 Microfiber Towels Comparison Chart

DesignNameDimensionsUseRating (1-5)
  1. Raqpak Microfiber Travel Towel Multiple Sizes Travel 4.6
  2. Chemical Guys MIC_507_06 Professional Grade Premium Microfiber Towel 16” x 24” Vehicles 4.6
  3. Microfiber Beach Towel & Pouch Multiple Sizes Travel 4.5
  4. Sunland Microfiber Towel Multiple Sizes Travel 4.5
  5. Luxe Beauty Essentials Microfiber Hair Towel 23” x 40”
20” x 40”
 Hair 4.4
6. Microfiber Towel by Rainleaf Multiple Sizes Travel 4.4
7. Chemical Guys MIC35303 Workhorse Professional Grade Microfiber Towel 16” x 16” Vehicles 4.4
8. Meguiar’s X2000 Water Magnet Microfiber Drying Towel 22” x 30” Vehicles, Home 4.4
  9. Quickie Microfiber Towel 14” x 14” Vehicles, Home 4.4
  10. Sinland Multi-purpose Microfiber Fast Drying Travel Gym Towels 16” x 32” Travel 4.2
  11. Youphoria Yoga Towel 24” x 72” Workouts 4.1
  12. DevaCurl Deva-Towel Gray Microfiber 20” x 39” Hair 4.1

Why Are Some Towels Flat While Others Are Fuzzy?

There are many different ways to weave strands of microfiber together, which is why products vary in texture and appearance.

Keep in mind that the denier (or thickness) of a microfiber strand is less than 1.

Compare that to a strand of human hair, which is 20 denier, and a strand of silk, which is 1 denier. These fibers are micro in every sense of the word!

Some manufacturers may twist several strands of the fibers together and create larger loops, yielding a product that looks more like a standard cotton/polyester terry cloth towel. Others may decide to create smaller loops and weave them together tightly, yielding a smooth, flat surface rather than a fluffy one.

  • Fluffy, fuzzy towels are more common for use on vehicles, hair, and for sweaty workouts.
  • Flat towels are more common for travel since they are more compact.

The Many Ways to Use the Travel Towel

Travel microfiber towels are great for just about anywhere, so regardless of how the manufacturer markets the product, you here are a few places that you might consider using one to a traditional towel.

  • Workouts
  • Camping
  • Backpacking
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Boating

When you’re on the go, it never hurts to have a spare microfiber towel in your bag.

Using Microfiber Towels for Cars

Those who are passionate about their rides are particular about the detailing products they use on it, from the shampoo and the wax right down to the cloths and towels that touch the surface.

You need to pay attention to the small details when it comes to choosing the best microfiber towel for your car because the results are noticeably different if you consider the percentage of polyester and polyamide used in addition to whether or not the fibers are split.

  • 70/30 Towels or 80/20 Towels – These numbers are referring to the percentages of polyester and polyamide used in the fibers.
    • 70/30 = 70% polyester & 30% polyamide
    • 80/20 = 80% polyester & 20% polyamide

Both are great for use on the car, but experienced detailers may develop preferences.

We know that many favor the 70/30 towels for buffing and dusting since they are so soft and fluffy, but it’s really up to you which one to use.

  • Split Fibers – For most cleaning cloths or towels, the manufacturer will split the fibers so that they have multiple strands flaring out. Think of a strand of hair with split ends; only these fibers have multiple splits on them.

This split provides you with more surface area, so naturally, a split fiber cloth will be more effective at cleaning a surface than a whole fiber.

The final thing you should consider when choosing a microfiber cloth or towel for your car is the edge.

If you look on a towel like the Youphoria Yoga Towel, you will notice that the manufacturer used a serger to stitch around the edge of the towel to prevent it from fraying.

The thread used on the edge is rough and can end up leaving lint or scratching on the surface you’re cleaning, so ideally, you should choose a towel or cloth that has a silk binding around the edge since it is soft and free of lint.

The Chemical Guys Premium Microfiber Towels have this, making them one of the go-to choices for car detailing nuts.

Top 5 Best Microfiber Towels Reviews

1. Raqpak Microfiber Travel Towel

We gathered that this was everyone’s favorite travel towel based on its popularity, and after trying it, we absolutely agree. It is a great towel!

It is nice that they offer their towels in different sizes because if you need something small that you can take with you to the gym, you can opt for their smallest size that measures 20 inches by 40 inches.

For use at the beach, you can go with the huge 80”x35” size, and there are also three other sizes to choose from based on your needs.

They come in plenty of different colors, so it makes it easy for you to choose one for every member of the family. However, we do recommend that you wash them before the first use with like colors since some of them do bleed.

Regarding the construction, you won’t ever have to worry about the edges fraying since they folded and stitched them down to prevent this problem.

If you’re looking for a thin towel for use at the beach, the gym, the pool or backpacking, this is our top pick!

2. Chemical Guys Premium Microfiber Towels

These aren’t just your ordinary cleaning and buffing towels for car detailing. Chemical Guys worked hard to create a product that offers you everything you need when it comes to washing and polishing your car, which is why these are our top pick in the car category.

For starters, each side of the towel is woven differently to prevent you from having to switch towels mid project. The high pile side is great for water removal and spray products while the low pile side can be used to remove sealants and waxes from the car’s surface.

The edge of these towels has that silk binding that we mentioned earlier, so you don’t have to worry about scratching the surface. They won’t leave any lint on your car either, which some of the cheaper towels are notorious for.

You get six of these towels in a pack, and while they may seem a bit expensive, they’re worth it if you’re serious about the quality of your car detailing work.

3. Dock & Bay Microfiber Beach Towel

We loved these beach towels from Dock & Bay, especially since you can choose between rectangular and round towels.

They are available in two sizes for the rectangular shape while the round size comes in just one size. You can, however, choose a different pattern on the round one (either a Cross design or a Maze pattern).

The fibers and the way they were woven allow the towel to dry quickly (the manufacturer opted for an 80/20 mix of polyester and polyamide), so the towels are incredibly soft to the touch, too.

Unlike the travel towels we looked at earlier, these are better for beach use since they are so large.

4. Sunland Microfiber Towel

As smaller towels, these are more appropriate for use at the gym or travel rather than use on the beach. If you bring them to the beach, they probably won’t be long enough for you to lay on, but they would be ideal if you need something to try yourself off with after a shower.

All towels come with a pouch that you can store them in that has a handle and mesh panel on the front. Honestly, the pouch is a bit useless since most of the time you’ll be stuffing the towel in a back or a pack, but some people like it.

There is a nice loop on the end so you can hang the towel from a hook.

Just like the other flat microfiber towels we tried, this one was soft and dried quickly. They may have fewer size options than the top towel on our list, but it is one of the most popular choices due to the lower price tag.

5. Luxe Beauty Essentials Microfiber Hair Towel

They say that you should never dry your hair with a regular cotton terry cloth towel. Although many of us do anyways, you might be pleasantly surprised if you change to a microfiber towel.

People with long hair, thick hair and curly or wavy hair find this towel to be especially useful due to its high absorbency and the fact that it can help reduce frizz.

It is sized just right for longer hair since there is plenty of material for you to be able to wrap it all up without any strands falling out. The smaller towel is just three inches shorter, so there really isn’t much of a difference.

Use it at home, the gym, the spa or anytime you prefer to let your hair air dry rather than subjecting it to hairdryer heat.