Shopping Edit: 9 of the best bath towels to buy in 2021

Tried, tested and loved by us, these are the very best bath towels you can buy. From luxury hand towels to budget-friendly bath sheets – and everything in between

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The best bath towels yellow graphic with Furn towels, Sheridan towels and Calvin Klein towels
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Bestow the best bath towels in your bathroom thanks to our ultimate roundup. Because there's nothing better than getting out of a hot bath or a steaming shower and wrapping yourself in luxury. Wave goodbye to thin, crispy towels and hello to these thick and absorbent – and undeniably fluffy – buys. Plus, owning some luxury bath towels ought to spruce up your bathroom, too. Whether that's your downstairs loo, your family bathroom or your guest one, that is. Don't even get us started on hand towels – these are especially important to get right.

We've been hard at work testing some of the best towels around, to recommend only the best. This way, you can buy your new towels online without feeling the need to touch them, and with our knowledge in your mind, you can click pay feeling rest assured. Keep on scrolling for our top bath towel picks, all of which are available in a range of sizes to suit your needs.

What to bear in mind when choosing your bath towels? “It’s important for your towels to be incredibly soft and superiorly absorbent, but longevity is also imperative" warns Joanna Ross, General Manager (Product & Innovation) at Sheridan. "Colours are also key and have the ability to transform a room. Whether it’s adding a pop of colour with a bold red or toning down a bathroom with a calming blue” she adds. 

Our picks come highly rated and reviewed by us and others, for their softness, design, GSM (grams per square metre – the higher this number the better) – or all of the above – so no matter what you’re after, there’s sure to be something here. 

Once you've bought your fluffy new towels, head to our towel storage ideas page to help keep your bathroom clutter-free.

The best bath towels you can buy

DUSK Monaco Supreme Cotton Towels folded on shelving unit in several coloursReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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1. DUSK Monaco Supreme Cotton Towels

The very best towels you can buy

Material: 100% cotton
GSM: 500

When we say that these towels from DUSK are soft, we really mean it! We have tried and tested (and very much loved) each and every size of this towel, and we were highly impressed with their fluffiness. The face cloth is super soft on your face whether wet or dry, the hand towel melts in your hands as you dry them after washing, the bath towel is great for either drying your hair or as a smaller towel wrapped around your body, and the bath sheet is an extra luxury as this huge towel can get you dry in no time. All are super lightweight and quick-drying, so they won't go damp after two uses, while they come in four colours. They are 100 per cent cotton, too, as well as 500gsm. We recommend these towels to anyone, especially for use during the summer as they are just so lightweight.

Sheridan Designer Style Living Textures Cotton Bath Towels in a range of colours hanging on hooksReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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2. Sheridan Designer Style Living Textures Cotton Bath Towel

The best large bath towels

Material: 100% cotton
GSM: 670

The soft feel of these Sheridan towels means that they scream luxury, plus the bath sheet size is nice and sizeable. We were very impressed by the absorbency of these towels, not to mention how fast they work to get you dry. Their ribbed texture makes them soft and super durable, plus they are made of 100 per cent cotton. When we say absorbent we also mean fast-drying, so rest assured you can use this towel for more than two washes. They come in four colourways (we chose the Pumice), and they wash and dry like a dream. These are, hands down, the best luxury bath towels that you can buy. 

John Lewis ANYDAY Light Cotton Towels in beige folded and stackedReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

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3. John Lewis ANYDAY Light Cotton Towels

The best affordable bath towels

Material: 100% cotton
GSM: 490

We were highly impressed with these John Lewis & Partners towels from their budget-friendly ANYDAY range. Not only do they come in a range of colours but they also come in three sizes – hand towel, bath towel and bath sheet. We have the hand towel in white, and we think it's impressively soft – and it washes up well. We would say these are the best towels if you don't have a lot to spend. They would equally be great for occasional use, for a guest bathroom per see, or they would be ideal for a student living at university.

Calvin Klein Tracy Bath Towel in every colourReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

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4. Calvin Klein Tracy Bath Towel

The best designer bath towels

Material: 100% cotton
GSM: 600

If you after some luxurious towels, maybe for a guest bathroom or you are upgrading your own towels, then these Calvin Klein ones are super soft and they will last for years of use. They are also thick to help dry your body faster, and they are 600GSM. They are, obviously, 100 per cent cotton, while they do come in four sizes from a face towel to a bath sheet. These towels are rather heavy, so we think they would be ideal for use in the winter – though you can obviously use them in the summer, too. Each one has the words Calvin Klein stitched on them, while you can choose from eight lovely colours.

Beddable Dark Grey TowelReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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5. Beddable Dark Grey Towel

The best ribbed bath towels

Material: 100% Turkish cotton

These bath towels come in a set, comprising one face cloth, a hand towel and a bath towel. The bath towel itself is pretty large and more like a bath sheet, and the entire set is ribbed for faster drying. Though they are soft, they manage to absorb water pretty well, just be aware that they are weighty. We love how fluffy they come out of the wash, and best of all they are made of 100 per cent Turkish cotton. Luxurious is one word to describe these Beddable towels, as well as thick and most of all: impressive. They're brilliant for a guest bathroom, too, since they come in a set. But, be warned as you'll probably find yourself pinching them for your own use.

John Lewis Egyptian Cotton Towels in different colours, folded

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6. John Lewis Egyptian Cotton Towels

The best Egyptian cotton towels

Material: 100% Egyptian cotton
GSM: 700

These John Lewis towels are a firm favourite, as the huge number of five-star reviews on their site attests. While seen here in white, they come in an astounding 44 different colours, so trust us when we say that, no matter your bathroom scheme, there’ll be one to suit. They’ve been praised time and time again for their plush thickness, absorbency, and saturated shades which don’t fade in the wash. If you’re after an enormous, thick bath sheet that you can really sink into, without spending a lot, we recommend going for one of these. 

The White Company Hydrocotton Towels, grey, folded on bathroom shelving

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7. The White Company Hydrocotton Towels

The best hydrocotton towels

Material: 100% hydrocotton
GSM: 500

In an elegant range of neutrals, and with a distinctive wide ribbed design, these bestselling hydrocotton towels from The White Company are just the thing if you’re after something subtly different from the average towel. The low twist technology used is intended to make these towels 'supremely fluffy', and reviewers agree that it succeeds, commenting favourably on the softness and absorbency, and how well they wash. For their cosy factor and easy care, we think these towels are fab for the family home. 

Christy Supreme Hygro® White Towel Bundle folded and stacked on side in front of grey panelled wall

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8. Christy Supreme Hygro® White Towels

The best sustainable bath towels

Material: 100% Supima cotton
GSM: 650

These impressive towels from Christy are Made in Green certified, therefore they are proudly sustainably made. Not only that but they are absorbent and breathable, so as to lengthen their use between washes and prevent them from going damp after one use. With a 100 per cent Supima cotton construction, they are 650gsm to make them fluffy. These towels come in six sizes and 13 unique vibrant colours. We say to go for a unique shade, to inject some colour into your bathroom.

Furn The Linen Yard Loft Combed Cotton 7-piece Towels in each colour hanging on hooks on wall

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9. Furn The Linen Yard Loft Combed Cotton 7-piece Towel Bundle

The best bath towel set

Material: 100% plush combed cotton
GSM: 650

If it's a towel bundle you are after, whether you are buying all new towels after a bathroom renovation or you've recently bought your first home, these Furn towels are great. They come in a bundle of seven towels, which includes four face cloths, one hand towel, one bath towel and one bath sheet. Everything you need, essentially. These spa-like towels are made of 100% plush combed cotton, with a basket weave band. They are also 650gsm in weight, while they are made to retain their colour. And, speaking of colours, they come in eight lovely shades from ochre to blush and teal.

What are the best quality bath towels?

We rate DUSK's Monaco Supreme Cotton Towel as one of the very best towels you can buy, especially if you are on a budget. They are fluffy and lightweight, while they come in four sizes and four colours.

Where to buy the best bath towels?

Yet to find the best towels for your bathroom and budget from our list above? We've listed more places to shop for high quality towels online. Click through to shop.

What should you look out for when buying bath towels?

Towels obviously come in a huge range of sizes, and while it's hard to confuse yourself between a hand towel and a bath sheet, you might want to think about whether you want to spend your money on a bath towel or a bath sheet. We suggest the latter as they are bigger, though with that comes a higher price tag. You might want to measure the bath towels you've picked and make a decision from there.

GSM stands for grams per square metre, and this refers to the weight of a towel. It goes without us saying that the lower this number, the more lightweight the towel, though this can also equate to thickness. Towels with a higher GSM will be slightly more absorbent although thicker. If you want to buy towels for summer and another set for winter, opt for something lighter for the summer and heavy for winter. If you want a decent all-rounder then we say stick to the middle – around 500GSM - 600GSM.

Towels come in various materials from 100 per cent cotton to Egyptian cotton and Supima cotton. There's no best of the best here as it's mostly down to personal preference. Though there are some things to consider...

"Waffle weave towels are known to be lightweight and quick-drying. Additionally, these towels are proven to have excellent exfoliating effects. This is due to the texture of the material, which will leave your skin feeling soft. Meanwhile, ribbed towels (available in our Monaco collection), give a more luxurious finish as a result of their thicker finish. For a cosy towel that’s designed to last, look for zero-twist 100% cotton; this method not only creates the fluffiest of towels but it’s also extra durable, so it will always feel like new." - Farah Arshad, Head of Design at DUSK

How to keep your bath towels looking their best?

Once you've chosen your new towels and they've landed on your doorstep, you'll want to wash them before using them to get dry. Be sure to wash them correctly, as according to their label – most towels say 40ºC wash and tumble dry on low – and don't forget to store them well (folded or rolled) before use, and between uses you'll want to hang them so they don't get damp and scrunched. Finally, give them a good old shake every now and then to restore fluffiness. To avoid hard towels, put yours in the tumble dryer as leaving towels to air dry or sun dry is usually the leading cause of hard towels.

Annie Collyer
Annie Collyer

Annie joined the Real Homes team in 2018 as our Deals Editor. Now, as our UK Shopping Editor, she spends much of her time giving advice on what you need to add to your shopping cart. Whether that be a sofa bed for your spare room, accessories to give your space a new lease of life, shiny new appliances for a kitchen or some smart tech for an easier life. She's also our fitness and beauty guru, with hands-on experience with some of the top hair tools and the best home gym equipment around. Otherwise, you can find her rearranging the furniture in her space-savvy London flat, DIYing accessories to fit with her ever-changing colour scheme, or going on long walks with her pug. Next up on her to-renovate list is her bathroom...