Choosing the best towels for your bathroom is mighty important. When you step out of a hot shower on a cold morning or when you need to get out of the tub in a hurry for work, you want to know that you have a brilliant bath towel waiting to envelop you back to a warm, dry and fresh state of being.
As with all things worthy of an investment, it can be a minefield when you come to looking for the best ones. You need to consider the size, thickness, absorbency, the colour and pattern of your towels, and don’t even get us started on the fluffiness...
Read on for our reviews and ratings. Should you be inspired to check out more bathroom ideas when you're done, be sure to take a look at our design feature.
What are the best bath towels to buy?
Luckily, we’ve already scoured the shops for the best towels on the market right now, so rather than brave the busy shopping centre or dart around John Lewis in a towel-squeezing frenzy, you can avoid all that craziness and kick back with a cup of tea and our list of the top towels instead.
Our picks come highly rated and reviewed for their softness, design, high-quality heaviness, or all of the above, so no matter what you’re after, there’s sure to be something here.
Keep your towels at their best
Once you've chosen yours, be sure to wash them correctly and to store them well during and between use so they don't get damp and scrunched. Finally, give them a good old shake every now and then to restore fluffiness.
Best towels 2020
That these elegant White Company towels would look just as at home in a luxury spa as in a basket in the bathroom is a high recommendation, but what really earns them our top spot is a winning combination of that subtly stylish design and all-round great quality. People who own these towels say that they’re generously-sized and extremely soft and fluffy, just right for wrapping up in after a long soak, and the soft putty-coloured edging adds just the right amount of personality.
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.
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.
They might look beautiful and unusual, but the main selling point for these White Company towels is their convenience. Superb for busy families, their fine construction promises a feather-light weight and speedy drying, meaning there’ll be no soggy rags left lying around even in a high-traffic household. There’s none of that scratchiness you often get with thin towels though – if happy reviewers are to be believed, these towels live up to their ‘super soft’ claim.
If your bathroom is of the funkier persuasion, or you’re looking to bring a bit of personality to an otherwise all-white space, look no further than this mixed bale of plain and patterned towels. The Aztec pattern is bang on trend, but the muted white and grey colour scheme keeps things grown-up, adding just the right amount of interest. However these towels are also our top pick for value. They’re on the thinner side compared to the pricier picks on our list, but reviewers have been pleasantly surprised by their softness, and have found the mix of two hand towels and two bath towels to be just right.
With their pale grey and white dotted patterning, these towels are perfect for perking up neutral bathroom colour schemes. According to Amura, the towels are made from 'exceedingly soft cotton' and with a thickness of 550gsm, they are perfect for wrapping around yourself after a long soak in the bath.