Wrap yourself in one of the best towels you can buy with help from our ultimate guide. Whether for use after a steaming hot dip in the tub or a lukewarm lengthy shower, bath towels are a mighty important purchase. Not just for your benefit, but for your overnight guests, too – and don't even get us started on hand towels as these are especially important to get right.
We've tried and tested some of the best towels out there, from everywhere including DUSK, John Lewis & Partners' ANYDAY range and also Calvin Klein, so that you can make this decision with ease – and with our knowledge in your mind. Keep on scrolling for our top bath towel picks, all of which are available in a range of sizes to suit your needs.
Our picks come highly rated and reviewed (by us and others) 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.
Once you've bought your fluffy new towels, head to our towel storage ideas page to help keep your bathroom clutter-free.
The best towels you can buy
1. DUSK Monaco Supreme Cotton Towels
DUSK Monaco Supreme Cotton Towel
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.
Material: 100% cotton
2. John Lewis ANYDAY Light Cotton Towels
John Lewis ANYDAY Light Cotton Towels
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.
Material: 100% cotton
3. Calvin Klein Tracy Bath Towel
Calvin Klein Tracy Bath Towel
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.
Material: 100% cotton
4. John Lewis Egyptian Cotton Towels
John Lewis Egyptian Cotton Towels
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.
Material: 100% Egyptian cotton
5. The White Company Hydrocotton Towels
The White Company Hydrocotton Towels
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.
Material: 100% hydrocotton
6. Christy Supreme Hygro® White Towels
Christy Supreme Hygro® White Towels
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.
Material: 100% Supima cotton
7. Furn The Linen Yard Loft Combed Cotton 7-piece Towel Bundle
Furn The Linen Yard Loft Combed Cotton 7-piece Towel Bundle
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.
Material: 100% plush combed cotton
What are the best quality 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 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.
- M&S towels
- Dunelm towels
- John Lewis & Partners towels
- Christy towels
- Matalan towels
- The White Company towels
- Amazon towels
What should you look out for when buying 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 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.
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