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Fibers

  • Egyptian cotton tends to produce the longest threads and is the most soft and absorbent type of cotton.
  • Supima, which is grown in the United States, lasts longer than Egyptian but tends to produce shorter threads, so it won’t feel as lush.
  • Standard cotton is considered to be the lowest quality cotton, but it can still make a good-quality towel. If the fibers are woven to create a soft, velvety texture that has a bit of weight, this indicates good quality. A thin, scratchy texture indicates a low-quality towel that may wear out fast.

Construction

  • A clear indicator of towel quality is in its construction. Towels are manufactured using three fibers, or threads, that form a pile or loop on the surface. These threads are combined during the weaving process in a specific pattern.
  • Towel quality will vary depending on the types of cotton and the thickness of the yarn used for these three threads, and the pattern they’re woven into. The yarns of a quality towel are grouped closer together than towels of inferior quality, without gaps or holes appearing between them.
  • A quality towel typically has tightly woven fibers that are cut off so that they stand up, while lower-quality towels feel limp and thin and have a hairy appearance in comparison because the fibers are woven into tiny loops that tend to fray.

Absorbency

  • The pile, or loops, is what carries moisture into the fabric. High-quality towels use quality cotton woven into narrow loops to quickly absorb moisture. But these loops can only hold the moisture for so long because they are not dense enough to store it. The base of the towel works with the loops by proving a place for the moisture to be stored.
  • The base of a high-quality towel is thicker than the yarn used to construct the pile so that it is able to store that water absorbed by the pile. Sometimes softeners are used during manufacturing to mask an inferior quality towel. If you pour a few drops of water onto a towel, a quality towel absorbs the moisture almost immediately, and the material around the area tested is dry.
  • If the water beads on the surface of the towel or spreads over the material, this indicates inferior quality.

Weight and Density

  • Towel weight is measured in GSM, or grams per square meter, which refers to the density of the material. Higher GSM ratings of around 500 to 600 indicate a dense, plush towel.
  • Towels with a GSM of less than 400 are not of high quality because they tend to be thinner and not as durable.
  • The heavier a towel feels in comparison to other towels of the same size indicates a higher-quality towel because this means there is more cotton in the towel.
Note:
  • High-quality bath towels are preshrunk during manufacturing to minimize shrinkage after the first wash.
  • Combed cotton removes shorter threads, which prevents pilling and ensures a strong towel.

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