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Spruce up your bathroom with some accent towels | Source: The Cushion Shop

A Buyer’s Guide to Luxury Bath Towels

There are few things worse than fetching a bath towel from the linen cupboard only to discover it has devolved into a stiff heap with the texture of a hessian bag.

Seeing as we use towels to not only dry our hands and bodies but also the delicate skin of our face, your towel should be as considered as the rest of your bathing routine. Your bath towel can serve its purpose and offer a little luxury at the same time, plus look cute hanging in your bathroom.

We’ve rounded up four tips to help you distinguish the sumptuous from the shabby when it comes to purchasing bath towels.

1. Check the Weight

Towels are measured in grams per square metre (GSM), and this correlates to how heavy they feel and how absorbent they are.

The ideal weight for a towel is between 400 to 600 GSM as they are extremely absorbent, but not so heavy that you will be waiting hours for them to dry out again.

2. Choose the Fabric

Cotton is king when it comes to bath towels as it has the perfect balance of softness and absorbency. But not all cotton is created equal.

Popular types of cotton in luxury towels include Egyptian, Turkish, Supima, Xinjiang, and Modal and while each have slightly different properties they all offer supreme softness as well as longevity.

3. Brush Up On Your Lingo

Towel jargon can be tricky, but here are a few you should know.

Combed cotton: cotton that’s brushed for maximum softness.

Ring spun cotton: cotton that has tightly-twisted towel loops to make them stronger.

Twist: describes how the loop’s yarn is twisted. A high twist is more durable, but a low (or zero) twist increases surface area to make the towel plusher and more absorbent.

4. Take a Look

Wherever possible, inspect your potential bath towels in person. You’re not checking for softness, in fact most manufacturers apply a coating for added plushness (always wash your towels before their first use). Instead, seek out craftsmanship. Look for reinforced edges to prevent fraying, plus hanging loops to ensure the towel’s integrity.

Missoni Home Giacomo Towel 59 Bath Sheet

Missoni Home Giacomo Towel 59 Bath Sheet
Missoni Home Giacomo Towel 59 Bath Sheet, A$248 | Source: Amara

Resorè Body Towel

Resorè Body Towel
Resorè Body Towel, A$149 | Source: Mecca

Hommey Towel Resort Stripes

Hommey Towel Resort Stripes
Hommey Towel Resort Stripes, A$99 | Source: Hommey

TEKLA Stripe Bath Sheet Towel

TEKLA Stripe Bath Sheet Towel
TEKLA Stripe Bath Sheet Towel, A$190 | Source: Ssense

Sheridan Ultimate Indulgence Bath Sheet Granita

Sheridan Ultimate Indulgence Bath Sheet Granita
Sheridan Ultimate Indulgence Bath Sheet Granita, A$119.95 via sheridan.com.au | Source: David Jones

Marimekko Unikko Bath Towel

Marimekko Unikko Bath Towel
Marimekko Unikko Bath Towel, A$73 | Source: Marimekko

Looking to add more sumptuousness to your bathroom? Check out these 8 Dressing Gowns for Luxury Lounging.

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