I’m sure you’ve
seen how pricey bathroom towels can be. It’s outrageous that a towel you dry
your body with can cost up to $30! Do you need super thick, expensive towels?
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and I have different opinions as far as towels go. He prefers thick, huge
towels while I prefer thinner normal sized towels. To make us both happy, we have both types of towels in our
Facts about towels:
have a GSM or grams per square meter number which is the measure of the fabric
300 to 400
GSM towels are ideal for the gym or the kitchen. They are thinner and will dry
faster than heavier towels.
400 to 600
GSM towels are typically beach towels or bath towels.
these are the heavy duty, super thick towels. They will take longer to dry but
will absorb more.
Towels don’t last forever. The fibers eventually wear out leaving you with a towel that smells funky and doesn’t absorb as well as it used to. You’ll want to consider cost when buying your towels. If you find that you have to replace then often due to stains and wear and tear you might want to choose cheaper thinner towels.
Since we have both thick and thin towels in our home, I can tell you from experience that the thinner towels reduce your drying time and energy use. Thicker towels, 600-900 GSM, take up more space in the washing machine and take twice as long to dry. If you prefer to hang your laundry to dry, the results are the same.
When you have kids in the house, an over-sized towel may not be the best choice. Picture a preschooler trying to walk from the bathroom wrapped in an over-sized, super thick bath towel. When using my husband’s over-sized towels, I can wrap them around myself twice!
Most towels are made of cotton. The look and feel of a
towel depend on the type of cotton the
towel is made of. The super fancy hotel towels are most likely made of Egyptian
cotton or Pima cotton, while towels found at your local pool will be made of standard cotton. The more fancy
towels will typically have a higher absorbency.
the verdict? I choose towels around 400 GSM, in other words, thinner towels. They are absorbent
enough for bathing but don’t take too long in the dryer.