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3 Popular Bath Towel Material Options

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Bath towels are the first and foremost way to dry off after a shower, bath or swim. However, there are several types of materials from which bath towels are made, and different materials have different pros and cons. If you are going to buy new bath towels soon, check out these three common materials, so you know which one you'll prefer before you buy/


One of the most common materials used to make bath towels is cotton, but don't assume there is only one type of cotton. Options include Egyptian cotton, Turkish cotton, pima cotton, supima cotton and MicroCotton. Egyptian cotton is usually believed to be considered the best type of cotton because of its durability, absorbency, and softness. On the other hand, Turkish cotton, while looking great, is less absorbent than Egyptian cotton. Pima cotton and supima cotton are stronger than Egyptian cotton but not as absorbent. Lastly, MicoCotton towels have a suede-like texture.


One possible eco-friendly option is organic cotton. This could be any type of cotton, but it is grown organically, without harsh pesticides, which harm the environment as well as flora and fauna. Bamboo is another eco-friendly option because it is naturally renewable, but on the downside, it does require a lot of processing and energy to turn the bamboo into fabric. Bamboo towels typically are highly absorbent and soft. However, it may be difficult to find bamboo towels that are totally bamboo. Most are a blend of bamboo and other materials.


Synthetics are another option. These types of towels are made from materials that are man-made. Rayon is only a partially synthetic material. It is made by natural materials that have been chemically treated. Bamboo and modal (from beech trees) are the most popular rayon options. Microfiber is another synthetic option, which is made from polyester and polyamide fibers. With a microfiber towel, you lose the spa-like feel of cotton towels, but they are light and dry fast. They are particularly good at removing dirt and exfoliating skin, making them a great washcloth option for your face.

Don't just buy any old bath towel for your family. Know what you're getting beforehand, especially if you buy online. By knowing the common types of materials used to make towels, you can choose which one is the best for your needs. Get started today by deciding if you want cotton, eco-friendly, or a synthetic option.