Updated: November 2017

Best Bath Towels:

Nothing like hopping out of the shower and getting dried off with a soft, warm bath towel. I've used some towels in cheap hotels and they leave you with raw skin and not very dry. If you go to the high end hotels around the world you get thick, soft towels that almost feel like a bathrobe. Bed, Bath and Beyond or Macy's carry a wide selection of bath, hand, and beach towels. The Hotel Collection "Microcotton" Luxury Towels at Macy's are the best with a soft touch and luxurious feel. Although they are pricier than other brands, the difference will be seen in overall durability as they maintain their look and feel even when washed repeatedly. The word 'luxury' comes up in almost all the product listings we found for bath towels. We know that can't be true for all of them, so be careful if you are buying based on the name of the towel collection from a particular brand. A quality bath towel will range from $10 to $20 for each one and they are often sold in sets of 2 or 4.

Choosing a Bath Towel:

Just what should you look for when buying a bath towel? Experts say there are several things you should consider. First, the type of cotton makes a big difference in terms of durability and feel. Egyptian Cotton, Organic Cotton, Turkish Cotton, MicroCotton, and Pima Cotton are the top 5. Most offer great absorbency and they are quite durable over years of being washed. Do you like durable and heavy or fluffy and light? When we read reviews online, consumers mention words like 'soft' and 'fluffy' more often which tells us those qualities are very important. What size is right for you? A standard bath towel measures roughly 27 X 52 inches and is the most common size you'll find in stores. Perfect for drying off after a shower or a bath for the average person. There are larger towels, called bath sheets, and they almost 3 x 5 feet. Some people prefer larger towels and some body types require it. Whatever you decide to buy, we suggest washing the towels before using them the first time. I made that mistake with a recent set and there was lint all over my body when I tried to dry off. Washing them will get rid of that extra lint before the first use. Where to buy? Target, Macy's, Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond. They all carry a huge inventory. You can browse the best selling bath towels online here.

Best Bath Towels:

There are several brands that typical get top ratings from consumers when it comes to bath towels. The first are the Lenox Platinum Collection Bath Towel which are made with 70% cotton and 30% Rayon from bamboo. The large towel measures 30" by 58" and offers you an absorbent and ultra soft towel - described as having a 'cashmere feel'. With over 10 colors to choose from, you should be able to match your bathroom decor with the right towel set. The top seller on Amazon is the Pinzon Luxury 820-Gram Cotton Bath Towel which is slightly cheaper than the Lenox towel and made with 100% cotton. They are made in Turkey and available in 6 colors. With comments from owners like 'soft, heavy and absorbent' the Pinzon collection definitely does the job. The last towel that gets good feedback are the microfiber body towels. They are designed with the waffle-style look and some owners (especially women) say they work great on drying wet hair. I have tried a few of the hand towels we have in our kitchen made of this material and I'm not so hip on them. They are lightweight and dry fairly quickly, but it doesn't leave your body feeling the same once you are dried off. It could be a personal feeling, but certainly take a look at them since the reviews are quite good.

Top Rated Beach Towels:

Some people use bath towels for going to the pool or beach, but our family has always preferred to buy actual beach towels for that purpose. Beach towels tend to have more color designs and patterns on them that bath towels. Our kids have always had themed towels from Star Wars, Hello Kitty, or perhaps their favorite Disney character. Several times we have found ourselves on vacation at a resort and we end up buying a set of towels to use and them bring them home. I always look for beach towels that dry out quickly since you will probably be getting in and out of the water multiple times over a few hours. Towels that absorb quickly are great to dry you off, but ultimately you want a dry towel when getting out of a pool or body of water for the 2nd time in a few hours.