The Ultimate Towel Buying Guide

The Ultimate Towel Buying Guide

Personal preference plays a big role when it comes to buying towels for your home. Before you purchase new luxury towels, it is a good idea to learn about your options and all of the different types of towels as well as their wide variety of features.
The top three things to consider when buying new towels are: material, weight, and size. Our ‘Ultimate Towel Buying Guide’ is here to help make your towel buying experience a little bit easier and your towel using experience a little bit cozier by teaching you how to buy towels you are guaranteed to love.

Ultimate Towel Buying Guide:

What Towel Material is the Best?

Everyone has a different opinion of the best towel material…and they are all right!  When selecting new towels, you should base your choice of fabric by how soft, absorbent, and durable it is. Here are some of the most popular materials for towels and the benefits of each.

  • Turkish Cotton – This premium cotton features an extra-long staple and is grown exclusively in the country of Turkey. Towels made from Turkish cotton offer a soft yet absorbent towel that is as wonderfully cozy as it is durable.
  • Pima Cotton - Considered the world’s best cotton, Pima cotton is grown in the southwestern U.S, and is known for its rich, extra-long fibers that offer strength and absorbency. Ultra-luxurious towels with an indulgent feel is what to expect from a Pima cotton towel collection.
  • BambooBamboo towels are typically made from a rayon and cotton blend. These natural and eco-friendly towels are super soft and have great anti-bacterial qualities.
  • Organic Cotton – Towels that are made to meet the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) are certified to be made from organic cotton that is grown without the use of toxic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.
  • Egyptian Cotton – Coveted for its extra-long and fibrous threads, Egyptian cotton is perfect for creating towels, due to its highly absorbent yet breathable and durable features. Egyptian cotton towels are luxurious, fluffy towels that everyone will love.

Ultimate Towel Buying Guide:

All About Towel Weight

The next thing to consider when buying new luxury towels for your home is weight. Towel weight is measured in grams per square meter (GSM). When it comes to the quality of bath towels and bath sheets, the higher the weight, the denser the towel. Having a higher weight means that the towel will be a more absorbent and plusher towel.

Luxury Towel Weight

  • Light Weight - 300-400 GSM - Lightweight towels offer a faster drying time and work well for a variety of uses.
  • Medium Weight - 400-600 GSM – Medium weight towels are great for bath towels and guest towels.
  • Heavy Weight - 600-900 GSM – Heavy weight towels are the premium when it comes to towel weight and are considered luxury due to their denser, thicker, and more absorbent features.

As a general rule, when choosing new luxury towels for your home, if a towel is denser and feels heavier, it is typically a bit more durable and absorbent. If a towel has a velvety-type texture and feels lighter, it will offer a softer and faster drying towel. If a towel feels too thin or somewhat scratchy to the touch, avoid it at all costs! These towels will not improve with laundering and will not last.

Ultimate Towel Buying Guide:

What are the Different Towel Sizes?

Size is an important factor as well when considering a new towel purchase. There is a towel for just about everything – and they all come in unique sizes to fit the task!

  • Bath Sheet – Average Size: 35" x 60" – Larger than a bath towel and great for full coverage when drying off after a shower, a luxury bath sheet is super soft, light as a feather, and quick drying.
  • Bath Towel – Average Size: 27" x 52" – The most popular type of towel is the standard bath towel. This towel is most used at home for drying off after a shower or bath. Quality bath towels come in a variety of amazing fabrics as described above.
  • Hand Towel - Average Size: 16" x 30" – Choosing a durable hand towel is a good idea because they tend to get a lot of use drying hands in the restroom after washing. High-quality, super-soft hand towels are an excellent choice for your home bath.
  • Wash Cloth – Average Size: 13” x 13” – Used for the body, hands, and face, wash cloths are commonly used in the shower, bath, or near the sink. A plush and long-lasting wash cloth is a great purchase.

Towel Tips for Your Home

How Many Towels Do I Need in My Home?

It is recommended that you have the following towels in your home bathroom: washcloth, hand towel, bath towel, bath sheet, and bath mat or bath rug. In addition, it is suggested that you have three of each type of towel per person on hand. One for use now, one in the laundry, and one in the linen closet.

Proper Towel Care

Proper towel care is essential to not only extend the life of your luxury towels, but also to help maintain their plush feel and ultra absorbency through many washes. See Peacock Alley’s "Guide to Cleaning Towels” for expert tips about how to properly take care of your luxury towels sets so that they look and feel good for as long as possible.

How Often Should I Buy New Towels?

When bath towels get old, not only do they start to look a bit thin and tattered, but they also start to hold unseen germs. Even with a great care routine and frequent washes of your luxury towels, they will still need to be replaced about every two years. A sure sign you need to shop for new bath towels is if they are not absorbing water well. In addition, if you notice that your favorite towel starts to smell after only a few uses, or even after it is just washed – this means that there may be bacteria within the towel’s fibers that are not getting cleaned well enough. Time to shop for new luxury bath towels!

Peacock Alley Knows Luxury Bath Towels

Peacock Alley knows that towels are about function and style, so we offer an amazing selection of luxury towels for your home. From oversized bath sheets to luxurious bath towels, we have it all with your choice of seven distinct towel designs, each providing a different bath experience.