Help me understand towel terminology
June 10, 2013 6:00 AM Subscribe
Towel buying noob here. I'm after new bath towels and the towel marketing world has moved on since I last bought towels when there was a choice of crappy, OK and expensive. Now there's all talk about combed cotton, Egyptian cotton, pile length, grams per square metre and I don't understand any of it. Please enlighten me you froody mefites who always know where their towel is. Requirements (not many! we're talking about towels here) inside.
posted by pianissimo to home & garden (16 answers total) 51 users marked this as a favorite
I want new bath towels that (in the order of most important to least important):
1. Dry me
2. Feel nice
3. Dry (themselves) quickly
4. Last a while - but this is not too important as long as the lifespan of the towel is measured in years, not months.
When I run my hands over towels in store, some of the cheaper ones seem nice and fluffy and the expensive ones feel a bit stiff. But when I've used what look to me like expensive towels, the stiffness gave way to absorbency and they seemed nicer in a way I can't explain...but it was something to do with the weight of the towel being more comforting or something.
So, what do all these things (type of cotton, gsm etc) mean, and which are worth paying extra for and what is just marketing hype?
Related: how can I tell what will be a good towel based on the materials etc and feel? I'm not really looking for specific recommendations, unless it's readily available in Australia (ie either sold in store here or shipping fees are not exorbitant).