Hotel towels look like the ones I have at home and that are in everyone's bathrooms - terrycloth, etc. - but most of the time they are much more effective at drying. They practically suck the wetness off my skin! Typical bathroom towels, even plush/fancy ones, suck at drying by comparison.
So this is really strange: the technology exists for towels to do their job very well, and presumably at relatively low cost (there's no way these hotels are shelling out big bucks for their towels); but as far as I can tell ALL of the commercially-available towels are mediocre at best at doing their job. What is that all about? Why are hotel towels so good at drying? Why are other towels not?
Are there commercially-available towels that dry as well as hotel towels? If so, where can I find them?
posted by Mechitar
on Oct 3, 2013 -
Is it possible to rent sheets, towels, blankets, and pillows for about 150 people? Has anyone done this before, and if so, can you point me toward a good service in New England? [more inside]
posted by cider
on Oct 3, 2012 -
Yet another laundry question. We have these
towels and love their weight, size, color, and absorbancy. Our only complaint, and it's a big one, is that they are pretty hard and stiff now. I'm at my wits' end trying to soften them up. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by DrGail
on Feb 10, 2012 -
There's a lot of this
going on in my apartment. What can I do to prevent my towels and cotton shirts from coming out of the dryer covered with cat-hair pills? [more inside]
posted by carsonb
on Nov 15, 2010 -
Need recommendations for purchasing towels online. I know of Bed Bath & Beyond, but I'd like some alternatives. The only requirement is that the store sell towels individually and not just in sets.
posted by Beholder
on Mar 22, 2010 -
I'm looking for towels.
Big, fluffy, soft towels that are suitable for the occasional trip to Magrathea or just a long bath. [more inside]
posted by madajb
on Nov 30, 2009 -
I need recommendations for bath towels, and they need to meet only one criterion: they must absorb and remove water from my body. [more inside]
posted by peep
on Apr 3, 2009 -
Does anyone remember Roseanne Barr's rant about pre-menopausal women and towel folding/hanging as means to waylay the beast? [more inside]
posted by emhutchinson
on Aug 21, 2008 -
Help me figure out what’s bleaching my towels and possibly causing health problems. Hint: I don't think it's my facewash. [more inside]
posted by funkiwan
on Sep 18, 2006 -
How fast do swim towels dry? I'm thinking of buying a swim towel
to keep at the gym. They say they dry "in minutes". Would it dry in the 3-10 minutes it takes me to get dressed so I could keep in my my locker without worrying about mold? Or should I just keep paying for towel service?
posted by duck
on Jul 2, 2005 -
My wife and I threw away all our multi-colored towels and replaced them with white ones. We did this so that we could throw them in the wash with some bleach and get them really really clean. The new towels are 100% cotton. When we looked at the tags, we were surprised to see a "DO NOT USE BLEACH" warning. Why can't we use bleach? That's the whole reason we bought them. I've never heard of that warning before on white cotton items. If it makes any difference, they come from The Company Store.
posted by grumblebee
on Feb 3, 2005 -
For how many showers do you use a towel before throwing it in the hamper?
posted by Capn
on Sep 23, 2004 -