Types of Towels

There are many types of Towels in the market today.  How to choose?

Cotton

  • GIZA Cotton is by far the most expensive of the Cottons on the market today.  It is grown in a specific area of Egypt, and until recently has only been used to make Men’s fine dress shirts.  The cotton is a very long staple (how long the fibers can be stretched before breaking, the longer, the better strength and durability).  Soft.
  • Organic Cotton can be grown throughout different parts of the world.  Most of this cotton has a long staple.  In order to be qualified as organic, it requires that the cotton be grown in fields that have be sterilized of pesticides for a minimum of 4 years.  Colors of these towels will usually be vegetable dyes.  Therefore will not see deep colors in Organic towels.  Is usually somewhat soft, as processing is kept to a minimum to keep within the guidelines of organic.
  • Turkish Cotton is grown in Turkey, and has a moderately long staple.  The supply of
    Hammam Spa – Turkish Cotton by Kassatex

    this cotton is somewhat limited, and therefore can be pricey.  Soft.

  • Egyptian Cotton as the name suggests is grown in Egypt.  It has a long staple, and with the supply more readily available can be somewhat less expensive.  Soft and somewhat soft.
  • Supima Cotton is similar to the Egyptian Cotton, but is grown in the Southwest USA.  Again, it has a long staple, and with the supply more readily available can be somewhat less expensive.  Soft and somewhat soft.
  • Combed Cotton is a shorter staple cotton grown throughout the USA and other parts of the world.  The fibers have been combed to give the cotton a softer feel.  This cotton tends to be in good supply and prices tend to be less expensive.  Somewhat soft.
  • Cotton is a short staple of cotton grown throughout the USA and other parts of the world.  This type of cotton has the least amount of processing, plus the largest amount of supply, so will be inexpensive, but can also feel rough to the touch.  Not so soft.

Other types

  • Bamboo is the newest fiber used to make towels.  It is a sustainable crop that can be harvested on a relatively short period.  It is usually paired with cotton to give it better body, as the Bamboo is woven into a rayon fiber which is very slick, but also very absorbent.  These towels will absorb and release moisture 1 1/2 times quicker than 100% cotton.  These can be a bit pricey due to the processing.  Soft and somewhat soft.

2 comments

  1. Hello,

    Thanks for the information.

    What is your take on towels made from microfiber?

    I have started to look into microfiber towels after a new home owner invited me for a stay but asked me to bring my own towel. I realized that microfiber towels would be useful as exercise, pool, and even yoga towels.

    A company, SeatoSummit.com offers three types of towels each with a different kind of microfiber.
    the “Pocket’ towels are very thin and light, the “Dry Lite” towels are a little heavier than the “Pocket” but I believe they are more absorbent, the “Tek” Towels are a little heavier than the “Dry Lite” and are much plusher. It is the “Tek” Towel that I might use as a home towel.

    Also I’ve found another company, Aquis a line of towels for various uses from hair drying to “Luxury” Robes. I’ve used their “Adventure” Towel as a pool towel for a few years and am pleased with it.

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