It took three minutes of adulthood to come to the startling revelation that not all towels are the same. My first shower in a new apartment, supplied by cheap towels I purchased for several dollars apiece, left my skin itchy, raw, and covered in flecks of lint that refused to rub off. And in addition to scratching my skin, I was now scratching my head in thought — because what makes a towel good?
There are several musts to cross off your checklist — they must dry quickly, absorb water quickly, and be durable enough to stand the test of time, i.e. multiple wash cycles. And in addition to function, towels lend a meaningful hand when it comes to decorating and curating a relaxing vibe. If you’d like to transform your bathroom into a haven reminiscent of a spa, for example, super plush fabrics can make all the difference.
And listen, we get it: all towels sort of look the same. But paying attention to the finer details can mean the difference between a post-shower ritual that feels blissfully luxurious and one that reminds you of your barebones college dorm bathrooms. If you’re panicking about the impending research, don’t fret. We’ve curated the best towels you can get on Amazon, ranking them for softness, durability, and everything in between.
P.S. As high-quality as the following towels are, your care of these towels is just as important when it comes to preserving their longevity. Wash your bath towels on cool or warm cycles (not hot) and line-dry them when possible. If you’re using a dryer, choose low heat and low tumble settings.
Sold in a set of two, Brooklinen’s Luxury Super-Plush Bath Towels are crafted from 100 percent Turkish cotton, a luxurious, extra-thick fabric that essentially transforms your bathroom into a spa. And unlike other ultra-plush materials that tend to fall apart after a few run-ins with the wash cycle, these towels use an impressive Z-twist weave to ensure durability and longevity. One Allure editor also noted that this towel dried her waist-length hair in under ten minutes.
Cut drying time in half with the Best of Beauty-winning Volo Microfiber Hair Towel, an absorbent hair towel that reduces the time spent with a hot tool in hand. The benefits stretch even further than that — because your hair is most vulnerable to damage while wet, this super-plush material adds a layer of protection that ultimately reduces frizz and breakage.
You’ll instantly understand why Cozy Earth’s Towel Bundle was selected as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2022 when you take a look at (and feel) its fabric composition. Forty percent viscose (derived from bamboo) and 60 percent cotton means this 10-piece set is soft, absorbent, and most importantly, fully dries down in a flash. Each set comes with two bath sheets, two body towels, two hand towels, and two washcloths to cover all of your bases.