Did you ever purchase a hand towel, dish towel, or bath towel that felt soft to the touch, only to discover that it’s not that absorbent? Here are a couple of important tips to keep in mind the next time you shop for towels:
Look at the fabric content and consider towels that are made of 100% cotton. Cotton terry cloth towels are the most absorbent. Cotton along with a terry cloth weave are a perfect combination because cotton can absorb up to seven times its weight in water and the terry loops act as small sponges. The highest-quality terry products consist of more yarns used in the background fabric and very close loops packed into the pile. The more loops there are, the more absorbent the towel will be.
Avoid velour towels. Although they look and feel beautiful, they have limited absorbency due to the shorter pile. Velour towels are produced in the same fashion as terry, but with an additional process that shears the terry loops to a shorter length on one side.