The Five Types of Towels You Should Know About

What are the Types of Towels? Here is All You Need to Know

Towels are undoubtedly the hardest-working member of your household. They pamper your skin, dry you off, and wrap you in a little cocoon. The question is, how do you choose this luxury in the head-spinning number of towels online. From differences in material to varying needs, towels have their own universe. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you pick the towel with ultimate durability, fluffiness, and drying ability.

How many types of towels are there?

Depending on their material, thickness, purpose, and size, you can find many towels. The main types are bath sheets, bath towels, washcloths, hand towels, kitchen towels, gym towels, paper towels, beach towels, pet towels, face towels, hair towels, spa towels, and foot towels.

Guide to different types of towels

1. The Gigantic Bath Sheet

Bath sheets are significant compared to ordinary bath towels so that you can wrap yourself completely in them or wear them as sarongs. Super absorbency, plush body, soft feel; these attributes make it one of the most suited bath towels that are available online. While white is the popular choice, you could also go for a few coloured ones you can find at SPACES.

100% Cotton Bath Towel @₹ 399

2. The Everyday Bath Towel

These are not as big as the bath sheets, but they can be just as luxurious. The ones made of Egyptian, Supima, and SPACES’ exclusive Hygro cotton are soft, lush, and super absorbent, while the ones made of Turkish or standard cotton are quick to dry, lightweight, and easy to handle.

3. The Compact Face Towel

Your facial skin is prone to the most amount of damage because it is exposed to all kinds of stressors during the day. Carrying a good face towel wherever you go is a crucial step towards better skincare. Face towels are generally much smaller in size than bath towels, compact enough to carry in your bag. A good face towel is absorbent, soft on your skin, dries quickly, and is light enough to carry along with you like the unique popcorn texture faces towels of the SPACES’ Swift Dry Collection.

Luxurious absorbant 100% cotton Face towel @495

4. The Handy Gym Towel

Burning those calories becomes easier when you depend on an excellent towel to take care of the sweat. A gym towel is smaller than a bath towel but bigger than a face towel. A good gym towel needs to be super absorbent and quick to dry so that while you’re at the gym, it can always be ready for more, just like you.

5. The Gentle Hand Towel

Your palms are one of the fastest transmitters of germs, and their skin doesn’t take too long to lose its softness. This makes taking care of your hands essential for your skin and hygiene. A good hand towel is crucial to this. Hand towels are smaller than bath towels but bigger than face towels. They need to be absorbent and exceptionally soft on your skin.

Organic Cotton Luxurious absorbant 100% cotton Hand Towel @₹ 599

Are Turkish or Egyptian Cotton Towels Better?

Egyptian cotton towels are highly absorbent which means they will soak a lot of water. However, high absorbency also comes with the headache of wetness. The downside is that these towels will stay wet long after use. Also, if you happen to live in a humid climate, such towels can also become wet all by themselves. Strange right? On the other hand, Turkish cotton towels are decently balanced when it comes to softness, absorbency, and drying. 

Which one is better out of the two largely depends on your needs. If you enjoy the royal and warm feeling of being wrapped in a fluffed-up towel, you should go for an Egyptian cotton towel. If you are looking for a lightweight, travel-friendly towel that dries up without much fuss, a Turkish towel should be your pick.

What Type of Towel is the Best?

Towels made out of cotton will serve you a variety of purposes around the house. Whether you need them for bathroom or guest rooms, cotton towels are ideal for everyday use. However, not all cotton towels are created equally. Look for the Turkish and Egyptian cotton materials as they turn out to be the softest and most absorbent towels. If you are going to make a one-time investment, pick bamboo towels due to their fantastic durability.

For traveling and sports, microfiber towels work the best. They dry super-fast and come with anti-microbial properties so you are free from germs all through your running sesh.

Optimal Uses for Every Type of Towel

Bath towel

Our bodies are a relatively larger surface that can get covered in a lot of water after a shower. Hence, bath towels come in a sufficiently large size to properly dry the body.

Spa towel

After you indulge in a relaxing spa and take a quick dip in the swimming pool, you wouldn't want to lug around a large bath towel for a quick dry. In such situations, an additional spa towel does an efficient job.

Bath mat

A wet tiled floor can be very slippery. It would be best if you had something to stand on as you dry yourself off after taking a bath or shower. A bath mat provides a stable footing for you as you dry yourself off.

Hand towel

You could dry your hands off using any of the above towels. However, some bacteria may remain on the hands even after washing them. You do not want to transfer them to your face or body. Hence, using a dedicated hand towel is best to dry your hands.

Types of Towels every household needs

Hair towel

Draping giant bath towels around the head can cause unnecessary friction to hair strands. Hair towels are great for drying hair quickly in multiple sizes to suit different hair lengths.

Face towel

If you use the same towel to dry your hair and face, you transfer oil, product residue, and bacteria into your pores leading to irritation and inflammation, especially if you have sensitive skin. Face towels are gentle on the skin and provide a clean, fresh dry.

Kitchen towel

You can use kitchen towels to rest pots, wipe counters or pull baked goodies from the oven. These handy decorative towels can be chosen to suit the design and theme of your overall kitchen.

Bath towel

Bath towels can be wrapped around the entire body after a shower or a bath. They dry you off pretty quickly because of the water content they can absorb. 

Why should you care about towel types?

Think of towels as an investment in your home and overall lifestyle. You wouldn't want your guest to scramble around searching for towels after dinner or your kid stuffing huge bath towels in their gym bags. Not only dedicated towels are convenient to use, but they also prevent bacteria and maintain clean, hygienic homes.

Day2Day Plush absorbant 100% cotton bath towel @₹ 349


Both the look and the feel of bath towels hold equal importance. So, look for the towels that suit your needs and preferences. Get to know about bath linen before buying towels online. While multiple online websites let you buy towels of different shapes, sizes, colors, and materials, SPACES is the destination that offers bath linen to cater to every taste and need.

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