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The Best Luxury Bath Towels for 2018

Updated on February 23, 2018

As I've gotten older I've improved the things in my life that I use most. Makes sense, right? A couple of years ago I found myself with a good bed, socks, and shoes but still using a scratchy towel. After using a plush and warm bath towel at a nearby towel, I came to the realization that it was time for a change.

There's nothing better than leaving the shower and knowing you have a plush bath towel waiting for you when you get it out. I prefer a towel that not only feels good on my skin, but that also is large enough to wrap completely around me.

If you're looking for the perfect hotel-like bath towel experience, here's a few good value luxury towels that I'd recommend.

10 Good Hotel Quality Bath Towels

1888 Mills Towel

If you're looking for a good quality luxury towel that doesn't cost a fortune, I like the 1888 Mills Towels. I have these towels in my home and, while they aren't perfect, they do offer a price low enough that I feel comfortable purchasing them for all of our guest bathrooms.

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Plus I like the story behind the 1888 Mills towel. It's made in the USA from 100% imported African cotton. As part of the Cotton Made in Africa project this helps to reduce poverty in Africa for around 265,000 African farmers.

This 1888 Mills Luxury towel measures 30x58", is very soft, and large enough to cover all of your parts. It is a 2 ply, ring spun combed cotton design that will last for a long time.

Be gentle when you wash these towels. I've had a few wear out over time. It's recommended you use a low tumble cycle with non-chlorine bleach.

Overall, this is a great towel for the price. These are soft, plush, gentle on the skin and absorb water quickly.

5 stars for 1888 Mills Luxury Bath Towel

2.) Martex Egyptian Cotton Towel

Martex Egyptian Cotton Towel
Martex Egyptian Cotton Towel

Another good luxury towel in the $20 price range is this Egyptian Cotton Hand Towel from Martex available in 15 colors.

A great feature of this towel is the DryFast performance fibers that dry up to 25% faster than other towels of its kind. For design, it comes with a three strip Dobby border and is made with a fine, extra-long staple fiber.

There are many colors to choose from as well. This towel is a bit on the thinner side but that helps it dry faster as well; though if you are a person who likes big fluffy towels, you might not find this to your liking.

Aquis Microfiber Towel
Aquis Microfiber Towel

3.) Aquis Microfiber Body Towel

Measuring 29x55", this waffle style microfiber towel will dry you off in a jiffy. It is lightweight, very compact and a durable piece of material. This towel is designed with a special hydrophilic capillary action that pulls water away from you faster than cotton towels and it dries very quickly between uses.

This is not a fluffy towel either, so if you are looking for fluff, then continue your search. But if drying off quickly is your goal, this makes a great after shower companion.

Aquis Microfiber Hair Towel, Lisse Crepe (19 x 39-Inches)

You'll like that it does not get stiff in the dryer and will hold up under rigorous use. This towel was made to dry your body and hair even quicker than a traditional terry cloth towel. The manufacturer claims that it can help reduce split ends and damaged follicles in your hair.

Pinzon Luxury Bath Towel
Pinzon Luxury Bath Towel

4.) Pinzon Luxury Towel

A plush Turkish bath towel might be just what you asked for. It dries quickly and absorbs nicely. It is made with 100% cotton terry and has loops of 2 ply yarns. There are a multitude of colors to choose from as well. It measures 30x56". The design incorporates classic pique borders at both ends for a nice elegant look.

A few people have reviewed that the towel loses color within the first wash; but buyers must be aware that all instructions should be followed upon washing and drying of this product. The manufacturer states that liquid softeners can break down the material and decrease the absorbency. If you wash it properly, then you shouldn't have a problem.

Lenox Platinum Collection Luxury Towel
Lenox Platinum Collection Luxury Towel

A Budget Luxury Bath Towel

5.) Lenox Bath Towel

This towel only gets better with use; users have stated that after a couple of washings that this towel softens up and is very nice to use. It is made with all natural fibers; 70% cotton and 30% rayon from bamboo fiber. The design of this towel is pretty classic to Lenox and it is a durable piece of material. They are finished with multiple rows of baratto stitching and a low twist premium cotton blend.

This is a heavy towel, so it might not be the best choice for elderly people. It measures 30x58".

Cotton vs Egyptian Cotton vs Bamboo - Which Is Best?

The material of your towel determines its softness, absorbency, and bacteria and odor resistance. Here are some of the pros and cons to each.

Cotton is a good material because of its absorbency, but look for "combed cotton" which proves to be the most absorbent. You should also look for tight loops in the material; if you can see the bottom of the towel, then it is most likely junk and you will end up throwing it away in a few short months. Fraying towels are also frustrating so look for double turned edges with double stitching; this will ensure longevity for your towels.

Cotton vs Egyptian

The difference between regular cotton towels and Egyptian cotton towels is softness; Egyptian cotton towels tend to be softer because of the origin of the cotton and will usually feel better on your skin.


Another material used in making towels is bamboo fiber. It is a kind of regenerated cellulose that has been found to be very durable. A nice feature of bamboo is that it naturally will help keep bacteria at bay and is odor resistant. Have you ever noticed your towels smelling kind of funky after a few uses?

With bamboo, you won't notice this near as much. This is one of the reasons I prefer bamboo over cotton. However, between the two most common cotton blends, Egyptian cotton is my choice hands down. The softness and absorbency is so much better than regular cotton that I will probably never go back. It also seems that many users review towels and complain of the shedding that many of them produce. This is pretty common with both cheap and expensive towels.

There are ways to help the shedding stop if it is really a problem for you. Some tips include washing with vinegar or baking soda and using dryer sheets to help keep lint from clinging to your towels.

6.) Egyptian Cotton Towel Set

What's better than great towels? Six of them! With this deal, you get 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels and 2 washcloths. Egyptian cotton towels that are plush and absorbent. Some people have found that they become plusher after the first wash however. There are also many colors to choose from to fit your décor accordingly.

These are highly rated towels that everyone loves. They might be a little thinner than you expect, but as mentioned earlier, a wash will fluff them right up.

7.) Pure Fiber Bath Towel Set

Believe it or not, these towels are made with 100% viscose that is derived from bamboo. They are very soft and absorbent. A drawback that a few reviews have shown is that these towels have a tendency to snag. With this set, you get 1 bath towel, 1 hand towel and 1 washcloth. Some people say that they feel like cashmere.

This is due in part to the bamboo yarn. These make a great choice for someone who wants hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and odor resistant towels for a hygienic environment.

They are very absorbent but they do take a while to dry on their own. Some users have stated that the color was not what they were expecting; you must be aware that computer screen resolution will sometimes not translate the color adequately, so try not to be too harsh when you are reviewing the towel you decide to purchase.

8.) Pinzon Luxury Towels

With this set, you get 6 full bath towels that measure 54x30" and there are 10 colors available to choose from. They are made with 100% cotton. Some users have said that while washing and drying the first few times that they shed quite a bit.

But other reviews have shown that they don't shed on your hands when drying off with them. It must depend on the washing machine you have. They are pretty absorbent and are pretty highly rated by users.

9.) Martex Hospitality Bath Towels

Six towels are delivered to you upon purchase so you have plenty to go around. At under $10 a piece, this is a pretty good deal on towels. They are made with 100% cotton material that is extra soft and they measure 30x52". Some users actually prefer these towels over the bamboo kind. If you want a decent towel but don't want to pay an indecent price for one, then look no further.

Users have reported that this towel will shed a bit for a while until it gets washed several times. But compared to other towels, a few washings is all that is needed instead of months worth of washing to get rid of the shedding.

10.) Pure Luxury Towel

Measuring 30x54", this towel is pretty standard sized even though the manufacturer touts them to be "oversized". There is a Rayon band that adds some design and there are many colors to choose from as well.

They are reported to be quite soft but over time, they tend to stiffen up. These towels are more on the inexpensive end of the spectrum and even though you get what you pay for, many users find these to be quite adequate.

© 2012 Brandon Hart

What's Your Favorite Luxury Bath Towel? - Leave a Comment Below

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      brahmsmount 4 years ago

      It is absolutely worth considering 'linen' as a material for a towel!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nautica has wonderful bath towels.