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Best Luxury Bath Towels 2017 Cotton Vs. Bamboo

Updated on January 3, 2017
Don't immediately write off Bamboo. You might be surprised that a Bamboo Egyptian Cotton Mix makes for one of the most luxurious bath towels available.
Don't immediately write off Bamboo. You might be surprised that a Bamboo Egyptian Cotton Mix makes for one of the most luxurious bath towels available.

I certainly wasn't born with a golden spoon in my mouth. In a way that's been good because I've had to work my way up from the bottom in most areas in my life and it feels good whenever I can pamper myself a little bit.

I've learned throughout my life that spending a little bit extra on things that I use a lot seems to go a long way. For example, having a good bed and bed set as well as a decent pair of shoes makes me feel like a king. There's no other way to describe it.

Up until a few years ago I also refused to pay a little extra for the things I commonly used every day. I can't fault myself for being frugal, but then I received a gift from my wife that has made each morning just a little more enjoyable.

It was a bath towel, there, I said it. Since I'm rather tall at 6'4" a standard towel is small for me and honestly just doesn't cover me up very well. She purchased me a luxury Egyptian cotton towel that was large enough for even me.

Something about getting out of the shower and wrapping myself in a large Egyptian cotton towel really helps me to start the day off right.

Cotton Vs. Microfiber Vs. Bamboo

If you get a 100% Egyptian cotton towel, in my opinion it's unbeatable when it comes to comfort. These towels have longer, more-fibrous threads that suck up additional moisture when you're wet and more comfortable when you wrap them around you.

Bamboo Cotton Towels are More Comfortable Than You Might Think.

For the eco-conscience a Bamboo towels have mildew resistant qualities that, in my opinion, keep them feeling fresh for a bit longer than other types of towels. In addition it's environmentally responsible because bamboo can be harvested within 3 years of being planted. Spun together with cotton you get a product that's eco-friendly, absorbent, and ultra soft.

Microfiber Towels are Ideal for Low Maintenance and Quick Drying.

Microfiber is a synthetic material that has absorbs water well and then dries off very quickly. It's easy-to-clean and it maintain its color better than other types of fabric. This is due to TF-214 technology. In addition they are easy to clean because grease, dirt, and dust to get absorbed into the fibers like they do with traditional towels.


The 1888 Mills Luxury towel is available in white, clay, ivory, and moss colors.
The 1888 Mills Luxury towel is available in white, clay, ivory, and moss colors.

The 5 Best Budget Luxury Bath Towels of 2017

Here's a look at a few affordable luxury bath towels I'd recommend that are absorbent, soft, and large enough for your entire body.

Luxury Bath Towel Reviews:

1888 Mills Luxury Cotton Towel


Before I get into just how comfortable this towel is I wanted to share with you some background in the making of this particular towel. It's made from cotton made in Africa and manufactured in the United States by 1888 mills.

Support for African Cotton Farmers:

This project is part of the "Think Globally and Act Locally" initiative which began in part by being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the biggest charitable organizations in the world.

The sustainable trade made from the partnership between over 265,000 African farmers and companies like 1888 Mills directly improves their quality of life and reduces poverty.

The Towel Itself is Super Comfortable:

I wouldn't recommend a particular towel based on charity alone. It's nice to know that it is going to a good cause; however, it's my belief that a product must earn its own keep to be sustainable and not simply be based upon a charity.

With that being said this towel from 1888 Mills is one of the most comfortable I've ever used. It's easy-to-take care of, machine washable, and 2-ply ring-spun combed cotton construction combines for superior comfort and durability.

5 stars for the 1888 Mills Cotton Towel
These Turkish Bath towels are plush and a good value at around $10 a piece (set of 4).
These Turkish Bath towels are plush and a good value at around $10 a piece (set of 4).

Turkish Hotel Grade Luxury Cotton Towels:

If you're looking for value, then you'll find it in this 4 bath towel set made from 100% genuine turkish cotton.

Just Like the Towels in Luxury Hotels:

These towels remind me a lot of what you'll typically get at a nice hotel. They way just over a pound each and are extremely thick, plush, and absorbent.

Another affordable option is this 4 piece set from Pinzon. It's one of the more popular towel sets on the market in 2013.
Another affordable option is this 4 piece set from Pinzon. It's one of the more popular towel sets on the market in 2013.

Prinzon Egyptian Cotton Towel


This isn't the most comfortable towel set you'll come across. For that you'd spend in excess of $50 per towell.

That being said this set is extremely comfortable and a great value for your money. This has made it one of the bestselling towel sets of the year so far. It comes with an entire set of towels including 2 lengthy bath towels, 2 hand towels, and 2 wash cloths.

It doesn't contain 100% Egyptian cotton, but Egyptian cotton is woven in for additional softness.

If you're looking for an ultra-green towel option, then this is one of the better ones out there. It's made from 100% Bamboo Viscose.
If you're looking for an ultra-green towel option, then this is one of the better ones out there. It's made from 100% Bamboo Viscose.

Pure Fiber 3 Piece Bamboo Towel Set

If you're looking for an eco-friendly option that's also very comfortable, then you'll find it in Pure Fiber's 3 piece set which includes a bath towel, hand towel, and a washcloth.

This particular one is 100% viscose derived from Bamboo. This makes it more eco-friendly, but probably not as plush as those with a 70% rayon 30% cotton mixture.

That being said there's an undeniable silky feel with it that's very comfortable.


Brookstone is known for luxury. This towel, made from 35% Egyptian Cotton and 65% Bamboo Rayon, is both comfortable and durable.
Brookstone is known for luxury. This towel, made from 35% Egyptian Cotton and 65% Bamboo Rayon, is both comfortable and durable.

Brookstone Bamboo Egyptian Cotton Mix Luxury Bath Towels

Mold and bacteria resistant these towels not only are eco-friendly they are plush and comfortable. You'll find that this particular mixture, 65% bamboo and 35% Egyptian cotton, works really well when it comes to absorbing water.

It also evaporates moisture and therefore takes less time to dry when hanging up or in your dryer.

Final Thoughts: This is a single towel but still a good value when you consider the materials used in its construction. It's one of the more comfortable and durable towels I've used.

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