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Best hammam towels for the beach, gym and bathroom

Lightweight, absorbent and very stylish, hammam towels are well worth adding to your beach bag, gym kit and bathroom shelf. We've rounded up the softest and prettiest options around. 

By Kelly Rose Bradford | Last updated Apr 6, 2022

Best hammam towels

Towels. We all need them, all have airing cupboards and bathroom cabinets full of them, but are rarely satisfied with their absorbency, time they take to dry, or their practicability when it comes to taking them to the gym, or on holiday. And that is exactly why we all need at least one Turkish (or Peshtemal as they are also known) hammam towel in our lives - mega absorbent, ultra thin, and weighing in at next to nothing, they really are your next must buy item! 

Those who have already discovered Turkish hammam or peshtemal towels really rate them - not just because of their softness and their compact size but because they are so multi-functional - you can knot them into a sarong, use them as throws around the house, and picnic and sunbathe on them to boot. 

Here are the best hammam towels to buy in 2021.

1. Best lightweight hammam towel: Large Turkish Peshtemal Bath Towel

Large Peshtemal hammam towel

Price: £13 | Buy now from Amazon

"Hammam towels fold down to next to nothing, you can get them on Amazon, I always pack them for beach trips or holidays"

This lightweight Turkish towel comes in a huge size but folds down to almost nothing, which makes it perfect for taking to the gym or the beach, or traveling with it generally. Excellent value for money, and perfect for stuffing in your overnight bag or the kids' sports bag. It's a bargain price and there are loads of colours to choose from too. 

Key specs

Composition: 100pc cotton

Size: 100 x 180 cm

2. Best quality hammam towel: John Lewis Anyday Hammam Towel

John Lewis hammam towel

Price: From £6 | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

Good old John Lewis come up trumps with its range of Anyday own-brand hammam towels, which come in a variety of sizes, and are made for them in Portugal. They can be washed at 40 degrees, and they recommend tumble drying them to retain their softness. Lightweight, extremely well made, and described as being suitable to use as a tablecloth, picnic rug or a wrap on balmy evenings, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth with these! 

Key specs

Composition: 100pc cotton

Hand towel: L90 x W50cm

Bath towel: L130 x W70cm

Bath sheet: L150 x W90cm

3. Best organic cotton hammam towel: Demmex Oeko-Tex hammam towel

Demmex hammam towel

Price: £19 | Buy now from Amazon

An excellent value range of Turkish towels in pre-washed 100pc organic Turkish cotton, (so they are very unlikely to shrink). Double knotted tassels, so you won't be finding stray threads all over the floor, and wonderfully multi-purpose in its use - from table runner to chair cover! Available in a brill range of colours, too.

Key specs

Composition: 100% Organic Turkish Cotton

Size: 71 inches x 36 inches

4. Best patterned hammam towel: Esma Hammam Towel

Esma hammam towel

Price: £25 | Buy now from Harfi

There are lots of reasons to love this towel from Harfi – it looks lovely, it's made with 100pc organic cotton, is super lightweight, and it's ethically sourced and has been handmade by an artisan cooperative in rural Turkey. A great buy, that would make a lovely present, too. 

Key specs

Composition:100% organic cotton with natural tassels

Size: 180cm x 100 cm

5. Best budget hammam towel: Pestemal Turkish Towel Set of Four

Pestemal hammam towel

Price: £45 (for 4) | Buy now from Amazon

This four pack of hammam towels is excellent value, particularly if you want to buy them for family use for gym bags, swimming etc – so they match design-wise, but everyone has their own colour so knows which is theirs. Also great if you need to take your own towels on holiday as they are so lightweight and easy to pack. The set comes in four great colours (pink, grey, red and blue) and the towels are sourced in Turkey from ethical manufacturers.

Key specs

Composition: cotton

Size: ‎45 x 27.2 x 9.8 cm

6. Best overall hammam towel: LeStoff Turkish Hammam Beach Towel

Lestoff hammam towel

Price: £24 | Buy now from Amazon

Available in 33 different colours, these over-sized Turkish towels are not only great value, and have excellent reviews, but they are also guaranteed to match your colour scheme! Fans of this particular brand rave about just how tiny they fold up, and how super absorbent they are. 

Key specs

Composition: cotton 

Size: 100x180cm

7. Best coloured hammam towels Kin and Kloth

Kin and Kloth hammam towel

Price: £22 | Buy now from Kin & Kloth

These towels look exceptionally classy with their muted colours, and would look lovely in any bathroom or kitchen, or indeed a neutral toned nursery. Made on traditional wooden shuttle looms by Turkish artisans using 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, dyes and finishes, they have excellent environmental credentials, too.  

Key specs

Composition: 100pc cotton

Size: 50cm x 844cm excluding tassels

8. Best hammam bath towel: Cacala

Cacala hammam towel

Price: £20 | Buy now from Amazon

An excellent size for the bathroom, and particularly brilliant for swaddling babies and toddlers in after their bath, these super-soft, large Turkish bath towels are good value for money, and come in a huge range of colours. Rated very highly for their tiny size once folded, and their brilliant absorption, although one reviewer reminds buyers to wash them before use to ensure you get the best performance from it!

Key specs

Composition: 100pc cotton

Size: 100cm x 180cm

9. Best hammam beach towel: Bellissimo Striped Cotton Bamboo Hammam Beach Towel

Bellissimo hammam towel

Price: £8 | Buy now from Linens Limited

This is a fab beach towel made from a blend of Turkish cotton and bamboo for max softness and beach-based durability! The bright stripes give it a real holiday vibe, and it is available in three beachy colourways – blue, green and turquoise. A really lovely towel to travel with, and use both after a swim, to knot into a sarong over your cozzie, or just as your chill out mat on the sand! 

Key specs 

Composition: 55pc Turkish Cotton 45pc bamboo

Size: not specified

What are hammam towels?

Hammam towels are ultra absorbent, thin, lightweight Turkish bath towels, made in Turkey using traditional weaving methods.  They are also known as peshtemal towels. 

Are hammam towels any good?

Yes! They are regularly rated by Mumsnetters as being their top tip for going to the gym and swimming, and for holidays and travel because they fold up to almost next to nothing and dry so quickly. 

How to choose the best hammam towels

What do you want to use your towels for - apart from the obvious! Will they be your everyday family bathroom towels, or just for you to take to the gym, or the kids to take to swimming lessons? Or are you looking for super-soft fast drying towels for a baby? Base your selection on your individual usage needs, and look for products with top ratings for use in the same circs!

How should you wash your hammam towels? 

Almost all the hammam manufacturers recommend washing your towels as soon as you get them, in order to make them as absorbent as possible on their first usage. Generally, your hammam towels should be washed on a low setting, and whilst they dry amazingly quickly, you can tumble dry them on a gentle heat should you need to. 

What's the best hammam towel to buy?

We plumped for the LeStoff traditional Turkish hammam from Amazon, based on its reviews, and the fact it comes in so many colours, so would be appealing and practical for a variety of uses, as well as fitting into almost anyone’s colour scheme.   

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which hammam towels discerning Mumsnet users had bought. We compiled a list of towels they recommended for being practical, stylish, and easy and effective to use. We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which hammam towels had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media, and what customer reviews said about them.

Having collated all that information, we picked the hammam towels we thought would make the best buys.

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