The best towels according to parents
02 February 2021
Shopping for towels just got fun (sort of). Whether you’re restocking your trusty bath towel collection or heading off on holiday, this list of the best towels - as chosen by Mumsnetters - aims to solve all of your towel-related dilemmas in one fell swoop, including how to store them nice and neatly
Best bath towels
1. John Lewis Eygptian Cotton Bath Towels, £15
If you’re a quality over quantity type of person, you’ll be hoping to invest in a few bath towels from a brand with a long-standing reputation for durability and excellence. In that case, opt for John Lewis’s range of certified Egyptian cotton bath towels – also available as face cloths, hand towels, guest towels, and more. They'll last longer than just a couple of years and come in every colour you could possibly want for your bathroom.
“I've had the same John Lewis Egyptian cotton towels for years and they’re still in good condition.”
“Go for John Lewis 100% Egyptian cotton all the way. Mine are still going strong after eight years.”Buy now from John Lewis
2. The White Company Hand, Face and Bath Towels, from £4
Whatever you expect from a bath towel, you’re bound to find it at The White Company. From traditional white cotton towels to more modern Hammam towel designs, upgrade your bathroom experience with these indulgent picks.
“I have some gorgeous ones from The White Company. They are thick, delicious and wash really well.”
“My friend brought me some from The White Company as a house warming present and they are still as fluffy as anything three years down the line.”Buy now from The White Company
3. Christy Renaissance Eygptian Cotton Towels, from £5
For bath towels with a luxurious feel that won’t diminish over time, Mumnsetters recommend looking at Christy’s Renaissance range. Since they're made from high-quality Egyptian cotton, they will provide you with excellent absorbency and softness year after year, wash after wash. Get them in a range of opulent shades from soft blues and crisp whites, to warm neutrals and rich jewel tones.
“Christy’s range of Egyptian cotton towels are the best and they wash better than any other towels I’ve had.”
“I’m a firm fan of Christy towels and I think they are worth spending extra on.”Buy now from Christy
4. King of Cotton Hotel Quality Towels, £15.50
One of the most appealing things about staying in a gorgeous hotel room is the stack of fluffy, white towels. Try as you will, replicating that feeling at home with high-street equivalents just isn’t the same. So, aside from smuggling one in your suitcase the next time you check out, how can you get your hands on some? Well, you could head over to King of Cotton. Their range of premium bath towels are actually used in both hotels and spas – and they don’t cost a fortune either.
“I bought these ones about six years ago. They are by far the softest, fluffiest towels ever – whether dried inside or outside on the line. They are excellent value for money.”Buy now from King of Cotton
Best baby towels
1. Cuddledry Baby Towel (newborn to 18 months), £29.99
Make bathtime easy with a Cuddledry baby towel. Not only are they safe and easy to swaddle your little one in, they’re made from a combination of cotton and bamboo, which means they won’t lose their softness (even after endless washing). Plus, thanks to a double layer of towelling, Cuddledry baby towels are excellent at keeping your baby warm, comforted and happy.
“Cuddledry towels are fantastic! Not only are they soft, they also stop the baby from getting cold after getting out of the bath. They're also really handy if you're bathing the baby on your own and haven't got anyone to hand you a towel. I thoroughly recommend them.”
“We have one of those Cuddledry towels, which is made from organic bamboo. It seems to stay softer than an ordinary towel – no matter how you dry it.”Buy now from Amazon
2. The Little White Company Hydrocotton Baby Towel, £24
This hooded baby towel from The Little White Company comes in white, blue and pink. It features cute bear ears on the hood and ‘low twist’ hydrocotton technology so it feels thicker and softer than other options out there. It’s also fast-drying, highly absorbent and ultra lightweight so you can be certain that your baby will feel as cosy as can be when you scoop them out of the water.
“Definitely look at The Little White Company. They sell some really nice baby towels – just make sure you use fabric conditioner when you wash and tumble dry them as it makes them even softer.”Buy now from The White Company
Best beach towels
Boden Beach Towelling Throw-ons for Kids, from £16
Colourful, fun and kid-proof, Boden’s range of throw-on beach towels will save your family time (and hassle) on holiday. Designed to be comfortable enough to play in, yet protective enough to keep those UV rays at bay, these hooded towels will dry kids off in no time.
“I highly recommend Boden throw-on beach towels. I used them on my daughter when we went on holiday (she was nine months old at the time). They are excellent and I’ll be buying one again this year.”
“My two younger daughters have them and we use them around the pool when we go abroad as well as on Cornish beaches. They’re great.”Buy now from Boden
Dock & Bay Sand-Proof Beach Towels, from £17.90
Keep that pesky sand where it belongs with these sand-proof beach towels from Dock & Bay. They dry three times faster than normal cotton towels and can be rolled into a compact travel pouch (included), saving you extra luggage space. They feel soft and smooth to the touch and the best part is, sand just rolls right off them. Order from a range of colours and sizes – the extra large should be big enough to cover a sun lounger.
“I've just bought some beach towels from Dock & Bay. Their XL is massive, which is great, and they dry really quickly. Plus, sand doesn't stick to them at all and they don’t take up much room in your suitcase.”Buy now from Amazon
Swimshop Beach Towels, from £7.50
For Instagram-worthy beach towels, head over to Swimshop. They stock different brands and trendy surfer-esque designs. They even sell a couple of circular beach towels at the moment, which have really taken off in the last two years (you may have seen them flooding your feed if you follow more than a few travel bloggers). Not only will you look the part, with pricing to suit everyone, you won’t be breaking the bank either.
“I’ve just received my Swimshop catalogue, and they do really cool beach towels for just £9.99.”Buy now from Swimshop
Best hammam towels
1. Peshtemalhouse Hammam Towels (set of 3), £27
Nope, they’re not scarves – or blankets – they’re towels. As practical as they are pretty, this set of three hammam towels from Peshtemalhouse on Amazon are great for taking backpacking, camping or on holiday because they can be rolled up really tightly and dry in a flash. Mumsnetters recommend having more than one because they’re so multifunctional.
“I just bought some bargain-tastic hammam towels from Peshtemalhouse on Amazon. They’re fab – much better than the ones I bought when I went to Morocco.”
“These are the business! They are so pretty that my husband asked me why I packed a bunch of scarves when we went camping… They’re also ridiculously lightweight and, yes, they do work. They dry wonderfully and, unlike microfibre towels, you don’t end up taking little strands of grass away with you when you leave.”Buy now from Amazon
2. Cacala Turkish Bath Towel, £29.99
Another brand Mumsnetters like is Cacala on Amazon. Their Turkish bath towels (also known as hammam towels) can be used everywhere. They come is decent sizes and you have ten colours to choose from. You can throw them in the washing machine and, since they’re made from 100% premium cotton fibers, they are designed to last – in fact, they get softer the more you wash them.
“You can buy some really nice hammam towels on Amazon at the moment – the brand name I like is Cacala.”
“I only take hammam towels on holiday. They dry really quickly and are large enough to wrap yourself up in. I use them as beach towels but they also double up as sarongs.”Buy now from Amazon
Best microfibre towel
Lifeventure Microfibre Trek Towel XL, £19.99
Microfibre towels are designed for people on the go. They're so compact you can fit them into even the tightest of spaces, which makes them ideal for gym-goers, hikers and adventurers. They’re also great if you spend a lot of time in and out of the water, since they soak up droplets instantly and take mere moments to dry. This one from Lifeventure comes with extra-soft technology, absorbs nine times its own weight in water and is treated with Polygience, which controls odour. No wonder it’s a winner as far as Mumsnetter are concerned.
“I recommend the Lifeventure microfibre trek towel in XL. It’s £23, compact, and highly absorbent. They dry very quickly too and hardly take up any room.”
“The Lifeventure ones were recommended by my brother, who does a lot of camping and climbing. He said they're amazing.”Buy now from Amazon
Towel storage ideas
LIVIVO Wall Mounted Bathroom Towel Rail, £10.95
If you don’t have the luxury of a dedicated linen cupboard, you should check out this wall mounted bathroom towel rail made from chrome. It’s easy to install, takes up hardly any space, and will hold four to five towels easily. Your bathroom will stay looking neat, tidy and chic with minimum effort. Dimensions: W18cm x D16cm x H52cm.
“We have one of these in each bathroom. They don't take up much wall space and hold about four bath sheets rolled up (two for each child and two for each for us).”Buy now from Amazon
Ikea Grundtal Shelf, £10
Solve all of your bathroom storage problems for just £10. This stainless steel wall shelf from Ikea can be installed above your door frame so your towels can be kept within easy reach, without having a separate unit obstructing your limited floor space. Mumsnetters like it because it can hold up to 15kg. Dimensions: W60cm x D27cm x H20cm.
“I have an Ikea Grundtal Shelf, which I have installed above the door frame in our bathroom. It stacks about 10 towels (more if I shove them) and is a good solution for us as we live in a small flat.”Buy now from Ikea
Wicker Towel Hamper, £21.99
If you want to hide your towels, rather than have them on display, this wicker hamper from Amazon would be a good fit for most bathrooms. It comes in a neutral grey colour so it looks attractive, but is deep enough to house both towels and linens. Dimensions: W21cm X L40cm X H50cm.
“I use a wicker basket to store my towels. Amazon do them and they’re really affordable.”Buy now from Amazon