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18 Types of Towels for Your Home, Bathroom, Kitchen and More

Bath towels

I always think that there is nothing better than having a big, fluffy, dry towel in the bathroom to make you feel like royalty. But did you know that there are, in fact, different types of bathroom towels made for various uses?  Moreover, while we typically equate towels with the bathroom, there are many different types of towels used throughout the house and elsewhere.

Towels are available in numerous styles, fabrics and for different uses. From the subtle decorative touch of a well-placed hand towel to the comforting warmth of a clean bath towel, a good bathroom towel can improve the whole look and feel of the room.

Types of Towels (List)

Despite knowing that there are separate towels for each purpose, I always used to utilize a single towel for almost everything until I realized what a huge mistake that was. You might even be surprised to know that you require different bath towels, even if you have a towel robe.

1. Bath Towels

Premium Bamboo Cotton Bath Towels - Natural, Ultra Absorbent and Eco-Friendly 30" X 52" (Grey)

A bath towel is perhaps the most basic type of towel that everyone should have. This is the towel you grab as soon as you exit the shower or bath.

a. Bath towel sizes

Bath towels are typically 27 x 52 inches or 30 x 58 inches in size. So, if you want to work with a lot of towels, the larger size might be the way to go. I also feel that a pleasant bathing experience is largely determined by the towel I use after showering. As a result, if you use the wrong towel, you may not enjoy the experience. You wrap it around your body and instantly dry yourself up. Bath towels are available in a variety of fabrics, including linen, cotton-polyester blend, bamboo, and cotton.

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b. Bath towel fabrics

Although they are not as large as bath sheets, bath towels can be wonderful, especially if they are cleaned properly and kept dry. Egyptian, Supima, and special Hygro cotton are soft, luxuriant, and ultra-absorbent, whilst Turkish or basic cotton is rapid drying, lightweight, and easy to handle.

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2. Bath Sheets

Utopia Towels - Luxurious Jumbo Bath Sheet (35 x 70 Inches, Grey) - 600 GSM 100% Ring Spun Cotton Highly Absorbent and Quick Dry Extra Large Bath Sheet - Super Soft Hotel Quality Towel (2-Pack)

A bath sheet is a larger towel than a bath towel, so you’ll have enough room to wrap the entire towel around your body. Not only is a bath sheet larger, but it is also more absorbent and can dry quickly. Its size ranges from 35 to 60 inches.

If you want a more hotel-like experience, you should use a bath sheet. I personally prefer using it because I like to wrap it around myself after a quick shower and when I want to style my hair or do my makeup. Don’t worry, though; bath sheets are also incredible for men. They can wrap it around their waist while shaving.

Bath sheets have great absorbency, a plush and soft feel, making them one of the best bathroom towels available. While white is the most popular color, you may also choose from a wide range of colored options.

3. Bath Mats

DEXI Bathroom Rug Mat, Extra Soft Absorbent Premium Bath Rug, Non-Slip Comfortable Bath Mat, Carpet for Tub, Shower, Bath Room, Machine Wash Dry, 16"x24", Grey

Bath mats are a great addition to any bathroom. It’s a unique towel with a different appearance on the front and back. Its front side is softer than a typical rug, carpet, or mat, and its reverse side is created with a fixative surface to grasp the floor.

A beautiful foot towel can help make your bathroom look more attractive and spare you the trouble of having to clean your bathroom floor all the time. Bath mats are usually placed directly in front of the shower or bath to soak up all of the water that drips off of you as you exit.

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However, you may need to perform some measurements to find the exact size for your bathroom. Ideally, a 20 x 30-inch bath mat is the standard size that fits most bathrooms. But larger bathrooms can also accommodate a 24 by 36-inch mat.

4. Washcloths

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Washcloths are small towels that are used to clean your skin, and they are handy to have around the house for a quick rinse. These tiny towels are usually 12 × 12 inches or 13 x 13 inches in size.

However, we should be conscious while using washcloths because of the raw materials used to make this towel. Nonetheless, the raw ingredients are gentle on the skin and are used to remove dirt, toxins, old skin cells, and any other debris from the skin. Washcloth sets should be made of 100 percent cotton, cotton-polyester blend, or bamboo when purchased.

5. Face Towels

A face towel works similarly to a washcloth in that it is used to dry your face. It has a square shape and is smaller in size. It can, for example, be used to cleanse and remove makeup from your face. If you have extra sensitive skin like I do, you should definitely use a face cloth instead of a washcloth. Make sure that you look for physical properties such as softness and absorbency, as well as fiber composition. Face towels made of cotton, bamboo, or synthetic microfibers may be the best option in this instance.

Having a good face towel with you at all times is an important step toward better skincare. Face towels are often smaller than bath towels, making them easy to take in your suitcase. A decent face towel is one that is absorbent, gentle on the skin, dries rapidly, and is light enough to carry with you.

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6. Bathroom Hand Towels

Hammam Linen White Hand Towels 4-Pack - 16 x 30 Turkish Cotton Premium Quality Soft and Absorbent Small Towels for Bathroom

Well, as the name suggests, hand towels are used to dry your hands. You might think that hand towels are not necessary, but you may reconsider when you’re desperately searching for something in the bathroom with wet hands. And trust me, you don’t want to use the same towel you use for your face or body to dry your hands. You should select the appropriate one based on the raw materials in order to maintain proper hygiene.

The standard size for hand towels is 16 by 32 inches; however, 15 x 28 inches is also available. Hand towels should be made of cotton, cotton-polyester blend, or linen. They are frequently found hanging over a ring or bar attached to the bathroom or sink wall.

Taking care of your hands is crucial for both your skin and your hygiene. This necessitates the use of a decent hand towel.

7. Clean Up Towels

Having some less-than-nice towels on hand can come in handy when you need to clean up after an accident. When it comes to wiping up blood or cleaning wounds, you should keep your fluffy towels away and use these instead. Clean up towels are specifically designed to help you clean blood or any other spill in the bathroom or on yourself.

8. Spa Towel

White Classic Luxury Bath Sheet Towels Extra Large | Highly Absorbent Hotel spa Collection Bathroom Towel | 35x70 Inch | 2 Pack (Silver)

The spa towel is there to provide a spa-like experience. It is extremely soft and absorbent, giving you a light and airy feeling like you’re at the spa. However, make sure that the towel is bleach-resistant because you’ll have to wash it frequently. Spa towels cannot withstand being washed with bleach on a regular basis.

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9. Turkish Towel

Realgrandbazaar Lucky Turkish Towels Beach Towels %100 Cotton - Pre Washed, No-Shrink, Quick Dry, Soft 39x71' Large Peshtemal, Turkish Towel, Set can be Made - Goqan by realgrandbazaar (Azure)

A Turkish towel is also known as a Fouta towel or a hammam towel. It is made from Turkish cotton, thus the name. This specific type of fiber is best known for being long, which makes the towel itself extremely durable.

Learn all about Turkish towels here.

10. Gym Towel

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A gym towel is used to wipe sweat after a workout, either at the gym, outside, or at home. It is also known as a sweat towel or an exercise towel. It aids in the cleansing and cooling of the body. When you know you can rely on a good towel to absorb your perspiration, burning calories becomes easy. A gym towel is a little smaller than a bath towel, but it’s a little bigger than a face towel.

A decent gym towel should be very absorbent and quick to dry so that it can always be ready for more while you burn calories. You should always get a cotton towel, although there are other options too, such as linen, bamboo, and microfiber gym towels.

11. Beach Towels

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I love going to the beach every now and then, so I always have a beach towel in my bathroom. These are perhaps the biggest towels I own. Beach towels are ideal to keep on hand for pool days or any other fun outings where you might require a larger towel. These can be as large as 40 by 70 inches.

Beach towels are made specifically for usage over the course of a day. These are thin mats that are used to lie down in the sand or on the concrete beside a pool. These are brightly colored and dry rapidly in the sun. Hence, it is a necessary item for sunbathing on the beach. It’s also sometimes used to wrap the body. The greatest beach towels are made of cotton, synthetic microfibers, or linen.

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12. Decorative Towels

SKL HOME by Saturday Knight Mirage Fringe 100% Turkish Cotton Hand Towel (2-Pack), Taupe

One of the simplest ways to add color and beauty to your bathroom while keeping it useful is to use decorative towels. Play around with tassels, fringe, and stitching to add some aesthetic appeal to these. Plus, they are an excellent alternative if guests need to dry their hands in your guest bathroom.

13. Fingertip Towels

Creative Scents Cotton Fingertip Towels Set - 4 Pack - 11 x 18 Inches Decorative Small Extra-Absorbent and Soft Terry Towel for Bathroom - Powder Room, Guest and Housewarming Gift (Grey)

A fingertip towel is a tiny towel that is used to swiftly dry hands and mainly ‘fingertips.’ Its size is between that of a hand towel and that of a washcloth and measures 11 inches by 18 inches. It serves as both a decorative as well as a useful item to have in the bathroom. However, it is primarily used for decorative purposes. It’s most commonly found in guest bathrooms, but it can also be found in the kitchen. Cotton, linen, bamboo, and synthetic microfibers are the most widely utilized materials to create a fingertip towel. They are also available in a range of colors, patterns, and designs.

14. Pet Towels

Bone Dry Pet Drying Collection Embroidered Terry Microfiber, Towel X-Large, 41x23.5", Gray with Black Paw Print

If you have pets at home, you might want to have an additional pair of towels for them too. Pet towels are light and easy to clean and carry. Plus, they dry the pets instantly after you wash them. A synthetic microfiber pet towel is an ideal option for pet towels. It will assist you in keeping your pet warm and comfortable.

15. Paper Towels

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It’s a paper towel that’s both absorbent and disposable. It’s available as a roll, as well as pre-cut and pre-folded layers. It is disposable, unlike other towels, and is only meant to be used once. Because we only use it once, it is typically thought to be more hygienic than any other towel. It can be used in both the kitchen and the bathroom.

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16. Kitchen Towels

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Kitchen towels are similar to bathroom hand towels.  They’re primarily for drying hands after washing which is frequently done in the kitchen (hopefully haha).  Most folks drape kitchen towels on the oven handle or dishwasher handle or both.

a. Kitchen towel size

Kitchen towel sizes range but typically they’re 26 inches long by 16 to 18 inches wide.

b. Kitchen towel fabrics

Kitchen towels are generally made from cotton or microfiber.  The should also serve as a decorative piece; in other words, choose kitchen towels that complement your kitchen decor.  It’s good to buy a set of 4 or more so you have clean ones available; they get dirty pretty fast.  It’s also fun to have some seasonal kitchen towels such as Christmas kitchen towels and other holiday designs.

17. Rags

Talvania Shop Towels – Pack of 50 Reusable Cleaning Rags – Durable Quality Cotton Towel– Soft and Smooth – Super Absorbent Shop Rags 13" x 13"– Machine Washable – Suitable for All Purposes (White)

You can buy rags for cleaning up spills and messes or use old t-shirts etc. We have both. You can never have enough rags around the house for quick clean-ups.

18. Shammy (aka Chamois)

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A shammy is used to buff surfaces such as a vehicle.

Wrapping Up

I hope this article was helpful to you and you have a fair idea about the different types of bathroom towels available. Don’t worry; you don’t have to use all of them and own each one; just use the one that you feel will come in handy the most. Ever since I organized my bathroom with different towels, my life has become much easier!