How to choose a terry towel?

For any person, a towel is an indispensable household item. Terry cloth is most often used as a bath towel or a towel for the face and hands. Choosing a good towel that will last you a long time is not an easy task. How to do it - read on.

Terry towel selection criteria

In order for the product to last at least 2-3 years and not become rude after just a few washings, it is necessary to pay attention to several important points before buying. Why spend money on a thing that you will not use, or will it fail very quickly?

What size is needed?

Initially, decide for what purpose you want to buy a new towel . Based on this, the size of the product is determined. The following types and sizes are usually distinguished:

  • for hands - 30 × 50 or 50 × 70 cm;
  • for the face, legs or as a small towel for the body - sizes from 50 × 80 to 50 × 100 cm;
  • bath towel - 100 × 150 or 80 × 160 cm.

Of course, other sizes may be on sale.

Important! In stores, sets of several towels of different sizes are often sold. This is very convenient, because, firstly, all the textiles in your bathroom will be the same in style, and secondly, it is very functional and saves time when buying.

Evaluate the quality of the fabric

When buying textiles in a store, we can only evaluate the external qualities. Always pay attention to the following points:

  • material integrity. On a quality product, all terry loops should be approximately the same length. There should be no loose or protruding threads ;
  • uniformity of coloring, color fastness;
  • edge processing: pay attention to the quality of the hem and the seam : the threads should not be knocked out of it; if the edge is edged, then evaluate whether it is well sewn to the main material (the frequency of stitches should be high enough - about 25 for every 10 cm of fabric).

Pile Options

The length of the loop-villi is an important component of a quality thing. The optimal pile length is about 5 mm . Shorter villi (less than 3 mm) will not provide sufficient absorption. The towel will get wet very quickly, and it will be unpleasant to use it. A pile that is too long (about 1 cm) looks very beautiful when buying, but after the first washings in the car the product loses its appearance. The loops can catch and unfold, becoming more rigid and untidy.

The stiffness of the product depends on the length of the pile and in general on the material. A short pile is always stiffer than a long one. Please note that very often soft-touch textiles contain synthetic materials, many of which do not absorb moisture well.

Textile Density

This criterion is very important, because the life of the product directly depends on it . However, to evaluate it in the store is quite difficult, since it will be possible to do this only by eye. The fact is that density is measured in g / m². This means that you need to weigh the towel when buying, which is quite problematic. There is usually no density information on the label.

The density of a good towel should be at least 450-500 g / m² . It is likely that a thing with a density of less than 300 g / m² will not last you a year.

Absorbent Properties

High-quality terry cloth should absorb water well. This property depends on the composition of the material, as well as on the type of thread from which it is made. The best absorbent properties are natural fabrics, especially cotton. Pay attention to the label : it is believed that the best cotton towels are sewn in factories in Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey and Egypt.

As for the threads from which terry cloth is made, they are of three types:

  • double - from two twisted threads;
  • combed;
  • twisted (one tightly twisted thread).

Prefer a towel from combed terry cloth . It will provide maximum absorption of water.

How to navigate the compositions?

The best terry towel should consist of natural fiber . Most often they are made from:

  • cotton - a product from cotton terry is incredibly soft and gentle, perfectly absorbs moisture;
  • flax - such textiles will last a long time, since it is quite durable;
  • bamboo - in addition to the above properties, a bamboo product has antibacterial properties.

Important! On the label of textile items for the home, you can see the designation, at first glance, indicating an absolutely natural composition. It may look like this: "100% cotton (P) . " In fact, the composition contains an artificial fiber polyester, which by its properties, although it resembles cotton, is not identical to it.