Towels come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending upon the nature of end-use. For a layman, a towel is a towel and there is no difference between a beach and a bath towel. However, it is interesting to know the fundamental differences between various towels and their specific uses. Here are some of the towels created for different purposes:
Bath Towel – Bath towels are larger towels meant for drying up after a bath. They are usually 27-30 inch wide and 52-58 inch long. Most of these are cotton made. The fabric should always be considered carefully while choosing your bath towel. Softness, absorbency, durability and colorfastness are other factors to be considered while buying.
Face Towel – Face towel is a small towel about the width of a hand used for drying and cleaning up the face. These square towels measure 12 inch x12 inch and are soft and plush. They are usually found in hotels and wellness or medical facilities. Microfiber face towels are an excellent choice if you want a face towel with a high absorbency.
Hand Towel – Larger than face towels, they are used mostly in kitchens or bathrooms. They measure 16 inches wide and 30 inches long. They come in resilient fabrics. Turkish cotton or Bamboo blends are good choices for a hand towel.
Finger Towel – Finger towels are slightly smaller than hand towels. They are 11 inches wide and 18 inches long. These sleek versions are usually meant for guests. They can be folded in decorative shapes, carried along with the finger bowl or offered in cleaning services after meals. They are available in a wide variety of materials including linen.
Beach Towel – Beach towels are bigger, more colorful and longer than bath towels primarily because of the very nature of the beach. They are sturdy because of their exposure to sunlight, seawater, chlorine, salt, and sand. The materials used in beach towels are resistant to stains, sand, and smell. Interestingly, beach towels also have a different material composition on both sides. One side is more absorbent and the other side is designed not to get soggy and clogged up with the sand.
Sports Towel – Sports towels were originally developed for swimmers and divers to possess high absorbing and quick drying properties. They are mostly made of cotton or microfibers. They are lightweight and compact. They are also gentle and soft on the skin.
Salon Towel – Salon towels are designed to cater to all kinds of salon needs. Whether it is hair, nail, beauty or spa, none of the salons can provide quality services without using them. Salon towels should be bleach proof, durable and color safe as salons require usage of chemical products. A standard salon towel is 16 inches wide and 27 inches long.
Spa Towel – Spa towels provide the ultimate comfort for your guests relaxing at the spa. They are usually premium quality towels, with most of them being white. They are durable and made to withstand commercial laundering. They come in a variety of sizes ranging from 16 inches to 27 inches wide and 27 inches to 54 inches long.