How to decide which towel to buy especially online?
The importance of a towel is realized only when you forget to take one with you to the bathroom. While the core function of a towel is to keep you dry and clean, it also enhances the aesthetics for your bathroom and gives you the feeling of softness and comfort every time it is used. Since towels are a staple household product, they are available at almost every household store at prices, as low as INR 200. So how do you decide which one to buy, especially when you are ordering it online?
Below are some of the parameters to keep in mind while browsing through the towel grids on e-commerce websites.
Weight: The weight of the towel is usually measured in terms of GSM (Gram per Square Meter). Lighter towels weigh anywhere between 300 and 400 GMS but are too light for daily use. Standard towels weigh between 400 and 600 GSM, while luxury towels weigh more than 600 GSM. The heavier the towel, the more absorbent it is, and the more time it takes to dry.
Material: That ‘white tag’ at the corner of the towel indicates its material or composition. This is one of the most important factors to consider when buying a towel, but often overlooked. Different fibers perform differently in terms of absorption, softness, and durability. The most commonly used towel fiber is cotton. Other potential options are bamboo, which is more environment-friendly and microfiber, an inexpensive polyester.
Absorbency: The weight of the towel in GSM is the best indicator of absorbency. Thicker and heavier towels with a higher GSM are generally more absorbent. Products that are made up of cotton or cotton-rayon blends also tend to soak more water.
Size: When you buy online, you need to pay attention to the size chart of the towel. There is nothing more annoying than realizing you can barely wrap yourself up in that towel you ordered so joyfully. Standard towels measure 27 to 30 inches wide and 52 to 58 inches long. Kids towels come in 27 to 52 inches. If you want to comfortably wrap yourself around with a plush and luxurious feel, try ordering bath sheets that are 35 to 40 inches wide and 60 to 70 inches long.
Return Policy: Some brands accept returns up to a few days from the date of purchase. Complaints about size, shrinkage, color fading etc. come only after actual usage of the product. So make it a point to go through the return policy of the sellers.
Reviews and other details: Pay special attention to the reviews if you buy bath towels from e-commerce websites. This information will help you decide the best towel to fit your needs.