So you’re looking to buy yourself a nice new bath towel set. Great! One of the first things you must decide is what kind do you want?
The textile market is utterly saturated with different companies marketing different terms to try to trick uneducated consumers.
Is Pima cotton really the best cotton in the world (psst. the answer is no.)
So what about Turkish cotton vs Egyptian Cotton? Is there a difference in the quality in the two? A resounding YES is the answer!
Generally, if you think of luxury textiles, you probably think of the luscious, soft, Egyptian cotton. And who can blame you?
Everyone knows that Egyptian cotton is the best in the world.
But is it?
The answer isn’t that simple, yes AND no.
Egyptian Cotton Is GREAT for:
- Keeping bath towels plush and extra soft.
- Absorbing a lot of water.
An unfortunate side effect of Egyptian cotton towels is that they start to smell musky and mildewy quickly!
This is because they absorb too much water and can’t dry fast enough.
This is a tradeoff that cannot be avoided. The more absorbent a towel is, the longer it will stay wet and the more “musky” it will end up smelling!
This makes Turkish cotton almost the exact opposite of Egyptian cotton.
Turkish cotton is great for:
- A quick-drying towel.
- Pushing water off your skin rather than taking it into the towel and loosening the yarns.
- Preventing mildew.
- Packing (It’s super packable)
In the end, the decision to go with Turkish or Egyptian cotton turns to a matter of preference.
Everyone and their mother have different opinions on what makes a towel “good” and what a “good” towel should be.
To really know what towel is right for you, we recommend you buy a Turkish towel, buy an Egyptian towel, and compare the two!