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What are the most popular gym towels made of? Cotton is your first guess, right? That’s absolutely right. Cotton is the best fabric for bath towels. It’s soft, light, and breathable.
But cotton towels have different fiber content. Go for something that’s basic but effective. And it should also offer a blend of absorbency, softness, and durability.
Generally, gym towels have a high absorbency fiber ratio. Because you want them to dry easily and not trap the smell of body sweat and dampness easily.
Another impressive duo is cotton and polyester. It’s highly durable, affordable, and quick to dry. A perfect choice for gym towels if you want to buy something on a budget.
The towel lingo for the texture of a bath towel is actually “towel highlights.” When talking about the towel’s highlights, what people refer to is the feel and texture of the towel.
Here are some of the best ones for gym towels:
In a combed cotton towel, the cotton fiber is cut very short. It’s combed so there will be fewer frills. The texture is soft and most durable.
This is the exact opposite of what combed cotton towels are like. Spun cotton has longer fibers and they are slightly curved or twisted. This makes the texture very soft and smooth. But it is prone to coming apart if you wash it too much.
This also makes the surface area of the towel more dense and absorbent.
The weight of any bath towel which also includes a gym towel is measured in GSM. GSM stands for grams per square meter.
It’s commonly understood everywhere that the denser the towel, the more absorbent and soft it will be, and the heavier it is.
The heaviest a towel can be which means high-quality and extremely plush is 600 to 900 GSM. These types of towels are luxury towels. They feel like a hug when you wrap them around your body.
The mid-weight for a gym towel is between 400 to 600 GSM. These towels are the most top-performing gym towels on the market. They are a good combination of durability and softness.
The lightest are bath towels that weigh somewhere between 300 to 400 GSM. Lightweight towels are quick to dry and have little to no pile. They also have a cotton-polyester blend fabric. More affordable and durable to use because of their combed cotton highlight.
1. What makes a gym towel longer lasting?
This is the work of double stitching that protects the gym towel from deteriorating. A high-quality towel will have double-turned edges with double stitching on all the borders. This reduces fraying even if you have a heavy-weight towel with twisted and packed loops.
If your gym towel has more volume, the double-turned edges will prevent it from loosening up with time. And since towels in general get wet a lot, they tend to lose their absorbency and softness without double stitching.
Inspect the feel and look of any gym towel before buying one. The thicker the loops that line your towel, the heavier it will get when moist, which means it will take even longer to try.
For enduring softness, better absorbency, and durability, look for double-stitching and double-turned edges for the best results.
2. How to keep gym towels clean?
Most people don’t know the correct way to clean towels. They just throw the towel in the washing machine and run a cycle. While that may be okay for a while, you will soon notice drastic changes in the way your towel feels.
To clean gym towels correctly and effectively, this is what you have to do.
Do not use chlorine bleach or a fabric softener for washing towels. A fabric softener will not make your towel plusher than it already is. What it will do, however, is reduce absorbency and weaken the cotton fibers.
To maintain a fluffy and durable gym towel, simply wash towels using warm water and mild detergent. Also, read the label of the product carefully about proper washing instructions.
Hang the towel out to dry as soon as the washing is complete. You can even run them in a drying cycle to increase fluffiness and get rid of lint.
Once the towels have dried up, you can use wrapping tape and or a lint roller. This is a good way to prolong the shelf life of gym towels after every wash. It reduces fraying and causes fewer fuzz balls to roll up on the surface of the towel and cling to your skin.
3. Are microfiber towels better than cotton towels?
Microfiber is made up of polyester and polyamide. It is highly recommended for its durability and lint-free quality. And for gym use, they are one of the best fabrics on the market.
Microfiber absorbs sweat and water easily without getting too damp or heavy. The only drawback of microfiber is that they are rough on the skin. They aren’t as soft as cotton. This can be a huge deal-breaker for many people.
In fact, microfiber towels are most commonly used for cleaning purposes. They pick up dirt particles more easily than cotton. And since they dry faster than cotton, they are the number one choice for gym use.
What are your thoughts on the best gym towels? They have a comfortable weight, soft fabric, and long-lasting quality. You can buy gym towels in multiple sizes. And you can also buy them in a set including a hand towel, face towel, etc.
Hopefully, after reading this article you can decide for yourself what you want in a gym towel. And how to buy the best without spending too much.
After all, shopping for towels is a matter of personal preference. But there is a lot that you can do to improve your chances of buying a high-quality and plush gym towel.