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Many factors have to be considered to figure out the average weight of bath towels, however, the average bath towel weighs between 500- 700 grams which translates to 1.1 pounds to 1.6 pounds.
This does not mean bath towels can not be heavier or lighter than this particular weight figure outlined above, depending on your body mass, preferences, and financial capability— these are factors that can influence the bath towel which you purchase.
|Size||Dry weight||Wet weight|
|Bath towel 24”x48” (60cm x 120cm)||0.7lbs (300 grams)||up to 1.2lbs (550 grams)|
|Bath towel 27”x54” (70cm x 140cm)||1.4lbs (630 grams)||up to 2.3lbs (1000 grams)|
|Bath towel 30”x52” (76cm x 130cm)||1.2lbs (550 grams)||up to 2lbs (900 grams)|
|Bath towel 30”x60” (76cm x 150cm)||1.2lbs (550 grams)||up to 2lbs (900 grams)|
|Bath towel 35”x70” (90cm x 180cm)||1.8lbs (800 grams)||Up to 2.8 (1250 grams)|
|Bath sheet 40”x80” (100cm x 200cm)||2.94lbs (1300 grams)||up to 4.5 lbs (2000 grams)|
The actual weight of a towel depends on various factors like fabric, thickness and manufacturer. One thing that I have noticed is that larger towel weight is a sign of better quality and fabric. For example the Turkish towels that are very well known for their quality are typically on the heavier side compared to the regular towels. More on the factors down below.
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Factors that affect the weight of towels
Below are some of the factors that should be considered while purchasing a towel to determine the perfect fit for you. Let’s get into it.
Bath towels come in different shapes and sizes, whether it’s small, medium, or large, they come in these sizes to meet the requirements of the individual physique.
It is basic logic that the bigger an object is, the heavier it is, applying that same logic to towels— the size differences in the towels are directly proportional to the weight.
Large towels cover a wider body area than what makes them ideal for Adults, if you aren’t inclined to heavy towels, other types of large towels don’t have that much weight— I’ll get to that in a minute, I’ve got you!
Type of weave
There are several ways towels are woven, in case you didn’t know this, towels are a bunch of yarn that have been woven together to form a cohesive mass.
Depending on the type of weave used to make the towel, it can affect the overall weight of the towel, because some weave techniques use more “yarn” than others which makes them have more weight.
The 3 popular weave techniques used to make towels are; ring-spun, combed and twisted fibre, each of these weave techniques affect the weight of the towels differently, comparing towels of the same sizes but with different weaves of course.
Cheap towels are made with low-quality fabrics, which tend to wear out after a couple of uses, since the fibres are light and brittle, it translates to the weight of the towel.
Simply put, Low-quality towels of the same size weigh way less than Towels of high quality since the high-quality towels are made to be super absorbent and woven with top-notch fabric.
Therefore, if you like your towels heavy and super absorbent, then you need to invest in a couple of high-quality bath towels, they will last and get the job done while they’re at it.
Depending on the type of fabric which the towel is made of, it can greatly influence the weight of the bath towels. The popular fabrics used to make bath towels are Cotton and Bamboo, typically, Towels that are made with Bamboo fabric have more weight than their cotton counterpart.
Cotton towels are super absorbent, have a longer shelf life and also dry way faster, however, Bamboo towels are more absorbent but take way longer to dry when it gets wet.
Bamboo fabric is more expensive per square inch than cotton, I would go into the details, however, that will be a topic for another body of work.
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Pros & Cons of Heavy Towels
Before you purchase bath towels that are on the heavy side, there are a few things you need to consider— The benefits and disadvantages, equipped with this knowledge, you can decide on the bath towel that best suits you and your needs.
Towels on the heavy side, like Bamboo fabric towels, are typically super absorbent, which is the main goal for bath towels, am I right? Imagine a bath towel that barely absorbs moisture from your body when you try to dry off.
This doesn’t apply to all heavy towels though, some towels may be super heavy but not be as absorbent, although this always has to do with the kind of fabric the towel is made of more than anything else.
Bottom line is, you have to check the quality of the fabric not just assume that because it’s heavy, it’s automatically super absorbent.
Most large towels are usually super fluffy, I don’t know about you but I love towels that are absorbent and fluffy because they have an awesome skin feel and are super comfortable to use.
The fact that it is painstakingly difficult to wash towels that are large and heavy is one of the major cons it presents. The large size makes it difficult to fit more than a couple of clothes at a time when you’re using a washing machine.
And if you’re hand washing, it’s even worse, because you have to deal with all that bulk barehanded. Is the stress of washing the towels worth the other perks which it provides? That’s for you to decide.
The weight and bulky nature of the bath towel cause it to dry very slowly compared to lighter bath towels, and this has many downsides.
When the towels don’t dry properly, it makes them more prone to harboring bacteria and other microbial organisms, when bacteria start thriving in your bath towels, it will cause them to develop a foul odor.
Bacteria will also cause the fabric of your bath towels to start to deteriorate which leads to you purchasing new towels after just a couple of months, always dry your towels in a well-aerated environment that has adequate ventilation— and did I mention, bacteria can also lead to several skin diseases that may affect your overall health if not taken care of properly.
How much does a bath sheet weigh?
Typically smaller bath sheets weigh around 0.9 pounds (400 grams) whereas extra large bath sheets can weigh up to 3 pounds (1350 grams).
How many towels go in a washing machine?
It depends on the size of your washing machine and also the size of the bath towels you’re washing, when doing your laundry, the first step is sorting the clothes by color to avoid bleeding and whatnot.
Therefore, when washing your bath towels, you should run it a couple of a time and try to avoid overcrowding the washing machine, to allow it to wash properly and also avoid damaging the fabric of your towels.
If your washing machine is massive then you can put in as many as you want and try to limit overcrowding as much as you can.
Why is my bath towel not drying?
It could simply be that your towel is dirty that’s why it’s not drying properly, or you could have used contaminated water to wash it which is causing it not to dry.
Some towels are made with fabrics that aren’t very absorbent and when you wash them, they take a longer period to dry off completely.
The best way to fry your towels is under low heat or a shade away from direct sunlight. Excessive Heat compromises the fabric of your bath towels, take note of that and save yourself some money.
How long do bath towels last?
Experts say you should not use a towel for more than 3-5 years depending on how often you use them of course. However, some factors may cause that particular timeline to change, depending on how often you make use of the bath towels and your maintenance practices.
Washing the towel often is something that always causes bath towels not to last, either by not washing it often enough or overwashing. There is a sweet spot for how often you should wash your towels, and you should find it, it varies between individuals.
Is it OK to use the same towel for a week?
If you’re using the towels at least twice a day, especially bath towels, then I would not advise you to go a week before you wash them.
In this case, you need to wash your towel after about 3 to 4 days, because if you’re using it at least twice a day, that means in 4 days, you would have to use the same towel to wipe your body dry about 8 times, that is more than enough to cover the surface of your towel with dirt and dead skins. Do not be that guy wash your towels often, stay hygienic.
What are the standard average bath towel sizes?
The standard bath towel sizes are:
- 24”x48” (60cm x 120cm)
- 27”x54” (70cm x 140cm)
- 30”x52” (76cm x 130cm)
- 30”x60” (76cm x 150cm)
- 35”x70” (90cm x 180cm)
- 40”x80” (100cm x 200cm)
How Much Does A Bath Towel Weigh – Conclusion
The weight of your towels will vary if they are not made of the same fabric or if they cost different prices, expensive towels do not necessarily mean they are super absorbent– for some, you are paying for the “brand name” more than you are paying for the quality.
Whether it’s Bamboo or Cotton Towels, always go for top-notch brands with a good track record of manufacturing highly absorbent and affordable towels like the Chakir Turkish Linens and Towels.
An important noteworthy fact you should keep in mind is that, no matter how heavy your towel is, it will get heavier when it’s wet.