AmazonBasics 2-Piece Quick-Dry Bath Towel Set

Last updated date: November 18, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6


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Overall Take

The AmazonBasics 2-Piece Quick-Dry Bath Towel Set absorbs water fast but dries quickly when you toss it in your laundry basket. They are tear-resistant and large enough for taller people. They come in eight colors to match any bathroom's decor. Best of all, we love how soft they are. In our analysis of 98 expert reviews, the AmazonBasics AmazonBasics 2-Piece Quick-Dry Bath Towel Set placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 15, 2020:
Checkout The Best Bath Towel for a detailed review of all the top bath towels.

Expert Summarized Score
8.6
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
2,087 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
They’re zero-twist, which means the 100% cotton fibers used to manufacture them are stronger and the surface area of the yarn is more open, which makes the material more absorbent and soft, but also allows it to dry more quickly.
- BuzzFeed
They are noticeably more absorbent than the super lux ‘resort hotel’ type towels that cost $50 each,” says one reviwer.
- New York Mag
July 9, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like

From The Manufacturer

Towels AmazonBasics Quick-Dry Towels These plush towels offer a lighter weight, fluffy softness, and quick absorbency, which means ultimate comfort and fast results when drying your hands and face after washing up or drying off after stepping out of a hot shower. Ideal for a home bathroom or as a set when sending the oldest kid off to college, these quick-dry towels bring convenience to the daily routine. Whether hung together in the bathroom or neatly folded and stacked in the closet, you can never have too many towels. 100% Cotton Machine Washable Details 100% cotton Lightweight, soft, and absorbent Fast drying Machine Washable Towel Quick-Drying Unlike other towels that can feel cold and clammy, the AmazonBasics quick-dry towel set dries fast, making it a great choice for frequent use and busy households. Even more, the towels come in a choice of beautiful colors that integrate well with surrounding décor. AmazonBasics Fade-Resistant Towel Sets Pinzon Egyptian Cotton Towel Sets Pinzon Pima Cotton Towel Sets Pinzon Luxury Towels AmazonBasics Quick-Dry Towel Sets AmazonBasics Washcloths Pieces 6 4 or 6 6 1 3 24 or 60 Pack Weight (Grams) 500 600 580 820 400 380 Loop Construction Ring Spun Ring Spun Low Twist 2-Ply Zero Twist 1-Ply Material 100% Cotton 100% Cotton 100% Cotton 100% Cotton 100% Cotton 100% Cotton Available Colors 7 10 7 5 8 5 Linting Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Durability High High Medium High Medium Medium Absorbency High High Very High High High Medium Softness Medium Medium High Medium High Medium

Overall Product Rankings

1. AmazonBasics 2-Piece Quick-Dry Bath Towel Set
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 2
2. SALBAKOS 4-Piece Eco-Friendly Bath Towel Set
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 6
3. Orient Originals Inc. 4-Piece Oversize Bath Towel Set
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 6
4. Chakir Turkish Linens 4-Piece Bath Towel Set
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 19
5. AmazonBasics 3-Piece Quick-Dry Bath Towel Set
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 3
7. Pinzon 1-Piece Heavyweight Bath Towel
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 5
8. AmazonBasics 6-Piece Fade-Resistant Bath Towel Set
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 20
9. Utopia Towels 8-Piece Towel Set
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 19
10. CrystalTowels 7-Piece Bath Towel Set
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Bath Towels

It’s a chilly winter morning, and you’re rushing to make it to work on time. You wash up in a nice warm shower and step out only to be hit with a cold, scratchy towel that leaks more water than it absorbs. Oof. 

You don’t have to sing the Rough Towel Blues every time you step out of the shower. If you know how to shop for bath towels, you’ll turn every shower into a luxury experience.

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You’ll obviously want your bath towel to be very absorbent, and 100% cotton towels will absorb the most water. However, sometimes pure cotton towels take a long time to dry. Cotton/polyester or cotton/rayon blends are a good choice if you’re looking for a quick-dry towel like the AmazonBasics 2-Piece Quick-Dry Bath Towel.

The softest towels are made with Egyptian or Pima cotton or regular cotton with a bit of rayon added. “Zero twist” cotton means that none of the cotton loops on the towel are twisted together, increasing surface area for a plusher, more absorbent towel like you’ll find in the SALBAKOS 4-Piece Eco-Friendly Bath Towel Set. Towels often feel softer when you first purchase them because manufacturers cover them with a fabric softening finish. That finish wears off after a wash or two. Rely on the information about your towel’s construction, not its feel, when you’re buying. 

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Durability is key when you’re buying towels — you don’t want to have to buy another set a few months after your initial purchase! Heavier towels will last longer than lighter ones, and they’re also more absorbent. Towel weights are given in GSM, which stands for grams per square meter. Towels in the 500-700 GSM range are the sturdiest, but some brands go as high as 900 GSM. 

Ring-spun cotton is also more durable than other kinds of cotton. “Ring-spun” means that the cotton loops on the towel are twisted tightly together, so the loops are strong and smooth. Towels with a high twist or towels with combed cotton (where the cotton is brushed to remove shorter fibers) are also more durable. For towels made to last, we like the Orient Originals Inc. 4-Piece Oversize Bath Towel Set. 

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Check out our Tips & Advice for care and cleaning instructions that will help your towels last.

DYWM Fun Fact

“Don’t forget to bring a towel!” This harmless beachgoing advice took on a new meaning in 2001, when “South Park” released an episode titled “Towelie.” As the show’s core four characters struggled to retrieve a video game console, a friendly but odd talking towel appeared every time the boys mentioned anything related to water. 

Showrunners Matt Stone and Trey Parker created Towelie to mock the way “South Park” was being merchandised, but the new character took on a life of his own. Towelie’s bottomless well of towel-related advice (and his so-heavy-it’s-impressive marijuana use) turned him into a fan favorite. 

We’re not sure if Towelie’s made from ring-spun cotton or a rayon blend, but he’s definitely soft, durable and silly enough to stick around for years to come. 

The Bath Towel Buying Guide

  • You should always wash and dry your bath towels before you first use them. This will get rid of any coatings the manufacturer has placed on the towel and create better absorbency.
  • Colored towels can bleed badly during their first few washes unless you choose a colorfast option like AmazonBasics 6-Piece Fade-Resistant Bath Towel Set. Wash them with like colors in warm water the first few times you throw them in the washing machine. You can use color-safe detergent or use half of your regular detergent with a half cup of white vinegar. This helps set your towel’s color.
  • Wash and dry towels in a separate load from your other clothes and linens. You’ll need to use hotter water and a higher heat on your dryer cycle to successfully wash your towels, and that can shrink and damage your clothes. 
  • Make sure your towels are completely dry before you fold them up and place them in your linen closet. Damp towels are a breeding ground for mold. 
  • Wash your towels frequently. Every three to four days is ideal. The Chakir Turkish Linens 4-Piece Bath Towel Set is double-stitched, meaning it’s durable enough to withstand frequent washings.