The top-rated luxury bath towels are highly absorbent and are typically made from 100 percent cotton. All towels have a fabric weight that is measured in GSM, or grams per square meter, according to the Cleveland Women website's Tips for Towel Shopping. Generally speaking, a GSM weight of 700 to 800 is considered luxury quality. The luxurious, and often more expensive, towels are usually made with either Egyptian or pima cotton and have more loops per inch, which equal greater absorbency.
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Gordian Knot by Matouk
This Egyptian cotton, high-quality bath towel is featured as a top pick by Real Simple magazine for its soft texture. The towels are made from 100 percent Egyptian cotton and does not contain any synthetic fibers. They are highly absorbent and come adorned with a knot motif. Gordian Knot towels retail for $74 each as of October 2010 and can be purchased from the Matouk website.
Peacock Alley is a brand that is used by many of the top luxury spas because the towels are crafted from 100 percent Aegean cotton, which is specially grown on the coasts of the Aegean seas in Turkey. A bath towel retails for $42.50 as of October, 2010 and can be purchased via the Peacock Alley website.
Thomas Lee offers luxury 100 percent cotton bath towels that are highly absorbent, quick drying and are top-rated by Real Simple magazine. The towels are available in 25 colors and come with a 30-day warranty. Prices for Thomas Lee bath towels typically range from $35 to $65 as of October 2010, depending on the towel size. The towels can be purchased directly from the Thomas Lee website.