What are your favorite bath towels/accessories and why?

phiwwyDecember 7, 2012

I'm so excited that our glass is going in next week and we will be able to use our shower/steam shower. We desperately need new towels. I like fluffy but absorbant.

I like the Thomas Obrien from Target but it's not absorbant enough. I have always liked Fieldcrest Royal (something) but it takes at least 10 washings to get all the fuzz out, and they're absorbant but not fluffy.

Any recommendations for some nice towels for our new master bath to put under the tree?

Also need some countertop accessories (for cotton balls, Q-tips, etc). Any suggestions? I was thinking clear or cut glass with polished nickel tops. Would love some suggestions for where to find.

Thanks!

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treasuretheday

Oooooo, your vanity is looking great!

I love the Microdry towels from Bed, Bath & Beyond. Very soft, like microfiber, but also fluffy and absorbent. They had the perfect purple for my masterbath.

I wish I could tell you where to find the Fieldcrest Luxury polished nickel & glass countertop accessories that I have but I found them on clearance at Target and I believe that they are discontinued. They are super high quality, comparable to ones that I looked at that were 3x the price. Do you have a Home Goods or Tuesday Morning store near you? That's where I'd start.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 8:32AM
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mabeldingeldine_gw

Interested in these replies as I am in the same boat for my DIY budget bath renovation. I'm looking for gray towels if anyone has seen any yummy grays I'd love to know.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 9:23AM
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williamsem

I got all our accessories at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. They are all brushed, either nickle or SS, can't recall. The places I usually look, aside from there, are Target, Home Depot, and Lowes. I like those places because the prices are reasonable and they tend to display a variety of styles with several pieces for each set. Amazon might be a good place too if those stores don't pan out.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 10:46AM
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neighborgirl

Here is an old Gardenweb thread re towels.

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/bath/msg1214115031062.html

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 11:40AM
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phiwwy

treasure - thanks! the hallogen recessed lights went in yesterday and they really bring out the sparkle in the countertop! I'm liking it so much more now, and it really highlights the faucets too.

I saw a nice gray towel at Home Goods - brand was Ralph Lauren. Anyone have these? No luck there on polished nickel there.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 1:13PM
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kmcg

I just bought a set of towels from Costco.com, and they're terrific. They are not big and fluffy, so phylhl might not love them, but there are bands of fluff and less fluff, so the texture is nice. Costco has several offerings of towel sets, some made in Turkey and some in China; I believe many of them are made by Kassatex, which is a brand Macy's sells for a lot more.

I found terrible reviews on some of the Ralph Lauren towels - the Greenwich and Carlisle. So I'd be sure to figure out the line and do a quick search for reviews.

Here is a link that might be useful: costco towels

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 1:44PM
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Iowacommute

I have Hotel Collections towels. I bought them from Home Goods but I think Macys carries them too. They are everything you hope for in a towel.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 5:46PM
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enduring

mabeldingeldine, I bought some towels at Target that match almost to a T, my gray walls that are blue undertoned. My BM paint is called Bunny Gray, and the towels are Jubilee Blue in the Thomas O'Brien brand. They are the softest blue gray that I have found.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 9:53AM
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mabeldingeldine_gw

Thanks, Enduring. I will look at Target.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 6:29PM
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pricklypearcactus

I like towels from Restoration Hardware. I also have some of their accessories and hardware. I particularly like the Spritz collection for towel bars, towel rings, and toilet paper holders. I also have a waste can and extra toilet paper holder from Restoration Hardware.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 10:56AM
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ssg7741

Try towels from 1888 Mills, available from Amazon. They are made in Africa and are wonderful...read the reviews.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 12:16AM
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writersblock

Just a caution about Target towels. If you buy the lighter colors, no problem, so you should be fine with gray. But the darker, more vivid ones never stop running. I have some that are almost ten years old in dark blue and green, and they still have to be washed separately or the whole load gets tinted. They've held up very well otherwise.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 10:31AM
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TSG1104

What are your countertops? They are really nice.

Sorry, I'm new to the forums and my search to see if you had already posted about this did not turn up anything.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 11:11PM
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phiwwy

tsg - the countertops are Ivory Supreme, also seen as Super White or Supreme White. And thank you. With the hallogen lights now in above the sinks, they really sparkle. There are threads of gold in the granite - very interesting.

Now back to the towels. I tried the most plush brand from Bed Bath and Beyond, and it was too fluffy for me. I guess I should go with absorbant as the priority. It's so hard to tell in the stores. Target towels, which we have a set of for guests, I don't find absorbant enough for daily use.
I will look at the Hotel Collection and Restoration Hardware brands. thanks all.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 1:39PM
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karin_2015

Hi sorry I was distracted by your beautiful vanity. I love the black..do you know what stain/paint was used? Also what is your countertop material?
Thanks :)

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 9:34PM
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karin_2015

Sorry I just saw you mentioned the countertop is Ivory Supreme. Sorry for the duplicate question (I'm new here.)

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 9:36PM
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karin_2015

Sorry I just saw you mentioned the countertop is Ivory Supreme. Sorry for the duplicate question (I'm new here.)
Good luck with your towel and accessory shopping!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 9:37PM
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phiwwy

Karin - the vanity is Dover Woods in a Beluga stain. The Ivory Supreme was found on a wide hunt for Super White - and a granite yard had both, which was very hard to find at the time this spring. We love it, but the stone has fissures and one piece broke during installation, and the replacement slab, even though I approved it, is not quite as beautiful as the original. Soon I will post pix when the bathroom is completed and you will see the other pieces from the original slab.

Anyway, back to the towels - I wound up with Fieldcrest Luxury from Target - the colors are great and I think I like the feel of the towels. Tough to tell until a bunch of washes though. Still looking for other accessories....

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 11:53PM
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outsideplaying_gw

My all-time favorites are/were Martex Grand Patrician Egyptian Cotton but I don't think you can buy these any longer. I'm still using the ones I purchased 15 years ago when we built our house and they don't even look worn. Recently purchased a couple of Ralph Lauren and they seem ok so far after several washings. My main complaint is that the hand towels aren't nearly as large as they used to be. I bought some Pottery Barn towels for the guest bath and they seems to be a good size but are very thick, and I'm not sold on those just yet either.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 2:56PM
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belasea

I have restoration hardware towels that I have used for the past year and I must say that I'm not that pleased with them. They snag super easy, take longer to dry and they have faded in certain places. Just sharing my experience.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 10:57PM
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gfiliberto

My favorite towels are made in England by Christy. They are cotton with some silk in them- very soft and absorbent. Bloomingdales used to carry them. I think The Company Store has them online.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 10:57PM
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fouramblues

If you're willing to wait possibly a long time... woot.com sells a 6-piece micro cotton set every so often. They're inexpensive and wonderful.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2013 at 9:23PM
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sjhockeyfan325

Like artteacher, my very favorite towels are by Christy. We love huge fluffy bath sheets - they're soft and absorbent, and on sale, not too bad a price. I got them at Bloomingdale's.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 11:27AM
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nycbluedevil

My favorite towels are by Matouk. They are beautifully made, fluffy but not heavy. They wash really nicely. I got them at Bloomingdales.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 1:16PM
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a2gemini

We had Martex for 16 years and they finally died - before that my DH always liked Ralph Lauren - but they aren't the same anymore.
I bought B3 Charisma Microfiber towels 2 years ago and we are still on the first set of washcloths (my DHs stubble usually eats them alive)
My SIL swears by JC Penny towels and I bought a set for the guest BR. They haven't had much use but are quite soft.
I will have to try some of the other brands listed if I ever wear out the B3 model (hoping for 15 years again)

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 3:15PM
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lillo

You can also check frontgate for towels . They monogram them for free . You can check them out if you have a store or an outlet store near by . They recommend to wash them in called water and do not use softener to keep them fluffy . I got a Ralph Lauren towel for my son in college , it's dark blue . He tells me that he gets covered with blue lint every time he uses it .

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 1:27AM
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