I used to own only 2 bath towels that I alternate every week. I was doing ok with that setup until I started working out more frequently. I needed to run an extra load of laundry just for towels which I find very inefficient and wasteful.
I remembered to check out the microfiber towels that my yoga classmate was raving about back when I was still taking bikram yoga classes. At the time, these towels didn’t stir my interest. I thought it was another one of those overly-hyped-one-of-a-kind-state-of-the-art products that are so cleverly marketed but aren’t significantly better than “regular” ones.
I went to Landmark Department Store to buy two microfiber bath towels. When I saw how thin these towels were, I almost didn’t buy them.
There were 2 brands available: Bath Essentials and Aquazorb. I wasn’t well-googled on microfiber towels when I looked for them–and it was the Aquazorb Ultra-thin Series that my classmate specifically raved about, so I grabbed 2 of those.
I didn’t know that it was that expensive, Php 600 is too much for a towel for me. I went home buying just one.
Note: There are regular (non-ultra-thin) aquazorb towels that cost half as much. (I should’ve bought that instead.)
I bought Bath Essentials, my 2nd microfiber bath towel, at Shopwise for only Php 99. I think it was on sale.
If you’re due to buy new towels, get the microfiber kind.
Here’s why I like these towels:
It’s fluffy. Don’t let the thin-ness deceive you. These towels remain soft and fluffy even after several washings and even when you don’t use fabric conditioner. It’s actually not recommended to use fabric conditioner because it can make the towels less absorbent.
It’s thin & lightweight which makes it very convenient to bring to the gym and to travel with. It won’t take up too much space in the bag, washing machine, and storage.
It’s highly-absorbent. I can’t believe how much water this can absorb considering how thin it is.
It dries up fast. It dries so much faster than my 2 other towels. I only learned to appreciate how fast it dries now that it’s the monsoon season and it’s difficult to completely dry the laundry.
Which one to get, Aquazorb or Bath Essentials?
If I had known better, I would’ve bought Bath Essentials because of the price. But quality-wise, Aquazorb is much better. It has tighter weave and it doesn’t get over-stretched no matter how many times you spin it dry. If you look at the photo-grid above, the Bath Essentials one is rumpled at the edges because the towel got stretched but the hem didn’t.
If you want to get Aquazorb, get the regular ones–they’re thin enough. I don’t think the ultra-thin ones are worth the significant added cost.
I bought two Bath Essentials face towels on sale for Php 19 (regular price is Php 29). Laying down wet makeup brushes on microfiber towels seem to make them dry faster.