Amazon Wedding Registry Tip: The Bath

Posted by Azure on July 16th, 2009
Whenever I stay in a hotel one of the first things I do is check out the bath towels. If they’re large and fluffy, I instantly feel like I’m going to have a relaxing trip. Why not bring some of that honeymoon luxury to your home bathroom, courtesy of your wedding registry? This week’s Amazon Wedding Registry Tip is all about the bath.

Choosing towels and other accessories for your bathroom shouldn't just come down to coordinating colors. There's nothing like wrapping yourself in a warm, fluffy towel after a shower, and you deserve to start your new life together with the best. Towels are also an easy and affordable way to perk up your bathroom--and even detract from less-than-ideal tiles and fixtures. As with all things in life, shoot for a balance, in this case between utility and your inner home decorator. Bath Basics

The weight of a towel is typically a good indicator at how absorbent it is. But you should also pay attention to a towel's loops (also called terry loops), which are woven into the fabric and form the towel's pile--the tufted surface that stands up from the body of the fabric. A full set of towels for your bathroom will include bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths, but you might also consider a bath sheet--an oversized towel that will wrap your entire body in warmth after a shower. Materials

Here's a quick breakdown of the main types of towel materials: Egyptian: Grown in the Nile valley, Egyptian is considered the best cotton in the world because of its longer fibers and its finer spinning. Supima: This trademarked and regulated cotton is guaranteed to be made from 100 percent American-made pima cotton and is a step below Egyptian in smoothness and durability. Pima: Ranking below Egyptian and Supima, this cotton was originally grown in the American Southwest by the Pima Indians and can consist of a blend of pima and other cottons. Terrycloth: The most common fabric used for towels, terrycloth is an uncut loop (a terry loop) that appears on both sides, providing maximum absorbency. Velour: This midweight, plush cotton fabric usually is tightly woven or knitted for a close, dense pile that's extremely soft to the touch. Unlike terry loops, velour uses loops that are sheared on one side of the towel. This sacrifices some absorbency.

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