Linen Bath Towels: Should I Make the Switch?

I keep tripping over linen bath towels.

Online, not literally.

In my own house I’m tripping over regular cotton towels. Note to self: put towel hooks at height where kids can reach them.

It has me wondering, should I make the switch from cotton (terry cloth) towels to linen towels?

I know, I know. It’s a big question for a Monday. Real life changing stuff here.

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According to what I’ve read, linen bath towels are more absorbent than cotton towels.

They are faster drying, so no musty smells.

They take up less space.

They last longer – up to 30 years! Craziness.

Apparently, linen towels get softer and better with age too.

Kind of like me a nice pair of blue jeans.

But!

There’s always a but.

Linen towels aren’t anywhere near as plush as terry towels. I think it would be akin to toweling off with a tablecloth.

They also are more expensive. Sometimes WAY more expensive. If linen towels truly last 30 years though, it seems like they would be a good deal in the long run.

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I don’t know anyone who uses linen towels on the regular, but they are quite common in parts of Europe.

It makes sense knowing that many Europeans prefer to air-dry their laundry. Regular cotton towels take FOREVER to air dry. Trust me, I’ve been experiencing this first-hand.

Many backpackers swear by linen towels too because of size, ability to dry quickly and resistance to smells.

(Brahmsmount Towels – Brahmsmount)

I found this blog post by LinenMaven about the pros and cons of switching to linen to be helpful. I haven’t found any blog posts written by the cotton industry on this topic, but I only spent a cursory amount of time on the search.

Should I make the switch? Have any of you?

If you’ve known me for more than two minutes, you’ll know I have a frugal streak. I tend to think  long and hard before spending money – especially on something like towels.

I also really, really like the feeling of wrapping up in a plush towel after a shower. It feels so luxurious. Although, I’ve been drying my towels on the radiator lately. On the plushness spectrum, my towels are a bit more on the sandpaper side of things. Exfoliation for the win!

Have any of you made the switch to linen towels? If I decide to go this route, I’ll be happy to share my experiences!


P.S. Here are some linen towels I found online, some through affiliate links:


(LinenMe Bath Towel – Amazon)


(Bless Linen Bath Towel – Amazon)

(Luxoteks Linen Towel – Etsy)

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4 thoughts on “Linen Bath Towels: Should I Make the Switch?

  1. Dawn Olsson

    They kind of look like tablecloths. I don’t think of linen as absorbent–just wrinkly. Actually, until I read your blog, I didn’t even know linen towels were an option. You try them first and let me know what you think.

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  2. Sandy Smith

    I agree with Dawn. My towels seem to last forever but then I use them until holes start to appear. I think I’d stick to the Terry cloth Towels. However I’m noted to be the last to try new things. In case you are wondering about the email address below-I changed my email address. Sandy

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    1. annisa Post author

      Our holey towels became “river towels” when I was growing up. Remember that? I was saving “river towels” when I became an adult until I remembered that I didn’t spend my summers at the river! Ha!

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