Here at the Strategist we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like bed sheets or pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we’re introducing People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. Here, the best bath towels on Amazon — we found some great ones on sale, too — according to the people (note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity).
Rinse after brushing with a brushed metal cup from the Danish brand design geeks go nuts over.
A bath toy made of sustainable rubber wood for the young and young at heart.
Okay, this is $30, but it’s such a great little side table that we had to stick it on here. Place a lamp on it, your Amy’s tortellini bowl, or a Roku remote.
Dump the ratty cardboard box and put your Q-tips on display.
“I bought some of these for Christmas last year. I looked at ‘good’ towels and almost swallowed my tongue at the price. I’m a guy … I’ll use an old shirt to dry off after a shower … or even drip-dry if necessary. So, I ordered these with mediocre expectations. So far, though, the wife and I have been pleased with them … If you want a decent, durable white towel to dry off with after the shower — hit ‘add to cart.’”
“Absolutely what I was looking for. These towels are wonderfully made, feel super soft to the touch, and most importantly, were very absorbent. We have a lot of pets in our house and end up going through towels quickly, when we wear them out, they go to cleaning up the dogs, so I needed some new ones for the humans. These ones do not seem like they will wear out anytime soon, and they are very durable. Have already run them through the wash a few times with no real signs of them fading or getting any less soft. I love the way they feel, and I honestly could have used them as a blanket and taken a nap because of how nice they were. For the price, you CANNOT beat these!”
A soft, brushed metal dish to house your jewelry and trinkets.
It seems 1970s-era “splatterware” is having a bit of a moment; it also happens to be very affordable. This long vessel can be used to store your kitchen utensils and would make a nice pop of color on your countertop.
So not only are there handsome pieces for decorating your apartment or doing up your walls on Amazon — the site is a trove of delights for your bathroom, too. We dug through to help you find the best spruced-up necessities and spa-like indulgences, from the cat-shaped toilet brush to the Umbra toothbrush holder.
A sleek, design-y watering can that’s too nice to hide in your garage.
The signature stripes of Glacier National Park — now for your guests to enjoy.
“I was going to use this as a gift for someone else. But when it came in, well, I changed my mind. I wanted it; had to have it! I was so intrigued by the material and thickness that I ripped open the bag. Now, when my daughter was born I made sure we had plenty of muslin swaddle blankets, towels and washcloths, so I am familiar with the material. But none of the products I had purchased for my child that were made of muslin were this thick. Not by a long shot. I was super surprised at the thickness and softness. I only say that because the description boasts awesome absorption (3xs normal). Also, it is supposed to be helpful for delicate skin that may easily irritate. I also noticed a few other reviews stating the towel was also used as a blanket. Totally doable, and I think I will do the same as well. It is perfect for those times when a muslin swaddle blanket is too thin, but another blanket is too thick. I can see using it to cover my daughter up at the beach should she end of taking a nap. Perfect to keep the breeze at bay yet light enough so she doesn’t get hot. Did I mention how BIG this is? I took a photo of it draped over one of my chairs. It is the perfect size! Maybe a bit big for an infant, but it’s perfect for my toddler. 43 inches x 45 inches.”
A blue toilet-brush holder that doubles as an accent piece. See more bathroom accessories we love here.
Grab your toothbrush or razor (or tongue scraper) from the blades of grass designed by the culty Toronto-based brand.
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You can see and smell how concentrated the citrus infusion is on these high-quality sticks.
Pre de Provence Shea Butter Enriched Artisanal French Soap Bar
Great for holding things that don’t have an obvious home, like a remote control, a pair of scissors, even an air plant. Could work inside a closet or on a foyer wall.
“These towels are HUGE!! and so fluffy! They shed in the dryer a good bit the first five or six times you dry them, but after that, they tend to slack off. I bought one just to see how I liked them, then ended up buying five more!!”
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A color-blocked milk jug that’s nice enough to include in an Instagram brunch post.
“I’m a towel and washcloth snob. An EXCELLENT towel set has been my luxury to myself all my life. Now I’m retired and my towels and washcloths are as tired and worn out as I am. Given Amazon’s product policy and free shipping and MADE IN THE USA, I decided to give these 1888 Mills washcloths (and towels) a go. I LOVE THEM! Washed them first and then used them. Fluffy soft and good looking. Will be giving these as gifts from now on. THANK YOU 1888 Mills and Amazon! ONE COMPLAINT — Amazon — these came with a set of two towels in a box that is so oversized, I wept. What a waste.”
“Love these towels. I bought them a few months after I had bought the same brand’s face cloths. They are soft, and I love that they are organic and made of sustainable/renewable bamboo. I love that they are also thin. They are just so efficient. They absorb the same amount as a thick towel. They are also great for traveling because they are light. The print on them isn’t really obvious. It was the one reservation I had before I placed the order because I would have preferred a plain one. It’s subtle and does not detract from the experience of this great towel.”
“Wow, this towel is amazing! Soaks up the water off my body like it’s a super sponge. Normally, I have to rub the regular towels I get from Target to really dry myself off, but this towel is on another level. It’s way thinner than regular towels, which makes it more convenient to wash or pack. At the same time, it absorbs water way better, so just a quick pat-down is more than enough to fully dry. Will be getting more to replace the rest of my towels.”
Patterned, hotel-style, or Turkish towels for whatever your preference.
“Six months ago I met someone who had one of these towels on a sailing trip. As she sat there on the edge of the sailboat with her towel that dried up in no time and was light and versatile, my daughter and I sat there with sopping-wet cotton towels doomed to be drenched for the next two days. We were in Central America, walking nearly everywhere. It was not pleasant as everything it touched was drenched and heavy too. The lady was kind enough to tell us that she was hesitant at first, but bit the bullet for travel. After receiving the towels and using them, they are our favorite go-to towels. They are very light weight and dry surprisingly fast, although even when wet they are not heavy. I don’t like leaving reviews until I have actually used the product enough to have constructive feedback. They have held up washing, in the sun, on sand, on boat decks, in the woods, and I use the small one in the gym for sweat.”
A sleek nickel number that’ll immediately gussy up the kitchen counter.
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“Worth the money! No more trying to hold together the loose ends of the towel while trying to get dressed in the locker room. The material is good quality, the Velcro closure works wonderfully. Size XXL is perfect for plus size. Just right!”
A perfect wooden bathroom trash can that would make a good upgrade to a mesh wastebasket.
These dish towels from Nawrap (a Japanese company founded in the 1930s that originally made mosquito nets) are infused with an anti-odor and anti-microbial charcoal called binchotan.
Much easier on the eyes than your typical perforated toothbrush holder, and you can collect them in different colors.
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A pastel pink bin is a sophisticated upgrade of boring stainless steel.
“Really absorbent and they dry really fast. After multiple washes, I can see how these towels just get better over time. Much much softer now than when I bought them and I’m really liking both the lightness and speed with which they dry, even just air drying. Glad I bought them and would consider getting a few more to replace our bulky old towels.”
Squeeze out every last drop of that toothpaste or hand cream.
This exact shower curtain has sold out, but a similar one is available for half the price.
Beauty enthusiasts swear by the powers of exfoliating with charcoal towels.
Use the basket as a hamper or storage for reading material — the handy leather straps make it easy to tote.
“I have used these for a week and I am sold. I wasn’t sure about the ribbed design and was very leary about the Turkish-cotton claim. There is so much marketing bull out there now that is making it hard to find quality cotton. When they arrived, I washed them on eco-warm with no fabric softener and threw them in the dryer on low heat. When I pulled out the lint screen I was shocked at the amount of lint. When I pulled it out, in compressed into a little ball and felt like baby bunny fur. I couldn’t believe how soft it was. Folding the towels the first time I did not think they were super soft. After the second wash they were twice as soft. As far as doing their job, they dry you off great. The ribbed design really helps with this and seems to let them dry faster. I’m really impressed with these and would/will order these again.”
Note: This cup is sold out on Amazon, but available from Horne. Here are some other modern brass-bottomed bathroom cups too.
A set of graphic wood coasters that would also make a very nice housewarming gift.
“I previously purchased a Pendleton towel, and swore I wouldn’t purchase another because they are so pricey. Well, I lied. After surrendering my first towel to my husband, I found I missed having a huge, oversized, incredibly soft, and extremely absorbent bath towel. So I purchased this one for myself. It’s actually prettier in person than the picture here on Amazon! After using a Pendleton towel, all others seem to be lacking. These are nice and thick. It will shed a lot of ‘fuzzies’ right out of the package, so wash before using. Another bonus … The colors don’t bleed!!! These towels are simply amazing, and I’m already planning on purchasing a few more.”
Consider offsetting the white marble with some colorful salts and spices.
“We purchased these to stock our beach home for the purpose of renting. It was suggested by our management company that we look for towels with ‘700 GSM’ or higher. These towels are EXACTLY what we were looking for! In our trip to our beach house this week, we used them for the first time. They are incredibly thick, soft, and absorbent. I am beyond thrilled with this purchase and will be making an additional purchase in a different color for my personal use at home.”
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“Life’s little luxuries define one’s contentment. These towels are about twice the weight of ordinary bath towels, and maybe a quarter larger. But their value lies in the user experience. One is swaddled in luxury after a shower, super absorbency, hair close to dry, the texture of fine, long-grain cotton caressing your body to dry it thoroughly. Honest to God, these are right up there with a luxury auto or prestige champagne. Probably the best value to pamper yourself for a year or two I can think of. Comparable to a single-malt scotch, a dry-aged steak, or a Cuban cigar, these towels are one of life’s great pleasures.”
Watch your incense stick burn upright (and evenly) in this Japanese bowl.
Turns out you don’t need to schlep to Ikea to find cheap bowls and dish towels. Amazon is actually full of handsome and well-priced home décor — you just have to do a little digging. Which is what we did, so you don’t have to. Below, the fuzzy pillows and metal napkin holders that are under $20.
When was the last time you could call your toilet bowl cleaner cute?
Wake up each morning with a shower inspired by Damien Hirst polka dots.
Plop this on a bathtub ledge, and your soap setup will be a whole lot less grubby. Will look particularly nice with this Wary Meyers bar.
Chakir Turkish Cotton Luxury Hotel & Spa Bath Towel — Set of 4
These colorful and dishwasher-safe Japanese servers stand upright, so you won’t get tomato sauce all over the kitchen.
As fun as these are to look at, they’re even more fun to use, with their giant bristle heads and comfy rubber grips.
Just stick this vinyl decal onto a French press, and poof, it’s a penguin.
For the black thumbs out there: A bunch of these unkillable dried buds will brighten up any room (and will look particularly great in a milk-glass vase.)
“These towels are not as expensive as many I’ve purchased in the past, but they are everything I could want in a bath towel. They are very absorbent, very soft, and come out of the dryer feeling and looking brand-new. The size is large enough to satisfy even my husband, and that is saying a lot! He only likes using oversize bath towels, and these ones more than meet his expectations. I don’t usually rave about something so basic as a bath towel, but these ones deserve all the good things one can say about them.”
A better way to display some of your knickknacks and odds and ends. [Editor’s note: Since we published this, the price of the accessory holder has gone up to $26, but it’s still a great deal.]
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