Many people feel that the most effective towels are made of 100% Egyptian cotton.
Egyptian cotton can cost a little extra, but it is the most absorbent. And it is luxurious. Also, it is durable.
Consumers should select towels that have a long fiber loop. Determine this feature by folding the towel. Then comparing the length of the loops from the base to the fold. Long loops look plush and are the absorbent.
The velour side of a terry cloth towel is not as absorbent as the loop side. However, the velour towel often looks more luxurious than terry cloth. That is why fingertip and hand towels are in the velour finish.