Six months ago, we switched out all our standard white terry towels for peshtemal towels, also known as Turkish towels. We’d noticed that our towels were frequently getting mildewy because they were taking forever to dry, especially in the summer when the air conditioning runs. I’d scoped out some reviews and nervously ordered two towels for Zach and I to try out. They are a bit pricey, about $20 per towel on Amazon, and I was hoping they would solve our problem. Thankfully they have!
So, here’s what you need to know if you have the same issue, or just like the looks of Turkish towels. First, they take about three washes (air dry them) to get really soft and absorbent. They will leave some lint on your skin the first few times you use them. They feel thin, a bit like a scarf, and are really big. The best part is the way they easily soak up water and quickly dry.
Since then, we’ve ordered towels for our kids – rose for Evie and blue for the boys – to replace their hooded baby towels. Evelyn and I also use Turbie Twist microfiber towels for our hair. I love how they stay in place and dry our hair faster than any other towel I’ve ever used. Evie likes how they give her a “crown” with her towel “robe.”
Turkish towels also add a lot of texture to a bathroom, and come in lots of different colors and patterns. Here are some more fun ones to try: Blue + White Stripes, Herringbone, Navy Stitched, Hand-tied Chambray.
Last weekend we loaded up all our pool gear to head to the Y, and it was comical how HUGE a stack of 5 beach towels is! So, I just ordered a few more Turkish towels to start using at the pool. They’re so light and small to carry and dry so quickly. No one needs to get stuck with a wet pool towel anymore. Above is a comparison of Tommy’s beach towel with his Turkish towel. It’s at least 1/3 of the size!