The Best Rated Towels for Luxury & Absorbency

Luxury bath towels are made from 100 percent cotton and are highly absorbent.

The top-rated luxury bath towels are highly absorbent and are typically made from 100 percent cotton. All towels have a fabric weight that is measured in GSM, or grams per square meter, according to the Cleveland Women website's Tips for Towel Shopping. Generally speaking, a GSM weight of 700 to 800 is considered luxury quality. The luxurious, and often more expensive, towels are usually made with either Egyptian or pima cotton and have more loops per inch, which equal greater absorbency.

Gordian Knot by Matouk

This Egyptian cotton, high-quality bath towel is featured as a top pick by Real Simple magazine for its soft texture. The towels are made from 100 percent Egyptian cotton and does not contain any synthetic fibers. They are highly absorbent and come adorned with a knot motif. Gordian Knot towels retail for $74 each as of October 2010 and can be purchased from the Matouk website.

Peacock Alley

Peacock Alley is a brand that is used by many of the top luxury spas because the towels are crafted from 100 percent Aegean cotton, which is specially grown on the coasts of the Aegean seas in Turkey. A bath towel retails for $42.50 as of October, 2010 and can be purchased via the Peacock Alley website.

Thomas Lee

Thomas Lee offers luxury 100 percent cotton bath towels that are highly absorbent, quick drying and are top-rated by Real Simple magazine. The towels are available in 25 colors and come with a 30-day warranty. Prices for Thomas Lee bath towels typically range from $35 to $65 as of October 2010, depending on the towel size. The towels can be purchased directly from the Thomas Lee website.

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Leslie Madison began writing professionally over five years ago, specializing in beauty, health, nutrition and skin care topics. She regularly writes beauty, health and lifestyle stories for both print and online magazines including "Long Island Bride and Groom" and Teen Scene. Madison has a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Rutgers University.