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A microfibre towel is the perfect companion for swimming, travelling, hiking or even in the gym. It is particularly breathable, dries quickly and can be stored in a space-saving way. Depending on the occasion, microfibre towels come in many different colours and sizes, and can even be stored in a small storage bag. This is especially useful for a day at the lake or when travelling.

But what should you know to find the ideal microfibre towel? In our big microfibre towel test 2021, we want to help you find the perfect towel for you. We have looked at various aspects of these microfibre towels and now know what makes good microfibre towels stand out.




Summary

  • Microfibre towels are extremely thin and about three times finer than cotton towels. Nevertheless, they can absorb many times more liquid than cotton towels, usually more than 350% of their actual weight.
  • A microfibre towel is also very light, can be stored in a space-saving way and dries very quickly. For these reasons, it can be used for various occasions, such as travelling, swimming or going to the gym.
  • In short, a microfibre towel has particularly good absorbency combined with low weight and very small pack size

The Best Microfibre Towel: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for a microfibre towel

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between different microfibre towels.

The criteria you can use to compare microfibre towels with each other include:

Material

The material is an important criterion for buying a microfibre towel. A microfibre towel is a towel made of very thin fibres. These have a value of 0.3 to 0.8 dtex, which means that 10,000 metres of such a microfibre weighs a maximum of 1 gram.

Compared to a human hair, it is even 60 times finer.

Microfibre towels are therefore extremely light. Such a towel is about three times finer than cotton.

Most microfibre towels consist of approx. 80 % polyester and 20 % polyamide. This incorporated polyamide ensures very good dirt and water absorption. The body can thus be wiped completely dry, even though the towel is very small.

With good workmanship, a microfibre towel also keeps its shape. The towel does not fray and should therefore not fluff.

Water and dirt absorption and absorbency

As already briefly mentioned, the polyamide used in the fabric ensures particularly good dirt and water absorption. As a rule, a microfibre towel can absorb many times its own weight in water. In most cases, this is even more than 350 % of the towel's weight.

Conventional towels can usually only absorb 60 to 80 % of their actual towel weight.

Washing temperature

A microfibre towel can of course be washed in the washing machine as normal. However, you should always follow the washing recommendations on the label.

The washing temperature for most microfibre towels is 30 to 40 degrees Celsius, which means that they should only be washed at a maximum water temperature of 40 degrees. This will increase the life of the towels.

Speed of drying

A great advantage of microfibre towels is the speed at which they dry. Often it is even enough to simply wring out the towel and then stow it away dry. However, if you want it completely dry, leaving it in the sun for 30 minutes is also sufficient.

In general, the speed of drying depends on the size and lightness of the towel. Smaller towels dry faster than larger ones, of course.

Weight

As already mentioned with the material, a fibre usually has a value of 0.3 to 0.8 dtex. 10.000 metres of such a fibre therefore weighs a maximum of 1 gram.

Such a towel can be folded to 15x10 cm and thus be easily stored

After processing, a microfibre towel weighs on average 160 to 200 grams, this varies depending on the size. The smaller the towel, the lighter it is. A microfibre towel is therefore very light, especially when you are on the road.

Thanks to the fine fibres, microfibre towels take up very little space. This is especially advantageous when you have little storage space. Even a large bath towel takes up almost no space when folded, as you can even fold large bath towels into a small size.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about microfibre towels answered in detail

In the following, we will go into those questions that are particularly important in combination with microfibre towels.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a microfibre towel?

Whether for a day at the beach, camping, yoga or simply at home. A microfibre towel is like an all-purpose towel that you can use everywhere. We have summarised the most important advantages and disadvantages of a microfibre towel below:

Advantages
  • very light
  • quick drying
  • breathable
  • small footprint
  • very absorbent
  • antibacterial structure hardly any odour
Disadvantages
  • less fluffy than, for example, cotton towels
  • not suitable for tumble dryer or boil wash
  • environmental pollution due to unfiltered microfibre particles during washing

What does microfibre mean?

Microfibres are extremely thin fibres, even thinner than silk. They can be made of natural or synthetic fibres. Natural or synthetic fibres are, for example, made of polyester, nylon, viscose or Teflon.

As a rule, these have a value of 0.3 to 0.8 dtex. This means that 10,000 metres of such a microfibre weighs a maximum of 1 gram. A virgin wool, on the other hand, has a value of 3 - 6 detx and cotton of 1.5 - 2.5 dtex.

What is a microfibre towel?

Microfibre towels are made of microfibres and are therefore about three times finer than cotton towels.

Compared to a human hair, microfibre towels are even 60 times finer.

A microfibre towel therefore fits easily into any travel bag and saves valuable space. In addition, the fabric of a microfibre towel has extreme absorbency and dries very quickly.

How much does a microfibre towel cost?

The price of a microfibre towel depends on the size, brand, material and quality of manufacture. The price of a 50 x 100 cm towel costs on average between five to 20 euros.

Towel size price
Microfibre towel (100 x 200) circa € 19.00
Microfibre towel (70 x 140) circa € 13.00
Microfibre towel (40 x 80) circa € 7.00

What are the alternatives to a microfibre towel?

Alternatives to microfibre towels are for example cotton towels, towels made of lyocell or towels made of viscose.

Towel Description
Cotton towel The basis for the production of cotton is the cotton bush. This is processed accordingly so that a polymer of around 95 % cellulose remains. Cotton is characterised by high tensile strength, is very heat-resistant and can absorb about 65 % of its own weight in moisture. Unlike a microfibre towel, a cotton towel is also very fluffy.
Towels made of Lyocell Lyocell is made from the natural substance cellulose and artificially processed. It is 100% biodegradable and temperature-regulating. A towel made of lyocell has a soft and smooth surface and is therefore also very pleasant for the skin.
Towels made of viscose viscose is a man-made fibre with a natural base material, cellulose. Viscose is also known as "rayon" or artificial silk and is often seen as a cheaper alternative to silk. The fabric has good absorbency, is kind to the skin and prevents perspiration odours on the fabric. However, a towel made of viscose can easily stain and has a low stretch

Each towel has its advantages and disadvantages. A cotton towel is much finer than a microfibre towel, but a microfibre towel is again lighter and more absorbent than a cotton towel.

What size does a microfibre towel come in?

A microfibre towel is of course also available in different sizes, for example:

  • Guest and sports towel (80 x 40 cm)
  • Sports towel (50 x 100 cm)
  • Travel towel (130 x 80 cm)
  • Bath and shower towel (180 x 90 cm)
  • Sauna and beach towel (200 x 100 cm)

The sizes can vary depending on the manufacturer, but can be used for the same purposes. You can also buy 40 x 40 cm microfibre towels, but these are intended as cleaning towels.

However, which size is suitable always depends on the intended use.

What can I use a microfibre towel for?

A microfibre towel can be used in a variety of situations. Among other things, it can be used for sports, in the gym, at the beach, for water sports, in the sauna, in the swimming pool, while travelling, on camping tours or even for backpackers and hikers. Of course, you can also use it at home when bathing, showering or washing your hair.

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A microfibre towel can be used for almost everything. Whether at home, in the shower, during sports or at the beach
(Image source: Craig Cameron; Unsplash)

Furthermore, there are also microfibre towels that are meant for cleaning. In short, a microfibre towel is like an all-purpose towel. You can use it just about anywhere and take it with you everywhere.

Should I wash a microfibre towel before first use?

Just like many other newly purchased items, you should wash a microfibre towel before using it for the first time. During production, residues usually remain in the towel, which can possibly reduce the cleaning effect.

For this reason, it is very important to wash the microfibre towel before using it for the first time.

How do I wash a microfibre towel?

Always follow the instructions on the label.

Water temperature: As a rule, microfibre towels should be washed at a low water temperature. There are microfibre towels that you can wash at 90 degrees according to the manufacturer. However, the life span is increased if you reduce the temperature to 40 to 60 degrees.

Fabricsoftener: Very important when washing a microfibre towel is to avoid fabric softener. Fabric softeners contain greasy ingredients that make the fine fibres stick together and thus limit the function of the microfibre towel.

Sort by colour: Since microfibre towels secrete some colour particles when washed, you should also sort them by colour. Dark towels such as black, dark blue or dark purple can be washed together and light towels such as pink, white or beige can be washed together. Just don't wash light towels with dark towels.

Is a microfibre towel better for the hair? Does it make it dry faster?

The microfibre towel is also good for washing your hair, because it absorbs moisture much faster than a classic towel. This means that the hair also dries more quickly. In addition, the soft material is particularly gentle on the hair. We can recommend the microfibre hair turban for this purpose.

Which manufacturers offer microfibre towels?

Since microfibre towels are becoming more and more popular, there are also more and more manufacturers who are entering the market with these towels. Well-known manufacturers are for example:

  • AmazonBasics
  • Mountain Brother
  • Dream Art
  • Evonell
  • Fit-Flip
  • gipfelsport
  • IckeMe
  • LightDry
  • North Ridge
  • Pearl
  • Prime Art

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