Should You Buy Bath Towels or Bath Sheets?

Find Out Why Bath Sheets Might Be a Better Choice for You

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Most people use bath towels to dry themselves after a shower or bath. But many of these people don't realize there's an alternative to bath towels known as bath sheets.

What Are Bath Sheets?

Bath sheets are like bath towels except they're a bit bigger. A standard bath towel is 27" x 52" inches while bath sheets usually run in the neighborhood of 35" x 60". Since there's more surface area for absorption, bath sheets can do the job more efficiently than bath towels.

Bath sheets cost more than bath towels, however, and aren't the best option for every apartment dweller.

If you're in the market for new towels, you can determine whether bath towels or bath sheets are best for you by answering these two questions:

  1. Is one towel enough? If you answer yes, then bath towels may be fine for you. However, if you're in the habit of grabbing two towels to dry yourself after a shower or bath, or you find it's tough to get dry using just one bath towel, consider switching to a single bath sheet.
  2. Do you like to wrap a towel around your waist after showering? If you do and you find that a bath towel is a tight fit, you'll find the larger-size bath sheet much more comfortable.

Many apartment dwellers who would do better with bath sheets choose bath towels simply because they're cheaper. If you're trying to cut back on your spending but feel you could benefit from bath sheets, consider buying just one bath sheet and some bath towels, instead of only bath sheets.

What About Beach Towels?

If you have beach towels in your apartment, you might wonder if they're as good as bath sheets since they're also over-sized.

Beach towels are indeed larger than bath sheets, so that you may lie down on the beach without having to touch the sand. But beach towels have much less material, for three reasons: 1) when you're on the beach, you don't rely as much on a towel to get you dry because you have the benefit of the hot sun, 2) a strong, thin towel is easy to use as a means of brushing sand off your body, and 3) the thinness of a beach towel makes it easier to fit inside a beach bag, especially given a beach towel's large size.

As a result, beach towels are much less absorbent than bath sheets and are best kept for use on sunny days.