Bath Towels vs. Bath Sheet: What's the Difference?

Bath Towels vs Bath Sheets

The Spruce / Bailey Mariner

Most people use bath towels to dry themselves after a shower or bath. However, many don't realize that there's an alternative to bath towels, called bath sheets.

Bath sheets are like bath towels, but they're a bit bigger. A standard bath towel is 27" x 52" inches while bath sheets usually run around 35" x 60". Since there's more surface area for absorption, bath sheets can often do the job more efficiently than bath towels. However, bath sheets cost more than bath towels and aren't the best option for every apartment dweller.

Buying Bath Towels and Bath Sheets

If you're in the market for new towels, you can determine whether bath towels or bath sheets are best for you by answering two questions. First, you want to know if one towel is enough to comfortably get you dry after a bath or shower. If the answer is yes, 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 that it's tough to get dry using just one bath towel, you may want to consider switching to a single bath sheet.

Second, you want to know if you like to wrap a towel around your waist after showering. If you do, and you find that a bath towel is often a tight fit, you'll find the larger-size bath sheet to be much more comfortable.

Benefits of Bath Sheets

Many individuals renting out an apartment would do better with bath sheets, but choose bath towels because they're cheaper. If you're trying to cut back on your spending, but feel you could benefit from bath sheets, you should think about buying one bath sheet to test the waters with. Worst case scenario, you revert to your old bath towels.

Many people consider bath sheets to be a luxurious experience. Several even wear it around their waists after drying, and lounge around in it for a bit. This towel absorbs the same amount of water as a bath towel and functions the same. Plus, it easily folds and stacks into small places. You can find comfortable linen bath towels for your body, but they'll probably be too big for hair wrapping.

Using 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, designed so that you may lie down on the beach without having to touch the sand.

However, most beach towels have much less material, for several reasons. First, when you're on the beach, you don't rely as much on the towel to get you dry, because you have the benefit of the hot sun. Second, a strong and thin towel is easy to use as a means of brushing sand off your body. Third, the thinness of a beach towel makes it easier to fit inside a beach bag, especially given its large size. As a result, beach towels are much less absorbent than bath sheets and are best kept for use on sunny days outdoors.