What We Like
Modern, sleek aesthetic
Made from 100 percent long-staple Turkish cotton
Soft to the touch
Remain soft wash after wash
OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified
What We Don't Like
Not very plush
Take a while to dry
Pricey if you’re stocking an entire linen closet
Only available in one style
Bath towels are one of those basic necessities that many people put off investing in. But once you do, you’ll realize it’s worth the money. When it comes time to drop some serious dough on quality linens, though, you want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth.
Parachute, which specializes in “premium, accessible essentials,” keeps costs at a minimum through its online-only, direct-to-consumer business model. The brand’s Fouta Stripe Towels are a modern version of the lightweight towels traditionally found in Mediterranean bathhouses. We tested the towel in order to give you the lowdown on its material, design, texture, absorbency, and more. Keep reading to see if this is the upgrade your linen closet needs.
Material and Design: Lightweight Turkish cotton
Parachute’s fouta towels are made from 100 percent long-staple Turkish cotton—a material known for its softness and absorbency. “Staple” refers to the length of the fibers the fabric is woven from. Long-staple cotton is, as you’d guess, made from long cotton fibers which are not only superior in quality, but less prone to fraying, pulling, wrinkling, and fading.
We have to note that the towel isn’t as bright as it appears in Parachute’s product listing; it’s more of an off white or soft eggshell shade.
Beyond their high-quality construction, the linens also have a sleek, minimalist look that can easily be incorporated in most bathroom decor schemes. Gray stripes add chic detailing to a neutral white towel that may otherwise be boring. That said, gray and white is the only color combination available, which may prove disappointing to some. Additionally, we have to note that the towel isn’t as bright as it appears in Parachute’s product listing; it’s more of an off white or soft eggshell shade.
Lastly, purists and eco-conscious consumers will be happy to know that Parachute’s towels are OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified, meaning they’re free from toxic chemicals including those found in prohibited dyes and fabrics.
Texture: Smooth and soft
The Fouta Stripe Towel has a different texture on each side, but both are pleasant to the touch. The top features a smooth flat weave and the dyed stripe detail, while the bottom—the drying side, presumably—is plain white with a short terry texture.
This bath towel is relatively lightweight without feeling flimsy, so it’s perfect for summer use, warmer climates, or year-round use for those who simply don’t like thick towels. Conversely, those who prefer plush linens may want to check out competitors like Brooklinen.
Our towels laundered beautifully and after several washes and dry cycles, they still looked and felt brand new.
Parachute’s bath towels are big enough for most people to wrap themselves up in comfortably. Measuring 56 x 30 inches, we found them to be large enough for full-body drying and coverage, post-shower. If you’re looking for something a little bigger, Parachute also offers a fouta bath sheet which measures 70 x 40 inches. And if you’re stocking your linen closet, you can also pick up matching washcloths and hand towels while you’re at it.
Absorbency: Does a decent job
As far as absorbency goes, the fouta bath towel gets the job done—though it’s nothing to write home about. Unsurprisingly, the terry side is particularly effective at completing the task, plus it feels soft against bare skin.
We were able to use the same towel for several days in a row without it developing any musty or moldy odor.
A major downside for us was that we found the towel slow to dry—especially given how lightweight it is. Despite us hanging it up to air dry, we found that most mornings it was still damp from being used the day before—especially when used on soaking-wet hair.
Drying time aside, we were able to use the same towel for several days in a row without it developing any musty or moldy odor. For those who cringe at the thought of using a not-quite-dry towel after showering, a quick run through the dryer or a few hours hanging in direct sunlight (if not outdoors) should do the trick between washings.
Washing: Comes out like new
Speaking of washing, the care instructions for these towels are pretty straightforward. As you’ll find written on the tag, you’ll want to machine wash them on cold with like colors and tumble dry on low. The website further instructs to use mild liquid detergent and avoid bleach and fabric softeners.
We’re happy to report that our towels laundered beautifully and after several washes and dry cycles, they still looked and felt brand new. We’d even go so far as to say they felt softer than when they’d first arrived.
Parachute warns against using the towels after applying skincare products containing benzoyl peroxide as they can cause staining.
Price: On the lower end for luxury towels
Parachute’s Fouta Stripe Bath Towels go for $29 each. While they’re not cheap, the cost is fair given their quality and it actually lands them on the lower end of the luxury bath linen spectrum as some competitors—particularly brands with ultra-plush options—come with price tags upwards of $50.
Still, a week’s worth of linens for the family will definitely put a dent in your wallet. For reference, the Fouta Stripe Towel Set, which includes two bath towels, two hand towels, and two washcloths rings up for $114. Get two of those for a family of four, and it’ll set you back $228.
Parachute Fouta Stripe Towel vs. Brooklinen Super-Plush Bath Towel
If you’ve researched luxury bath linens you’ve likely come across Brooklinen’s offerings. The brand’s Super-Plush Bath Towels are more traditional-looking with solid colors and terry material on both sides, but the biggest difference between Brooklinen and Parachute towels is their texture. Brooklinen’s option is thicker, heftier, and more plush; it’s almost like wrapping yourself in a blanket. At $69 for a set of two, these will cost you about $5.50 more per towel, but direct-to-consumer sales also help this brand keep their prices in check. We should note that Brooklinen’s towels are also OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified—so you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals or dyes.
A win for those after lightweight luxury bath towels.
Parachute’s Fouta Stripe Bath Towels are modern, lightweight, and reasonably priced as far as luxury bath linens go. While $30 for a towel may be a hard pill to swallow at first, they’ll certainly outlast the $5 to $10 options you have to replace every year.
- Product Name Fouta Stripe Towel
- Product Brand Parachute
- Price $29.00
- Material 100 percent long-staple Turkish cotton
- Available Sizes Washcloth (12 x 12 in), hand towel (30 x 20 in), bath towel (56 x 30 in), bath sheet (70 x 40 in)
- Care Instructions Machine wash on cold, tumble dry on low