Whenever Chris is doing anything in the kitchen, he’s got a kitchen towel tossed over his shoulder. It’s a little trick of the trade he’s been doing ever since I can remember and it’s purely practical. Chris is all about doing things effectively and efficiently, even down to wiping up messes. When he’s cooking he likes to be able clean as he goes, rather than walking over and rinsing his hands off between every chopped vegetable. Time is everything baby, especially in the kitchen. We’ve been testing products from pillow inserts to stick vacuums and it only made sense that we put kitchen towels to the test next.
Let’s do this!
Over the span of two weeks, Chris has been using and abusing a bunch of kitchen towels. He has his own particular set of qualities he likes in his kitchen towels (I would expect nothing less) so he wanted to really test them out. He even washed and dried them all a couple of times because they tend to show their “true colors” after a few washes.
Here’s everything Chris looks for in a kitchen towel:
Above all, absorbency is critical. You want a kitchen towel that can really work! Fun fact about kitchen towels (and probably all towels) is that they’re not super absorbent out of the package. A couple of washes does the trick, so we took note of that.
Size is also important! You want it to be large and heavy enough to toss over the shoulder and stay put! Not too small, but also not too big. The mama bear of kitchen towels, if you will.
We also took notes of how each towel feels and looks! Let’s get into it.
These kitchen towels have been Chris’s go-to for years! They get an A+ on looks, feel, size and absorbency. Just an all around great towel for cleaning up spills, drying your hands and drying your dishes! Great price for a pack of 4.
A 6 pack for this price is almost too good to be true. They look cute, but they’re a little small for Chris’s liking. You’re not going to be able to dry a whole round of pots and pans with one towel.
These are stiff! They feel more like dinner napkins than towels. Chris said he did not expect to get through cooking a whole meal with one of these. The price for a pack of 6 doesn’t hold up to the quality.
There is not a cuter kitchen towel than this, and they come in more colors! I’m obsessed. We’ve been a fan of Olive & Linen for years and this holds up. The size is a tad large, and the price is up there, but if you’re looking to invest in a beautiful, absorbent kitchen towel, this is it! It also has a hanging loop in the middle if you prefer to hang your towels on hooks. We usually just hang ours over the oven rails.
I really wanted to love these but they’ve actually got a really narrow shape and they shed. Maybe that would improve after more washes? Still really cute and they come in a pack of 4.
First impressions? These were kind of stiff and abrasive. Chris noted that they might even scratch his knives which is alarming haha. They did soften up with a few washes and they were surprisingly absorbent! Nice that it comes in a color variety pack and they do have a hanging loop and tear away tag.
These are very soft and very huge. What’s nice about this towel is that it has a smooth flat weave on one side, and a plush terry loop on the back. Really absorbent and definitely the softest. Also has a hanging loop!
These ripple towels were actually great! They have a really right weave, so they’re really absorbent. I can see these towels living a long life.
Really good size on these! They have a looped terry side and seem to be really thick and absorbent. Great quality and price for a pack of 2.
If you haven’t heard of Geometry before, they have these tea towels with a Geoweave technology. Feels like a microfiber cloth but it’s supposed to be absorbent and quick drying. In our experience they don’t absorb as well as the Olive & Linen ones. They have so many prints to choose from but I’m all for this simple grid. I don’t love that it’s one layer, but this isn’t going to shed one bit.
This has a similar design to the Olive & Linen Turkish towel. Flat weave on one side and terry on the other. It’s not as soft, but it absorbed just fine and it’s you get 3 towels for the price of one Olive & Linen.
This kitchen towel was great! It was able to dry the most dishes before starting to leave streaks. I personally don’t love the logo embroidered into the towel, but the grid design is so nice.
These tea towels are so so cute but they don’t hold their shape well at all and they get basically a 0 for absorbency. Kind of a gauzy material. Again, super cute, but not functional for how we use kitchen towels.
These babies are soooo nice. The waffle texture is really lovely and they held their shape well after a few washes. They aren’t #1 in absorbency but they definitely got the job done.
Chris’s tried and true Williams Sonoma towels were still his favorite. I was doubtful they would hold up against all these towels but after all these years, they’re still the best.
And me? My favorite are the Crate & Barrel waffle towels. I love the subtle texture so much and they really nice to dry those oversized dishes with.
Be sure to check out all of the other product tests we’ve done and continue to send us recommendations of what we could test next!
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