Why I Made the Switch From Towels to Bath Sheets

It's more expensive, but it's so worth it.

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February 22, 2022

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You don’t need a big renovation budget to create a spa-style bathroom at home. You just need a bath sheet. These oversized towels are the ultimate luxury bath accessory. A bath sheet instantly makes you feel as though you’re at a fancy beach resort or swanky hotel. They're more expensive than regular bath towels, but I’m here to tell you it’s worth every penny. Here’s why I upgraded my bath towels to bath sheets.

Bath Towels vs. Bath Sheets

The word "sheet" is a little excessive. Bath sheets are not the size of bedsheets, but they are significantly larger than a standard bath towel. Regular towels measure anywhere from 26-30 inches by 52-56 inches whereas a bath sheet is 35-40 inches by 68-72 inches. And it’s not a beach towel in disguise; beach towels typically don’t have toweling, or terry cloth, on both sides, whereas bath sheets are the same material as a regular bath towel — just made in an XL size. There’s something incredibly calming about wrapping yourself up in all that extra towel material. It’s like being swaddled as an adult! Bath sheets are absolute game-changers in the winter when getting out of the shower feels like entering a frozen tundra. Self-care is different for everyone, but I’m pretty sure that a warm bath sheet fresh out of the dryer is universal.

Bath sheets are about $20 more expensive per towel than regular bath towels. The first bath sheet I ever tried was this $15 one from IKEA. It's great if you want to try out bath sheets without committing to a total overhaul. However, the material is thin and they needed to be replaced fairly quickly. If you’re ready for a towel upgrade, here are some of my favorite brands and styles.

Best Overall Bath Sheet

If you’re a bath sheet newbie, I say start with Parachute. I'm a big fan of their classic bath sheet. And at $54, it’s more affordable than other brands. It's actually just an XL version of their classic bath towel, which we've ranked as the best overall bath towel.

Best Spa-Like Bath Sheet

Brooklinen has the most variety of bath sheets, from super-plush to ultralight to their brand new waffle sheets. The classic Brooklinen bath sheet comes as close as you can get to that just-picked-up-from-the-pool-attendant vibe.

Best Plush Bath Sheet

There are towels, and then there are plush towels. Like bedding, these softer-than-soft varieties are typically made from premium Egyptian or Turkish cotton, and you won’t find a softer towel than Frontgate's. Both the Resort Cotton Bath Sheet and the Egyptian Cotton Bath Sheet are incredibly thick. I wouldn’t even call them bath sheets — they’re bath comforters. I could only fit one in my washer/dryer! That’s how fuzzy and plushy it is. And they’re heavy like a calming, weighted blanket for after the shower. We also included a few more runner-ups we love in case you want plushy but not MEGA PLUSH.

Best Turkish Bath Sheet

Shopping for a Turkish cotton towel can mean two things: the actual fabric or the style. Parachute's classic bath sheet listed above is already made from 100-percent Turkish cotton. But if you're shopping for the striped resort-style Turkish towel in a bath sheet size, Parachute's Fouta Stripe Bath Sheet is exactly what you want.

Best Ribbed Bath Sheet

If you tend to like the micro-fiber feeling of quick-dry towels, you will love Parachute's soft rib bath sheet, and we love that clay-inspired color.

Best Waffle Bath Sheet

Love waffle robes? Imagine wrapping yourself up in a waffle bath sheet the minute you step out of the shower. This bath sheet from Brooklinen is basically a robe without sleeves. I cannot wait to get my hands on the smoke-grey color.

Best Lightweight Bath Sheet

Bath sheets, especially plush ones, can get heavy, but with Brooklinen's Ultralight Bath Sheet, you get extra fabric without the extra weight. Like its smaller bath towel, which we already said is the best lightweight towel, this bath sheet is surprisingly feather-like despite its super-soft, dense feel.

Best Organic Bath Sheet

If you’re looking for organic towels, Boll & Branch has two bath sheets that are 100-percent organic cotton. The plush version comes in a really pretty eucalyptus green that’s perfect for setting a serene, spa-like vibe.

Best Patterned Bath Sheet

More and more home brands are jumping on the bath sheet craze, but there still aren't that many unique colors or designs available. (Though, Brooklinen now has a couple of bath sheets in vibrant, modern colors such as goldenrod that we absolutely love.) Leave it to Chip and Jo to bring you gorgeous, patterned bath sheets. We are obsessed with these new geo-patterned bath sheets from Hearth & Hand With Magnolia at Target.

Best Value Bath Sheet

It’s hard to argue with more than 20,000 five-star reviews! If you’re looking for the best value, this is your buy. These Amazon Basics bath sheets are praised for their price (two for under $30!) but also their quick-dry ability. As bath sheets are much larger than regular towels, it takes more time to dry — especially with plush towels. But reviews say these super-soft towels dry in a flash.

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