Winter is a good time to stockpile essentials; here are our picks for basic (and not-so-basic) white bath towels.
N.B.: Prices listed are for standard-size bath towels, unless otherwise noted.
Above: Lydia's go-to towel is the durable Turkish Bath Towel ("They maintain their integrity through endless washings"); $28 from Restoration Hardware.
Above: Janet's splurge: The oversized (31-by-63-inch) Riviera Bath Towel features a convenient hanging loop and is made of Turkish cotton; $75 at Matteo Home.
Above: Christine's favorite is the Anatolian Striped Bath Towel, £49 at Toast: "I am always looking for white towels with trim, so I can assign them to individual members of the family (or guests)." Another option is the Ticking Trim Bath Towel; also £49 at Toast.
Above: Until Cosmic Wonder created it, we hadn't seen it (but now we want it): a round bath towel. The organic cotton Round Bath Towel is currently on sale for $166 at Maryam Nassir Zadeh.
Above: Sarah favors the Lexus Three-Piece Bath Towel Set ($70 for three, each 28-by-55 inches in size) from the Turkish Towel Company. Weighing 1.29 pounds each, these towels are exceptionally absorbent and soft.
Above: On Alexa's wish list: the Waterworks Greenway Towels, available in three natural shades: white, muslin, and oatmeal; $70 each at Waterworks.
Above: Julie's staple towels are Organic Cotton Towels from Coyuchi, based in Point Reyes, California; $36 through Amazon.
Above: Janet's linen closet basics include the white Signature Towels in Egyptian cotton; $24 each at Garnet Hill.
Above: Francesca stocks Pottery Barn Classic 820-Gram Weight Bath Towels made of Turkish cotton in her linen closets. "We go through a lot of towels between three kids, guests, and an in-law apartment. These towels are always in stock and arrive within a day or two of ordering." The towels are available in 12 colors, including white, from Pottery Barn; $24.
Above: A good budget choice is the Frajen Bath Towel in waffle-weave cotton, which comes with a convenient hanging twill tab; $5.99 each at Ikea.
N.B. This post is an update, the original post ran on May 18, 2011.