The Best Kitchen Towels

The Best Kitchen Towels

Our pick

Williams Sonoma All Purpose Pantry Towels

Williams Sonoma All Purpose Pantry Towels

The best kitchen towel

With terry cloth on one side and waffle weave on the other, this towel combines absorbency, utility, and attractiveness.

Buying Options

Buy from Williams-Sonoma
(set of four)

May be out of stock

The Williams Sonoma All Purpose Pantry Towels are our favorite because they’re big, thirsty, long-lasting, and reasonably priced. With tightly looped cotton on one side and waffle weave on the other, these towels have the absorbency of terry cloth without the fluff. They’ve been in regular rotation in the test kitchen for two full years and show no signs of wear. They have a convenient loop for hanging and come in six colors.

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Budget pick

Utopia Towels Kitchen Bar Mops

Utopia Towels Kitchen Bar Mops

Cheap and absorbent

These affordable terry cloth towels aren’t cute, but they’ll get the job done, wiping up spills from big to small.

Buying Options

$21* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $13.

The Utopia Towels Kitchen Bar Mops are an inexpensive way to get the job done. In our tests, they absorbed spills with ease, wiped up messes well, and held up to extensive runs through the washer and dryer. They’re not that attractive, resembling bathroom hand towels rather than kitchen towels, and they come in white only, but that’s fairly standard for bar mops. Although these towels may not be the best choice for polishing your glasses, they are a good option for someone looking to clean up without cleaning out their wallet.

Runner-up

Crate and Barrel Cuisine Stripe Dish Towel

Crate and Barrel Cuisine Stripe Dish Towel

A flat-weave towel

These colorful striped towels are both beautiful and functional, and an excellent choice if you’re averse to the look of terry cloth.

Buying Options

$10* from Crate and Barrel

*At the time of publishing, the price was $13.

The Crate and Barrel Cuisine Stripe Dish Towel is slightly less absorbent than the Williams Sonoma Pantry towels, but still very thirsty for a flat-weave towel. It’s well-constructed, with sturdy stitching and deep, smooth hems. We love the modern striped pattern, thick hanging loop and six eye-catching color choices. Although this towel is on the pricier side, we’re confident it’ll hold up to years of use and frequent washes.

Also great

Aunt Martha’s Premium Flour Sack Dish Towels

Aunt Martha’s Premium Flour Sack Dish Towels

Useful for food prep

Available only in white, these flour sack towels are large and thin, and dry faster than terry cloth.

Buying Options

$23* from Amazon
(set of seven)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $20.

Aunt Martha’s Premium Flour Sack Dish Towels are the thickest and most absorbent we’ve found for this style of towel. But, like most flour sack towels, they’re at least 50 percent bigger than our other towel picks, and made from thinner cotton. These are a great choice if you want a smooth, lint-free cloth that’s not only great for drying dishes, hands, and delicate produce, but is also helpful for food prep tasks like straining stocks.

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Our pick

Williams Sonoma All Purpose Pantry Towels

Williams Sonoma All Purpose Pantry Towels

The best kitchen towel

With terry cloth on one side and waffle weave on the other, this towel combines absorbency, utility, and attractiveness.

Buying Options

Buy from Williams-Sonoma
(set of four)

May be out of stock

Budget pick

Utopia Towels Kitchen Bar Mops

Utopia Towels Kitchen Bar Mops

Cheap and absorbent

These affordable terry cloth towels aren’t cute, but they’ll get the job done, wiping up spills from big to small.

Buying Options

$21* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $13.

Runner-up

Crate and Barrel Cuisine Stripe Dish Towel

Crate and Barrel Cuisine Stripe Dish Towel

A flat-weave towel

These colorful striped towels are both beautiful and functional, and an excellent choice if you’re averse to the look of terry cloth.

Buying Options

$10* from Crate and Barrel

*At the time of publishing, the price was $13.

Also great

Aunt Martha’s Premium Flour Sack Dish Towels

Aunt Martha’s Premium Flour Sack Dish Towels

Useful for food prep

Available only in white, these flour sack towels are large and thin, and dry faster than terry cloth.

Buying Options

$23* from Amazon
(set of seven)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $20.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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