The Towel Debate: Soft or Scratchy?

The Towel Debate: Soft or Scratchy?

Sarah Rainwater
Jul 16, 2009

This past weekend was our first beach trip of the season and while packing up to leave we discovered that most of our beach towels had been appropriated for everyday use by members of our household who (much to our dismay) prefer scratchy, threadbare towels to the soft and fluffy variety. While we can acknowledge that scratchy towels have their pluses — they do exfoliate the skin and are sometimes more absorbent — we're personally not fans of how they feel or how grungy and mismatched they look hanging in the bathroom with our nicer ones. Is there some way to find a compromise?

One option may be to hang a few towels on the clothesline instead of throwing them in the dryer, which ups their bristly quotient and might satisfy the itchy members of our household. We also did a quick perusal of the Macy's towel section to see if we could find that perfect mix of not-too-soft and not-too-scratchy that could serve as a compromise. An utterly un-scientific touch test lead us to Ralph Lauren's "Addison" ($19) and Lacoste's "Crocod'il" ($27) as possible contenders.

Has anyone had experience with either of these towel brands? Do you have a favorite you can recommend? Is it soft or scratchy? Weigh in on the debate.

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