All bath towels are not created equal. In fact, some are so large and offer so much coverage that they’re actually called bath sheets. If you’ve never owned a bath sheet but know yourself to be the type who enjoys being wrapped up in a cocoon of large, comfy covers, it might be time to give a bath sheet a try. On the other hand, if all you need is a quick dry right out of the shower, a standard bath towel is probably enough. The size of your bathroom—and the size of the person using said towel or sheet—also matters.
Here’s the difference between a bath towel and a bath sheet—and how to decide which is right for you.
Bath sheets are made of the same material as a towel, but they tend to be about ten inches wider and longer than your average bath towel. This extra room offers damn near 100% coverage when hopping out of the shower (not to mention added comfort). The extra fabric means more absorbency, and it’s a good choice for those who like to wrap up in a towel while they get ready.
To figure out whether a towel or a sheet is right for you, ask yourself these questions:
- When you get out of the shower, do you notice your towel is soaked before you’ve even fully dried off? (A sheet may be the answer.)
- Does your bath sheet never seem to fully dry out? Does it sweep the floor? (The sheet may be too large for your space.)
- Do you like full coverage when you wrap yourself up? (Trade that towel in for a sheet.)
Bath towels are great for kids who don’t need all that extra cloth that you enjoy, or for small dogs who would probably get lost in all the folds of a bath sheet. They also work best for smaller bathrooms are low on storage or drying space. It doesn’t hurt to have a mix of both, though. Bath towels for the small beings and small spaces; bath sheets for when you crave the larger size and absorbency.