The Most Absorbent Towels to Use in the Kitchen
Kitchen towels are more than just decorative pieces of cloth to hanging on your oven door. You can use them to dry dishes, glassware, and even your hands. They can also be used to sweep crumbs off your countertop, mop up spills, and can stand in for an oven mitt or trivet if the need arises. When shopping for kitchen towels, a cute design or color that matches your décor is only one of many key considerations. For Belinda Wei, co-owner and chef of Dear Bella Creamery in Los Angeles, California, good absorption, tight threading, and thickness of fabric are the most important qualities she looks for when choosing kitchen towels. "Microfiber has the best level of absorption," she says, adding that she keeps several types of kitchen towels on hand for different purposes. "I have reusable 'paper' towels made of bamboo for light spills," she says. "When I'm cooking, I prefer a terry cotton cloth as a thick multipurpose towel for cleaning as I go, holding hot handles, drying tools, wiping hands, and securing my cutting board."
When it comes to wiping up spills and wet surfaces (your sink, stovetop, and even a cutting board), microfiber is king. "I find microfiber cloths work best for quick clean-ups," Rachel Diaz Pirard, co-owner and pastry chef of Casa Ora in Brooklyn, New York, says. "They absorb a lot of liquid and wring out easily for an almost immediately dry towel. Rinse them off in the sink and you can use them over and over again. They also air dry much quicker which makes them less prone to bacteria growth."
Shopping for your own absorbent kitchen towels? Consider our picks.
- Best Decorative Kitchen Towels: Martha Stewart Collection Cotton Lots of Lemons Printed Kitchen Towels
- Best Kitchen Towel Set: Five Two Essential Kitchen Towels
- Best Microfiber Kitchen Towels: HYER KITCHEN Microfiber Kitchen Towels
- Best Paper Towel Alternative: Dot and Army Unpaper Towels
- Best Budget-Friendly Kitchen towels: Utopia Towels Cotton White Washcloths Set