Buying guides



From the everyday to the beautifully luxurious, explore our guide to find the right towel for you and your home.

What makes John Lewis & Partners towels special?

Quality, wash after wash

Our towels are pre-washed to avoid shrinkage and ensure the quality remains the same wash after wash

Super soft handle

We use the perfect amount of softener in our finishing process to get maximum softness as well as durability

Great colours that last

We use the best dyes to get a fantastic range of colours in our mix, ensuring colour consistency as well as outstanding colour fastness wash after wash

Things to consider

What the towel is made from

We use of a variety of fibres in our towels, and each has different properties. Polyester is lightweight and quick-drying, while lyocell has a silky smooth handfeel.

What is GSM?

GSM stands for grams per square metre and is a good indication of how heavy and dense a towel is. Generally, the higher the GSM, the thicker and more absorbent the towel will be.

When deciding on the GSM, think about how you’ll use your towel and how often. Lightweight towels dry quicker, but heavyweight towels have a more luxurious feel.

How the towel is made

Zero twist: an open loop with no twist, so feels softer and more plush.

Hygro®:  traps air during tumble drying to give a thick and fluffy pile that’s highly absorbent and wonderful to wrap yourself up in.

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House by John Lewis Quick Dry

Ideal if you...

  • Have a busy lifestyle 
  • Want a quick-drying towel

Our House by John Lewis towels are made from a unique combination that has the quick-drying properties of polyester but the absorbency and softness of cotton. 

Why you'll love it: 

  • Great for the gym or on-the-go 
  • Matching bath mats available 
  • 500gsm

Ultra Soft

Ideal if you...

  • Want a super-soft towel at an accessible price

The Ultra Soft is our softest towel yet, and made from zero-twist cotton so feels plush but not heavier.

Why you'll love it: 

  • Soft and fluffy
  • Highly absorbent
  • 600gsm
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Ideal if you...

  • Want a good all-rounder
  • Want a wide variety of colours
  • Prefer a heavier towel

    Our Egyptian towels can’t be beaten on quality and performance. They have the softness and strength for which Egyptian cotton is renowned. 

Why you'll love it: 

  • Heavier handle
  • Made to last 
  • Can be washed up to 60°C
  • Colour fastness proven wash after wash 
  • Available in 43 colours (our largest colour assortment) 
  • Matching bath mats available
  • 700gsm
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Supima towels

Ideal if you...

  • Prefer a heavyweight towel 

Our Supima towel is made from a beautifully soft and highly absorbent type of US cotton that’s smooth but still heavyweight.

Why you'll love it: 

  • The heaviest towel in our range
  • Up to 45% stronger than other cottons
  • Long staple strong fibres make it durable and long-lasting 
  • 720gsm
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Ideal if you:

  • Want the ultimate luxury towel 

The Suvin is our most premium towel. We use rare suvin cotton and combine it with Lyocell for a beautifully soft and silky feel you won’t find anywhere else. Suvin towels feature Hygro® technology, which traps air during tumble drying to give a thick and fluffy pile that’s highly absorbent and wonderful to wrap yourself up in.

Why you'll love it: 

  • Silky smooth handfeel
  • Improves with washing
  • Matching bath mats available
  • 650gsm
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  • Wash towels at between 30-60°C - see care label
  • Wash with similar colours or use a colour catcher
  • For coloured towels, use detergent without added bleach or optical brightening agents as these can affect colour intensity; the opposite is true for white towels, to keep them bright white
  • Use fabric conditioners sparingly and not in every wash as they decrease absorbency
  • Shake towels before and after washing; this opens up the fibres slightly to allow the detergent to sink in, and helps to promote drying .
  • Avoid using fabric conditioner the first few times you wash new towels


  • Tumble dry your towels to keep them soft and fluffy


  • All our towels can be ironed, though we’d recommend using a low heat setting to avoid affecting the handfeel and flattening the pile    


  • Wash separately from garments with zips or trims to avoid snagging
  • Snip off pulls or snags with a pair of scissors
  • Avoid contact with cleaning products, facial cleansers and toothpaste as they can contain bleaching agents that may stain the towel