Bath Towels vs. Bath Sheets: What’s the Difference? - Home City Inc

Bath Towels vs. Bath Sheets: What’s the Difference?

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When hopping out of the shower or bath, most people reach for a bath towel to dry themselves off. A lesser known but just as practical option is a bath sheet.

Bath sheets are comparable to bath towels, just a bit bigger.

For size comparison, a standard bath towel is around 27" wide x 52" long while bath sheets usually run around 35" wide x 60" long. Because bath sheets have a bigger surface area, they are great for those looking for extra coverage.

The perfect cozy absorbent towel after a hot bath or shower is the ultimate luxury, which is why we're here to help you find the best choice for your way of life and home.

Keep reading to learn more about bath towels and bath sheets.

What is a Bath Towel?

Bath towels are widely used and tend to be more common than bath sheets.

Bath towels are smaller than bath sheets in terms of dimensions. Because of their size and absorbency, these towels are great for both children and adults.

Because they are more compact than bath sheets, bath towels are excellent at drying both your body and hair since they can be wrapped around your head without feeling too heavy.

A great space saver, bath towels will slide right onto towel bars and easily stack into linen closets, making them ideal for small spaces.

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What are Bath Sheets?

Bath sheets offer a larger surface area for drying off, making them more absorbent than bath towels.

A bath sheet might be a better option if you find that a single bath towel isn't enough for you to dry off completely.

Bath sheets are also a fabulous choice if you prefer to dry your hair, shave, or do cosmetics with a towel on because they assuredly cover your entire body.

As an added bonus, bath sheets can be used as beach towels in a hurry, as beach towels and bath sheets tend to be similar in size. Bath sheets are also more absorbent than beach towels, so you can quickly dry off after a swim.

On the other hand, bath sheets take longer to dry and require more storage space than standard bath towels, so they aren’t the best option for those in small apartments or dorms.

When it comes to towels, which one is best for you?

Now that you have a basic understanding of the differences between bath sheets and towels, let’s explore a few of the criteria that can help you choose the right towel for you.

After your shower, does one towel suffice?

Does one towel typically suffice when you get out of the shower or bath? As long as a normal towel is large enough to dry you off and cover you comfortably, then a bath towel may be satisfactory for your needs.

However, sometimes a towel isn’t large enough to comfortably cover you. A bath sheet might be a better option if you’re taller than the average person, or you tend to stay in your towel after drying off to continue your skincare regimen or other hygiene routines. If all you need to do is dry off before changing into a robe or other clothing, a regular bath towel will do the job.

Do you have young children or are your towels just for you?

If your towels are shared with toddlers or young children, bath towels will be a better choice so the fabric isn’t too large for them. If you live alone or share a home with adults, bath sheets may be a better choice since there is more coverage.

How many towels can your bathroom hold?

If you're thinking about purchasing a bath sheet, make sure you have a place in your bathroom where you can store it.

Bath sheets may dangle too close to the floor if you have a towel rack that is low to the ground. Assuming your towel is hung carelessly (we know you aren't lazy, but we don't always have the time to put the towels back up correctly), it will get moist if it touches the floor or is accidentally dropped.

Other Considerations for Towels


Polyester or cotton towels are the most common types of towels.

As a synthetic fiber, polyester is a highly durable material. Polyester towels dry fast and are long-lasting, but they aren't absorbent or supple like cotton.

Choosing cotton is a wise choice. Towels made from Turkish or Egyptian cotton are the best since they are absorbent, soft, and quick-drying. Using a towel made of Egyptian cotton will give you an ultra-plush feel without losing any durability. Check out some of the Egyptian cotton towels available at Home City here.


Towels are weighed in grams per pound of fabric (GSM). An increase in GSM means more absorption capacity. If you’re looking for a highly-absorbent towel, choose a higher GSM towel.

Color and Style

Also important are the color and design—no harm in wanting your bathroom to blend in with the rest of your home. Choose complementary colors and styles to suit your home’s decor, or opt for a striking pattern or color to create a stunning accent.


As it turns out, not all towels are made equal! Even if you are clean every time you use your towel, it does not mean that your towel is free of bacteria.

When silver threads are weaved into a towel, a natural process called ionization may inhibit 99.9% of bacteria development. These towels require less washing and keep your skin clean and dry.

Now that you’ve learned the difference between bath towels and bath sheets, you’re ready to shop for your very own. Home City Inc. has a large variety of luxurious bath sheets and towels to choose from. Shop the collection here.

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