The best gym towels to help you work out better

We've rated our favourite gym towels for when you need to get your sweat on.

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by Lily Anderson |
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Have you gone back to the gym and realised you need a new gym towel? Don't worry, we've all been there. We've got the best options for you to keep you cool and dry throughout your entire workout - whether you’re doubling up your living room as a studio or investing in a new gym routine, right down to the best protein powders.

A proper gym towel is compact, easy to wash, and super absorbent, making it the essential tool for keeping cool and comfortable during an intense workout. In order to make sure that you remain dedicated, there are lots of fitness accessories that you can treat yourself to – which should make you spring out of bed to get your push-ups and burpees done. Or, if you're looking to get back into exercise but hate going to the gym? Here are the best stepper machines for your home.

If you’re asking yourself why you should invest in a gym towel rather than grabbing one from the cupboard here’s why: these towels are usually super absorbent so that you can dab away sweat easier. They're usually cheaper than beach or bathroom towels. If you're taking a towel into the garden, you might end up getting it dirty and could ruin your good towels.

Now that you’re totally convinced that gym towels are for you, here’s everything that you need to know about them before buying one (or more).

Here's our pick of the best gym towels: the shortlist

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1. Best microfibre gym towel: Eono by Amazon Microfibre Towel

2. Best large gym towel: adidas Towel Large

3. Best personalised gym towel: notonthehighstreet Personalised Ladies Gym Towel

4. Best gym towel pack: Sukeen Cooling Towel

5. Best choice of gym towel: Fit Flip Microfibre Towel Set

6. Best luxury gym towel: Hugo Boss Finest Aegean Cotton Face Cloth

7. Best basic gym towel: Domyos Small Cotton Fitness Towel

8. Best gym towel for sweat: Aquis Camo Microfibre By Sweaty Betty

Now that you've got all the information you need about gym towels, it's time to find out about all our favourite ones so you can decide which one to buy.

The best gym towels of the year

Best microfibre gym towel

Whether you're practising yoga in the garden or lifting weights in your living room, this fantastic towel will support you every step of the way. We love that it will mop up any amount of sweat and because it's a microfibre towel it folds up easy - efficient but compact. This also comes in a variety of colours so you can chose your fave.

Best large gym towel

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Fitness fanatics will love this large towel from Adidas. This versatile number is not only made of lightweight fabric, but it will also dry quickly, which is good news for those warmer days.

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Best personalised gym towel

personalised ladies gym towelnotonthehighstreet

Are you looking for a cute towel just for you? This personalised towel literally has your name written all over it. Available in a variety of colours for you to choose from and so you know it's yours.

Best gym towel pack

Are you looking for a bunch of gym towels? Then this cool set is everything. And, we mean everything, as it will cool you down - all you need to do is wet it and then benefit from the lower temperature. Three towels made out of quick-drying microfibre you won't have to worry about popping them back in your gym bag.

Best choice of gym towel

Fit Flip microfibre towelsAmazon

Rrp: $13.99

Price: $10.49

Another microfibre set we're crazy about. Want to use this to mop up a sweat or to jump in the shower? Then this ticks all the right boxes. In two sizes - a bathing towel and a hand towel - this comes with different uses perfect for the gym. Use the hand towel as a personal hand drier and use the bathing towel for heavy-duty cleaning up. For just under a tenner, its a bargain.

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Best luxury gym towel

If you're going to work out at home, you should do so in style with this fabulous facecloth. Made from Egyptian cotton, this is for the luxurious athlete looking to treat themselves. At only an £8 price point, this is chic but affordable. It's a smaller face cloth, but its perfect for having around you at the gym when working out.

Best basic gym towel

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Looking pretty in pink? Bag yourself a budget gym towel that is super soft against the skin and very absorbent. Available also in teal, dark grey or black, this medium towel is perfect if you want value for your money. It also has a little tag so that you can tie it up easily to pop into your bag.

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Best gym towel for sweat

Available in Sweaty Betty's cool camo print, this sweat-absorbing towel is made from AQUIS' proprietary moisture-wicking Aquis fabric weaved with Copper Sure technology. It quickly wicks away sweat and moisture and keeps bacteria and odours at bay, even when left at the bottom of your gym bag.

Tried & Tested by Deputy Commercial Content Editor, Natalie Corner: "After using hand towels for the gym I upgraded to this microfibre sweat towel by Aquis and can't believe how amazing it is. I sweat a lot and this actually absorbs it so it doesn't feel like my face is still damp, unlike other towels I use. The towel itself also isn't dripping wet by the end of my workout too. Very impressed."

Everything you need to know about gym towels:

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What should I do with a gym towel?

This is a bit of a tricky question because what you do with your gym towel is completely up to you… Here are some ways we think you should use your gym towels:

• To help you dry off after doing cardio

• Use to cover a bench while you use weights

• Wipe away sweat when working out to avoid drips

• Extra support while practising yoga

• For jumping in the shower after working out

What size should a gym towel be?

There is no right answer when it comes to the best-size gym towel. Whether you’re looking for a towel to mop your brow with or something to throw around you, then there are lots of choices out there. We’d recommend choosing the size depending on what you want to use your towel for.

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When to wash a gym towel?

According to The Guardian, you should wash yours after every use along with your gym kit. Nobody wants a sweaty towel full of bacteria, so make sure you wash it to get rid of all those germs.

Lily Anderson is a Senior Commercial Content Writer at Bauer Media, where she tests products for titles such as Heat, Closer, What’s the Best and Mother&Baby.

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