8 of the best gym towels for when you break a sweat

Get your sweat on and let your new gym towel clean it all up.

The best gym towels

by Eleanor Weaver |
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If you find yourself using the sleeves of your t-shirt to catch your sweat, or your old gym towel simply doesn’t quite cut it anymore, it’s time to treat yourself to a sparkly new absorbent gym towel.

Whether you choose to work out at home or the gym, having a great towel beside you for your workout is a must in our books. While your bathroom towel may seem to be doing an alright job, do you really want to ruin your fluffy white towels with your sweat and dirt?

Gym towels are designed to help keep you cool and dry even when you’re at your sweatiest, so you don’t have to worry about dripping your way through your session.

We’ll do anything to make our workout sessions run as smoothly as possible, from weightlifting gloves to resistance bands, so why not add a gym towel to complete your kit?

Shop the best gym towels to add to your gym bag

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 choose your favourite.

Key features
• Size: 140 x 70cm
• Colour: A choice of a selection
• Material: Microfibre

Customer review: "Bought one for my husband for the gym. Then he wanted another one. Then I bought one for myself. This is the go-to towel. It's compact, comes in a lovely soft case and there's a zip on the towel to store locker keys or anything you need to hand."

Best large gym towel

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.

Key features
• Size: 140 x 70cm
• Colour: Black, white & purple or white
• Material: 100% cotton

Customer review: "Very soft cotton, the towel is a pleasure to use after a refreshing shower after a workout."

Best personalised gym towel

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.

Key features
• Size: 30 x 90cm
• Colour: Black, navy, grey, pink, purple or white
• Material: 100% cotton

Customer review: "I got this in pink for my sister with white text, and it's lovely! Really good quality and came in a bag too which I wasn't expecting, so made a lovely gift."

Best cooling gym towel

Sukeen Instant Cooling Gym Towel
Price: $15.99

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 soak it and then benefit from the lower temperature. Four towels made out of quick-drying microfibre you won't have to worry about popping them back in your gym bag.

Key features
• Size: 30 x 100cm
• Colour: Blue, pink, teal and grey
• Material: Microfibre

Customer review: “These are great for keeping you cool - gym, beach, walks or just because it’s hot! I love the colours. I’m so pleased with these cooling towels! Two for me two for my other half and the price was great!”

Best choice of gym towel

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, it's a bargain.

Key features
• Size: Range of sizes
• Colour: Various colours
• Material: Microfibre

Customer review: "This product offers great value for money. The larger towel is a great size for everyday gym/swim use and folds down into virtually nothing. The feel of the material is nicer than a lot of microfibre towels and is more smooth than 'towelly'."

Best luxury gym towel

This absorbent microfibre towel likes hot yoga, indoor cycling classes, and other sweaty endeavours, as it’s designed for on the move - perfect for super sweaty workouts and a post-class shower.

Key features
• Size: 66 x 180cm (other sizes are available)
• Colour: Black, Petrol Blue, Velvet Dust, Kohlrabi Green, and more
• Material: Polyester

Customer review: “Nice pattern, big enough to cover my yoga mat but folds up small."

Best basic gym towel

Bag yourself a budget gym towel that is super soft against the skin and very absorbent. Available also 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.

Key features
• Size: 90 x 50cm
• Colour: Grey or Black
• Material: 100% cotton

Customer review: "Very happy, perfect size for gym workouts."

Best for small gym bags

The Gymshark Sweat Towel is made to fold up super compact - ideal if you only have a small gym bag or prefer to have no gym bag at all. Made of a microfibre material, it'll wipe up your sweat with ease whether you're power cycling or taking on that uphill treadmill incline.

Key features
• Size: Not specified
• Colour: Grey and Maroon
• Material: 80% polyester, 20% polyamide

Best gym towel FAQs

Why do I need a gym towel?

If you're wondering what makes a gym towel the best option, compared to just grabbing any old towel from the cupboard, here's why:

1. Sweat absorption: If you're working out, you'll no doubt be working up a sweat. A gym towel is super absorbent and helps to wipe away sweat from your face, neck, and body, helping you stay dry and comfortable during your workout. Microfiber towels are often recommended as the best choice for this.

2. Sizing: Gym towels come in all shapes and sizes, which is more than can be said for bath or beach towels. This makes them much more size-appropriate to suit your workouts. You can find smaller options to tuck in your gym bag to wipe your brow, or a larger one to use over a yoga mat. The choice is yours!

3. Quick drying: Some gym towels are quick-drying, ideal as you'll be reusing your towel throughout your workout and be wanting to pack it back into your bag after use. Microfiber towels or towels made from lightweight and moisture-wicking materials tend to dry faster than traditional cotton towels.

4. Durability: Opt for a towel that is durable and can withstand regular use and frequent washing. Reinforced edges or double-stitched seams can help boost a towel's longevity. Not to mention, using a dedicated gym towel will prevent your normal towels from getting ruined.

What should I do with a gym towel?

We don't know about you, but we hate the feeling of being sweaty. A gym towel will wick away your sweat, as well as serve as extra cushioning where you need it. Use it on the seat of the exercise bike or as a headrest during stretch exercises. You can also use it as a barrier between your body and the gym equipment, which can help to maintain cleanliness and prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.

How often should you change your gym towel?

You should wash your gym towel after every use if you can. Nobody wants a sweaty towel full of bacteria after all! Remember to follow the care instructions provided by the towel manufacturer to help keep it clean, fresh, and free from any unpleasant odours.

Eleanor Weaver is the Deputy Homes & Garden Product Editor for Yours, specialising in home décor, furnishings and appliances. Having worked commercially on Yours magazine and Yours.co.uk for the past six years, she's previously hosted Yours Live events and loves looking for home inspiration online.

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