I always wash any new fabric item before use, but these felt so soft upon delivery that I was almost afraid to "ruin" them before enjoying their wonderful feel. Well, they came out of the wash even softer and fluffier than going in. (I didn't think it was possible) I am very happy with the purchase. The price for these towels is fantastic, and the quality is evident.
These towels are perfect for the person that doesn't want to use a 6 inch thick bath mat to dry off with. They are not too thick, not too thin. Very luxurious without being so thick that you can't wash more than 4 towels at a time in the laundry or use them to wrap up your hair. When washing for the first time, a TREMENDOUS amount of lint does come out of them in the dryer. I had to stop the dry time midway to clean out the lint trap. I was worried there wouldn't be any towel left! But alas, there were still soft just right towels when the cycle was finished.
Bought these for our vacation home based on the reviews and I have not been disappointed. They are soft a decent weight (not too thin). There is a good amount of lint in the initial washing of them, but I have found this with most towels I have purchased. These are good quality towels that I would buy again.
I work as a massage therapist, and I purchased 18 of these hand towels to warm, and place on the back of my clients. I'm glad I went with the Turkish cotton because it really is thicker. When I fold it and roll it to place under the clients neck, it is a thicker roll than other towels, and then it's still soft. Even when I roll it tight, it compresses and springs back because of the thickness of the towel. This definitely adds to the comfort. (Thin towels can be too hard when you roll them.) The only reason I docked one star is because I would prefer if the towel were a couple inches wider. On a grown man, the width doesn't quite cover the shoulders. For normal use, as in drying hands next to a washbasin, they're probably fine.
I purchased these to go with the Authentic Hotel & Spa bath sheets. These hand towels are great. No lint after the first wash. Naturally soft cotton and no need to use fabric softner in the wash. I am extremely pleased with these hand towels!