For the cost of this product, not only would I expect better quality but I would expect to be able to wash the horrible smell out of the material IN THE FIRST WASH!!! Not so with this product. Again, for the cost the material is very thin. Absorbency remains to be seen, although I'm not expecting great things. In its defense though, I will say that the material is soft.
I gave this towel an excellent rating as value for cost. Great comparitive price. It is a good quality towel and after washing fluffed up to a good heavy weight. (Actually it is on the top end of medium weight, and low end of real heavyweight.) I love the SAGE color...which is on the silvery blue side of Sage. Often Sage colors are very drab and yellowish-green...this one is not and is very pretty. The quality of the towel is as good as most really expensive towels with the exception of the trim, which is good but not excellent. However we've washed our towels about 4 or 5 times and not had any raveling etc. My only complaint is that I hate it when manufacturers sew those big labels into the actual trim seam. It took me 45 mins to carefully trim out the labels of all the towels without cutting the seam stitch! More expensive towels sew the label on with a separate baste stitch for easy removal. Since when do people want labels on towels they rub all over their bodies!!