First, the color was absolutely just as pictured online and is beautiful. Second, I love the waffle look. There were some initial problems with one hand towel arriving with a snag, having caught on the price tag, and Overstock was slow to do anything about, but when I went directly to the manufacturer, they quickly replaced the towel for me and Overstock then removed the shipping charges.
so far i really like these towels. i got them and washed them immediately and they came out great. the reason i'm saying this is because the last towels i purchased (completely different ones) after 2 washes began to fall apart. so.....i am, with great trepidation, giving these 5 stars. i only buy white so i cannot comment on the color, but the white is beautiful and clean. they might have been a tad thicker for my taste but then again, i am reminded that they dry a lot faster.
The plush feeling when you open these towels does remind you of a spa treatment facility, Even after they have been washed they are still super soft. The color seems to be "fixed" - I did not see a lot of the color in the rinse cycle of the wash. They look great in our renovated master bathroom - color makes an excellent contrast of color to the white marble-looking porcelain tiles we had installed. Will be back for another color.
I bought these for a gift for my daughter, who wanted to change her hall bath to kind of an aqua based color theme. I wasn't sure whether the color of these would work, but brighter aqua can look kind of "cheap" and this color looked richer. She hasn't started using them yet, but we both liked the way they look a lot and the color seems perfect.