These are simply the best towels ever. We have had them now for a couple of months. They've been washed several times and they have never had a shedding or pilling issue. They are just as good now as they were when they arrived. They are very soft on one side, and more scrachy (for exfoliating) on the other. They are very thick. My husband, who is very picky about his towels, loves them as well. Would definitely buy again or buy for a gift for someone just starting out in their own home.