These are simply different- in their own class. We ordered these with some heavy towels from Overstock, perhaps because we could not feel either one before purchasing. I thought the heavy ones would be luxurious-heavy. Instead they are like drying off with a cotton bath mat. On the other hand, these make me feel that I am at an opulent Turkish bath. They are fairly light, but lavish, and have their own special weave. An excellent choice & worth every cent of the extra $.