Purchased a set of White towels despite reading many reviews that the seam stitching seems to be a hit or miss gamble. With the price paid, Overstock should be more wary of the Quality Control on these towels. Knowing the possible fragile nature of these towels I did my initial wash before use on Gentle Cycle and Tumble Dry Gentle on Low heat. They produced TONS of lint.....we had to empty the lint catcher 3 times. Out of my 6 towels...5 were fine but on one of the large towels the side seam came undone and the towel began to fray. After using the undamaged large towel, it is my opinion as with any towel that they need a break-in period. They have very short loops and currently are not the most super absorbent but they are very soft & thick and and should improve with use....however you understand if I am dubious of the seams lasting long enough for them to reach that level. So YMMV.....buy with caution and know that you may get a bad batch and need to replace them. It is kind of unacceptable that a towel should need to be treated so gingerly.