I washed these towels when I got them and put them in the towel rotation. My husband used one for the first time and was covered in fuzz when he dried himself off with it and it was not very absorbant. He was not a happy camper. I went ahead and took the whole set and washed them and dried them 4 times and although it got a little better after each time in the dryer you could still make a blanket with what I took out of the lint trap. I stopped after 4 times, folded them and put them back in the rotation again. Against his better judgement he used one again and happily he was fuzz free. The towels do look like they've been around the block after all the washings - especially the hand towels - with a bunch of pulls on them but they are more absorbant. I still can't say I'd recommend them and would not purchase them again. They should be much better quality for the price you pay.