Ah, bliss! These towels are so soft, and yes, absorbent, and the set covers all needed sizes. I grew up with scratchy ancient cotton towels, and then embarked on a lifetime of rather heavier newer ones, but always found them too thick. Then I discovered bamboo towels from a place that doesn't ship in a town I no longer live in. I also ended up giving away a complete set to a besotted friend. No looking back! I also liked the color selection at Overstock and wanted something that was a little bit offbeat, so chose the tangerine red. This is actually a perfect, muted orange that picks up the rather discrete orange in my slate bathroom tiles, so it's a dramatic effect now. To wash them is fine. I don't use a drier, so give them a good shake to bring up the pile before I hang them to dry, and when I put them out for use.