Like every other thing on the planet, towels too have quality checks and that is not just the fabric used to make it. While fabrics play a huge role in quality towel manufacturing, there is in fact a unit to understand the quality of the accessory and it is known as GSM.
What is GSM?
Simply, the acronym elongates to grams per square meter – and it is used by towel critics, enthusiasts, and connoisseurs, (yes, such people exist), to chalk out the worthiness of the towel.
But, how is GSM measured?
As the full form suggests, the unit puts into perspective how much fabric has been used to make one square meter of the towel. Depending on where the number is, it is categorized as a premium quality towel or a regular towel. Now, let us take a look at some of the classification levels of GSM –
Between 300 and 400 GSM
These are the light weight variants and they are comparatively thinner when compared to the less denser towels. It’s easy to pack into small carry bags and that is what makes it a great alternative for beach and travel towels. The less dense nature of the fabric weaving also makes it dry a lot faster than the thicker variants one uses at home. Many sports towel manufacturers stick to this category because their towels need to dry fast and the absorption category is not that stressed either, since it is mostly used to wipe swear during workouts and use as a mat over gym equipment!
Between 400 and 600 GSM
A little denser variant, these come with a high absorption capacity and take a little more time to dry than the previous mention GSM range. This range makes for good cardio towels that you need after you sweat out quite a lot during all those running or spinning sessions. In the long run, if you want a towel that is well balanced when it comes to absorption and drying, then this one is the range you are looking for.
Between 600 and 900 GSM
The heaviest, most absorptive, and least fast-drying, these towels come from premium cotton blends and can get pretty heavy after each wash or bath wipe. If you want to really splurge on your towels because they affect your quality of life, then this is the one you should choose. However, if you are planning to use this on the go, then maybe this is not a good option at all, considering all the water weight it can hold and the time it takes to dry.
Generally these dense towels are made from the best and longest yarns of Egyptian and Turkish cottons.
So, now that you know what GSM is all about, you will never look at a towel the same way – also, you have picked up on a few cues as to how Turkish towel manufacturers charge the kind of money that they do for towels.
At the end of the day, it is all about preferences, and you should use the knowledge of GSM to make more educated choices.