The spread includes all-purpose towels, linen towels, and more.

By Bridget Hallinan
August 05, 2020
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Having a generous supply of dish towels is never a bad idea. The kitchen essential is handy not only for drying dishes, of course, but can also be used to mop up spills around your sink, wipe down glassware, and even serve as decoration, too, if you find some with fun designs. And if you’re looking to add some new ones to your collection—or overhaul it entirely—we’ve gathered some options from several retailers. There are waffle/terry towels from Crate & Barrel; all-purpose towels from Williams-Sonoma; printed towels from Anthropologie; plus, a pick from our editor-in-chief, Hunter Lewis. With a fully stocked set, you can have several clean ones at the ready. Read on for all 12 options and where you can find them.

Where to Buy Dish Towels

Plenty of home goods stores sell dish towels, including Crate & Barrel and Anthropologie, as well as kitchenware stores like Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table. You can also find dish towels via Amazon, Nordstrom, Target, and more. Use the filters for material, color, and rating to find the best fit for you.

What to Consider When Buying Dish Towels

You want your dish towel to be good at, well, drying dishes, so there are a few key factors you should keep in mind. The type of material (e.g., linen, cotton), the absorbency of the material, whether the fibers will leave behind lint (something you want to watch out for with glassware), the size of the towel, and how heat-resistant the cloth is should all factor in. You’ll also want towels that wash easily and well—bonus points if they hold up in the dryer—so that you can put them to work for many, many dishes to come.

As for design, there are options to fit every kitchen, from simple striped towels to colorful prints. We’ve included a mix of both in this selection. Be sure to get a set of at least four to six towels so that you can keep plenty in rotation.

Cotton Striped Towels

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These cotton towels received a near-perfect rating from Crate & Barrel customers, scoring a 4.8 from 99 reviews. The set includes two, which can be machine-washed on gentle (Crate & Barrel recommends washing them separately, and says you shouldn't bleach them) and dried on low heat. As for colors, grey, indigo blue (pictured), mineral blue, and soft yellow are available.

"I purchased some of these towels many years ago," one reviewer wrote. "In the interim I have purchased kitchen towels from other retailers. The towels that outlast all of them? These towels. They are the perfect weave for drying dishes, they are generously sized, and the styling is classic. Highly recommend!"

Cuisine Stripe Indigo Blue Dish Towels, Set of 2, $13 at

Waffle/Terry Towels

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Crate & Barrel’s 100 percent cotton waffle/terry towels are also highly rated at 4.8 stars from 136 reviews. The terry side is “super-absorbent,” while the waffle weave can be used for drying glassware (and won’t leave behind that pesky lint). After you’ve gone through your dishes, you can throw them in the wash on cold (don’t use bleach) and tumble-dry them on low. Pick from indigo, grey, red, white, mineral blue (pictured), and soft yellow colors.

Waffle/Terry Dish Towels, Set of 2, $13 at

Patterned and Colorful Towels

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If you’re looking for a fun print to add to your kitchen, Anthropologie has dish towels that come in all sorts of patterns, such as this gorgeous cotton block print towel (pictured), which scored a 4.8-star rating. Customers were also fans of the cotton multi-colored Lillian dish towel set, which includes three towels with fringed edges and colorful “gradient grid” designs. The collection also has a 4.8-star rating (from 36 reviews), and multiple reviewers praised the towels' absorbency.

Blockprint Dish Towel, $22 at; Lillian Dish Towels, Set of 3, $24 at

Linen/Cotton Towels

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For a cotton and linen blend, try this set of dish towels (also from Anthropologie), which is part of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. Each of the three features a different “vintage-inspired” block print, and you can machine-wash and tumble-dry them after use.

Anthropologie Home Set of 3 Block Print Cotton & Linen Dishtowels, on sale for $18 (will be $28 after the sale) at

Linen Towels

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These tea towels are made from 100 percent linen and come in a set of two, including one plain towel and one striped (pick from white or black). They’re made in France, machine-washable, and the production description’s care section notes, “lint-free, non-static, doesn't pill and naturally repels mold and moths.”

Thieffry French Oatmeal Linen Classic & Stripe Tea Towels (Set of 2), $55 at

All-Purpose Towels

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Like Crate & Barrel’s waffle terry towels, these all-purpose towels from Williams-Sonoma feature a waffle texture on one side and terry on the other. Made from Turkish cotton, the towels are "highly absorbent” and “soft on dishes and glassware,” so you can use them for everything from mopping up spills to drying last night’s wine glasses. You have ten different colors to choose from, too: white, drizzle, jet black (which would be particularly useful for hiding stains), bright blue, red, navy, sage green, lemon yellow, aqua, and jojoba yellow.

All-Purpose Pantry Towels, Set of 4, $20 at

Absorbent Towels

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Williams-Sonoma’s absorbent logo towels, which have terry loops on the back, are also made from Turkish cotton and can be used on dishes and glassware alike. The set includes four, with lemon yellow, sage, bright blue, claret, drizzle, black, and navy logo stripes to pick from. Machine-wash them on warm and tumble-dry them on low—if they get wrinkly, you can iron them. The description promises the towels’ weave will get softer with time as you use them.

Williams Sonoma Absorbent Logo Towels, Set of 4, $25 at

Flour Sack Towels

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These flour sack towels (pictured) are our editor-in-chief’s pick for kitchen towels, and you can use them for a ton of different tasks, including drying dishes and cleaning. Amazon users are fans, too, and gave them a 4.5 rating from 1,358 reviews. They’re made from 100 percent ring-spun cotton and come in a pack of 12. Zeppoli recommends washing the towels before their first use to “improve absorbency and minimize lint.”

You can also find flour sack towels available in a set of three at Sur La Table, which received 21 five-star reviews out of 24—per the product description, the cotton material is “perfect for drying dishes or wiping up spills.” Machine-wash them on cold and tumble dry on low.

Zeppoli 12-Pack Flour Sack Towels, $20 (list $21) at; Flour Sack Towels, 34" x 32", Set of 3, $15 at

Microfiber Towels

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Target customers gave these Mu Kitchen dish towels a 4.4 out of five-star rating. They are “highly absorbent, quick-drying and lint-free,” and you can machine-wash them, too. While the green and royal blue colors are currently out of stock, you can still pick from solid dark gray, light gray, or red, and a red and tan floral pattern as well.

"If I could give this product 10 stars I would!!!!" one reviewer wrote.

Mu Kitchen Microfiber Dish Towel (Set Of 2), $16 at

Check-Patterned Towels

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For a simple check pattern, try these well-reviewed dish towels from Wayfair, which scored a 4.8-star rating from 195 reviews. They’re 100 percent cotton and currently available in black, navy, red, and red-and-white color schemes—note that the product description says to not use fabric softener when washing, “because it coats the cotton fibers causing the towel to become less absorbent.” If they get wrinkly, iron them with low heat.

Gracie Oaks Check Dishtowel (Set of 3), $22 at