​What is the Difference Between a Bath Towel and Bath Sheet?

Posted by Michelle on Mar 10, 2022

Bath Sheet vs Bath Towel


One of the luxuries of the modern era we live in is the fact we get to enjoy nice hot showers whenever we want and with relative ease, you can simply walk into your bathroom, turn the handle over to just the right spot, and you get a lovely hot shower. Or maybe you are someone that enjoys the rush that an ice cold shower gives you right as you wake up in the morning! There is nothing that is going to wake you up faster than that! But after you have finished up in your shower or bath, before you slip into bed or get ready for the day, you will need to dry off and get all the water off of your body.

This is where bath towels play such a crucial role to many people's daily routine. Most people use a towel of some sort to dry off their bodies after they have finished in the shower. The question that remains is, which bath towel should I choose? It's a question we hear all the time as there are multiple sizes, colours and styles to choose from! One of the biggest options to choose from is between a bath sheet, and a bath towel, so let's dive straight into it and understand what the difference is between bath towels & bath sheets.

Bath Sheet Vs Bath Towel

The main difference between a bath sheet and a bath towel is that a bath sheet is typically a larger size compared to a bath towel. This means bath sheets are quite useful for people who have a bigger build and need a towel that can soak up all the water from their body. Many people also love the flexibility that the extra towel provides and find it more comfortable to use a bath sheet and not have to worry about running out of dry towel to use to dry your body!

bath sheet typically measures at around 90cm x 165cm, whereas a bath towel measures at around 70cm x 140cm. All that extra length and width makes a big difference for a lot of people, Obviously we would recommend though that you thoroughly check the sizing information of any bath towel or sheet you buy online to make sure it suits your specific needs. A larger towel is better for a larger surface area so keep that in mind.

Besides the size difference, you will be hard pressed to find many other differences. You can of course expect to see that a bath sheet will be slightly more expensive compared to bath towels because of that larger size, but you shouldn't expect to see a massive price difference. Other than that, you can expect to find most of the same colours, patterns and styles of bath towels and bath sheets.

The other thing to consider when deciding on a bath towel vs bath sheet is the space available on your towel rack or your towel bars and also your linen closets. Bath sheets are considerably larger than bath towels so you may only be able to have a single bath sheet on your towel rack compared to multiple bath towels. You will want to make sure to check this as you will want your towel to dry before you use it next. It ultimately though comes down to personal preference. Do you like a bigger more comfortable towel to use? Or would you rather use a smaller, easier to manoeuvre towel?

Let's take a look at the individual pieces.

What are Bath Towels

Firstly, we have to understand what a bath towel actually is. A bath towel is either a word used in reference to any towel in your bathroom, but can also be used to describe the most popular type of bath towel. This bath towel is typically sized at around 70cm x 140cm, and is appropriate for most people. Bath towels are typically available in a variety of colours, designs and styles so you should always be able to find something that suits your bathroom. We have a very large range of bath towels at My Linen for you to choose from.

The benefits of a bath towel over some other alternatives is obviously that it is appropriately sized for most people. Another positive is the manoeuvrability of the smaller towel is quite great in practise. One of the downsides though is that it is a bit harder to be comfortable whilst you are drying yourself off as it is smaller so you won't keep warm while drying yourself off with a standard bath towel.

You can buy bath towels individually, or you can buy them in a set. These sets are quite handy as they include all of the essential towels you would need in your bathroom, and you can typically find them at a much cheaper price given that it is being bundled. The 7 Piece Bath Towel Sets include 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, 2 face washers and 1 bath mat.

What are Bath Sheets

A bath sheet is very similar to a bath towel, in that it is used to dry off your body after you have a shower or bath. These bath sheets are typically sized at around 90cm x 165cm, and is most appropriate for people who need a larger sized bath towel. This could simply be because the bath towel just isn't enough towel to soak up the amount of water on you, or you have a bit bigger build. Bath sheets are typically more absorbent than bath towels because of the extra amount of material present.

One of the downsides of using a bath sheet is that you will need to have extra space everywhere. Your towel rack, your linen closet etc. Another issue is that because it is larger, it has the ability to soak up more water which is good, but will lead to an increased weight. For some, a larger bath sheet is going to be too cumbersome to use well.

Just like our bath towels range, our bath sheets range also comes in a 7 piece set! In this bath sheet set you will get 2 bath sheets, 2 hand towels, 2 face washers and 1 bath mat. This is a great option for those who are looking to get luxury towels for a bit cheaper. It is also great for those who are looking to have matching towels in your entire bathroom. My Linen has a full range of bath sheet sets that you can browse if you are interested.

Can you use a beach towel as a bath towel?

For some people, a bath towel or a bath sheet is just too small to use comfortably. In this case, a beach towel is a great option and is very usable in this scenario. Just make sure that you have enough space on your towel rack and linen closet to store your beach towel.

And there we have it. If you want any help in choosing the best cotton fabric for you or if you want any more information about our full range of cotton bedding, we have a team of experts ready to help you! You can contact us via email or give us a call!