Up until recently, every time we went to our static van at the seaside, I would load the car up on a Friday night of clothes, towels etc and off we would go. Quite often, if we ended up staying longer than we expected, I wouldn''t have enough towels so this year, I decided to buy some new ones and leave them there, just bringing them home when they needed washing.
The towels are from the Colourmatch range at Argos and are available in store and online. They currently retail at just under 10 pounds for two which I think it quite a good buy, I didn''t want to spend too much as I knew that they wouldn''t get as much use as our towels we have at home. AT the time I purchased, there was a three for two promotion running on the Colourmatch range so I was able to buy twelve towels for the price of eight. For most of my purchases always look at Argos first as I really like their check and reserve facility, this is where you can check stock of any store and if the product is available, reserve until close of business the following day.
For my money, I received two towels, each measuring 140cm x 90cm. They are available in nine different colours, most of which are quite bright and vibrant, I ended up with Purple Fizz which is a deep pink colour, although this wasn''t really my first choice, it was the only ones in stock at the time and as I was buying three sets, I wanted all the same colour. When it comes to absorbency, I was quite impressed with these, previously when I have purchased cheaper towels, all they seem to due is wipe the water around my sin but these soak up quickly and I can dry myself of easily after showering. They are made from 100% cotton are feel lovely and soft, having quite a fluffy feel to them (even after several washes). Having bought cheapish towels in the past, I was concerned when I first purchased these, that they would be a little on the thin side (if this was the case then I would have just took them back) however another surprise for me was that they are quite thick. Even after a few washes, they have still maintained this thickness too which is a bonus.
The towels can be washed at 40 degrees and are suitable for tumble dying, whilst I like how my towels feel after tumble drying, I don''t like the way my electricity meter whizzes around so I try not to use it. Most of the time, I will dry my towels on the washing line, they to still keep their fluffiness, just not as much. I must warn you that when I first washed, a lot of dye seemed to come out judging by the colour of the water I saw swirling around in my machine when in full cycle so I would recommend washing alone for the first few times.
Within the Colourmatch range, there are also bath towels, hand towels, bales and bath sheets which again, are all competitively priced. I am really impressed with the quality of the towels and I would definitely recommend. They get 5 out of 5 stars from me.
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I had my last baby at home, after planning a VERY last minute home birth - we'd only moved in 2 weeks previously (yes, I'm a bit crazy!). Like all recent movers we had hardly any towels as we took the opportunity of moving to chuck away all our tatty old non-matching towels. This was a big mistake as with a home birth you need as many tatty, old non-matching towels you can find! So we decided to buy some cheap new towels for the purpose of the birth, thinking we could chuck them afterwards if necessary without losing too much.
We went to faithful old Argos, and got a few pairs of their Colour Match bath sheets. They were originally £11.99 but at the time reduced to £8 - and £4 per towel seems very reasonable! The Colour Match range at Argos covers a variety of affordable products across many catagories, including kitchenware, bathroom items, bedding etc. and everything is meant to match - though I can't vouch for how well the things match as we chose Jet Black. Other colours in the range include Funky Fuschia, Purple Fizz, Poppy Red, True Purple, Lagoon, Fiesta Blue, Ocean Blue, Apple Green, Chocolate, Cream and Super White - so something for everyone. Colour Match products are also often on a 3 for 2 offer, which makes them even more affordable.
The bath sheets are 100% cotton, a generous size at 140 x 90cm and (for the price) a reasonable weight of 420gsm - which indicates the amount of grams per square metre. Low GSM towels are usually 300-400gsm and quite thin, whereas high GSM tends to be 450-600 for a thicker towel - so these are a good "medium" towel in terms of thickness. Personally I do find them fairly thin compared to my other M&S and Christy towels (which are more than double the price), but they are more than absorbent enough and being thinner allows them to air dry quicker, so not necessarily a bad thing!
The towels are not the softest - but then I struggle to get any towels soft unless I tumble dry them. Which reminds me that not many people know that you aren't meant to use fabric softener on towels, as it coats the fibres and makes them less absorbent! It does make for a scratchy towel when air dried though.
Before using the towels for the first time, it's recommended to wash them first to prevent getting excess fibres stuck to you - but we'd have done that anyway seeing as we were using them for a baby's birth. So we washed and dried them, and folded them in a pile ready for when the day came. However, in the end we didn't use them as there was far less mess than expected during the birth, and I used one of my regular towels for my post-birth shower!
Over the next few days though, we did of course use them, and all I can say is THANK GOODNESS we didn't use them for the birth! They were shedding everywhere! And still, 8 months later, after numerous washes, I get black fibres stuck on me after a bath/shower - perhaps a lighter colour would be less obvious. Despite that though, they don't seem to have thinned or become patchy and actually washed very well. Considering the fact they are black, they haven't faded at all in 8 months and we don't use any fancy detergent for colours.
Overall I would highly recommend these towels as a budget buy (especially if you can get a sale price or 3 for 2), especially if you are a large family and need lots of towels, or starting out in your first home, or a student.
When I first moved into my own flat I badly needed towels to which my Mother bought me. I had my heart set as a single woman on the colourscheme of my bathroom being bright pink as I had seen the Colour Match range of products in Argos and add to that the prices were great. My mum bought me these to go with the matching towel bale and I was really pleased with them...at first!
These measure Size L140, W90cm and all I can say about them is that they are really large and really wide and easily wrap around even a large body!
They come in packs of two and not only in the Funky Fuschia colour that I opted for but also in Super White, Apple Green, Aqua, Ocean Blue, Poppy Red, Purple Fizz, Lagoon and Jet Black, so really there is something from this range to suit most bathrooms!
These are fully machine washable and tumble dry safe but not suitable for ironing however I have to sadly report that after just a few washes just on 30c washes these faded really badly. After a year of using them and washing them often they have lost the initial soft bounce that the cotton first had and they have gone a bit thin and the colour has faded so badly the only bit that hasn't lost its colour is the side of each towel as they have has a thick, flat border and that's stayed intact which looks quite odd against the rest of the faded towel!
They only cost £11.99 for a pack of two of them and initially I loved them, especially the rich, vibrant colour of them but sadly due to fading bad almost from the get go they now need replacing really badly so I cannot recommend these!
Only available from Argos stores.
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