What is GSM?

GSM is short for grams per square meter. All fabrics have a weight , and the standard measurement for the weight and quality of fabrics (including towels) is grams per square meter. This number refers to the density of the towel.

Towels can vary anywhere between 300 GSM and 900 GSM. The lower the number, the lighter and thinner the towel.

For instance:

300-400 GSM – In this weight, as noted, the towels are lighter and thinner. But, depending on its use, you might want a lower GSM for the gym towel or a kitchen towel. A lightweight, quicker-drying beach towel might be around 350 GSM, for instance.

400-600 GSM – This is a medium weight. This weight is great for beach towels , bath towels, guest towels and so forth. Each consecutive gram weight – 400, 500, 600 – gets a little heavier, and a little more absorbent.

600-900 GSM – This is a premium , luxury weight. The towel will be denser , heavier , more absorbent. It will probably take a little longer to dry.

Which GSM Weight is Right For Me?

So, what GSM is right for you? There are no rights or wrongs here; put seven people in a room, and you will get seven different answers. Anything over 600 GSM becomes a matter of personal taste and lifestyle.