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Our favorite kitchen towels all cost less than $25 per set

A good towel (or two) is an essential tool for anyone in the kitchen, regardless of their cooking skills. Whether you consider yourself a skilled cook or not, you need a kitchen towel that will soak up spills, act as a potholder, and not leave any lint behind.

The best kitchen towel will serve as a kitchen multitool without costing you a fortune. Since you should keep several on hand so you don’t have to increase your laundry frequency just for kitchen towels, you want a towel that you can buy a handful of and not break the bank. We’ve found some excellent linen kitchen towels and many others that get the job done. The best part? None of them cost more than $5.

Williams-Sonoma All Purpose Pantry Towels

These 100% Turkish cotton towels are highly absorbent and versatile. They come in a wide variety of colors to match any décor and are soft on dishes and glassware due to the double-sided design. One side features a waffle texture, and the other side has terry loops. These towels are machine washable and OEKO-TEX certified, which means they are verified to be safe from over 350 harmful substances. The towels come in sets of four for under $20, so they’re affordable, too. These are our favorite all-around kitchen towels.

Utopia Towels Kitchen Bar Mops

These kitchen towels are made from 100% ring-spun cotton with hemmed edges to prevent unraveling. The 16-by-19-inch towels are large enough to handle big spills, but not so large that they can’t double as an oven mitt in a pinch. Made from natural materials that contain no harmful chemicals or synthetic materials, these towels are safe for your entire family. These towels are great for glassware since they provide a streak- and lint-free shine when used for polishing. Twelve of these towels come in at under $15, making them our favorite bargain towels.

Aunt Martha’s Flour Sack Dish Towels

These flour sack dish towels come in three different sizes: 18 inches by 28 inches, 28 inches by 28 inches, and 33 inches by 38 inches. Made of 100% cotton and hemmed on all four sides, these towels come pre-washed and bleached. Though flour sack material isn’t the most absorbent, these towels are great for drying freshly-washed produce or straining homemade stock. We also love drying glassware and other delicate items with these towels; they’re lint-free, meaning no annoying streaks or scuffs.

No matter what you do in your kitchen, a good kitchen towel is the one item you can’t live without. From polishing glassware to sopping up spills, straining chicken stock to drying washed produce, the towels above can handle all of these jobs and more. We know that, no matter which towel you choose, you and your kitchen will be in good hands.

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