So here's the good and the bad of these towels. When you wash them they fluff up and are incredibly soft. HOWEVER, you will have to wash them MULTIPLE times by themselves to "delint" them. The first time I washed them, it looked like a towel crime scene in my washing machine and dryer! It's actually rather incredible that so much can wash off these towels, yet they seem to improve as it happens. As I said, I washed AND dried these a total of three times before I felt even remotely comfortable letting people use them or washing them with other items. They are super soft and absorbent now, and after the initial work to get them usable, they are a wonderful set. Just be prepared for the "pre-use" work necessary to make them great.