We test the most popular car drying towels by putting them through their paces so you don’t have to! See which one gets recommend as the best car drying towel in our test!
How We Tested The Best Drying Towel
Each drying towel was tested over 4 weeks worth of washing and drying on a standard sized vehicle.
We tested to see which one removes the most water, was best at avoiding swirl marks, cleaned dirt away the best and left you some change to try a new car wax!
Best Car Drying Towel Reviews
We Say: The Auto Finesse Aqua Deluxe is extremely effective at absorbing water and very gentle to paint with its 1200gsm density, the highest count on our test.
In our drying tests we found the increased surface area gave lots of water absorbing power and was one of the quickest to dry the test vehicle once bedded in.
The extra thick density also made it very gentle on the paintwork and the ultra thick pile made it very safe against swirl marks with very little signs of marring.
Just like water any residual dirt has a lot of places to be lifted away from the paintwork and was the least likely towel to scratch on the test even when we tested it on drying up a patch of dirt.
The only downside we found was that it initially left green lint on the vehicle so required a wash before use, only later we found out this was written in the instructions..guilty!
Size: 5 sq.ft.
Review: The Kent Q6100 Extra Large Drying Towel was the cheapest towel on test but noticeably thicker and softer than some of the more expensive offerings.
Despite the cheap price tag the Kent Car Care drying towel was very effective at absorbing the remaining rinse water on the car.
It quickly dries to a streak and water-spot free finish on our small test vehicle, any medium to large vehicles would need to wring it out or use a second towel.
The edge of the towel is also very good quality with a sewn in silk soft edge to minimise scratching and provide a quality feel.
Overall the towel is surprisingly good quality and performed better than some of its more expensive rivals.
A slightly larger size would enable full drying of medium to large vehicles but for the low price and highly effective water absorption they are cheap enough to buy two.
Size: 60 x 60cm
Review: Dodo Juice Basics Of Bling range is their cost effective range of products to compliment their usually premium, but still cost efficient, range.
The Basics Of Bling Drying Towel performed well with its medium pile microfibre and high absorbency.
It made light work of drying our small test vehicle but like the Kent Car Care and Autoglym towels, a second towel would be needed to fully dry larger cars.
The medium pile also outperformed against the low-pile towels from Autoglym & Meguiars in the dirt cleaning test leaving less marring and removing more dirt.
A great towel that performs well and an average price that puts it in the middle of the test field leaves this towel in the middle of the results.
Size: 60 x 60cm
Review: Autoglym Hi-Tech Microfibre Drying Towel adds to their line up taking over from the old chamois drying cloth.
It’s a good move forward using their microfibre drying towels rather than a chamois as it will inflict less swirl marks and dry quicker.
But while its an improvement over their older Aqua Dry drying towel, its short pile and less water absorbing capacity over the other towels on test make it fall short of a podium finish.
A good buy to replace your chamois leather for improved care of your paint but far better towels available for the same money.
Size: 55 x 78 cm
We Say: We were expecting good things from Meguiars due to its large and well established brand.
However in our tests while it initially seemed to performed well it didn’t feature anywhere near the amount of water absorbing properties of some of the other drying towels.
It does have a waffle weave design which is meant to be superior in water absorbing but the lack of thick fluffy pile like the Auto Finesse Aqua Deluxe just doesn’t feel as pleasant to work with it as safe on the paint.
Long term tests also proved that the towel started to break down around the edge making it fall apart and make it basically useless.
Overall it’s initially good at absorbing water but it’s low pile makes it better suited for tougher tasks like drying wheels and door shuts.
Drying Towel Review Verdict
All the drying towels on test did what they were supposed to do and remove water from bodywork.
The Auto Finesse Aqua Deluxe stood out with its ultra thick, fleece-like structure that feels like something you would want to sleep on and its great water absorbency it was just let down by the lint left over the vehicle on the initial couple of uses.
The Meguiars water magnet was a surprise not performing as well as expected but was the only one to feature a waffle weave structure.
The Autoglym Hi-Tech Drying Towel is a good towel that would be a good step up from any chamois as it quickly removes water leaving a streak free finish, it was just the fact that it wasn’t as thick as the top podium contenders which didn’t give it the swirl-resisting safety that its opponents feature.
Third place goes to Dodo Juice BOB drying towel for is medium plush-ness, ease of water removal, quality and average price.
Second place goes to Kent Car Care Q6100 which performs as well as the big boys making it easy to dry your vehicle quickly and a plush, cuddly feel makes it very safe for your paintwork.
The price also helps put it into the podium and if you’re looking for the best value towel then buy the Kent Q6100 drying towel with confidence and get great value towel that can be used again and again.
First place, therefore, goes to the Auto Finesse Aqua Deluxe. Despite its shaky start its got the most amount of microfibre per inch and a ridiculously thick pile.
To compliment this it features a durable and quality feeling core that makes it a pleasure to use over the thinner counterparts.
It soaks up as much water as you can throw at it and was the safest towel on test against swirl marks. Lets see if it remains king on our next test!