Hosepipe bans have made washing the car harder for many of us, but don’t be tempted to skip drying afterwards – as you will have wasted not only your time but also precious water.
Minerals in water leave marks on just-washed paint when they dry, so it’s essential to shift them – especially if you plan to wax and polish your bodywork.
The traditional chamois leather has been overtaken by more user-friendly microfibre cloths, which are the easiest way to dry your car. There’s a huge choice, so we tried 12 to find the best.
How we tested them
After measuring each cloth to see what you got for your money, we assessed how much water each could absorb. We weighed them when dry, then soaked them in water, drained them for 30 seconds and placed them back on the scales.
The final test was on a soaked panel, where we looked for a dry finish without smearing after just one pass over a section. Price was the final factor; the figures quoted exclude delivery costs.
A second win on the trot for Kent’s monster Microfibre Drying Towel with its unbeatable blend of a keen price and serious thirst. The innovative Sakura – with its hard edge to stop drips – takes second place from Dodo Juice’s pricey but effective Orange Plush.
1. Kent Extra Large Microfibre Drying Towel
2. Sakura Drip Stop Drying Towel
3. Dodo Juice Orange Plush