Microfibre cloths and car drying towels: reviews & group test

Car drying test
7 May, 2014 11:15am Kim Adams

Which of these 10 microfibre cloths and car drying towels perfectly finishes off your car wash?

It’s tempting to leave your shiny, just-washed and just-rinsed car to dry naturally. But tap water minerals will leave marks, so drying is essential. While a chamois is the traditional way to remove water, they’re hard work. Modern microfibres are easier to use and cheaper.

The best also have a huge absorption capacity, reducing wringing and speeding up drying. They also slide easily over panels, unlike leathers or synthetic PVA versions. We tried 10 to see which wiped out rivals.

How we tested them

we checked how much cloth you got for your money and how much water they could absorb after being soaked and drained for 30 seconds, by weighing them. But the heart of this test was how well each dried our body panel.

We did a series of side-by-side tests to determine which took the least wipes to leave a streak-free finish. Prices here are from online sources, and don’t include delivery costs.


Reigning champ Kent takes the win with its remarkable Extra Large Towel. Huge thirst helps Dodo Juice secure second, and Kent makes it a podium double with easy-to-handle Buffing Towel.

1. Kent Extra Large Microfibre Drying Towel
2. Dodo Juice Double Touch
3. Kent Buffing Towel