I purchased this in green and adore it. I intentionally picked one that was not the waffle weave, as I like the straight moisture sucking cotton on my skin. I've had several fouta's over the years, and this is right up on top of my stack for absorbency. Some just don't absorb well, but this one is great. I have dry skin, so getting water off my body ASAP is important to me. Just toss it in the wash the first time to get it completely wet, then it sucks up liquid like crazy. Never use fabric softener on towels of any kind, it kills the absorbency. I don't put my fouta's in the dryer, even though this one says it can go on low. I just hang it on the shower bar after a wash, and it's usually completely dry within an hour. This one does tend to wrinkle a bit more than others, but that's not a deal breaker for me. They are huge, about the size of bath sheets, and fold incredibly small and flat. Great for vacations, beach, camping, or picnic blankets.