We were very impressed with the overall softness of these towels, softer than any we've ever had in our 34 years of marriage. However, they don't seem to be as absorbent as the ones we were replacing. They absorb some, but it feels like the water is shoved around your skin, then you are left to air dry. Not so bad in summer weather, but I imagine this winter I will freeze! Also, they weren't quite as large as our old towels. I think they were about as long, but they are narrower. I gave 3 stars, because they are very nice towels, just not as absorbent as I would like.
I love these sheets, but the color is more like gray or silver than sand.