10 Best Microfiber Towels (for Drying, Waxing, and Detailing Cars)

Microfiber towels are one of the best cleaning inventions in the past century. They are soft, lightweight, durable, and exceptionally absorbent.

If you want to dry, wax, or detail your car or truck effectively, then you must have a number of these around. Because of their high absorbency, they’ll save you time. Because of their softness, they’ll save your paint (from scratches).

Before using a microfiber towel for the first time, make sure to cut off any tag that's attached. While a clean microfiber towel won't cause scratches, the tag itself can.

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Top 10 Microfiber Drying Towels For Cars

The good news is that microfiber towels are inexpensive. The only problem is that the quality of the material can vary between manufacturers.

You must have a product that won’t leave lint or debris when drying or waxing your car. It should be soft enough for the most sensitive finishes while having the strength to manage the entire job by itself. These are the brands that fit this description.

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1) The Rag Company “Dry Me a River” Waffle-Weave Towels

waffle weave drying towelsWe’re huge fans of products from The Rag Company. They know their stuff and make high quality detailing products. These microfiber towels provide you with more than 400,000 fibers per square inch and are arguably the best microfiber towels for your car.

The 100% South Korean super plush AA-grade split microfiber is considered by many to be the highest quality microfiber available. These towels are rated 400 GSM and provide the softest, and most scratch-free application out there.

Like other microfiber towels, you’ll want to wash them prior to the first use using a mild detergent and then dry on low heat.

2) Chemical Guys Premium Microfiber Towels

microfiber towel reviewsProbably the most popular microfiber towels for cars, these Chemical Guys professional grade microfiber towels are super absorbent and are composed of 380,000 strands per inch of highly refined loop microfiber.

These dual-sided plush towels (one side is lower pile; the other more plush) are rated at 380 GSM and are perfect for drying, removing dried wax, cleaning your windshield, and other auto detail tasks. Available in 3 sizes (16 x 16, 16 x 24, 25 x 36), they are what many professional auto detailers use.

3) Chemical Guys Wooly Mammoth Drying Towel

best car drying towelThis huge microfiber drying towel measures 36 x 25 inches in size, and uses silk-banded edges to create a softer result. You will feel the plushness of the material immediately which results in excellent absorbability. The Woolly Mammoth by Chemical Guys is the best car drying towel on the market.

It can hold over a gallon of water allowing you to dry your vehicle in just one pass. The manufacturer uses precise split fibers with a spiral pattern to generate results. Do not use a fabric softener with this product as it will reduce the static charge and reduce the drying effectiveness.

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4) MATCC Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

microfiber towels for carsThese 16 x 16 inch, 380 GSM MATCC microfiber towels are both soft and incredibly absorbent. They work without leaving any streak residue or lint while drying or waxing. They won’t scratch your surfaces either, whether you’re using them on you car, truck, motorcycle, boat, RV, or home furnishings.

Like other microfiber cloths, they are machine-washable as well, allowing you to reuse them hundreds of times (they get better with age). They are rated for use on glass, crystal, and mirrors too.

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5) Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

microfiber towels for auto detailingZwipes microfiber towels are one of the best values out there. These 12″ x 16″ cloths are not the heaviest weight and are constructed with 110,000 fibers per square inch. But they are very absorbent, won’t scratch surfaces and can be used hundreds of times.

Use these to replace paper towels. They cost less than a roll but instead of just tossing them away, you can toss them in the washing machine to reuse over and over. Available in packs of 12, 24, 36, and 48.

6) AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

microfiber ragsAmazon’s own brand of microfiber towels are surprisingly good and very inexpensive. These 12″ x 16″ ultra-soft microfiber cleaning towels can clean with or without chemical agents because of their absorbent nature. Each cloth can take on about eight times its own weight, which makes this product the perfect drying cloth for your vehicle.

Made from 90% polyester and 10% polyamide, you’ll receive a streak-free result with this product. Since they are not as thick as other cloths, they are best used for drying, cleaning, and dusting. Go with a thicker microfiber towel for removing car wax or polish. Also, make sure to wash them away from your clothes since the colors do tend to run.

7) Mighty Cleaner Premium Car Shammy Towel

best towel for drying carWhile it’s not a microfiber towel, we wanted to include the Mighty Cleaner shammy cloth as a good vehicle drying alternative. This large 26″ x 17″ chamois cloth is unmatched when it comes to drying your car. It’s like having a towel and sponge in one product.

After use, you’ll want to store it slightly damp, inside the plastic tube it came in. This will prevent it from getting stiff and crunchy between uses.

8) Mixigoo Microfiber Car Cleaning Towels

high quality microfiber towelsAt 1,200 GSM, the Mixigoo microfiber cleaning towels are one of the thickest that you’ll find on the market today at a budget-friendly price. You can detail the interior or exterior of your car with ease thanks to its 16″ x 16″ design. It’s perfect for car wax removal, buffing out polish, or polishing chrome.

There is no piling, fading, or fluff even after it goes through the wash for the first time. You can absorb over twice what the standard cloths offer with this item, so use them wet or dry for whatever detailing job you’re tackling.

9) Meguiar’s X2020 Supreme Shine Microfiber Towels

large microfiber drying towelIf you want one of the fastest and easiest ways to remove water, wax, and polish from your vehicle, then consider Meguiar’s X2020 microfiber towels. As one of the best known brands in auto detailing products, you can trust these towels for swirl-free and scratch-free results.

This product is compatible with glass, plastics, and chrome to create the show-like results that you want. These towels absorb twice as much water as the standard terry towel, which means it takes less work to get the job done. Like others, it’s machine-washable so you can use it for years.

10) Buff Detail Microfiber Car Towels

best microfiber clothInstead of weaving microfiber into a polyester base, Buff Detail microfiber towels take the opposite approach. That means you’ll achieve even more absorbency without the threat of linting or scratching.

These 16 x 16 cloths are tagless as well, which means there is nothing on the item that can damage your paint while drying or waxing. They feature a plush 400 GSM thickness with dual sides (one plush; one a tighter weave) to handle and task you throw at them. Slightly more expensive than some, but the higher quality is noticeable.


The best microfiber towels for drying and waxing cars will let you enjoy the convenience of a highly absorbent product without compromising on softness. Choose one of these items today to take the work out of your next job.


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