My Cooling Store's 2020 Cooling Towel Guide




Welcome to the Buyer's Guide for our large selection of cooling towels. We realize that cooling towels may be a new product for many of our customers, so we hope this guide will help you find the best product for your specific needs. We've included cooling neck wraps and cooling bandanas in the same category as cooling towels, so this guide will include them as well. 


Let's start with materials commonly used in cooling products:


  • PVA
  • Microfiber
  • Cooling Gel Beads
  • Hybrid
  • Ice Pack Bands



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Here is a more detailed breakdown of the materials:



PVA Cooling Products

PVA (Polyvinyl Acetate) is a material used in many of the cooling products. This material is super absorbent, which means that it retains water for a long period of time. This provides cooling for much longer than standard fabrics. What's even better about PVA is that it is dry to the touch. As long as the material isn't completely saturated with water, you can wrap it around your neck without getting soaked! PVA towels are great options for activities where you will be exposed to the heat for an extended period of time. If the PVA towel starts to feel warm or drys out, you can simply wet the towel, wring it out, and wave it in the air like whirring helicopter blades to reactivate the cooling properties.


Our Favorites:



Pros:

  • Super-absorbent material retains water for long periods
  • Long-lasting cooling
  • Reusable
  • Machine washable


Cons:

  • Towels become rigid when they dry out
  • Color selections are more limited in most brands


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Microfiber Cooling Products

Microfiber cooling products such as cooling towels, cooling neckbands, and cooling bandanas use some of the same concepts as the PVA towels. Their microfiber design employes specialized fabrics that retain water much better than standard towels. The microfiber is also very soft to the touch which makes them popular solutions for athletes. The microfiber cooling towels do not become rigid or stiff when they dry out like the PVA towels, so some people prefer microfiber due to this fact. However, microfiber cooling towels generally do not provide the same duration of cooling as PVA towels. Microfiber is still a great option, and these towels can be easily reactivated by dipping in cool water.


Our Favorites:


Pros:

  • Ultra-soft fabric
  • Provides cooling longer than standard fabrics
  • Reusable
  • Machine washable


Cons:

  • Cooling doesn't last as long as some other options


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Cooling Gel Bead Products

Some cooling products contain cooling gel beads. These are common in cooling neck ties and cooling bandanas. The gel beads are very small when dry, and they enlarge up to 100 times their original size when they become wet. The wet gel beads mesh together which creates a large gel layer that feels great around your head or neck. This gel pad feels much cooler than the surrounding air and provides long-lasting comfort. Many of these products are 30-40 inches in length which gives the user enough room to tie them in place. Common applications for these cooling gel products are construction sites, yard work, or any activity where the user will be outside for an extended period of time. The main drawback of this type of cooling product is that the gel pads can become a bit slimy after repeated use.


Our Favorites:



Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Long-lasting cooling
  • Reusable
  • Great solution for workforce or bulk purchases


Cons:

  • After many uses, gel beads become less absorbent


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Hybrids with PVA and Microfiber

Since both PVA and microfiber cooling products are very popular for their individual reasons, some manufacturers have begun to create hybrid products to provide the best of both worlds! These hybrids often contain a strip of PVA material in addition to either a microfiber or standard cotton. The PVA portion provides super-absorbent capabilities and long-lasting cool. Microfiber material gives the soft feel that so many consumers enjoy. When added together, you get an ultra-soft comfortable product that retains water for long periods providing long-lasting cooling!


Our Favorites:


Pros:

  • Soft AND long-lasting cooling
  • Innovative concept
  • Reusable
  • Machine washable


Cons:

  • Few options currently available
  • Limited color selection


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Ice Pack Band Cooling Wraps

For the absolute best cooling, we carry cooling wraps with removable ice pack inserts. These products are generally comprised of soft cotton fabric with an internal pocket that holds the removable ice packs. These ice bands provide extreme cooling and make great options for post-workout, sore muscle treatment, or for a quick cool down at your job site. The ice packs need to be frozen, so access to a freezer is a necessity for these products.


Our Favorites:


Pros:

  • Quick and intense cooling
  • Reusable
  • Great for muscle aches


Cons:

  • Need to freeze after each use
  • Cooling ends after the ice packs melt


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We hope this cooling towel buyer's guide has been helpful for you. If you still have questions or need more information, please contact us via email at support@mycoolingstore.com or give us a call at 888-406-1984. Our warming and cooling experts are always happy to assist in your buying decisions!


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