What is the difference between the Bloomingdale’s Abyss Super Line towel and the Abyss Super Pile towel from Fine Linen and Bath

At Fine Linen and Bath, we routinely get requests to help our clients choose among multiple options from luxury brands to find their ideal towel. Today, we're sharing our expertise by comparing two high-end, heavy-weight luxury towels from Abyss: the best-selling Abyss Super Pile, carried at Fine Linen and Bath, and Abyss Super Line, exclusive to Bloomingdale's.

Both of these styles are investment-quality bath linen made from 100% Egyptian Giza extra-long-staple cotton for maximum beauty, luxury, and absorbency. Abyss Super Pile is the best-selling, signature style from the legendary manufacturer; the Abyss Super Line is carried by Bloomingdale's at higher price points with more limited sizing and color choices. Learning more about each style can help you decide which towel works best for you, but -- trust us -- you'll never go wrong choosing an Abyss luxury bath towel.

Abyss Super Pile versus Bloomingdales Super Line towels

With that said, let's take a closer look so you can discover your perfect towel choice.

Abyss Super Pile Towels

Abyss' best-selling towels, Abyss Super Pile towels are crafted from heavy, super absorbent, long loop-style terry.

Super Pile Towels will surround you in spa-like softness. They're thick and heavy at 700 GSM; they've been described as feeling like a warm, luxurious hug (GSM is a measure of weight that means "grams per square meter" and is directly aligned with a towel's quality, feel, and performance).They come in all 60 colors and the biggest variety of sizes (the large hand towel works wonderfully on hair).

Best for: Those who love a heavy plush towel with lots of versatile size and color options. The Abyss Super Pile collection comes in 60 colors and offers four hand/fingertip towel sizes, three bath towel/bath sheet sizes, two bath mat sizes, and even a matching bath robe.

Abyss Super Pile towel from Fine Linen and Bath

  • 100% extra-long-staple Egyptian Giza cotton
  • Heavy weight, 700 GSM
  • 60 colors
  • Multiple sizes for hand towels, bath towels/bath sheets, bath mats
  • Coordinating robe available in all 60 colors

Bloomingdale's Abyss Super Line Towels

The Bloomingdale's Abyss Super Line towels are a plush, spa-level towel with signature Abyss craftsmanship weighing in at 700 GSM. These towels are made exclusively for Bloomingdale's and feature a wide dobby (5½ inches) on one end. They are available in 33 color choices with a fairly limited size range (likely due to their price point) with only one choice each for hand towels, bath towels, bath sheets, and bath mats.

Best for: Loyal Bloomingdale's linen shoppers who love to indulge in fine bath linen; the Abyss Super Line can frequently be found on sale at Bloomingdale's. The Super Line collection offers 33 stunning colors, and towel sizes including hand towels, bath towels, bath sheets, and tub mats.

Bloomingdale’s Abyss Super Line towel

  • 100% extra-long-staple Egyptian Giza cotton for durability
  • Heavy weight, 700 GSM
  • 33 colors
  • Limited size choices
  • Stylish dobby for a tailored look

Comparing Abyss Super Pile Towels vs. Abyss Super Line Towels by Bloomingdale’s

 

Abyss Super Pile
Fine Linen and Bath

Abyss Super Line 
Bloomingdale’s

Weight (GSM)

700 GSM

700 GSM

Fabric

100% Egyptian Giza Extra-Long-Staple Cotton

100% Egyptian Giza Extra-Long-Staple Cotton

Design

Plain long loop terry

Long loop terry with wide 5.5” dobby on one end

Feel

Plush, spa-like comfort

Plush, spa-like comfort, very similar to Super Pile

Dry Time

Long

Long

Color Options

60

33 (all comparable to Super Pile collection colors)

Towel Size Options

Wash - 12" by 12"
Fingertip - 12” x 20”
Hand - 17" x 30"
Large hand - 21" by 39"
Large hand - 23" by 43
Bath towel - 28" by 54"
Euro bath sheet - 39” x 59”
Bath sheet - 40" x 72"

Limited to:

Wash - 12" x 12"
Hand - 17" x 30"
Bath towel - 28" by 54"
Bath sheet - 40" x 72"

Bathtub mat

Small Double Bath Mat: 20" x 31"
Medium Double Bath Mat: 23" x 39"

Tub Mat: 20" x 31"

Matching Robe

Yes, available in all 60 colors

No

Price Range

$20 - $153

$30 - $205*
Often on sale for $23 - $163

Shipping Lead Time

White, Ecru, Ivory, Linen will ship immediately
All other colors 2 to 3 weeks

Generally two-day turnaround but not all sizes/colors available immediately

Quality and craftsmanship of the Super Pile vs. Super Line towels

Both Abyss Super Pile and Bloomingdale's Abyss Super Line towels from Bloomingdale's are made in Portugal from 100% Egyptian Giza Extra Long Staple Cotton. While other brands may incorporate different grades of Egyptian cotton in their towels, Abyss uses the Giza in all three weaving directions: weft, warp and pile made of double twist. This makes Abyss towels low in lint, stronger, and longer lasting. Furthermore, Abyss puts proportionately more weight into the pile of the towel as opposed to the base, which makes the towels more absorbent than other towels of the same weight.

Our verdict: A tie between Super Pile and Super Line towels.

Design details of the Super Pile vs. Super Line towels

Abyss Super Pile and Bloomingdale's Abyss Super Line both feature Abyss' classic design details, including a signature bias tape trim and a continuous, rounded corner finish that makes them more durable than towels with the traditional square finish. They're also both pre-shrunk and "piece-dyed" after sewing to ensure the towel, label, and trim are color matched. Bloomingdale's Super Line towel also features a wide dobby on one end that measures 5½ inches.

Our verdict: A tie between Super Pile and Super Line towels.

Weight and feel of Super Pile and Super Line

Both towels are incredibly soft to the touch and beautiful, and both certainly qualify as a spa-weight, luxury towel. In our estimation, these are essentially the same towel with a slight design difference (the dobby on Super Line) and different price points (the Super Line collection retails higher).

Our verdict: A tie between Super Pile and Super Line which weigh and feel very similar.

Caring for Abyss towels

Laundering wears out any towel, and care must be used when washing either Abyss Super Pile or Abyss Super Line from Bloomingdales towels. Wash in cool water temperatures and do not over-dry, as drying hot will greatly reduce the life of the towel. Do NOT bleach or use any detergent containing bleach; we recommend using a detergent specially formulated to care for fine linens. Beware of facial creams or ointments, which can also bleach out the color. Wash whites and colors separately, and do not launder with jeans, bras, or any other items that may snag. If pulls or snags should occur, simply snip them down to the level of the other loops. Follow these simple directions for caring for your Abyss towels.

Our verdict: A tie between Abyss Super Pile and Super Line towels.

Versatility of Super Pile when compared to Super Line

With 60 color choices for Super Pile as opposed to 33 for Super Line, more towel and rug sizes, as well as the availability of a coordinating robe, the Abyss Super Pile line from Fine Linens and Bath offers luxury bath towel shoppers more flexibility and ability to customize their towel set.

Our verdict: The clear winner is Abyss Super Pile due to the color selection and additional towel size options.

Price and value between the Abyss Super Pile and Bloomingdale's Abyss Super Line towels

Both Abyss Super Pile and Bloomingdale's Abyss Super Line towels are luxury bath linens among the finest in the market. As such, they represent a significant investment. In general, the Abyss Super Pile towel collection is more affordable. However, the Abyss Super Line towels can sometimes be found at a discount at Bloomingdale's. As they are essentially the identical towel (with the exception of the dobby on the Super Line) we do not recommend paying the significantly higher retail price for the Super Line.

Our verdict: The winner is the Abyss Super Pile towels for their consistent value.

Our pick in the comparison between the Abyss Super Pile towel and Super Line is...

Abyss Super Pile towels, the superior choice for price, value, and versatility. 

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