The Great British Summer strikes again! It's the beginning of August and our days are filled with a mix of sunshine and showers with bright blue skies followed by dark thunderous clouds - the perfect time to get out and try the new Henry Wag Microfibre Dog Drying Towel with Albie and Kizzie.
Read on for our full product review.
The Henry Wag Microfibre Pet Towel is a "luxurious microfibre Pet Cleaning and Drying Towel which easily removes dirt and water from your pet’s coat. It absorbs more water and dries more quickly than regular towels".
Without question, the first thing that struck us as we handled the towel to remove it from the packaging was how soft the fabric is. The microfibre is designed to be super absorbent in order to wick water away, soak it up and dry pets quickly, Henry Wag have managed to combine this industrial, super-powered feature with a fabric so soft that it could easily be mistaken for a sumptuous blanket.
As we continued to handle the towel and unfold it, the fabric just kept on coming, we couldn't help but be impressed at how sizable the microfibre pet towel was giving us a real sense of confidence that it was going to effective at drying Albie and Kizzie.
The colour is a very fashionable and on-trend grey with elegant pale blue/duck egg piping and a Henry Wag logo and as we looked out at the soggy ground we realised how practical it was going to be.
We haven't used a microfibre towel before and truth be told we have often looked at these sorts of things and felt they are probably a bit of a gimmick - what's wrong with one of our old towels? But excited to be proved wrong we all got into the car and headed out.
It was a walk of mixed fortunes. One minute the rain poured out of the sky in bucket loads...
The next it was blue sky and sunshine with lots of fun puddles to explore!
Having got a good soaking we went back to the car so we could get home to find out if it really is worth using a microfibre towel and to see just how absorbent it could be (in future we would take a towel with us, but it wasn't practical for taking lot's of photos for this blog).
As I write this review I am also taking a moment to do a little additional research and have found outthat some microfibre fabrics can actually hold up to eight times their weight in water - just as well with a soggy Albie & Kizzie!
Instantly it seemed easier to use than traditional bath towels, we found it felt lighter and was easier to move around both Albie and Kizzie's body.
Even though Albie's fur is amazingly thick the towel really did do what it promised and wicked the water away quickly, and easily. His fur was left significantly drier compared to using a normal bath towel and using it to wipe in the direction of his fur at the end also left his fur feeling smooth and looking good.
So how well did it dry Kizzie? Just as well as it did Albie. Kizzie's fur isn't nearly as thick as Albie's and it easily dealt with the challenge of drying both Albie and Kizzie. Kizzie had got muddier on the walk than Albie, we think the way she runs kicks the dirt up more easily but the towel definitely removed remove more dirt from her than a standard towel.
This was Kizzie when we got home....
Overall we felt that it soaked up much more water than our old bath towels and that it is easily the most super absorbent dog towel that we have ever used.
The Henry Wag Microfibre Pet Towel is available in two sizes, small and large. The large (as used in this review) measures 150 x 100cm and the small is 100 x 70cm.
We were really impressed at the size of it, there was plenty of towel to dry them both off with and in fact, we found it so big we could lay it across both dogs at the same time!
Ideally, in the future we would use one towel per dog, this super towel soaked up so much water that we think it would be most effective to have one each. What size towel you need and how many would be likely to vary depending on the size and breed of your dog - for our golden retrievers we think that one each would be our preferred option, especially at such an affordable price.
The towel was easy to use, it felt nicer to use than a traditional bath towel and we felt that it was easier to feel all the angles and curves of Albie and Kizzie's body through the towel to increase drying accuracy.
We also didnt experience the heavy weight of a normal towel because the microfibre seemed to disperse the water more effectively while it glided easily over their bodies, following all the curves and getting into all the crevices.
Albie and Kizzie both seemed to have enjoyed their spa session!
Albie even settled down in his bed while we dried him (one of his beds... he has 3 to choose from!)
A top question for all pet owners! and we are delighted the answer is YES!
No fancy washing settings required just wash at 40 degrees with a little detergent and nothing else, no need for fabric conditioner. Hang it to dry and then it's ready for use again after the next wet walk (or bath).
As we finished up for the day and changed out of our wet clothes we looked into the garden and saw our rabbits Libby & Chuzzlewit..... the crazy little things had clearly sat out in the rain in their run the entire time we were out!
Although the towel was by now really quite damp by now we wanted to see how it might help small animals too.
Chuzzlewit's fur is thick in the same way as our dog Albie, but he wasn't too pleased with being towel dried and thought he was going to be picked up so ran away every time I approached him!
Our other bunny Libby was much more tolerant and seemed curious what this new 'thing' was so she let us run the towel over her. Even though the Henry Wag towel was by now holding a lot of water it still continued to soak more away from Libby and definitely left her drier.
We tried a dog drying coat a few years ago but we didn't really get on with it, the fabric wasn't nearly as nice as the microfibre that Henry Wag have used for their towels and it also seemed a bit of a poor fit so our comparison is based around that - based on our experience of using the Henry Wag towel we would be VERY interested if they were to add a drying coat to their range made from the same sumptuous material.
On rainy days when our dogs go in the garden and need their paws wiping or they have gathered a little water into their fur a towel is perfect for keeping by the back door and we find much more efficient than a drying coat.
Our biggest problem with our old drying coat was that it easily picked up dirt on the outside and didn't seem to disperse the water as well as the Henry Wag microfibre. Without doubt the microfibre was of a different quality and we think in retrospect that this meant dirt was collected on the exterior whether from lying down in the kitchen where wet paws had been or in the car boot after a long walk. The dirty exterior and damp coat along with two still very wet dogs left us unable to allow Albie & Kizzie near the soft furnishings in our house until their fur was dry and we could remove the coat. Using the Henry Wag Microfibre Towel removed this problem entirely.
We were really, really impressed.
The size of the towel was fantastic and it dried both Albie & Kizzie to a standard that exceeded our expectations, plus we had a lovely walk too - a success in every sense of the word.
In the winter months our kitchen often resembles a laundrette with an ever escalating amount of dog towels in the washing machine or being dried. However, the microfibre towel dried quickly after soaking up so much water that we have come to the decision that we will be buying two more towels so that we have one for each dog plus a spare to keep by the back door.
Off to eat our hats now... we are microfibre towel converts!
Now.... what about the microfibre noodle glove, I can't help but want to try that too! (click here)