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Kitchen towels and pot holders?

After checking the local sources, I came up empty so now the online search begins. The pot holders available at the local sources were all thin and synthetic and seemed pricey for what they were. The kitchen towels were all synthetic as well which has caused me some grief in the past with the microwave (a little oil on a potato in the microwave).

Where do you find thick natural fiber pot holders and good quality natural fiber kitchen towels?

I'm willing to pay good money for good quality but, I'm not looking for some super premium product endorsed by some famous (or infamous) chef either.

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  1. I am able to find many cotton kitchen towels in HomeGoods and TJMaxx. As for online, I have bought rayon/bamboo kitchen towel:

    http://www.amazon.com/Harold-Import-0...

    1. Where do you live? Like CK, I've had no problem with thick, 100% cotton. Almost anywhere. Be careful with those synthetics - you can burn yourself.

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      1. re: c oliver

        I'm in Arizona with limited access to name brand stores. The economy out here is pretty bad so, shopping in general caters to the cheapest imports available.

        Walmart around here only has synthetic materials or very thin cotton. I want something thick enough not to burn my hands or laminate countertop when I have a hot pan or skillet. I really DO NOT want synthetic fabric.

        1. re: Sid Post

          Target has a pretty good selection, most of what they carry local to me is cotton.
          I've also found some bamboo/cotton blend kitchen towels at Kohl's--they are "Food Network" brand but they perform beautifully. I just picked up 2 more about a month ago to replace some that I've had for about 2 years and were getting a little frayed.

      2. I like the pot holders and towels from Williams Sonoma.

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        1. re: cheesecake17

          For me, anything from WS is just too expensive. Crate & Barrel is great.

          1. re: c oliver

            I buy them when they put the "old" colors on sale.

            1. re: cheesecake17

              After an unplanned trip, I stopped by some shops on my way home. Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target, etc. were a waste of time, having only very thin and cheap imports.

              I did stumble into a Williams-Sonoma and found a few pot holders on the clearance table for $5. While they seemed a little spendy at $5 each, they were the only ones that weren't very thin and they are 100% cotton.

              I'm still a little surprised that it is so hard to find high quality pot holders in today's economy and marketplaces. The desire for cheap disposable stuff seems to really rule the consumer options today.

              1. re: Sid Post

                $5 isn't so spends, considering the junk at target were $4.
                I picked up cotton lined silicone pot holders at wegmans. They were $15 each, reduced to $3

        2. I discovered some great finds at the Tuesday Morning store, but it's quite hit and miss. And for pot holders, I love my "mitten" ones made of silicone.

          1. I buy fairly inexpensive ones at Ikea because I go through them at a steady clip:

            http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pro...

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            1. re: tcamp

              I'm glad for this reminder. I recently realized that almost all of mine (and I have a goodly number) are stained beyond repair. We're going to be in Seattle soon and it's never complete without a trip to Ikea.

              1. re: tcamp

                That's what I do. And I use the towels as potholders.

                1. re: Savour

                  I use towels as potholders also. I've never found a potholder including mitts to work as well. They always feel awkward.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    I have a great pair that need replacing. I think they were WS but they no longer carry that style :(