These towels are incredibly soft, yet absorbent. I use on baccarat crystal vases and they don't just smear the water around, they absorb like a towel should. Like the other reviewer, i am replacing my older ones even though they are fairly new. They also seem to have held their color well so far.
UPDATE: 9 months in and they have not faded, still absorbent, and they seem to release stains well too (coffee, tomato sauce, wine etc.). I am still happy! Other reviewers have said they are not absorbent, I can only testify to my glass top stove, after washing, then drying with these towels, I then polish it with glass top cleaner. If there is any moisture left on the top of the stove, the polish reacts with the moisture and you can tell it wasn't dry. This doesn't happen when I dry the top immediately after being wet with these towels. Did that make sense?!