Amba® Products Releases Study on Reduced Bacterial Growth on Heated Towels

(ATLANTA) – JULY 19, 2022 – Amba Products (Amba), the nation’s largest supplier of heated towel racks, has conducted and recently released a third-party study by EMSL Analytical Inc testing on the Efficacy of a Heated Towel Rack to Reduce Bacterial Growth on Towels Under Daily Wetting Conditions. According to the study, the results show that the growth of bacteria is significantly reduced on heat-dried towels.

There is evidence that a towel dried after use reduces bacterial growth on towels, according to a study performed in 2021 by the African Journal of Infectious Diseases (AJID). Handled (used) towels will harbor microbes. The study found a correlation between a towel’s drying time and the number of microbes and bacteria the towel contained. It was also determined that microbial growth was killed on towels dried outside, which supports a 2018 report that ultraviolet rays (sun rays) are a sanitizing agent.

But drying towels outside to prevent bacterial growth is not practical for most people. So Amba decided to put the heated towel rack to the test. The company commissioned EMSL Analytical Inc., a leading environmental testing firm to perform testing on the Efficacy of a Heated Towel Rack to Reduce Bacterial Growth on Towels Under Daily Wetting Conditions.

Two simulations were tested. The first measured the amount of organic soiling (dirt) accumulating on the towel from use, and the second test focused on organic soiling and bacteria from human skin. The test was performed over seven days, simulating wetted towels during normal household use.

The test results showed that drying towels on a heated towel rack dramatically reduced bacteria. For example, after seven days, an unheated towel produced 890,000,000 colony-forming units (CFUs) compared to 520,000 CFUs from a heated towel – a decrease in growth of over 99 percent.  Furthermore, the tests also showed a heat-dried towel produced a fresh and or pleasant odor during a seven-day period, whereas the unheated sample produced a musty smell by the fourth day.

Based on these test results, using a heated towel rack not only provides comfort and time savings on laundry; heated towels will also reduce the number of bacteria contained in towels. To read the full report, visit – to learn more about the multiple benefits a heated towel rack offers, visit


About Amba® Products

Amba Products was established in 2004 with a clear goal in mind – to make the heated towel rack a must-have item for every bathroom in North America. While Europeans have been drying and warming their towels on heated towel racks for decades, most Americans have no experience with them. For many Americans, heated towel racks are view as overpriced, not widely available, and seen only in the homes of the rich. A perception has persisted that they are a luxury item out of reach for most American families. 

Amba Products changed this view and is proud to be one of the first companies in the U.S. to introduce consumers to affordable, stylish heated towel racks made of high-quality stainless steel. Initially supplying a handful of clients with top-grade heated towel racks, Amba now proudly boasts the largest variety of products and serves more than 1,200 retailers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Visit to learn more.