2017’s Best Beach Bags Reviewed!

You’ve taken it to the beach many many times, but it has seen better days, and it needs to go!  What are we talking about here?  Yep, it’s your decades old beach bag, that you’ve taken with you summer after summer.  The straps are almost done in, the buckles don’t work, the zipper is broken.  And yet you give it one more chance.  Why not try out something new and different?

best beach bag reviews 2016

What do we want from a beach bag?

  • Style – it’s summer time and we would like to acknowledge this fact
  • Simplicity – we want easy care and no fuss, if you please
  • Price – we don’t want to spend a fortune on something that will most likely spend its life full of sand
  • Lightweight – ideally, we would like not to have to be champion weight lifters here
  • Secure – because we don’t want all our valuables falling out
  • Waterproof – a desirable quality in a beach bag, we think

So, do yourself a favour and pick a new seaside companion to take to the promenade this summer.  

Beach Baby has done the research, and offers five different types of the best beach bags that will make your vacation more fun!


#1 – BRC FASHIONS LARGE WATER RESISTANT CANVAS STRIPED BEACH BAG

QUICK STATS

  • DIMENSIONS:  21″ X 15″ X 6.5″
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT:  7.2 OUNCES
  • COLORS:  11+
  • ZIPS UP:  NO
  • ZIP COMPARTMENT:  YES
  • WATER RESISTANT:  YES
  • CARE: WIPEABLE
  • OUR RATING:  4.5 OUT OF FIVE STARS
  • RECOMMENDED FOR ALL ROUND BEACH USE

This bag is just the ticket for days spent idling away at the beach – it is jolly, jaunty, but still utterly practical.

beach bag color options

Beach Baby likes the fact that it comes in loads of different colors, and styles, all variants on bold stripe designs.  We also like its easy care/ easy wipe clean nature, and the fact that this bag has zip compartments within it to secure our valuables.

It is water resistant, and large enough to fit a couple of beach towels, and a whole lot more besides.  The rope handles fit snuggly over the shoulder without digging in – win win!


#2 – SYSRION SAND AWAY BEACH MESH BAG XL TOTE BAG

QUICK STATS

  • DIMENSIONS: 18″X12″X18″
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT: 4 OUNCES
  • COLORS: GREEN
  • ZIPS UP: NO
  • ZIP COMPARTMENT: COMPARTMENTS BUT WITH FASTENERS
  • WATER RESISTANT: YES
  • CARE: HANDWASH
  • OUR RATING: 4.1 OUT OF FIVE STARS
  • RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES

Looking like a cross between a hi viz jacket and a tramp’s string vest, this is definitely more substance over style!

Ideal for a family with lots of toys that will get drenched in sand, and other seaside debris, this can be easily dumped into the shower and hosed clean.  It will dry quickly.

This may not have a zip on it, but it pulls together with a draw string.  It is nice and light, and cheap and cheerful.  Just take care not to put anything too heavy in there.


#3 – SCOUT ORIGINAL DEANO BAG

QUICK STATS

  • DIMENSIONS: 19 X 10 X 15 INCHES
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT: 1.2 POUNDS
  • COLORS: ABOUT A MILLION!
  • ZIPS UP: NO
  • ZIP COMPARTMENT: NO
  • WATER RESISTANT: YES
  • CARE: WIPE CLEAN
  • OUR RATING: 4.6 OUT OF FIVE STARS
  • RECOMMENDED FOR STYLE CONSCIOUS

Whether you’re Dancing With The Starfish, Saved By The Bluebell or Keanu Reefs, there is a pattern and color to suit – this bag is available in approximately 40,000 different hues (only a mild exaggeration!) and perfectly encapsulates the spirit of summer.

beach bag color choices

So maybe it doesn’t zip up, or offer a zip compartment, but it is splash proof and easy to wipe clean in the event of spills.  It is also hard wearing and unlikely to blend into the background.

Your speck on the beach should be easy to find with one of these in tow!


#4 – KS BRANDS LADIES LARGE BEACH SHOULDER TOTE SHOPPING BAG

QUICK STATS

  • DIMENSIONS: 18.5 X 13.3 X 5.5 INCHES
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT: 10.6 OUNCES
  • COLORS: BLUE, BLACK, ORANGE
  • ZIPS UP: NO
  • ZIP COMPARTMENT: YES
  • WATER RESISTANT: NO
  • CARE: DELICATE
  • OUR RATING: 4.3 OUT OF FIVE STARS
  • RECOMMENDED FOR: MULTI PURPOSE

Now this one looks really nice and comes in three shades – blue, black and orange, with a nice big sunflower print.  It doesn’t cost the earth and is pretty lightweight.

With soft rope handles that will easily slip over your shoulder, this can also be used for shopping trips, just as long as you do not overfill it.  No, it doesn’t zip up, but has a popper inside, and there is a zip up compartment within the interior for all your valuables.

The only drawback is that it is made of paper straw, and has very clear instructions not to get wet!  So take good care when out and about the poolside, or near anything wet (like the sea!!)


#5 – BEACH MALL’S DELUXE OVERSIZED MESH FAMILY XL BEACH TOTE / JUMBO BAG W CARABINER HOOK

QUICK STATS

  • DIMENSIONS: 12 X 10 X 2 INCHES
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT: 1.4 POUNDS
  • COLORS: NINE DIFFERENT
  • ZIPS UP: YES
  • ZIP COMPARTMENT: NO. EXTERIOR POCKETS
  • WATER RESISTANT: YES
  • CARE MACHINE: WASHABLE
  • OUR RATING: 4.5 STARS OUT OF FIVE
  • RECOMMENDED FOR: FAMILIES, HEAVY DUTY, TOUGH GUYS

Like a bit of rough?  Beach Baby is well aware that most beach bags featured in these reviews (and just in general) may seem to be a bit on the ‘girlie’ side.  Apart from the mesh sand-away bag, there probably isn’t an awful lot out there for the guys out there.  So here is the exception to the rule.

best beach tote bag review

A beach bag that is incredibly large and durable, big enough for a family carting around who-knows-what, but also gender neutral enough to be used by anyone.  Not that anyone couldn’t use the other bags of course, but it’s possible this one may appeal to men more.

This is extremely heavy duty, and we like the fact that it seems to be able to take anything you throw at it.  Easy to wipe, stick in the shower, hose down, or even machine wash should you so choose, this is simple to take care of, and the only bag in this review to come with a full year’s guarantee.

beach tote bag selection

Maybe not the cheapest, but most definitely the longest lasting and durable, this may suit someone carrying lots of heavy things, possibly sporting equipment, for example.

It zips up completely, and offers eight large exterior pockets for things such as sun lotion, water bottles etc.  It can be laid flat for storage purposes, and is the choice for the person who definitely doesn’t want their bag to break on them, and is looking for something to toss everything into, and keep using again and again for years to come.

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