Essentially, you want four things from your beach towel.
To remove sand particles from your… em… crevices
To be used as a lasso to ward off flocks of belligerent sea birds
To have fibers short enough to shake the sand out after completing a and b
Oh, and you might want to lie on it as well.
Yes, who would have thought that the issue of beach towels could be so complicated?
You’ll just take your bath towel down to the sand dunes and then… what’s that? – it’s too bulky to fit into your beach bag?
So, you spend a good ten minutes trying to shove it in, without bursting the zip, and just about succeed.
Then you have lugged it down to the beach, whereupon it has gotten wet – and sandy – and you have now discovered that: a) this thing ain’t ever going to dry again, anytime soon, no matter how much sun and wind there might be and b) you will be picking sand particles out of your favourite bath towel forever more.
And you definitely cannot fit it back in your beach bag, once it’s all wet.
Yes, this is why the humble beach towel was designed. They are designed to get wet, lay on the sand, and generally not get destroyed after a day at the beach.
And many of them are extremely stylish in more ways than one. This is why today, we want to dedicate an article to some of the best beach towels that will make your trips to the beach much more pleasant.
Here are the towels we are going to review today:
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Working out at under $10 per towel, this is not the priciest towel out there, and there certainly are cheaper ones. However, they might not all be such good value as this one.
With fifty percent of buyers leaving a five star review, and a thirty day money back guarantee, if anything should go wrong with your towel you are covered.
In some small cases, there may be some fraying or unraveling, although generally, if you are following the manufacturer’s instructions, this shouldn’t happen. If it does happen within a month, then you can claim your money back.
Great for a family heading out to the beach together, you are bound to be able to spot your spec on the beach with these brightly colored beauties, which also come in blue.
COLORS: BRICK RED, ROYAL BLUE, SEA GREEN, COFFEE BROWN
WEIGHT: 1.25+ POUNDS
SHIPPING WEIGHT: 2.5 POUNDS
CARE INSTRUCTIONS: MACHINE WASHABLE
OUR RATING: 4.1 OUT OF FIVE STARS
Managing to combine soft and fluffy,with slim and light, these are a really nice poolside towel that cannot be mistaken for its chubbier cousin, the bath towel.
Several customers have commented that it is lightness that makes a good beach towel, and this towel is definitely light. It also is soft to touch, and with only 4% of detractors leaving it bad reviews, Beach Baby would happily conclude that this is a good one to sling over your deck chair.
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Dock & Bay Microfiber Beach And Travel Towel
Dock & Bay Fast Drying Beach Towels Xl – Waikiki Coral Red, Extra Large (200X90Cm, 78X35)
SIZE: (XL) 78 X 35 INCHES (L) 63 X 31 INCHES
MANUFACTURER: DOCK AND BAY
SHIPPING WEIGHT: 1. 01 POUNDS
CARE INSTRUCTIONS: MACHINE WASHABLE ON COOL SETTING. DRYER NOT RECOMMENDED
OUR RATING: 4.3 OUT OF FIVE STARS
Now we know we said that ideally what makes a good beach towel is one that is 100% cotton, but we are prepared to give change a chance, as this beach towel is actually made of microfiber, which is much lighter than the other cotton towels in this review.
This has obvious advantages. It will take up less space in your precious beach bag, and it will dry an awful lot quicker than the heavier cotton, yet it absorbs like a good ‘un.
Also, this design has a handy pouch, into which the towel can be folded. This can also be used to store essentials such as sun cream, cell phones etc. whilst you are out and about at the beach.
If the XL size is a little too large, this comes in the handy and slightly smaller, large size as well.
Well worth a try this summer, be sure to follow the care instructions for the microfiber properly.
Labhanshi Indian Mandala Roundie Beach Throw Tapestry
SIZE: APPROX 70 INCHES
MATERIAL: 100% COTTON
WEIGHT: 13.6 OUNCES
SHIPPING WEIGHT: 13.6 OUNCES
CARE INSTRUCTIONS: MACHINE WASHABLE ON COLD. TUMBLE DRYABLE
OUR RATING: 4 OUT OF FIVE STARS
Discover your inner hippy with this beautiful mandala design circular beach towel, which can also double up as a wall hanging, table cloth or throw, should you wish to utilize it for more decorative purposes.
This is fairly thin, but makes a good body wrap for the beach, and washes up fine in a domestic washer/ dryer AS LONG AS you remember to set it on cold.
The colors are vibrant and bold, and the design intricate and pretty. Beach Baby likes this a lot, but started to feel it was maybe perhaps a shade too nice to subject to the heat and sand of the beach.
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Moving on to Jacquard Double Woven Velour Beach Towel
Finally we have these gorgeous things. With all the colors of the rainbow on display, the first word Beach Baby has to impart to you is yarn dyed. Well, that’s two words actually.
But this towel has been yarn dyed, as opposed to other dye methods, which is supposedly meant to enhance the quality of the garment in the long term. In other words, it is better.
When even the (very few) negative reviews are saying that they ‘loved these towels’, it’s probably a bit hard to go wrong here.
The manufacturers even have the cheek to suggest that this beach towel is so luxuriant that you may even be able to use it for bath times. This would usually be beach towel heresy, but in this case, perhaps we can make an exception!
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Sandusa Beach Towel
This Sandusa beach towel got to our list thanks to its innovative two-sided design.
The bottom of the towel is made of nylon so the sand won’t stick to it. The top layer is made of a cotton terrycloth that feels incredibly soft and luxurious.
This amazing towel also features a n internal waterproof layer that prevents water from seeping through and also catches sand.
It is also worth mentioning the towel is machine washable and dryer friendly.
The size of the towel is 63 x 33.5 inches.
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On to the last one from our list…
WildHorn Outfitters Akumal Microfiber Beach Towel
If you are visiting different beaches and like to pack light, Wildhorn Outfitters Akumal Beach Towel might be a perfect option for you.
This amazingly compact towel takes up only 10 x 3,5 inches when stored in its own travel bag.
Although it is compact enough so that it won’t take too much space in your backpack, it is very effective when put to the use on a beach.
The Akumal towel is made of microfiber and holds up to four times its weight (one pound) in water. It also dries very quickly. It will literally be completely dry within a few minutes.
When unfolded, the Akumal towel measures 35 x 75 inches.
It is available in six water-inspired colors like port navy and zen blue.
About the author:
Emilia is the fashion guru of Beach Baby, with a deep appreciation for anything that can be worn or adorned. She makes her own apparel as well, including everything from swimwear, to dresses, and even shoes. She also owns over 100 pairs of sunglasses! Emilia also loves to surf, boogie board, and partake in a number of water sports.