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Feb 28, 2020 07:49 am    

Whether drying off after swimming, lounging on the sand, or laying out in the sun (with sunscreen of course!), a beach towel is a summer must-have. But not all beach towels are created equal. To make sure you're buying the best beach towel possible, there are some important beach towel shopping tips you should consult ahead of buying:

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Fiber content: Typically, beach towels are made of 100% cotton terrycloth, but more options are available in microfiber fabric. Cotton has the classic looped design that's more plush and absorbent, while microfiber has a smoother surface and dries quicker.

Use cases: If you are using the towel mostly for lounging on the sand, try a sand-resistant pick or cozy beach blanket. A more plush, absorbent option is better suited for drying off post-swim at the pool or beach.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab has been putting beach and bath towels to the test for years. Our fiber scientists evaluate strength, drying time, absorbency, washability, and color fastness while our consumer testers rate the towels for softness and feel. Using our expertise, we’ve rounded up our top-tested picks along with top-rated sellers across retailers and consumer favorites to find the best beach towels to keep you dry, sand-free, and cozy this summer, whether you’re by at the beach, pool, or picnic.

Here are our top picks for the best beach towels of 2019:

Best Overall: Sandusa Beach Towel

Best Value: Utopia Cabana Stripe Beach Towels

Best Quick Drying Beach Towel: Dock & Bay Quick Drying Towel

Best Round Beach Towel: Genovega Round Beach Blanket

Best Sand-Free Beach Towel: CGear Sandlite Beach Towel

Best Kids' Beach Towel: Jay Franco Hooded Poncho Towel

Best Personalized Beach Towel: L.L. Bean Seaside Beach Towel

Best Oversized Beach Towel: Tesalate Beach Towel

Best Beach Blanket: Laguna Beach Textile Company Beach Blanket

Best Travel Beach Towel: Rainleaf Microfiber Towel

Best XL Beach Towel: Lands' End Rugby Stripe Beach Towel


Sandusa Beach Towel 

This Sandusa beach towel is our top pick for its innovative two-sided design. The bottom is nylon so the sand won’t stick while the top is a cotton terrycloth that is super soft on your skin. There is even a genius internal waterproof layer
that prevents water from seeping through and traps sand! Note that this towel is machine washable, but should hang dry.


Utopia Cabana Stripe Beach Towels

These 100% cotton towels are plush and water absorbent at a fraction of the cost of most beach towels. Over 750 Amazon reviewers have given these towels 5 stars. Make sure to follow the care instructions and to wash before use (like any new
towel). Less than $8 per towel? Sign us up!


Dock & Bay Quick-Dry Beach Towel

After a day at the beach, you want your towel to dry ASAP. This pick is featured in our  quick-dry towels  round-up and is a #1 Amazon best seller for beach towels. In our evaluations, we found this pick to be quick drying and sand
resistant; plus, it held up great in the wash. Coming in 38 bold colors and styles from pineapple patterns to rainbow stripes, we want one of each!


Genovega Round Beach Blanket

For the perfect beach Instagram, a cute towel is a must. This on-trend round towel has 14 cheeky patterns like watermelon, flamingos, and beachy florals with tassels around the edges. Made of microfiber, it is quick-drying while still being
soft. With such cute designs, many reviewers also use it as a picnic blanket, wall hanging, or throw. Note that this towel must be hand washed.  

5Best Sand-Free Beach Towel: CGear Sandlite Beach Towel

Nothing ruins a beach day like a super sandy towel. The Sandlite towel fixes the problem as sand instantly vanishes when you brush or shake the towel. It has a genius two-layer design that lets sand fall right through so you stay sand-free.
We love that there is a carrying handle too!


Jay Franco Hooded Poncho Towel

Nothing is cuter than your little one wrapped up in this hooded towel featuring their favorite characters. With 24 big name characters such as Ariel, Spiderman, Minnie Mouse, and even Olaf from Frozen, you are sure to find one your kid
will love. Made of 100% cotton terrycloth, not only is it adorable, but also comfy to wear. 

Perfect for the beach or bath time, this machine washable towel will be you and your kids’ new best friend. Note that some reviewers say it is on the smaller side and better suited for toddlers. 


L.L. Bean Seaside Beach Towel 

L.L. Bean is consistently a top lab performer in our tests for towels,  backpacks , and travel gear. Made of 100% cotton, this yarn dyed towel is made to withstand beach and pool wear without fading. We love that it can be monogrammed with up
to 10 characters to make this pick totally your own.


Tesalate Beach Towels 

Tesalate towels are known for being "sand-free" after a day at the beach.  They are made of a microfiber with no loops so sand can be easily brushed away. This oversized pick is perfect for the whole family to lounge on the beach together
without getting sandy. Tesalate offers many fun designs and patterns so there is something everyone will love. 


Laguna Beach Textile Company Beach Blanket 

When spending the day on the sand, you may want a blanket to sit on instead of a towel. This pick has a durable waterproof bottom with a fleece top to avoid mess and stay cozy. Note that the fleece is on the warmer side so it's ideal for
a cooler beach day. Plus, it comes with its own carrying case so all you need is wine and you are beach picnic ready!


Rainleaf Microfiber Towel

When traveling, your towel should take up as little space as possible. This pick compacts tightly into an included carrying case to keep your luggage extra light. The towel is made from microfiber fabric so it is light and quick drying.
We love the convenient snap loop for hanging and the small corner pocket that can hold all of your essentials!

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