The Best Beach Towels to Buy Right Now

editor@purewow.com (PureWow)

For some reason, we tend to hold onto beach towels forever. We update our bath towels and bed sheets every few years but those striped and threadbare beach towels? It’s clear we’ve had the same ones since the kids were in diapers. Needless to say, it’s time for an upgrade. Here, the 10 best beach towels to shop right now.

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1. Laguna Beach Textile Company Oversize Plush Cabana Towel

Best Overall

“Aren’t all beach towels basically the same?” you ask. Not quite. Laguna Beach Textile Company’s are made from plush cotton that’s 50 percent thicker than most bath towels, so they’re ultra-soft. Plus, their 2.5- by 5.8-foot size offers plenty of room for sunbathing. But, if we’re being honest, the 500 five-star reviews is really what sold us.

$39 at Amazon

2. AmazonBasics Cabana Stripe Beach Towel (Set of 2)

Best Budget

According to reviewers, these 100 percent cotton towels hold up well after multiple washes and are absorbent and soft. “I was surprised how lush and attractive these were,” admits one buyer. All that for just $11 per towel.

$22 at Amazon

3. Michael Aram Dip Dye Ombré Resort Towel

Best Splurge

If you’re going to drop $100 on a beach towel, it may as well be stunning. The dip-dyed ombré design makes this one of the prettiest, most ‘gram-worthy beach necessities we’ve ever seen. And it’s oversize, making it ideal for really sprawling out.

Buy It ($100)

4. Kassatex Cabana Round Beach Towel

Best Round

Kassatex is known for its high-quality linens, and this round beach towel seems to be a fan-favorite. “I don’t leave for the beach without it...ever!” writes one reviewer. Between the luxe cotton velour and the hand-knotted tassel trim, what’s not to love?

Buy It ($90)

5. Clare V. for Anthropologie Piscine Beach Towel

Best Pattern

Sure, piscine might be French for pool (not beach) but that doesn’t make this pattern any less fun. It feels glamorous, as if we might be toweling off on the shores of Saint-Tropez when, in reality, we’re just at the town beach.

Buy It ($54)

6. Serena & Lily Capri Fouta Beach Towel

Best Turkish Cotton

This towel is so popular, some colors are backordered until August. And we can see why: The classic Turkish towel style is minimalist, chic and woven from 100 percent Pergamon Aegean cotton, which is super-light and dries quickly.

Buy It ($48; $38)

7. Ugg Pearson Beach Towel

Best Portable

The built-in shoulder strap makes this towel the easiest part of setting up on the beach. Once you unroll it, the stripes and tassel trim will win you over too. Get one for each member of the family and you’ll never end up with an overflowing towel bag again.

Buy It ($78)

8. Athaelay Cotton Hooded Towel Poncho

Best for Kids

Trying to get them to keep their towel on for more than three seconds is a battle we will never win. But thanks to these towel ponchos, that just might change. The hooded design is wearable, rather than a classic wrap-around style, which means they’ll have both hands free to continue playing while they dry off. Featuring designs that range from sharks to ballerinas, there’s bound to be at least one style they love.

$17 at Amazon

9. Chars Microfiber Quick Drying Beach Towel

Best Microfiber

Multiple buyers say that after trying this towel, they’ll never go back to a traditional cotton one. Its microfiber material dries three times faster than cotton, and sand rolls right off of it. It’s also thinner, and easily folds into a compact pouch that you can throw in the car.

$13 at Amazon

10. SmileLoveDesigns

Best Monogrammed

Simply type in your initials and select your preferred towel color, thread color, font and which side of the towel you’d like embroidered, and this Etsy seller will make it happen. Reviewers say that she produces high-quality towels and offers amazing customer service.

Buy It ($24)

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