These Are the Best Beach Towels to Buy Right Now

Both functional and aesthetically pleasing, these towels will serve you well all summer long.

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Finding the perfect beach towel sounds easy in theory, but we’re a tad picky when it comes to summer gear. That means simply finding something with a cool print won’t cut it—we need our towels to be soft, quick-drying, sand-repellant, and big enough for at least one person to sprawl out on. And yes, we do like cool prints as well.

If you’re on a mission to upgrade your towel sitch this summer, we’ve got you covered. From the fluffiest designs to the most practical and travel-friendly offerings, we scoured the web for top-notch towels that will bring some added comfort and convenience to your day at the beach, pool, and beyond.

Brooklinen Beach Towel

Brooklinen not only makes amazing bed sheets, but its range of products also includes some incredible beach towels. This one comes in four bright and colorful designs and is made of super soft (and very absorbent) velour and terry fabric to dry you off fast after your dip.

Snowe Sunny Stripe Beach Towel

Roughly the size of a twin bed and featuring a classic striped design, these towels from Snowe Home are both plush and lightweight—the perfect balance for a comfortable (not bulky) day at the beach. They are also made with long staple cotton, which means they actually get softer the more you use them.

Riley Amalfi Beach Towel

This cool and classy beach towel from Riley Home features a two-sided design: One side is smooth for laying out in the sun, and the other side is looped and fluffy for drying off after a dip in the ocean. Choose from navy or slate stripes, both with the signature Riley “R” embroidered at the bottom.

Matouk Leaping Leopard Beach Towel

This Matouk towel may be the most expensive entry on our list, but you can’t deny that it’s also the most well-designed. Each of the five colors (yellow, lilac, navy, pink, and light blue) features a fun leopard print with complementary tassles—all on plush cotton velour fabric, which is lightweight and ultra absorbant.

Serena & Lily Mallorca Beach Towel
Serena & Lily

Grabbing a fluffy towel after popping out of the cold water is the best feeling, and that’s why we love this towel from Serena & Lily. Made with 100% Turkish Aegean cotton, its fabric will offer you the comfort you need during a long day at the beach.

Parachute Oversized Beach Towel

A blanket/towel hybrid, this oversized towel from Parachute features a high-quality design in two calming, ultra-chic colors. At 70 inches long, it’s perfect to use as a blanket for the park as well as a towel for the beach, lake, pool, etc.

Sand Cloud Boho XL Towel
Sand Cloud

This towel has earned 5 stars from more than 3,000 customer reviews, many of which rave about how great it is for its price. Customers love both that it’s huge (60” x 68”) and that it dries fast. Don’t know about you, but we’re sold.

Mayde Rainbow Elements Beach Towel

If you still prefer a good fluffy towel, consider this one from Mayde. Combined with its beautiful design, this towel is handcrafted with the best cotton from South Turkey, which gives it a super-soft feel for getting cozy on the sand.

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