Summer’s here, guys, and the top item on the tote-packing list needs to be a proper beach towel. This year, upgrade from the Costco special to something more distinctive, refined, adult. A traditional loop-back construction or Indian hand-loomed gets all the sand protection you’ll need, along with the proper aesthetic for your age group. Below, you can find our picks for the best towels of the season.
L.L.Bean Seaside Beach Towel
L.L.Bean's beach-friendly towel is a mid-weight towel made from 100 percent ring-spun cotton. It's plush, absorbent, and large enough for the beach, though still qualifies as a mid-weight towel, so you're not lugging a beach burden with you. Plus, L.L.Bean will let you add your own personal touch with a monogram.
Turkish Towels Sultan Turkish Towel
Turkey is famous for its towels, so it's no surprise that they'd be on this list. Using long-staple Turkish cotton, these towels feature a traditional hand-loomed flat-weave construction that's absorbent and quick drying. Plus, because of the construction, they're lightweight and compact (that means more room in your beach tote for snacks).
Utopia Towels Cabana Stripe Towel
These beach towels are one of the most popular on Amazon with an average rating of 4.3/5 stars. The high marks its earned are all thanks to the lightweight and super soft material which is made using 100 percent ring-spun cotton. They come in a range of classic colors in a summery cabana stripe pattern and they're light on the wallet with a four-pack costing as much as many single beach towels out there.
Patagonia Organic Cotton Towel
Patagonia's beach-ready towels are perfect aprés- et avant-surf thanks to its two-sided construction with one side built with moisture-absorbing terry loops and the other side featuring sand-shedding velour. It's made in India using all-organic cotton and comes in a range of colorways to suit your sandy style.
Outerknown The Beach Towel
Outerknown's towel is not only beach-friendly, but eco-friendly, too. While 35 percent organic cotton is a good start, it's really the other 65 percent that gets major green points because it's made from waste fibers collected from weaving and knitting factories. That mindful blend of materials makes for a beach towel that's ultra soft and also big enough for two.
Pendleton Tucson-Printed Terry Towel
Like many great beach towels on this list, Pendleton's two-faced velour-terry construction is ideal to take with you seaside. In fact, it's great for toting to the park or camping, too, thanks to its easy-carry handles.
Minna Goods Honeydew Towel
Made in a family-owned co-op using traditional cotton pedal looms, Minna Goods' Honeydew Towel has a ton of character. They're made with all-cotton and non-toxic dyes and are woven with flat-weave construction.
Royal Jelly Harlem Beach Towel
Crafted in New York, these vivid towels come with trimmed with a traditional African print and use all-cotton terry cloth fabric that's ready to dry you off once you come in from the waves. At 60" x 70", it's twice as big as most of the other beach towels on this list, so there's plenty of room to lay out with a friend or two.
Tekla Beach Towel
Made in Portugal, Tekla's towels are as absorbent as they are comfortable. The 100 percent organic cotton is knit in Portugal and extra-brushed for a superior hand feel and maximum absorption.
11.11 Harvest Towel
The Harvest Towel from 11.11 is a textile-lovers dream beach towel. It's made in India by artisan textile weavers and uses hand spun Kala cotton, a cotton indigenous to the city of Kachchh which has an extremely low environmental impact as it uses no pesticides and is fed using just rain water. From there, the fabric is hand loomed and then painted by a kalamkari artisan using natural dyes. The 39" x 60" towel may seem more like textile art, but is certainly suited for beach-going activities.