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Beach towels are the perfect companions for a trip to the sea, the lake or the swimming pool. There are beach towels in all colours, shapes and variations, whether modern boho design, fancy material or even crazy motifs. A must-have for a visit to the beach or the park!

You make a statement with your beach towel and it also provides more comfort. There is something for everyone, whether as a fashion accessory or simply for practical reasons. It can be hard to decide, but that's why we have a guide that shows you helpful tips and tricks to make your beach towel decision easier.


  • Beach towels come in a wide variety of designs, colours, shapes and motifs, so there is something to suit every taste.
  • The beach towel is a fashionable accessory that is perfect for the beach, the swimming pool or the lake. As a multi-talent, it serves on the one hand as a comfortable lounger, as a fashionable eye-catcher and on the other hand even as a piece of clothing.
  • In addition to the fashion aspects, the size, the weight and the material count as essential decision criteria, which we will discuss in more detail in this article.

The Best Beach Towel: Our Picks

Buying and rating criteria for beach towels

To increase your anticipation of the beach, we have summarised the most important criteria to make it easier for you to choose your new beach towel. To find the perfect beach towel for you, we have selected the following criteria:

To help you make a good decision based on these criteria, we'll explain what they include and what all there is to consider.


A standard beach towel is usually made of a blended fabric. This means that it is made partly of cotton and partly of synthetic fibres such as polyester. Due to the blended fabric or the synthetic fibres, the beach towel dries much faster than one made of pure cotton.

The cotton content ensures a pleasant feeling on the skin and high absorbency, making the beach towels long-lasting and very durable. This combination of materials is therefore best suited for a visit to the pool or the sea in summer.

Beach towels are also available in microfibre, which is very absorbent, dries extremely quickly and is even antibacterial.

Since the material is very light, it fits into any beach bag and doesn't take up much space. It does not wrinkle and therefore keeps its shape. However, beach towels made of microfibres have to make concessions in terms of comfort, as they feel quite different on the skin than beach towels made of blended fabrics.


Beach towels come in many different sizes, from standard to XXL. A wide version is ideal if you prefer to lie directly on the sand or grass.

In addition, a wider version is ideal for lying on a beach towel with your partner or family. You can even go for a size of 100 cm x 200 cm or even 180 cm x 200 cm. These are the so-called XL beach towels.

The standard size of beach towels is usually 90 cm x 180 cm and is therefore perfect for relaxing on a lounger. In addition, the towel can be quickly wrapped around the body after bathing, which protects against unwanted glances.


Beach towels are easy to identify. They bring the beach feeling closer to you, they are characterised by funny, floral or animal motifs. Another feature of the beach towel is that it is significantly longer and also slightly wider than a conventional towel.

The length plays an essential role, it should be chosen optimally so that neither the feet nor the head lie in the sand.

Unlike normal towels, beach towels are particularly absorbent because they have to absorb a lot of moisture.

The absorbency is given in grams per square metre, g/m², the higher it is, the more absorbent the beach towel. In addition to absorbency, heat resistance is another important property, as temperatures can rise to over 40 °C in summer.

A beach towel should be able to withstand temperatures of 90 to 100 °C without any problems so that it can even be used as a sauna towel. The weight and softness of a beach towel are important characteristics for good quality. The weaving technique and the cotton yarn used play a major role and should not be ignored.


A well-known indicator for measuring quality in beach towels is the weight. This usually refers to the surface area of the towel.

Generally speaking, the heavier the beach towel, the higher the quality. For a standard 90 cm x 180 cm beach towel, the weight starts at 400 grams per square metre.

These towels are lighter and indicate a lower quality. Higher quality is therefore usually obtained with a higher number of grams, which is 600 to 700 grams per square metre.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about beach towels answered in detail

We have collected the most frequently asked questions about beach towels, which we explain to you in this section so that you have enough information for your beach towel purchase.

Who are beach towels suitable for?

Beach towels are suitable for anyone who wants a nice accessory but doesn't want to sacrifice comfort. They are ideal companions for the beach, lake and open-air swimming pool, as they can be used for drying off as well as for lying on.

A beach towel is an essential must-have for a day at the beach. It is not only practical, but also a beautiful accessory (Image source: Scott Young / Unsplash)

As beach towels come in different colours and motifs - from plain to fancy - it is easy to find a suitable beach towel for women, men but also for children.

What types of beach towels are there?

Beach towels come in different shapes, and we will discuss the following in more detail in this guide:

  • standard
  • round
  • square

Standard beach towels, as described earlier, are available in the size 90 cm x 180 cm and are quite classically rectangular. Round beach tow els are a pretty eye-catcher and a must-have for the summer.

They are practical and wonderfully suitable for the beach, picnics in the park or even festivals. Square beach towels are great for the whole family as they are the perfect size at 200 cm x 200 cm.

How much does a beach towel cost?

The beach towel price is mostly determined by the material, the design, the size or the brand. Therefore, the price range goes from low to high. This table should give you a little more information:

Price range Available products
Low-priced 12. - 25 €) Good quality, many colours and motifs
Medium-priced 25 - 40 €) Qualitatively better, many design options
High-priced from 40 €) High-quality materials, noble design

You can get a good quality beach towel for little money. However, if you are more interested in design or materials, you will find them in the medium- or high-priced sector.

How do I clean beach towels?

Beach towels can be washed in the washing machine, but there are a few things to keep in mind. To keep beach towels feeling fluffy even after frequent use, they need to be cared for regularly.

When washing in the washing machine, it is important to wash the beach towels separately from other laundry, white or light-coloured beach towels at 60 °C and dark ones at 40 °C. Probably the most important tip is not to use fabric softener, as this considerably impairs the absorbency.

In addition, beach towels should be disinfected with bleach after every second or third wash. Alternatively, beach towels can also be washed by hand. After washing, make sure your beach towel is completely dry before putting it back in the cupboard. This will prevent mould from forming.

How to tie thin beach towels?

Having a thin beach towel with you when you travel is very practical, as you can use it as a nice base on the beach but also turn it into a garment. For example, the following variations:

  1. Beach towel as skirt
  2. Beach towel as beach or night out dress
  3. Beach towel as harem pants
  4. Beach towel as top

For each variation you can find a suitable tutorial on YouTube, just search for pareo (= beach towel) tying.


Beach towels are a wonderful option to make you look forward to your holiday, the lake or the outdoor pool. The towel is the perfect companion that fits in every beach bag, and it is not only for lying on and drying off, but also for tying around. The numerous colour variations and materials make it easy to find the right beach towel for everyone.

Whether rectangular, round or square, beach towels are a real eye-catcher. In addition to material, size and weight, the type of yarn plays an essential role in quality. This means that if you love your beach towel, you should make sure it is well cleaned and dried so that it can be used for a long time.

(Cover photo: Engin Akyurt / pixabay)