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9 Best Beach Towels (That Are Also Multifunctional)

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Do you have the same faded beach towels you’ve been using for several years now? Ready to invest in a new set for the family? There are some interesting options out there: beach towels that are super lightweight, soft, have secret pockets and perfectly fit onto beach chairs. We’ve found some stylish colors, lightweight materials and fun designs that make trips to the beach or pool even more sublime. These are the best beach towels.


WETCAT Original Turkish Beach Towel; Courtesy of Amazon

1. WETCAT Original Turkish Beach Towel 

Turkish beach towels are in right now because they are thin-woven with a chic fringe on the ends. Lightweight, yet quick drying and highly absorbent, these WETCAT Original Turkish Beach Towels are large at 39 x 71 inches and Amazon’s Choice for Turkish beach towels. Perfect for traveling, Turkish towels roll up, pack beautifully and can double as beach cover-ups. My friends adored the Aqua color I ordered and my beach bag is significantly lighter with it inside rather than my standard beach towel.

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TUONROAD Microfiber Beach Towel; Courtesy of Amazon

2. TUONROAD Microfiber Beach Towel 

The vibrant designs of these large TUONROAD Microfiber Beach Towels make them fun, and the lightweight material means they are super space saving. Mermaids are a big deal with my 8-year-old daughter, so she was excited by the purple, blue and pink mermaid-2 design. She also said she liked that the towel was thin, but still absorbed water. This lightweight beach towel left a lot more room in her camp bag.


TUONROAD Microfiber Beach Towel; Courtesy of Amazon

3. Yayme! Kids Animal Hooded Beach Towel for Toddlers 

These adorable safari and unicorn hooded beach towels for toddlers are perfect for beach day play and birthday gifts. The Yayme! Kids safari towel has an animal design with a lion headdress on top. The unicorn design features a horn and ears, as well as unicorns and rainbows. They’re great to wrap up in after time in the water, can double as a robe and can even be used for dress up. Great for toddlers and kids up to age 8, these towels measure 51 x 27 inches.


YOULERBU Thick Beach Towel; Courtesy of Amazon

4. YOULERBU Thick Beach Towel

Perfect for the beach or pool, this thick beach towel covers beach lounge chairs perfectly and provides pockets for your phone or drink, clips to stay in place and even has an inflatable pillow. The YOULERBU Thickened Beach Chair Pool Towel is soft, dries quickly and keeps you comfy. It folds into its own bag with handles and is great for reserving your chair at the water park.

Related: Best Packable Beach Chairs for the Whole Family


Lara Beach Towel; Courtesy of Nordstrom

5. Lara Beach Towel

When I asked Nordstrom Trunk Club stylist, Elle White, for her luxury beach towel recommendations, she enthusiastically provided this multi-color Lara Beach Towel option. “The print is fun and chic,” says White. “You can use it as a towel during the day and then take it to dinner or out as a shawl. Rachel Zoe was seen sporting it recently!”


Lux Oversized Beach Towel; Courtesy of Amazon

6.  Lux Oversized Beach Towel 

The Lux Oversized Turkish Towel with Hidden Pocket is a top pick for luxury beach towels with pockets and was a huge hit with my friends. The secret zipper pocket is fantastic for stashing a phone, keys, cash or credit cards. The manufacturer claims these thin, lightweight towels dry 1o times faster than traditional towels and that sand doesn’t stick. It’s available in a variety of different designs.

KLÄMMIG Hooded Towels; Courtesy of Ikea

7. KLÄMMIG Hooded Towels

IKEA has hooded beach towels that come highly recommended. The Klammig terry cloth towel with hood is great for toddlers as the hood helps it stay on children as they run around. The cotton is soft, highly absorbent and 100 percent sustainably grown. This hooded beach towel is great for scooping toddlers up right as they get out of the pool.


burrito round towel; Courtesy of Amazon

8. Burritos Tortilla Blanket, Round Beach Towel

If you’ve ever wanted to wrap yourself up as a human burrito, now is your chance! This soft, round tortilla beach towel is Amazon’s Choice for funny beach towel and all 31 of its reviews are 5-star. The microfiber material absorbs almost five times as much water as cotton. The 59-inch towel also makes a great picnic blanket or gag gift.

Lucky' Turkish Pestemal Towel; Courtesy of Nordstrom

9. ‘Lucky’ Turkish Pestemal Towel

This Lucky Turkish Pestemal Towel is another choice of Nordstrom Trunk Club stylist, Elle White. The hand-woven Turkish cotton is lightweight and beautiful and can lull you into daydreams of tranquil Turkish baths. “I love this color!” declares White. “You can wear it as a wrap after a day at the pool or beach, or use it as a tablecloth for a summer night!”

Cortney Fries (pronounced “freeze”) is an award-winning Chicago-based writer and mom to two spunky elementary school-age kids. She loves nothing more than traveling with family, having adventures with friends and exploring the outdoors. Cortney believes that you should definitely do things that scare you just a little bit. Follow her on Instagram, @cortneyfries.

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