10 best beach towels

Whether you’re hitting the coast at home or abroad, here are a selection of towels for posing round the pool, intrepid adventures, and keeping all the family sand-free

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The Independent Online

We’re in the middle of the heatwave so now’s the time to make the most of the UK’s beaches.

Whether your local spot is sandy or pebbly, you’ll need something to lie on. Or if you’re heading abroad – somewhere intrepid or poolside with the family – don’t forget a trusty towel.

We’ve tried and tested a range. There are towels that’ll make you stand out on the beach, ones that will take up almost no room at all in your rucksack, and ones to keep kids dry and protected. We started with Soak and Sleep’s lightweight, good-value towels and finished our sunbathing session on Maslin’s & Co’s ultra-luxurious and fun zebra hide number. Here’s our verdict.

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For a towel that looks good, will last you years and is a bit different from the average, we like Deckchair Stripes’ products. If you’re going away with the family, Swimwear 365’s pack of three will work for relations of all ages and they’re good value too. Backpackers can’t go wrong with Lifeventure’s printed version of their trek towel.

Buy now

1. Deckchair Stripes Beach Towel, from £14

2. Seafolly Fringe Benefits Sherbet Towel, £35 

3. Soak and Sleep Classic Lightweight Towel, £9 each

4. Lifeventure Printed Trek Towel, £29.99

5. John Lewis Pool Poster Beach Towel, £20

6. Cuddledry SPF 50+ Poncho Towels, £27.99 

7. Maslin & Co Zebra Hide Towel, £150

8. Swimwear365 Set of 3 Multi-Coloured Towels, £24.99 for three 

9. Dickens and Jones Flamingo Beach Towel, £16

10. Reserved Towel, £12.01


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