Soft, Absorbent Beach Towels to Dry Off in Style

You picked a cute swimsuit—why not up your style game with a chic towel too?

Woman standing on beach wrapped in beach towel.
Wrap up after a swim.Jupiterimages, Brand X Pictures

Is there anything worse than coming out of the water, mermaid-style, only to wrap yourself in a damp towel? Or to find flecks of cotton all over your stuff? By picking the right style now, you’re guaranteed fun in the sun later—without that icky wet feeling.

Utopia Towels Cabana Stripe Beach Towel (30 x 60 Inches) - 100% Ring Spun Cotton Large Pool Towels, Soft and Quick Dry Swim Towels Variety Pack (Pack of 4)
This set gives off major retro vibes and is as practical as it is pretty: The all-natural material feels cozy on the skin but is super absorbent.Utopia Towels

Stripes scream “beach blanket bingo!” so nostalgists who yearn for the days of sitting by the cabana playing mah jong should look for the nautical pattern to complement a beachy look. Styles in 100% cotton offer maximum absorbency, durability and softness, so you can hang 10 in comfort all day long. Surf’s up!

WETCAT Original Turkish Beach Towel (39 x 71) - Prewashed Peshtemal, 100% Cotton - Highly Absorbent, Quick Dry and Ultra-Soft - Washer-Safe, No Shrinkage - Stylish, Eco-Friendly - [Aqua]
Thin lightweight material wicks away moisture, perfect for toting everywhere you go.WETCAT

Most beach towels are made from standard terry cloth, but a thinner weave (often called a Turkish or peshtemal style) has benefits: When you sacrifice plush padding, the payoff is material that dries super fast. A thinner weave also means less chance of mildew and mold, so your towel will always smell fresh.

Kaufman – 100% Cotton Velour Striped Beach & Pool Towel 4-Pack – 30in x 60in
This set is such a great value that you won’t feel bad if you accidentally end up with a mustard or ketchup stain. Even if you do, the high-quality material is machine-washable.Ben Kaufman Sales

If you’re after something super fluffy, make sure to look for 100% cotton styles that feature sheared cotton velour. And always pick a towel that’s machine-washable and color-safe so you can just throw it in the laundry.

AmazonBasics Oversized Premium Beach Towels - Yellow Horizontal Stripes, 2-Pack
At 36 by 72 inches each, this extra-roomy cotton set, which comes in an array of colors, is perfect for groups.AmazonBasics

Pro tip: Using fabric softeners on 100% cotton towels can actually decrease their plush factor, so stick to regular bleach-free detergent, and wash towels separate from other items to avoid lint transfer.