These are the best beach towels you need this summer

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It's time to get ourselves organised for summer and that starts with beach towels!

Summer will *officially* be here in less than three weeks so if you haven't updated your summer stock then you'd be forgiven, considering the last few months, but now is the time to get it together.

Whether you're still using the old beach towel from the 2005 Easter Show gift bag or you're just looking for a nice, quality beach towel to enter summer with, then you've come to the right place.

From Turkish-style to fringed, branded to neutral and to sand-free (we'll get to that), we list the best towels on offer right now to get you straight into the summer spirit.

Fringed towels

It's hard to beat a good fringed towel, and Miss April know how to do towels well. Boasting an enormous range of cotton towels, their fringed pompom range is both soft, absorbent and are generously proportioned for both the beach and bathroom. Available in a wide range of colours, the towels are hand-loomed with hand-twisted tassels and fringes so you really are buying a quality product. The towels start at $49 but with The Iconic's current 30% off, you have the opportunity to stock up. 

Miss April boast a huge range in their towel collection
Miss April boast a huge range in their towel collection available to be used at the beach or in the bathroom. Source: The Iconic


Turkish towels

Turkish towels flood Instagram in summer with their tasseled ends and chic designs which are reminiscent of Mediterranean holidays and European elegance. The signature 100% Turkish cotton fabric is thinner than regular cotton towels, making them fast drying and versatile to wear as a sarong. They're also super compact so it makes travelling easy. Discover the wide range of colours from Demmex on Amazon.

A rolled up navy and cream Turkish towel with tassels infront of a white background.
Turkish towels continue to be a viral trend among beach-goers for their fast-drying cotton and chic designs. Source: Amazon

Patterned towels

Step into summer with a bang with a bright, fruity beach towel from Sheridan. No doubt you'll know Sheridan's reputation for being the best in the biz when it comes to cotton and sheets, so it's guaranteed that this towel is made from quality organic cotton and will last you for a few summers at least. Boasting an original pattern made in the Sheridan Design Studio, this towel is sure to make a fun statement at the beach while keeping you dry and comfortable. You can pick this little beauty up on sale right now for $34.99.  

A pale pink beach towel with bright and bold animated summer fruits on a white background.
Sheridan's bright summer beach towel is made of super soft and thick organic cotton. Source: Myer

Personalised towels

Perfect as a gift or for yourself, the personalised Bondi rectangle towels from Cotton On make a fun way to enter summer. Available in apricot and olive green, the towels are super soft being made from 100% cotton to make laying by the pool or beach easy and comfortable. Choose your name or a word up to ten letters and make this summer the one you won't forget. You can pick one up now for $39.99 or if you're still waiting for your pay to come in, choose from their variety of payment plans. We've got you.

On the left, an apricot and cream striped towel is folded with Charlotte written on the bottom. On the top right is an olive and cream striped towel with the word Kiersten on the bottom, both on a cream background..
Put a personal touch on your beach towels at Cotton On. Source: Cotton On


If you or someone you know aren't much of a beach person and try to avoid the sand sticking everywhere, then this is where you belong. The geniuses at SAND SOCIETY have created a unique beach towel that is 'sand-free', with each towel being made of over 20 plastic bottles. As well as being sustainable and earth-friendly, it's super soft wat 400GSM and insanely absorbent holding to 1 litre of absorbency. With that in mind, they half the time to dry compared to a regular beach towel are completely odourless from damp smells. What's more, it arrives in a small carry bag and right now you can nab one for $48 with The Iconic's 30% off sale.

A woman on a beach holds a green striped towel behind her back at sunset.
Each sand-free towel from Sand Society is made from over 20 plastic bottles. Source: The Iconic

Round towels

Round towels are a relatively new entry into the beach game but they're becoming more popular than ever. Available in a wide range of fun designs and patterns, they make a great seating option for you and your friend and even double up as a picnic mat if you ever get stuck! You can shop this beautiful round towel from The Beach People featuring an exclusive print designed in-house, made from 100% cotton and 480 GSM so its super plush to relax on. We'll be here if you need us. 

A tanned woman lays on a cream and gold sun round towel with gold tassels on a beach.
Opt for a new way to soak in summer with a round beach towel in a unique design. Source: The Beach People

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