10 Best Kids Beach Towels That Are Holiday Approved

Alice Carlill
Mar 01, 2024 By Alice Carlill
Originally Published on Jul 08, 2021
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Beach towels are a vital part of any trip to the sea, and we've got the ultimate list here.

Beach towels differ from bath towels because they are thinner, making them both quicker to dry out and easier to roll up and throw in a bag. Many also have other snazzy features - they can be microfibre, so that they dry super quickly, or are sand resistant and work to reduce damp odours.

Whatever you're looking for in beach towels for your kids, we've got the recommendations to ensure your purchase will tick all the boxes and that you have the best beach trip and family day out you possibly can. Buckets & spades at the ready!

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Kidadl's Top Pick

The votes are in, the dice are rolled, and we have made our top choice. Of course, all of the beach towels that we recommend are great, and we'd be thrilled to use any of them, but this towel was the premium choice by far for Kidadl's best beach towel.

1. Quick Dry Beach Towel by Dock & Bay

White and blue Quick Dry Beach Towel by Dock & Bay.
Image © Dock & Bay

These beach towels really are great. They tick all the boxes for what you need in a beach towel: they're quick drying and super absorbent, they withstand damp odours, they're sand free (it just shakes right off), they're super light and pack away into a compact complimentary pouch, and they can be personalised. Oh, the company also donates 5% of profits to charity, and you can buy one of two towels from which 20% of profits are sent to one of two charities - either One Tree Planted or Whale And Dolphin Conservation. Their packaging is 100% biodegradable, and they're moving all products over to 100% recycled materials (made from post-consumer plastic) by 2021. If that weren't enough, they also do Cool Towels alongside their Beach Towels, which you can wet and are designed to keep you cool to 15 degrees centigrade. These are the best beach towels on the market - we defy you to find a better one for your family.

Main Features

  • Price: from £12
  • Ages: 4+
  • Quick-drying - dries 3 times faster than regular towelling material
  • Sand resistant - it shakes right off
  • Super absorbent - holds more than its own weight in water
  • Lightweight and compact, folding into a pouch
  • Odour resistant
  • Can be personalised
  • Sustainable packaging and moving to entirely recycled materials
  • 5% company profits to charity
  • Great designs - from striped towels to one colour and jungle prints
  • Elastic hook to hang out to dry
  • Comes in extra-large sizes

Best For Families On A Budget

2. Amazon Basics Beach Towel by Amazon‍

Green and white Amazon Basics Beach Towel by Amazon.
Image © Amazon

Sometimes you just want a beach towel that will do the job. This does just that. It's made from 100% cotton, ensuring its softness and durability, and machine washable. It's absorbent too, and nicely fluffy, coming in fun cabana strip colours. Great for getting out onto the sand and into the water with your kids and no fuss.

Main Features

  • Price: £9.67
  • Ages: 4+
  • 100% cotton-
  • Fluffy and soft
  • Cabana stripe patterns
  • Machine washable

Best For Early Years

3. Frog Nursery Hooded Wrap by Pottery Barn‍

Green Frog Nursery Hooded Wrap by Pottery Barn.
Image © Pottery Barn

The great thing about this hooded towel is that it can also be used at bath time or poolside. It's super cosy, made of soft and absorbent cotton, and is also very lightweight. It's machine washable and recommended for babies aged 0-24 months. The cotton is BCI certified, meaning that it's grown following stringent environmental principles, so it's also responsibly produced.

Main Features

  • Price: £39
  • Ages: 0 - 24 months
  • Responsibly-sourced, super soft cotton
  • Absorbent material
  • Very lightweight
  • Machine washable
  • Can be used by the pool or after a bath
  • Sweet design

Best For Under 5s

4. Cuddleroar Dragon Toddler Towel by Cuddledry ‍

A green Cuddleroar Dragon Toddler Towel by Cuddledry.
Image © Cuddledry

Although slightly expensive, this towel is ethically made with sustainable bamboo, and it's also super soft, fluffy and absorbent. It's got a great amount of fabric so that it wraps all the way around your child, has a cosy hood for warmth, and is a fun kids hooded beach towel with its dragon features. Sure to get your little adventurers planning their next quest!

Main Features

  • Price: £39.99
  • Ages: 1 - 3
  • Ethically made with sustainable bamboo
  • Super soft and fluffy
  • Absorbent
  • Hooded, with lots of fabric to wrap your kids up
  • Great dragon design

Best For Larger Families

5. Flower And Ocean Double Beach Towel by Roxy‍

A Flower And Ocean Double Beach Towel by Roxy.
Image © Roxy

Double the product, double the drying and lounging around - a great beach towel option for a larger family. Crafted from 100% super soft cotton, it's super soft to the touch and has a fun summery print.

Main Features

  • Price: £31.50
  • Ages: 4+
  • 100% cotton
  • Fun print
  • Double towel size

6. Microfibre Travel Towel Giant by Mountain Warehouse

Blue Microfibre Travel Towel Giant by Mountain Warehouse.
Image © Mountain Warehouse

Don't be put off by the 'giant' in the title, all it means is there's extra fabric to go around. This compact and lightweight - it's only 300 grams - beach towel is really good value and feels great against the skin. It's also absorbent, taking in up to 4 times its own weight, easy to clean in a washing machine, and very large, so it's one of the best beach towels if you have a large family who enjoy getting sandy and wet. The bright colour options it comes in also make it easy to spot on a beach.

Main Features

  • Price: £10.99
  • Ages: 4+
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Super absorbent
  • Great value
  • Machine washable
  • Extra-large for a bigger family
  • Comes in bright colours

7. Disney Store Moana Beach Towel ‍

A Disney Store Moana Beach Towel.
Image © Disney

Maybe you have a little Moana wondering 'How Far [They'll] Go' into the waves (safely, of course). If so, this fun beach towel is just the ticket, featuring the heroine and her adorable pig friend Pua. It's super soft cotton and machine washable too, to make your life easier.

Main Features

  • Price: from £10
  • Ages: 4+
  • 100% soft cotton
  • Machine washable
  • Features a design of Moana and Pua

8. Kids Poncho Cabana Collection by Dock & Bay‍

White and yellow Kids Poncho Cabana Collection.
Image © Dock & Bay

We've gone for another Dock & Bay product, because this 5-star reviewed kids poncho beach towel is unparalleled. Coming in super bright, fun colours that make your child easy to keep an eye on in crowds, it's ideal coverage for shimmying in and out of clothes at the beach, is quick-drying, super-absorbent, compact and lightweight, and odour resistant. It also has mesh bottom pockets so that the sand doesn't collect in the poncho, instead falling right through - genius! What a way to keep your little ones as dry and sand-free as possible.

Main Features

  • Price: £18
  • Ages: 2 - 10
  • Compact and lightweight, folding into a pouch
  • Quick dry
  • Odour resistant
  • Super absorbent
  • Mesh pockets at the bottom for sand to fall through
  • Can be personalised
  • Bright, spot-able designs

9. Round Microfibre Beach Towel by Bee Magnificent ‍

A Round Microfibre Beach Towel by Bee Magnificent.
Image © Bee Magnificent

Round towels were the thing to have when they first hit the market, and we can see why: they're an ideal beach towel because they have plenty of space for all of the family to sit on. This super cute rainbow bee print is also sure to bring a smile to your kids, and the towel is functional: it's microfibre which makes it lightweight and compact, is tough and durable, and absorbent.

Main Features

  • Price: £8.99
  • Ages: 4+
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Quick-drying
  • Absorbent
  • Durable
  • Bright, colourful design

10. Oversized Beach Blanket by Fylina‍

An Oversized Beach Blanket.
Image © Fylina

Okay, so this is not a towel, but a beach blanket is as essential on the beach as a towel, and this one has many of the same features as some of our favourite beach towels. It's oversized and large enough for around 4-6 people. It's also sand-proof, waterproof, and washable. It's lightweight and portable, and comes with 4 'anchors' that you can push through loops to ensure it stays put; it also has 4 sand pockets to put sand in for the same reason, or as a nifty storage point for phones, suncream, sunglasses, etc. A truly great family investment.

Main Features

  • Price: £17.99
  • Ages: 4+
  • Oversized - designed to fit 4-6 people
  • Sand proof
  • Waterproof
  • Washable
  • Lightweight and compact
  • With 4 'anchors' to keep the blanket in place
  • With 4 pockets for storage or to weight the blanket down

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for the best kids beach towels then why not take a look at the best kids beach shoes, or for something different take a look at the best kids garden toys.

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Written by Alice Carlill

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English

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Alice CarlillBachelor of Arts specializing in English

With a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Cambridge, Alice is passionate about all things art, literature, and culture. She has written a short collection of poems and continues to edit scripts for theater, TV, and film. Alice grew up in London and now resides there, but her favorite places are by the sea or somewhere cozy with her five dogs. She also has two younger sisters who keep her on her toes.

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