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Choosing the Perfect Beach Towels

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When it comes to beach towels, we all strive to have that big and comfortable towel but usually end up with one that is not as absorbent as we hoped it would be. There are many things that could affect our shopping decisions. Some just do not invest in these towels at all, becoming too afraid to take them out for a spin or too scared to get them all dirty. Most do not think that towels for the beach should have the same consideration that goes with the regular home use towels. However, it is undeniable that a high quality beach towel is your best companion during those long summer vacations down the coast or even poolside parties.

Comfort and Absorbent Quality

For most, the first impulse would be to buy that cute and colorful beach towel on sale at the nearest discount shop or bed and bath department section. However, we should really give a little more thought on the absorbency of the towel, specifically on the materials or fabric that make up the beach towel. When it comes to materials, Thick Terry is known to be the most absorbent for towels. This material is thick, soaks up moisture quite quickly, provides warmth and provides comfort especially when lying on the beach sands. Cotton is also a fabric of choice when looking for absorbency in towels with Egyptian and Turkish varieties ranking high on the most absorbent cotton types.

Another popular beach towel variant comes in the form of Velour. Velour is made up of 100% cotton and has a fairly tight weave. Velour towels are quite soft and provide considerable comfort when lying on the beach or at the poolside. While they possess a rather luxurious look and feel, Velour variants tend to be less absorbent than other types. Anyone looking to lounge by the lake or poolside will benefit best from this type of beach towel.


The next consideration to make when looking for beach towels is size. You will find that almost all towels in the market made specifically for outdoor use are much larger than their home and bath counterparts. Since these outdoor towels are built for people to lie on, they should very well have bigger measurements. While industry standards stick the typical size to 60 by30 inches, most find that towels measuring around 70 to 80 inches in length are more adequate in providing coverage for lying on the scorching sand as well as pool or beach chair.

Colors and Design

You can choose from a variety of colors, graphics and patterns when it comes to the design. Most will go for dark colors simply because light colored fabrics stain easily. This is a practical consideration since you will be taking the towel outdoors.  A dark blue or dark green towel will not stain as easily as a vibrant yellow beach towel. There are plain colored towels for beach use. However, themed designs with intricate artwork and graphics are some of the most common choices in beach towel design these days. A beach towel can in fact be a way for expressing your very own individuality. Choosing the perfect beach towels to have during the summer vacation means having to look beyond design and going right down to the appropriate size and most absorbent and comfortable fabric.


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