Beach Towel vs. Bath Towel: Everything You Need to Know

Molly and William, wife and husband, are just about set to embark on their long anticipated vacation. Just 10 days to go, before they experience the exotic sands of Istanbul. The packing is almost done when Molly realizes……

“We need to upgrade our beach towels,”.

“We have no time. Let’s take our bath towel instead.” William suggested.

“You can’t be serious. They are worn out and threadbare. Are you saying that we will do just fine with what we have as beach towel?!” she complained.

“Yeah, of course!” “How is a beach towel different anyway!” he mumbled.

“There is a BIG difference” she stressed. “A beach towel CANNOT be replaced with a bath towel.” Molly corrected.


“Funny you should ask! I have been reading some reviews on beach towels, getting ready for our trip, and was quite surprised to find out that there is quite a difference when it comes to beach towels.”

If you can relate to William and Molly, here is what her research showed.

As the name suggests, a beach towel is meant to be used on beaches and a bath towel is used post-bath/shower. Sounds like a no brainer, right? Not so fast! Here are some key differences between a bath towel and a beach towel, which you may not have considered.

A beach towel is larger than a bath towel. A bath towel measures around 42 to 58 X 24 to 30 inches, whereas a beach towel is larger and measures around 48 to 58 inches X 54 to 70 inches. The length and width of a beach towel is much greater than a bath towel.

Whereas a bath towel is meant for your everyday use of bathing, a beach towel functions as a relaxing blanket that keeps you away from the sand. If you are planning to replace a beach towel with a bath towel, you will end up with legs covered with sand, a not-so-pleasant experience.

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Here’s a table you might find useful:

Properties Bath Towel Beach Towel
Thickness A cotton bath towel is usually thick. It is bulky and fibrous.  A linen beach towel is usually thin and soft.
Moisture Soaking A cotton bath towel soaks moisture effectively, but holds the moisture for a long duration due to its thickness. The end result is a towel that smells like mildew after just a couple of uses. A linen beach towel absorbs moisture quickly, yet dries in a snap. It is naturally anti-microbial therefore eliminating odors rather than promoting them.
Fabric Cotton Linen
Surface The surface of a cotton bath towel attracts sand, stains, and odors. The surface of a linen beach towel repels sand, stains, and odors.
Portability A bath towel is heavy and consumes a lot of space in the luggage. A beach towel is lightweight and is designed to fold to the size of a beach read.
Durability A cotton bath towel is less durable, and gets coarser with time and usage. A linen beach towel is durable and gets softer with every wash.


A bath towel is not large enough for a single person. A proper beach towel should handle up to two people with enough room for your beach read, a cooler, as well as some additional elbow room.

Well, a bath towel looks like a bath towel! It is designed to look good in your bathroom. A beach towel is brighter and perkier designed to look good on a beach, in pictures, and for many other décor purposes. A bath towel may not reflect your personality, but a beach towel definitely reflects your personality.

Note: A beach towel can be used a bath towel, but a bath towel should not be used a beach towel.

It pays to do your research! What Molly said is spot on. A bath towel is different than a beach towel. Now, when you plan a beach trip, be sure to include the perfect beach towel among your accouterments. Why? Because these 5 accessories that make your vacation stylish will also make you trip more enjoyable. Luxury beach towels, available at Deck Towel, will tend to your exact needs while blending function and fashion seamlessly. Our towels come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. We are certain that once you experience the luxurious feel and comfort, as well as the functionality of our linen towels, you will agree that Deck Towel will be your choice for beach towels for years to come.

That’s Linen, That’s Life!

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