The amount of fun that comes with swimming and other water activities is immeasurable but once you are done, you have to get back to your usual day almost immediately. Moving on with a drenched body isn’t healthy or appealing, so you have to get dried up with a swim towel. Unfortunately, using a regular towel keeps you at the pool or beach longer since you have to let it dry out a bit but swim towels are recommended since they do the job pretty faster.
Our review of the best swim towels will point you towards the best products in the growing market while our swim towel buying guide will put you in the right direction when choosing your next swim towel.
Best Swim Towels
Here’s our review of the best swim towels
Speedo is the leading swim brand and its products are, without a doubt, some of the best in their respective markets. Their Cotton Swim Towel does not say otherwise as it is designed to absorb many times its weight of water and dries them up faster than you can imagine. It’s 15-by-11 inches dimension makes it super easy to carry around.
- Super absorbent swimmer’s towel
- 100% Cotton
Made with 100% microfiber, the OlimpiaFit 3 Size Super Pack Swim Towel with its antimicrobial quality is one of the best swim towels in the market. It is delivered in a pack of three different sizes for the price of one. They are designed to absorb up to four times their weight of water and take only five minutes to dry up.
- Dries 10 times faster than regular towels
- Portable with a compact mesh carrying bag
- Slip-resistant hypoallergenic surface
This swim towel, created with 100% ring-spun cotton fabrics, is super soft to the skin making it suitable for all skin types. Its high absorbency is unmatched taking up several times its weight in water while the lightweight makes it super easy to carry and provides room for more absorption. It is designed with a care instruction printed tag to help you keep it durable and healthy for use.
- Ring Spun 100% Cotton
- Superior Absorbency
- Washing Machine safe
Delivered in its own portable EVA case, the 4Monster Microfiber Swim Towel is super cool to carry and use. Made with 100% polyester, it gives a smooth sensation on the skin while absorbing more water than regular swim towels. It is lightweight and can be air-dried so you don’t really need the sun for this one.
- 100% sterilized fabric
- Made with Natural dye
- Portable EVA box for seamless storage
Available in various sizes and colors, the Rainleaf Microfiber Swim Towel provides a wonderful skin feel with its remarkable soft suede-like feel. It is lightweight and super absorbent to take in up to five times its weight in water making it one of our best picks for swim towels. Delivered with a pack that is compact and easy to carry with a hang snap loop, this swim towel also dries up quickly and gets you on the go sooner.
- 100% microfiber
- Ultra-compact with a carry bag
Swim Towels Buying Guide
Mostly there are three types of swim towel and your buying decision will greatly depend on your preference of how they make you feel when you use them. The types include:
This type of swim towel is widely used because it is more traditional and many people are so familiar with its feel on the skin. It gives that cloth feels that makes you feel at home with it. Nevertheless, it often takes a longer time to dry compared to the other types and maybe less portable because of the cotton base.
Some cotton swim towels are ring spun giving a look that almost everyone is familiar with. These ring spun cotton towels tend to absorb more moisture and are readily reusable. They can be hand-washed and dried to perfection. They are just the usual towels that we know. If you consider buying cotton swim towels, there is very little that you can be told about it since you must be pretty used to it.
This type of swim towel is one of the weird-to-use towels but they are often efficient if you can get used to the weirdness. They are smooth on the skin because of the synthetic material that they are made from, usually polyvinyl alcohol. They don’t give the usual rubbing sensation of towels and they can be pretty small in size, which makes it quite easy to carry.
Another weird, but the seemingly lovable quality of chamois swim towels is that they should not be allowed to get completely dry. They must be kept moist at all times because they are stiff like cardboard when dry making it uncomfortable to use. Since this is necessary, all you have to do when you finish wiping your body is to squeeze out the extra water from the towel and pack it up in the pack which is usually delivered alongside the towel.
This type of swim towel is made from fabrics that are smaller than silk with diameters that are less than 10 microns. Because of the small size of the fibers, a large amount is required to make a useful towel; therefore, giving it a large surface area that enhances absorption and quick drying.
They are usually treated and antimicrobial and we highly recommend this type of swim towel. Nonetheless, microfiber swim towels can be conjugated with cotton and other material to make hybrid towels. Although this can significantly improve the absorbance of the towel, it makes it a bit harder to store and carry because of the cotton core.