A beach blanket is a must for your next trip to the shore, but they’re not all created equal. We’ve come a long way from the basic towels and picnic rugs of the past; now, options include huge yet lightweight blankets made of parachute nylon or microfiber blankets with unique patterns and shapes designed to make a fashion statement. Below, we look at a wide range of different options to suit all tastes, whether you’re a fashionista with a penchant for retro glamor or a Mom in need of a solution to keep your entire family sand-free. See our picks for the best beach blankets to buy today.
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The Sand Escape Compact Outdoor Beach Blanket is reasonably priced, especially considering its large size. At 9’ x 7’, the blanket offers 63 square feet of sand-free space, providing ample room for all of your beach gear and family members. Four integrated sand anchor pockets help to keep the blanket on the ground even in high winds. Reviewers particularly love the fact that despite the blanket’s huge size, it’s also amazingly compact.
It comes with an integrated stuff pouch and compression straps (attached so that you’ll never lose them), and packs away to just 6” x 7” for hassle-free storage. The blanket is made from ultra-lightweight, tear-resistant parachute nylon, and is designed to last for years to come. Best of all, sand can’t stick to it. At the end of the day, simply shake it off and revel in the novelty of a sand-free car and home. Choose sea blue/charcoal, meadow green/gray or dark blue/gray stripes.
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Those that prefer a more substantial blanket should opt for the IndigoMer Reversible Folding Wicker Rug. It’s made from up-cycled plastic strands and woven together to create a beautiful braided design inspired by traditional Bedouin culture. Like the original Bedouin mats, this one is intended to withstand repeated use and exposure to the elements, and won’t rip, tear, fade or disintegrate over time. Reviewers love its sturdiness, which provides enough support to balance plates and cups; and extra padding for pebble or shingle beaches.
The mat is also waterproof and easy to clean with a single wipe. There are three colors to choose from: blue and ivory, green and ivory and maroon and ivory. All have a reversible pattern on the opposite side that lets you change things up whenever you get bored. Sizes range from small (79” x 55”) to extra large (118” x 118”). Whichever you go for, the mat folds easily for convenient storage in your closet or car trunk.
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The Camco Handy Mat costs a fraction of the price of some of the other blankets on this list but remains a firm favorite. It’s made from durable, mildew-resistant polypropylene, making it difficult to stain and easy to clean. Fabric edging prevents fraying, while the mat itself is UV-stabilized to guard against fading over time.
Essentially, this blanket proves that cheap doesn’t have to mean poor quality. It measures 60” x 78”, and folds into a compact 10.5” x 15” tote complete with a hook and loop flap, handles and a pocket on either side. It’s a breeze to carry to the beach, and even easier to fit in your cupboard afterward. Choose blue/green, green/red or green/turquoise stripes.
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The perfect solution for big families or beach parties, the 10’ x 9’ iShoyu Oversized Beach Blanket provides 90 square feet of space for up to 10 seated adults (or any similar combination of children, dogs and beach gear). It’s made from rip-stop parachute nylon and features five sand pockets and four triple-stitched corner loops. The latter can be pinned down using the included metal stakes. Because sand can’t stick to nylon, your days of gritty sandwiches and uncomfortable chafing are over.
At the end of the day, pack the orange, red and purple-striped blanket away into its integrated 5” x 7” stuff pouch. With a total weight of less than two pounds, it’s an almost unnoticeable addition to your beach bag, unlike the bulky towels and beach blankets of the past. The drawstring stuff pouch can also be used to store your valuables at the beach.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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The Roebury Water-Resistant Outdoor Blanket has a traditional aesthetic, with quilted fabric on one side and a durable, waterproof lining on the other. The latter quickly wipes free of sand, dirt and stains, and is ideal for sitting on damp sand without getting soggy. It can also be used to stay dry on dewy grass at sports matches, music festivals and campsites.
Best of all, the 55” x 70” blanket is padded, affording you a little extra comfort at the beach. When you’re finished with it, it folds and zips into itself, transforming into a lightweight tote with a shoulder strap for easy transport. The tote features a small exterior pocket, giving you a place to put your personal items during the walk to the shore. Reviewers love the blanket’s nostalgic patterns, which include red plaid and blue bell flowers.
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For flawless retro style, opt for the Scuddles Blue & White Striped Tote Blanket. Its soft polypropylene weave boasts artfully faded blue, white and chocolate stripes, while fabric edging helps to prevent fraying - keeping your blanket looking smart for longer. When you’re not using it, the blanket folds into a tote with pockets on either side, a woven handle and a color-coordinated, messenger-style flap.
It’s as practical as it is stylish, with a waterproof backing that keeps you dry (and is amazingly easy to clean). The polypropylene is also mold and mildew-resistant - a major bonus if you forget to air it properly before packing it away. When open, the blanket measures 60” x 78”, providing plenty of space for couples and families of up to four people.
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Available in black or red, the Napa Water-Resistant Beach Blanket features water-resistant polyester on one side and a fleece lining on the other. When open, it measures 50” x 60”, and is intended for use as a blanket, a stadium seat or a picnic table cover. Perhaps most usefully, it also doubles as a poncho, thanks to the hood contained in a hidden compartment. Wear it with the polyester side facing outwards to protect yourself from unexpected rain. The blanket folds away into a slender tote, which reviewers state makes a comfortable pillow or cushion. However you decide to use your blanket, it’s machine washable for easy cleaning when you’re done.
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Tired of conventional rectangular or square blankets? Stand out from the crowd with Ricdecor’s Microfiber Large Round Beach Blanket. It comes in a variety of eye-catching patterns, including an Indian mandala, flamingos and pineapples or stylized jungle foliage. It’s made from microfiber, a super soft and absorbent fabric that allows the blanket to double as an effective beach towel. It’s also conveniently quick-drying. With a 60” diameter, the blanket provides ample space for two people. In between beach trips, it’s perfect for yoga or meditation sessions, or for use as a unique tapestry or throw for your bedroom.
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