Best Beach Blankets to Buy in 2018

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 glamour 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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Best Overall: Sand Escape Compact Outdoor Beach Blanket

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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Best Budget: Camco Handy Mat with Strap

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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Best Circular: Ricdecor Microfiber Large Round Beach Blanket

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