If you are going to the beach on your own, then a standard sized beach towel or blanket should be more than sufficient.
However if you are going with a loved one or a group of friends or family members, for example, it is much more beneficial to take a large oversized beach blanket with you because this will be large enough for you all to lie on.
Plus because these bigger blankets tend to be very strong and durable, you can also use them for camping trips and picnics in the park, for example.
So in this article I want to take a look at some of the top oversized beach blankets that you can buy this summer, and in keeping with the theme of this website, I have deliberately picked out some sand-free blankets so that you don’t have to worry about sand getting everywhere when you are trying to relax:
Page One Sand Free Beach Blanket
The Sand-Free Beach Blanket from Page One is one of the largest beach blankets that you will come across because it is 10 feet x 9 feet (300 cm x 280 cm), which means that it is big enough for up to seven adults to use.
Despite its huge size, it is also very light to carry around, with a total weight of just 14 ounces, and is very compact when it is folded away.
Indeed what I like about this one is that it is triple stitched and made from the same high quality ripstop nylon that you would find on a parachute, so it is exceptionally strong and comfortable to sit on or lie on, and the sand slides right off when you use it on the beach.
It will also stay firmly in place because there are five pockets that you can fill with sand or rocks, for example, when you are at the beach, as well as four metal stakes and attachment loops that you can use when you are camping or in the park, for instance.
The only drawback is that the dark gray color that forms part of the blue, green and rose blankets is not the most pleasing on the eye, but there is an all-blue design available if you don’t like this particular color, and the most important point to remember is that from a purely practical point of view, this particular blanket is hard to beat.
Mad Grit XL Beach Blanket
Another extra large beach blanket that you might want to consider buying this summer is the Mad Grit XL Beach Blanket.
This is the same size as the one above (10 feet x 9 feet), so it is big enough for up to seven people to lie on, and is actually very similar to the previous blanket because it is made from the highest quality parachute nylon to ensure that it is strong and lightweight, and quick to dry if it gets wet.
It is also triple stitched to prevent it from tearing and repels sand really well, but what I like about this one is that it comes with its own stuff sack bag so that it is easy to carry around.
Plus it also comes with a free bottle opener, which could come in handy when you take this mat to the beach or go for a picnic in the park, for example, and has a storage pouch to store some of your belongings.
There are no stakes included to pin it to the ground, but there are four corner pockets (and one extra pocket) that you can fill with sand when you are at the beach, or weigh down with other objects when you are camping, for example. So this is not a major issue.
This blanket is available in four different color combinations – blue/gray, blue/white, ocean (pictured) and summer (blue, pink and gray) – and comes with a 100% refund guarantee if you are not entirely satisfied with the product.
Mad Grit also donate 10% of their profits to charity, which gives people an added incentive to buy this particular blanket.
Wildhorn Outfitters Sand Escape Compact Beach Blanket
If you don’t want to buy a really huge blanket, like the two featured above, there are still plenty of oversized beach blankets that are not quite as big, but are still suitable for families and groups of friends to use.
One such product is the Sand Escape Compact Outdoor Beach Blanket from Wildhorn Outfitters, which has dimensions of 7 feet x 9 feet and is still 20% bigger than most other blankets.
This is made from super strong parachute nylon, so it should last a long time, and is light and easy to carry around because it comes with an integrated compression stuff sack.
It is also easy to weigh down because there are four corner pockets that you can fill with sand, and you can also use these pockets to store your belongs, or use the integrated storage pouch, which measures 6 inches x 7 inches and is easily big enough to keep your keys, phone and sunglasses in, for example.
This blanket is available in four different color combinations – dark blue/gray, meadow green/gray, sea blue/charcoal and serenity – and is suitable for all outdoor activities.
Kahuna ‘Next Gen’ Parachute Beach Blanket
Another big oversized beach blanket that is suitable for families to use is the Kahuna ‘Next Gen’ Parachute Beach Blanket, which is 8 feet x 8 feet.
As the name suggests, this too is made from strong, durable parachute nylon, like all of the premium quality beach blankets, but what I like about this one is that it has 12 sand pockets to keep it firmly in place on even the windiest of days.
Plus there are nylon loops around the outside and a free set of ground stakes that you can use whenever you are using this blanket during camping trips, outdoor concerts or picnics, for instance.
Apart from this, there are the usual features that are commonly found on many of the top beach blankets, such as a stuff sack and a zip storage pouch, and because it is made from lightweight parachute fabric, it is easy to carry and quick to dry, and does a very good job of repelling dirt and sand because it just shakes right off.
Finally, it will also stay cool on very hot days at the beach, which is another very important benefit because some of these products have a tendency to become hot and uncomfortable.
This product is available in three blue-based color combinations and a vibrant combination of green and yellow, so there is plenty of choice, and it is fair to say that this is one of the top oversized beach blankets on the market right now.
Streamline Sand Proof Outdoor Compact Beach Blanket
One more extra large oversized beach blanket that has been getting a lot of positive reviews is the Streamline Sand Away Compact Beach Blanket.
This too is crafted with state of the art rip-stop parachute nylon to ensure that it will last for many years, and is also sand and water-resistant, light to carry around and cool to lie on.
This blanket is larger than most with dimensions of 7 feet x 9 feet, which is easily big enough for up to four people, and folds away really small into a little pouch once you have finished using it.
You will see that this particular product not only includes sand pockets to help weigh it down, but it also comes with four stake pegs and corner loops that you might like to make use of on windy days, or when you are using it on a grass surface, for example.
This blanket is available in royal blue and ocean blue, but the vibrant apple green design is the one that really stands out and differentiates it from many of the others.
Caracal Outfitters Compact Oversized Beach Blanket
The final product that I want to bring to your attention is the Compact Oversized Beach Blanket from Caracal Outfitters.
This one measures 7 feet x 9 feet, so it is big enough for up to four people, and has greater stability than many other blankets because as well as having four sand pockets, it also has four premium quality aluminium stakes that you can use to hold it in place.
As with all of the top-rated products featured on this page, this is made from lightweight parachute nylon to provide strength and durability, and features a built-in pouch that can be used to carry it around if you don’t want to place it in a bag or backpack.
This sandless blanket also has a built-in zipper pocket to store all of your valuables when you are lying in the park or on the beach, for instance, and even comes with a free ebook full of vegetarian recipes.
So overall this is a large and very durable blanket that you can take to the beach, or use for hiking, camping and picnics, for example, and what I like about this one is that the three color combinations that are available (blue/yellow, raspberry/gray and turquoise/gray) are all bright and summery.