PRODUCT APPEAL OF TESALATE TOWELS
I first heard about Tesalate towels from a friend, who told me about this magical towel that promises to leave the sand at the beach. After researching online, I discovered this innovative design was created by an Australian company who through their personal experiences had the idea to create a product that made going to the beach easier and more enjoyable, while also looking stylish.
With four family members and some of the best surf on our doorstep, we always take numerous towels with us to the beach and that in turn meant we collect a mountain of sand that finds its way into the car and to home. For these reasons, I knew the Tesalate towel was a product that regular beachgoers needed to test. You’ll find below a Tesalate beach towel review outlining the key features of the towel, so you are armed with all the knowledge before buying.
This post was updated in January 2020
TESALATE TOWEL REVIEW
If you decide to buy a Tesalate Towel, the hardest part will be choosing the design, as they have a large collection of beautiful patterns to choose from on their website. Our towel choices were Between Two Palms and Cali Sunset and even though you should expect a slight colour difference from what you see online, I was pleasantly surprised with the accuracy of the colour and patterns when the towels arrived. The soft pastels are vibrant, and patterns are of high quality. Each towel is double-sided with the reverse having the signature Tesalate black & white triangle pattern.
What are the Tesalate towels made of? The Tesalate towels are made with special fabrics (Absorblite™ microfiber, 20% Polyamide/80% Polyester), which means they will not have the same feel as your everyday cotton beach towel. However, I still found the towels to be soft, and the difference of fabric means it is much lighter than our regular beach towels and can also be folded or rolled much smaller, making them more portable.
The Tesalate beach towel is 160cm x 80cm / 63 x 31 inches. Compared to other beach towels, it is longer than most but narrow in comparison.
If you love an oversized towel, Tesalate has also created a double size towel, perfect for a couple or family. The square towel is 160cm x 160cm / 63 x 63 inches.
Now we get down to what you want to know. Does the Tesalate towel live up to its promises of being sand-free, absorbent, compact and light with rapid-dry technology?
Overall, I would say that it does, but I will go into more detail on each below.
The sand-free test was conducted on the towel when it was dry and also after it was wet. When the towel was dry and covered with sand, you could flick the towel, and the sand would easily slip off. After the towel was wet, you needed to use a little more force, but you could still remove the sand from the towel. Upon closer inspection, most of the sand was removed apart from some tiny particles you could only see by holding it to the sun. In both scenarios, it was also great for removing sand from yourself.
The towel was extremely absorbent, and once it was wet, it had an almost chamois like feel. We use two towels to dry a family of four, so I’m satisfied with this result as two towels are 50% fewer than we normally packed for a beach outing. Due to the absorbent nature of this towel, it is best to use on dry sand, as we found it absorbed the moisture from placing it down on wet sand.
COMPACT AND LIGHT
For a standard size towel, it does amaze me how light and compact the Tesalate towel is to carry around. The main space within our beach bags is normally taken up by towels, and it can be quite heavy to carry to and from the beach. To find one that is light and compact is a huge advantage. Once the towel was wet, it was heavier, but nothing that we found excessive.
I wasn’t convinced with the rapid-dry feature of the towel. The best way to dry the towel after use was to hang it on the clothesline. On different occasions, when the towel was used sporadically between swims, it was normally hung up under our beach umbrella to dry off slightly. I found the Tesalate towel didn’t dry any quicker (if not slower) than our regular beach towels.
It is important when choosing a towel to consider the main use and the environment as you want to ensure you receive longevity from the product. A towel, in particular, a beach towel, not only has the sand and seawater to contend with but also needs to withstand a washing cycle. The directions on the label advise washing in a cold-water cycle, separate from other items and on a slow spin. Leave to dry on the line, do not tumble dry. With a standard cotton towel, these tend to wear thin or pill over time. Our Tesalate Towels have now seen two summers, and they remain the same as when they were first delivered.
Note: I don’t wash the towel after each beach outing, it is air-dried outside, and when it is washed, I always follow the directions advised.
Once the towel is ready to be packed away, you can fold the towel into a small and compact size, which is perfect if you are travelling and wanting to take one in your carry bag or fit a towel in your suitcase.
TESALATE REVIEW SUMMARY
Australia is a country with beautiful coastlines and sublime beaches. One of the main characteristics of a beach in the sand. For many, this can be a deterrence along with the number of towels you need to take with you. I believe Tesalate has solved these woes with it’s a lightweight and compact design that can easily fit into a beach bag. The towel is highly absorbent which eliminates the number of towels we need to take, and its specialised fabric makes it easy to leave the sand at the beach.
The cost of the Tesalate towel is higher compared to an average beach towel, but as I described above the Tesalate towel is far from average, and the functionality and diversity of this towel is what sets it apart from others.
The Single Beach Towels are priced at AUD 79
The Towels for Two are priced at AUD 139
Prices are true at the time of review but are subject to change.
DELIVERY FROM TESALATE AUSTRALIA
The towel itself is delivered within the standard Australia Post time frame and comes in a small compact carry bag that could easily fit in a handbag or beach bag. Tesalate Australia stands behind their product 100%, but if for any reason you decide you don’t love the towel, you can exchange or return the product, and they will even pay for the return shipping. Now that is customer service at its finest!
TESALATE TOWELS STOCKISTS
Tesalate beach towels Australia can be purchased online through their website, and are shipped worldwide. Standard postage is free with the purchase.
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Disclosures: Inspire Family Travel was gifted a Tesalate towel to conduct a fair and impartial review. As always, our opinions are our own, and we only share what we believe you’ll find helpful. For more information, please visit the Disclaimer section on the website.