Top 5 Cooling Towels (Starting at $1.99) | Stay Up to 30 Degrees Cooler!

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Grab a cooling towel from our round-up of the best cooling towels to beat the summer heat!

frogg togg cooling towel around neck

Did you know a cooling towel can make it feel 30 degrees cooler?! Our team-tested cooling towels are the best to buy to beat the heat. Even better, all of them are affordable starting under $8!

Trust me when I say your personal comfort will be well worth that small investment for cooling towels! It’s amazing how refreshing they feel when it’s hot outside.

Choose the best cooling towel for you from our top Hip team favorites:

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hands washing blue frogg togg in sink

How do cooling towels work?

Once wet, a cooling towel instantly feels chilly and can be such a lifesaver for keeping you and your family from overheating when experiencing hot weather.

We live in Arizona and the extreme heat is hard to deal with at times when it can get well over 100 degrees. 🥵 Cooling towels help make it possible to stay active during even the hottest months.

A cooling towel for neck has many benefits. Here are just a few ways you can use them:

  • Golfing, hiking, or any outdoor sport
  • Working in the garden or mowing the lawn
  • Walking around Disney or any outdoor amusement park during the summer
  • Yoga, studio workouts, and the gym
  • Anyone who works outside in the heat
  • Watching outdoor sports like baseball, football, & soccer
  • Soothing migraines, much like a cold compress
  • Cooling off your dog after walks or hikes

1. The Frogg Toggs cooling towel is great for staying cool for long periods of time.

hands washing frogg toggs in the sink

Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad– $12.68 (regularly $14.99) 

With over 7,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, this 33″ x 13″ Frogg Togg cooling towel is a popular pick! We took them on a softball tournament in blazing hot 95-degree weather to put Frogg Toggs to the test. They worked incredibly well at keeping us cool, so I can see why they have raving reviews!

As another option, consider grabbing this Frogg Toggs Mini for only $1.99 on Amazon (regularly $4.69) – the lowest price! 🤩

couple wearing frogg toggs while watching sports outside

Their hyper-evaporative material creates an instantly refreshing cooling effect when wet and feels 20-30 degrees cooler than ambient air. I was pleasantly surprised at how Frogg Toggs stayed cool for so long. In fact, it was at least 30-60 minutes before having to dunk it in some water again!

I liked that they don’t necessarily get your clothing wet either. The towel just feels soft and refreshing. Some people cut them lengthwise to make a kid-sized towel. Thanks to its internal mesh reinforcing material, you can cut these towels into any shape that fits your needs.

You can wash them by hand or toss them in the washing machine with other laundry. The one aspect about this towel you should know is that it hardens/stiffens when completely dry. Make sure to fold it up or roll it back in its packaging for storing when it is wet, or it is admittedly kind of wonky to store.

frogg togg towel while watching sports

Here’s what my Hip2Save sidekick, Chelsey, said about her Frogg Toggs cooling towel:

“I used to use Frogg Toggs cooling towels when my daughter was little and we’d hike with her in a carrier! They would help keep both of us cool and I loved how easy it was to pack them. They fold up great and are so lightweight!”  – Chelsey, Hip sidekick

2. This cooling towel Walmart sells is another favorite of mine. 

perfect cooling towels running under water

Perfect Fitness Cooling Towel $7.47 (regularly $9.99) 

These were actually the very first cooling towels we owned years ago and they work great too. They seem to be made from the same or very similar lightweight material as Frogg Toggs and perform very similarly staying cool for long periods after soaking.

best cooling towel - perfect brand towels

Perfect Fitness cooling towels measure 11″ x 29″ and are machine washable. They also are stiff when dry like Frogg Toggs. They are a great cooling towel for the neck.

3. Sara’s pick is extremely packable and under $10.

tough outfitters cooling towel amazon

This UPF 50+ cooling neck wrap doesn’t just give cooling wonders but is also good at blocking damaging UVA & UVB rays too. It’s made of a breathable mesh (of a polyamide/polyester blend), is soft and pleasant to the touch, lightweight, and absorbent. To use just wet, wring out the water, and enjoy the chill factor.

These are sized 38.5″ by 12″ and remain soft when dry, unlike Frogg Toggs.

“I bought these Tough Outfitter Towels to put in my kids’ Easter baskets and LOVE how well they work at cooling. In fact, our air conditioning went out last week and it was over 90 degrees outside, having these towels helped out so much! They are over 50 SPF, and I highly recommend them. Plus the little pouch it comes with is convenient for storing.” – Sara, Hip sidekick 

4. This towel claims to stay cool for up to 3 hours, provides UPF 50, and comes with a carabiner to hang it dry.

alfamo cooling towels

Alfamo Cooling Towel 2-Pack$17.99 ($9 each) 

Here’s another excellent, highly-rated all-purpose towel to consider! Alfamo cooling towels work like a charm as a cooling bandana or neck wrap. The smaller size measures 33″ x 11″.

It chills instantly and dries completely soft so it easily folds up and fits into a gym bag. The Alfamo towel claims to stay chilled for up to 3 hours and can reduce body temperature a great deal in the heat. The fabric also provides UPF 50 sunscreen protection.

alfamo cooling towel

One aspect that is unique to Alfamo cooling towel brand is that it comes with a carabiner clip to conveniently clip to a bag or pant loop!

“My kids love these cooling towels and use them at soccer practice to stay cool during hot weather. In fact, they work so well that I actually just bought more to have on hand this summer!” – Jenna, Hip sidekick

5. The Mission cooling towel is shaped like a gaiter so it’s hands-free and easy to use on the go…including your pets too!

dog walking on leash with blue gaiter around neck

The Mission towels are great for you AND even pets too! The gaiter design allows for easy, hands-free wear and the ultimate 360 cooling experience. It’s also complete with UPF 50 sun protection so you can stay in the heat with less worry. This is the one cooling towel on our list that we haven’t tested, but with over 19,000 5-star reviews, it’s certainly next on our list to try!

Other perks that we love about this pick are that it cools for up to 2 hours, is machine washable, and even more importantly is chemical-free!

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Cooling towels make fantastic gifts, too!

My parents love to golf year-round so I have given them towels as gifts. They use them a lot to keep cool while staying active!

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About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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  1. Lolie

    My boys use the Frogg Toggs for sports. We have used them for several years and they have kept up well. I hand wash in the sink with dish soap when dirty. They do exactly as advertised…keep them cool by adding water. I have even gotten them wet and put in the freezer. This keeps them super cold in their ball bags until used… just add water to loosen up the towel if it’s stiff/frozen. I highly recommend for everyone to help keep cool!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing Lolie! I actually just experienced a frozen one yesterday because i threw it in the cooler with ice at a game and it was awesome I agree!

  2. Lori

    Great for those hot flashes too 😒

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh ya smart – didn’t think of that!

  3. atank

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    I have the Frogg Toggs rain gear for my son and the brand is great. It has held up amazing through camp seasons

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing!

  4. Micah

    I work outside in the heat all the time and I only us the frogg togg chill pad. I have used other brands but I think this one is the best. I usually wet it and put it inside my cooler that i keep in my truck and as long as it stays cold, it works the best. I sometimes have to reapply water but I just stick it back in my cooler. When I get hot I take it out and wrap it around the back of my neck which is one of the best places to put it for bringing your body temp down.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing Micah! I agree the neck is key 👌🙌

  5. **Lisa**

    I live in Arizona. It’s 116 degrees right now. My husband works outside. If it weren’t for these cooling cloths, he’d of died from heat stroke stroke years ago. I can’t say enough good about these!!! He prefers the long ones that he can wrap around his head AND his neck. We all carry one in our cars/trucks, wrapped around a bottle of water. If you were to break down somewhere in this heat, it could TRULY save your life! If you live in the heat, these are a MUST! Also-we have several different brands. They all work well.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing Lisa, I agree! Stay safe out there!

  6. painteddreams13

    Love Frogg Toggs!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes! Same! Thanks for sharing 🙌

  7. TheQueenBee

    Not to gross anyone out but the wet swedish dishcloths are great for wiping sweat off your face.

  8. Tammy S.

    We are in central Texas and daughter is a senior in high school marching band. She uses these towels to keep cool and they are amazing! She said without them this year she probably would have passed out from the heat being over 100 degrees for 50 days or more now. I’ve stopped counting!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Glad to hear how helpful this cooling towel has been for your daughter, Tammy! 💗🙌 I’m in the Central Texas area too, so I hear ya on the heat! 🥵 Hoping we get some rain, and a break in the temperatures soon! 🤞 Stay cool!

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