Towel Bandit Review

towel bandit review

This Towel Bandit review contains affiliate links. I was invited to review this product by Adroit Dreams and was gifted a set of bands to try on my Caribbean cruise. A free product does not guarantee a positive review. My intention is to help you make an informed decision about cruise-related items.

What is the Towel Bandit?

The Towel Bandit is a elasticated silicone band that can be used to keep your towel in place on a sunbed. You can buy them in packs of four or six in a variety of colours.

Towel Bandit vs towel clips?

In essence, the Towel Bandit does the same job as towel clips. It keeps your towel on the sunbed without it blowing away. I saw an array of different towel clips on my cruise, some were basic and functional and others were more funky versions, in the shape of flamingos, flip flops, dolphins etc.

On a standard sun lounger, both the Towel Bandit and towel clip work well. There’s not much more to say… they hold your towel in place on a windy lido deck or beach.

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We tested out the Towel Bandit on P&O’s Britannia

I tested the Towel Bandits out on my Caribbean cruise and did discover several advantages that they have over towel clips:

  • The flexible elastic band allows for lightweight, easy packing. You can fit them into a small bag with no trouble (even your pocket if you wanted)
  • It can be used on padded sun loungers that you may find in luxury resorts, beaches or cruise ship areas. The traditional towel clip cannot fit around the towel and padded layer
  • The band can be used to hold a book or magazine in place while you nip to the pool, bar or snack station
  • I didn’t see any other Towel Bandits on our cruise and so it was easy to find our sunbeds
  • You can use it to keep your clothes in one place and off the floor.
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The Towel Bandit can be used on padded sun loungers like these at Ana’s on the Beach, Dinkenson Bay (Antigua)
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I used the Towel Bandit to keep my shorts and t-shirt in place on Carlisle Bay, Barbados

Overall Thoughts

We took towel clips and our Towel Bandits on the cruise in case we didn’t like them. By the middle of our cruise we found ourselves only packing the bands for the pool and beach. They were less bulky and did the job as well if not better in some cases.

I will be packing them for my next cruise holiday and leaving the towel clips behind.

Where can you buy the Towel Bandit?

You can find a pack of six Towel Bandits on Amazon for £10.99. They are now available in the UK, US and Canada.


Laura is a UK cruise blogger based in Cornwall, UK. She founded Cruise Lifestyle in 2016 to share useful advice about cruising, destinations and food.
Last port visited: Bridgetown, Barbados
Next port of call: unknown, but she can’t wait for cruising to resume safely!

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  1. Tammy Dixon
    April 25, 2020 / 6:21 am

    Thank you for the review of the Towel Bandit! I was looking for an alternative to the clips I have, as I bought cheap ones and although they do the job, they do come apart and have to be put back together sometimes. I never thought about the advantage of the book/magazine/clothes holder until I read your review. SOLD. I just ordered them off of Amazon.

    • cruiselifestyle
      April 25, 2020 / 8:34 am

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I’m glad I could help. It’s such a simple idea but I found them very useful on my last cruise.

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