Sure, a towel will suffice, but there’s something about slipping into a bathrobe that provides a sense of escape. A velvety terrycloth one can transport you to a faraway vacation, while luxurious silk can make even the most lazy Sunday afternoon feel indulgent. We questioned robe wearers, including spa owners and loungewear and lingerie designers, about their favorite bathrobes to help you pick the perfect one.
Bathrobes are frequently available in unisex sizes — with alternatives described as XS/S rather than the normal single lettering (XS, S, and so on) — or in just one size. It was critical for us to offer advice from a variety of sources.
Terrycloth is frequently the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a hanfu robe, and it’s simple to see why: It’s a type of cotton that’s thick and absorbent, with the “terry” portion referring to the way the fabric is looped (a waffle weave is another popular pattern). It’s important to know the difference between robes and towels because many brands use the same cotton for both. There are three well-known cottons, according to Strategist writer Lauren Ro: Egyptian (soft and fluffy), Turkish (fast-drying), and Supima (durable) (similar to Egyptian but not as sumptuous). Although cotton has numerous advantages (most of our experts chose it as their favorite), you’ll see that we tried to incorporate a variety of fabrics to accommodate varied habits and tastes.
Design: The variety of styles available makes choosing a bathrobe both enjoyable and challenging. Dusen Dusen has a striped, Ferris Bueller-esque robe for every traditional shawl-collar white robe from Frette. Each pick’s specifications, such as whether or not it has pockets, are shown below.
Price: In order to identify the best of the best, we looked for brands we’d heard of (like Brooklinen and Parachute) as well as ones that people raved about. The bathrobes are all labeled as $ (less than $100), $ (less than $150), or $$ (more than $150).
Unisex Cloud Loom Organic Robe by Coyuchi
When it came to selecting who was the “best overall,” there was no clear choice. However, when we considered which robe would work best for the most people, this one came out on top. Coyuchi, a maker of excellent linen and jersey bedding, has been on our radar for a while. When constructing this robe, the three-decade-old company was inspired by its best-selling bath towels, which are praised for their quick-drying capability (as former Strategist senior writer Karen Iorio Adelson confirmed in an ode to them). Despite the fact that it’s a splurge, we’re confident in declaring this the greatest because we’ve heard so much about the brand in the past.
Our panelists mentioned Coyuchi several times, and its Cloud Loom bathrobe received two rave ratings. The robe lives up to its moniker, according to Reshma Patel, proprietor of jewelry business Quiet Storms: “It’s the dreamiest robe to slip on post-shower or over PJs in the winter.” Daphne Javitch, a wellness coach, agrees, noting that it doesn’t compromise weight for absorbency or vice versa – it doesn’t feel as soft as some heavier robes. Another factor that helped this robe rise to the top was Coyuchi’s commitment to sustainability and ethical manufacturing.
Turkish Cotton Robe with Parachute
Consider Parachute’s classic robe as a more economical option. It has a long and illustrious history, with a waiting list of about 2,000 persons at its peak (Strategist readers have flocked to get it since then). This Parachute robe, like the Coyuchi, is in the center of the thickness scale. “It’s not the thickest robe I’ve tested, but it’s the warmest,” says Heather Pearson, co-founder of Dande and the Lion, a vegan clothing company. The fit, according to Pearson, is “excellent,” with the right wrist and below-the-knees length making it appear virtually custom-made. Kate Posch, a yoga instructor, thinks it’s a stress reliever since the supersoft cotton wraps you in a pleasant haze.
Super-Plush Brooklinen Robe
The Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe earns the Strategist’s seal of approval if you like fluff. I’ve gushed about it so much that at least two people have decided to buy it after hearing my pitch. I’ve been known to nod off in the robe after a particularly late shower since it’s so comfortable. It’s a genuine bathrobe; I can go from wearing it to lotioning up without having to use a towel to wipe away the excess water. That’s hardly unexpected, given that Brooklinen drew inspiration from its Super-Plush Bath Towels (which ranked first in our best towels guide). You are not required to accept my word for it: Blogger Hailey Rizzo of Feeling Good as Hail considers this her winter robe because it makes her feel like she’s ready to hop into bed and watch movies all day.
Dazed Bathen Stripe Robe
If a traditional bathrobe isn’t your style, take a cue from Charlotte Palermino, co-founder of Nice Paper, who prefers this bright Bathen robe. “The stripes make me feel like I’m about to walk out onto my private veranda somewhere on the Riviera,” she says, rather than stress-listening to the news while doing my skin-care routine. The cotton is quick-drying despite its low weight, which is another plus for Palermino. “Most bathrobes are overly heavy or feel like damp housecoats when I’m finished wearing them,” she says, noting that the fabric is soft but never fragile.
Block Shop’s Sidewinder Robe, which publicist Linlee Allen-Homs introduced us to, was another colourful robe that received high praise. “I might not look like David Hockney’s Beverly Hills Housewife,” she says, “but I sure feel like one when I’m wearing this robe, standing in my 90210 yard, morning coffee in hand.”
Organic Coyuchi Solstice Short Robe
Jenefer Palmer, the inventor and formulator of OSEA Skincare, has a lot of bathrobes, but the Solstice robe is her favorite. It’s breathable, especially when compared to the other Coyuchi that came in first, and it gets softer with each wash, according to Palmer. Palmer, who is five-foot-three, says the robe’s shorter length reaches her at about the right height, so she isn’t “swimming in it.”
The Robe of Lunya
Lunya’s light robe stands out among the others on our list. The robe’s blend of pima cotton (renowned for its smooth feel) and modal adds to its smoothness, according to Athena Hewett, founder of skin-care line Monastery. There is, however, some structure to it. The robe has interior and exterior ties and comes with a belt to give it a tightened waist, according to Hewett. Once you put it on, you can rest assured that it will stay in place. It’s “sexy without being revealing,” she says. It’s a favorite of brand consultant Lexi Tawes, who previously described it as “like wearing your favorite T-shirt” with “cell-phone-size pockets.”
Shawl Collar Bathrobe with Piping by H by Frette
Frette is a high-end linens brand that was developed in the 19th century and has been used in the Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, and Soho House. The company creates classic soft robes that swaddle — and cost a lot of money. You may enjoy the same five-star hotel vibe for less if you choose H by Frette, the brand’s diffusion line. According to Strategist associate editor Jenna Milliner-Waddell (who was, full transparency, given it as a gift), this bathrobe is just as luxurious as you’d expect, but it doesn’t make her overheat like some others. “I mean, it’s Frette,” she explains, “so it’s difficult not to feel like a rich bitch when you’ve got it on.”
Snowe Bathrobe, Classic
Our panelists really liked Snowe’s bathrobe. It’s constructed of a silky cotton terry that’s designed to dry quickly. Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, the founder of Chillhouse, owns two, partly because “I dislike it when I wear a hotel robe that doesn’t properly dry me off; this one does.” The robe, according to Grace Lee, proprietor of the bridesmaid dress line Birdy Grey, is a must-have. “It’s spun of silky and fluffy terrycloth that feels like hotel-level luxury after a long shower,” she says. Nikita Richardson, a senior staff editor at the New York Times (and a former Strategist writer), describes it as a “personal coziness investment.”
Waffle Robe with Parachute
In our ranking of the best home robes, Parachute’s Waffle Robe came out on top. While lounging around, the women we spoke with wore it practically religiously. “It’s thin,” adds Alisha Ramos, founder of Girls’ Night In, “yet feeling cushiony enough to give you those warm spa-like emotions.” Alex Yeske, a graphic designer, became a believer after wearing the robe. She was never a fan of robes before, but as a weekend morning routine, she now wears this one over her pajamas. Posch puts it on when she gets home from work and wears it till she goes to bed.
Waffle Robe in Brooklinen
“I’ve never met a waffle weave robe I didn’t enjoy, but this Brooklinen waffle robe is everything,” says Carrie Carrollo, a writer and digital developer who chose to test the bathrobe following a pleasant encounter with the brand’s linens. She described the waffle weave as velvety and bouncy, with just the right amount of weight to allow her to dry without feeling suffocated.
Lunya Silk Robe (Washable)
Nothing says grandeur quite like a silk robe, which is ideal for reclining on your chaise (or Ikea couch). Shruti Naik, an immunologist, recommends this robe, describing it as “luxurious but practical” as one of the few washable silk alternatives available. Former Strategist writer Hilary Reid put Lunya’s silk to the test (the business uses the same material in its loungewear), and found that after a wash and hang-dry, her pajamas looked exactly the same. “They were amazingly smooth and unwrinkled, and they felt as nice as they did prewash when I wore them to sleep again that night,” she added.
Katz Tiger Owl Jacket
This linen “jacket” is a multi-purpose piece that may be worn both inside and outside the house. Charlotte Stone, the founder of the eponymous shoe business, recommends it, and she has strong feelings about robes. This one meets all of her criteria. It’s three-quarter length (Stone feels full-length is too bulky, while short isn’t warm enough) and serves as a middle ground between too-heavy terry and not-snuggly-enough silk. The oversize patch pockets also satisfy her requirements, as the side-seam version can be difficult to locate in the folds.
Linen Robe with Parachute
Rizzo wears the Brooklinen Super-Plush in the winter and this Parachute linen robe in the summer. Rizzo, who calls himself a “sucker for linen,” likes it because it’s cool, comfy, and not confining. The majority of linen comes in bright colors, but Rizzo avoids them, especially when doing makeup, because they reveal dirt more quickly. (This robe is available in two colors: terra-cotta and coal gray.) Rizzo notes that the greater length is also advantageous because it allows for less shifting than shorter linen robes.
Scotch Plaid Flannel Robe by L.L. Bean
L.L. Bean is the place to go for a full-on Fargo look. (The company’s name was mentioned twice.) As a native upstater, photographer Ysa Pérez believes warmth to be a must, and the Wicked Plush is her choice for that reason; it makes her feel like she’s enveloped in a blanket. Eva Alt, a dancer and consultant, loves her L.L. Bean plaid, which she borrows from her partner on occasion because it’s “insanely warm.” It’s also extra soft, thanks to cotton that’s been brushed for a fuzzier texture and put through a “touch test” by a master weaver to ensure it’s just perfect, according to the brand.
House Robe by Soho Home
The title of “best hooded bathrobe” was a toss-up, but Soho Home won out since it’s made by Frette and is less expensive. The robe is the same one used in Soho House’s bedrooms and Cowshed spas, and it even has the corporate emblem stitched on it. Côte co-founder Leah Yari originally discovered it at the Soho Farmhouse hotel in the United Kingdom. “Wrapping up in this fluffy cloud after a long day of travel was my remedy to gloomy weather and jet lag,” Yari explains. It’s “wonderfully cozy,” she says.
Cairo Robe by Matouk
The Cairo Robe is the most expensive robe on our list, as well as the only one that can be personalized. Greer Simpkins, founder of lingerie business Hello Beautiful, says that while she buys most of her robes secondhand, this one was well worth the money because of the changeable piping and quality. The cotton terry is created in Portugal, and the garment is made in Fall River, Massachusetts. These touches, together with the fact that the cloth feels “really sumptuous,” lighten the price, according to Simpkins.