Why buy a bathrobe?
In theory, you don’t need a bathrobe. You can get dressed immediately after bathing. However, a bathrobe can be a cozy middle option while you get ready for the day or for bed so that you don’t get your clothes wet or covered in makeup or face wash by accident. A robe can also serve as a comfortable cover-up when lounging around the house or pool. Or, if you want to give yourself a facial immediately before or after showering, a robe can be a great intermediary option before dressing or undressing.
What should you consider when shopping for a bathrobe?
- Materials: Bathrobes come in heavier terry cloth, medium jersey knits, and light fabrics like silk or satin. Consider the climate where you live, whether your bathroom is climate controlled, how you plan on using your bathrobe, and the frequency. A plush fabric like terry, velvet, fleece, or jersey knit is more practical for daily use, while silk and satin might be better reserved for special uses.
- Length: Robes come in a variety of lengths. Knee-length tends to be a standard option as it offers the right amount of modesty but isn’t so long as to make it difficult for you to walk. Still, you can find mid-calf and full-length options and those that reach mid-thigh or shorter if you prefer.
- Closure: The most common closure option for bathrobes is an open front with a waist tie design. But it is possible to find robes that button-down as well.
- Pockets: While not a necessity, having pockets can be ideal if you’re the type that spends significant amounts of time in your robe. You can usually opt for front or side pockets.
Which material is the most absorbent?
If you will be wearing your bathrobe after taking a shower or swimming in the pool, it’s recommended to have a bathrobe with high absorbency. Cotton terry, microfiber, and Turkish cotton are great materials that will absorb water well, while silk and satin are better used when you’re dry.
PajamaGram Long Women's Cotton Robe
Perfect for everyday use and cozy enough for lounging.
Pros: If you’re focused on a practical robe ideal for daily use, this full-length cotton option from PajamaGram is a fantastic addition to your bathing or lounging routine. Available in a wide array of colors and patterns, it features a classic open-front design with tie closure. There are two roomy front pockets, and the XXS to 3XL size range makes it a comfortable option for a broader range of shoppers.
Cons: While this pick offers a wide range of sizes, this robe doesn’t hold its shape as well after being laundered.
Bottom Line: The longer length, wider size range, and comprehensive color and pattern selection make this robe a solid, practical choice.
Sioro Women's Satin Kimono Robe
A luxurious robe that's perfect for bachelorette parties and pre-wedding prep.
Pros: If you prefer silky robes, you’ll likely appreciate this mid-thigh-length kimono-style robe. It’s available in a wide range of colors, so there’s something for nearly everyone. You can even customize them and gift them to your bridesmaids at an affordable price point.
Cons: Common issues you might face include oil transfer from facial products or lotions and body butters.
Bottom Line: This kimono-style robe is a solid choice for those wanting a stylized approach to bathrobes. It has a size range from S through XXL.
HelloMamma Long Hooded Robe for Women
A plush robe that's perfect for chilly days and nights with a cozy hood too.
Pros: For many people, the sole purpose of a robe is for lounging. This full-length, cozy fleece robe is a must-buy if you agree. It comes with a hood for added comfort, and while it features the standard tie closure, there’s also an internal tie to help keep it in place.
Cons: An obvious concern is that the length might be too long for many people, as it’s floor length. However, this pick also has a minimal size range from M to XL.
Bottom Line: Those who like to spend rainy days in their robe should love this snuggle-worthy fleece full-length hooded robe.
NY Threads Women's Fleece Bathrobe
A super soft fleece robe that's perfect for immediately after bathing or even lounging around the house.
Pros: Sometimes you want a robe that’s equal parts practical and cozy. This fluffy robe reaches calf length and comes with pockets. Choose from 18 colors and patterns and four sizes (S-XL). You’ll also like that this pick is machine washable.
Cons: The only drawback we found with this robe was that it has a tendency to shed when you wash it. In particular, you’ll get fleece fuzz on your other garments.
Bottom Line: Warm up after taking a shower or just stay cozy all day long with this fleece robe.
RONGTAI Womens Robes
A wide array of colors and a hooded design makes this one of the coziest robes that you'll want to use.
Pros: There’s something about having a hood that just makes a piece of clothing that much more comfortable and cozy. This fleece hooded bathrobe is the perfect way to unwind after a warm shower or when you just want to lounge around the house. You’ll like that there’s a massive selection of colors and prints—29 in total. Likewise, you’ll get a larger size range from Sl through XXL. Note that this robe features a tie front, two front pockets, and a calf length.
Cons: A common complaint we found was that real reviewers noted that the robe arrives with a funny smell. So you may need to wash it before using it.
Bottom Line: You don’t need an excuse to stay in and lounge around the house with this plush bathrobe.
Whether you like to use them to get ready every day or simply for special occasions, robes should be comfortable, functional, and beautiful, and these suggestions fit the bill.