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Shopping Guide for the Best Bathrobes

There's nothing quite like stepping out of the shower into a warm, fuzzy bathrobe. It gives you that fancy spa feeling every time.

Shopping for a bathrobe might sound straightforward at first, but there's more to it than meets the eye. There are all sorts of lengths and materials available, so how do you decide which one you need?

At BestReviews, we're here to do the leg work for you!

We examined existing data and customer reviews to bring you the market’s top bathrobe offerings. We never accept free products from manufacturers, so our reviews are as free from bias as they are thorough.

If you're ready to buy a bathrobe now, please take a look at the product matrix above. In it, we feature our recommendations for the five best bathrobes available. If you’d like to learn a bit more about bathrobes before you make your final decision, please continue reading this shopping guide.

If this is your first time buying a bathrobe, it's a good idea to examine all possible features, such as material and length, to figure out what's right for you.

Why Buy a Bathrobe?

If you've existed all these years without a bathrobe, you might be wondering why you would need one.

Here’s the lowdown:

  • Wearing a bathrobe is probably the easiest way to dry off after a bath or shower. Just slip it on, continue about your business, and you'll be dry within minutes.

  • We all know the agony of leaving a glorious hot shower for a chilly bathroom. If you step into your bathrobe immediately, however, you’ll retain most of your heat.

  • Bathrobes are comfy for lounging around the house after your bath or shower.

  • To keep warm, many people wear bathrobes over pajamas before climbing into bed.

  • Bathrobes are excellent for kids, especially little ones who wriggle around when you're trying to dry them off.
DID YOU KNOW?

Bathrobes are excellent for kids, especially little ones who wriggle around when you're trying to dry them off.

Materials

Bathrobes come in a range of materials. Let's take a look at some of the most common bathrobe fabrics.

Materials

Terry Cloth

Terry cloth — sometimes known as cotton terry or toweling — is the same material from which bath towels are made. With its long, absorbent fibers, terry cloth is the ideal material for drying yourself off after a bath, shower, or swim. Notably, terry cloth can lose some of its softness over time.

EXPERT TIP

While terry cloth is a great material for drying off, some users find it a bit bulky for a bathrobe.


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Materials

Satin or Silk

Silk and satin robes aren't absorbent at all. They’re designed for relaxation rather than drying yourself off after a bath. Many people enjoy wearing a sleek, silky robe over their nightwear.

Materials

Cotton Waffle

As the name suggests, this is a fabric made from cotton. But instead of being thick and plush, it's a lightweight, densely woven material with a square or diamond waffle pattern. Although it's not quite as absorbent as terry cloth, it still does a good job of getting the wearer dry, and it's less bulky than other bathrobe types.

DID YOU KNOW?

Cotton waffle bathrobes are great for traveling, as they're thinner than other robes and consume less space in a suitcase.

Materials

Cotton Velour

Cotton velour robes feel a lot like velvet, but the material absorbs more moisture and has a thicker pile. This is, by far, the softest type of cotton bathrobe, so if comfort sits high on your list, you may wish to investigate your cotton velour options. Like terry cloth bathrobes, however, they are quite bulky.

Materials

Microfiber

Microfiber bathrobes are soft and fleece-like. Despite the fact that they’re made of synthetic material, microfiber robes actually “breathe” more than most robes made of natural materials. Microfiber bathrobes are also very lightweight and absorbent.

EXPERT TIP

If you’re concerned about overheating, consider a bathrobe made of microfiber. Although it’s a synthetic material, it’s extremely breathable.


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Considerations

Considerations

Length

The majority of bathrobes are designed to be knee length, mid-calf length, or ankle length. Remember when you’re shopping, however, that “knee length” for one person of is “mid-thigh” for another.

For this reason, you should evaluate your potential garment in terms of its length in inches. The manufacturer will present these details in the robe’s specifications. Then you’ll know for sure how long the robe will be on you.

DID YOU KNOW?

Most women's garments are designed to fit a 5’6” frame. If you’re significantly taller or shorter than this, don’t expect your robe to reach the same length as it does on a model.

Considerations

Size

Most bathrobes are sized as small, medium, large, extra-large, and so on. The trouble with this is that there's no standardization between brands, so a small bathrobe from one manufacturer might fit a size 0, whereas a small from another manufacturer might fit a size 4.

Where possible, look at the manufacturer's size chart before making your purchase. The chart may provide you the measurements for each size in inches. Alternatively, it may provide comparable dress sizes for each bathrobe size.

EXPERT TIP

If you're between sizes or you're generally unsure, we recommend sizing up rather than down. Most people prefer their bathrobe to be a bit roomy rather than too tight.


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Considerations

Color

Today’s bathrobes come in a rainbow of colors, so you can pick whichever hue captures your fancy.

Some consumers like the fresh, clean look of a white bathrobe. Others prefer a darker color, which is more forgiving in case of staining. And some prefer to match their bathrobe with the rest of their bath linens.

You may wish to buy a bathrobe with a funky zebra pattern or a pretty floral print. With so many options, there's something to suit all styles and tastes.

Price

You can find a bathrobe to suit just about any budget.

  • Basic bathrobes sell for as little as $15 to $20. And while a bargain robe will do its job just fine, the material is likely to be of lower quality. What's more, the overall construction probably won't be as good. You could end up finding tears or holes at the seams after just a year or two of use.

  • Robes that cost $30 to $40 tend to be of a decent quality — and some are downright luxurious. If you opt for cotton, you're bound to find a nice cotton robe in this middle range.

  • For the utmost in quality, you're looking at paying $50+. A luxury bathrobe like this should be made of only the finest materials, such as Egyptian or Turkish cotton. You might raise an eyebrow at the price, but a robe of this quality is a sound investment that should last for years to come.

EXPERT TIP

If you have the budget, it makes better sense to buy a more expensive bathrobe, as a cheaper one will wear out sooner and need replacing more frequently.


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Tips

  • Microfiber is a catch-all name for synthetic materials in which each fiber is roughly 1/5 the diameter of a human hair.

  • The microfibers used for bathrobes are chosen for their softness and high absorbency.

  • Cotton is a popular material for bathrobes, as many buyers prefer to wear natural fibers over synthetics.
A bathrobe makes a great “cover up” at the pool or beach.

FAQ

Q. How is Egyptian cotton different from other types of cotton?

A.  Some consumers view Egyptian cotton as the most luxurious bathrobe material available. Its long fibers can be spun into dense threads, making it extremely absorbent — an important quality in a bathrobe, to be sure.

But Egyptian cotton isn’t the only fantastic cotton out there. Turkish cotton also serves as an excellent bathrobe material. The fibers aren’t quite as dense and absorbent as Egyptian cotton, but they grow softer and fluffier over time. If you favor comfort over absorbency, Turkish cotton is probably your best bet.

Q. Do bathrobes usually have pockets?

A. Not all bathrobes have pockets, but some do. Whether you want pockets in your robe is up to you. If you plan to wear it around the house, pockets could come in handy. But if you plan to wear it only after you get out of the shower, pockets probably aren’t needed.

Q. Do all bathrobes have tie fastenings?

A. Most bathrobes have a single tie or belt fastening. However, there are other types of bathrobe fastenings out there, including zippers and buttons.

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