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Whether you use one post-shower, slip one on for #selfcaresunday, or just like to generally be wrapped up when lounging around the house, there’s no denying that putting on a robe always elicits majorly cozy and relaxed vibes. But as any regular robe-wearer will tell you, not all robes are created equal (and if you’re anything like us, you judge hotels and spas by the quality of their robes…but we digress). So, we rounded up the best options out there and even asked our editors to weigh in on their faves, too.
You'll want to consider the overall climate and temperature of your home—if you're always chilly, you'll probably opt for fuzzy flannel over slinky satin to stay comfortable. And don't forget to check the label for cleaning instructions: you'll want something that can be machine or hand washed so you're not running to the dry cleaners over every spilled drop of tea or wine.
Whether you're into long and plush or short and silky, check out our list of the best robes for women and get ready for some serious relaxation.
Best Overall: Parachute Classic Bathrobe
Plush and cozy
Light enough for year-round wear
Prone to pulling and snagging
It’s not surprising that there was once a 2,000-person waitlist for this standout staple. Made from 100 percent Turkish cotton, this best-seller is plush and cozy, yet light enough that you can wear it year-round. Design-wise, it has two front pockets, a waist tie, and a shawl collar.
Byrdie senior social media editor Kelly Gallagher is a big fan: "I love everything Parachute, including their robes," she says. "I actually have this robe and the Turkish waffle weave one and switch between the two, depending on the season. This one is definitely heavier, which makes it great for chilly mornings, and the terry material is ideal for using it right out of the shower. Plus, it gets softer and softer with every wash."
Material: Turkish cotton | Colors: White | Collar Type: Shawl | Pockets: Yes
What Our Testers Say
"One thing that really stuck out to me about this one was the pockets. I was able to slip my phone into them without worrying about it weighing down the robe and causing unevenness or even causing the robe to fall open, a surprisingly common problem." — Leigh Weingus, Product Tester
Best Plush: Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe
Warm without being too hot
Fabric is quite thick
"I'm not exaggerating (okay, maybe a little) when I say this robe is the only thing that gets me up in the morning," says Byrdie associate editor Holly Rhue. "I have a hard time getting out of my super cozy sheets, but I see this robe as an extension of my bed. It's so soft, plushy, and warm without feeling overly bulky. I slip into this every morning and barely notice that I've left my comforter. It's like a portable, cotton cocoon."
Material: Turkish cotton | Colors: White, graphite, ocean | Collar Type: Shawl | Pockets: Yes
What Our Testers Say
"The material of the Brooklinen Super-Plush robe not only acts as a towel if you want it to—hello, one less thing to hang on my already overcrowded bathroom hooks!—but the absorbent material, which is made of 100% Turkish Cotton, makes it so that I don’t get overheated the way I do with other bathrobes." — Leigh Weingus, Product Tester
Best Lightweight: Natori Shangri-La Robe
Breathable enough for year-round wear
Sophisticated kimono-style sleeves
Ample ankle-length coverage
Sizing runs large
Made of modal jersey fabric that’s equal parts comfortable and breathable, this a great pick for summer or for anyone who lives in warmer climates. Still, its ankle-grazing length offers plenty of coverage up while the kimono-style sleeves add a sophisticated touch.
Material: Modal, polyester | Colors: Shades of brown, blue, pink, black, gray | Collar Type: Non-collar | Pockets: Yes
Best Fleece: LL Bean Wicked Plush Robe
Plush and cozy
Extra cozy hood detail
Dye is prone to bleeding
Tory Brangham, Senior Vice President of Commerce at Dotdash, Byrdie's parent company, says that her teenage daughter received this robe as a gift for her birthday and hasn't taken it off since. "I'm only sort of kidding," she says, "But it's fully lined with the softest fleece that makes it heavenly. The hood adds an extra layer of coziness and looks great, too."
Material: Polyester | Colors: Bright navy, cream, ledge, silver moon | Collar Type: Hooded | Pockets: Yes
Best Budget: Honeydew Short Bathrobe
Has a bit of stretch
Back hem is very short
Super soft with just a bit of stretch to it, this is ideal for throwing on when you’re getting ready. There’s both an inner tie and outer detachable belt, it’s machine washable, and the price tag can’t be beaten.
Material: Rayon, spandex | Colors: Black | Collar Type: Non-collar | Pockets: No
Best Soft: Eberjey Giselle Tuxedo Robe
Soft, stretchy material
Light enough for year-round wear
Stylish piping detail
Sleeves are extra long
Byrdie senior editor Lindsey Metrus loves this robe from Eberjey because it's incredibly soft. "Eberjey's robes and pajamas are magical," she says. "The fabric is so insanely soft and perfectly stretchy—it's as if each one was knitted together by little fairy angels. This robe, in particular, is the ideal year-round post-shower frock to cuddle up in. I love a thick, cozy robe now and then, but personally, they feel a bit too bulky and hot, so I usually turn to thinner versions such as this. I could wear mine all day long!"
Material: Modal, spandex | Colors: Black, navy, sorbet pink | Collar Type: Non-collar | Pockets: Yes
Best Luxury: Frette Unito Shawl Collar Bath Robe
Luxurious sateen cuffs
Sateen-covered seams for extra comfort
Soft and plush
Very specific care instructions
If you're looking to go all out, you can't go wrong with a Frette robe, according to former Byrdie editorial director Faith Xue. "Frette makes the most luxurious, comfortable, fancy robes," she says. "I received one as a gift and it's one of my most prized possession, especially in this day and age when lounging from home is the norm. It makes me feel fancy and soothed the second I put it on." (Although this knee-length robe isn't the exact one Faith has, it's the ultimate in luxury, made from super-soft cotton terry and featuring a belt and sateen cuffs.)
Material: Cotton | Colors: White, slate grey | Collar Type: Shawl | Pockets: Yes
Best Mini: Lunya Washable Silk Robe
Thermoregulating silk maintains body temperature
Luxe machine-washable silk is easy to clean
Available in several stylish colors
Made of thermoregulating silk, this helps maintain your body temperature, a nice feature for anyone who likes to sleep in a robe. Byrdie commerce editor Avery Stone is a big fan of this robe because—true to its name—you can throw it right in the washing machine: "Its brushed silk finish is luxurious but it's shockingly easy to clean," she says. "Also, its design touches—for example, its sleeves have elastic cuffs and it has an interior tie for extra security—give it a more structured, sophisticated vibe. Basically, it's my weekend uniform."
Material: Silk | Colors: Tan, blue, purple, white, green, black, grey | Collar Type: Non-collar | Pockets: Yes
Best Terry Cotton: Snowe Classic Bathrobe
Great for post-bath or shower
Air-woven material is fast-drying
Plush and cozy
Thick and oversized, so may need to size down
Yes, the terry cotton of this robe is soft and cozy and all the good stuff you get with cotton. But the innovative version used here is air woven and so fast-drying that you could even skip using a towel when you get out of the shower if you really wanted to.
Material: Cotton | Colors: White, grey, blue | Collar Type: Shawl | Pockets: Yes
Avoid using fabric softener or dryer sheets when washing to maintain its absorbency.
Best Cotton: Mark & Graham Turkish Hydrocotton Bath Robe
Plush and cozy
Only available in white
Not only is this pleasingly plush, but it’s also extraordinarily soft and absorbent, choice if you like to slip into something super cozy immediately post-bath. You can also have it monogrammed (hello, great gift idea).
Material: Turkish cotton | Colors: White | Collar Type: Non-collar | Pockets: Yes
Best Bridal: Flora Nikrooz Rosa Kimono
Lightweight, comfortable charmeuse
Luxe embroidered lace detail
Romantic scalloped trim
Wear this while getting ready on your wedding morning or on your wedding night—with sheer eyelet lace sleeves and trim, it’s feminine, sexy, and oh-so bridal.
Material: Polyester | Colors: Ivory, Pink | Collar Type: Non-collar | Pockets: No
Runner-Up, Best Bridal: Flora Nikrooz Showstopper Robe
Lightweight, comfortable charmeuse
Stylish contrasting sheer sleeves
Available in multiple neutral colors
Another silky Flora Nikrooz beauty, this one is truly a showstopper, as its name suggests. We love the sheer netting of the sleeves and back, which add a feminine touch without being too revealing.
Material: Polyester, nylon | Colors: Ivory, black, champagne | Collar Type: Non-collar | Pockets: No
Best Waffle Weave: Coyuchi Unisex Organic Waffle Robe
Material softens with each wash
Medium weight for comfortable year-round wear
Brand uses ethical and sustainable sourcing
Sizing is slightly off
A robe that gets better and better with each wash? Yes, please. This waffle weave robe is an upgrade to your standard spa robe, offering perfect medium-weight and softness that lasts and lasts. Made of organic cotton sourced and woven in Turkey, the unisex style also has flattering double belt loops plus inseam pockets, another smart touch.
Material: Turkish cotton | Colors: White, fog, ocean, shadow | Collar Type: Non-collar | Pockets: Yes
Best Silk: Slip Silk Robe
High-quality mulberry silk
Stylish 70s glam silhouette
Very pricey for only one size offering
From the brand known for their silk pillowcase comes this majorly luxurious robe, made of the same, ultra-high quality silk. With a wrap front and slits on either side, it’s the epitome of glam; the only thing missing is a butler to serve you breakfast in bed while you wear it. FYI, it comes in only one size.
Material: Mulberry silk | Colors: Gold | Collar Type: Non-collar | Pockets: No
Runner-Up, Best Silk: The Ethical Silk Company Mulberry Silk Robe
Made from eco-friendly silk and dyes
Soft and luxurious
Fun, colorful print
All the robes from this company are fair trade and made from an eco-friendly production process where the silkworms aren’t harmed. The result? Silk that’s even softer than normal. Not to mention that silk is also hypoallergenic and, unlike cotton, won’t absorb moisture from your skin. And at the end of the day, it just feels so darn good. We also love the variety of fun geometric patterns and prints this comes in, ideal for anyone who is over basic white.
Material: Mulberry silk | Colors: Blue | Collar Type: Non-collar | Pockets: No
We’ll go ahead and say that you can't go wrong with any of the above robes, but our absolute favorite would have to be the Parachute Classic Bathrobe, which once had a 2,000-person waitlist for good reason. Made from 100 percent Turkish cotton, it’s plush and cozy yet light enough to wear during summer months. We also think a good robe shouldn’t have to cost a fortune, which is why we’re loving the Honeydew Short Bathrobe. It’s soft and stretchy—and also very affordable. Finally, when we want to be as cozy as possible (when don't we?), we’re looking to the Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe. As the name suggests, it’s super plushy and soft without feeling overly bulky.
What to Look For in a Robe
A Style and Material That'll Fit Your Needs
Whether you’re planning to wear your robe post-bath or to simply cozy up on the couch, fashion stylist and author Heather Newberger recommends first asking yourself what your robe needs are and how you’d like to fulfill them—”especially if your last (couple) of robes didn’t really make the grade,” she says. “Always consider what didn’t work about them (Too hot? Too cold? Fabric feel too cheap?) and then get your priorities in order. Are you on the hunt for something sexy and chic, or purely for coverage? Would you rather don a robe that feels like a big hug, or one that looks expensive?” Ultimately, you’ll want to find one that checks all of your boxes.
A Comfortable Fit
This might seem obvious, but the comfort and fit of your robe are also important factors to keep in mind. A robe should always be comfortable, sure, but you should also consider what fit will be the most practical for the situations you plan to wear yours for. Are you looking to be cocooned in a blanket of softness as you sip tea and watch TV? Opt for a longer, oversized fit that will blissfully swaddle you. Looking for something you can easily throw on as you make coffee, cook breakfast, and do your makeup in the morning? You’ll be much better off with a shorter, more fitted style that’s lightweight enough to comfortably run around the house in.
Machine Washable Materials
Robes are just as prone to spills and stains as the rest of our clothing, so opt for a style that can be easily cleaned. While cotton robes can usually be easily tossed in the washing machine, there are also plenty of styles made from washable silk that won’t require a trip to the dry cleaners (but feel just as luxurious). Of course, always check the cleaning instructions on the label to make sure you’re taking proper care of your robe—especially if it was a splurgier purchase.
What are the best fabrics for a robe?
Robes are available in countless different materials, but Newberger points out that some are better than others depending on your needs. She breaks down the most popular materials, below.
“Linen bathrobes offer unparalleled lightness, however before you purchase one, it’s crucial to consider that it may never return from the laundry the same way,” she says. “It also wrinkles more than any other material on earth, so you’ll very likely have to steam or iron your robe after every wash.” That said, linen is great for summer months but probably not the best for any situation where you might be prone to spills and stains. “Silk bathrobes, on the other hand, won’t leave you with a ton of maintenance; however, you do have to make sure to invest in a pure one,” she adds. “Silk blends are often mixed with polyester, which traps heat and can quickly make you want to take it off, rather than luxuriate in it."
What about robes for keeping us warm post-shower or bubble bath? Newberger recommends reaching for classic cotton terry. “More insulating than alluring, I gravitate towards cotton terry for its quick absorbency and because it doesn’t leave any fuzzies on my skin after my post-shower routine,” she says. “Cotton waffle robes are also cozy and leave your skin feeling post-shower smooth—however, they’re often much thinner than terry and quickly absorb too much water, leaving you high and not at all dry.”
A more luxe option is cashmere, which Newberger says isn’t for everyone. “Personally, I find cashmere to be a bit prickly on my skin, and with its extremely low absorbency rate, I feel like they’re really just for show.” That said, consider cashmere a solid choice for keeping warm while lounging rather than for drying off.
Meet the Expert
Heather Newberger is a fashion stylist and the author of How to Date Your Wardrobe: And Other Ways to Revive, Revitalize, and Reinvigorate Your Style. Her work (and her expert fashion advice) can be found across various publications, campaigns, and news outlets.
Why Trust Byrdie
Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, writing for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. Along with covering beauty, she also covers health, wellness, fashion, and other lifestyle topics. A devoted robe wearer, she has options at the ready for every season. Her favorite move? Putting on a plush and cozy robe instead of drying off with a towel. (Sounds weird, but try it.)
According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find any robes from a Black-owned and/or Black-founded business. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will evaluate the product ASAP.