- A lot goes into picking the perfect robe — ideally, it should fit well, feel comfortable, and last for years.
- The best robe for most people is the Parachute Classic Bathrobe because it has a secure, adjustable fit and it’s soft, fluffy, and absorbent.
- We’ve also highlighted robes more appropriate for lounging and relaxing, including waffle weave, silk, flannel, and linen options.
- See also: The best bath towels
Having a robe to slip on after a shower or cinch over your pajamas on a lazy weekend morning isn’t exactly a necessity, but it certainly makes daily life a little more enjoyable.
“It’s important to invest in a nice robe because it’s important to invest in yourself,” said Rosy Nuboer, the Romance Planning Manager at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino. “It is an excellent opportunity to remind yourself to relax and have a self-care day.”
Of course, there are still specific features to consider as you shop for the best robe, including style, fabric, breathability, and durability.
A kimono-style design is the standard in the robe department. “Kimono robes offer a classic tailored fit, with wrist-length sleeves, and have a streamlined flat collar,” Nuboer said. In other words, you can personalize a kimono-style robe’s measurements via its waist tie, but you’ll still have enough freedom of movement for tasks like putting on makeup, brewing coffee, or picking up the morning paper.
When it comes to material, a plush cotton terry robe allows you to skip toweling off post-shower, while robes made from less absorbent fabrics like waffle weave or silk require a pat-down first. The material also affects the warmth and breathability of a robe, as well as how it holds up over time.
To determine the best robes, we washed all of our contenders three times to evaluate durability and wore each robe while making coffee, washing dishes, reading on a couch, and working at a desk to determine overall feel and comfort. We also noted additional features like pockets and hanging loops. More on our methodology here.
A note on fit
Many of the picks on our list are designed to be unisex, but our picks from Kim + Ono and Natori follow traditional women’s sizing patterns. We believe that all bathrobes can be worn regardless of gender, but keep an eye on sizing charts when shopping to ensure you select the right size for you. You may find that bathrobes designed with traditional women’s sizing have shorter sleeves or hit higher on the leg.
Prices and details are accurate as of 12/16/20. We’ve overhauled this guide by re-testing previous picks to see if they still stack up, trying new robes, and speaking to experts. Our original best pick, the Parachute Classic Bathrobe, continues to hold up, while the rest of our recommendations are brand new.