10 Best Bathrobes | February 2017

10 Best Bathrobes
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We spent 33 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. We're not saying you should spend all day in one of these bathrobes, but they are SOOOO comfortable and luxurious you just might want to. Fortunately, they come in a variety of styles and designs that will look elegant at any time of day and in both lightweight and heavyweight options good for winter and fall or spring and summer use. Skip to the best bathrobe on Amazon.
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Be the envy of your family and display that suave, gentlemanly sophistication around the house with the Hugo Boss Men’s Kimono. Made of 100 percent soft cotton, it has sleek contrast piping and an embroidered logo for an extra touch of class.
  • easy to care for
  • perfect for spring and summer
  • more expensive than similar items
Brand HUGO BOSS
Model 50229070-1
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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Good for use during the hotter months, the Emerson Road A Day at the Spa is a lightweight cotton and polyester blend with a quilted texture that will make you feel pampered. It’s a snap to care for, too — simply throw it in the washing machine on cold.
  • half-length sleeves
  • extra small to large sizes
  • only available in white
Brand Emerson
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.1 / 5.0
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Turn heads in your home with the Swhiteme Women's Kimono, which is cut in one piece to the sleeves for the ultimate wearing experience. While it’s lightweight enough for warm-weather use, it’s also great for winter pajama layering.
  • comes in many fun designs
  • side slits at hem
  • dry cleaning is recommended
Brand Swhiteme
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.6 / 5.0
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One of the defining characteristics of the Turkishtowels Terry Bathrobe is its natural absorbency, thanks to its combed pure-cotton loops. It’s also known for variety, since it comes in a wide range of both sizes and colors, and convenience, because of a hanger loop.
  • produced in turkey
  • tone-on-tone piping applique
  • skin products can stain fabric
Brand Turkishtowels
Model pending
Weight 5 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0
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The Flychen Men’s Shawl Collar Kimono is made of satin, an easy-care alternative to fussy silk. Perfect for unwinding at home, this robe is knee-length and boasts an assortment of strikingly bold Eastern paisley and floral patterns.
  • great alternative to plain styles
  • wash in cold water
  • available in limited sizes
Brand FLYCHEN
Model SN-A-FCSY001-D
Weight pending
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
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Modeled after those found in professional spas, the Plush Necessities Luxe is like having two robes in one. Its dual-layered combination of brushed microfiber and plush white terry will give you a silky sensation that can stand up to years of use.
  • offers a unisex design
  • fits up to size xxx
  • double layer feels heavy
Brand Plush Necessities
Model LR-SHL05L
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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May the force be with you when you choose the Star Wars Darth Vader Uniform fleece bathrobe, featuring appliqued details. It’s one-size-fits-most, with a length of 52 inches from shoulder to hem, and the hood is oversized for both style and warmth.
  • excellent gift for fans
  • soft to the touch
  • polyester material may pill
Brand Star Wars
Model 59787Q1
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0
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Available in virtually every shade of pink you could hope for, the Richie House RH1591 is a soft fleece option with true-to-life sizing. Cinch this shawl-collar garment around the waist with the included belt and let the cloud-like comfort relax you.
  • comes in floral and heart prints
  • excellent for winter use
  • affordable option
Brand Richie House
Model RH1591
Weight pending
Rating 4.7 / 5.0
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If you (or the man in your life) need a truly full-length garment, then check out the Arus Hood’N Full Style, with its five sizes and lengths of up to 59 inches. The wide-cut hood and patch pockets complete this one, making it fantastic for lounging.
  • sizes run a little large
  • able to withstand machine drying
  • made from turkish terry cotton
Brand Arus
Model pending
Weight 5 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0
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Pamper yourself with the ultimate level of comfort by wearing the Warm Things Quilted Down robe. In addition to a pure cotton shell, it offers 550 fill-power white down with sewn-through stitching that is designed to prevent the filling from shifting over time.
  • wide range of solid colors
  • extremely warm yet breathable
  • two sets of ties for security
Brand Warm Things
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

Personal Luxury: The Best Bathrobe Based On Comfort

The bathrobe sits in a curious category among all things sartorial: the garment is seldom worn anywhere but in the most private areas of the home -- namely the bathroom and bedroom -- yet its design can be every bit important as a favorite garment worn in public, albeit for quite different reasons. For while most clothing is prized primarily for its appearance, with comfort as a secondary factor, bathrobes are usually chosen based on how the feel. In fact, looks are often a distant afterthought when it comes to selecting a bathrobe.

The seminal factor when it comes to choosing the right robe is simply your personal comfort, and the primary concern when it comes to robe comfort is cloth type. If money is no great object, it is difficult to find a more luxurious fabric than cashmere.

Cashmere is uniquely suited to use in making bathrobes for myriad reasons. The first is the warming insulation this natural fiber provides, as genuine cashmere is sourced from goats native to frigid mountains regions. Cashmere is soft, thick, and can be woven into tight, durable garments that are ideal for retaining heat, an ideal property for a garment worn in colder seasons and/or climates. But of course this is also one of more expensive materials used in making robes, and may be cost prohibitive for some consumers.

A close second to cashmere in terms of comfort and warmth is natural cotton, with Turkish cotton celebrated like few other varietals. Cotton is far less expensive than its counterpart, but when spun and woven with care, it can offer many of the same benefits as a fine woolen bathrobe. In fact, many people prefer cotton over cashmere for its absorbent properties, and it's also easier to care for than many other fabrics, as it can be repeatedly washed and dried without losing its quality.

Many synthetic fabrics are used making bathrobes, with polyester, microfiber, and fleece being the most commonly seen. Polyester is often used in combination with a natural fiber such as cotton, and the resulting robes are often quite durable, albeit sometimes less plush or warm than those made only with natural fibers. Microfiber and fleece are commonly used to create layers in thicker robes, though some bathrobes are created entirely from these materials. A robe made from or lined in these artificial materials can be warm, soft, and ideal for the user who wishes to lounge about in a robe. They are often not highly absorptive, however, thus limiting their efficacy as a component of active ablutions.

Choosing A Bathrobe Based On Use

As luxuriant as a cashmere or woolen bathrobe might seem, such a robe might be the wrong choice for the individual who simply wants to be dry following bathing. So too might an extra-thick robe made of fleece or microfiber be a great choice for layering up before a late-night study session prove a poor choice for use while you wash up before bed. These bathrobes are great at keeping you warm, but only if you are not wet.

Simply put, cashmere, fleece, and certain other fibers and fabrics commonly used to make bathrobes are not absorbent enough for use in drying the body. If your bathrobe is to serve as a stand-in for or assistant to your towel, it must be selected primarily for its ability to soak-up water. And for this, cotton is the best possible choice. Cotton fibers naturally attract water, drying your skin wherever they find moisture atop it.

However, know that cotton also tends to retain water, drying much more slowly than woolen or synthetics fabrics. Thus the cotton bathrobe is the ideal choice for the person who will wear his or her robe for a short period during their bathing and hygiene routine, and who will then hang it up for a good long time sent drying (or will toss it into the laundry).

Many synthetic materials, fleece and microfiber included, tend to repel water. This makes them a poor choice for use right after the shower when you are still wet, but a great choice for longer-term wear when you want to remain warm and dry. A synthetic bathrobe worn over pajamas on a cold, damp night, for example, can be an ideal choice for user comfort.

Finally, consider the environment in which you will wear your robe. If you will use it in a common area, such as a shared bathroom in a college dormitory, then you should choose a garment that can be washed repeatedly without incurring notable damage. This washing will be imperative to maintaining personal health and cleanliness. If your robe is only to be worn at your own home following bathing, then no external factors need to inform your choice.

A Few Words On Proper Bathrobe Care

Most bathrobes can be laundered along with your bath towels; they require no special care, though they will likely need less laundering than said towels, as they will usually not become fully sodden and thus are less prone to issues like mildew or material growth. Cotton bathrobes in particular can be washed and dried just like towels.

Fleece and microfiber bathrobes can be washed repeatedly, but there are a few things you must note about the process. Do not wash these artificial fabrics with natural materials like cotton (especially flannel), as the minute fibers of the synthetics will catch and become covered with the lint of the natural materials. When drying fleece and microfiber, do so on a low heat setting, as they can melt and even create a fire hazard with elevated temperatures. Air drying is more than viable for these quick-drying fabrics.

Contrary to popular misconception, cashmere should not be dry cleaned. The chemicals used in this process will damage the fibers of this fine wool, making it lose the softness for which it is prized over time. Cashmere should be washed gently by hand, and using a minimal amount of soap. You can purchase a detergent that was purpose-built for such materials, or you can use a small amount of a gentle shampoo, with baby shampoo as the ideal choice.



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Last updated on February 17, 2017 by Melissa Harr

Melissa is a writer, editor, and EFL educator from the U.S. She's worked in the field since earning her B.A. in 2012, during which time she's judged fiction contests, taught English in Asia, and authored e-courses about arts and crafts. In her free time, she likes to make stuff out of sticks and string.


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