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What’s the Best Bathrobe?

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If you wear a bathrobe, you know that few things are more comforting than waking up and putting on a robe and that nothing’s cozier than slipping into one at the end of the day. It’s also probably the garment on your body most often, which means it’s worth knowing which brands are making the best versions — not an easy feat when there’s a variety of weaves (flannel, terry, velour, waffle) and a surprisingly wide range of cuts (shawl collar, kimono, hooded) to choose from. A plush terrycloth style might make you feel like you’re between the steam room and the sauna at Great Jones Spa, while a flowing silk robe can instantly transport you from drab studio apartment to luxe boudoir (at least if you close your eyes). To find the best bathrobes for women, we asked 21 stylish ladies, including spa owners and loungewear and lingerie designers, about their favorites. Read on for all their picks, including lightweight options, others made from sustainably sourced fabrics, robes to splurge on, robes for cozying up, and robes for cooling down.

Best terrycloth bathrobes

“The name says it all!” Reshma Patel, owner of jewelry store Quiet Storms in Williamsburg, says of this cozy terrycloth robe from Coyuchi, a brand that appears more than once on this list. “It’s the dreamiest robe to put on post-shower or over PJs in the winter.” Patel says she always tries to give her business to independent or local brands as well as ones that are environmentally conscious, and Coyuchi fits the bill. “Coyuchi’s commitment to sustainable materials and ethical production practices is something I admire,” she says. Nutritionist and wellness coach Daphne Javitch is a fan of the Coyuchi robe as well. “It’s lightweight but still absorbent, and so, so soft,” she says. That Javitch mentioned the robe’s absorbency makes sense — the robe was inspired by the brand’s towels, which are frequently lauded for their ability to dry quickly. Our own Karen Iorio Adelson raved about Coyuchi’s bath sheets, which she says helped her dry off faster after showering than any towel she’s ever used.

Terrycloth is usually what comes to mind when we picture a bathrobe, and it’s easy to see why: The material is thick, cozy, and absorbent, and it evokes an afternoon spent at the spa or lounging around a hotel. This terry bathrobe is from luxury textiles company Frette. Founded in France in the 1800s and currently operating out of Italy, Frette makes high-end sheets, towels, and, crucially, bathrobes. These are the kinds of soft, oversize robes that swaddle you. They can run up to $500, but that’s not necessary: Dina Cooke, who directs social media for the Joanna Vargas spa in New York and Los Angeles, swears by her simple, lower-cost shawl-collar Frette. “I’m absolutely in love with mine. It’s luxurious yet simple,” she says. “I wear it after taking a long bath or while I’m sheet-masking.”

Greer Simpkins, designer of Hello Beautiful lingerie, says that while most of her robes are vintage or secondhand, the one that was “worth the splurge” is the Cairo robe from Matouk, which she owns in a white-on-white color scheme. It’s made of a super-plush terrycloth, and piping details add to its elegance. “It’s made in the USA — I’ve visited their factory in Fall River, Massachusetts — with fabric from Portugal,” Simpkins says. “I especially love the classic, 100 percent cotton bias-piping detail. It’s top quality and sure to last for many years to come.”

Snowe, another bedding upstart that has gotten a shout-out on this website for its excellent sheets, makes a hypoallergenic, quick-drying robe. According to the manufacturer, it’s four times as durable as traditional towels. Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, founder of Chillhouse spa on the Lower East Side, is such a fan of Snowe’s robe that she owns two. “I wear mine after I shower every day,” she says. “The price is palatable, and I hate when I wear a robe at a hotel that doesn’t actually dry me off — this one does.”

The Strategist loves Parachute’s plush mattress topper, and the direct-to-consumer bedding company also makes a bathrobe out of Turkish cotton that’s Oeko-Tex certified (meaning it’s free of harmful bleach or dye). “It’s not the thickest robe I’ve ever tried, but it’s somehow the warmest,” says Heather Pearson, founder of Portland-based vegan-apparel company Dande and the Lion. “And the fit is perfect. I wear a size small, and the sleeve length is so perfect, it’s almost as if I had it custom-made. It hits right below my knees.” When the brand launched in 2017, it became something of a viral hit: At its peak, Parachute’s waiting list for the bathrobe was 1,900 people long. But it’s available now for a cool $99.

Best waffle-weave bathrobe

For some, plush terrycloth just feels too heavy — as illustrator Maira Kalman recently told us, “I used to be in the thick-towel camp because I didn’t know any better. Then I got [waffle weave towels] and I thought, “How could anybody choose anything else?” If you’re in the market for a lighter-weight, faster-drying robe, reiki practitioner and Sky Ting yoga instructor Kate Posch recommends this waffle option from Parachute. It’s especially good, she says, if you’re on the taller side: “The sleeve length is great — it falls to the wristbone, even on me,” says Posch, who is five-foot-10. Another draw is the material: “It’s soft and cozy and not a synthetic material, which I love,” she says. Indeed, the robe is so cozy that Posch wears it “most of the time when I’m at home,” including post-shower, for lounging, and around her apartment from the time she gets home from work until she puts on pajamas before going to bed.

Best cotton and cotton-blend bathrobes

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While a terrycloth robe is ideal for putting on after showering, a cotton-blend robe has more of a lazy-weekend, padding-around-the-apartment feel. For all that padding around, you’ll want something that doesn’t weigh you down (the way a thick terrycloth might), and Mary Lennon, co-founder of nail-polish company Côte, says Lunya’s pima long cardigan is exactly that. She says it leaves her unencumbered and doesn’t “feel like an overstuffed, suffocating towel.” She notes that “it’s breathable, with just the right amount of comforting warmth” and says it has a “light, airy feel and ultrasoft fabric.” Plus, she adds, “the robe has enough drape to be flow-y without getting tangled, and I love the pockets.” Lennon has hers in white but says she has her eye on a charcoal one, too — and she she’s happy to be able to support a business that is, like hers, woman-owned.

If the serene white and gray bathrobes on this list are a tad subdued for your taste, take consider this pick from Charlotte Palermino, co-founder of Nice Paper (and, as the Cut points out, noted haver of good skin). “The colors are gorgeous,” she says. “The stripes make me feel like I’m about to walk out onto my private veranda somewhere in the Riviera, not stress-listen to the news while I do my skincare routine.” The lightweight cotton material of the robe also means it’s it fast-drying, another draw for Palormino. “Most bathrobes are too heavy or feel like damp housecoats when I’m done with them,” she says. “The fabric is incredibly soft as well — yet somehow, it never feels flimsy.”

Another colorful option comes to us from writer and publicist Linlee Allen-Homs, who loves this robe for its print, which she told us is hand-block-painted by fifth-generation master printers in Jaipur. “I might not resemble David Hockney’s Beverly Hills Housewife,” she says, “but when I’m wearing this robe, standing in my 90210 garden, morning coffee in hand, I surely feel like one.” The robe is made from superlight cotton, making it a perfect option for warmer climates.

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Athena Hewett, founder of natural-skin-care line Monastery, is another Lunya fan, but she prefers this classic robe, which is made of a pima-cotton-and-modal blend that adds to its softness (Lunya’s 100 percent pima-cotton long cardigan, above, is plenty soft, too, but this robe has a bit more stretch). It also has a flow-y collar, comes with a belt to give it a cinched waist, and has interior and exterior ties — so once you put it on, you can rest assured it will stay in place, Hewett explains. She also told us she thinks a lot of robes can feel dated, but this one is “sexy without being revealing — and so, so comfortable.”

“My favorite bathrobe? That’s like asking me to pick my favorite child,” says Jenefer Palmer, founder and formulator of OSEA Skincare. Her “favorite child” at the moment is Coyuchi’s Solstice organic robe. “It’s 100 percent organic cotton and super-lightweight. It gets softer every time I wash it,” she says. “At five-three, I’m not swimming in it. It’s a perfect fit.” This one is a much lighter weight than the terrycloth Coyuchi robe on this list, making it a better pick for spring and summer.

Best silk bathrobe

Terrycloth and cotton may be good for swaddling yourself after a shower, but nothing screams luxury like a silk robe, the ideal garment for lounging on your chaise (or Ikea couch) and pouting in front of your vanity. Scientist and immunologist Shruti Naik calls Lunya’s washable-silk robe, which she owns in navy, “luxurious and pragmatic” because it’s “one of the only washable-silk robes out there.”

Best menswear-inspired bathrobe

If you gravitate toward menswear-inspired blazers and suits, you might be in the market for a menswear-inspired bathrobe, too. This one comes recommended by Jess Hannah Révész, the Los Angeles–based founder and designer of J.Hannah and co-founder of Ceremony, who says, “Bathrobes are great, but in L.A. they can be a little warm or heavy for everyday use. I prefer more of a ‘housecoat’ vibe.” She calls the General Sleep robe, which has a handsome silhouette and is made of linen and cotton, “great for post-shower coziness and light enough to feel naked yet appear clothed when lounging around the house.” The robe gets “comfier with each wash,” according to Révész, who also notes that the brand practices sustainable textile sourcing.

Best men’s bathrobe for women

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For those who would rather go straight to the men’s section, take a note from swimwear-and-lingerie designer Yasmine Eslami, who told us she has collected many kimono-style robes but also thinks “it’s very chic to wear a men’s robe.” Her men’s style of choice is this striped one from British brand Hamilton and Hare (but if you’re really looking to splurge, she says the best men’s bathrobes are from Charvet). This robe is a cotton-linen blend, and we can picture lounging in it with a pair of velvet smoking slippers.

Best short bathrobes

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A short robe is ideal for warmer months and for those who want a little more ease of movement — having all of that terrycloth or cotton draped around your legs can slow you down, after all. Krissy Jones, co-founder of Sky Ting yoga, names the 130-year-old Swiss brand Hanro her favorite for loungewear. She loves the Delight short robe in white for its “supersoft cotton” and flattering fit, thanks to its mid-thigh length, shawl collar, and cinched waist. “I like a short robe because I get a little claustrophobic and hot if I’m swimming in too much material,” she says. The robe also has satin piping that adds to its elegant look.

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Patel named Eberjey’s Lady Godiva robe a favorite for “summer and lazy Sundays.” She calls the robe “supersoft, lightweight, and girly in all the right ways,” and we can see why: It has lovely lace trim that gives it a little extra embellishment not found in most of the minimalist robes on this list. Eberjey is a cult-favorite sleep and loungewear brand — the Cut included one of its sets on a list of the best pajamas — and the Lady Godiva is one of the brand’s classic robe silhouettes.

Best kimono-style bathrobes

Several of the women we talked to said they’ve stocked up on kimono-style bathrobes, which are chic, lightweight, and timeless pieces of loungewear. Jane Diokas, co-owner of the bath-products line Jane, Inc., gets her cotton kimono robes from the Etsy shop Susana, Inc. “Perhaps because we live across the bay from San Francisco, we’ve been inspired by Japanese design,” Diokas says. “I like kimonos and yukatas because they’re elegant while still being comfortable and washable. You won’t mind getting caught in your robe while wearing one.”

For a particularly luxe option, Tamara Jones, founder of wellness brand Made by Yoke, recommends this hand-painted number. “It’s basically a silk kimono, and I love it for the texture of the silk and the lovely design,” she says. “It’s got a hand-painted lotus flower on it, so it feels like an artisanal piece of work that I get to wear. It’s the perfect robe to throw on after a long day or when I’m run down and tired. It just feels so refreshing to wear.”

Best hooded bathrobes

For ultimate coziness, you can’t beat a robe with a hood, which brings added warmth (and absorption for wet hair) to your after-bath or home-lounging routine. For her robe, Melody McCloskey, founder of the spa booking service StyleSeat, turns to Hanro — which, in addition to its buttery-soft bathrobes made from a cotton-poly blend, is known for its second-skin underwear (we’ve written about Hanro’s long underwear before). McCloskey’s favorite hooded Hanro robe “makes you feel like you’re wrapped up in a cloud,” she says.

“I’m currently obsessed with Soho Home’s supersoft and fluffy gray robe,” says Leah Yari, who, with Lennon, co-founded the nail-polish brand Côte. She says she first came across the robe at Soho House’s Farmhouse hotel in the U.K. “After a long day of travel, wrapping up in this fluffy cloud was my antidote to drizzly weather and jet lag,” she says. The supersoft, spun-polyester robe is made by Frette, and Yari describes the fit as “wonderfully snug.” The hood is an especially cozy addition.

Best bamboo-fiber bathrobe

Ask any spa professionals and they’ll likely talk your ear off about bamboo-cotton fiber, a relatively new textile that boasts moisture-wicking and odor-elimination properties (two qualities that come in handy if you plan to use your robe in a steam room or sauna or for an extra few days between laundry cycles). The staff at Higher Dose, the New York City–based infrared-sauna and spa chain, swears by a shawl-collar, fluffier bamboo-fiber option from Australian sauna manufacturer Sunlighten. “The small management team here and myself all use them. They’re the best because they’re soft, ecofriendly, and affordable,” says Richelle Oslinker, Higher Dose’s director of customer experience. “I love using mine after the sauna or at home after a shower.”

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What Are the Best Bathrobes for Women?