Wrapping yourself up in a soft, ultra-plush robe is one of the best feelings at the end of a long day. Because comfort is key, when shopping, you'll want to take factors like its material and design into consideration.
"If you're stuck, choose a material that you love against your skin and a length that gives you the coverage you feel most comfortable in," says Kimberly Mayhew, U.S. Managing Director for House of Colour.
To help you find the best robe for your needs, we sent dozens of options to our editors and home testers to assess on the basis of comfort, design, durability, and more. We also researched top-rated picks from popular retailers. Our top pick is the Snowe Classic Bathrobe, which received high ratings from testers because it's super soft and incredibly easy to clean.
Read on for the best robes for all tastes and budgets.
Best Overall: Snowe Classic Bathrobe
Easy to care for
You can't go wrong with our overall best pick, the classic cotton bathrobe from Snowe that prioritizes comfort and ease with simple machine washing instructions that don't affect the robe's quality or softness. Wear this robe after the shower for a super absorbent feel or during chilly winter nights to stay cozy and warm in three warm and classic colors.
Our tester loved how the Snowe bathrobe managed to feel lightweight and never too warm while remaining soft and fluffy to the touch. Also, the durable material felt as good as new after multiple rounds of washing, earning a near-perfect review.
While the color and shade range isn't super extensive, the robe's simple yet elegant design is ideal for both men and women. Like Snowe's other offerings, this robe is also OEKO-TEX certified, which guarantees that there are no potentially hazardous materials in any of the components found in testing. Buyers won't have to worry about what their robe is made out of—just soft and fluffy, 100% long-staple luxurious cotton here.
Price at time of publish: $85
Best Budget : Amazon Essentials Women's Lightweight Waffle Full-Length Robe
Extensive size and color options
Thick, high-quality material
Some reported color fades over time
While there are many luxury robes on the market, you don't have to splurge to find a perfectly comfortable and stylish one for yourself. This pick from Amazon Essentials features a cozy waffle texture that absorbs water after a shower while keeping you warm in the winter.
While extremely affordable, we also love this option because of its extensive size and color range. You can opt for a classic white or bold mustard yellow, and the belt loops and tie-front belt add to a timeless design with added pockets for functionality. For such a budget-friendly price, we recommend buying a few for friends and family.
Price at time of publish: $25+
Best Splurge: Frontgate Resort Plush Robe
Perhaps the most gift-worthy robe on this list, the Frontgate Resort Plush Robe lives up to its name with a luxuriously comfortable feel and stylish design. It comes in five soft and warm colors with an optional monogram to fit every style and taste, making it perfect for any gifting occasion.
The kimono style ensures the robe stays closed and flatters the body, while our tester says the cuffed sleeves add a fashionable touch. She also loved how absorbent this robe felt after coming out of the shower, providing a luxe, hotel-quality experience. Along with the comfortable and soft material blend, this robe comes highly rated for good reasons.
Price at time of publish: $127
Best Waffled: Quince Organic Turkish Waffle Robe
Less expensive than other options
Not very absorbent
Waffled material is perfect for year-round use because it's thick enough to keep you warm on cold nights, yet lightweight enough to prevent overheating. And while the color and size range is a bit limiting, our tester loved the feel of the Quince Organic Turkish Waffle Robe. She wore it for hours on end without feeling uncomfortable or scratchy.
During testing, the thick waffle material proved a bit difficult to maneuver; the robe may not stay closed as well as other options. We should also note that this kind of robe is not designed with flattery in mind, more geared towards bundling up than, say, a silk or linen option. Overall, our tester rated this robe extremely highly for its soft feel and durable construction.
Price at time of publish: $50
Best Absorbent : Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe
Material affected after washing
Living up to its name, the Brooklinen Super-Plush robe is luxuriously soft and fluffy. For those looking to lounge inside of a cloud, this cotton robe prioritizes comfort and absorbency, making it ideal for warming up after a shower or bath or layering over pajamas on cold nights. Most ultra-plush robes can appear bulky or oversized; however, the Super-Plush Robe has a tie waist and a flattering design for all body types.
While this cotton robe is easy to care for, our tester found that the robe's quality was affected after its first wash. The material began to pull slightly and did not feel quite as plush. Despite this, the luxurious feel justifies buying this robe for lounging on weekends or wearing between Zoom calls.
Price at time of publish: $99
Best Patterned: Lands' End Women's Supima Cotton Long Robe
Doesn't cling to the body
Extra tie inside robe to ensure it stays in place
Not very absorbent
Land's End lends some of their classic prints to their Supima Cotton Long Robe. Available in two fun patterns—as well as solid colors, like ivory and navy blue—this robe comes in petite, plus, and regular sizes to ensure everyone finds the right design and size for them. Plus, with the option to embroider or monogram, this cotton robe also makes a great gift.
Due to its lightweight feel, the Supima Cotton Long Robe is ideal for the warmer months. Our tester compared it to wearing her favorite t-shirt, providing a soft and cozy feel that won't cling to your body. An additional tie inside the robe adds an extra element of security for keeping the robe closed when moving about. Our tester noted that this robe remains a great choice for lounging around, but is perhaps not the best option for keeping toasty in the winter or drying yourself after a steamy shower.
Price at time of publish: $42
Best Silk: Fishers Finery 100% Pure Mulberry Silk Mid-Length Robe
Multiple color options
Sleek and stylish
Silky and soft
Difficult to stay closed
For a pure silk robe that's soft and durable, Fishers Finery boasts high-quality options that are available in a range of sizes and colors. The company's 100% Pure Mulberry Silk Mid-Length Robe is woven from 100 percent mulberry silk—the highest quality silk—and has a thoughtful design. There's an inner "modesty tie" and two front pockets for stashing personal items. The cinched back offers a more custom fit, too.
If you're unsure about investing in silk, it's much more breathable than fleece, sherpa, or even cotton, and it feels cool against the skin. Pay special attention to the care tag, though, because silk is a delicate fabric that should be hand-washed or machine-washed on delicate. Luckily, our tester found that the material, fit, and feel of the robe held up after multiple washes. We also love that the robe comes with a mesh bag for convenient washing.
Price at time of publish: $139
Best Flannel: L.L.Bean Scotch Plaid Flannel Robe
Vibrant colors even after washing
Warm shawl collar
Too hot to wear in warm months
Similar to other robes on this list, the L.L.Bean Scotch Plaid Flannel Robe has a tie belt, shawl collar, and generous side pockets. It's made from Portuguese flannel that's machine washable and soft to the touch—even after multiple washes, though it may take a little extra time to dry fully.
If you live in a cold climate, you'll love this robe's long length and generous cut, which allows for clothing or heavier pajamas to be layered underneath. During testing, we found the fabric to be slightly thinner than normal flannel; even so, it still provides a cozy feel that might be too warm for spring or summer months. And while our tester is on the shorter side, she ordered a petite size and found the length just right—not too long nor too short.
Price at time of publish: $89
Best Turkish: The Company Store Women's Turkish Cotton Long Robe
Comes in multiple sizes and colors
Color can fade when washed
Venture outside the classic white bathrobe with The Company Store's Turkish Long Cotton Robe. Rock yours in a deep royal blue, soft pale pink, rich jade green, or more, with an impressive size range of XS-XXL that makes it stand out among competitors. Wearers can add some flair to their nighttime attire without sacrificing comfort or warmth.
One downside is that the bright colors can fade slightly after washing. Yet, the thick and warm cotton makes this robe feel luxurious without the risk of overheating, according to our tester, who also loved the large pockets with enough room to comfortably fit a phone or other gadgets. Additionally, the long belt helps keep this robe closed and in place for wearing while moving throughout your home or just lounging on the couch.
Price at time of publish: $79
Best Jersey: Natori Shangri-La Robe
Pockets don't add bulk
Sleeves aren't too long
Difficult to close
Natori is known for its stylish loungewear, and its Shangri-La Robe is no exception. Made from 65 percent modal and 35 percent polyester, this jersey robe is a great choice for summer months when a heavier robe is just too much. Our tester found that during hours of wearing the robe, she never felt too hot.
The robe comes in sizes XS through XXL and in eight different colors, from bright red to classic navy. It's an ultra-soft robe that is lightweight but comfy enough to sleep in. Plus, it isn't too bulky and great for travel. Just note that our tester had issues with the two ties, which are designed to keep the robe closed but didn't quite do the trick. She also found her robe stretched out when hung on a hook. Still, the comfort and style of this robe made it a must-buy.
Price at time of publish: $74
Best Gift: Lunya Washable Silk Robe
Easy to care for
Cuffed, elastic sleeves
Luxurious look and feel
Lunya's Washable Silk Robe is made from 100 percent silk and has an oversized fit, so you can layer it over pajamas or loungewear. It has a cinched back with a belt tie that's attached to the back, so you won't have to worry about it falling off when it's in the wash (yes, it's machine washable). The cuffs are also cinched, and it has two roomy pockets for added convenience, which our tester loved.
While the silk gives a lavish look, we found that this robe can wrinkle very easily, and it may not provide enough warmth on winter nights. Our tester gravitated towards this robe during warmer months when looking for a luxurious touch to their nighttime routine, making the Lunya robe a great option for a special occasion gift.
Price at time of publish: $278
Best Unisex : Parachute Classic Turkish Cotton Robe
Multiple size and color options
Thick and warm
For a plush robe that can be worn (or gifted) by just about everyone, we recommend Parachute's Classic Turkish Cotton Robe. Crafted from Turkish cotton that's soft and absorbent, it's perfect for throwing on post-shower or while you're reading the morning paper. If you're not sure what material is best for you, Parachute has tons of information on their website including a "robe quiz" for finding the right size and material for you.
This pick has a wrap front with double belt loops that give this robe a classic look. Plus, it comes with deep pockets to hold all of your essentials. In five classic neutral shades, it's sure to please any recipient. Also, be sure to check back seasonally for limited edition colors. We also love that this robe is easy to clean in the washing machine.
Price at time of publish: $109
Best Short : Soma Cool Nights Robe
Great for warmer months
Loose and comfortable sleeves
Not many size options
Known for comfortable bras and intimates, Soma's sleepwear and robe options are equally as impressive. The Cool Nights Robe offers lightweight and temperature-regulating comfort even during the warm months. The short length ensures you won't overheat along with the oversized look and roomy sleeves.
The lightweight rayon also avoids sticking to your body, making it perfect for those living in warm climates. The classic black matches seamlessly with any pajamas or loungewear, but there are a few pattern options for those looking for something a little different.
Price at time of publish: $68
Best Hotel-Style: H by Frette Shawl Collar Bathrobe with Piping
Beautiful fit and appearance
Soft terry cotton
No color options besides white
If you want to feel like you're staying at a luxury hotel while staying at home, look to the shawl collar bathrobe by Frette. The high-end brand makes cotton robes that mirror those found in fancy hotels. Iconic hotels like the Ritz Carlton even sell Frette robes in their lobbies, so you know you're in for a luxuriously comfortable feel.
The unisex robe is made from terry cotton for extreme softness, while the piping and shawl collar make for a beautiful look and fit. The thick material absorbs water quickly, so it's perfect for drying off after a shower or dip in the pool. It includes a tie closure and two deep pockets for keeping valuables close while lounging around the house. Plus, it's machine-washable.
Price at time of publish: $175
The best overall robe is the Snowe Classic Bathrobe, which earned high marks from our home tester for its comfort and coziness. Simple washing instructions translate to low maintenance care, without you having to worry about pilling or shedding. For a higher-end option, consider the Frontgate Resort Plush Robe, which provides a hotel-quality experience and would also make a great gift.
How We Tested
To begin, we researched bestselling and highly rated robes across multiple retailers and websites. Some were then tested by our staff in their homes. In order to test the quality, wear time, and durability of these pieces, we ordered each robe on this list and tested them on five different criteria. We considered the material quality, comfort, durability, design, and overall value. Each robe was worn for at least five hours throughout a period of up to two weeks. The robes were worn in various situations including walking around, lounging, or out of the shower to test absorbency, comfortability, and the robe's design including how easily it stayed closed.
To further test the robe's durability, we washed the robes during the testing period by following the proper care instructions. This tested the ease with which each robe was cared for as well as if washing altered the garment in any way. Did the color fade? Was the robe as soft and comfortable? Did the robe begin to pill or stretch? All of these criteria, as well as other picks found through research, were taken into consideration when these robes were recommended and added to this list.
What Is Spruce Approved?
Here at The Spruce we want to ensure we fully stand behind every product we recommend, and that when we say something is the best, we mean it. You might have noticed The Spruce Approved badge next to the products on this list. Every product with this badge has been rigorously tested in person and carefully selected by our expert team of lab testers and editors. In most cases, we buy all these products ourselves, though occasionally we get samples provided to us directly by companies. No matter how we procure products, they all go through the same tests and must meet the same strict criteria to make the best-of cut. We also pride ourselves on transparency and will always let you know if we received a product for free.
What to Look for in a Robe
How and when you'll wear your robe will largely determine the style you want. If you just wear it for a few short minutes between showering and getting dressed, looks may not be an important factor for you. However, if you’re someone who spends every possible waking moment in theirs, then you may want to seek out some of the more stylish options. Opt for a cozy cotton robe that has a high collar and deep pockets for ultimate warmth. Or try a silk robe for a truly glam moment. To regulate body temperature, hot or cold, textile experts recommend choosing a robe made of natural fibers. Think silk, cotton, or linen.
Consider the weight of the material as well as the season in which you’ll be wearing it. Some of the thick, plush versions may be too warm for summer weather, and some light, airy robes may not be cozy enough for winter. In some cases, you may want more than one robe to suit various seasons or may select a mid-weight version that can accommodate any season.
While robes don’t necessarily have to fit like a glove, you don’t want one that's too tight or one that’s so long you trip over it. If average sizes don’t suit you, there are brands that feature tall, plus, and petite sizes you may want to consider.
Also, a great fit should be taken into account, whether you want something short and flirty to slip into after a shower or an oversized option to wrap yourself in on a cold night. Some even come in unisex sizes, perfect for gifting to the special man or woman in your life.
Buying a robe can often be an investment piece. High quality robes with high quality materials will likely cost over $100. However, depending on the material of the robe, prices may vary; for instance, a silk robe will cost more than a cotton one. Consumers should consider how much use they will get out of the robe and how often they will wear it when scanning through variously priced options. That said, a durable option that is easy to care for and intended for daily use may justify the high price tag.
How do you wash a robe?
Not all robes can be washed the same; it often depends on the material of the robe. For example, silk robes more often have to be dry cleaned while cotton robes are often machine washable. Always consult the care tag before washing. Note that each company on this list provides detailed care instructions for their robes on their website, so if these instructions are followed properly, you can extend the life of your robe and keep it looking good as new.
Can you return robes?
Yes! Just like other clothing items, robes can be returned or exchanged if you are not satisfied. All of the companies on this list have detailed instructions on their websites on how to return or exchange items. Many have a standard 30-day return window, so be sure to research that timeline quickly if you wish to return your robe at any point.
What is the softest robe?
The material of your robe often indicates how soft it is. However, different materials may be best for you depending on the feel you are looking for. For example, a terry cloth robe made of cotton will be very absorbent but also warm and fluffy just like fleece, another super soft and fluffy fabric. On the other hand, silk and satin offer a different kind of silky softness that are more lightweight and breathable. Our testers found the cotton robes on this list to be the softest including the Frontgate Resort Plush Robe and the Snowe Classic Bathrobe.
What is the difference between a robe and a bathrobe?
Often used interchangeably, the primary difference between robes and bathrobes is their fabric and where and how they’re worn. Robes are usually lightweight garments for lounging or sleeping. They are frequently worn alone or over pajamas or nightgowns. A bathrobe is often made from thick, absorbent material, and is regularly worn before and after bathing, although it can also be worn for lounging.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Julia Fields, a lifestyle writer for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays. She's also covered similar topics in other roles, including toy reviews, product round-ups, interviews with experts, and more.
To make this list, Julia gathered together brand research to consider the style, fit, price, and overall value of each robe, plus took in insight from editors and product testers. After almost 70 hours of testing and research, the robes were finally ranked. We also consulted Kimberly Mayhew, the U.S. Managing Director for House of Colour, for tips on how to properly select the best robe for all budgets and needs.