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The 11 best robes for women in 2023: Tested and reviewed


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A person standing on balcony wearing the parachute classic robe.These robes will help you feel like you’re at a luxury spa while you’re at home.

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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. The best robes for women let you indulge in this simple pleasure effortlessly.

“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.” 

To determine the best bathrobes for women, 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. One of our favorite plush picks was Parachute’s Turkish Cotton Robe, but we loved Natori’s Shangri La Bathrobe for a more lightweight and budget-friendly pick.

Plus, check out our guide to the best women’s slippers to find the perfect footwear to pair with your robe. 

Best overall: Parachute Classic Turkish Cotton RobeA person standing on balcony wearing the parachute classic robe.

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Pros: Not too heavy or light, can be worn right out of the shower, comes in multiple sizes, great fit

Cons: Sleeves are too slim to wear thick clothing underneath, shawl collar may be too thick for some people, may not be suitable for hot climates

The Parachute bathrobe is not only the softest of all the best robes for women we tested made from 100% cotton, but it’s also slightly fluffy and absorbent like a towel. It’s made from long-staple Turkish cotton, which is exceptionally durable, and it has a 400 GSM (grams per square meter, a measure of fabric weight). That’s a middle-of-the-road weight — not the most lightweight and cool, but not heavy and stifling, either. And if you’re not in the mood to towel off, you can put this robe on directly after a shower and it’ll do the same job.

In a size medium, the robe falls slightly below my knees (I’m 5’6″) and the sleeves hit my wrists. The sleeves aren’t wide and they fit closely to my arms, so the overall effect isn’t sloppy or loose. The downside is that you might not be able to wear, say, a sweater underneath. The robe fits best over bare skin or light PJs.

Best waffle: Coyuchi Organic Waffle RobeA person wearing the coyuchi organic waffle robe.

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Pros: Lightweight, comfortable texture, made with organic cotton 

Cons: Shrinks after the first wash, pockets easily weighed down by heavy objects, wide sleeves may be impractical 

If the first thing you do after checking into a hotel is hit the spa, then this waffle robe will transport you there. To get the right fit, we recommend sizing up because this robe shrinks noticeably after the first wash. If you’re normally a size small, go for the Coyuchi small/medium. A medium should choose the Coyuchi medium/large, and so on. On me, the medium/large size hits a little below the knees. 

Together, the soft organic cotton and textured weave provide airy, cool, and non-slippery coverage. Your waist tie won’t come undone and there are large front pockets to hold small, light items like lip balm. Unfortunately, they’re not thick enough to carry smartphones without being dragged down by the weight. The sleeves are wide and can get in the way of tasks, but you can cuff them.

The robe is absorbent, though not as much as our cotton terry top pick. For those who run hot but still want to dry off, it’s among the more light, attractive, and comfortable versions of the best robes for women.

Best flannel: L.L.Bean Scotch Plaid Flannel RobeFront and back views of a person wearing the L.L.Bean plaid flannel robe.

L.L.Bean

Pros: Cozy feel, enveloping warmth, not too bulky, comes in many sizes

Cons: Picks up lint and pet hair easily 

This flannel number from L.L.Bean is an internet favorite among the best robes for women thanks to its classic plaid prints, long-lasting cotton fabric, and a relaxed fit that lets you wrap yourself up into a cozy bundle. Insider Reviews deputy editor Malarie Gokey has owned the robe for more than a year and loves it. As someone who runs cold, she appreciates not only the warmth but the fact that the fabric isn’t stiflingly thick (a common problem with winter robes). 

Like most flannel garments, the robe, unfortunately, is a magnet for stray bits of fuzz and pet hair, so cuddle with your dog at your own risk. Lint aside, however, L.L. Bean’s robe is a comfortable, well-fitting option that will get you through many brisk winter mornings. It’s also worth noting that L.L.Bean offers a wider spectrum of sizes than the other brands in this guide, from regular and petite (both available in XS-XL) to plus (1X-3X).

Best linen: Rough Linen St. Barts RobeA rough linen St Barts robe hanging on a shower door.

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Pros: Breathable, “dry” feeling, durable, midweight 

Cons: Not as soft as other fabrics, shows wrinkles easily

This was my favorite robe to wear while working and doing household tasks because it felt like the perfect middle ground — it wasn’t so luxurious that it enticed me to lay down in bed, but it wasn’t exactly something I’d wear in the outside world, either.  On me, a size medium fell to mid-shin and the sleeves hit my wrists, but unlike the best robes for women made from more slippery fabrics like silk, this one’s sleeves stayed cuffed when folded back. 

Linen naturally wrinkles, and it’s especially apparent with lighter colors. If you’re not a fan of the rumpled look but still like the feel of linen, the robe is available in three darker shades (gray, navy, and black) that partially camouflage the wrinkles. It’s also best to take the robe out of the dryer while it’s still a little damp, so you can smooth out unwanted wrinkles by hand.

Best silk: Kim + Ono Silk Kiku Kimono RobeA kim + ono silk kiku kimono robe laid out on a bed.

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Pros: Handcrafted, one-of-a-kind artwork, lightweight, glossy feel 

Cons: Dry clean only, wrinkles easily, one-size-fits-all style

Each 100% silk robe from the brand features original, hand-drawn, and hand-painted artwork that is then printed onto the robe, making each piece distinct and unique among all of the best robes for women. The site offers a large variety of beautiful designs to choose from, including cherry blossoms and cranes. Just keep in mind that all of Kim + Ono’s designs are dry clean only, and the silk creases and wrinkles easily; you’ll need to steam or iron your robe on the warm setting to maintain its sleek, pristine appearance.

After I stopped admiring the robe to actually put it on, it felt very cool, glossy, and slippery. In addition to an exterior waist tie, there’s a thin interior waist tie to help keep everything secure. The robe only comes in one size, and on me, it fell all the way to my ankles. If you’re petite, I’d recommend buying one of Kim + Ono’s short robes instead. 

Best lightweight: Natori Shangri-La RobeA person wearing a red natori shangrila robe.

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Pros: Lightweight, very soft, close fit

Cons: Draped and closely fitting fabric isn’t for everyone, belongings may fall out of side pockets 

 Natori’s robe is hands-down the softest and most comfortable lightweight option out of all the best robes for women we tried. If you don’t like the other specialty fabrics mentioned above, chances are modal jersey will win you over; the slightly stretchy material is commonly used to make underwear and loungewear.

This robe is long (about ankle-length on me), and there’s an interior waist tie to keep it together. The sleeves are flowy, but they only hit a little below my elbows, making it easy to do everyday tasks. Like L.L.Bean, Natori offers extended sizing, from XS-XXL and 1X-3X.

While the pockets are sizable, they’re located on the sides rather than the front, so bigger items like smartphones may fall out. If you stick to smaller belongings, you should be fine. 

Best terry cloth: The Company Store Short RobePerson wearing a white terry cloth robe.

The Company Store

Pros: Absorbent material, luxurious feel

Cons: Expensive

A terry cloth robe is one of the most practical kinds of robes to invest in, as they effectively work as a towel that you can dry off with and wear right out of the shower. The Company Store’s short terry cloth robe is a highly-reviewed iteration, made from long-staple Turkish cotton terry that feels like hotel-quality luxury. It has a relaxed fit, shawl collar, standard wrap closure, and two patch pockets.

You can personalize this robe with a monogram and choose from eight colorways, including the classic white. Terry cloth is susceptible to irregularities in its weave and tends to wear down with loose threads over time, so we recommend you only tumble dry this robe on your machine’s gentlest setting.

Best monogrammed: Crane & Canopy Plush Cotton BathrobeAn author poses in a mirror wearing a white terry cloth robe with a monogrammed detail on the left side of the chest.

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Pros: Spa-quality, thick, absorbent

Cons: Slight odor out of the box, may be too thick for summer months

This robe feels like something you’d don with cucumbers on your eyes and a clay mask on your face. It’s luxuriously soft and made of rich Turkish cotton. The plush cotton makes it even softer than similar robes made of terry cloth, which I loved. Plus, it has huge pockets.  But perhaps my favorite part of the robe is the option for monogramming. It will cost you an extra $10, but it’s the perfect touch if you’re giving this as a present. You can choose from a bunch of different fonts and thread colors for the monogram, but the robe itself is only available in white, gray, and light gray. 

I’m usually a women’s medium, but since the robe is only available in unisex sizes, I opted for a size small. At five-foot-two, it hit at my mid-calf and was luxuriously roomy, but if I had gone up a size it would definitely swallow me. — Samantha Crozier, style & beauty editor, Insider Reviews

Best cotton: Brooklinen Super-Plush RobeFour of Brooklinen's super plush robes in green, light pink, blue, and purple hanging on a tiled wall.

Brooklinen

This terry robe from Brooklinen is made of long-staple Turkish cotton and is a medium-weight thickness at 350 GSM (grams per square meter). It’s a tad bit softer than L.L.Bean’s terry robe, and it hits about mid-calf. The pockets are angled, which made us a little afraid our phone would fall out (though it never did). It absorbs well and is fairly breathable.

Best long: RH Luxury Plush Long RobeTwo models wearing the Restoration Hardware Luxury Plush Spa robe in grey.

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I’ve owned this ultra-soft robe for years. Made of 100% polyester, it’s held up well to washing and still feels as plush as when I first bought it. In part due to its generous length, it’s kept me warm through (admittedly somewhat mild) winters. It is pricey, but it’s a worthwhile investment if you want a cozy robe that retains its softness.

Best for lounging: Quince Mongolian Cashmere RobeWriter Gabrielle Chase stands in a living room wearing a Quince Mongolian Cashmere Robe in black.

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Pros: Warm, soft, lightweight, great price

Cons: Light shedding upon first wear, non-absorbent material

A cashmere robe is likely to cost you upwards of $300 elsewhere, but Quince’s direct-to-consumer business model means you can experience its luxury around the house for significantly less. The 100% Mongolian cashmere robe has a basic kimono design with a wait tie closure and two front patch pockets. The material is beautifully soft, and feels insulating despite being thin. I styled it over a cami and sleep shorts, and still felt warm enough on a chilly fall morning. It can even easily pass as a long cardigan if you take out its waist tie. 

Shedding is natural with new cashmere, and because I chose black, it was immediately noticeable on my first wear. But after a few wears, the excess fibers thinned out and it was smooth enough to wear on bare skin. 

I wouldn’t wear this first thing out of the shower, because even though it can handle some sweat, cashmere doesn’t absorb water as well as terry cloth. It’s best suited as a cozy robe to lounge or work from home in. —Gabrielle Chase, Style & Beauty Updates Fellow

Read more in our full Quince cashmere review.

What should I look for in a bathrobe?

There are plenty of features to consider as you shop for the best robe, including style, fabric, breathability, and durability. 

A kimono-style design is the standard. “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, plush cotton terry allows you to skip toweling off post-shower, while 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.

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