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Our Favorite Robes for Women of 2021

  1. Best Overall

    Nordstrom Bliss Plush Robe

    Pros

    • Fits snugly and comfortably

    • Softest fleece

    • Has pockets

    • Less expensive than other options

    Cons

    • Not super heavy

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  2. Best Terry Cloth Robe

    Parachute Classic Bathrobe

    Pros

    • Absorbent enough for post-shower wear

    • Fits true to size

    • Unisex

    Cons

    • Not as soft as other robes

    • Heavier weight makes it less ideal for long-term wear

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Nordstrom Bliss Plush Robe
Credit: Nordstrom

The Nordstrom Bliss Plush Robe was the softest and most comfortable robe we tested.

Best Overall
Nordstrom Bliss Plush Robe

Meet the robe I’ve been wearing every day since I received it in the mail. The Nordstrom Bliss Plush Robe was by far my favorite of the bunch thanks to its cozy fabric and comfortable fit. It’s made of the same sumptuous fleece as Nordstrom’s wildly popular Bliss Plush Throw Blanket so it is exactly like a blanket, and I could (and do!) wear it for hours on end without ever feeling too cold or too hot. As Goldilocks would say, it’s the only robe that was just right for me. While I’ve only washed it twice so far, it’s held up incredibly well, without shrinking or pilling, which leads me to believe it will be a robe you can wear for many seasons to come before needing to replace it.

The tie never came undone while I was wearing it, and it even has pockets that are conveniently big enough to hold a phone or snacks. Both the sleeves and the length of the robe itself were perfect for my 5’5 frame (i.e. it fit true to size), and I never found that I had to adjust any part of the robe during wear thanks to the secure tie that stayed in place. It’s exactly what you want in a robe: It feels like you’re wrapped in the warmest, yet still lightweight and breathable, fabric. If a hug came in robe form, this would be it. Another perk is that at $69, it’s considerably less expensive than most of the other robes we tested, which averaged closer to $100+. The Bliss Plush robe also comes in a rainbow of pretty colors, from neutrals to bright hues.

Pros

  • Fits snugly and comfortably

  • Softest fleece

  • Has pockets

  • Less expensive than other options

Cons

  • Not super heavy

Parachute Robe
Credit: Parachute

This robe is the best for post-shower wear.

Best Terry Cloth Robe
Parachute Classic Bathrobe

In the world of robes, the Parachute Classic Bathrobe, which comes from the popular bedding brand, is one of the most coveted. It has nearly 2,000 glowing reviews, is featured on almost every list of top robes, and is also beloved by Reviewed writer, Camryn Rabideau. It’s also unisex, so it’s designed to fit all different body types. When I tried it for myself, I liked that the Parachute robe fit well and stayed securely closed—I didn’t have to adjust the sleeves or tie while I was wearing it.

I found that the Turkish cotton material had some pros but also some cons. Turkish cotton, compared to fleece, is more absorbent and heavier weight. This is a positive because it means the robe is warm and great for wearing after showering. However, it can also be a negative. While the robe felt good against my still-damp skin, it wasn’t as soft as the fleece robes, and I found the heavy material to be a little cumbersome for long-term wear. Overall, this robe feels more like a bath towel than a cozy robe, so if you’re looking for a terry cloth robe that you can comfortably wear when your skin is still wet from the shower, it’s a solid investment.

Pros

  • Absorbent enough for post-shower wear

  • Fits true to size

  • Unisex

Cons

  • Not as soft as other robes

  • Heavier weight makes it less ideal for long-term wear

How We Tested Robes for Women

The Tester

I’m Amanda Tarlton, the style and trending editor at Reviewed, and more importantly, an avid robe-wearer. I’m so obsessed with robes, in fact, that growing up, my mom had to set a “robe curfew” for me, which involved limiting my robe-wearing to mornings and nights only. As an adult now, I wear robes at free will, which occasionally ends up being all day (no shame). To say I know a lot about robes is an understatement. And I don’t just know a lot about robes — I know a lot about style and trends, too. After all, I spend all day every day researching and writing about all the brands that people are buying and all the things that people are wearing. Using both my knowledge of the brands people love and my vast experience wearing (and buying) robes, I set out to test robes for science.

The Tests

If you think testing robes sounds like a cool job, you’re absolutely right. First, I shopped for them online, ordering the most popular robes based on customer ratings and reviews. Then, with the help of Reviewed’s Senior Scientist, Julia MacDougall, and our in-house materials expert, Jamie Ueda, I came up with a rubric for judging the robes. It included examining all of the factors that everyone looks for when picking out a bathrobe: fit, comfort (both short- and long-term), material, quality of construction, and any special features.

To get a (literal) feel for the robes’ quality, fabric, and comfort, I wore each one for an entire day while I went about my usual activities (i.e. working, walking around my apartment, lounging post-shower, and making trips from the kitchen to the couch). I paid attention to things like how the robe felt against my skin, whether or not it was too warm when worn over a long period of time, and how often I had to adjust the belt or the sleeves.

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I then washed all of the robes according to their care instructions. Before washing, I measured the length of the robe, the width and length of the sleeves, and the length of the tie. I compared these measurements to the post-wash measurements to see if the robes shrunk at all during washing. Fortunately, none of the robes changed noticeably in size after washing so this ended up not being a huge factor in the final results.

What You Should Know About Bathrobes

How Should a Robe Fit?

Trying to size a robe can be difficult. Many come in generic sizes (small, medium, large, etc.) or a combination of the above (small/medium, for instance). It can also be tricky when a lot of robes are now unisex, so you might be questioning whether or not that "small" is a men's small or a women's small. Our materials expert, Jamie Ueda, offered a few tips on how to size your robe for the best fit. Not only should there be enough room for movement (but not so much that the robe falls off your shoulders) but there should also be enough fabric to comfortably wrap around the center of your body but not so much that it wraps all the way around to your side or back. This will force you to readjust the robe often and can make you feel like you're drowning in the material. As for sleeve length, Jamie suggests looking for sleeves that hit just below the wrist so that it keeps the entire length of your arm warm yet doesn't get in the way when you're performing everyday activities.

What's the Best Material for Bathrobes?

When it comes to choosing the best material for your robe, it all depends on both what you're using the robe for and your personal preference. Two of the most popular fabrics—and the two that we tested—are fleece and cotton (which includes terry cloth). Jamie says that if you want a robe to wear straight out of the bath, cotton will be your best bet as it's more absorbent and breathable. However, if you're looking for a robe to lounge around in, she recommends fleece as it's warmer than cotton.

One common type of cotton used in robes (especially higher-end robes) is Turkish cotton. What makes it different? Turkish cotton is a natural fiber that's higher quality than regular cotton, Jamie explains, adding that it lints less and is both softer and stronger. Not only that but she says that Turkish cotton also gets fluffier and more absorbent with every wash.


Other Robes for Women We Tested

Product image of Ugg Women's Miranda Fleece Robe
Ugg Women's Miranda Fleece Robe

Ugg might be best-known for its culty sherpa-lined boots, which are making a serious comeback this year, but the Australian brand also makes apparel—including robes.

I had high hopes for this robe (based on my experience with Ugg footwear and it being one of Ugg’s most popular robes), and it didn’t disappoint. While it’s shorter in length, hitting around mid-thigh, this makes it something you can comfortably wear year-round (as opposed to longer robes which tend to be for winter wear only). I.e. it lets your legs breathe while keeping your upper half nice and toasty. It’s also made of some of the softest fleece (not as soft as our winner, the Bliss Plush robe, but a close second!), and it comes in plenty of colors and fun prints.

I like that it kept me warm and was great for lounging around the house yet was also stylish enough that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to wear it around guests, either. At $130, it’s the most expensive robe I tested, but it isn’t that much pricier than other top picks so I consider it most definitely worth the splurge.

Pros

  • Very soft

  • Fits well

  • Has pockets and a hood

  • Available in a variety of colors and patterns

Cons

  • Pricey

  • Shorter length not ideal if you’re often cold

Product image of L.L. Bean Women's Wicked Plush Robe
L.L. Bean Women's Wicked Plush Robe

The L.L. Bean Plush Robe is one of the softest that I tested, ranking right up there with the Bliss Plush Robe in terms of feel. The luxurious, sherpa-trimmed fleece robe was something I wanted to snuggle up in 24/7 (or at least while watching Netflix on a snowy night in front of the fire).

It even has a hood if you’re someone who can’t decide if they want to wear a hoodie or a robe. While I didn’t use the hood, I can understand its appeal, and it’s a nice added feature.

There were a few things that turned me off from the L.L. Bean robe, however. First, it was very long. Because it was the second-longest robe at 47 inches long, the regular size might be a better option for taller folks. I’m not short (5’5), and the regular size was too long for my liking, almost dragging on the ground. They do have petite sizing, but these sizes might be better suited for people who are a bit taller than those of actual petite heights 5’2 and below.

The long length also made it a little too warm during extended wear and made me feel hot after wearing it for longer than 30 minutes. It felt like I was wearing a blanket, and not in a good way—it trapped in too much heat and my skin couldn’t breathe.

Pros

  • Super soft and plush fleece material

  • Spacious hood

  • Comes in petite and plus sizes

Cons

  • Very long

  • Not breathable

Product image of Crane & Canopy Plush Cotton Bathrobe
Crane & Canopy Plush Cotton Bathrobe

Crane & Canopy makes my all-time favorite pair of pajamas, so I was excited for the bedding brand’s robe option. While I found it to be very comfortable with a snug (yet not too tight) fit around the waist, the sleeves were oddly very wide, which allowed drafts to get in, and kept falling down whenever I lifted my arms.

However, the Turkish cotton material is absorbent, making the Crane & Canopy robe a good “just out of the shower” robe. I will say that the Turkish cotton here, though, isn’t as soft as that of the Parachute robe. Additionally, while the Crane & Canopy robe only comes in white and grey, it does have pretty detailing on the shawl collar and cuffs that add an extra touch of elegance.

Pros

  • Snug fit

  • Absorbent

  • Stylish collar and cuff details

Cons

  • Very wide sleeves

  • Belt didn’t stay tied well

  • Only available in white and grey

Product image of Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe
Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe

I’ve long been a fan of Brooklinen’s apparel (their loungewear is some of my favorite) and the Brooklyn-based brand also makes the best sheets we’ve ever tested. But unfortunately, I’m not crazy about the Brooklinen plush robe. I found the sleeves to be extremely wide and the robe itself to be very oversized.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had this experience with Brooklinen robes, either—I also own the brand’s waffle robe and, while it’s comfortable, it was equally larger than normal.

My recommendation? If you want to buy this robe, I would size down but I would be wary that while a smaller size might fix the wide sleeves and oversized fit issue, you could end up with sleeves that are too short. Not only that, but there are only three size options (XS/S, M/L, and XL/XXL), so in my case, for instance, I cannot size down.

I’m also skeptical of how well this robe will hold up over time as after I washed it, I noticed a few loose threads already. That being said, however, I did like that the Turkish cotton is soft (ranking up there with the Crane & Canopy robe, but still behind the Parachute robe) and that the robe has added features like a stylish piped collar and roomy pockets. It’s also unisex and comes in four muted colors (white, light grey, dark grey, and pale blue).

Pros

  • Quality Turkish cotton

  • Very deep pockets

  • Absorbent enough to wear post-shower

  • Unisex

Cons

  • Sleeves are very wide

  • Not true to size

  • Only comes in three sizes

  • Some loose threads after washing

Product image of Nordstrom Frosted Plush Robe
Nordstrom Frosted Plush Robe

While the Nordstrom Bliss Plush Robe was our overall winner, the retailer’s other highly-rated robe didn’t fare so well. The fluffy sherpa material is some of the softest I’ve felt, similar to that of the L.L. Bean robe and much thicker and plusher than our winning robe. But it’s something I’d want in a blanket, not in a robe.

This robe is what I would call all-consuming. Even on the coldest day, I got very hot within 30 minutes of wearing the robe and even broke a sweat (just while sitting on the couch, too). The fabric is too thick and heavy, and I found the cuffed sleeves and collar to be very bulky. However, it’s good quality (the seams are tight and the fabric holds up well in the wash) and incredibly soft so it might be a good pick for someone who is always cold.

Pros

  • Super soft sherpa

  • Good for people who are always cold

Cons

  • Too heavy and thick for long-term wear

  • Very bulky

  • Sleeves are too tight

Product image of Alexander Del Rossa Women's Plush Fleece Robe with Hood
Alexander Del Rossa Women's Plush Fleece Robe with Hood

It might be the best-selling robe on Amazon with over 5,500 reviews, but I was less than impressed with the Alexander Del Rossa hooded fleece robe. While the price starts as low as $49.95 (just a fraction of the cost of most of the other robes we tested, with the exception of the Bliss Plush Robe), the quality of the robe isn’t as good as the others. The fleece felt low-quality and thin, and the seams didn’t seem like they’d hold up well over time.

Not only that, but the robe was incredibly long for my 5’5 height. At 52 inches long, it was the longest robe by five inches and a full eight inches longer than our top pick. The cumbersome length was annoying when trying to move around without tripping over it or having to push up the sleeves. However, despite the length, it didn’t keep me very warm due to the super-thin fleece. This turned me off from wearing the robe—it was too long for it to be worn in warmer weather yet not thick enough to keep you warm in colder weather.

Pros

  • Less expensive than other robes

  • Has a hood

  • Available in plus sizes

  • Comes in a lot of colors

Cons

  • Very long

  • Poorly made

  • Thin fleece

Meet the tester

Amanda Tarlton

Amanda Tarlton

Editor, Style

Amanda is the style editor at Reviewed.

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