Brooklinen just released an ultra-cozy waffle robe—is it worth $100?
I tried it to find out.
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I love pajamas, I love loungewear, I love leggings—but nothing (and I mean nothing) compares to how much I love robes. Eating breakfast? Robe. Watching Netflix on a Friday night? Robe again. Lounging around on a Sunday afternoon? You guessed it—robe.
I don't discriminate between types of robes, either. Long, short, fluffy, silky—if it can be worn without pants and is basically the socially acceptable equivalent of wearing a blanket around the house, I'm in. My collection currently consists of five robes, including an ultra-luxe Ugg robe (one good thing my ex-boyfriend gave me) and my all-time favorite from Ulta (it's perfectly worn-in at this point).
Last week, however, my little robe family grew by one more—because I decided to try the new Brooklinen waffle robe. As someone who lives in Brooklinen's line of loungewear (yes, the lounge dress is as amazing as it sounds), I was excited to see if the robe, which just came out this summer, would live up to my expectations. Below is my review of the bedding brand's robe and whether or not you should buy it for yourself.
What I love about the Brooklinen robe
I've never owned a waffle-knit robe before—and after putting on the Brooklinen one, I'm wondering why it took me so long to get one. The material somehow manages to be super soft and cozy yet also lightweight and breathable. A.k.a. I wore it on the hottest of August days (with my thermostat at 75) and didn't feel one bit sweaty. Plus, the 100 percent Turkish cotton fabric is the same material that Brooklinen uses for its towels so it's very absorbent, meaning I could put it on immediately after a shower and didn't feel sticky or uncomfortably wet.
Another huge perk of the Brooklinen robe is that it has pockets. I've owned a lot of robes in my lifetime and I can say that pockets are a game-changer (and an absolute must for me now). I like that the Brooklinen pockets are very deep, so they're big enough to fit everything from my iPhone to the TV remote when I'm moving from room to room. Plus, the robe has a nice thick tie that you can easily adjust to fit it snug around you and hits comfortably at my waist.
What I don't like about the Brooklinen robe
The only thing I found to be less than stellar about the Brooklinen waffle robe is how large it is. While of course I love a robe that's roomy and oversized, this one seemed a little too big. As someone who is 5'5, I'm a very average sized person, but the robe—which I ordered in the smallest size (XS/S)—dwarfed my frame. The sleeves, even though they're cuffed, hang past my fingertips and the robe itself almost touches the ground. I'm all for floor-length robes but since this is a lighter-weight waffle robe, I was expecting a shorter length.
Is the Brooklinen waffle robe worth buying?
Yes—if you're in the market for a lightweight robe that's somehow both breathable and cozy at the same time. Not only will it keep you warm when the temps drop (or when someone in the house cranks the AC up a little too much), but it will also keep you somewhat cool when it's still summer. Plus, because it's so absorbent, it's ideal for post-shower lounging (no soggy fleece here!).
The only caveat is that the robe runs very large so shop accordingly. I suggest sizing down—at least for women—since even the extra-small was oversized on me. However, if you love larger-than-life robes, that won't be a problem for you. In that case, I 10/10 recommend the Brooklinen robe—it's definitely a keeper for my own collection.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.