It's peak bathrobe time because it's getting COLD and we never buy nice bathrobes for ourselves; they're always that awesome gift from someone who LOVES you. So, we did a ton of new research, pulled our fourteen favorites, tested four front runners at our offices and awarded this year's Top Pick to the Amigo Robe from Abyss (Maxwell's personal pick) and the Atelier Ace X Wings + Horns Robe from the Ace Hotel Shop, which ran away with the office vote. Both are great, have different styles and price points. Check them all out below and tell us your faves in the comments.
Every week we bring new products into our "test lab" and have the whole office vote on their favorites, based on quality, appearance, and price. The winners become the Top Picks of our Annual Guides, which showcase the best products of the year.
Maxwell Ryan, our Founder & CEO, chooses his own Top Pick as well, and demonstrates his favorites in our Annual Guide videos and weekly Instagram story series. Come back every Thursday for a new Annual Guide and Maxwell's Top Pick Instagram story!
Maxwell's Top Pick
Robes are an acquired taste/habit, for sure. Once you begin, however, you never go back. I've received all of mine as gifts over the years, but the Abyss Amigo is, hands down, the best one I've ever had. HEAVY at 3lbs and all Egyptian cotton, it is soft, supple and WARM on winter mornings. While admittedly not the robe you want for summer, it's awesome the rest of the year and sits naturally on my body, without making me feel like a Michelin Man.
It comes in four colors and four sizes. Purchase from a number of vendors, but on sale right now at the one below.
Office Top Pick
A super cool take on the traditional bathrobe, the Ace Hotel teamed up with Wings + Horns a few years back to create this cozy, casual cross between "an old-style boxing robe — a nod to the Ace NYC building's boxing history — and a modern-day hooded sweatshirt." Made from French terrycloth and sporting a big hood, it not only had broad appeal in our office for those who don't have robes yet, it was already owned and favorited by two of the staff.
Our budget option, this 100% cotton robe is reliably durable and absorbent. It comes in plenty of colors so if you're not into the classic white robes you'll still find exactly what you're looking for (but if you are, it comes in white too!).
This ultra soft Turkish cotton robe is nicely heavy and absorbent while still falling on the low end of the luxury robe price spectrum. Simple Life also sells a white version of this robe, as well as another style in a waffle fabric if you want to try something else.
Leave it to L.L. Bean to come up with one of the coziest-looking robes we've seen. This hooded robe is lined in soft sherpa fleece for extra warmth and comes in both men's and women's sizes. If you need another excuse to stay in, this is it.
This robe, a part of Serena & Lily's gorgeous Fouta collection, has sporty stripes to add a touch of personality to the classic white robe. Inspired by Turkish towels, the Fouta has smooth cotton on one side with looped terry on the other.
One of the most lightweight options we looked at, this robe from Snowe is an improvement on the standard waffle fabric. Light and thin but still soft, this is a great pick if you're looking for something low-key and cooler than the typical bathrobe.
A millennial favorite, this robe had a 2,000-person waitlist after it was released earlier last year. It's nothing revolutionary, with two slouchy front pockets, a waist tie, and cozy collar, but the comparatively low price point and super soft texture makes it worth the hype.
This best-selling robe looks great on both men and women, coming in 11 different colors and 7 unisex sizes. The absorbent terry cloth interior and stylish microfiber shell give the wearer something that looks good without sacrificing practicality.
This plush robe with fleece trim gives the feel of a snow queen off-duty. Elsa would definitely approve.
Another take on the classic white robe, this option from Matouk boasts a nice accent piping and long-staple cotton fabric. Plus - it can be monogrammed!
Made of pure linen and washed for softness, this robe may be a jolt to the system if you're used to plush cotton. Those who give it a try will find that it's breathable, weighty, and just plain dreamy on.
If you're not messing around with the term "luxury robe," this pure cashmere option from Sferra is worth the investment. Belted at the waist and hitting just above the knee, the Ananda's fit is perfectly feminine and leisurely.
Tips on Choosing Between Egyptian and Turkish Cotton
- Egyptian cotton is super absorbent, making it perfect for drying yourself off. However, it takes awhile to dry, which could be an issue in humid climates. Turkish cotton, while less absorbent, dries quickly and therefore stays fresh a bit longer.
- Egyptian cotton is plush and soft right away, while the tougher Turkish cotton gets softer and better with age. If you're looking to make a long-term investment, Turkish cotton may the way to go.
- Bottom line: if you live in a humid climate you should probably go for Turkish cotton, as Egyptian cotton can start to smell funky and grow mildew when not fully dried. If you want something ultra cozy though, nothing can beat Egyptian cotton.
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Other Good Resources:
- The Softest, Coziest Robes to Buy This Winter — The Cut
- The 9 Best Bathrobes on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers — The Strategist
- The Best Bathrobes Made for Doing Absolutely Nothing In — GQ
Re-edited from a post that originally appeared 02.26.2016 — NL