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Nothing says luxury quite like a good bathrobe. While a bathrobe (also known as a “housecoat” or “dressing gown”) used to be a transitional piece you threw on after finishing your bath or shower but before you got dressed, the best robes these days are appropriate for any time of day — or night.
The best bathrobes keep you warm and dry after you step out of the shower, but can keep you cozy while you’re cooking in the kitchen, or reading or watching TV in the family room. And while we don’t recommend wearing these robes out in public, there’s nothing wrong with donning a good bathrobe while stepping outside to fetch the mail or morning paper.
The equation for a good men’s robe accounts for shape, material, size, and function. Personal preferences regarding a robe’s roominess and hem and sleeve length vary, as does the value of absorbent cotton for post-shower versus a softer and fuzzier material comfortable for all-day lounging.
Non-negotiable features for a decent robe include an adjustable belt, and soft, quality material. Depending on your personal tastes, you may also find features like front pockets, hood, or interior closure major selling points.
What Are the Different Kinds of Bathrobes?
You divide bathrobes into two basic categories: warm and fuzzy, or light and practical.
Fuzzy: Plush robes are often made of some blend of coral fleece, which is soft, thick, and extremely warm. These robes also tend to run a bit large. If you want to be fully draped in softness (or engage in some Jedi cosplay) big and cozy is the way to go.
Lightweight: Look for 100 percent cotton, which is more breathable and absorbent than fleece, and is much lighter and thinner. These robes also tend to have a slimmer fit, with shorter hemlines and sleeve lengths. If you need a little more freedom of movement or simply run hot, you’ll want a lighter robe.
1. NY Threads Mens Hooded Robe
More like a fuzzy blanket with sleeves than a bathrobe, this roomy fleece robe is our pick for all-day lounging if coziness is top priority for you. The coral fleece is thick, plush, and soft, making it perfect for crisp winter mornings (not so much balmy summer afternoons). We also like the large front pockets and hood. The long, oversized design keeps you warm from head to toe.
2. Turkish Cotton Bathrobe
The absorbent, 100 percent cotton material of this robe makes it a great post-shower option. We also like the hem and sleeve length on this bathrobe, which are somewhat shorter than our other picks, making it more convenient when you’re going through your morning routine. People also note the softness of the fabric and slim fit.
If you prefer a more contemporary take on the classic bathrobe, this is a good pick. The addition of a built-in hood is a good bonus too.
3. Nautica Men’s Woven Robe
Those of you living in warmer climates may prefer this lightweight cotton robe, which won’t leave you sweating after 20 minutes. We also like the classic style and functional fit, with the contrast-color piping and Nautica logo accents giving us very East Coast vibes.
4. Alexander Del Rossa Men’s Flannel Fleece Robe
Another big and fuzzy option, we like this robe for days when we’d like to just hide under the blankets but still have to get up every once in a while. The thick material is warm and absorbent, and the roomy fit makes it great to layer over a set of pajamas or sweats too.
This fleece bathrobe is long and oversized, with the hem reaching all the way to the ankles. Just in case you’re worried about accidentally exposing yourself, it also features a second, interior closure to keep things dialed in.