Robes can be both a functional garment by keeping you dry while also feeling intensely comfortable and even sexy.
But finding the best robes for men can be tough – especially when you weigh all the options.
The material used in making the robe, its length (for both arms and legs), if it has any extras such as a hood, zipper or pockets, along with the intent itself are only a few of the key factors that you need to think about when making a purchase.
When reading this review and guide, you will quickly learn all the key considerations to take into account when buying a new robe; see reviews for some of the most popular (and comfortable) robes currently available, along with a few expert tips on getting the most from your new robe.
Let’s get started:
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Everything You Need To Know When Buying A New Robe
As we researched a wide variety of robes, we identified nine key factors that you should take a quick minute to think about before making your purchase.
Taking your time on each of the following will not only provide you with a better understanding of the offerings available to you, but it will also help you in getting the best robe to meet your needs.
Here’s what you need to know:
Robes come in a variety of materials, which may include the following:
Here is a brief overview of each in order for you to quickly understand how they differ from one another:
But not all cotton is equal.
Extra-long staple cotton, such as Supima, has a 1.5” fiber and will be much more comfortable and pilling over time (source).
Short staple cotton will feel a bit rougher (akin to a cheap undershirt) and may pill and lose its structure.
On the initial touch, fleece feels both warm and fuzzy, making it the perfect material for ultra-comfortable robes.
We find that a fleece robe is well-suited for those men looking for something that is a bit warmer.
Given that fleece is derived from polyester, it still exhibits some great breathability properties but does come up short when it comes to moisture absorption.
Therefore, if you are looking for a robe to wear immediately after a bath or shower, you might want to pass on the fleece.
However, if you are looking for something to wear when reading a book on a cold winter’s night, then this fabric makes perfect sense.
Opposite of fleece you will find linen. Perfect for summer nights where sweating is a concern, this natural fiber derived from the flax plant is both light and airy.
Not only will it not make you feel stuffy, but linen is also incredibly strong, making it a perfect material to last you for years, especially if you plan on wearing your robe regularly.
Another strong advantage of this fiber, especially when compared to cotton, is its ability to dry quickly.
Lastly, should you put on a linen robe shortly after drying off with a towel; any areas you may have missed will be absorbed.
Sourced from goats, cashmere wool (simply known as cashmere) is a highly sought-after fabric within the fashion industry.
Evoking very similar texture to silk, this fabric is perfect if you are looking for a luxury robe for men.
When worn, cashmere not only feels great on the skin but exhibits natural hygroscopicity – that’s a fancy way of saying that it’s breathable (source).
Perfect for all seasons, a cashmere robe is perfect for men who want a bit of luxury or high-end flair in their robe choice.
Sexy silk boxers can make you feel both confident and comfortable. The same holds true when it comes to a silk robe.
Able to gently drape onto your skin, a silk robe is a perfect fabric for intimate settings.
While some may initially think that this material is only for the ladies, many men love wearing a silk robe as it not only naturally dissipates heat and is highly breathable, but it provides a gentle texture, especially when rubbed up against another.
Derived from a cocoon, silk does repel water, making it only ideal to wear when you are completely dry.
Beyond the fabric choice, the second most important factor when buying a new robe is the length – for both arms and legs.
When looking at the sleeves, some brands offer them to be easily rolled up – this was particularly prevalent in robes made from lighter materials including linen or cotton.
Others may offer a button loop in order to fasten the sleeve higher or simply cut the fabric at the forearm or elbow level.
On the bottom half of your body, the length of the robe can go anywhere between your ankles all the way to your thighs.
Again, this largely depends on both the material and intent of the robe (more on this in a minute).
Another factor to consider, and one that you may not initially think about when buying a robe, is the extras that may be included.
This includes the following:
Pockets are great, especially if you are using your robe for casual loungewear rather than a functional garment only to be worn for a few minutes after a shower.
The ability to bring your phone with you at all times, or if you simply want to keep the remote or other accessories, is a nice convenience.
Hooded robes can be beneficial for two reasons:
- Drying hair
- Added warmth
If you are planning on only wearing your robe after showering, the addition of a hood coupled with a moisture absorbing material such as cotton can be a great combination.
Hoods are a great way at also retaining body heat, especially if you are bald or simply live in a cold climate.
While we don’t lose nearly half of our heat through our heads, as the old-wives tale has commonly claimed (source), the addition of a hooded robe still is comfortable!
Lastly, a zipper.
Zippers are a love it or hate it addition when it comes to robes. If you plan on wearing your robe without anything on underneath, a zipper can be a terrifying thought.
However, contrary to the danger that the zipper presents to your manhood, it does help keep everything from being exposed.
If you want the extra security of a robe with a zipper, just make sure that it has a fabric lining on the inside to prevent any irritation when rubbed onto your skin.
4. Color or Pattern
A highly personalized choice, you find in our robes reviews that they can come in a variety of colors and patterns.
Generally speaking, find something that works for your style, especially since you will likely never leave the house when wearing your robe.
However, if you want one that is more timeless or classic, then a simple white, black, or navy-blue robe can make a great choice.
Furthermore, if you are buying a silk robe for an intimate setting, then perhaps black or patterned can subtly send a sexy message.
Within each fabric/material category that we discussed earlier, there are subcategories on the style and cut of the fabric.
In our research we found that there were eight different classifications when it comes to robe fabric styles:
- Terry Cloth
- Kimono / Japanese Robe
The most popular robe fabric will be terry cloth. Found typically in bath towels and wash cloths, terry cloth is an un-cut looped fabric that allows for better absorption of moisture given the increased surface area (when compared to just a flat piece of fabric). While usually made from cotton, terry cloth can be sourced from other materials as well, including both linen and polyester.
Terry cloth is more of a style rather than a material.
Turkish robes are essentially an extra-long-staple piece of cotton that is paired with either tassels at the end or horizontal stripes on the lower sleeve or legs.
We think that this highly absorbing and breathable material is perfect for swim robes or even gym bathroom robes. Able to be stored easily into your favorite gym bag, its compact nature is perfect to use when on the go.
Whether you are lounging around on a Sunday morning or are out camping with the family, a flannel robe is a great way to stay warm, especially during the cold winter months.
Typically, flannel is made from either cotton or wool and has been treated to provide a near velvet-like texture.
Its plaid design is classic and helps make it a great timeless pick.
Commonly found in the world’s nicest spas, a waffle (sometimes referred to as honeycomb) fabric knit is woven in a way that makes it extremely absorbent (source).
Typically relying on cotton as the primary source material, it is an airy weave that is perfect for daily use – particularly if you plan on wearing it just after a bath or shower.
Couple this with a glass of wine and some chocolate on a nice summer day, you have a match made in heaven.
Kimono / Japanese Robe
Kimono robes are the perfect match for both big and tall men.
The oversized sleeve openings coupled with the open bottom allow for the greatest range of motion of any robe type.
The kimono is typically paired with a silk or satin fabric, making it great for extra ventilation. If you are a larger guy looking for a summer robe, check out a kimono or Japanese robe; you will feel great when wearing one.
While Sherpa refers to an ethnic community native to the mountainous regions of Nepal & The Himalayas (source), companies have started to use this term when referring to extra fluffy robes.
Typically made from polyester but woven in a way to mimic wool, a Sherpa robe is an extra comfy and warm robe to wear during winter months.
While not able to absorb any sweat given the synthetic nature of polyester, it will keep you warm while still allowing for some breathability.
Much like terry cloth, velvet is a style of fabric that can come from a variety of fibers including both natural and synthetic varieties.
Velvet, like fleece, is great to wear during the cooler months as it is much thicker, than say silk or linen, and will help to retain heat.
Given that the production process for velvet is rather complicated, this style typically carries a higher price point.
Two types of men buy robes – those that go all in, or those that want just the bare minimum.
Now, if you are looking for a house robe and want to channel your inner Hugh Hefner, then extras may be right in your wheelhouse.
Personalization of your robe
Men who want to feel like a king in their new robe will love the extra small touch of personalization.
Many respected robe brands offer to have their robes monogrammed (typically for a small additional cost).
Having your initial on the outer pocket is a great little way of owning the relaxation experience.
Furthermore, if you plan on wearing your robe at the local spa, this little bit of personalization may help you find your robe once you exit the steam room.
From the onset, organic cotton seems like a waste of money.
But the more you begin learning about it, the more you’re convinced that it’s not a marketing gimmick.
Like many organic foods, organic cotton is sourced in a way that lessens the environmental impact, reduces the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers, and doesn’t rely on genetically engineered seeds (source).
This can be important if you like to support companies with your wallet that do good for the earth.
Robes come in many different prices.
A lot of this is dictated by both the brand recognition (luxury brand vs. unknown brand), craftsmanship and the type of fabric used.
Taking a very broad approach, we found that most quality cotton or linen robes typically cost around $50 to $100.
When silk or cashmere was used instead, a more expensive fabric to produce, a quality robe could cost anywhere between $250 and $400.
Again, there are a lot of variants here and the above price ranges should only serve as a baseline.
If you are looking for a cheap or inexpensive robe for men, then there are still plenty of great picks as evident in our reviews.
Our most important recommendation here is to always read the size chart before making a purchase.
Most robes sizes are based on your chest and waist measurements.
So be sure to take out the fabric measuring tape to confirm your measurements before hitting that ‘buy now’ button.
Robes are appropriate in a variety of scenarios which may include any of the following:
- Functional (after showers and baths only)
- Spa retreat
- Weekend morning
- After swimming
- Honeymoon (matching his & hers)
Therefore, you will want to think about the fabric, cut and even some of the extras (hooded, zipper, pockets, etc.) that make sense when wearing the robe.
Wearing a heavy Sherpa robe when you want to have an intimate evening with your significant other will only get in the way. Opposite of that, wearing a light silk robe during a frigid winter month could be utterly painful.
Give a minute to think how and when you plan on wearing your robe before making your purchase.
This will be one of the largest (if not the largest) factor to consider when buying a new robe.
Best Robes for Men Of 2020 Reviewed
Nautica brings us this subtly striped herringbone robe that is sure to make you feel cool and casual at home.
It is machine washable and is available in the sizes Small-XLarge to ensure a comfortable fit for all body types. The material is a soft cotton, allowing for plenty of breathability, and detailed with white piping that outlines the two front pockets, shawl collar, and sleeve cuffs.
This simple design is perfect for those lazy days at home where the only statement you need to make is what you want to watch on TV.
This one size fits most robe is perfect if you are looking for a classic and comfortable look.
Falling at just below the knees, you will have plenty of mobility no matter what activity you plan on doing. It is made from 100% polyester fabric and is available in six different color combinations:
- Black/ Blue
- Charcoal/ Blue
- Navy/ Red
- Black/ Grey
- Black/ Charcoal
- Hunter/ Black
Some patterns are checkered while others are striped, so there are plenty of options for every man’s preference. Machine wash often to eliminate odors stored by the polyester, and dry completely for the best care of this robe.
Affordable and comfortable the plush spa bathrobe is perfect for lazy days chilling at the house.
With a durable, 100% make up of poly-plush fabric, your skin will be thanking you for treating it so kindly. You won’t need to worry about this robe shrinking in the wash, however, it is not a very breathable fabric so more sweating may occur than in a cotton blend. The robe features a rolled shawl collar, two front patch pockets, and a hanger loop at the back of the neck for convenient storage. It is available in sizes Small-XLarge and with five color options.
Machine wash often to eliminate odors and dry completely for proper upkeep.
Shawl lapels and a thermal cotton blend make up this robe from Hanes.
It is one-size-fits-all and would be perfect for any fella that appreciates plenty of coverage, especially on those cold winter days. This thermal knit robe comes in three different colors – black, white, and navy.
These choices offer a moderate selection of neutral themes and two patch pockets are located on the front panels. The thermal robe is cotton and polyester blend, which is the perfect balance so that you’ll be able to stay comfortable in cotton that possess the ability to dry quickly after being wet. When washing, you will want to machine wash with warm water, and tumble dry on low.
This robe from the well-known brand, Polo Ralph Lauren, is sure to be a crowd pleaser with its plush cotton fleece in the color Polo Black.
The style is a kimono wrap around which will satisfy the inner ninja hiding in every man.
The 100% cotton robe allows for excellent comfort and breathability for the skin, however the downfall is presented when the cotton gets soaking wet, as it will take much longer to dry than a 60%-40% blend.
This robe is offered in sizes Small-XLarge and features patch pockets on each side and a red Polo emblem on the left panel. Perfect for the winter months, this robe will keep you warm and comfortable regardless what the weather is outside. To keep it in excellent condition, wash cold and tumble dry on low heat.
Tommy Bahama strikes again with this 100% polyester robe in the color Solid Black. You will feel like a king ruling his kingdom in this plush robe after you retire from a long day at work.
But those with sensitive skin will want to steer clear of this robe due to the fact that 100% polyester can be irritating to skin. Complete with shawl lapels and two large pockets, this robe has everything needed for total comfort in your home.
It only comes in the sizes Small and Medium, so this may be the perfect Christmas morning gift for a young robe user. Because polyester has the tendency to hold onto unwanted body odor longer than other materials, be sure to machine wash your polyester robe in warm water and tumble dry often to keep it in perfect working condition.
This navy and white polka-dot robe is perfect if you want to own something by Derek Rose but without murdering your wallet.
While it is still in the price range of $525, there are quite a few desired elements that may make it worthwhile.
The first being that the robe is made of light and breathable 100% cotton, providing both patch and chest pockets for extra carrying potential. White piping provides details to all the edges of the robe, including the pockets, cuffs, and panel lining.
Thankfully, you can machine wash the Plaza Polka-Dot robe at home, so no need to leave the house if an accidental spill occurs. Just be sure to wash in cold water to prevent the cotton from shrinking and dry on a low heat.
Other Robes Reviewed
A classic Turkish terry cloth hooded robe for men, the Arus robe is the perfect pick for men looking for an ankle-length robe at an affordable price. It’s also very useful for cold climate wear.
Able to be personalized through a chest monogram, this robe by Lands’ End extends to the calf. The 14oz. terry cloth fabric is of moderate weight and great for casual use.
A lightweight scotch plaid flannel robe offers a silk-like texture at an affordable price. Able to be personalized, it makes a great gift.
Available in four different colors, the Brunswick robe by Ugg is a cozy cotton/spandex robe for men that extends to just below the knee. With a super soft fleece lining, it will feel great when worn.
Designed as an intimate apparel piece, the Natori Robe for men offers a simple yet elegant design. Extending to mid-calf, the airy design allows for maximum comfort.
Known primarily for their furniture rather than apparel, their robes are made of high quality. Terrycloth sourced from Turkey that is both super soft and absorbent makes for a great robe.
A cozy fleece robe sourced from polyester, the Tommy Hilfiger bathrobe will keep you warm with the simple design. With a tie closure coupled with two pockets, it’s a no-nonsense robe.
Common Questions Other Men Had About Robes
As we dove into the research of finding the best robes for men, time and time again we came across the same questions when trying to select the perfect one.
Therefore, we wanted to take a quick minute to answer some of these questions should they currently be on your mind as well:
Where can I buy a robe?
Robes are available at a variety of retailers. Whether you plan on buying from a large online store that sells a variety of products or simply directly from a robe company itself, we decided to round up a list of some trusted retailers that offer a great selection:
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What makes a robe good?
A quality robe is made good through a variety of factors. While fabric and craftsmanship are two of the most important, a close runner-up is the purpose of which the robe is to be worn.
Wearing the wrong robe for the occasion can not only be uncomfortable, but it can be frustrating as well.
A $500 robe without pockets to store the essentials can be a major pain in the neck, especially if you like to keep a gadget or two with you at all times.
A cozy fleece robe sourced from polyester, the Tommy Hilfiger bathrobe will keep you warm with the simple design. With a tie closure coupled with two pockets, it’s a no-nonsense robe.
How We Selected These Robes for Men
When we set out to find the best robes for men of 2020, we thought it was going to be fairly easy. Find one that uses great materials, had strong reviews and call it a day.
However, we quickly realized that the variety and quality of robes available were massive.
From budget-friendly (read: cheap) to luxurious and comfortable robes, the selection was wide.
But after careful consideration of the leading brands and looking at the materials used, cuts available, extras included and, of course, the price, we feel confident that our list above will work for any man’s preference.
We truly hope that this review and guide proved useful in finding the perfect robe to meet your needs!
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