Bathrobe: Review & Recommendations

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In many hotels and spas it is part of the standard equipment: the bathrobe. But even at home you can create your own personal feel-good atmosphere with a fluffy dressing gown and bring a little wellness into your own four walls. But what should you be aware of when buying a bathrobe?

In our bathrobe test 2020 we present you the best models from the respective categories. In addition, we give you important tips on the subject of bathrobes. Whether sauna robe, dressing gown or kimono bathrobe, you will find the best bathrobes on the market.

The most important facts in brief

  • As with many things in life, quality has its price. In order to make the purchase decision for your next bathrobe easier for you, we have summarized the most important facts about bathrobes for you here.
  • When buying your next bathrobe you should make sure to choose the right fit (unisex, women, men, children) with the right attachments (pockets, hoods, belts) from the right fabric (terry cloth, silk, jersey) in the right size.
  • Properties such as a soft fabric, pleasant feel and high absorbency are desirable for a bathrobe. Therefore most dressing gowns are made of terry cloth. Nevertheless, more and more sauna robes are also made of jersey, waffle pique or microfibre.

Bathrobe test: Favourites of the editorial staff

  • The best bathrobe for ladies
  • The best bathrobe for men
  • The best unisex bathrobe
  • The best microfibre bathrobe
  • The best fleece bathrobe

The best bathrobe for ladies

The CityComfort Ladies Dressing Gown for women is particularly soft and comfortable thanks to the highest quality shimmering fleece. It has a large hood and double seams, so that the coat is soft but also durable.

Thus the bathrobe offers maximum comfort, whether at home or for wellness and sauna.

The best bathrobe for men

The men’s bathrobe by Twinzen is a high-quality bath and sauna robe made of 100% cotton. It has a hood, 2 pockets and a belt and is also soft, durable, warm and absorbent.

Twinzen bathrobes have been awarded the independent OEKO TEX seal of quality, which guarantees that the cotton terrycloth bathrobe is free of chemical products. The fit is specially designed to suit the physique of men.

The best unisex bathrobe

The bathrobe Poppy by Vossen is made of polyester, viscose and cotton and combined with the long sleeves it is especially impressive because of its wearing comfort. The equally soft tie belt rounds off the overall picture.

It can be purchased in different sizes and designs with colour accents, so there is something for every stature and taste.

The best microfibre bathrobe

The DecoKing bathrobe is a unisex bathrobe and made of soft microfibre. It is available in many different colours and sizes from XS to XXXL.

The coat is relatively light and yet keeps you warm. The microfibre is skin-friendly and easy to care for and can be washed at 40°. The price-performance ratio is very good.

The best fleece bathrobe

The lightweight CelinaTex Texas dressing gown is made of 100% polyester and therefore dries extremely quickly. The Texas bathrobe is suitable for both men and women. The sizes range from S to XXXL, the length from 130 to 143 cm.

The model has tie belts and two patch pockets. Especially the colour fastness, the few fluffs as well as the good fit impressed the customer.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before you buy a bathrobe

Where can I buy a bathrobe?

In the stationary trade you are sufficiently informed about the topic bathrobe. The following retailers are particularly suitable for the large bathrobe purchase:

Lingerie shop
department stores, underwear department
Furniture stores, textile department

You can buy bathrobes online on the following platforms:

  • eight.de
  • amazon.de
  • zalando.de

All sauna robes that we present to you on this page are provided with a link to at least one of these shops, so that you can strike right away if you have found a robe that fits you and your requirements.

kurier.at newspaper
Stealing bathrobes from hotels and taking them home is theft.
If the hotel does not expressly permit the taking of items, it is not permitted by law to take items. Nevertheless, pens, paper and other small items may generally be stolen without consequences.
If a bathrobe is taken along, this does not normally lead to a report from the hotel. The hotel guest is then only asked to buy the bathrobe afterwards.
(Source: Kurier.at)

How much are bathrobes?

As with many things in life, quality has its price and “the sky is the limit”.
Discounters such as Primark or Kik offer dressing gowns from under ten euros. However, these are not very durable and quickly lose belt loops or become unsightly due to open seams.
You are well advised in every respect in the specialist trade. Here a salesman takes care of you and makes sure that the following points are observed.

the correct fit (unisex, ladies, gentlemen, children)
the right attachments (pockets, hoods, belts)
the right fabric (terry cloth, silk, jersey)
the right size

There you will be able to buy a very high quality bathrobe from 100 Euro. However, since you are already visiting this page and are already well informed by reading the advice page regarding the above mentioned parameters, you can also find your branded bathrobe online and you will pay about 10 percent less than in stationary trade.

What are bathrobes made of?

Properties such as a soft fabric, pleasant feel and high absorbency are desirable for a bathrobe. Therefore most dressing gowns are made of terry cloth. Nevertheless, more and more sauna robes are also made of jersey, waffle pique or microfibre.
There are three different types of terry cloth:

Walk terry is the most common, it is fluffy and absorbent
Twisted terry is firm to the touch and especially pleasant on the skin
Velour terry is particularly soft, but slightly less absorbent

As mentioned at the beginning, the absorbency of the bathrobe fabric is decisive. With terry towelling, a distinction is made between heavy, medium and light towelling on the basis of the absorbency (g water) per square metre:

  • Up to 499 g/m²: light terry cloth,
  • 500 – 600 g/m² medium terry cloth,
  • from 600 g/m²: heavy terry cloth.

In addition to terry cloth, there are also dressing gowns made of jersey, waffle piqué (a type of jersey) and microfibre:

Jersey feels like a finely knitted cotton sweater, is less absorbent, but looks more chic than a terry sauna coat.

Waffle piqué is a high quality jersey type, slightly more absorbent and yet light. This fabric thus combines the best of both worlds.

Microfibre has only been used for a relatively short time and is the least suitable for use in the sauna due to its low absorbency and tendency to lint.

Nevertheless, the fabric has its raison d’être, because due to its very low weight and fast drying, it is ideally suited as a travel companion.

How should a bathrobe fit?

Due to the typical loose form of a bathrobe it is possible that several sizes can fit.
Usually bathrobes are cut as large as conventional clothes, so the size you would otherwise choose can also be chosen when buying a bathrobe. However, because of the loose cut and the belt, it is not “dramatic” if the robe fits a little wider. Especially when taking a sauna, many people prefer this.

What size sauna jacket do I need?

As mentioned above, a coat in several sizes may seem to fit you. Because of the often attached belt the right size is rather secondary. Nevertheless, it is always good to have an approximate guideline, which we have summarized below:
You can convert everyday clothing sizes to a sauna coat as follows:

It should also be mentioned that, in addition to the sizes mentioned above, many manufacturers also offer oversized (64/66 = XXXL) and extra small (32/34 = XS) sauna coats.

What types of bathrobe are available?

Whether hood, buttons, zipper, belt or without everything – there is a suitable bathrobe for every taste.
The bathrobe is typically button- and fastenerless and is only held together by a tie belt. A hood can also be sewn on, which keeps you cuddly warm, especially in the cold winter months.
Few bathrobes are closed with a zipper. However, we advise against this option if you plan to wear the bathrobe in the sauna cabin, as the zipper can become uncomfortably warm there.

Decision: What types of bathrobes are available and which one is right for you?

Basically one can distinguish between three types of bathrobes:

  • Saunamantel
  • Dressing gown
  • Kimono-Bademantel

Depending on what you want to use your bathrobe for, one or the other is best for you. The different bathrobes differ in their material and cut and each has its individual advantages and disadvantages.

In the following section we will introduce you to the three different types of bathrobes and explain their advantages and disadvantages. In this way we want to help you find out which bathrobe is the ideal choice for you.

What is a sauna jacket suitable for and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Sauna robe is the classic version of the bathrobe. In principle, it works like a dressing towel. You can dry yourself and warm up with it.

The sauna mantle is therefore perfect for putting it on when you just get out of the shower or bathtub. The sauna cover is made of absorbent material. Mostly terry cloth, microfibre or cotton is used.

Advantages

Suitable for drying
Warming
Ideal for sauna, thermal bath or after showering

Disadvantages

Not intended as a coverlet

The sauna coat is also ideal to take with you to the thermal bath, the swimming pool or the sauna. The version of the coat with hood or shawl collar is particularly comfortable, as it feels particularly cosy and cuddly. The hood is also suitable for drying wet hair.

What is a dressing gown suitable for and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The dressing gown has the advantage that it can also be worn as a normal garment at home. It is the more stylish version of the bathrobe. The dressing gown differs from the conventional sauna robe mainly by its cut and material.

Did you know that the concept of a bathrobe probably comes from Asia?
It is believed that bathrobes were brought to Europe in the age of the first trade with Asia, and were used by nobles as sleep and “casual” outfit. At the beginning of the 20th century, bathrobes were also used by the general population.

The dressing gown is usually no longer than knee-length, while the classic bathrobe can also reach to the floor. The biggest difference in the material is that the dressing gown is not absorbent. It is not intended to dry off with it, but to put it on in the morning after getting up. So it can be made of lighter fabrics.

Advantages

Comfortable, stylish accessory
Practical throw in the morning
Warming

Disadvantages

Partly more expensive
No drying function

More luxurious models are made of satin or silk, for example. More cuddly versions for winter mornings are made of thicker synthetic fabrics such as plush. Morning coats often have more playful details than the sauna coat, such as patterns or a cord instead of the traditional belt.

What is a kimono bathrobe suitable for and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The kimono bathrobe is the most elegant version of the bathrobe. Its design is based, as the name suggests, on the traditional Japanese costume. It differs from the other bathrobes by cut and design.

Kimonos consist of thin, light fabrics. The more expensive models are made of high-quality materials such as silk. Kimono bathrobes are knee-length or shorter and usually have elegant, figure-hugging cuts. In addition, they often have unusual designs in Far Eastern style. These are either prints or real embroideries.

Advantages

Elegant but comfortable
Failed
Light fabric

Disadvantages

No drying function
Not very warming
Partly more expensive

The kimono bathrobe is therefore ideally suited as an elegant casual throw-on for at home, to appear well dressed for breakfast without having to change from your pyjamas.

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate bathrobes based on these factors

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate bathrobes. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular model is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Material
  • Care instructions
  • Absorbency and drying time
  • Merkmale
  • Length and sizes

In the following paragraphs you can read what the individual purchase criteria are and how you can classify them.

Material

Most bathrobes are made of terry cloth. However, more and more manufacturers are experimenting to improve the parameters of wearing comfort, drying time, absorbency – in short, the price-performance ratio – and are therefore increasingly using microfibre or jersey.

Did you know that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s bathrobe came under the hammer?
One of his legendary red silk pieces was auctioned at Julien’s Auction House in California at the end of 2018. The bidder paid several thousand dollars, how much is not known. Just so much, for the first edition of Playboy, $162,500 was bid at the auction.

Terry cloth is the most commonly used fabric for bathrobes, as this fabric combines high absorbency with a short drying time with a pleasant feel.

Jersey feels like a finely knitted cotton sweater, is less absorbent, but looks more chic than a terry sauna coat. Especially popular is the waffle piqué, a high-quality jersey type. You should choose this fabric when you are ready to spend a little more on high absorbency and quick drying.

Microfibre has only been used for a relatively short time and is the least suitable for use in the sauna due to its low absorbency and tendency to lint.

Nevertheless, the fabric has its raison d’être, because due to its very low weight and fast drying, it is ideally suited as a travel companion.

Care instructions

The care instructions that we have summarised for you can also be found on the sewing in the bathrobe. They refer to the cleaning and drying of your new sauna robe.

Since you will also sweat in your bathrobe in the sauna, you should make sure that the bathrobe is machine washable at at least 30 degrees Celsius. The prescribed amount of detergent is sufficient – if you use more, not only the environment but also your skin will suffer from detergent residues in the fabric.

Fabric softener should be used very sparingly, otherwise the absorbency is lost. Alternatively, vinegar or lemon juice can be added to the detergent compartment. This will make the terry cloth fluffier, but it remains absorbent.

If the dressing gown is dryer-proof, it should be briefly dried in the machine, kneaded and then hung on the hanger to dry. It is important to hang up the coat indoors, as it can get rough in the fresh air.

Absorbency and drying time

Absorbency and drying time go hand in hand and behave the same for most types of fabric. This means that most bathrobes are either very absorbent or dry quickly.

  • Terry cloth: slow drying, high absorbency
  • Jersey: fast drying, low absorption
  • Microfibre: fast drying, low suction power
  • Waffle piqué: rather fast drying, rather high absorption power

Thus the terry towelling mix Waffelpique combines the exception to the rule mentioned above and combines the best of both worlds.

Merkmale

Whether hood, buttons, zipper, belt or without everything – there is a suitable bathrobe for every taste.

The bathrobe is typically button and lockless and is held together only by a tie belt. In addition, a hood can be sewn on, which keeps you cuddly warm, especially in the cold winter months.

Few bathrobes are closed by means of a zipper. However, we advise against this option if you plan to wear the bathrobe in the sauna cabin, as the zipper can get uncomfortably warm there.

Length and sizes

Due to the often attached belt the right size is rather secondary. In general, it is recommended to choose the same size as usual.

Usually , bathrobes are cut as large as traditional clothing , so the size you would otherwise choose can also be chosen when buying a bathrobe .

Due to the loose cut and the belt, it is not dramatic if the coat fits a little further. Especially when taking a sauna, many people prefer this. Much more important for the perfect fit is the length of the bathrobe.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about bathrobes

Can I sew bathrobes myself?

Yes, you don’t need any special sewing skills for this, two hours time and besides:

  • Pattern (you can find in the link below),
  • 1.5 meters terry cloth,
  • Needles, scissors, rotary cutter, tape measure and sewing machine.

How is a bathrobe made of terry cloth washed?

For hygienic, but also practical reasons, you should wash your bathrobe before you wear it for the first time:

The washing process causes the fabric to shrink, ugly pulling threads are avoided and chemical residues are rinsed out of the fabric. To prevent the colour of a bathrobe from fading, it is best to use a mild detergent without bleach.

The prescribed amount of detergent is sufficient – if you use more, not only the environment but also your skin suffers from detergent residues in the fabric.

Fabric softener should be used very sparingly, otherwise the absorbency is lost. Alternatively, vinegar or lemon juice can be added to the detergent compartment. This will make the terry cloth fluffier, but it remains absorbent.

If the dressing gown is dryer-proof, it should be briefly dried in the machine, kneaded and then hung on the hanger to dry. It is important to hang up the coat indoors, as it can get rough in the fresh air.

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