A bathrobe is one of those clothing items that can be very stylish but also has a specific purpose. As its name suggests, we use it when we get out of the bath or the pool. And since it’s a clothing item that goes on our freshly cleaned body, it has to be comfortable.
So what are the best bathrobe materials out there? How do we know what to wear and what to avoid? This text will provide a handy list of bathrobe materials for all consumers.
Which Qualities Define the Best Bathrobe Materials?
Before we move onto the list, we should focus on the qualities a good material ought to have. Broadly speaking, bathrobe materials should be:
Soft and smooth to the touch;
Easy to clean;
Good with absorbing water and/or sweat;
As natural as possible.
The first quality is self-explanatory. We don’t want to wear something that makes us feel uncomfortable. That’s especially true if we’ve just come out of the bathtub and our skin is more sensitive to touch.
Absorption is also important here since there are always ‘runaway’ droplets of water that we didn’t get with the towel. In addition, we need a robe that doesn’t stain, so we can use it over and over again.
Then there’s the durability. A bathrobe that tears easily isn’t a bathrobe worth our time. We need it to be durable because it will be in different states (slightly moist, soaking wet, dry) more often than other clothes.
Aesthetics isn’t that much of an issue, but we do like to wear robes that look nice. After all, even the most comfortable clothing feels wrong when it’s plain-looking or just downright ugly.
Finally, there’s the question of synthetics. Naturally, some synthetic material can be good for absorption and smoothness. However, it’s often highly flammable and can cause rashes if we have sensitive skin. For that reason, we always recommend natural bathrobe materials.
List of Best Bathrobe Materials
Nothing beats cotton when it comes to…well, just the way it feels. It’s no wonder people always buy cotton T-shirts or underwear en masse. Out of all the bathrobe materials, this one is probably the most sought-after by customers.
There are two types of cotton in general. The first is low-to-medium grade quality, and it’s used by the vast majority of clothing manufacturers. Because of its quality, it’s cheap, and we can make affordable clothes from it.
The second type is high-grade cotton. It’s more expensive than the first option, but it looks and feels much better. Popular high-grade cotton variants on the market all come from a particular area around the globe.
That’s why we have the option of buying Turkish, Egyptian, Pima, Supima, and Sea Island cotton for maximum comfort. However, like all other bathrobe materials, cotton comes with its flaws.
For example, it wrinkles very easily. If we want a robe that maintains its shape, we probably want cotton mixed with polyester. A bigger problem than wrinkling is that cotton shrinks after a wash. Nobody wants to buy a bathrobe and not be able to wear it after doing their laundry.
Unlike cotton, microfiber is synthetic. As stated earlier, we always advise readers to look into natural bathrobe materials. But microfiber is probably the best synthetic option out there. One common variant of microfiber fabric that’s used to make clothing is polyester.
It’s durable, absorbs water well, and doesn’t feel coarse to the touch. For these reasons, clothing manufacturers combine it with cotton. That way the two materials can complement each other and eliminate their flaws. A cotton-polyester bathrobe will not shrink in the wash or wrinkle easily, but it will feel natural and smooth to the skin.
Bathrobe Materials to Avoid
Before we move on, we should stress that we don’t mean ‘avoid these bathrobe materials completely.’ We’re merely listing materials that don’t have all of the benefits listed earlier.
Silk bathrobes can look stunning, especially female ones. Usually, women buy these robes for reasons that include bedroom intimacy, and that’s perfectly fine. After all, silk feels great to the touch and can accentuate the body well.
However, silk is one of the lesser bathrobe materials for one main reason. Namely, we can’t really use it as a proper bathrobe. Silk isn’t as absorbent as cotton and can’t really help us get dry when we leave the bathtub. It’s also not very durable because of how light it is.
Wool does have a lot going for it. For example, it’s as absorbent as other high-end bathrobe materials and is just as durable as cotton. But unlike cotton, wool can feel coarse to the touch. Not to mention that it isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as cotton or polyester.