The 14 Best Lightweight Bathrobes for Summer of 2023

We love the Parachute Waffle Robe which is unisex, cozy and lightweight.

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Best Lightweight Bathrobes for Summer

Travel & Leisure / David Hattan

Summer is the season for barely-there everything, and your robe should be no exception. There’s a time and a place for plush, fluffy hotel-style robes, and it’s not 80 degree mornings when you just want something to throw on out of the shower, or to wear while getting ready. For those days, a lightweight robe — think crisp linen, super soft jersey, or cozy cotton — is a luxurious addition to your loungewear collection. 

Our favorite bathrobe for summer is Parachute's Waffle Robe, a unisex and luxuriously soft robe which is lightweight but still super absorbent. If you’re in the market for something even more lightweight, or perhaps a playful pattern or hooded design, keep reading to find our top picks for every budget and style. 

Best Overall

Parachute Waffle Robe

Parachute Waffle Robe

Parachute

Why We Love It: It's cozy enough to wear year-round but still lightweight and breezy, and it comes at a reasonable price point.

What to Consider: Over time it can occasionally snag, but that only adds to its lived-in look. 

It’s a challenge to find a true all-season robe, but this Parachute unisex design checks all the boxes: it’s soft, textured, airy yet substantial, and hits at a perfect knee length. Inspired by robes from the most luxurious spas around the world, this waffle robe is designed to envelop you in a sense of peace and relaxation each time you slip it on. Woven with 100 percent Turkish cotton, it’s incredibly absorbent. We love the hidden hip pockets and lengthy waist tie, which is made for all body shapes and preferences. It’s hard to beat the stylish cut as well, or the five laid-back earth tones it’s available in. Plus, Parachute offers a generous 60-day return policy in case it’s not love at first sight — but we doubt that! 

Price at time of publish: $129

Material: Cotton | Sizes: XS to 3XL | Care Instructions: Machine wash

Best Budget

Amazon Essentials Women's Lightweight Waffle Full-Length Robe

Amazon Essentials Women's Lightweight Waffle Full-Length Robe

Amazon

Why We Love It: Available in 14 colors and 13 sizes, this super-soft and absorbent robe is perfect for just about everyone. 

What to Consider: You may want to size up if you prefer a roomier fit, as it shrinks slightly on first wash. 

With a wide range of colors available — from neutrals like beige to shades like olive or mustard — and a size range of XS to 7XL, you won’t have any trouble finding the perfect fit for everyone. They’re a steal for how soft they are, and the waffle weave is lightweight enough for summer but carries just enough heft for cooler months. The two deep front pockets are handy for tucking away any essentials and the full length is great for those who prefer a longer robe (it’s designed to hit around mid-calf). While you’re kicking back and relaxing in your robe, the cuffable sleeves make it easy to manage daily tasks.  

Price at time of publish: $28

Material: Cotton and polyester | Sizes: XS to 7XL | Care Instructions: Machine wash 

Best Linen

H&M Washed Linen Bathrobe

H&M Washed Linen Bathrobe

H&M

Why We Love It: This airy unisex robe looks and feels significantly more expensive than it is.   

What to Consider: The lighter shades are somewhat sheer.

This minimalist, ultra-lightweight robe is a midsummer night’s dream. Linen is the airiest material, making it a perfect companion for the hottest months of the year and beyond — forget about sweating or overheating while lounging around in this unisex beauty. Loose fitting and hitting just past the knee, this robe exudes casual luxury with its mid-length sleeves and two front pockets. It’s even got a subtle collar loop, so you can hang it up while you shower. While the lighter colors (think a chic beige or gray) are more see-through, that only adds to the robe’s sultry, summery vibe. 

Price at time of publish: $50

Material: Washed linen | Sizes: S/M to L/XL | Care Instructions: Machine wash cool, tumble dry medium

Best Silk

Lunya Washable Silk Robe

Lunya Washable Silk Robe

Nordstrom

Why We Love It: The ruched sleeves free you up to use your hands without fuss.

What to Consider: It’s a splurge, and those who prefer a freer fit may want to consider a kimono-inspired design instead. 

Silk robes are undeniably sexy, and this one is insanely soft as well. A thin ribbon tie and ruched sleeves set it apart from the more traditional kimono-style silk robes on the market. The sleeves are a design feature that is as stylish as it is functional, making sure you don’t accidentally soak your sleeves while washing your face or doing the dishes. Lunya’s washable silk is fairly pricey, but it’s worth splurging for the long-lasting quality and the ease of being able to toss your robe in the washing machine without worrying about the material standing the test of time. You’ll feel as good about wearing it as you look thanks to the bluesign®-approved dyes that Lunya uses, a system that certifies the elimination of harmful chemicals in products and emphasizes minimal impact on dyehouse workers and the environment. If you love the material as much as we do, you’ll be instantly sold on your need for their mega-plush eye mask as well.

Price at time of publish: $278

Material: Mulberry Silk | Sizes: XS to 1XL | Care instructions: Hand or machine wash cold

Best Stretchy

Eberjey Gisele Tuxedo Robe

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Eberjey Gisele Tuxedo Robe

Bloomingdale's

Why We Love It: Buttery soft and relaxed, this jersey robe fits like a second skin without feeling overly clingy. 

What to Consider: Hand washing is suggested to keep it looking and feeling its best over time.

The contrast of tuxedo piping adds a classic touch to this ultra-stretchy robe, as do the delicate tie closure and subtle side pockets. It’s ideal for summer thanks to its short hemline, which makes for easy, breezy movement whether you’re hopping out of the shower or just walking around the house. While it’s somewhat of a pain to have to hand wash, it’s worth it to protect the longevity of what’s sure to be your favorite new robe to lounge around in all day. The modal jersey material is soft to the touch and keeps you cool and cozy all day — and all night — long. Although the color range is somewhat limited, there are classics like black and navy on offer.

Price at time of publish: $128

Material: Modal, spandex | Sizes: XS to XL | Care Instructions: Hand wash

Best Hooded

Riley Hooded Waffle Robe

Riley Home Hooded Waffle Robe

Riley Home

Why We Love It: The terry interior makes this one of the coziest options on the market. 

What to Consider: It’s slightly heavier and may be too warm if you prefer ultra-lightweight options. 

Hooded robes tend to skew thick and plush, crafted for chilly winter months when you need to maximize coziness. We love Riley Home’s Hooded Waffle Robe because it’s lightweight enough to wear year-round and features a short, swishy hemline that balances out the warmth of the slightly thicker terry interior. Combined with the soft waffle exterior — made from 100 percent Portuguese zero-twist cotton — it’s an absorbent, quick-drying, and low-lint option that features two spacious pockets and a convenient collar loop to hang it on. Style-wise, the black piping levels up the luxuriousness, as does the perfectly-sized hood. 

Price at time of publish: $110

Material: Cotton | Sizes: S to XL | Care instructions: Machine wash on cool and gentle cycle, tumble dry on low, do not iron or dry clean

Best Waffle

Turkish Linen Waffle Knit Lightweight Robe

Turkish Linen Waffle Knit Lightweight Robe

Amazon

Why We Love It: This soft and stylish robe offers hotel-quality comfort at a budget-friendly price. 

What to Consider: It’s best to size down as the sleeves tend to run long. 

It’s hard to beat the price-quality balance of this Turkish Linen design, which feels like slipping into a fancy hotel or spa robe. Available in a range of nine colors, from neutrals like black and gray to vibrant options like lavender and pink, this breathable calf-length robe features an adjustable belt secured with belt loops, so you needn’t worry about losing it when untied. The deep front pockets are perfect for toting around your essentials. Note that it’s best to size down, as the robes run large and the sleeves in particular are longer than most, although they cuff easily. 

Price at time of publish: $40

Material: Polycotton | Sizes: S to 2XL | Care instructions: Machine wash on cool, tumble dry on low, do not use fabric softener 

Best Spa-Inspired

Coyuchi Unisex Organic Waffle Robe

Coyuchi Organic Waffle Robe

Amazon

Why We Love It: Coyuchi’s commitment to using certified organic materials makes us feel even better about slipping into their incredibly comfortable products. 

What to Consider: It’s designed to shrink slightly after the first wash.

Can’t get away for a day of pampering at the spa? Let this soft, sustainably-crafted robe inspired by the zen spas around the world make it up to you. Made from GOTS+ certified organic cotton that softens with every wash, Coyuchi’s Unisex Organic Cotton Waffle Robe is its own form of relaxation. The streamlined fit is anchored by two belt loops, large exterior pockets and a long, calf-length hemline. While it’s a bit of a splurge, the waffle weave is supple and made to stand the test of time. 

Price at time of publish: $128

Material: Cotton | Sizes: XS/S to L/XL | Care Instructions: Machine wash on cool, tumble dry low

Best Luxury

Williams Sonoma Chambers Hydrocotton Robe with Piping

Williams Sonoma Chambers Hydrocotton Robe with Piping

Williams Sonoma

Why We Love It: It’s monogrammable and super quick-drying. 

What to Consider: It's a slightly less relaxed fit than other options.

Shockingly lightweight for how thick and fluffy the material is, this robe is a perfect choice for those who prefer plusher, hotel-style robes but still want something airy and quick-drying. Loomed from long-staple Turkish cotton, this Williams Sonoma bathrobe hits just below the knee and is designed with timeless piping along the collar. Slip into this sumptuous number after a hot bath or throw it on over your PJs — it’s only available in classic white, so you’ll get the full five-star hotel robe experience. We love that you can monogram it in over a dozen fonts for an additional $15 per letter.  

Price at time of publish: $129

Material: Cotton | Sizes: S to L | Care instructions: Machine wash on cool, tumble dry low

Best Pattern

Printfresh Bagheera Robe

Printfresh Bagheera Robe

Printfresh

Why We Love It: The brand’s printed robes are playful yet sophisticated and are available in a wide range of sizes.   

What to Consider: It’s a fairly roomy fit so it isn’t as warm as some more traditional robes.

Printfresh has perhaps the chicest, coolest range of patterns available for a robe of incredibly high quality. Their best-selling Bagheera pattern, which features jungle-ready jaguars set against jet black cotton poplin, is as sexy as it is sophisticated. We love the side slit at the hem for easy mobility — plus, you can splurge on a whole matching PJ set if you’re looking to upgrade your sleepwear situation. This crisp and cool long-hemmed robe is hand screen-printed by artisans in India, and features two exterior pockets. It’s available in a blush shade as well, and comes in sizes S to 6XL. 

Price at time of publish: $158

Material: Cotton poplin | Sizes: S to 6XL | Care instructions: Machine wash on delicate, tumble dry low

Best Designer

Johanna Ortiz Reclamos Del Mar Robe

Johanna Ortiz Reclamos Del Mar Robe

Net-a-Porter

Why We Love It: The variegated green and white pattern feels relaxed enough for casual wear, but is easy to dress up for date night. 

What to Consider: There’s no tie closure.  

Johanna Ortiz has mastered the art of beachwear that looks as at home by the sea as it does out on the town or around the house. This ankle-length organic linen robe is a perfect case in point: throw it on over a swimsuit or style it with jeans and a white top for any occasion. The green and white stripes are easy-breezy, much like the robe itself, which remains open as there’s no belt tie. We also love that it’s made from local materials and artisans. 

Price at time of publish: $995

Material: Organic linen | Sizes: S to L | Care instructions: Green dry clean

Best Unisex

Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe

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Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe

Parachute

Why We Love It: The minimalist, relaxed fit is a great addition to everyone’s loungewear collection.  

What to Consider: It sells out quickly.  

Loomed from 100 percent Turkish cotton, this incredibly fluffy robe manages to be lightweight yet warm and cozy enough for all seasons. The more you wash it, the softer it gets, which is a proper feat given how soft it is from the start. Like all Parachute items, it’s OEKO-TEX certified to be free of harmful chemicals. This unisex robe is knee-length and available in seven earthy shades, including an olive green and a dusty rose. It also boasts a collar loop for convenient hanging and two belt loops to keep the adjustable tie secure. 

Price at time of publish: $109

Material: Turkish cotton | Sizes: XS to 3XL | Care instructions:  Machine wash on cool, tumble dry low

Best Packable

SIORO Women's Organic Cotton Robe

​​SIORO Women's Kimono Bath Robe

Amazon

Why We Love It: It feels soft and substantial, but takes up little space when folded up into a suitcase.  

What to Consider: The sleeves and hem run shorter than most of the options on this list.   

This slightly stretchy V-neck robe is the ideal travel companion — it’s lightweight and breathable enough for warm weather getaways, but offers just enough absorbency and thickness for year-round wear. We love that the three-quarter sleeves and above-the-knee hem make it a breeze to move around in and fold up compactly, but if you prefer more coverage, this might not be the best option for you. An inner sash and detachable belt offer adjustable closure, and the two side pockets and small hanger loop provide convenience. Beyond the classic colors like charcoal, there are nine vibrant options, including burgundy and eggplant. 

Price at time of publish: $29

Material: Cotton | Sizes: S to 3XL | Care instructions:  Machine wash on cool, tumble dry low

Best Size Inclusive

Skims Sleep Knit Robe

Skims Sleep Knit Robe

Nordstrom

Why We Love It: Like all SKIMS products, it’s designed to flatter all body types. 

What to Consider: It’s slightly sheer and the sleeves run a bit long.  

Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS is one of the biggest names in sleep, lounge, and shapewear, and this luxuriously soft and stretchy robe proves why. It’s ultra lightweight — to the degree that the material is slightly sheer — and features a flattering cut that gently clings to your skin. The removable belt and cardigan style mean you can layer the robe open over loungewear or tie it closed for more coverage. Plus, it’s soft and breathable enough to sleep in. Note that the sleeves run a bit long but can easily be rolled up. We’re holding out hope that they’ll expand the color range from beyond just black and gray. 

Price at time of publish: $78

Material: Rayon and spandex | Sizes: XXS to 4XL | Care Instructions: Machine wash

Tips for Buying the Best Lightweight Bathrobes for Summer

Think about how you want to use your bathrobe

When investing in a new robe, it’s important to picture what scenarios you anticipate wearing it in in order to choose the best design for your needs. Are you working from home and looking for some chic and cozy loungewear you can take Zoom calls in? Are you in need of something with shorter sleeves so you can get the kids ready for school and handle some housework without having to roll them up constantly? It’s also important to consider the length and thickness as well — not all lightweight robes are created equal, and if you’re looking for a post-shower option, you’ll want to prioritize absorbency (and maybe a hood). 

Don't pick something too bulky 

While all of the robes on this list are lightweight, some are bulkier than others given the thickness of their material. If you’ll be traveling often with your robe, you’ll want to look for thinner materials like linen, cotton or silk so you can pack it up easily.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I pack a bathrobe?

    There are several ways to pack a robe depending on its material. For linen or silk robes, you may want to roll them (for linen especially, this helps to avoid creasing). To conserve space, you want your robe to fold up as compactly as possible. The best way to do that is the “file fold” method: first, lay your robe face up on a flat surface. Next, fold the arms in on both sides, leaving the belt stretched outwards. Fold the robe one-third over from the left, then from the right. Next, fold it in half from top to bottom. Fold upwards into thirds so that the ends line up. From there, take the sides of the belt that are sticking out and cross them over the robe, tucking them into the folds to keep them secure. For an extra space-saving hack, use a compression packing cube to keep it all together. 

  • What's the best material for a lightweight bathrobe?

    Summer bathrobes should be lightweight to minimize any sweating or overheating. Materials like linen, modal, or rayon are ideal for breathability, but if you’re planning to primarily use your robe right out of the shower, terry or waffle knits are good lightweight yet absorbent options.

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

For this article, T+L contributor Sophie Dodd researched every aspect of lightweight bathrobes for summer, from breathability to length and the easiest materials to care for. She used her expertise as a travel writer to narrow down a list of the best options for every style and budget.

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