There’s nothing more luxurious than a quality dressing gown. Whether you’ve just gotten out of the shower, or you’re having a lazy Sunday morning, a good robe will keep you comfortable and cosy. With the right one, you might start to wonder why you bother with real clothes at all.

To choose which type of gown to go for, consider what you need from it. Silk varieties have an elegant look and light airy feel, but they won’t keep you warm or dry right after a shower. A towel gown is great for damp skin and hair, but can feel a bit bulky when moving about the house. A fluffy number will keep you warm and snug during those cold winter nights.

In our search for the perfect robe, we tested each option for its intended use. Toweling and waffle gowns were worn after a shower, to test how they felt against bare skin and whether they kept us feeling cosy.

Silk and cotton gowns were worn lounging around the house, to see how easy they were to move in and whether or not they stayed in place. So whether you’re looking for something silky and flowy or fluffy and snug, read our roundup to find your new favourite lounging companion.

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Tielle spa waffle robe: £40, Tielle Love Luxury

This unisex waffle-textured dressing gown feels like you’re indulging in a day at the spa. The soft, breathable, 100 per cent cotton is lightweight and easy to move in. It also provides full coverage, with the bottom hem hitting just above the ankle. What made this robe rise above the rest was the small details, like the cosy shawl-collar and the option to monogram. The price point is surprisingly low for what feels like a top-quality gown.

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People Tree heart print robe: £40, People Tree

This sweet printed robe is covered in tiny pink and blue hearts, but what we love most about it its eco-friendly fabric: it’s made from 100 per cent certified organic cotton. The sustainable fashion brand centres on ethical and environmental production and meets the Global Organic Textile Standard certified by the Soil Association. So your body and mind can feel great in this airy, knee-length, comfy cotton gown.

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The White Company unisex cotton classic robe: £44, The White Company

If you’re seeking out the quintessential toweling robe, look no further. This big, fluffy, terrycloth gown is the perfect one to throw on right after a shower or bath. In fact, it could probably be used in place of a towel. It’s a full-length gown, hitting mid-calf at the bottom. With its stark white colour, we recommend wearing it around the bathroom and bedroom, rather than around the house. In comes in five sizes, so you’re sure to find your perfect fit.

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B by Ted Baker grey moleskin long dressing gown: £42, Debenhams

This grey velvety gown was the most aesthetically pleasing of the bunch. Complete with silk piping on the cuffs, deep, roomy pockets and a hood, it definitely has a luxurious feel. Our tester wouldn’t recommend it when just getting out of the shower though, as the fabric is not water-resistant. It’s best worn lounging around the house, when sipping tea and binge-watching Netflix. The only downside is that you have to readjust it once or twice for it to stay in place.

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Next super soft snuggle robe: From £26, Next

We thought this gown was a good mid-sized option. The bottom hem hits about mid-thigh, so it allows more movement and makes it a year-round option. It also has a hood and pockets, so you can easily cosy-up. The fabric, as it says in the name, is indeed super soft. We loved the honey colour, but it does come in two other varieties: white and pale pink.

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Rosie for Autograph super soft hooded dressing gown: £40, M&S

Super soft fabric is becoming a trend in the world of dressing gowns, and we’re into it. This cosy number, designed by supermodel Rosie Huntington Whitley, feels luxurious and kept us warm around the house. And with the oversized hood we looked like one of the sith lords from Star Wars, which was fun.

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John Lewis & Partners Rita long silk robe: £103.20, John Lewis & Partners

 We liked this silky option for its smooth feel and fine detailing. The wine-coloured garment has lace accents on the hems and sleeves, which make it extra luxurious. It’s also made out of 100 per cent silk, meaning that it has a fine lustre and beautiful finish. Though this was the most expensive of the bunch, we felt it was worth the investment.

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Peacocks women’s mocha star waffle dressing gown: £22, Peacocks

We felt entirely enveloped in this star-printed gown. The white fleece-lined neckline, cuffs and hood added an extra touch of warmth. Though we would probably dry off with a towel before putting it on, we think the plush fabric feels great against bare skin. And at under 20 pounds, there’s not much to lose with this comfy investment. 

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Love Stories Jolie robe: £125, Harrods

We love this beautifully printed burgundy dressing gown for its silky feel and elegant style. Unlike the other robes we tried, this one felt more dressed up than down, with its perfectly-placed waist-tie and kimono-like sleeves. Just because you’re lounging doesn’t mean you can’t look great while you’re doing it, and that’s what lingerie brand Love Stories is all about. One thing to note is that the back says Ventura in capital letters, which may or may not be your cup of tea.

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Biba blooming robe: £35, House of Fraser

As a lover of all things cat-related, we’re a big fan of this tiger-print robe. For those looking for a more unique design, this long length option is the ticket. Not only did we love the all-over print, but we liked the light and airy feel of the fabric. Additionally, the added details, like printing on the waist-tie and cuffed sleeves along with collar neck made this gown look and feel more expensive than it is. It looks great, but if you’re wanting to feel warm and insulated, this may not be the one for you.

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The verdict: Women’s dressing gowns and robes

If you’re looking for a robe that you can wear right out of the shower and stay feeling cosy for hours we’d have to say it’s the Tielle spa waffle robe. We loved that you could personalise it with embroidered initials. If you’re looking for the fluffiest possible towelling gown, we’d recommend The White Company’s unisex cotton classic robe

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