How to Select a High-Quality Cotton Bathrobe Joy William May 30, 2015 Shopping After a hot shower, there is nothing that feels better than bundling up in a comfortable, soft robe. A cotton robe is one of the simple pleasures in life. To choose the perfect bathrobe for lounging in on a lazy morning, it should be made out of a good quality cotton fabric. Selecting Cotton for Fabrics A good quality cotton fabric for robes begins with a good quality cotton. Many of the more luxurious cotton bathrobes on the market are made from long- or extra-long staple cotton. Long-staple refers to the number of cotton fibres found on the cotton when it is picked. The more fibres it has, the better and more expensive the cotton. If a robe or bedsheets are made from long-staple cotton, this fact will be on the label as it is an exceptionally made fabric. Most cotton products are made from short-staple cotton, which is never put on the label. Although the difference in the fibre lengths is hard to see without a microscope, the difference can be felt as long-staple and extra-long, staple cotton, is much softer. Extra-long staple cotton is considered the world’s highest quality cotton and labels will read ELS if it is present in the fabric. Most of the world’s cotton is grown in the United States and the ELS varieties that are available include Pima cotton, American-Egyptian cotton, Sea Island and Supima. If any of these cottons are present in the fabric, its name will be on the label of the garment. Types of Cotton Robe Fabrics When selecting a cotton bathrobe, you will need to decide if you want a plush robe or something thinner to wrap around your body. The cotton fabric you choose will not only influence how comfortable your body feels, but how it looks and how well it absorbs water. Here is some of the most common cotton fabrics used for making bathrobes. Cotton Terry Cloth Both Turkish and Egyptian cotton is used for making terry cloth robes. Terry cloth is a fabric that is made with uncut loops of thread. It not only is a soft fabric, but the loops allow it to absorb a large amount of water. Manufacturers use weave or knit cotton to create terry cloth. There are two types of terry cloth fabrics: Towel Terry French Terry Towel Terry Cloth This version of Terry cloth has long loops for absorbing water. It is usually a 100% cotton fabric, but some terry towelling may contain polyester as well. French Terry Cloth This fabric is often used for manufacturing men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. It has cross loops on one side of the fabric and the other side of the cloth is flat. The length of the loops will determine how much moisture the fabric absorbs. The longer the loops, the more contact the robe has with the skin and the more water the terry will absorb. Luxurious Terry Cloth Many terry cloth bathrobes are made from Turkish or Egyptian cotton fabric. The names do not necessarily indict where the cotton originates, but how the cotton is woven to create the fabric. Many spa bathrobes are manufactured with Turkish cotton fabric as it is thickly woven cotton, making the robes feel softer and more luxurious. Egyptian cotton is also extremely soft because it is woven with a high thread count. Bedsheets made from Egyptian cotton are among the most prized in the world as they are the softest on the market. They can also be expensive. However, many luxury spa robes are made from Egyptian cotton as well. Since most terry cloth is 100% cotton, there can be shrinkage issues, so it is better to buy a bathrobe that has been pre-shrunk. Doing so will prevent sizing issues after the robe is put in a dryer. Cotton Waffle Cloth Waffle cloth has a honeycomb or checker pattern woven into the fabric, which helps to increase its absorbency. In addition, the pattern of the fabric allows air to circulate through it and help speed up the drying process. Waffle cloth comes in varying weights and bathrobes made from waffle fabric are often used in spas and hotels because the fabric is inexpensive and can be purchased in bulk. Cotton Velour Velour clothing was quite popular at one time but fell out of style. However, bathrobes made from cotton velour are still very popular as they are soft, warm and comfortable. Velour is a soft, plush fabric manufacturers create by knitting or weaving cotton. This fabric has many applications, including bathrobes, due to its rich, velvet-like appearance and feel. Since it is cotton, it absorbs moisture well. It can make for expensive bathrobes, but not quite as expensive as spa bathrobes made from Turkish or Egyptian cotton fabrics. A robe made of velour will be warm and cosy, so it would make a great robe from wearing during the winter months. Cotton Flannel Although flannel is traditionally a wool fabric, it is also made from cotton. Flannel is a common fabric for making pyjamas or nightgowns, but for lightweight cotton robes as well. Plaid patterns are popular for flannel robes as the fabric originated in Wales and flannels made in Wales, Ireland, Yorkshire and Lancashire had unique characteristics that set them apart from each other. Cotton flannel is usually napped on both sides, which means the threads of cotton are raised slightly. This helps to produce a softer fabric and helps the robe absorb more moisture. Cotton flannel robes are popular gifts during the holiday season. A luxurious bathrobe made from a high-quality cotton is a nice gift for someone you care about. A Turkish robe is a luxury that few people afford themselves, so gifting someone with a Cottonvale robe shows them how much you care about them. These robes are comfortable, warm and they help absorb water from the skin. They are also durable, so when you give someone a spa-like bathrobe, you can expect them to enjoy wearing it for many years.