For most people who live in frigid environments, shivering is a way of life. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you know the literal pain of being in freezing or sub-zero temperatures.
Heated jackets have come a long way since their initial development. The technology has advanced to a point where it actually is a feasible solution if you're spending a lot of time outdoors in the cold.
Here's the bottom line:
Whether you're a snow-sport athlete, commute on a motorcycle, or have a job that requires you to be outdoors, a heated jacket can help make life more comfortable.
We are passionate outdoor enthusiasts, and we hate to see people stay inside because of cold weather, so we created this list of the best heated jackets to help our readers find comfort and keep exploring.
Here is a quick summary of the jackets that were good enough to make our list. If you want more details on a specific product, click on "Jump To More Details" to skip ahead to the section about that product.
OUTCOOL Heated Jacket for Men
This slim fitting heated jacket is great for people who frequently spend short periods of time in very cold weather (under 1 hour). Fits like a hoodie, great for wind blocking.
ororo Men's Soft Shell Heated Jacket
Premium heated jacked that has a looser fit. Extremely durable, best for people who will be doing vigorous activities and value the durable materials. Water resistant but not waterproof.
Ravean Down Heated Jacket
On Sale: 20th October 2018
Our editor's pick. This is an all-around excellent jacket. The design is simple but functional. Ravean created this jacket based on analysis of what their customer base said they wanted in a heated jacket.
OUTCOOL Men’s Cordless Heated Hoodie
A more casual look that is best for runners/casual athletes. It is thin and breathable, best for people who want an extra warmth without all the extra bulk.
CLIMIX Mens Heated Jacket PU Leather Jacket
A sleek synthetic leather heated jacket that is designed to be simple and functional. This jacket has the longest battery life of any on the list, 13 hours. A good choice for motorcycle commuters.
The OUTCOOL Heated Jacket for Men is an excellent heated jacket if you're looking for something that will keep you warm but isn't too bulky. The design of this jacket lends itself to be most useful to people who spend short periods (under 1 hour) out in the cold. While the jacket itself is very warm, it lacks some of the core functionality you'd expect to find in a jacket meant for extended use such as internal pockets and a removable hood.
Without the heat, you can go outside in temperatures just above freezing and still be cozy. If you turn the settings on low, you'll have enough heat to stay out even longer without getting cold. The medium and high settings are very, very warm. If you use these settings, you'll probably be sweating.
The OUTCOOL Heated Jacket for Men has a few neat design features that make it stand out. First, it has a form-fitting hood, which means if you're wearing it, you won't have that puffy Eskimo look. The fit of the hood is more like a hoodie. Additionally, there is velcro on the wrist and a drawstring around the waist so you can customize the fit. This is also great if you plan on going somewhere windy. You'll be able to throw on your jacket and tighten it down to block out the breeze.
The ororo Men's Soft Shell Heated Jacket is a premium quality heated jacket meant for people who will be spending a lot of time outdoors.
This jacket comes in a variety of colors and has a loose fit. While it is a great looking jacket, the style is only an afterthought. Where this jacket shines is its quality and durability.
The ororo Men's Soft Shell Heated Jacket offers you 3 levels of heat, with the lowest setting lasting up to 10 hours. This lifespan is excellent if you spend long periods of time outdoors. This jacket was created for people who need warmth and mobility.
One complaint that we had about this jacket was that it water resistant, but only just so. It will keep you dry in a drizzle, but is by no means a rain jacket. It isn't marketed that way either, but some competitors offer a more robust defense against moisture. The fabric is hydrophobic, so water will fall off of it rather than be absorbed. However, this is only really effective if you aren't in a downpour. If there is enough water to saturate the material, you may get some moisture inside.
A relatively new player in this arena, the Ravean Men's Down Heated Jacket really, really impressed us. It is by far the best all-around option for a heated jacket. It only comes in 2 styles; a men's cut and a woman's cut. They are both a basic black design, but the look is very sleek.
The thing that makes this heated jacket shine is the versatility and attention to detail. Ravean listened to consumers and provided a product that appeals to their needs.
The Ravean Down Heated Jacket has different heat sections to disperse the heat evenly where you need it. It also has heated pockets, so your hands stay toasty as well. It is warm enough to keep you toasty, but the three levels of heat are such that you won't have to choose between a low that is to low and a medium or high that will make you sweat.
It uses premium materials and pays attention to even the smallest details, such as using high-quality YKK zippers. There are internal pockets, as well as zippered outer pockets, so you have plenty of space to store everything. If you are looking for a great all-around heated jacket, this one is the best option hands down.
On Sale: 20th October 2018
If you're looking for a more casual look, the OUTCOOL Men’s Cordless Heated Hoodie is an excellent choice for an everyday casual look.
As the second pick from OUTCOOL on this list, the Men's Cordless Heated Hoodie solidifies them as a company synonymous with quality and versatility.
The OUTCOOL Men’s Cordless Heated Hoodie has 3 heat settings, but like the OUTCOOL Heated jacket for men, the medium and high options are very hot. To use them, you want to make sure you have a thick layer underneath so the heat can disperse rather than be isolated to a single area.
This jacket is not waterproof or water resistant but is great for casual everyday wear. If you commute outside or have to walk outside from building to building at school or work, this is a very comfy option. This is also a top choice for runners because it is the most lightweight, breathable option on this list.
This synthetic leather jacket is a great choice for motorcycle riders, or if you have your heart set on leather. While it is not real leather, the synthetic is high quality, and it looks great. This jacket differs from all the others that made our list because it is a different material, and some of the features vary.
Most notably, this jacket does not come with a hood. However, if you wear a hoodie underneath, not only will you stay warmer, but its aesthetically pleasing. Personally, I'm a huge fan of the hoodie under a leather jacket look.
Climix tops our list regarding battery life for a heated jacket. With this bad boy, you can expect up to 13 hours of continuous heating. For most people, that means you'll only have to charge in 1-2 times a week.
If style is a top priority, the CLIMIX Mens Heated Jacket PU Leather Jacket is an excellent choice. It offers a high-quality synthetic leather exterior that does everything you expect a heated jacket to do.
What To Consider When Buying a Heated Jacket
A heated jacket is a considerably more significant investment than a traditional jacket, so before you buy, make sure you know what to look for in a good heated jacket.
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Obviously, a heated jackets ability to keep you warm is an essential feature. In our testing, we found that many lower quality heated jackets only function well on the low or medium setting. They are not insulated enough to be put on high without being uncomfortable. A good heated jacket will be comfortable on all settings, and the setting you choose should be based on the outside temperatures.
There are a handful of materials you'll find a heated jacket in, ranging from 100% cotton to polyester and leather. The material you choose is ultimately up to your style preference and budget. Higher quality materials will cost you more, but that doesn't mean they do a better job all the time. Depending on the specific jacket, a hydrophobically treated polyester material may be better at keeping out water than a cheap leather material.
If you're planning on buying your heated jacket online because there are more options than in a store, make sure you always always always check the size charts. Different brands can have drastically different sizes that are marked the same. If you want something that fits a bit looser, it might be a good idea to get a size up. Similarly, if you want something with a more snug fit, you may want to go a size down. Also, pay attention to sleeve length.
The average price for a heated jacket is around $150-$200. This being said, there are outliers above and below that price. Be wary of anything under $100 unless it is a hoodie-style jacket. The cost of suitable materials are not cheap, and you don't want to skimp on anything that involves electricity coursing around your torso. If you're buying from somewhere like Amazon, read other customer reviews to see what the price to value ratio is. You could overpay for something you think is high quality only to find that there is a product that's just as good for half of the price.
Now it's your turn! Which heated jacket are you going to get and why? Let us know in the comments section below.