Cold days? Chilly nights? Bad hair day? All of these problems can be solved with one simple yet stylish garment. A beanie is a great addition to any outfit that allows you to express your personal style or add a touch of warmth, and in the best case, both! With so many options, all made for different purposes, finding one that fits your needs and personality can feel overwhelming. Our well-rounded list features something for everyone, and typically in a great variety of colors. Check out the criteria section to learn more about how exactly we chose each product as one of the best.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 16 hrs of research
Many color choices
Moisture-wicking and anti-microbial
One year warranty
Top 10 Picks
1. Minus 33 Wool Ridge Cuff
Many color choices
Moisture-wicking and anti-microbial
One year warranty
Pills easily if washed often
This Minus 33 addition brings us a great unisex fit made from Merino Wool. The wool insulates well without leaving you in a pool of sweat. It is available in nine different colors and can be worn cuffed or un-cuffed. This has become a favorite for many outdoor enthusiasts.Read more
You have heard about the wonders of Merino Wool, right? It is a great fabric that insulates well and is also moisture-wicking, fire-resistant, and anti-microbial. There really couldn’t be a better material for this product. After hiking around for a while, your hat or beanie can start to smell from being wet with sweat. Not this one. This item is made from 100% Australian Merino Wool.
By looking at it, you may think this garment is thin. Yes, it is thin but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t provide adequate warmth. With Merino Wool, a little bit goes a long way. This garment has double fabric and has 230gsm of interlock knit for ultimate warmth.
This hat fits fairly close to the head with a little bit of extra room around the crown. It can also be uncuffed to your preferred length, or to cover your ears. Perhaps one of the best style features is that it is available in nine great colors! There really is something for everyone. It is a “one size fits most” garment. For the most part, reviewers agree that it fits well and the Merino is perfectly stretchy. However, some have complained that it fits a bit small.
Aside from all of the above-mentioned features, there’s a few more to throw in. The Minus 33 Wool Ridge Cuff is great for travel. It is incredibly lightweight, at only 2.4-ounces and doesn’t need to be washed often. When the time does come to wash it, you can easily toss it in the washing machine. Additionally, it comes with a one year warranty.
2. Panther Vision Headlamp
Lighter than a normal headlamp while providing more warmth
It is soft with warm fleece on the inside
Integrates a high-quality LED headlamp with 48 Lumens of light output
You can’t remove the light assembly, so washing can be a hassle
Why tag along with your flashlight when you can simply use the power of the Panther Vision Headlamp? Indeed, integrated into the materials is an LED headlamp but that is not the only aspect that shines here.Read more
Clearly, superior craftsmanship is at work here as the integrated LED headlamp is outstanding. However, the garment itself is constructed from 97 percent polyester and 3 percent spandex.
On top of being comfortable and soft in its own right, it also has integrated moisture-wicking technology to pull away all the moisture from your head. Not only does this provide even more warmth but it also keeps you dry. As a matter of fact, sometimes this cap keeps your head too hot.
As with most of these products, one size will fit most here. There is no indication of a specific gender, so men and women should be able to fit in on their heads. For hunters, there are various types of camo-color schemes available. Otherwise, you can select from black, navy, olive, blaze orange, and hi-vis yellow.
It is all about the LED headlamp here and it is able to output 48 Lumens of light with 4 LEDs. Each set of lights is angled at a specific location to provide you with maximum coverage. Plus, there is an easy on/off switch is hidden in the band.
If you can find any use for a headlamp, then the choice could not be more obvious here. The hat itself is constructed with superb quality, but its selling point is undoubtedly the LED lights.
3. Joe's USA Koloa Surf Slouchy
The knit construction keeps you warm
As opposed to the photos, the color is much richer (in a good way) in person
For smaller heads, it may be too large and baggy
This is one of the premier slouchy styles that you will find. What this specific version from Joe’s USA excels at is providing you with warmth, but doing so without overheating your cranium.Read more
Due to its versatility, this is an ideal product for both cold nights and cooler fall days. For the fabric, Joe’s USA crafted this from 55 percent acrylic and 45 percent polyester. However, admittedly, there is not as much slouch as the photo would indicate.
While you are wearing this garment, you will be enthralled by the comfort and warmth. But, in times where you want to wear it on cooler days you can as you will not feel like you are overheating.
Its unisex and one-size-fits-most design makes it perfect for all people. Keep in mind, though, that individuals with small or average heads may deem this product a little large. However, as a slouchy style, it is tough to match its comfort and style. There should be a color for everyone with options for black dip dye, charcoal leather, eggplant dip dye, light gray, neon blue, and neon yellow, among others.
Truthfully, this is a classic beanie through every sense of the word. There are not many other features or additions to note of.
4. Under Armour Around Town
Snug, but comfortable
Interior fleece lining
More color options would be appreciated
Could be too tight for some
Around town, on the trails, in the woods, where can this insulating cap not go? This addition from Under Armour is geared towards women and is made from double stretch knit fabric that is comfortable and durable.Read more
This garment is made from 100% acrylic and features a fleece lining. The double stretch knit fabric is comfortable, durable, and stylish. As an added bonus, it can be machine washed.
As mentioned before, the interior fleece lining provides great warmth, on top of an already warm hat. Aside from insulation, the fleece lining is also comfortable and moisture-wicking.
This item can be worn horizontally across your forehead and over your ears for a tighter fit, or it can be worn along the hairline for a slouchier style. Depending on which online retailer you choose to support, the color choices vary. Generally, this garment is offered in blue, ivory, violet, and green. Each item is adorned with a small metal logo. This product is not offered in different sizes- one size fits all. Most reviewers have found that it fits well. If you have big curly hair, it may be a tight fit.
Perhaps the best features have already been discussed. The fleece lining is a great addition for warmth and comfort. We also like that there are multiple ways to wear this beanie, choosing whether or not you want to cover your ears.
5. Columbia Thermarator
Thin and packable
Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective technology
Fits well under a helmet
Multiple color choices
Not ideal for harsh winters
Sizing runs small
The Thermarator is a simple design that offers great warmth and comfort. It uses Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective Technology to use your own body heat to hold in warmth. Paired with the lining of the hat, any perspiration is quickly absorbed and evaporated.Read more
This product is made from 100% polyester Omni-Heat 280g Fleece. This blend provides great warmth and comfort. The polyester lining also helps to absorb sweat.
As you’ll see with many Columbia products, this garment also features their popular Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective Technology. This technology features metallic dots on the inside which reflects and retains body heat. Working together, the lining of the product absorbs and releases perspiration.
The Thermarator offers a snug fit, that works well for retaining warmth. It isn’t a bad looking garment by any means but we also wouldn’t consider it to be a fashion statement. It is thin enough to be worn alone or under a helmet. It is available in six different colors and two different sizes, S/M or L/XL. It has been mentioned that it runs small.
Honestly, this product doesn’t have many outstanding features that haven’t already been covered in other sections. There is a small Columbia symbol and text on the hat. This garment was truly made for the cold outdoors and that is where it shines.
6. Everything Back Skull
It combines a lightweight nature, comfortability, and durability
The material does not make your head itch
The dual lining will provide a great amount of warmth
After a while, it tends to stretch out
Now, we turn to a different style of the product. This is known as a skull cap version and Everything Black makes as great a variation as you will find. Its combination of comfort, lightweight nature and durability will sell it alone.Read more
This skull cap blends 60 percent cotton with 40 percent acrylic to not only deliver a superb amount of comfort and warmth, but also a highly-breathable makeup.
With its dual lining, this skull cap will keep your head warm and cozy. In addition, when you wear it while it is snowing outdoors, it manages to repel the snow keeping your head dry.
No matter for men and women alike, this is fitted to stretch over most heads. However, if you have a large head and wear prescription glasses than it may be too tight-fitting. The colors are specifically tailored to adapt for both men and women with options for black, gray, maroon, navy blue, royal blue and brown.
Being backed up by a 100 percent money-back guarantee and lifetime warranty, you are guaranteed a refund if you have any issues whatsoever. As this is a skull cap, this will fit closer to your skin and for individuals with big heads, it may be too well-fitted. But, its superior craftsmanship makes it ideal for both cold and lukewarm days alike.
7. Tough Headwear Chunky
Overall, very-well sown and extremely comfortable
Fits snug to the ears so it will not fall off
Backed up by a lifetime warranty
On windy days, you may still feel a draft
Ironically, the best aspect to Tough Headwear’s Chunky Cable some people could argue is its worst. This is its chunky design as it delivers superior style and warmth, but it can also make layering over it difficult (such as a hood).Read more
This is nothing but pure-acrylic which complements style with comfort better than almost any other fabric for these products.
Tough Headwear used premium acrylic yarn to make this as comfortable as humanly possible. Though, on windier days, while it will still keep you warm, you still may feel the breeze of the wind itself.
For both men and women, this is designed to fit. While it can’t be promised that it will properly fit every single head in the world, as that would be nearly impossible, it will fit most. Yet again, a strong amount of color options are available for you to select from including army green, beige, black, dark gray, light blue, light gray, pink, white and maroon.
To leave you with a sense of relief and comfort, Tough Headwear backs its products with a lifetime warranty. The bulkiness and lack of protection against the wind may be flaws that you are wary about but if you have any doubts, remember that it is backed by a lifetime warranty. If you hate it, simply send it back.
8. Tough Headwear Helmet Liner
With its compact nature, it is very easy to store
All the materials are incredibly soft
The wicking technology will absorb perspiration
The face mask portion of the beanie can have an awkward fit
This is a rather special cap, one that is designed as a skull cap but for specific instances. As the name so eloquently states, this is a cap that is designed as a helmet liner. This is not to say it can’t be worn alone, but it is perfect for bikers.Read more
Constructed from polyester and spandex, this is designed to be used as a helmet liner. However, with the way it is crafted, you can ideally wear it on its own when snowboarding, running, working out, or even on cooler days.
Not only is the fabric breathable but the fabric is also designed to wick away moisture, keeping you dry on your ride. In addition, thermal retention provides warmth in cooler environments. Also, the garment covers your ears providing them warmth, as well.
Tough Headwear claims that this will fit any size noggin and while they are technically right, it may not fit as snugly as you like. If you have an average or small-sized head, it may be a little loose. As the main design purpose for this product is as a helmet liner, the only color option is black.
Just as they did with their previous cap, Tough Headwear backs up this cap with a great warranty.
This makes for a perfect accessory and comfortable headpiece for bikers. However, if you are only looking for skull cap beanie for style and comfortability, it will also suffice.
9. Original Turtle Fur Fleece Watch Cap
Colors match other Turtle Fur gear
Double layered fleece
Blocks 97% of UV rays
Items tend to pill after washing
Based in Vermont, it is safe to assume that Turtle Fur knows a thing or two about cold weather. This addition is made from their signature double fleece and provides great warmth and comfort. It is a versatile hat that allows you to wear it cuffed and fitted or uncuffed and slouchy.Read more
“The hat” is made from Turtle Fur’s signature acrylic spun double layer heavyweight fleece. Overall, it seems to have decent durability but you should be very cautious when washing it. It claims to be machine washable but many customers have had issues with the fleece coming out of the washer covered in pilling.
This product offers great insulation. First of all, the fleece material is double layered. Secondly, if you cuff the hat at the bottom, it provides you with four layers of Turtle Fur’s signature fleece material on your ears.
This hat is built to keep you warm, not exactly for style or a day out on the town. It isn’t an unstylish cap, it’s just not eye-catching. It is available in seven different colors, which can be matched with other Turtle Fur garments. You can choose to wear the hat tight and cuffed or uncuffed and slouchy. There is a small turtle logo stitched onto each garment as well. As for sizing, this is a one size fits most item. It is 10” wide, 9.75” in height, and has a 3” cuff.
Aside from providing you with great warmth, the fleece material is also naturally water-repellant. This makes this a great option for snow adventures.
10. Carhartt Acrylic Watch Hat
35 color options
Comfortably snug fit
Provides great warmth
Depending on the color, the Amazon manufacturer changes- some items ship from China
No weather resistance
The Watch Hat has been around since 1987. It was originally designed for men working outdoors during the cold winter months. However, since then, it has become an attainable and stylish hat for everyone. This design is available in 35 different colors and offers great warmth and durability.Read more
The Watch Hat is made from rib-knit thick acrylic yarn. It is soft to the touch and feels comfortable on your head. It is stretchy enough to fit just about any sized head. Over the years, reviewers have been impressed with the durability and craftsmanship of this particular item.
Originally designed for long days of outdoor work in the winter, the Watch Cap will keep you warm. The thick yarn is woven in a way that keeps in the heat without making you feel clammy.
This may be the best feature of this item. There is a color for everyone. The Watch Hat is available in thirty-five different colors! Most users wear this product cuffed. You could uncuff it, but it would be very long/tall. Each item has a square Carhartt logo patch. It is available in only one size but fits just about anyone.
Besides the durability and warmth that are built into this hat, there are not many other features. The thirty-five color options ensure that there is a style for everyone.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
At first glance, you may not pay too close attention to the type of fabric that the products are constructed with. However, make no mistake about it, this is very important as it is with every other garment you purchase. Many of these feature similar fabric, but each piece is unique. In other words, you will often see materials such as cotton, polyester, linen, and acrylic being utilized. But, not all manufacturers will use each of them. For those fabrics specifically, keep in mind their benefits as those are some of the most well-known.
Cotton does a superb job of controlling moisture and providing comfort and insulation. In addition, it is a very durable fabric. Polyester is also a very strong fabric, but it holds the advantage of being incredibly flexible and resistant to wrinkles and shrinking. You can see these fabrics in winter jackets. As for linen, this material possesses a high amount of permeability, allowing you to easily breathe. Finally, acrylic (which may be the most popular among fabrics) also has a high-management to moisture, is resistant to mildew and odor, and provides great insulation and warmth without adding extra weight. Everything past this, in terms of craftsmanship, comes down to how visually appealing you believe the product to be.
Yes, you may argue that fashion is an important key factor to consider when looking at your options; however, aside from aesthetics, it’s important to consider comfort and warmth first. Besides the material being utilized for softness and comfort (for example acrylic or polyester), the key factor to analyze is what climates the garment is best suited for.
Although it is a hat, not all of them are designed for the winter. For example, some items will be crafted to be breathable. In lukewarm conditions, this will prevent your head from overheating. Then, you have some variations built for the cold with dual-lining and inner fleece for warmth. For either type, though, also keep a special eye out on any moisture-wicking technology integrated. No matter the temperature outdoors, you are prone to perspiration and this type of technology will repel it away.
While some of these types of hats are worn purely for style, some are used primarily for warmth. With the great options on this list, we hope that you will find a product that hits both of these marks. Having the option of a hat, or any clothing item for that matter, that is available in your favorite color will make your choice much easier and provide you with more confidence while wearing it.
Aside from the color choices, each of these products comes with their own specific style as well. Some are fitted, some are slouchy, and some have cuffs. If your choice does have a cuff, it is always convenient to know if it can be un-cuffed. This not only changes the style of the product but if it unrolls enough to cover your ears, it will also provide you with more warmth.
Added bonuses or design features can sometimes sway your decision one way or another. This could be as simple as a special design feature (such as an integrated headlamp or embedded words on the front) or an included warranty. The warranty is big because as was discussed before, sizing can vary and it is always reassuring to know you can get a full refund if the hat does not fit. Of course, this is also convenient if you receive a defect or simply do not like the hat.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
These products are quite different than your average hat. As such, modern society would have you believe that there is a correct way of wearing one. Although you should truthfully wear the garment however you want to, if you do want to fit in with the crowd and go with the flow then this is how you should wear one.
If you are just using the item for style, the warmth aspect probably isn't your biggest concern. However, if you know that you'll be in freezing temperatures, taking a look at the materials used and overall style of the beanie is important. A hat that covers your ears will provide you with a lot more warmth than one that doesn't. Additionally, merino wool is one of the most insulating materials that you can find and is a great material for a warm cap.
Other Factors to Consider
Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the hardest section to analyze from a buyer’s perspective. Typically, when investing in garments online, you are given a wide range of size options and you can select between them. However, you will not be that fortunate with hats, as most (if not all) that you find will have the moniker, “one-size-fits-all”. This is where things can get a little tricky because no matter what manufacturers do, one size will not fit all. This marketing slogan is flawed because the definition of “one-size-fits-all” is not what it seems.
Instead, this phrase indicates that it is designed to fit people of a wide range of sizes. As such, it can’t be guaranteed that the garment will properly fit you. If you kept a running total of people who had this issue with these products, you would need a calculator very quickly. Truthfully, the only thing you can do is dig a little deeper and research user feedback when it comes to sizing. As you noticed in this list, many people complained that some of the products fit too small or large (depending on their head size). It is tough, but thankfully, most come with a warranty so you can always send it back if it does not fit.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Are these garments unisex?
Many beanies come in the selection of unisex, meaning they are made in ‘one size fits all’ and should fit both men and women alike. While these are usually made in a size that is neutral, their key factor of adaptation comes during the use of them. Let’s say a hat starts out too small in the beginning, with more use, they generally stretch out to fit comfortably. And if they are too big at the get-go, you can either pass it on to a friend or wear it a bit higher on your head. The main point being, whether you are a man or a woman, the fit of the garment is personal and can’t really be defined by the label. However, it is worth noting that women’s heads do tend to be a touch more slender and less weight, so opting for a ‘woman-specific’ option for optimal fit isn’t a bad idea.
q: Should I wash this product?
This seems like a ludicrous question, but some people may fear that washing their garment will negatively affect its shape. Here is the reality, your beanie is going to get dirty, sweaty, and filthy eventually. Do yourself, and everyone else for that matter, a favor and wash it regularly. All you need to do is reference the care tag on the product. As long as they do not advise against placing it in a washing machine, go ahead and machine washes it on a delicate cycle.
No matter what, though, unless you are trying to shrink it, let it air dry as opposed to placing it in a dryer. You can either hang it from a stand or simply lay it flat to dry.
q: How do you shrink acrylic?
It is important to talk specifically about acrylic as well, as this is a very popular material for this product. In order to shrink this fabric, you first need to place it in a lingerie bag (or some sort of similar bag). Be sure to tie the bag shut to ensure no air comes out. Then, just like the wool, go ahead and bring a large pot of water to a boil on top of your stove. Again, bring it down to a simmer after that.
However, instead of submerging the garment by itself do so with it in the bag. To prevent yourself from burning your hands, either put on some gloves or use a pair of tongs to lower the bag into the pot. Once you have allowed it to simmer in the water for around 40 minutes, you can then remove it and place it inside of a towel. With the towel, soak up all of the excess water that you can. To finish it off, place the garment in the dryer on the highest heat setting you have.
q: How do you shrink a cotton or wool garment?
If you happen to invest in a product and it does not fit your head properly, you do have an alternate option. If it is already too small for you, you may be out of luck as it is nearly impossible to enlarge a fabric without ruining it. However, there is a remedy you can take for a garment that fits too large, shrink it. For cotton, it is pretty simple. All you need to do is put it through your washing machine and dryer (on high heat) and it will naturally shrink. But, other materials such as wool need a little more work.
Start off by boiling a large pot of water with a few drops of liquid soap. When it is boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and submerge the garment inside. From there, take some sort of spoon and stir around the fabric. Once you have done this for a little while, take the beanie and place it in a sink full of cold water. With an additional does of liquid soap, begin to scrub the fibers. This is going to shock the fabric and it will begin to felt together.
q: Why is your head itchy when you wear this type of product?
While you are enjoying your new stylish piece, there may come a time where you notice your head is itchier than usual. So, why exactly does this happen? The reality is that everyone can succumb to itchiness, no matter how well they cleanse and take care of themselves. However, if you wear your garment daily then that could be the reason for the enhanced irritation and itchiness. An itchy scalp can occur due to the warm material of the garment causing perspiration.
If you then leave the garment on your head without removing the sweat, it can begin to attract bacteria and fungus. Thus, you end up scratching your head vigorously. Of course, it may have nothing to do with sweat. Because you are human, you can succumb to bacteria such as fleas, head lice, and bed bugs. In these situations, invest in a special shampoo that repels these vermin and bacteria.