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Best Overall: Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Down Duffle Coat at Amazon "Will keep you warm down to -60 degrees Fahrenheit."
Best Petite: GAP Long Down High Shine Puffer Jacket at Gap "Comes in petite sizing, so the jacket's length will hit exactly right."
Best for Men: L.L. Bean 850 Hooded Down Sweater at L.L. Bean "Works well on its own and as a great ultralight mid-layer."
Best for Kids: Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket at Backcountry "Kids can wear the jacket with their winter layers."
Best Hybrid: Uniqlo Hybrid Down Cocoon Coat at Uniqlo "Its low collar is a big hit."
Best Short Jacket: Madewell Quilted Puffer Parka at Madewell "A cute, cozy jacket that’s going to keep you both warm and stylish."
Best for Extreme Cold: Marmot Women’s Montreal Coat at Amazon "One of Marmot’s most beloved jackets."
Best Plus-Size: Columbia Lay D Down II Jacket at Amazon "Comes in plus sizes up to 3X."
Best Eco-Friendly: J.Crew Chateau Puffer Jacket at J.Crew "Each jacket keeps 15 plastic bottles out of oceans and landfills."
Best Cult Favorite: Orolay Thickened Down Jacket at Amazon "The viral coat that launched a thousand Instagrams."
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Down Duffle Coat
Eddie Bauer makes coats designed for the coldest days, and the company’s Sun Valley Down Duffle Coat ranks among them. It’s going to keep you warm down to -60 degrees Fahrenheit with 650 fill power and StormRepel DWR. The hood is removable if you want to throw on your favorite beanie instead, and you can take the faux fur ruff off to switch up your style. The coat is cleverly designed to be worn with midweight pieces underneath, so feel free to layer away.
Best Petite: GAP Long Down High Shine Puffer Jacket
When you need a basic black coat but don’t want one that’s too basic, GAP came through with this long-line down puffer that has an extra touch of shine. Best of all? It comes in petite sizing, so the jacket's length will hit exactly right. The down used for the fill is Responsible Down Certified, and it has an interior drawstring at the waist to give it some shape, too.
Best for Men: L.L. Bean 850 Hooded Down Sweater
This isn’t your basic down jacket: with stylish color-blocking and a cool pop of orange detail on the zipper pulls, it works well on its own (down to -20 degrees Fahrenheit in moderate activity and 30 degrees with light activity) and as a great ultralight mid-layer. The 2019 version is packed with more down than ever (850 fill), which is superpowered by technology to repel more water, keeping feathers from clumping in the meantime. It's also eco-friendly, as the shell is made from recycled materials. There are plenty of sizes available, too, with both regular and tall fits ranging from small to XX-large.
Best for Kids: Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket
Patagonia's cozy down jacket is a great value for your little ones. As the perfect mid-weight layer, kids can wear the jacket with their winter layers, which they can add or shed as they wait for the bus or work up a sweat at recess — just throw a fleece underneath or a waterproof shell on top when it gets cold. On cooler days, the down jacket can also be worn alone. Don’t fear any buyer’s remorse, either — Patagonia takes the stress out of shopping for kids with a 100 percent Satisfaction Guarantee.
Best Hybrid: Uniqlo Women Hybrid Down Cocoon Coat
Among Uniqlo's budget-friendly jackets, the Women’s Hybrid Down Cocoon Coat stands out: it hangs with a chic cocoon shape, and its low collar is a big hit with those who don't love jackets that go high up against their neck, which also helps show off your scarf. Although this coat isn't going to be your pick for stormy days, the water-repellent coating will keep a light shower away. The color range is fairly basic but sophisticated, with shades including off white, navy, black, and camel.
Best Short Jacket: Madewell Quilted Puffer Parka
Madewell’s puffer takes inspiration from vintage ski jackets, and the result is a cute, cozy jacket that’s going to keep you both warm and stylish all winter. Along with chevron quilting, the water-resistant coat has a flattering A-line fit and an interior drawstring to tighten it up if there’s some air coming through the bottom. This down jacket also uses PrimaLoft, which is just as warm as down but is fully made of recycled content (this particular one uses the equivalent of eight plastic bottles). In this case, the jacket is suitable for -9 to 43 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, it's machine washable for easy care.
Best for Extreme Cold: Marmot Women’s Montreal Coat
One of Marmot’s most beloved jackets, the Montreal Coat, will keep you warm in extremely cold destinations. It has 700-fill power down insulation, a fleece-lined body, a microfleece-lined hand-warmer pocket, and a fur-bedecked hood to keep the heat in. There’s also pockets inside (rare for a women’s down jacket) including a drop pocket and a zippered one. Cleverly, Marmot has incorporated a two-way zipper, which gets rid of the annoying bunching issue that comes with longer, single-zip down jackets. It runs a bit on the small side, so if you want more room for layering or you’re on the cusp of a size, try going one up.
Best Plus-Size: Columbia Women’s Lay D Down II Jacket
With a varied color and print selection, including black floral print, this practical, durable down jacket from Columbia comes in plus sizes up to 3X. It’s waterproof yet breathable and has both 550-fill power down and thermal-reflective Omni-Heat lining keeping you warm and dry, whether you’re in the city or the slopes. For skiing, there’s also a snap-off powder skirt, removable storm hood and ruff, and underarm venting with adjustable cuffs (complete with thumb holes). And did we mention how stylish it is?
Best Eco-Friendly: J.Crew Chateau Puffer Jacket with Primaloft
J.Crew has built a good rep for high quality, New England-inspired staples, and their Chateau puffer jacket will keep you warm in even the coldest squall. We love the sherpa-lined hood (that's also removable), the cool pockets, the belt-like detail at the waist for some shape, and the under-$200 price point. It's also eco-friendly, too: each down jacket keeps 15 plastic bottles out of oceans and landfills, thanks to the recycled Primaloft insulation.
Best Cult Favorite: Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket
The viral coat that launched a thousand Instagrams, Orolay’s Women’s Thickened Down Jacket is the definition of a cult favorite, partly thanks to its price point. Also known as “that Amazon coat,” it’s deeply practical with big pockets and is actually flattering to boot. Though it became a hit in 2018, the down jacket has been worn for years, as it's beloved by moms, creative directors, and even Neiman Marcus’ fashion director. Plus, with this range of colors, there’s a one-click-worthy shade in there for you.
Best Reversible: Zara Reversible Down Jacket
Zara’s Reversible Down Jacket brings us back to those reversible coats in the 80s and 90s — but this one is thoroughly grown up with sleek shades of black and purple-silver to swap out. It’s got a longer line than hip-length down jackets as well, which helps you stay extra cozy in cold weather. The streamlined jacket is adjustable and keeps it simple with features, but there are two side pockets concealed by a hidden seam zip. Inside, you’ll find 100 percent recycled feather (60 percent of which are duck down) recovered from other textiles.