The 8 Best Men’s Beanies to Buy in 2018

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Wherever your winter adventures take you, you can't go wrong with a trusty beanie to keep your head warm and protected. When hunting for the perfect one, you'll want to consider three factors: warmth, comfort, and style. A beanie that protects you from cold weather and wind chill is a no-brainer. Specific features, such as silver dots that reflect body heat, WindBloc technology, and fleece linings will contribute to just how much heat your beanie retains. While you want your hat to offer some warmth, it shouldn't be too hot — it should be breathable and wick away perspiration as well. Comfort is also an obvious consideration. Most beanies are stretchy, but it's up to you whether you want yours to have a relaxed or snug fit. Last, but not least, keep in mind style. Beanies vary widely, from reversible to brimmed. Keep reading to see our favorite men's beanies, from wind-blocking hats for breezy summits to sun-shielding one with visors.

Our Top Picks

01 of 08

Best Overall: The North Face Bones Beanie

The North Face Bones Beanie

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The North Face's Bones Beanie sports a simple five-panel cap construction that keeps your head warm and covered during the winter. The hat is slim-fitting and durable, staying atop your noggin no matter how active your winter trips may be. The beanie comes with an inner microfleece ear band that’ll keep your sensitive ears extra toasty during outdoor activities. Many reviewers on The North Face's site marked one of its pros as its breathability, so worry not if you work up a sweat while engaged in winter sports. It's also low maintenance, as it feels lightweight to carry around with your other belongings and can be cleaned easily in a washing machine.

Stylewise, the Bones Beanie has a modest, yet attractive aesthetic. Got your mind fixed on a specific color? On Amazon, choose from a collection of 24 different colors including green and grey.

02 of 08

Best Bluetooth: Soundbot SB210 HD Wireless Smart Beanie

An Amazon Choice item, the Soundbot Wireless Smart Beanie combines comfort, style, and convenient listening. Whether you want to kill time during a long wait or feel like listening to music when you're exploring, this cap will keep you not only warm but also entertained. It has a pair of headphones, charging ports, and controls. The beanie features advanced digital sound, balanced deep bass, and dynamic mid-range thanks to a stereo loudspeaker driver. It uses Universal Bluetooth v4.0 technology that connects with Bluetooth enabled devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones. It'll last you through seven hours of hands-free calls and five hours of wireless music streaming before you need to recharge it.

Besides its technological gusto, the Soundbot is a good winter hat as well. It feels soft, warm, and snug on the head. You'll also be able to clean it with ease once you remove the driver and battery. Colorwise, select from different variations of black and gray.

03 of 08

Best Slouchy Fit: Redess Slouchy Long Oversized Beanie Hat

The slouchy beanie is classic headgear that is not only fashionably distinctive but also practical for chilly weather. While this style may not be for everyone, those who love a relaxed fit will enjoy this unisex beanie from Redess. The 100-percent acrylic cap consists of a soft fabric that's put together in a shape that will cover your ears and keep them warm. On the interior, you'll find a soft faux fur lining for extra heat retention. While it keeps in warmth, the hat is also highly breathable. The opening is elastic, so it's able to fit different head sizes. As it is a slouchy beanie, this cap has an oversized, relaxed fit that will sit on your head comfortably without ever feeling too snug or tight. The beanie comes in a wide range of classic muted colors, including both solid colors and blends.

04 of 08

Best Pom-Pom: Sport-Tek Men's Pom Pom Team Beanie

Show off your team spirit with Sport-Tek's Pom-Pom beanie. It has a relaxed fit, but the most distinctive part about it is its large pom-pom, which adds a festive flair to your head. The chunky knit makes the hat warm, and the cable patterning adds extra style to the overall look. Each version of the men's beanie comes in a combination of three different colors to pay respects to various sports teams, making it perfect for showing your fan spirit from the stands. While the beanie has no interior lining, it has a cozy cuff that acts as a small extra layer for the top of your forehead and around your ears to shield you against the cold. To clean it, all you have to do is throw it in the washing machine with some non-chlorine bleach and leave it out flat to dry.

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05 of 08

Best Brim Beanie: Coal Yukon Brim Chunky Knit Beanie

The sun can peak out even during the winter. If you're experiencing some glare during your cold month festivities, a beanie with a visor is excellent for shielding your face from unwelcomed rays. One of our favorites is Coal's Yukon Brim Chunky Knit Beanie Hat. Besides providing coverage from the sun, it's also fairly warm. The body consists of 100-percent wool, and the interior lining is 100-percent polyester. Many reviewers mentioned that they love that the material is breathable and won't make your forehead itch. The visor is also sturdy, made of a hard plastic material. Because of this, the hat is better hand-washed than machine-washed.

The hat is also fashionable, coming with a cable knit pattern, cuffed brim, and suede tag. Do keep in mind that according to reviewers, the fit runs a tad large. The sophisticated color selection includes creme, black, olive, dark red, grey, and navy.

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Best Under-Helmet: Columbia Men's Trail Summit Beanie

If you're wearing a helmet for any winter sport, you'll need a lightweight, non-bulky beanie to fit underneath it. Columbia's Trail Summit Beanie will come in handy during your chilly adventures. While it's thin, you won't be cold. The stretchy winter hat, made from a blend of polyester and elastane, has an Omni-heat thermal lining, which works with tiny silver dots that reflect and retain body heat. While it keeps in warmth, it also has the Omni-Wick feature that pulls moisture from the body and enables sweat to evaporate quickly for maximum comfort. The material is wind resistant on top of everything, making it great for gusty weather. The fit of the men's beanie is snug, similar to that of a swim cap, coming in the choice between small/medium and large/x-large. If you prefer a looser fit, order a large/x-large size. Take your pick from black, graphite, hyper blue, phoenix blue, and super blue.

07 of 08

Best for Wind Chill: Mountain Hardwear Dome Perignon II

Don't leave for a winter hike without putting on the Dome Perignon, which is one of the warmest winter hats that you'll find. The men's beanie from Mountain Hardwear has Windbloc breathable wind-proofing tech that warms your head in chilly weather. The Polartec fleece provides complete coverage around your ears for warmth with an interior band. For a snug fit, the cap has a stretch fleece back panel. Many Amazon reviewers mentioned that the beanie, made from a toasty tweed material, kept them warm in subzero temperatures. It's an especially popular choice in mountaineering circles, known for being warm during excursions to breezy summits.

From an aesthetic standpoint, the hat is not the most stylish on this list, as it is a bit long and has a prominent logo. However, its heat retention and windproof quality make it a serious contender.

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Best Reversible: Smartwool NTS 250 Reversible Pattern Beanie

Reversible products are great since you're getting two style options for the price of one. The Reversible Pattern Cuffed Beanie from Smartwool will provide you with that extra variety. The hat, made from merino wool, comes with a double interlock knit layer with an adjustable roll cuff ear band for extra warmth. According to Smartwool, the Merino 250 material is a midweight wool that provides insulation for cold weather conditions. The material requires no special treatment — you can put the hat in a washing machine (on cold cycle) to clean it. Wherever your winter plans take you, the beanie is quite lightweight and portable, so it's easy to carry around. The look is also streamlined and attractive, coming with clean seams and no bulk. Take your pick from black, charcoal/heather, charcoal/black, dark blue steel, deep navy/bright cobalt, mountain purple, potion pink heather, and Tibetan red.

Our Process

Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular men's beanies on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 25 different beanies, screened options from 15 different brands and manufacturers, and read over 40 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.