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The Best Earmuffs and Ear Warmers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written extensively about the products that make winter that much cozier — like electric blankets, space heaters, towel warmers, and slippers for men and women — here we’re rounding up the best earmuffs and ear warmers you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best collapsible earmuffs

180s Fleece Behind-the-Head Earmuffs

“My husband loves these ear warmers and I can’t even count the number of them I’ve purchased. This is the BEST brand. There are other brands that are cheaper but not the same. They do NOT stretch around the back of your head the way these do. Comfortable, warm, and good value for the money.”

Best lined earmuffs

Metog Unisex Foldable Earmuffs

“These earmuffs were a great purchase! They fold just fine for me, and fit perfectly into my coat pockets. Also, I really like the adjustable band. The fuzzy inside lining feels really nice and SOFT! The fuzzy lining keeps my ears warmer than the old earmuffs I had, which were the more expensive 180s. Overall, I couldn’t be happier about the quality and function of these earmuffs, especially considering its affordability.”

Best nonadjustable earmuffs

Tough Headwear Fleece Earmuffs

“Furry warmth on the inside, short fleece on the outside, these are nice, cozy earmuffs. I’m a smaller woman and they fit me great. There is an angle to the ear pads, which helps them fit your head, and this means you need to wear them right-side up. They stay on without slipping and are not so tight as to give you a headache. Very comfortable.”

Best faux-fur earmuffs

Simplicity Women’s Knitted Faux Fur Earmuffs w/Lined Trim

“Love these cute and fashionable earmuffs. I was going to Chicago and wanted to be prepared for the harsh cold windy weather. Took the river cruise in Chicago these muffs helped me enjoy the tour without freezing too much. They fit well and were snug but not too tight — comfortable to wear. Affordable and a great buy!”

Best down-filled earmuffs

180s Down Ear Warmers for Men

“Fits perfect! Super comfortable and warm. So good they were stolen haha. On the super-cold negative and windy days, some coldness gets through, but that was expected since they are somewhat breathable and don’t make you feel gross. I would 1,000 percent recommend this product. Great even when it’s approaching zero degrees Fahrenheit.”

Editor’s Note: There’s another version of these for women here.

Best earmuff headphones

180s Urban Ear Warmer

“A Christmas gift for my son. After running with these on, he came home and reported that they stayed snugly in place, and that the sound in the earphones was really good. An unexpected bonus: He likes to fall asleep to music but doesn’t like to disturb his wife. All of the earphones he’s owned left his head hurting and he couldn’t sleep on his side. With these, he was able to sleep on his side, in total comfort while enjoying his music. He LOVES them.”

Best shooting earmuffs

Walker’s Razor Slim Electronic Hearing Protection Muffs

“These are awesome! The ear cups are a smooth rubber material that seal around your ears perfectly. They deaden the sound tremendously. The best part of electronic hearing protection is being able to speak at a normal volume and hear the other person. Unlike other, cheaper versions, you can actually understand what you are hearing (the sound is crisp and clear, not muffled). The fit and finish is built to last and can take a beating.”

Best bandless earmuffs

Ear Mitts Bandless Ear Muffs For Men & Women

“I have several pairs of these that I keep in coats, in my car, and that I use to go out and feed or ride my horses. My ears are very sensitive and will get very sore from even a little wind. I have suffered from perforated eardrums three times in my life. These easy-to-wear, low-profile ear pops help to keep my ears from being sore, and me from getting an ear infection.”

Best wrap-around head warmer

Tough Headwear Fleece Ear Warmers Headband

“Never tried a headband before, so wasn’t sure what I was getting. This fit perfect for me, looked great, and I felt great with my earbuds in as well. My ears stayed warm the entire five miles, and the outside was frosted from me sweating. I highly recommend this headband.”

Best head warmer for extreme weather

Columbia Sportswear Thermarator Headring

“I do a fair bit of hiking in the Rockies, and this has been a huge help during the colder months. I always end up taking beanies on and off multiple times as I overheat and then get chilly again, but this solves that problem. Keeps my ears warm from any wind, but lets the rest of my head breathe. Great purchase, it’s always in my mountain pack now.”

Best ponytail-fitted head warmer

Trailheads Ponytail Headband

“The fit is incredibly comfortable; it stays in place. Love it. Very simply constructed: just one layer of stretchy fabric, seamed in center back, and all edges turned under. The contour is just right. Fuzzy fleece on the inside; smooth like tights on the outside: it’s a new favorite.”

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The Best Earmuffs and Ear Warmers, Reviewed