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The Best Women’s Winter Hats 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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about lots of winter accessories before — including gloves for women, mittens for women, and touchscreen gloves — here, we’ve rounded up the best winter hats for women, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated winter hat for women

$20

Ignore the gender-specific labeling. This “men’s” hat can be worn on any head. Even skeptical ones, like the woman who never thought she “could ever pull off a beanie” because they tend to give her a bulky “alien head” look. She had no such problem with this one. Another reviewer wanted something with “a cute factor” for her hiking trip in Iceland. “My skin is sensitive and doesn’t do well with wool,” she says. “This is soft and comfortable.” Nearly 700 more reviewers agreed with her on that comfort. One says this hat has it all: “fashion, comfort and quality.” Although she expected it to be too big, since it’s listed as a men’s hat, she found that it’s actually “for any head size,” she says. “My teen also approves as apparently they are in style now and celebs are wearing them too,” she adds. In terms of style, one reviewer says “the fold is adjustable, so it can be as hipster beanie or tight laced as you please.” Another says, “the fit is snug to the point that I can sling it back without it falling off and it fits over my afro or straight hair the same and doesn’t lose is stretch after washing.”

Best-rated (less expensive) winter hat for women

Tough Headwear Cable Knit Beanie
$12

Nearly 15-percent of reviewers call this knit beanie “perfect.” A self-described “hat freak,” who owns “about 50 hats,” calls this the “perfect, stylish hat” for winter. She’s not the only one impressed by the hat’s style. “I get a RIDICULOUS amount of compliments on this beanie. I don’t think I’ve ever been complimented on any one thing more in my entire life,” says one reviewer. “It’s so cute and comfortable,” she says, that she’s considering buying the other 17 colors. Another reviewer says the hat “fits perfect and adjusts to my hair styles.” Although she didn’t think it’d be warm “because it’s lightweight and soft,” she admits: “I was totally wrong. It’s also so comfortable that I forget that I have it on.”

And now for some micro-picks for other types of women’s winter hats you might be looking for.

Best winter beanie with a pom pom for women

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More than a third of five-star reviewers call this hat “warm.” According to one, “this is the cutest slouchy hat; not too tight and so warm.” Along with dozens of other reviewers, she loves the detachable pom-pom. For some people, this feature meant they could buy multiple hats and swap pom colors–“a fun surprise,” according to one, who put a black pom pom on her pink hat and vise versa, for a “beautiful” combo. Others preferred to remove the pom-pom altogether. It’s “cute with or without the pom,” one reviewer says. Like seemingly everyone else buying hats, she got hers for a trip to Iceland, too. “It kept my baby hairs from flying everywhere from the wind, as well as keeping my lil egg head warm,” she says.

Best wool winter beanie for women

Wool hats are warm, but they can also be itchy. Not this wool beanie, which one reviewer describes as “quite smooth and comfortable to wear.” It’s a “basic, no-frills beanie that does the job,” she says. “I have worn it in winter temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and it has done a great job of protecting my head and ears from the wind and the cold.” The fit is good, too, according to another reviewer: “It’s not too snug, not too loose, that’s why I call it my Goldilocks beanie,” she says. Another reviewer appreciates the value. “I was surprised that for the price this beanie is really nice and is similar, or even better, than beanies twice the price,” she says. It’s “well-made and warm, yet lightweight enough to stick in your pocket.”

Best cashmere winter beanie for women

One reviewer bought “an almost identical cashmere beanie from Bloomingdales for literally twice the price. This one won hands down,” she says. “It’s thicker, better quality and has about 30% more flop to it” than the Bloomingdales beanie. Others agree on the quality. One reviewer does call the hat “thin,” but adds, “I like the thinness. It’s not cheap thin and not too bulky. It’s not too big that it sags too much in the back either.”

Best knit winter beanie for women

Funky Junque Confetti Knit Beanie
$15

Reviewers appreciate the loose-knit style of this hat. According to one, it’s “very comfortable to wear and amazingly doesn’t mess up my hair too much.” Another says that the hat, which she found to be very warm, complements “any kind of hair. I’ve worn it with my hair curled, straight, in a side braid or low ponytail. It stayed on my head and and didn’t slide up,” she says.

Best cashmere winter hat for women

Both veteran cashmere-wearers and first-time buyers enjoy this cashmere hat. One reviewer says she “got lots of compliments this winter and the winter prior” while wearing it. She says “it looks very cute and elegant on even if you’re wearing jeans and boots.” Another, who lost her old cashmere hat and bought this as an inexpensive replacement, says, “I’m sorry to have lost my old faithful, but I think I’m in for another long relationship.” She likes it because it’s “lightweight, warm, and doesn’t make my hair all
static-y.” Despite the low price, another reviewer confirms that there is no “sacrifice in terms of quality.”

Best thermal winter hat for women

From $23

“You’ll say that a hat this thin can’t be warm,” teases one reviewer. “But it IS.” In fact, it’s the “warmest” hat she’s ever owned. She also likes that the hat “doesn’t really mess around with your hairstyle giving you ‘hat head’ like most hats do.” One reviewer, who “had a coworker attempt to steal” her hat, confirms that it “keeps my head warm in the cooler weather.” Despite having been “a Columbia fan for years,” another reviewer had never bought “a garment with their Thermarator technology.” Until this one. She’ll never buy another type of hat again, she says. She describes it as “very very light weight. Easy to stuff in a jacket pocket, but VERY NICE and WARM. As with most Columbia products, the construction is top notch.”

Best fleece winter hat for women

$22

Many of the reviews for this hat praise fleece over more classic materials. “I like it better than the knit hats that seem to allow too much cool air through on those really cold days,” says one, who says this hat is “really comfortable and very warm.” Another, who hates other materials for being “itchy and not warm,” thinks this hat is the real deal. Plus, she says, “it’s washable without shrinkage.” According to one reviewer, this hat “feels like a double thickness of fleece. I bought it for winter backpacking but it’s become my everyday cold weather go-to hat.” One more reviewer compares this hats to others she’s owned from brands like EMS and REI. Unlike this hat, “the others don’t come down far enough to fully cover the ears, and are not as thick and as warm,” she says. This hat “is comfortable, repels water, and lasts a long time.”

Best faux-fur winter hat for women

Many people who chose this hat thought beanies and knit hats didn’t provide the luxury, upscale vibe they wanted. “I was hoping to find a winter hat that I could wear with my winter work outfit (peacoats, etc.) that looks stylish and wouldn’t squash my hair. This is it,” says one reviewer, who notes that “the fur looks real.” And she’s not alone. Multiple other reviewers say people have been surprised to find out the fur was fake. Another reviewer appreciates the fact that this hat is made with faux fur. “Who wants to wear real fur these days,” she says. According to another reviewer, the “fur has a nice sheen to it,” so it isn’t “wild looking.” She likes the ability of this hat to dress up an outfit. “Sometimes you just want a stylish winter hat for going to town or to work and this is definitely stylish,” she says.

Best winter hat with a ponytail hole for women

$17
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If you like to wear your hair up, winter can present a challenge. Either you wear a hat and leave your hair down, or your head gets cold. You could also buy this beanie, which features a hole on the top for a ponytail. “This hat is amazing and i wish i got one sooner,” writes one reviewer, who says her “go-to hair style is always a messy bun due to having such curly hair.” Despite the hole at the top, this hat is as warm as a regular one, she says. “We got a blizzard and was out in the weather for about an hour and my head was still warm.” Another calls the design “genius.” The opening for your ponytail is elastic,” she says, so the hat can also fit a bun or thick ponytail. If, for some reason, you end up rethinking the wisdom of a hat that sprouts hair like the plume of a Spartan helmet, one reviewer has a suggestion: “The ponytail hole also seems small enough that it wouldn’t look weird if I just wore it like a regular beanie,” she says.

Best winter hat with a visor for women

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Reviewers bought this hat for a highly specific reason: cold yet sunny days. Not only does this hat “shad[e] the sun,” says one reviewer, it also “completely blocks wind and keeps my hair from flying around.” Another likes the “fabulous” look and likes that the hat is “warm because it has a fuzzy lining. I wear this hat most days in the wintertime,” she says.

Best winter hat with earflaps for women

$15

“This hat kept my ears very warm during the howling winds of winter,” writes one reviewer. She says the pom pom on top is larger than expected, but that’s not a negative: “It really does have that big pom energy.” Overall, she calls it “a true winner,” one that “got me several compliments.” According to another reviewer, this hat fits well and is not at all “slouchy.” Another reviewer says this hat is “great for when I take the dog for a walk on a cold winter day. It’s fashionable and the colors are bright.”

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The Best Winter Hats for Women, According to Amazon Reviews