Say goodbye to bulky, restrictive layers of clothing and slip on a heated vest to keep you warm while moving freely as you work.
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When temperatures drop, working outdoors can become downright uncomfortable if you don’t have a way to stay warm. In many occupations, including construction, surveying, and tree trimming, it’s vital for the worker to move freely, so piling on layers of restrictive clothing isn’t an option. That’s where heated vests come in: These typically lightweight garments, which fit easily over a shirt and under a jacket, feature battery-heated panels that help keep your core warm so you can continue to work.
The best heated vest for you depends on the temperature of your environment, your comfort level, and how much additional heat you need to stay warm.
Our Top Picks
The following heated vests were chosen based on their overall heating distribution, ease of operation, functionality, and comfort.
The ORORO Men’s Heated Vest aims to keep you warm in all the right places, thanks to three carbon fiber heating zones located along the back of the collar, in the mid-back, and on the lower front of the vest. The ORORO vest features three heat settings so you can choose which one best suits your body temperature and warmth needs, and the fabric is both water- and wind-resistant. The heating zones are powered by a rechargeable 7.4-volt battery (included) that can generate heat for up to 10 hours on a single charge. The vest is available in six sizes, ranging from small to 3X-large.
Best Bang for the Buck
This reasonably priced heated vest from PKSTONE provides ample warmth along the upper back, lower back, and along the lower front of the vest. It comes with three adjustable heat settings to customize your comfort level, and it operates via a USB power bank (not included). Heating duration is dependent on the individual power bank but is typically anywhere from 4 to 10 hours. The PKSTONE heated vest is made from lightweight cotton and Lycra and it can be worn under a jacket or over a warm sweater or shirt. The vest is available in five sizes, ranging from small to XX-large.
For serious warmth in cold weather, check out the ARRIS Adjustable Heated Vest. It boasts seven heated zones, two on the chest, two on the belly, two on the lower back, and another on the upper back for the ultimate in outdoor apparel warming. The heating zones are powered by a rechargeable 7.4-volt battery (included), which lasts an average of 10 hours on a single charge. You can also choose from five different heating levels to get the ideal amount of warmth. Only one size is available, but it’s universal—the ARRIS vest comes with zip-in/zip-out side panels so it can be adjusted to fit most folks, from a small to extra-large adult.
Best for Women
The tapered waist and wind-cutting high neck of the Venture Heat Women’s Heated Vest give it a stylish look while keeping warmth in. It features three large heating zones, one on each side in the chest area, and another from shoulder to shoulder along the upper-mid back region. Select from three heating levels, and stow sunglasses, keys, and a cellphone in the large front pockets. The vest can be worn under a roomy jacket for maximum warmth or over a heavy shirt or sweater. The heated zones are powered by a 7.4-volt rechargeable battery (included) and the vest comes in five sizes, ranging from small to X-large. It’s available in four colors: black, navy, plum, and white.
Best Unisex Vest
The PROSmart Heated Vest is designed for anyone who wants to look good and stay warm while working—or playing—outdoors. It comes in black, gray, and a gray-and-blue combo, and the colors correspond to different heating options, so you can select the heating variation that suits you best. The black vest features two heated zones on the upper and lower back, the gray vest features two mid-chest zones plus an upper back zone and a collar zone, and the gray-and-blue version features two upper chest zones, a mid-back zone, and a collar zone. All vests boast adjustable heat levels and the heating zones are powered by a rechargeable, 5-volt, 2.0A battery (included) that will heat continuously for up to 10 hours. The vests are available in five sizes, ranging from small to XX-large.
Best V-Neck Vest
The lightweight fushionsea Heated Vest features five heating zones, two on the front at waist level, two on the lower back, and one along the upper back. The wearer can choose from three different heat settings, and the V-neck front makes the vest ideal over a high-neck shirt, such as a turtleneck, or for wearing comfortably under a jacket. The heating zones operate via a USB-port power bank (not included) and run time depends on the power of the bank itself, but is typically between 4 and 10 hours. Available in five sizes, ranging from small to XX-large.
Trapped heat can lead to perspiring, which can make you feel clammy and uncomfortable. To outsmart that issue, the ORORO Men’s Fleece Heated Vest is made from a cotton and polyester blend designed for maximum breathability. The vest features three heating zones, two on the chest and one along the upper back, and the wearer can choose from three adjustable heat settings. The heating zones operate on a rechargeable 7.4 Volt battery (included). The fleece fabric is ultra-soft, and the vest comes with a high, zip-up neck to keep cold air out. Available in six sizes, ranging from small to 3X-large.
Best Hooded Vest
The Foxelli Heated Vest features an attachable hood you can pull up to keep your ears, face, and head warm. The vest has four heated zones, two on the lower chest, another along the upper back, and a fourth in the collar. The heating zones are powered by a rechargeable, 5-volt power bank (included) that will produce warmth for up to 10 hours on a single charge, and the user can choose from three heating levels. Because of its ample padding, the Foxelli vest is best worn over a long-sleeve shirt or sweater, but it can also be slipped on under a roomy jacket. The vest is available in four sizes, ranging from medium to XX-large.
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