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Welcome to our big winter hat test 2022. Here we present all the winter hats we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best winter hat for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy a winter hat.




Summary

  • Winter hats help protect you from hypothermia during the icy season, because most body heat is lost through the head.
  • Different materials have different warming properties. A combination of wool and fleece provides optimal protection against the cold.
  • There is a suitable type of hat for every purpose, whether it is quick-drying and breathable for winter sports enthusiasts, or warm and stylish for everyday wear

The Best Winter Hat: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a winter hat

What size do I need?

As with almost all clothing, there are different sizes and fits for hats. For headwear, the size depends on the circumference of your head. If you don’t know your size yet, you can easily find out with the following chart and a tape measure:

Size Head circumference
S 54-55 cm
M 56-57 cm
L 58-59 cm
XL 60-61 cm
XXL 62-63 cm

Don’t be surprised: many manufacturers don’t even offer different sizes, but often only one size!

We lose most of our body heat through our head. That’s why it’s so important to wear a winter hat in winter. (Image source: pexels.com / Daniel Spase)

However, this is not a big deal, as hats are mostly made of stretchy materials and will therefore fit most people even without exact sizing. One-size-fits-all hats are not necessarily suitable for babies and children because of the size difference, so look for a note on children’s sizes when buying.

What is the cap for?

Before buying, you should think about the purpose for which you need your hat. Is a cheaper knitted hat for everyday use enough or should it be a functional model for your next skiing and snowboarding adventure in deep snow? For the latter, it is important that the materials are breathable, water-repellent and “weatherproof” to keep your head dry and warm at the same time.

Did you know that good headgear is especially important for babies? Babies’ heads and faces are particularly sensitive to the cold. The head is also proportionally larger than that of adults and therefore loses more heat.

That is why sporty winter hats usually consist of two components: an outer fabric such as knit and an additional insert of fleece for the inner lining.

When jogging in the dark season, it is advisable to have a few reflective elements on the cap and jacket to be seen better by drivers.

With caps for everyday use, you can create very different looks depending on the type of cap:

  • For a casual style, a knitted cap with a peak or a beanie that hangs down at the back of the head is ideal.
  • Caps with large pom-poms are always a real eye-catcher and give your winter outfit a playful look.

What material should a cap be made of?

There is a suitable material depending on the intended use. In the table you will find the advantages and properties of the materials mentioned:

Material Properties
Cotton Only keeps you warm to a limited extent and is more suitable for the transitional period
Fleece Keeps you warm well and feels very soft. It is also durable, breathable and dries quickly
Wool Also keeps warm well, is breathable and absorbs moisture without feeling damp.
Polyester Is mostly just outer material to make a hat waterproof and windproof

Wool hats are among the most popular winter headgear, because animal wool types such as alpaca or cashmere have some special properties:

  • Alpaca wool has even better warming properties than sheep’s wool and is shinier
  • Wool from the cashmere goat is particularly soft and light, but not exactly cheap

How much does a winter hat cost?

There are big price differences depending on the material, quality and function of the hat. A simple beanie made of knit or jersey is already available for less than 10 €. However, as the ranking has shown, you can also find well-rated, low-priced models with a pom-pom or peak.

For a price of 10-15 euros you can even get a very trendy cap that is also lined. If you want the cap to protect your head and ears from frostbite even in extreme temperatures, you have to dig a little deeper into your pocket.

An outdoor winter hat with fur lining and a coated outer material costs around €70. For an elegant designer hat made of high-quality cashmere and a real fur pom-pom, you can easily pay over a hundred euros. But if you want a timeless model that you will enjoy for a long time, such an investment is definitely worth considering.

Decision: What types of winter hats are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, we distinguish between these types of winter hats:

  • The classic knitted hat
  • Eared hat

In the following, we explain the different types and their respective advantages and disadvantages. In this way, we want to help you find the most suitable winter hat for you.

The classic knitted hat

This type of hat can look very different: For example, a coarse knit with a cable pattern and pom-pom or a fine knit with a logo and a fold-over band.

Advantages
  • Keeps the head warm
  • Many possible combinations
  • Reasonable price
Disadvantages
  • Not water-repellent
  • Ears are partly not properly protected

Knitted hats with a pom-pom are often called “bobble hats” because the pom-pom makes them look like the fur of a poodle.

Ear hat

This is a head covering that protects the ears particularly well from the cold, as the cap is extended on both sides in the area of the ears.

Advantages
  • Head and ears are well protected
  • Ear protection can be folded away if necessary
  • Often made of water-repellent outer material
Disadvantages
  • Very bulky, does not suit everyone
  • More expensive due to size and material

Such a model is often called a “Russian cap” or “aviator’s cap”. In both variants, the inside consists of a fur lining.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate winter hats

In the following, we will show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate winter hats. This will make it easier for you to get an overview and decide on a suitable and effective model. In summary, these are the following criteria:

  • Design
  • Lining
  • Workmanship
  • Comfort

In the following, you can read about the respective criteria and find out why it makes sense for you to purchase a model based on the criteria or not.

Design

Each type of cap usually has one or two characteristic design features. For the aviator or Russian cap, the fur trim on the forehead and inside, as well as the fold-down ears are among the classic elements.

For bobble or poodle caps it is the round ball in the middle of the head. The bobble is either made of the same fabric as the rest of the hat or, for example, of fur. You can tell whether your pom-pom is fake or real fur from the label on the inside of the hat.

The design of knitted hats is determined firstly by the type of wool and secondly by the knitting pattern. The most popular types of knitted hats are:

  • Thicker wool with a cable pattern
  • Thinner wool with a fine grooved pattern

Lining

For autumn or not yet cold winter days, there are also many hats that are not lined. For example, models made entirely of jersey, cotton or fine knitwear. With winter hats, your head is protected from icy sub-zero temperatures by the inner lining made of fleece, teddy or fur. These soft and cosy materials are perfect for keeping you warm during a long winter walk.

Processing

Depending on the type of hat, one or more pieces are sewn together. Before buying, turn the hat inside out so that the seams are visible and check that everything is neatly finished.

If there are a lot of small threads sticking out and you are afraid it might unravel, it is better to get a different hat. Knitted or crocheted hats often consist of only one part, so make sure that the pattern of the hat is consistent all around.

Comfort

Soft, lightweight materials such as wool or felt make winter hats super comfortable and very pleasant to wear. A stretchy fabric with a stretch component also adapts to any head shape. A material mix of wool and fleece makes the hat breathable and wicks moisture away to the outside, so it’s ideal for winter sports.

Facts worth knowing about winter hats

Alternatives to hats: headband & ear warmer

The cold is particularly noticeable on the head, as this is where most of the nerve endings are located. For people with thicker hair, however, a headband or ear warmer is quite sufficient.

However, since these only warm certain areas of the head and thus protect them from frosty weather, they cannot compete with the warming properties of a hat.

A cap is therefore more suitable for people with thin hair or a bald head, as the whole head is snugly wrapped up.

Matching accessories: scarves & gloves

In addition to headgear, a scarf and matching gloves are also needed to complete a winter outfit. Many manufacturers therefore offer entire sets, consisting of:

  • Scarf
  • Hat
  • Gloves

Make sure that the accessories match the style of your winter jacket to create a coherent look for the cold season. Muted colours like black, grey and beige are timeless and go with almost everything. Flashy colours like mustard yellow or pine green are usually only trendy for one season and are much more difficult to combine.

Did you know that it is not enough to protect your head during the cold season?

The fingers and toes are just as important. So in addition to headgear, you should also make sure you have warm gloves, socks and shoes suitable for winter.

Why does my hair always electrify when I put on a hat?

This has to do with several factors:

  1. In the cold season, hair loses moisture and becomes drier
  2. The material of the hat can favour the build-up of moisture: This happens especially with synthetic fibres
  3. If your comb or brush is made of plastic, replace it with a rubber or wooden one

You can counteract the charging of the hair with additional moisturising and the points listed.

Make your own winter hat

Cold, uncomfortable weather invites you to get active at home in the warm, so why not make your own creations with a do-it-yourself winter hat? The possibilities are endless: whether knitting, crocheting or sewing, there are plenty of instructions or free books on the internet to help you with your next project.

Textile care

Textile care may vary slightly depending on the material. Follow the instructions on the care label inside the hat.

At lower temperatures and a gentle wash cycle for delicate fabrics, your hat should be fine.

It is especially important for cashmere: wash only on the delicate cycle or by hand. Lukewarm water is sufficient and you should not soak your hat or rub it too much, as this will cause the wool to felt!

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