by | Nov 11, 2022 | Reviews, Winter, Z

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2022 @ 3:09 pm.

What is the best heated vest for men? To find out, we tried out several brands. Then we asked our parent readers for their real-world experiences—which vests were best for hiking? Outdoor sports spectating? Here are the ones we think are best.

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Best For Hunting

Heats up fast
Love this vest's overall quality, including the heating elements for the upper back and neck. So comfortable!
$139.99

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Best For Hunting: ORORO Men’s Lightweight Heated Best with Battery Pack 

Let’s talk heated vests.

First, understand that most heated vests work on a battery power pack . . . which sometimes is NOT included with the vest. (This one is popular with our readers, in case you need to buy a separate battery).

Second, before buying a vest, consider WHERE the heating elements are—some are in the lower abdomen area (which is great for warming hands), while other vests have heating in the upper chest, neck and back.

After trying out several vests and asking our readers for their real-world experiences, here are some key takeaways we learned:

  1. Sizing is all over the place. While most vests are billed as unisex, some have sizing that runs small (we will note that in our reviews). When you purchase a vest, be sure to try it on immediately to make sure sizing is correct.
  2. Even though most vests are billed as “all weather,” don’t wear them in a downpour. Yes, the battery pack is low voltage, but still.
  3. Most vests are machine washable . . . but you have to remove the battery pack first!

One popular use for heated vests is for hunting and other outdoor activities. After trying different vests, we think the ORORO men’s vest is best for this, thanks to four heat zones (including the upper back). Very good quality and not bulky.

What We Liked

• Great workmanship.

• Not bulky.

• Heated collar.

• Machine washable.

• 4 colors.

• 3 temperature levels.

What Needs Work

• Must use ORORO’s own battery pack.

• When set on high, only a couple of hours of heat. 

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Best Tried & True Brand

Well constructed
Buttery warm! We like how long this vest's heat lasts. Also nice: quick heat setting does its job.
$279.99

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Best Tried & True Brand: Milwaukee M12 Heated AXIS Vest

If you prefer a name brand, this vest by Milwaukee is probably your best bet—excellent quality, albeit at a price. 

What We Liked

 Super warm.

• Battery lasts among longer compared to others we researched (up to six hours).

• Heating elements in upper chest and back.

• Single-touch LED controller is easy to use.

What Needs Work

• Must use Milwaukee’s own charger.

• Battery pack is located in small of back—that is uncomfortable for some users who are sitting/driving.

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Best Budget-Friendly

Loved the neck heat zone
Yes, the battery pack is extra, but we love the quality of this vest—the heating elements do a great job, especially under a hoodie.

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Best Budget-Friendly: DOACE Heated Vest for Men and Women 

One popular use for heated vests is outdoor sports spectating—think watching your kid’s soccer game on a cold fall day. This vest is our pick for those folks . . .  all the heating elements (front, back, hands, neck) do an excellent job of taking the chill off.

Here’s what the vest looks like in real life—we liked the matte finish on the fabric:

Best Heated Vest For Men Doace try on

Here’s what the vest looks like in the packaging:

Best Heated Vest For Men Doace front of package Best Heated Vest For Men Doace back of package

 

We liked the simple controls for this vest (green is the lowest heat level, blue medium and red is high). Note how you can pick different levels for the front, back or neck of the vest . . . very handy:

best heated vest for men Doace controls

What We Liked

• Heat zone near top of neck.

• Can turn individual zones on, off—and set individual zone heat levels (high, medium low). 

• Great for football, soccer games.

• Lightweight.

• Perfect to wear under a hoodie.

• Looks sharp.

What Needs Work

• Better fit for men than women.

• Battery not included.

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Best Polar Fleece

Stylish, yet comfortable
Not sure what we liked best here: the soft fabric or the side zipper that lets you expand this vest's sizing. Excellent design.

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Best Polar Fleece: Heated Vest, Warming Heated Vest for Men Women Rechargeable 

Most heated vests are made of polyester, with a smooth or slick fabric finish. If you prefer a polar fleece style, this would be our pick. One of the best features here is a side zipper that lets you expand the sizing of the vest.

What We Liked

• So comfortable.

• Lightweight.

• Expandable with side zipper.

• Includes neck heating zone.

What Needs Work

• Battery pack is extra.

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We often turn to our readers (3 million strong!) to find products to recommend. We ask our parent readers for their favorites and consider their real-world experiences in our recommendations.

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