Last Updated: Apr 6, 2023 @ 3:08 pm.

What is the best heated vest for women? To find out, we asked our parent readers for their real-world experiences. Then we tried out a few vests ourselves. Which is best for keeping warm during an outdoor soccer game? Best to warm hands? Here are the best bets.

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Finding the Best Heated Vests for Women: Our Tests & Tips

Let’s talk heated vests for women

First, understand that most heated vests work on a battery power pack . . . which sometimes is NOT included with the vest. (This power pack is popular with our readers, in case you have to purchase it on your own).

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. The vests in this article are best for women, based on our research and try-outs. But we should note that sizing (especially for vests that tout themselves as unisex) can vary widely from brand to brand. 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!

What do these vests look like real life? Here is one we tested by a popular brand called Doace:

Best Heated Vest For Women Doace try on

Given our tests, here are the vests we think are best for women.

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Best Fit

Lightweight, comfy
Most impressive for overall heat, we loved this vest for its overall performance and quality. Also nice: includes battery, which is extra for others we tried.
$149.99

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Best Fit: ORORO Women’s Lightweight Heated Vest with Battery Pack

Our testers’ top choice included a vest by ORORO as the best overall fit for women—and the heating elements were most impressive, delivering warmth in the hands, back and neck for multiple hours (when set on low). And yes, it includes a battery.

What We Liked

• Not bulky.

• Heated collar.

• Machine washable.

• Includes battery.

• Great overall quality and construction.

• Multiple colors in case you don’t like black.

• 3 temperature levels.

What Needs Work

• Must use ORORO’s own battery pack.

• When set on high, only a couple of hours of heat. best heated vest for women

Best For Style

Adjustable side zippers
So toasty warm! We like this vest for its long battery life, even heat and, yes, the styling—note the diamond quilted detailing.

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Best For Style: PETREL Heated Vest for Women with Battery Pack 

Yes, most of the heated vests we tried for this article did a good job . . . but when it came to style, this one by PETREL hit it out of the park. We like the diamond quilting pattern and multiple colors (yes, white and purple, believe it or not).

What We Liked

 Very warm.

• Good for outdoor sports.

• Excellent fit.

• Includes battery.

• 5 heat zones. 

• Size zippers help with sizing.

What Needs Work

• Runs a bit small. best heated vest for women

Best Polar Fleece

Stylish, yet comfortable
The soft fabric is the star here, but we also liked the side zipper that lets you expand this vest's sizing.

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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, on the other hand, this would be our pick. One of the best features here is a side zipper that lets you expand vest’s size.

What We Liked

• So comfortable.

• Lightweight.

• Expandable with side zipper.

• Includes neck heating zone.

What Needs Work

• Battery pack is extra. best heated vest for women

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Best Easy to Use

Lightweight, not bulky
The simple controls for this vest (press the button on the vest) are the highlight here, as is the included battery pack. Also nice: reflective zipper.
$57.78

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Best Easy to Use: Hoson Heated Vest for Men and Women

Yes, this vest includes a battery and has among the simplest controls of any we found in our research. Also great: note the reflective zipper, which makes this vest great for walking the dog at night.

What We Liked

• Lightweight.

• Affordable.

• Battery.

• Flattering, stretchy side material.

• Controls are simple to use.

What Needs Work

• Not everyone is a fan of the stretchy sides. best heated vest for women

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How We Pick Products To Recommend

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.

When we test a product, we always purchase it with our own monies. We do not take free samples, as we believe that compromises our independence.

We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

In some cases, we will do interviews with experts in the field to get additional feedback on products.

To get hands-on time with products, we regularly meet one-on-one with gear companies and even tour manufacturing facilities. (When we do this, we pay our own travel expenses).

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Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do extensive research, evaluating products with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability.

We make our living from affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

Our independence is a key reason why we have been doing this so long. As we mentioned above, when we purchase a product for hands-on testing, we do so with our own money.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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