Top 10 Best Battery Heated Vests
After months of research and testing, here are my picks for the Top 10 Best Battery Heated Vests as well as a review of each garment.
Heated vests have been gaining a lot of popularity recently because they give you the option to have mobile heating without having to buy a full jacket.
Full heated jackets are great and all but with a heated jacket you have to find one that you like the look of and to be honest, they aren't the most stylish garments around.
Aside from appearance, with a full heated jacket you also have to decide whether or not you need extra insulation, waterproof, windproof, durability or all of the above.
With a heated vest you don't have to worry about that because you can use it as a layer and wear whatever type of exterior layer you want or need over top of it.
If you do some internet browsing you'll see that there are a lot of heated vests on the market and it can be pretty overwhelming trying to figure out which one is right for you.
I've put a lot of work into figuring out which vests are the best and on this list I've outlined what I like about each one.
Choosing this vest as my #1 choice wasn't exactly easy as there are some really great vests on this list.
Basically this one was my top pick because of the excellent quality, comfort, the long battery life and the fact that the heat it produces is simply hotter than any of the other vests.
I also really like fleece vests because it's a great base layer and it's not too bulky. Sure a down vest might insulate better than fleece but I don't always want something bulky.
Overall this was just my favorite vest because there really isn't any flaw that I could see. It has three heat zones. One on the back and one on either side of the chest.
Ororo is another well known brand name in the heated clothing industry. They originally came out with a heated jacket and after some pretty good success with that they started making other heated garments like this vest.
This one comes in two different cuts for men and women which is great because you can get that perfect fit.
This one has 4 heat zones. One on each side of the chest, one on the back and the collar. Having the extra heat on the collar is really nice and one reason I think this vest is selling so well.
Battery life was good and the heat zones provided very good warmth. All in all this is an awesome vest. Slightly bulkier than the Volt Fleece but still very compact and lightweight as the name suggests.
Gyde is another trusted brand in the heated clothing industry. I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record but it's true.
This vest is more bulky than the first two but that's because it's very well insulated which makes it extremely warm eve without the heat turned on.
When the heat is turned on it has 4 zones just like the Ororo. Two on the chest, one on the back as well as the collar.
The heat gets very warm and the battery life is good. Only downfall is that it doesn't pack down as small but it's a great vest.
It also comes in both men's and women's cuts.
4. Volt Cracow
Surprise surprise Volt made the list twice. I love this brand so I was happy when I saw that they also made a down version of their heated vest.
This one is puffier than the Volt fleece vest so it will provide more warmth when the heat is not turned on but it's also slightly bulkier so it all depends on your preference.
Same 7 volt batter as the fleeces vest and same hot hot heat.
Volt has opted not to put heat in the collar which can be a make or break for some people. They instead go for the three heat zones, one on the back and one on either side of the chest.
Going with the three zones instead of one does make for a little bit more heat on the zones since it's not spread out as much as the vests with 4 zones.
So if you want lots of warmth but you don't care about heat in the collar this would be a great option for you. Also comes in a men's and women's cut.
Outcool is not a really well known brand in the heated clothing industry but that doesn't mean they aren't good quality.
I was quite impressed with the quality of this vest. The battery life was good and the heat was pretty hot too.
This is a down vest so not super compact but it does provide good warmth with or without the heat on.
It has three heat zones much like the Volt Cracow, left chest, right chest and upper back.
This vest is probably the closest thing you can get to the top brands like Volt, Gyde and Ororo but the Outcool vest is quite a bit cheaper so this is a great budget option.
Also comes in both a men and women's cut.
If you're not familiar with Makita then you must not use power tools because they are a leading brand in the power tools industry.
The best feature of this vest is the quality of it. Much like Makita tools, this vest is built to last and to withstand some abuse.
Definitely a top choice if you work in construction.
This one doesn't come with a battery but it's designed to be powered by the Makita 18V battery that you might already have for your drill or saw.
If you don't want to use the Makita battery you can buy the compatible Makita compact lithium-ion battery.
The downside to this one is that there are only two heat zones. One on the top of the shoulders and one on the mid back area.
With that being said the two heat zones do heat up really hot which is nice.
This PROsmart vest performed much better than I expected. It's a relatively unknown brand and a budget friendly price so I wasn't expecting much from it.
I was pleased to see that the batter life was really quite good and the vest itself is very comfy. It's a fleece vest which I like because it's nice and compact but also cozy and soft to the touch.
The quality of the garment is maybe a little questionable as I could see some pilling early on and the zips felt a little cheap but remember that this is a lower priced vest compared to others on this list.
There are only two heat zones on this one. One on the shoulders and one on the mid back. The heat zones warm up pretty good.
The problem is that it only has a 5 volt battery and compared to the 7 volt battery that all the other jackets on this list have the battery life will be significantly less.
There is also a usb port so it acts like a power bank and you can charge your devices with it but that does wear out the battery quite fast.
Pretty good vest for the price.
This one is very similar to the Arris but the main difference is that two of the heat zones are on the lower back and the third zone is on the upper back.
So if you're trying to decide between the two vests you should consider where you'd rather have to heat.
As for comfort this is a great vest. I love the fleece although I had the same concerns about this one pilling quite fast.
It also only has the 5 volt battery so you won't get super long battery life but for shorter trips and less extreme conditions this vest is more than adequate.
Especially considering the price.
This Arris vest differs from the Arris fleece vest in a few ways. First, this one is more expensive by about $20.
This one is lightly insulated but not fleece so it won't provide a lot of warmth without the heat on but it will provide some. It's also quite compact so it's good for stuffing into a pack and heading out.
Probably the main reason this one is a little more expensive than the fleece version is because it has the bigger battery.
This one has a 7.4 volt battery so it will last quite a bit longer than the fleece version and it actually pumps out some hotter heat as well.
In addition to the bigger battery this vest also has 5 heating zones. This is actually the only vest on this list with 5 zones.
One on the front lower left, one on the front lower right side, one on the upper back and two on the lower back on either side.
This is a nice feature that you'll only get from this vest.
One more nice feature with this jacket is that it is adjustable with side zips. If you need it bigger you can just unzip the sides and you'll have some extra room.
All in all this vest is good value and good quality.
This Dtouch heated vest was a really nice surprise. I had never heard of this brand before but once I looked into it I saw that they are actually quite experienced in the heated clothing game.
This vest looks sharp and extremely confortable. In addition to that the quality is fantastic.
It's a light fleece so it's soft to the touch, provides some nice warmth and packs up really small.
The battery life was good and the heat was very hot.
There are only two heating zones but they are very large and well placed. Basically the heat covers your entire front torso.
The battery pack doubles as a device charger thanks to the usb port which makes this vest super versatile.
I would highly recommend this vest.
So there you have it, these are my Top 10 Picks for the Best Battery Heated Vests.
I hope you found this article helpful and figured out which vest suits your needs best.
If you have any questions or comments about any of these products please don't hesitate to use the field below and I'll be sure to respond ASAP.
Thanks very much.