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Best Heated Jackets Reviewed & Rated for Quality and Use

last updated Mar 04, 2019

Regular jackets keep you warm, but heated jackets keep you toasty. When you’re in harsh conditions, a heated jacket can help you avoid the bulk you have to wear to keep warm. As an added benefit most of them can charge portable products while doing their main job. But you may be asking yourself: "do I really need one?" They are a bit pricey and depending on the product we're not talking about days worth of heat, we're talking hours. But here's why you should consider one: A heated jacket will stop your body from having to divert blood to your core to maintain body temperature. Also, a heated jacket lets you lose some layers. Both of these things can be vital for people who make their living out of doors.

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 DEWALT DCHJ061C1-S
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DEWALT DCHJ061C1-S
Why is it better?

Can use compatible DeWalt Battery packs

3 different temperature settings

Can do a great job keeping you warm. 

Offers great value and usability. 

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We've updated this list with a new intro laying out some of the reasons why a heated jacket might oughta be on your Christmas list. But we've also added a few new products just to show how big the market is getting. So there's plenty of content to come back for and we'll keep looking around for you.

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In Depth Review Top 10
  • DEWALT DCHJ061C1-S
  • ORORO
  • DEWALT DCHJ063C1-L
  • Knap Cordless Heated Jacket
  • DEWALT DCHJ062C1 20V/12V
  • Milwaukee KIT M12 12V
  • Smarkey Heated Jacket
  • PROsmart HJ-27-50
  • Bosch PSJ120XXL-102-RT
  • VentureHeat Evolve
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Best Heated Jackets

1. DEWALT DCHJ061C1-S

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.2
 DEWALT DCHJ061C1-S
Power Source
96
Value
95
Brand
95
Fit
94
Weight
96
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$119.94
Pros:

Can use compatible DeWalt Battery packs

3 different temperature settings

Can do a great job keeping you warm. 

Offers great value and usability. 

Cons:

Only 3 pockets

And of course at the top of the list is the DCHJ061C1-S, arguably the best jacket from DeWalt. Blending all of the best features of the other jackets into one, this is an all-around favorite of customers worldwide.

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Fastest Preheating On The List
It takes less than a minute to get to the highest temperature which is great when you’re on the go. It’s also handy if you need to quickly go outside for short bursts of time.

It's Just Easy
The best on the list shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that follows the industry closely. This is a jacket that won’t let you down and is easy to operate. It's available in 6 different sizes, and it also has a water-resistant twill outer shell so it's sure to keep you warm.

Cost And Value
Based on size, the price floats from low to high. Buyers that want the best DeWalt has to offer will instantly get value from this purchase.

2. ORORO

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 ORORO
Power Source
94
Value
95
Brand
94
Fit
94
Weight
93
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$149.99
Pros:

Battery lasts eight hours

Great placement of separate chest warming zones

The detachable hood is a great added feature. 

Offers 4 different temperature levels. 

Cons:

The zipper is on the left side

Rounding out the end of the list in the number 2 spot is a heated jacket from Ororo. A small detail is what rockets this so high on the list, and for many potential buyers that details make a big difference.

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Detachable Hood
This makes the jacket, even though it seems like a small detail. Besides getting rid of unnecessary bulk when you don’t need it, there is also the advantage of cleaning it separately.

Well Priced With Lots of Features
With a really cool core feature, there will be a lot of buyers lining up to purchase this for the cold weather. The price is right, and it introduces a new kind of heated jacket style, with a healthy 4v 4400 mAh battery and charger, and 4 temperature levels.

Cost And Value
The price is average across the board for all sizes, so no worries about one of the best being high priced. And with the detachable hood, there is even incentive to purchase more than one for the cool mixing and matching styles.

3. DEWALT DCHJ063C1-L

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92.4
 DEWALT DCHJ063C1-L
Power Source
94
Value
93
Brand
92
Fit
90
Weight
93
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$419.99
Pros:

Price

Water-resistant outer shell

Does a great job keeping consumers warm. 

Offers over 7 different spacious pockets. 

Cons:

Charging ports are average

It’s impossible to get rid of DeWalt as they once again gain a spot, and this time it gets really interesting. With some minor changes here and there, this heated jacket may be a huge value for budget-conscious consumers.

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Nice Heat Coverage
With the four heating zones built into the jacket, customers will have plenty of warmth coverage. The zones are well placed and cover the entire jacket.

Warmth and Pockets
Not only does this jacket have a preheat function, and 3 temperature settings, it fits really well and is chock full of pockets. Seven in total so no worries about losing anything along the way.

Cost And Value
The price starts low and goes to high depending on the size. But from the sizes small to X-Large, this is the lowest priced DeWalt heating jacket on the list.

4. Knap Cordless Heated Jacket

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90
 Knap Cordless Heated Jacket
Power Source
90
Value
88
Brand
89
Fit
91
Weight
92
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$126.00
Pros:

Easy to use temperature settings

Fits a good variety of sizes

Can help warm up a consumer very quickly

Offers some of the best value on today's list

Cons:

Coat materials are average

Some of the best features of this jacket have more to do with the safety precautions built in. Knap made all sizes balanced so that there is less guessing about which one fits best.

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Great Temperature Control
Very few jackets can regulate temperature better than this model, powered by a 4400 mAh 7.4v lithium battery. It heats up fast and is well insulated even in harsh weather.

Warm And Waterproof
Not only does this jacket guaranteed to keep you warm, but it also works hard at keeping you dry. It's designed to cut any wind and rain that might be trying to get inside this jacket. This jacket is also special in that is has three heating zones.

Cost And Value
As one of the lowest priced heated jackets on the list, a lot of heads will be turned just on price alone. There is also a lot of value in the way they handled their sizing system, which is very customer friendly.

5. DEWALT DCHJ062C1 20V/12V

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89.8
 DEWALT DCHJ062C1 20V/12V
Power Source
88
Value
89
Brand
90
Fit
91
Weight
91
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$159.99
Pros:

Preheat option available with the controls

The outer shell is water resistant

Large selection of sizes for all consumers

Stylish design to match outdoor needs

Cons:

7 included pockets are not as deep as others

DeWalt makes the list again, this time for the DCHJ062C1-XL. It’s one of the more formidable heated jackets in their lineup and lives up to expectations.

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Great Size Selection
Available sizes are 3x-Large, XX-Large, X-Large, Large, Medium and Small. They all fit reasonably well regardless of gender.

Plenty of Power
There is a lot of power in this jacket and more than enough to power itself and whatever portable devices you have. For a great pick that has a lot of juice, buyers will find this an appropriate option. It also has 4 heating zones and 3 different temperature settings.

Cost And Value
Depending on which size you get, the price will be between average and high. Considering there are multiple ports for charging devices, this is a tremendous value.

6. Milwaukee KIT M12 12V

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87.8
 Milwaukee KIT M12 12V
Power Source
88
Value
89
Brand
87
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87
Weight
88
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Pros:

Probably the best battery performance on the list

Distributes heat evenly across the entire jacket

Stylish and fashionable design

Can help keep the consumer warm

Cons:

Price

Milwaukee went the extra mile to ensure that their heated jacket had all the tools necessary to be one of the best. It started with a proprietary heating system and ended with a sleek sporty look.

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An Incredible Battery
Using their own in-house M12 red lithium battery, Milwaukee can measure its performance against some of the best on the list. It’s long lasting and charges fast so you’re not left without any juice.

High Tech Features
This jacket is specially designed with what Milwaukee calls Advanced 5 Carbon Fiber technology. What that means is that it retains warmth extremely well. It's also designed to fit well and comes in all kinds of sizes including X-Large, Large and 2x-Large

Cost And Value
This is one of the most expensive jackets on the list, if not the most expensive period. Buyers will get their money’s worth with the battery alone, which is truly revolutionary.

7. Smarkey Heated Jacket

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86
 Smarkey Heated Jacket
Power Source
87
Value
88
Brand
85
Fit
86
Weight
84
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$242.00
Pros:

Tough against the elements and resistant to tears

Light and comfortable

Warming zones on back and waist

Great design for all outdoor needs 

Cons:

Jacket runs small

While we normally just put the best of the best on here without regard to gender we decided we needed to make an exception for this Smarkey jacket because it's designed specifically for women. What that means is that it's designed to keep you warm everywhere but in the chest area. The heating areas are on the sides and the back. It's a nice thought, and it doesn't that it's designed with a slimmer fit for a woman's body.

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Slim Fir and Design
This jacket is different as there is no bulk to it, it's really quite fetching, The style makes it hard to notice that this is a heated option. That being said the jacket does run a bit small, so keep that in mind. Beyond that, it's 100% polyester and completely waterproof, and washer safe.

Warming Zones
As we said these jackets have areas for warmth on the back and in the waist. For a woman, this is a big deal. But that doesn't mean it won't keep you warm, it will.

Cost And Value
This comes in at a good mid-price. It's not cheap by any means but if style and comfort are what you're looking for this jacket is hard to bear.

8. PROsmart HJ-27-50

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
79.2
 PROsmart HJ-27-50
Power Source
80
Value
79
Brand
78
Fit
79
Weight
80
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$139.97
Pros:

One of the longest lasting heat times in the industry

Soft and comfortable jacket

The jacket is made from lightweight materials

Does a great job at helping consumers retain heat

Cons:

No adjustable heating

Portable and friendly, this PROsmart branded heated jacket is a nice alternative than the bigger brands. Using a smaller battery has its benefits, and will greatly affect how many people decide on this purchase.

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Use A Standard 12v Battery
The battery is a bit smaller than the others on the list and adds virtually no weight to the jacket. On top of that, it charges quickly and lasts longer than expected.

Long Lasting Battery
The specialty of this jacket is its long lasting battery. Specs suggest that it will keep you warm for as long as 12 hours. What's even better is that this jacket is machine washable which makes upkeep a bit easier if you tend to go off trail.

Cost And Value
The value is great for this low priced jacket that has an insane battery run time. Buyers on the go will find the long-lasting battery a lifesaver on time-sensitive trips.

9. Bosch PSJ120XXL-102-RT

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76.6
 Bosch PSJ120XXL-102-RT
Power Source
77
Value
75
Brand
74
Fit
78
Weight
79
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$199.00
Pros:

Five roomy storage pockets

USB devices can be charged through the jacket

High-quality concentrated heating 

Comes built with reflective straps

Cons:

Will have trouble charging devices with high capacity batteries

And following DeWalt is another big brand name in the tool industry, Bosch with their PSJ120XXL-102-RT. The same benefits of other heated jackets are in this one, with little extra options thrown in to spice things up.

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More Concentrated Heating Zones
The usual three core heating zones are available in this jacket but are better equipped to provide heat. You’ll get maximum heat with no wasted energy for all sizes.

Safe and Warm
These jackets not only keep you warm but ups the ante with some special safety features like the included safety strips in case the user is lost or say working to change a tire in dark, bad weather.

Cost And Value
Available for an average price, this is a very comfortable choice if you’re looking for a heated jacket. There is good value if you don’t need a jacket with a strong charging port.

10. VentureHeat Evolve

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
73.4
 VentureHeat Evolve
Power Source
75
Value
74
Brand
73
Fit
74
Weight
71
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$139.95
Pros:

LED controller provides clear operation

3 Heating Zones

This jacket can be used with different battery packs

Can help keep consumers warm in any temperatures

Cons:

Battery Pack Not Included

We've updated this list with the VentureHeat unisex hoodie even thought the batter pack is sold separately because we like the look of it and the fact that it works with all kinds of battery packs and we're not huge fans of proprietary technology. This has everything you want in a heated jacket and also looks cool.

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Battery Compatibility
This hoodie is meant to be compatible with most 2.1 amp power packs. No proprietary stuff here. Just plug and go outside and play.

Polyester Shell and Fleece
Not only does this jacket have three heat settings, but it also has a warm cotton polyester shell and a fleece lining that just added to the heat that the battery-powered warming element provides. And to top it all off its fully machine washable.

Cost And Value
The jacket itself is cheap, but it doesn't come with the power pack included. But you can buy the pair and these jackets are still really quite reasonable. So don't let the fact the "batteries not included" thing deter you.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Power Source

For those times that you find yourself in a situation where your standard-issue winter jacket just won’t cut it, a heated jacket becomes an ideal choice.  Not to make things too easy though, heated jackets come with different methods of keeping you warm, depending on your needs. The two most common methods that you’re going to come across are electric and chemical heat.  Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, and these should be taken into account accordingly.

First, chemically heated jackets are going to be the most economical choice, as there is no hardware required.  These jackets get their heat from thermal packs, much like the ones used as hand warmers, only larger. When agitated, these packs create a thermal reaction that then radiates heat throughout the jacket.  These are ideal for shorter periods of exposure to the elements, as they do provide a significant amount of heat, but only for a limited time. Also, the coverage these packs provide isn’t great. Most of the time, this type of heat is found with heavier coats as the second line of defense.

The next form is electric heating.  This consists of a battery, either Lithium Ion or Nickel Cadmium, with a heating element attached to it to transfer the heat through the coat. These coats are quite more expensive, but provide greater amounts of controlled heat for as long as the battery holds out. These are perfect for prolonged exposure, and thanks to their effectiveness, can be used in lighter jackets that don’t restrict movement as much.  Despite their superior performance, many people still opt for chemical heat due to the fear of electrocution or fire. This is generally unfounded, as electric heating devices contain no live circuits.

Whatever method is chosen, the extra cost associated with heated jackets is more than made up for by the peace of mind they provide on the harshest winter conditions.  The extra warmth created lets you spend more time outdoors doing whatever it is you want to do.

Value

Just like basic winter jackets vary in price depending on materials, so will heated jackets vary based on the methods and fabrics.  As mentioned before, electric heat costs more but also does more. This extra cost is justified by the greater range of motion from the lighter, stretchier materials.  Also, these materials tend to be very breathable, allowing some air circulation and preventing sweating. On the other hand, chemically heated coats are going to be bulkier and more constricting, but because the heat comes from thermal packs, no extra pieces are used, and the cost can be controlled a bit more.  Keep in mind that you will likely need to purchase these packs at some point. However, they are generally pretty cheap, and very easy to come by.

Brand

Normally, I would never use the brand as a determining factor when choosing to clothe with the purpose of keeping you warm.  I have also, however, also stated many times before that with clothing, you do usually get what you pay for. Because of this, I do consider the brand, leaning more toward a well-known, trusted company over a newer upstart.  This can be tricky with heated jackets though, especially where electric heat is concerned since you’re really looking at two products: the jacket and the heating element.

For chemically heated coats, you are pretty safe to go with almost any known brand, because there is no heating element.  Just make sure to pick one that uses quality fabrics and take pride in solid construction, and you should be good to go.

Now, for electric heat, you are going to not only want to choose a very well built jacket, you also need to look at the brand of battery that they choose to incorporate into their product.  Luckily, good quality batteries tend to go hand-in-hand with well-made coats, so if you find one, you should be set for the other. This is where I am the most discriminating. Going with an unknown brand could result in the coat not keeping you warm when needed, and that can be dangerous.  Some of the most trusted brands here are Bosch, Dewalt, and Ororo. The first two are experienced battery makers, while Ororo is known as a solid all-around maker of winter gear.

Fit

This is actually incredibly important when it comes to buying a heated jacket. After all the whole idea is to keep the heat out, and if the fit is off, or if the jacket is manufactured in a way that allows the free flow of air through parts of the jacket then it's just not doing its job. So, we're keeping a close eye on the fit of all of the jackets on our list to make sure they're going to keep the warm in and the cold out.

Weight

The jackets are all going to be uniform in their weight but we're going to be focusing on the weight of the battery packs and their placement in the jacket. We're going to be looking at the ways the jacket is manufactured and how solid the battery pack is placed inside the jacket lining. What we're looking for whether or not the added weight of the batteries weighs down the jacket and makes it fit oddly, or if the batteries swing around inside the jacket making it feel loose. We're looking for a jacket where the batteries aren't cumbersome and overly heavy and stay in place as you move.

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Heated Jackets And Why You Need One

Heated jackets may seem like a specialty product, and perhaps they are. Here's the bottom line: these jackets can change or even save the lives of people who are out of doors, either voluntarily or in case of emergency. So, if you're an outdoor worker or a hunter that's heading out in potentially dangerous cold these might be a necessity, not just a good idea.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: Are The Batteries High Quality?
a:

The heated jackets on this list use rechargeable batteries that are made to last hours. On top of that many of them can even charge up your portable devices while also heating up the jacket itself.

q: Is There A Danger Of Electrocution?
a:

The jackets won’t electrocute you because the companies take great care in how they are built. Even if you accidentally rip the jacket, there is very little chance it will pose any real danger.

q: Can It Charge My Tablet?
a:

Yes and no. The heated jackets that can charge portable devices are not meant for high capacity devices. Think more along the lines of a cell phone, and even in that case, not the ones with high capacity batteries. They will provide some juice to high capacity batteries of those devices, but the resulting effort will drain the battery in the jacket.

q: Where are the “heaters” located?
a:

That depends on the type of heating device that is used.  For chemically heated jackets, there are several pockets where the heat packs can be placed, generally covering larger areas of the torso.  Electric heaters, however, consist of a battery pack, with a length of wire, known as the heating element, attached to it and running through the jacket.  The battery is located in an easy to reach pocket, and may also have a heat control device located nearby.

q: Do heated jackets need to be made from special fabrics?
a:

In most cases, no.  The heating elements are housed within the jacket and covered by protective materials that prevent them from doing any damage to the clothing.

q: Can my heated jacket catch fire?
a:

No.  When designing heated jackets, a lot of care is put into ensuring that the garment will not catch fire.  The heating elements are designed to not be conductive; no live current is present. Also, because it uses infrared heat and doesn't heat the air around it, the fabric is in no danger of igniting.

q: Can I just add a heating element to my existing jacket?
a:

In some cases yes, though it is best to use a jacket that was designated to be a heated garment.  Adding a battery and heating element can cause a fire or shock hazard, while creating pockets for chemical heat packs can compromise the integrity of the coat, allowing in colder air as opposed to creating warmth.

q: How long does the battery last?
a:

Depending on the size of the battery, it can last for several hours before needing to be recharged.  Some batteries will lose their capacity over time and repeated charging, so they will eventually have to be charged more frequently than a newer battery.

q: Are heated jackets heavy?
a:

A heating element added to a jacket won’t inherently add much at all in the way of increased weight.  The battery, heating element, and heat controller all are generally made from lightweight materials.

q: Where is the battery kept?
a:

The battery in a heated jacket is usually kept close by to allow for adjustments when needed.   A common location for the battery is just inside the breast of the coat.

q: Are heated jackets hard to wash?
a:

A heated jacket is exactly as difficult to wash as a traditional winter coat:  it all depends on the fabric. Heated jackets are made to have the heat source removed easily for maintenance and care.