As soon as the temperature starts to drop, the EG crew reaches for their cold-weather staples: Jackets, overcoats, and layers.
But to really stay warm while looking good, we always keep a range of beanies close at hand, too.
In this guide to the best beanies for men, we’re going to give you an insider’s look at the whole spectrum of beanies — from the extremely affordable and utilitarian to the pricey and luxurious, and everything in between.
Our Picks: The 16 Best Beanies for Men
So without further ado, here’s the best darned beanies on the planet.
“This Everyday Beanie is a versatile warmer made with recycled materials, a go-to choice when heading out into chilly weather.”
“From early mornings at the campsite to cold evenings around the fire pit, a reliable wool beanie keeps your head properly shielded from the bouts of winter weather that otherwise send freezing chills to your core.”
Looking for an affordable and utilitarian beanie for everyday wear? Carhartt is the way to go.
Their Knit Cuffed Beanie is available in a huge range of colors, and the rib knit acrylic fabric will stay snug on your head. It’s our go-to pick for a hard-wearing beanie under $20.
“Made with contrasting colors on either side, this Reversible Beanie functions as a two-in-one piece that looks good either way.”
“Crafted from soft acrylic yarn, this is the kind of warmth that you’ll want to reach for anytime you can see your breath.“
“Double-knitted hat in wool that makes it both warm and durable. Double-fold at the bottom and ribbed for comfortable fit. Arctic fox on the forehead.”
“The outerwear designers over at Nobis know a thing or two about dressing for the cold — they are from Canada, after all. And their Elain Knit Toque does a great job of keeping a slim style while remaining warm because of its tight knitting. And it has a lifetime guarantee, too.”
“Knit from recycled polyester, the Chevron Birdseye Pom Beanie is a cozy, old-school pom beanie with 70s ski resort-style.”
“With cashmere beanies, we get into the territory of soft, luxurious, and higher-dollar stuff. Wills is a fully hand-knit cashmere wool beanie, making it one of the softest and warmest accessories you can put on your head.”
“This incredibly soft beanie is made from a luxurious rib knit wool and cashmere blend, perfect for looking cool and staying warm at the same time.”
“The Ribbed Beanie is made from a Mongolian cashmere and wool blend for a heavenly soft feel and functional durability.”
“It’s crafted in the same quality of yarn as our sweaters (which is softer and more sustainable than ever), for the perfect combination of style, durability and warmth.”
“Made from top-grade cashmere with a judicious addition of elastane and nylon, Everlane’s Cashmere Rib Beanie is an accessory that looks as great as it performs. And since it’s made from Mongolian cashmere, it’ll just keep getting softer the more you wear it.”
“One look at the pom will clue you in that Patagonia’s Powder Town Beanie is full-on retro ski lodge style. It’s Fair Trade Certified and woven from 100% recycled polyester, with a heavy-duty knit cuff that’s guaranteed to keep you warm.”
“This one from Filson features USA-sourced wool and is made here in the States too. Adjustable cuff so you can wear it how you want.”
The classic chunky rib design on Uniqlo’s beanie is optimized for warmth, with a narrower rib at the opening to make for a more comfy fit. The acrylic / wool blend is extra soft, and Uniqlo’s HEATTECH technology never lets me down, either. Great affordable buy!
Answering your FAQs About Men’s Beanies
And to wrap things up, let’s take a look at some of the questions we hear from guys when they’re picking out beanies.
Are beanies in style?
At this point, beanies have been around for long enough that they’ve transcended the usual fashion cycles.
How you can fashionably wear a beanie might change from year to year, but if you stick with wearing it like a standard beanie, you’re good to go.
What kind of beanie is the warmest?
The thicker the fabric used for a beanie, the warmer it will be. So on the affordable end, a thick and heavy-duty cotton beanie will be the warmest.
But if you’re willing to spend a little bit more, a heavy wool or cashmere beanie will be both warmer and more breathable than cotton.
How do you pick a beanie?
Here at EG, we like our beanies to keep their shape — both when we’re wearing them, and when we store them away after the winter.
The knit should be thick enough to hold a nice roundness when you’re wearing them; we recommend avoiding thin, flimsy, and limp beanies.
Should a beanie cover your ears?
It depends on how cold you are! If it’s really freezing outside, you’ll definitely want your beanie to cover your ears.
But you can also wear it higher up on your head or double-cuffed to show off a different style.
Which brand has the best beanies?
Do you have a favorite beanie on this list?
A beanie can amplify your winter look, all while keeping your head nice and warm. Whether you’re looking for utilitarian or cashmere, there’s a beanie for you.
|10/29/2023||Updated text, removed out of stock products|
|08/17/2023||Updates to text and links|
|11/23/2021||Original publish date|