The ever-surging popularity of the hooded sweatshirt (a.k.a., the “hoodie) shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. That’s a good thing for hoodie enthusiasts who appreciate the multitude of buying options.
There’s also more to the average hoodie than meets the eye, which is why we’ll review the best hoodies for men in this post.
We’ll take a look at the best hoodies for men in this post – including the Under Armour Storm Armour Fleece Hoodie – to help you separate the good from the bad and find the hoodie that’s suitable for you, your lifestyle, and your body type.
We’ll start with some hoodie buying tips, but also discuss the various types of sweatshirts (a broad category that includes hoodies) and compare hoodies to other types of outerwear.
- Before you buy: 8 things to consider when purchasing a hoodie
- 11 Best hoodies for men 2019
- The many styles and types of hoodies
- What’s the difference? hoodies vs. sweatshirts vs. jackets
- Why we chose these products for our list of best men’s hoodies
Before You Buy: 8 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Hoodie
Hoodies are multi-faceted garments in today’s world. Men, women, and children wear them and they serve many purposes – from providing warmth in the winter to serving as a stylish fashion accessory that adds another element to your overall look.
Finding the right hoodie for you comes down to several factors, starting with the material used to make it.
1. The Material
It’s important to consider the inner and outer material when buying a hoodie. Common types of materials used to make hoodies include:
Cotton is the most popular material for men’s hoodies. They’re soft, breathable, and help keep the body warm because of cotton’s insulation properties.
Wool provides even better protection against the cold than cotton.
Many hoodies consist of a polyester/cotton blend, although rarely 100% polyester. Polyester has an elastic feel that’s resistant to wrinkling and deformation.
Fleece ranks up there with cotton and wool regarding popular hoodie material and is very lightweight and extremely comfortable to wear.
Fur is a go-to hoodie lining material for men who are looking for extra protection against winter’s harsher elements. It’s hard to beat fur for overall warmth.
A great thing about hoodies is that you have plenty of types from which to choose: zipper, pullover, skull, Baja, fur, and many more. We’ll break down the different hoodie types later in this article.
3. Sleeve Length
The most common hoodie sleeve length is long sleeve, but there are other options such as three-quarter sleeves, short sleeves, no sleeves, etc.
Many men prefer the look of a plain hoodie with no prints or graphics woven into it, but others love unique graphic designs that depict everything from a specific cause to a favorite sports team. Chances are, there’s a hoodie that fits your “style” out there somewhere.
5. Body Type
You should always consider your body type and specific build whenever you shop for a hoodie, or for any clothing for that matter. Here’s a brief rundown:
When it comes to your weight and hoodie type, the general rule(s) of thumb is this: if you have a slim or average build, look for a hoodie that’s fitted and doesn’t sag around the waist (which makes you look heavier). A zipless, slim-fitting hoodie also works well for guys with muscular builds.
Men with heavier builds should choose a hoodie that doesn’t attract too much attention to their belly. If you carry an extra bit of weight, look for a comfortable hoodie that flatters your shape.
Choosing a hoodie that’s a bit large is fine if you’re taller, heavier man, but not so good if you’re shorter and have a broader build.
Your height is another factor to consider when purchasing a hoodie. Avoid oversized hoodies if you’re on the shorter side because they’ll make you look broader and overemphasize your height deficit. Instead, look for a hoodie that extends to just beyond your belt and has a slim fit.
Taller men can get away with slightly oversized hoodies and shouldn’t wear any that rise any higher than their belt. Be careful to check the quality of the fabric; consider buying the next size up if the hoodie’s liable to shrink in the wash.
Check a hoodie’s seams, both inside and out, before you buy. Look for stitching that lies flat and evenly.
Hoodies generally range in weight from 6.5 ounces to 10 ounces. Some men prefer heavier hoodies, especially when used as a layer of protection against the cold, while lighter weights add an extra layer without the excess bulk. Polyester-blend hoodies are usually lighter than those made from other types of fabric, while 100% cotton is heavier.
Many of the best hoodies for men have a higher-than-average price tag. There’s nothing wrong with paying a little extra for anything that’s of high quality and promises to last you a long time. But higher cost doesn’t always guarantee higher quality, so consider all the other factors before plunking down a sizable chunk of change for a hoodie.
Next, let’s take a look at the best hoodies for men.
The 11 Best Hoodies For Men 2019
Under Armour’s original mission when founded in 1996 by a former American college football player was to make garments that helped athletes improve their performance. Today, UA’s mission retains its core principles while also making products fit for both serious athletes and non-athletes.
The men’s Storm Armour Fleece Hoodie is ideal for athletic wear and everyday wear for a lot of reasons, including that its fleece is extremely lightweight and that it simply looks good. It also comes with UA’s patented Storm technology that repels water while protecting the hoodie’s solid construction. You can wear it for your daily run even if it’s drizzling outside without worrying about it becoming saturated with moisture.
You’ll also like the fleece’s breathability and how the material stretches for superior mobility; both add to this hoodie’s overall comfort. So does its soft inner layer that traps heat to keep you warm in cold weather.
The Armour Fleece Hoodie includes two side hand pockets, including a right-side internal phone pocket that helps you stay connected even in the midst of a workout.
- Lightweight fabric
- Moisture-repelling construction
- Inner layer keeps warmth in
- Some reviewers say it fits larger men best
It’s hard to go wrong with the Armour Fleece Hoodie by Under Armour. If it’s not the best pullover hoodie available today, it certainly ranks near the top.
As you might expect, Sherpa-lined = Warmth and it helps to make Carhartt’s Collinston Brushed Fleece sweatshirt one of the best men’s outdoor hoodies.
Technically, Sherpa lining refers to a polyester lining with a deep pile (the raised surface or nap of a fabric). It also has large, fuzzy naps that give it a bumpier texture; the overall effect is similar to sheep’s wool, although it’s lighter weight and less bulky. But no matter how you describe it, the stuff’s warm.
The exterior of the Carhartt Collinston sweatshirt consists of a 50-50 cotton/polyester blend and has a zippered front. There’s also two front pouch pockets and a hood with a drawstring.
Carhartt is known for its rugged workwear – workwear that stands strong in all weather conditions – and the Collinston hoodie feature the same durable construction with a few innovative twists, such as a media port and loop that allow you to easily string earphones from a media player or phone you’ve stored in one of the front pockets.
The zipper consists of antique-finish nickel (and also is built to last) while its spandex reinforced rib knit helps to retain body warmth. We think it’s the best zip hoodie on our list.
At 10.5 ounces, it weighs more than many other hoodies, but thick is OK when one of the reasons you’re wearing it is to help protect you from the cold.
- Sherpa-lined for comfort and warmth
- Dries quickly
- Media port and loop for convenience
- May run a tad baggy
Carhartt’s Collinston Brushed Fleeced hoodie has an urban look but one that still appeals to a blue-collar demographic. It’s also rugged but comfortable, which is no surprise coming from Carhartt.
With thousands of positive reviews on Amazon, it seems clear that Gildan has a hit in its Fleece Hooded Sweatshirt G18500. From its overall fit to its comfortability, the G18500 is the choice of many customers, both men and women.
Gildan, a U.S.-based company that’s a major player in the apparel and sock manufacturing world, uses cotton grown in America while following strict environmental guidelines. It’s hard not to like a company that’s committed to preserving natural resources while reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing processes, but also one that produces quality products.
The G18500 consists of a cotton-polyester blend that’s pre-shrunk to make for a more exact fit. It also includes air jet yarn (air jet is a manufacturing technology that’s said to reduce piling) with a softer feel than other fabric blends. Enhanced durability comes from double-needle stitching at the shoulders, armholes, neck, waistband, and cuffs.
There’s also a double-lined hood with a color-matching drawcord, as well as a roomy pouch pocket in which you can carry your essentials, such as your phone.
- Soft, comfortable feel
- Strong stitching and durability
- Roomy pouch pocket
- Material is of a lighter weight than what some customers expect
Gildan’s G18500 has the feel and design of hoodies that cost more and sacrifices nothing regarding comfort and durability. It’s a popular choice for many, many customers.
You’ll get all the comfort you need with the Nike Sportswear Men’s Pullover Club Hoodie but without all the bulk. It’s also casual and sporty and certainly a contender for the best everyday hoodie for men.
The Men’s Pullover Club Hoodie is a soft, cozy, classic pullover style hoodie. It’s made from an 80% cotton, 20% polyester blend, and includes a classic ribbed hem and cuffs. Both the hem and cuffs are updated from previous versions.
The paneled hood comes with drawcord fastening while there’s also a roomy, kangaroo-style front pouch pocket.
Many wearers also like its minimalist design that still looks, as mentioned, sporty and casual, and it comes in a variety of contemporary colors. Nike’s logo is embroidered on the left chest and won’t fade or wear out even with repeated washings.
- Classic but sporty design
- Super soft brushed fleece
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Sizing may run a bit on the small side
The Nike Sportswear Men’s Pullover Club Hoodie is cozy and comfortable without the bulkiness of many other hoodies. It also has a classic design that still looks contemporary.
Who is Reigning Champ? If you haven’t heard, it’s a Canadian streetwear brand – based in Vancouver – that creates quality, classic design with a focus on heavyweight fleece and knits. Moreover, they handcraft their hoodies and sweatshirts for superior quality.
They make some kick-ass hoodies, that’s for sure, not the least of which is their Men’s Mid-Weight Terry Zip Hoodie. It has a worn-in feel from the first time you wear it (thanks, in part, to subtly frayed seams) and has a classic zip-up design. A pair of pockets detail the front.
The hood of the Mid-Weight Terry Zip Hoodie has a contrasting drawstring, while it’s available in a wide variety of colors. Its fit is considered “trim” or “fit,” but you won’t have a lot of trouble finding one that fits your body shape.
As one Amazon reviewer put it, “….then you buy a Reigning Champ (sweatshirt) and it becomes your favorite thing ever.” High praise, indeed.
- Handcrafted quality
- Feels good from the first time you wear it
- Variety of color options
- Few, if any, but it does cost more than many other hoodies
Reigning Champ’s Mid-Weight Terry Zip Hoodie has a luxury feel that makes it well worth the price. It’s a winner, and as its name suggests, still a champion.
Hanes is known for making comfortable clothing and it’s safe to say that it’s EcoSmart Fleece Hooded Sweatshirt is a contender for most comfortable hoodie. Hanes also is the world’s largest marketer of basic apparel (according to them, that is) and manufacture everything from bras to T-shirts to socks and men’s underwear.
Again, comfort is a big reason why many customers buy Hanes products, but another reason is the fit. The EcoSmart Fleece Hooded Sweatshirt has a relaxed fit and features a ribbed waistband and cuffs to help keep the cold wind out when the weather turns a bit frightful.
Made from a blend of cotton and polyester (each at 50%), the Hanes hoodie comes from a process that helps it to resist piling after each wash. It weighs in at 7.8 ounces and includes a pull-on closure, a drawstring hood, and a kangaroo pocket in the front which is good for storage and keeping your hands warm in cold weather.
You’ll also have eight shades of color to choose from if you decide to buy the EcoSmart Fleece Hooded Sweatshirt, vibrant hues such as forest green, deep royal, red, and more.
- Relaxed fit
- Helps protect against the cold
- Some wearers say the length of the body is a bit short
Hanes makes products that feel comfortable, not restrictive, and their EcoSmart Hoodie combines comfort with practicality. It’s ideal for everyday use.
Another simple yet stylish – and perfectly functional – hoodie worthy of your consideration is Champion’s Men’s Performance Fleece Pullover Hoodie. It’s a hoodie that’s great for the gym but also a casual lunch or dinner when you still want to look nice (hey, you should always want to look nice, no?).
There’s a lot to like about this hoodie, including that it features Duofold Warm CTRL Technology that keeps you warm without weighing you down. Duofold technology has a lot of moving parts, so to speak, and all of them are good. For one, it plates two layers of fabric together that provides thermal insulation but with the feel of a single layer.
It also wicks moisture away from the skin to the surface, where it evaporates, while the thermal layer helps keep you warm without adding extra bulk to the hoodie.
The Men’s Performance Fleece Pullover’s hood includes mesh lining and an adjustable drawstring. The hoodie also comes with front pouch pockets to help keep your hands warm while also providing storage for items you may carry throughout each day. Finally, it comes in many different colors.
- Moisture-wicking technology
- Warm thermal layer
- Great for casual occasions
- Sizing may run small
The Champion Men’s Performance Fleece Pullover is another hoodie that has a luxury feel but comes at a nice price. Its Duofold Technology keeps you warm, comfortable, and dry.
Merino wool and warmth go hand-in-hand. Made from the wool of Merino sheep native to Australia, it’s a fabric that keeps the cold out while keeping everything underneath toasty warm.
The WoolX Grizzly hoodie consists of Merino wool and that’s one reason why we think it’s the best men’s wool hoodie. It’s not only designed for extremely cold temperatures, but it also has an excellent design that’s fully functional and comfortable.
But the material … well, it’s hard to beat.
- The WoolX Grizzly’s outer layer has a heavy, tight-knit that repels water and win. It’s also exceptionally soft and ideal for any outdoor activity and adventure.
- The inner layer is moisture-wicking and anti-microbial. When you sweat, as you invariably do during winter activities, moisture is wicked away from the skin. Meanwhile, its anti-microbial properties help you to remain odor-free.
- You won’t experience any of the bunching or dampness that you may get with cotton hoodies. It’s also itch-free.
- The WoolX Grizzly comes with deep zipper pockets that provide ample room to carry all of your things. There’s also an interior chest pocket with a music portal that allows you to listen to your favorite tunes without having to hold your phone or music player.
- The hood has a 3-panel adjustable cord system that wraps around your face and neck to protect you from the harsher elements.
- A guard prevents you noble beardsmen from inadvertently catching your whiskers in the zipper.
- Its design includes easy-to-hide storm cuffs with thumbholes that tuck into the sleeve when not in use.
- The WoolX Grizzly also is machine washable and safe for the dryer.
- One of the warmest hoodies available
- Moisture-wicking inner layer
- Fit is too large for some
Superior warmth and comfort combine to help the WoolX Grizzly rank among the best hoodies. It also has other features – like an interior music portal – that help separate it from all the rest.
All hail the king or, for our purposes, Benjamin Russell. It’s Russell who invented the sweatshirt a long, long time ago and for that we bow down deeply in reverence. After all, without the sweatshirt there’d be no hoodie.
Those vital roots aren’t why we include the Russell Athletic Mike Chenille Hoodie on this list – because it’s worthy on its own – but it’s always nice to find a quality product that comes directly from the source.
As you’d expect, Russell Athletic has the experience and knowledge to create superior sweatshirts, hoodies, and other apparel, and their chenille (a type of yarn or fabric) hoodie is a prime example of their craftsmanship. It gives the nod to the 1950s and vintage lettermen sweaters but has a contemporary look and feel that has widespread appeal.
The Mike chenille hoodie consists of a heavy cotton blend (80%) and polyester (20%) and has a soft, fleece lining. It has a weighty feel and provides a layer of protection in cooler temperatures. It also comes with ribbed cuffs, hem, kangaroo pocket, and a drawstring hood, all in classic athletic styling.
But this hoodie isn’t just for athletes – far from it. It’s also perfect for casual wear and, because of its weight, feel and construction, ideal for keeping you warm when the temperatures plummet.
- Classic look
- Comfortable cotton blend
- From the same company that invented the sweatshirt
- Men’s sizes may run a bit small
Russell Athletic wear represents a true original and a continues to be relevant today. Their Mike chenille-fabric hoodie hearkens back to another time but with a style that fits perfectly into contemporary culture.
Protecting the environment is always a good thing and Alternative Apparel goes above and beyond to ensure that they’re environmentally-conscious in all ways. But their men’s Eco Zip hoodie deserves a spot on our list primarily because it’s a quality product.
For one, it’s thin and lightweight, which helps make it feel comfortable against the skin without feeling bulky like some other hoodies. It also has a zipper closure and a split kangaroo pocket, and is heather knit (in which yarns of mixed color are interwoven to form alternative flecks of color).
Alternative Apparel maintains a strong commitment to producing timeless designs that remain relevant, while also having a worn-in style that makes them instantly comfortable. They also maintain an excellent balance between simplicity and style.
They also, as previously mentioned, keep their feet firmly planted in eco-friendly, sustainable practices, such as using organic rather than conventional cotton, oxo-biodegradable mailer bags, while approximately 120,000 recycled plastic bottles per year go into the manufacture of their Alternative-Eco fabrics.
- Lightweight feel
- Contemporary, timeless design
- Eco-friendly manufacturing processes
- Check sizing carefully
Many men and women swear by Alternative Apparel’s hoodies and sweatshirts, and with good reason. Their men’s Eco Zip Hoodie feels good on the skin and looks good for many occasions.
Ohoo is a South Korean brand that features a variety of products, including their slim fit hoodie. There’s a lot to like about the latter and it’s deserving of a place in best-of reviews.
While this hoodie is, as its name says, a slimmer fit, it’s not too tight (or too loose, for that matter). Made from 80% cotton and 20% polyester, it’s soft and has a lightweight feel that many men prefer. It comes with a kangaroo pocket in the front, and an adjustable drawstring hood with metal tips on the drawstring.
It’s also one of the most stylish hoodies for guys and comes in 18 colors – from navy mélange to jade green. But its simple design makes it great for working out or hanging out.
- Stylish design
- Slim, but not too tight fit
- A variety of colors from which to choose
- The hood is a bit large for some reviewers
If you haven’t heard of Ohoo it’s worth checking out their products. Their slim-fit lightweight hoodie looks and feels good with just the right fit.
The Many Styles and Types of Hoodies
Hoodies, as we’ve mentioned, have come a long way in the past several years. While they’ll never be confused with formal wear, you can find a hoodie for most occasions. Let’s take a look at the many types of hoodies – from slim-fit to skull to zip-up.
Over-the-head hoodies don’t have a zip-up front and you slip them on over your head and upper torso. Over-the-head, or pullover, hoodies generally look best in informal occasions and don’t come in as wide a variety of styles as other types. Pullover-type hoodies tend to be a bit thicker than other styles, and thicker means more comfortable to a lot of wearers. That extra thickness certainly doesn’t hurt when the temperatures start to plummet.
Their name says it all: zip-up hoodies have a zippered front, and they come in a plethora of sizes, designs, and styles. One advantage of zippers is temperature control, i.e., you can unzip it if you get too warm, or zip it up to protect against the cold. And their zippers come in a multitude of styles, as well, from thick to thin to brightly colored to, well, you name it.
The hood part of the hoodie isn’t just for show with the skull look; instead, it fits on – and covers – your head area. Non-skull hoodies, meanwhile, have a small hood that fits with the overall style and design, but doesn’t cover your head. On the other hand, there are also skull hoodies that have an actual skull design on the front. It’s worth it to know the difference if you’re in the market for a skull hoodie.
Skate hoodies are often sleeveless and made for men who like to skate – especially skateboarding – and ski while maintaining a stylish look. The lack of sleeves reduces wind drag for skaters.
The Baja hoodie has a long history – over five decades, to be exact – and was created in Mexico. They first came in poncho or pullover styles, but today’s Baja hoodies also come in a sleeveless form. Check out some Baja hoodies if you’re looking to rock the hippie look.
Fur-lined hoodies are a luxury if you live in colder climates in which winter often turns nasty. Some hoodies come with fur around the rim of the hood and neck region for further protection against the cold.
Slim-fit hoodies help give wearers a slimmer look because, in part, they’re made with less elastane than other types. They essentially cling to the body and elongate the body, but clingy doesn’t mean “uncomfortable,” especially if you choose the proper size for your body.
Black hoodies are black in color (no surprise there) and rate among the most popular hoodies today. They’re convenient in that you can wear just about any type of shirt underneath them, along with pants and jeans of many different colors. Darker shades of pants, such as blue, black, and navy blue, look best with black hoodies, however.
What’s the Difference? Hoodies vs. Sweatshirts vs. Jackets
It can get a bit confusing when you see reviews of hoodies that are called sweatshirts. Wait, is the sweatshirt the same as a hoodie? Is it a jacket? The answer, to both questions, is no, even if it can come down to semantics.
The hoodie vs. the sweatshirt
True, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about hoodies already, but there’s no harm in getting a bit more technical – even if there’s nothing overly complicated about it.
A hoodie, then, is a variation of a sweatshirt. The biggest difference is that a hoodie has a hood (we know, Captain Obvious moment). Like a sweatshirt, it’s collarless and functions both as athletic and casual wear.
Booth hoodies and sweatshirts are, for the most part, a bit oversized and heavier than, say, a T-shirt, or even a lightweight jacket. And they’re often made from similar materials, such as cotton, polyester, wool, etc.
But back to the hood, the characteristic feature of a hoodie. It’s inspired by clothing worn by medieval monks and priests who wore hooded garments. While the “hooded” sweatshirt dates back several centuries, it’s riding a wave of popularity today. The hood is functional – it protects against the elements – but also can create an image of mystery, anonymity and, yes, suspicion.
Another important distinction between a hoodie and sweatshirt is that a hoodie can be a pullover or feature a zippered front. Both hoodies and sweatshirts can have pockets. Also, hoodies may feature short sleeves or no sleeves at all (like a skater hoodie).
Both hoodies and sweatshirts enable wearers to have a free range of body movement, including during exercise (although mobility may vary from garment to garment due to fit).
The basic sweatshirt gained popularity as an article of clothing often worn by athletes because they absorb sweat and offer the aforementioned freedom of movement. It also offers warmth and protection against colder weather. Today, the sweatshirt is part of popular culture and worn by athletes and non-athletes alike.
Both hoodies and sweatshirts can serve as an outer garment, such as over a T-shirt, or as a shirt with nothing underneath. Moreover, each may include a logo or other unique design, while many wearers prefer a no-logo, plain design.
The hoodie vs. the jacket
A judge once famously ruled that he couldn’t define pornography but that he knew it when he saw it. That’s not a bad way to describe a jacket without getting too technical: you’ll know one when you see one.
True, hoodies, jackets, and sweatshirts serve as outer garments that help protect against the elements but stylistic differences make them stand apart from one another. A jacket, for instance, typically doesn’t extend much beyond the waist – at least not as much as sweatshirts and hoodies can – and most often feature a zippered front.
A jacket may feature a hood, but you can tuck it in or otherwise detract attention from it (although it is functional), while a hoodie’s hood is, well, not to be ignored. Jackets most often feature a zippered front while a hoodie may have a zipper or come as a pullover.
Jackets typically consist of woven fabric such as wool, cotton, nylon or fleece – much like hoodies and sweatshirts – which helps differentiate it from, say, a sweater made of knitted material. Finally, a jacket’s weight depends upon the style and season.
Why We Chose These Products For Our List of Best Men’s Hoodies
The popularity of hoodies means that a lot of players (namely, manufacturers of men’s apparel) have joined the game. That’s not a bad thing, because consumers have more options than ever, but sorting out the good from the bad is often challenging.
What makes for a high-quality hoodie includes a lot of things, including comfort, but also functionality, durability, fit, the material, and so on. We looked for hoodies that fell into all of these categories, and others, while also paying close attention to the reviews of others, not the least of which was the reviews of consumers like you.
And, as always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions. Have you worn any of the hoodies on our list? If so, how did you like them? What’s your favorite hoodie? We’d love to hear from you.