You can’t deny that when it comes to warmth, puffer coats make for one of, if not the, best coat styles imaginable. These squishy, ultra-cozy finds come in all different lengths and styles to keep you toasty from head to toe without weighing you down. Read on for tips on how to choose the best puffer coats to suit your needs and our suggestions for where to find them.
How to Choose a Puffer Coat
When it comes down to choosing any one puffer jacket over another, the main factor to consider is insulation. While down (the fluffy substance beneath an animal’s feathers) is considered to be the gold standard of insulation, other synthetic materials may better suit your needs, particularly if you plan to use it in wet weather or have allergies. We’ve broken down the different types for you below.
Down: Dubbed “nature’s best insulator,” down from geese or ducks is king when it comes to keeping warm. This type of insulation is measured by its “fill power rating,” which tells you how many cubic inches of down it has at its maximum loft, or thickness. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the fill power, the warmer the coat, though other factors, such as down weight may also play a role. Fill powers range from 300 to 900, with most high-quality coats netting 550 or above.
Synthetic: There are plenty of reasons you might opt to choose a synthetic fill coat over down. Not only can these materials, including polyester and Primaloft (synthetic microfiber thermal filling), be nearly warm as their down counterparts, there’s no fear of animal cruelty with this purchase. You’re also less likely to experience an allergic reaction to the materials. Finally, synthetics may be a superior choice in wet weather, which can cause down filling to clump.
Synthetic Down: This is a mix of down and synthetic, which allows for more warmth in certain areas of a coat.
Synthetic Wool: A few brands out there may also combine synthetic materials with wool — a material known to resist dampness and odors.
Once you’ve decided on an insulation type, you’ll want to focus on the extras. Added puffer coat details, like faux fur trimming, inner drawcords to keep insulation close, storm flaps, and adjustable cuffs will all do wonders to increase your warmth and comfort. Some jackets are also labeled water resistant (able to resist water to some degree) or durable water repellant (aka DWR, not easily penetrated by water thanks to a special coating placed on the coat).
Cost and weight may also play a role in your decision, as down coats tend to be on the pricier side and heavier pieces may be uncomfortable.
The Best Puffer Coats
After taking all of these factors into consideration, FIRST for Women has rounded up some of the best puffer coats on the market. Keep reading to find out which ones made the cut!
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Orolay Puffer Jacket
Top-Rated Puffer Coat — Orolay Thickened Down Jacket
Where to buy: From $107.99, Amazon
This cold weather staple caused a serious buying frenzy back in 2018, becoming so popular, it was nicknamed "The Amazon Coat” and even got its own Instagram account! This little beauty has since racked up more than 7,000 reviews, more than 4,000 of which are 5-star. So what makes it so special? A 90/10 eiderdown duck fill, for starters. The ratio here indicates that the percentage of down (90) is much higher than the percentage of feathers (10) found inside — a mark of a super high-quality fill. This coat also boasts a faux lamb lining, a unique silhouette with an added side zipper for mobility, and six handy pockets. It’s also water and wind-resistant.
Best Travel Puffer — Spyder Transit
Where to buy: $500, Spyder
While this color-blocked puffer will keep you warm anywhere you go thanks to its Primaloft fill, it’s an especially great pick for those who regularly travel. Lightweight and compressible, this coat packs into a pocket that can be used as a headrest for your plane’s window seat! The waterproof Gore-Tex exterior has underarm ventilation to keep you from getting too hot, and it features a removable hood, adjustable hand cuffs, and plenty of Velcro pockets for storage — need we say more?
Canada Goose Puffer Coat
Best Hooded Puffer— Canada Goose Ellison Packable Down Jacket
Where to buy: $650, Nordstrom
With a 675 goose-down fill and a slim, sleek silhouette, Canada Goose's Ellison packable coat makes for one of the warmest, yet stylish, puffers of the bunch. There’s a drop-tail back to cover your seat and a DWR finish, but this coat’s real standout is its detachable hood. Not only is there a drawcord that will keep it snug around your face in a snow storm, there’s a snap chin guard with reflective details to further secure it in place.
The North Face Sierra
Best Down Puffer — The North Face Sierra Down Parka
Where to buy: $329, Nordstrom
If there’s one puffer brand that’s cornered the market, it’s The North Face. The beloved outerwear company shows why with this new Sierra down parka, which is made from recycled materials. It’s got all of the creature comforts you could ever want in a coat, from a 600 fill power and adjustable cuffs to its removable drawcord hood and a DWR finish. The outerwear is also easy to clean, with machine washable instructions.
And, if that’s not enough to keep you warm, you can always upgrade to the company's deluxe Vistaview Power Hooded Down Coat ($600), which has a whopping 800-fill — the highest we’ve seen thus far!
L.L. Bean Ultrawarm Coat
Best Long Puffer Coat — L.L. Bean Ultrawarm Coat
Where to buy: $279, L.L. Bean
When it’s so cold you don’t even want your eyeballs to show, reach for L.L. Bean’s warmest Ultradown coat. Rated for light to moderate activity in temperatures of -50 degrees, this all-encompassing puffer has a 650 fill power down, a detachable hood with fur that can also be removed, and a polyester shell that will cover you from top to bottom.
Best Affordable Puffer Coat — Wantdo
Where to buy: $59.97, Amazon
Another of Amazon's No. 1 best-sellers comes in the form of this ultra-lightweight piece from Wantdo. Coated in a water-repellant finish, this nylon coat works just as well In a rainstorm as it will in a squall. It’s filled with 80 percent duck down to keep you nice and warm and has an attached, elasticized hood to protect your face from the wind.
More than 1,000 Amazon reviewers have already given it their seal of approval, with one writing, “This jacket is perfect if you're a cold person like me who loves to be warm, but not overly bundle up to the point where you can't move!”
Concurred another, “I wanted two things - a coat that was warm, but not heavy or bulky … this is so warm and so comfortable and SO lightweight.”
Columbia Polar Freeze
Best Puffer Coat Under $200 — Columbia Polar Freeze Down Jacket
Where to buy: From $189, Amazon
This fur-lined coat, which nabbed Amazon’s choice pick for “Down Coat for Women,” is well-equipped for Arctic chills thanks to its 652 fill and Columbia’s innovative thermal OmniHeat technology, which uses a silver-dotted lining to reflect/retain your body’s own heat. The hood detaches and the zipper goes both ways, allowing you to keep the bottom half open if the unthinkable occurs and you get too hot.
C9 Champion Puffer
Best Mid Length Puffer Coat — C9 Champion
Where to buy: $49.99, Target
If you’re not a fan of the crop jacket but don’t quite need one that goes down to your knees, this mid-length pick from C9 Champion is a good alternative. It’s both wind and water resistant, and features a polyester fill that you can easily machine wash.
One buyer liked this coat so much, she bought two more for her daughters, writing, “We absolutely love them. Very warm and comfortable for the winter season.”
Marmot Ithaca Coat
Best Short Puffer Coat — Marmot Ithaca Down Jacket
Where to buy: From $199.96, Backcountry
For a reasonably-priced shorter style, we turn to Marmot’s Ithaca down jacket. Its 700 down fill rating makes it one of the higher-quality pieces on our list, and the removable faux fur trim offers up even more balminess. Micro-fleece cuffs are also built-in for added comfort. A lifetime manufacturer’s warranty sweetens the deal.
Patagonia Down With It Parka
Best Water Repellant Puffer — Patagonia Down With It Parka
Where to buy: $299, Backcountry
A 600 down fill and a detachable, insulated hood ensures that this longline puffer from Patagonia won't leave you worrying about catching cold upon stepping out into the tundra — even if it’s raining. It’s got a DWR coating, so snow and light showers will be no match for its powers. Another super cool feature? This topper is made from 100 percent recycled down, making it a good pick for the environment, too. A lifetime warranty seals the deal.
Best Luxury Puffer Coat — Moncler Serrite Oversized Puffer Jacket
Where to buy: $1,240, Neiman Marcus
If you’ve gotta have the best of the best, Moncler’s Serrite puffer won’t disappoint. Not only is it super stylish with its glossy nylon shell, it’s got a 90/10 fill. The hood has a drawcord to keep out the elements and it hits right below the hip.
Eddie Bauer Puffer
Best Stylish Puffer Coat — Eddie Bauer Lodge Down Parka
Where to buy: $149.40 (Originally $249), Eddie Bauer
Though it's one of the more budget-friendly finds out there, Eddie Bauer’s Lodge puffer doesn't skimp on the quality. It's rated with a fill power of 650, a temperature comfort rating of -40 degrees, a DWR coating, and a detachable faux fur trim. The collar and cuffs are lined in cozy fleece that will feel oh-so-nice on your skin, and the hood snaps off for lighter weather.