The Best Hoodies for Men, Tested by Style Editors

The Best Hoodies for Men, Tested by Style Editors

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Best Overall Hoodie

Lululemon Steady State Hoodie

Steady State Hoodie

Best Overall Hoodie

Lululemon Steady State Hoodie

Pros
  • Moisuture-wicking, stretchy, and soft fabric
  • Extra room in the chest and at the waist
  • Naturally breathable
  • Versatile for everyday or workouts
Cons
  • Costly, but has lots of wearability and retains shape

When it comes to comfortable athleisure wear that you can sport almost everyday, Lululemon churns out the best of the best. Take the brand’s relaxed-fitting style hoodie, which doesn’t feel too loose or baggy, rather meets right in the middle. It’s made from a soft cotton-elastane blend, meaning this cut works perfectly for guys with bigger backs and biceps.

Despite its steep price point, this fleece pullover can handle several washes and multiple seasons. We’ve worn it through the fall and into the spring—pairing it with chinos, jeans and sweats. Our style editors raved about how breathable the fabric is, making it a top option for all-day wear, from their workout class to the beer hall.

And if you don’t feel like carrying your backpack, the Steady State Hoodie comes with a wide kangaroo pouch, so there’s a place to store your phone, wallet, beanie—or warm your hands.

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Materials 70% Cotton, 30% Polyester
Size XS—XXL
Fit Relaxed
Fabric Weight Mid-weight

Best Hoodie on Amazon

Champion Reverse Weave Fleece Pullover Hoodie

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Reverse Weave Fleece Pullover Hoodie

Best Hoodie on Amazon

Champion Reverse Weave Fleece Pullover Hoodie

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Pros
  • Reliable everyday comfort and style
  • Cut on the cross-grain to reduce vertical shrinkage
  • Perfect option for layering
Cons
  • Can feel a bit hot in warm weather

Champion has built a strong reputation from designing durable athletic apparel, namely its hoodies, which can stand the test of time. Take the brand’s classic pullover that’s produced from its patented reverse weave technique. In other words, it goes through a manufacturing process to increase its lifespan and reduce the chances of shrinking.

Although its thick build might be too hot for summer weather, the cotton-blend fabric will keep you toasty during shoulder season without having to wear a jacket. Not to mention, the loose fit offers room for layers and plenty of movements. We also love that you can easily pair it with all of your favorite jeans and sweats.

Materials 82% Cotton, 18% Polyester
Size XS—3XL
Fit Loose
Fabric Weight 12 oz heavyweight fleece

Best Everyday Hoodie

Todd Snyder Midweight Popover Hoodie Sweatshirt

Midweight Popover Hoodie Sweatshirt

Best Everyday Hoodie

Todd Snyder Midweight Popover Hoodie Sweatshirt

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Pros
  • Hefty feel that’s great for fall, winter and spring
  • Durable and will last
Cons
  • Might be too heavy for warmer temps

Produced by sturdy mid-weight French Terry in Champion’s signature Reverse Weave, this Todd Snyder hoodie is a workhorse that is nicely hefted but feels breathable and soft. Knitted to resist vertical shrinkage, with rib across the seams for durability, it is burly enough for a day’s hard labor outside, but the brushed feel ensures there’s no drop in its comfy factor. Oh, and it looks better with each wear.

If you want to channel vintage vibes in your style, then this right is up your alley. Several of our testers rave about how this sweatshirt—an extension of the Champion collab—retains its shape even after a year’s worth of washes—a testament to both brands’ commitment to making great-looking duds that will last a lifetime.

Materials 100% cotton
Size XS—XXL
Fit Tailored
Fabric Weight 18 oz French Terry

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Best Casual Hoodie

Everlane The ReTrack Hoodie

The ReTrack Hoodie

Best Casual Hoodie

Everlane The ReTrack Hoodie

Pros
  • Thick enough to wear through fall and spring seasons
  • Perfect to throw on for lounging around the house
Cons
  • Not the best option for performance

Meet your new go-to hoodie that feels like your favorite sweater. And nothing says sweater like a thick cotton texture that’s cozy enough to swaddle in during a lazy weekend. Our style editors personally love throwing it to catch a flick with some friends, since most movie theaters are generally cold inside.

We were really impressed with the structure as well as the details of the Everlane’s offering, which includes a double-layered hood, dropped shoulders and tapered sleeves which brought both fit and comfort to the piece. While you may be better off with a hoodie made from moisture-wicking fabric to run laps, its relaxing silhouette works perfectly layered over top a t-shirt or underneath a leather jacket with equal ease.

Materials 70% Cotton, 30% Recycled Polyester
Size XS—XXL
Fit Relaxed
Fabric Weight Midweight

Most Softest Hoodie

Buck Mason Brushed Loopback Hooded Sweatshirt

Brushed Loopback Hooded Sweatshirt

Most Softest Hoodie

Buck Mason Brushed Loopback Hooded Sweatshirt

Pros
  • Garment washed with enzymes and softener for plush feel
  • Stylish and great for standalone wear
  • Roomy kangaroo pocket for lots of storage

What’s more comfortable than French Terry fabric? Brushed French Terry fabric. Basically, this hoodie’s fabric loops have been brushed to give it an ultra-soft feel that’s better than any cuddly blanket you own. It’s also dyed and rinsed for a vintage look that’ll get better with each wear. Plus, the nice weight makes it great for standalone wear.

With this garment, Buck Mason managed to find a way to make a hoodie look very laid-back without looking too casual. But it’s also sleek, and coupled with a solid pair of short shorts for spring would be a cool style move that’ll give you that Jacob Elordi or Pharrell Williams aesthetic.

Materials 100% cotton French terry
Size XS—XXL
Fit Classic
Fabric Weight 322 GSM

Best Standalone Hoodie

Reigning Champ Midweight Terry Pullover Hoodie

Midweight Terry Pullover Hoodie

Best Standalone Hoodie

Reigning Champ Midweight Terry Pullover Hoodie

Pros
  • Made with super soft terry
  • Hugs your physique perfectly
  • Comes in a variety of colors—15 to be exact
Cons
  • Might be too fitting for some

The heart of Reigning Champ’s hoodie’s fabric—Midweight Terry—combines an ideal balance of absorbency, breathability and durability. The pullover boasts a slim-fit silhouette without bulk, making it a perfect option to work out, adventure, travel, and do stuff in.

During our testing, we found that this pick is universally flattering on all body types and has some structure that doesn’t feel too restrictive like most close-fitting hoodies. Plus, the hoodie can adapt to any casual setting, so you can transition from doing cardio to chowing down at the local food festival—without looking out of place.

Materials 100% Cotton
Size XS—XXL
Fit Slim
Fabric Weight Midweight

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More Of Our Favorite Hoodies That We’ve Tested

Best activewear hoodie

Abercrombie & Fitch YPB neoKNIT Popover

YPB neoKNIT Popover

Best activewear hoodie

Abercrombie & Fitch YPB neoKNIT Popover

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Pros
  • Soft, stretchy, sweat-wicking fabric
  • Zippered pockets
Cons
  • Not the most comfortable hood

Turns out it’s not just musky cologne Abercrombie & Fitch sells, fellas. Joking aside, the brand’s new activewear range is pretty impressive. This layer-friendly hoodie is cut from a stretchy, sweat-wicking fabric, so is ideal for keeping those post-workout chills away or keeping you cool and dry during a workout. And the kangaroo pocket has nice zippers too.

What Do Experts Say?This hoodie is crafted from a unique ‘neoknit’ fabric that is super soft, sweat-wicking, and has an amazing look. Every detail, from the cut to the stitching, is carefully designed to be flattering and comfortable, ensuring you stay warm and fashion-forward,” says fashion designer Pazit Reuven.

Materials 80% Polyester, 13% Viscose, 7% Elastane
Size XS—XXL
Fit Classic
Fabric Weight Midweight

Best Hoodie for Running

Vuori Ponto Performance Half Zip Hoodie

Ponto Performance Half Zip Hoodie

Best Hoodie for Running

Vuori Ponto Performance Half Zip Hoodie

Pros
  • Extremely soft fabric that is also made for performance
  • Lightweight, flattering fit
  • Made with four-way stretch and moisture-wicking fabric

Vuori’s half-zip hoodie is a tapestry of amazing bells and whistles, from the lightweight DreamKnit™ fabric—what Vuori claims to be the softest layer—to a four-way stretch to a moisture-wicking fabric to a kangaroo pocket. In a flattering fit, it’s great for jogging, working out, lounging, or traveling.

Materials 89% Recycled Polyester, 11% Elastane
Size S—XXL
Fit Modern athletic
Fabric Weight Lightweight

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Most Comfortable Hoodie

Cozy Earth Ultra-Soft Bamboo Hoodie

Ultra-Soft Bamboo Hoodie

Most Comfortable Hoodie

Cozy Earth Ultra-Soft Bamboo Hoodie

Pros
  • Moisture-wicking and breathable
  • Produced with extra soft and smooth fabric
  • Fits true to size
Cons
  • Sizes tend to go quickly

An all-season hoodie isn’t a “what if” anymore, not with the advent of bamboo Viscose fabric that is moisture-wicking, feels way cooler than cotton, and actually breathes—transitional weather be damned. The fabric is also soft and smooth like butter. All in all, it’ll keep us cool and dry while caressing our skin.

Materials 62% Premium Viscose from Bamboo, 28% Acrylic, 10% Spandex
Size XS—3XL
Fit Slim
Fabric Weight Lightweight

Best Heavyweight Hoodie

Flint and Tinder 10-Year Pullover Hoodie

10-Year Pullover Hoodie

Best Heavyweight Hoodie

Flint and Tinder 10-Year Pullover Hoodie

Pros
  • Great standalone hoodie that really lasts
  • Sturdy, comfy feeling 24/7

As the name suggests, this hoodie is meant to be in your closet for 10 years (and then some) because that’s how durable it is. So if you’re the kind of guy who values cost-per-wear, look no further than this Flint and Tinder fleece hoodie. The durable heavyweight wonder is guaranteed to last you wear after wear with a flattering fit and soft feel.

What Do Experts Say?The Flint and Tinder 10-Year Pullover is the perfect hoodie for men who want a high-quality, durable option. It’s made to last, and it’s incredibly comfortable to wear,” says fashion blogger Ismail Markevich.

Materials 70% cotton, 30% polyester
Size XS—3XL
Fit Structured
Fabric Weight 12 oz extra soft fleece

Best Zip-Up Hoodie

Mack Weldon Ace Full-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt

Ace Full-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt

Best Zip-Up Hoodie

Mack Weldon Ace Full-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt

Pros
  • Soft micro-brushed French terry
  • Movement-friendly
Cons
  • Not the warmest option for winter

This zip-up hoodie is part of the brand’s Ace Collection, which challenges our misconceptions about sweats through the crafting of pieces in Mack Weldon’s own micro-brushed (read: extra soft) French terry fabric that is also stretchy for movement. We’d say the results speak for themselves—aces all over. In a classic fit, it’s made for easy layering.

Materials 89% Cotton, 8% Polyester, 3% Spandex
Size S—XXL
Fit Classic
Fabric Weight Midweight

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What Exactly Are Hoodies?

“A hoodie is a type of sweatshirt with an attached hood, rather than a crew neckline,” says Nancy Taylor the head of design and creative director at clothing brand Lolë. “They are typically made with a classic durable cotton fleece or cotton blend, and come in a pullover style, full zip style, and sometimes a half-zip pullover.” She further adds: “Hoodies typically have a single kangaroo pocket or two side pockets in a full zip.

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How to Style Men’s Hoodies

Hoodies are all about casual comfort, so don’t stray too far from their respective places. “Styling a hoodie with other casual garments like jeans and chinos will help elevate your look without appearing like you’re trying too hard,” says Allen. “I also love pairing hoodies under top coats in winter for some balanced contrast.”

Kenger also suggests wearing hoodies with more casual items. “A pair of nice sweatpants work well here,” he says. However, he advises against wearing shorts: “It looks like your top and bottom half don’t understand the temperature”.

“If I want to elevate the look, I suggest clients go with a Merino wool or cashmere hoodie. If a client is looking for something more casual, I’d suggest the 100% cotton hoodie, as it’s a bit more classic,” says Kenger.

As for layering, Kenger says that a trick to dress up a hoodie is to throw a jacket layer over the top. “Trucker jackets and bomber jackets work well for this.” Bloomingdale’s Men’s Fashion Director, Justin Berkowitz adds that you can use outerwear to continue to elevate hoodies: “Try layering a polished overshirt or a wool topcoat over your hoodie to give a little structure.”

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Which Brand Is Best for Hoodies?

For the finest men’s hoodies, several brands stand out. Athletic brands like Lululemon and Vuori lead the pack, combining performance with contemporary style. For everyday comfort, Champion and Everlane provide affordable yet cozy choices, while brands like Buck Mason, Todd Snyder and Reigning Champ provide hoodies that are a bit more elevated.

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Why Trust Us

At Men’s Health, our testing editors and writers always make sure to actually test and use the products ourselves before considering whether to include them. Therefore, rest assured that our product recommendations derive from first-hand experience, and you can read more about our testing process here.

In addition, we have a whole fashion closet in our NYC office dedicated to calling in, trying out, and selecting the best and newest menswear products. We put them on stylish, fit guys to hear their opinions and see how the items look on them before making our final decision. And as style editors, we constantly go into the fashion closet to test out the products.

Lastly, you can trust our opinions on shopping recommendations, whether it’s the products, styling tips, or trends. Not only do we have Fashion Director Ted Stafford and Deputy Editor, Commerce Christian Gollyan, but we also have a panel of style experts—including stylists, fashion influencers, designers, etc.—whom we regularly seek shopping guides from.

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