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15 Best Puffer Vests for Women to Keep You Warm and Cozy

These easy-to-layer pieces can transform your winter wardrobe.

15 best puffer vests for women to keep you warm and cozy
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We updated this guide in December 2022 based on recent testing from the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab. GH analysts added new picks from Uniqlo, Lululemon, Eddie Bauer, The North Face, Aritzia and Abercrombie as well as a shopping guide at the end of this article.


When it's not cold enough for a thick winter coat but you still need more warmth than just a leather jacket, puffer vests are the perfect transitional piece as the temperature drops. A stylish puffer vest is easy to throw on when walking the dog, running errands or even on a fun night out. And it's sleeveless, so it offers much-needed warmth without weighing you down, and it works with a variety of cute fall outfits — just add a pair of jeans, a cozy sweater and a pair of functional fall boots, and you're good to go. And when temps dip even lower in the winter, you can use your quilted vest as a layering piece under a heavier coat.

Just like with puffer coats, puffer vests come in a variety of styles, materials and prices. Whether you prefer down or down alternative fill, something heavier or a lightweight vest that's easy to pack, a neutral color or a statement pattern, the pros at the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab analyzed over a dozen puffer vests in the Lab, then had testers wear them to get feedback on fit, comfort, style, warmth and more to find the best puffer vest for women.

Our top picks:

After shopping through our top puffer vests for women, continue reading to learn more about our testing process and answers to your puffer vest FAQs.

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Best Overall Puffer Vest
Columbia
Women's Heavenly Vest
Columbia
Now 17% off
Outer material 100% polyester
Fill 100% polyester
Sizes XS-3X
2
Best Value Puffer Vest
Fuinloth
Women's Quilted Vest
Fuinloth
Now 17% off
Outer material 100% polyester
Fill 100% polyester
Sizes XS-XXL
3
Best Cozy Puffer Vest
Wantdo
Women's Insulated Puffer Vest
Wantdo
Outer material 100% polyester
Fill 100% polyester
Sizes S-3X
4
Best Puffer Vest for Travel
UNIQLO
Ultra Light Down Vest
Uniqlo
Outer material 100% nylon
Fill Down (Minimum 90% Responsibly Sourced Down)
Sizes XXS-XXL
5
Best Versatile Puffer Vest
Lululemon
Wunder Puff Cropped Vest
Lululemon
Outer material 100% polyester
Fill 80% White goose down, 20% White Goose Feathers
Sizes 0-14
6
Best Hooded Puffer Vest
Eddie Bauer
Downlight 2.0 Hooded Vest
Eddie Bauer
Now 28% off
Outer material 100% recycled polyester
Fill 90% goose down, 10% waterfowl feathers
Sizes XS-3X with tall and petite sizing
7
Warmest Puffer Vest
The North Face
Nuptse 1996 Packable 700-Fill Power Down Vest
The North Face
Outer material 100% nylon
Fill 100% down (Responsible Down Standard)
Sizes XS-XXL
8
Best Puffer Vest for Hiking
Patagonia
Down Sweater Vest
Patagonia
Outer material 100% recycled nylon
Fill 100% virgin goose down (Responsible Down Standard)
Sizes XXS-XXL
9
Best Cropped Puffer Vest
Aritzia
The Super Puff Shorty Vest
Aritzia
Outer material 100% nylon
Fill 90% goose down, 10% goose feathers (Responsible Down Standard)
Sizes 2XS-2XL
10
Best Reversible Puffer Vest
THE NORTH FACE
Mossbud Insulated Reversible Vest
The North Face
Outer material 100% recycled polyester
Fill 100% recycled polyester
Sizes XS-3X
11
Best Stylish Puffer Vest
Abercrombie & Fitch
Ultra Mini Puffer Vest
Abercrombie
Outer material 100% polyester
Fill 100% recycled polyester
Sizes XXS-XL
12
Best Puffer Vest for Tall and Petite
Athleta
Downtown Vest
Athleta
Now 53% off
Outer material 100% recycled polyester
Fill 100% recycled polyester
Sizes XXS-3X with tall and petite sizing
13
Best Exercise Puffer Vest
Lululemon
Down For It All Vest
Lululemon
Outer material 90% Nylon, 10% Elastane
Fill 85% White goose down, 15% White Goose Feathers
Sizes 0-20
14
Best Long Puffer Vest
Avec Les Filles
Women's Hooded Longline Puffer Vest
Avec Les Filles
Now 40% off
Outer material 100% polyester
Fill 100% polyester
Sizes XS-XL
15
Best Oversized Puffer Vest
FP Movement
In a Bubble Puffer Vest
Free People
Outer material 100% Nylon
Fill Down alternative
Sizes XS-L
How we test the best puffer vests for women
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The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab is comprised of fabric and fashion experts who have reviewed and tested all types of apparel including rompers, workout leggings, travel dresses and more. To evaluate puffer vests, GH analysts had testers with a variety of body types try popular styles before completing a survey to give feedback on fit, warmth, comfort, style and more. GH pros also reviewed each puffer vest in the Lab to rate the materials used, construction and ease of laundering.

What to look for in puffer vests
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While style and look are most important when deciding which puffer vest to purchase. Here are some key considerations GH fiber scientists recommend looking for when shopping:

✔️ Fill: Common fill materials for puffer vests include 100% down, down blends for a more affordable price or synthetic alternatives like polyester (great for allergy sufferers). For down styles, check the fill power. The higher the fill power, the warmer the vest.

✔️ Outer material: The outer material is what you'll see, so be sure you like its look. Then, consider if you want water-resistant capabilities if you plan to wear the vest for outdoor exercise, hiking or if you live somewhere that gets a lot of rain. GH pros recommend looking for a Durable Water Repellent finish for better protection.

✔️ Pockets: Most of the tested puffer vests feature a pocket on each side, but some styles have many more, including inner zipper pockets. Also, some even let you pack the whole vest into its own pocket for easy storage. Check if the pockets have closures like zippers or snaps to keep your belongings secure.

✔️ Special features: Testers noted that there were a few features they especially liked, including removable hoods, elastic or drawstring bottoms and fleece linings.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?
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Emma Seymour is a senior textiles product analyst in the Good Housekeeping Textiles Lab for over three years, overseeing Lab and consumer tests with fashion stories about comfortable heels, white sneakers and swimsuit brands. She studied Fiber Science and Apparel Design at Cornell University (where she was constantly bundled up in a puffer vest!) with research experience in product quality assessment. As a lifetime sewer with previous product development experience, she has a strong fashion background with expertise in proper fit and construction.

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