17 Best Winter Coats for Women of 2021


A good winter coat should keep you toasty and dry without restricting your movement or weighing you down. Whether you’re looking for an everyday coat to wear all winter or a performance jacket for skiing and other outdoor sports, it’s crucial that your coat is able to stand up to whatever winter weather you’re up against. The good news is that there are tons of options to keep you warm, stylish and comfortable.

The fabric and clothing experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab researched tons of down, wool and active outerwear to find the ones with top-quality performance and design. Our picks offer a range of styles, price points, size offerings and activity levels, so you can buy one that looks good, feels good and actually lasts.

These picks are based on our first-hand experiences, user reviews and new models from brands we trust. You can read more about what to consider as you shop at the end of this article, but first, here are the 17 best winter coats for women:

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Sun Valley Down Parka

 

 


Insulation: 650 fill-power down

Best for: Everyday wear, extreme weather

This parka has everything you could want in a winter coat: a warm down fill that’s certified by the Responsible Down Standard, a water-repellent finish, and adjustable cuffs that prevent heat from escaping through the sleeves. On top of that there are some interesting design details, including a unique dying process that gives the fabric a subtle sheen look, a two-way zipper so you can open it from either end, or a removable hood with faux fur trim. It’s also not too expensive compared to other down jackets, and it comes in a variety of sizes and colours.

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Valuker Down Coat

 


Insulation: Down and feather blend

Best for Everyday wear

It’s nearly impossible to find a down coat for $100, but this Amazon best-seller does just that and has thousands of five-star reviews from users who say it has held up to freezing cold weather. It’s a blend of 90% down and 10% feather fill and has great attention to detail with its removable faux fur trim, deep pockets, two-way zippers, and elasticized cuffs to help keep cold air out.

Thickened Down Jacket

 


Insulation: Down and feather blend

Best for: Everyday wear

It’s so popular, it even has its own fan-based Instagram account. This style is the Amazon best-seller with thousands of five-star reviews from users who say it helps them stay cozy and fits great. It also has unique side zippers so you can loosen the fit when you’re sitting in the car or if just want some ventilation. Other design features include zippers with long pulls, plenty of pockets, and small segments throughout to keep the down/feather fill evenly distributed.

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Montreal Puffer Coat

 


Insulation: 700 fill power down

Best for: Everyday wear, cold climates

Between its impressive fill power and its knee-length style, this one’s bound to keep you cozy in frigid temperatures without weighing you down. On top of that, the outer fabric is water-resistant and the down fill has been treated to prevent it from clumping if it gets wet. There’s also a high neck with a removable faux fur collar, a two-way zipper and fleece-lined pockets to keep your hands warm (genius!).

Ultrawarm 3/4 Length Coat

 


Insulation: 650 fill power down

Best for: Everyday wear, cold climates

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This mid-length style is perfect for the cold temperatures, but it’s also available in full-length or shorter options depending on how much coverage you need, all of which are available in regular, plus and petite sizes. The two-way zipper is covered with a flap that snaps in place to keep your middle extra toasty. In addition to its warm down fill, its polyester shell is water-repellant and stain-resistant. The faux-fur trim is removable and the coat is both machine washable and dryer safe.

Ultra-Light Down Hooded Coat

 


Insulation: 640 fill power down

Best for: Everyday wear, warmer climates

Perfect for winter in warmer climates, this lightweight coat adds warmth without weighing you down. The longer length and high collar provide good coverage, while its removable hood offers versatility. And because it’s light, it packs down easily and comes with a carrying case for easy storage, making this ideal for taking on-the-go. Plus, it has a water-repellent finish to keep you dry and a flattering silhouette so you don’t need to worry about looking too puffy.

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Down Alternative Winter Puffer Coat

 


Insulation: Polyester fill

Best for: Everyday wear

If you prefer a coat with a down alternative fill, this one gives good warmth with its thick synthetic fill and cuffs at the wrist (which are ideal for blocking cold air). It has a removable hood that’s lined in a plush material that feels incredibly cozy against your head.

Water-Resistant Hooded Puffer Coat

 


Insulation: Recycled polyester

Best for: Everyday wear

This stylish coat contains a series clever features that make it stand out. For starters, it’s down alternative fill is made from recycled water bottles, and it’s easily packable for convenient storage. There are also has unique straps on the inside so you can carry it like a backpack if you feel warm. It has a water resistant finish, and is fully machine washable and dryer safe. Not to mention, the fashionable chevron quilting looks flattering to wear.

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