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When it comes to cold-weather fashion, there’s no article more important to invest in than a good coat. Contrary to popular belief, however, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a high-quality style. Case in point? The Orolay thickened down jacket—aka the famous Amazon coat that nearly broke the internet. Not only did it turn out to be one of our favorite purchases of all time (if simultaneously a source of bandwagon shame), it spawned a whole slew of subsequent hits, including several updated takes on the original and a modernized version for 2021.

These days, you have your pick of great Amazon coats in nearly any style you can imagine, from quilted puffers to long wool trenches—many of which come at affordable price points. But which to choose?

First, you’ll want to consider the style: Do you want something sleek, puffed, quilted or feathered? Since a coat’s main purpose is to keep you warm, we also highly recommend looking at length and material. Longer coats that fall below the knees will keep you the most covered, but if you need something more versatile, a midi-length may be preferred. In addition, you’ll want to investigate whether the material your new coat is made with will be warm enough—wool, fleece, down and nylon are all incredible options that you can’t go wrong with there. Below, find some more details on a few of the most popular materials around.

The Best Coat Materials for Keeping Warm

  • Wool: Hopefully, by now you know that wool is made primarily from sheep's fur, which equates to some of the warmest fabric there is. Wool also comes with air pockets that provide natural insulation and is water-resistant, making it perfect for cold, wet, snowy days. Keep in mind that this fabric sometimes causes itchiness, however, so layer up as needed.

  • Down: Down coats are insulated with either geese feathers, duck feathers or both, making for an ultra-fluffy effect that will keep you warm in even the harshest of conditions by creating tiny pockets to trap and retain warm air. Coats made of this material are often heavy in weight and quilted and puffy in appearance. However, note that this material often loses its warming effect when it gets wet.

  • Down Alternative: Not the biggest fan of wearing bird, but also not the biggest fan of hypothermia? Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives to down that (claim) to work just as well. The most popular is PrimaLoft, which was invented by the United States Army and is now utilized by many mainstream winter gear brands. The best part about PrimaLoft is that it insulates even when wet, so you'll get the best of both worlds.

  • Polyester: Made from plastic, this durable material does not stretch or wrinkle easily, making it a great option for coats. It also has moisture-wicking qualities and is ultra weather-resistant, meaning it'll hold up during harsh winter days, making this fabric a worthwhile purchase.

  • Fleece: For our vegan friends who still want to stay warm, fleece is the way to go. A fuzzy fabric that's meant to mimic a sheep's coat, fleece is largely made with 100 percent synthetic, man-made polyester—a fabric that manages to be lightweight while giving you coziness for days. As such, it has many of the same properties, such as its ability to dry quickly. For a more breathable version, there's also cotton fleece.

  • Nylon: This versatile, flexible fabric is ideal for coats because it is highly water- and stain-resistant, keeping you dry in rain, hail or snow. As such, its also super easy to clean. It's important to note, though, that this fabric is not super heat-insulating, making it less ideal for ultra-cold days.

Whatever your preference, you’re sure to find it in our list of the mega-retailer’s favorites. Check out our best-researched picks below.

The Best Amazon Coats at a Glance:

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1. Orolay Thickened Down Coat

Best overall coat

There’s a reason everybody is obsessed with the OG Amazon coat. More stylish than a classic puffer, it boasts plenty of unique, well thought-out details: think side-zips and front buttons that allow you to expand its silhouette, a dropped hem to cover your rear, oversized front pockets for warm, cozy hands and a big shearling-lined hood that won’t easily blow off. More than that, however, this outerwear is made with a toasty down fill that Executive Editor Dara Katz likens to a “tent dress for sub-zero weather.”

$150 at Amazon

Amazon

2. Daily Ritual Oversized Fleece Coat

Most versatile coat

Hailed by our editors as this year’s second coming of the legendary Amazon coat above for its instant popularity is this versatile fleece design from site brand Daily Ritual. It’s soft and plush, yet can be popped right into the machine for easy washing, and comes in more than 11 colors. What more could you ask for for $60?

$60 at Amazon

Amazon

3. The Drop Reversible Sherpa Coat

Best reversible coat

Why buy one jacket when you can buy two for the same price? This reversible option from Spreadfashion for The Drop features faux shearling on one side that’s akin to your favorite fleece and a suede-like polyester on the other. It’s got a boxy fit that’s built for layering, and you can choose from one of two neutral browns.

$80 at Amazon

Amazon

4. Amazon Essentials Sherpa-Lined Coat

Best lightweight coat

With an item like a jacket that you don’t machine-wash on the reg, stains can be a real pain. Not the case with this super soft, sherpa-lined coat by Amazon, which can be thrown right in with the rest of your laundry. Better yet, it’s not likely to need cleaning often, thanks to its 100 percent stain- and water-resistant nylon fabric.

$53 at Amazon

Amazon

5. Farktop Dolman Coat

Best dolman coat

If it’s a transitional topper you’re after, you can’t go wrong with this solid option, which customers say is a lookalike for a far more expensive Free People style. It features a full zipper, a loose, oversized fit and two hand pockets for keeping your mitts toasty.

$73 at Amazon

Amazon

6. Valuker Puffer Coat With Faux Hood 

Best puffer coat

This coat’s two-way front zipper closure, removable faux fur-trimmed hood and water-repellent and windproof exterior make it the only one you’ll need—even when the temperatures drop below zero. There’s an interior pocket for your valuables, and it’s made with 90 percent duck down that customers say is nice and warm—even in sub-zero temps. Raved one buyer: “I have many down jackets, parkas, full-length coats and this is by far the warmest coat I have ever worn!!!”

$140 at Amazon

Amazon

7. Escalier Wool Trench Coat 

Best trench coat

As Sofía Vergara proved with her recent Peaky Blinders-equse tweed outerwear, trenches aren’t just for the spring: With the right material and weight, you can wear this classic silhouette all year long. Take, for instance, this wool and polyester blend option from Escalier, which has all the warmth of the former with all the softness of the latter. Its structured, double-breasted design makes it smart enough for dressier events, and the removable belt allows for some extra cinching at the waist.

$150 at Amazon

Amazon

8. Cole Haan Leather Racer Coat

Best leather coat

Sure, Amazon has its fair share of affordable-yet-obscure finds, but it also has some heavy hitters, too. Case in point? This 100 percent leather Cole Haan moto jacket. As the perfect transitional piece between seasons, this won’t be the warmest outerwear in your closet, but it’s one you’ll return to again and again at different points throughout the year. Customers say the quality is beautiful, and there are zippers at the back of the sleeves, allowing you to roll them up on warmer days.

$310 at Amazon

Amazon

9. BLANKNYC Tencel Quilted Coat

Best bomber coat

For those not-too-hot, not-too-cold days, there's this little quilted number. The tencel (a type of rayon that’s slightly more eco-friendly than others in its caliber) on this coat will be buttery-soft on the skin while simultaneously providing warmth. There’s an elastic waistband at the back for a more fitted look and it’s available in more than 10 colors, so as to match your every ensemble.

$128 $87 at Amazon

Amazon

10. SaphiRose Hooded Raincoat

Best raincoat

This 100 percent polyester coat comes with a cute plaid inner lining that’s reminiscent of everyone's favorite British brand, Burberry. Available in nine colors, it has a drawstring waist to keep things streamlined, plus sturdy buttons and zippers to keep everything secure. Keep in mind, this coat runs large, so be sure to size down for your perfect fit.

$60 at Amazon

Amazon

11. Orolay Fleece Down Coat

Best fleece coat

An offshoot of the first Amazon coat to have the internet going wild, this 2020 fleece version has the same ingenious design that allows it to expand and keeps your body parts nice and covered, but with a cozier vibe. It also packs down easily for storage.

$160 at Amazon

Amazon

12. Daily Ritual Quilted Long Coat

Best long coat

With a wraparound collar to protect against any howling winds and a loose and comfy oversized fit, this Daily Ritual quilted long coat is perfect for bundling up on days when you can’t even. Its secret weapon? The crease-free diamond quilting that’s designed to turn heads, allowing you to pull off a polished look with not much effort.

$75 at Amazon

Amazon

13. The North Face Jump Down Insulated Parka Coat

Best warm coat

The North Face is a brand that needs no introduction when it comes to outerwear. Designed for warmth and function, this Jump parka is a prime example of why: It’s got a goose down fill of 550 (a nice, solid middle-tier rating), a waterproof shell and a removable hood with a faux fur lining. It also has a standing collar to shield you from the elements. As one of the rare ultra-toasty coats you’ll find from the brand without a puffer body, it’s a great choice for those who aren’t a fan of the marshmallow look.

$299 at Amazon

Amazon

14. Orolay Down Coat

Best slim coat

This A-line puffer jacket's 90 percent duck down fill will keep you warm during outdoor activities such as hiking (or even just your daily commute) without being too bulky. Like the thickened down jacket, it's equipped with side zippers that are meant to lengthen and slim your frame. The exterior is made of a durable polyester, and there's a two-way zipper for convenience. There's also an adjustable hood to protect your head on blustery days.

$130 at Amazon

Amazon

15. Chicwish Shawl Collar Coat

Most stylish coat

This feminine, elegant coat is one of the biggest head-turners on the list with its gorgeous shawl collar and asymmetrical peplum hem. More than being pretty, however, it's also functional, with a medium weight and handy side pockets. There are various chic prints and solids to choose from, and the belt is conveniently removable. It's versatile enough for either dressing up or dressing down, depending on the occasion, too—just note that it's dry clean only.

$94 at Amazon

Amazon

16. Ororo Heated Coat

Best heated coat

Yes, you read that right: This coat is heated. It derives its magical powers from carbon-fiber heating elements found inside the back and chest that work with a rechargeable 7.4-volt battery. With high, medium and low settings that the company claims will keep you snug as a bug in a rug for up to 10 hours, this topper is the answer to winter's cruel temps. You can juice it up with the included USB cable, and, believe it or not, the jacket is actually safe to wash at home in your machine.

$150 at Amazon

Amazon

17. Calvin Klein Mid-Weight Diamond Quilted Coat

Best mid-weight coat

A mid-weight jacket is ideal for people who live in windy climates (here’s looking at you, Chicago), this pretty quilted option from Calvin Klein is one we adore. It’s machine washable with a removable hood, and there are adjustable side tabs for an extra boost of customization, too.

$120 at Amazon

Amazon

18. Angashion Long Cardigan Coat

Best faux fur coat

This ultra-long coat boasts an open front that allows it to be slipped on and off with ease, making it ideal for layering. Its fuzzy cotton and polyester blend is also relatively low maintenance, since it won't wrinkle, shed or pill. The warm design is meant to go to or past your knees, but will fit differently, depending on your height. It also comes in a whopping 18 colors, meaning you’ll surely find an option that suits your style.

$46 at Amazon

Amazon

19. UGG Izzie Puffer Jacket

Best short coat

Most people associate UGG with the shearling boot trend of the early aughts, but the company also makes reliable winter jackets as well. This metallic, 100 percent nylon coat, for instance, comes with a ribbed knit collar, fleece pockets and a water-repellent exterior that rain and snow won’t cling to. We also love the four reflective, futuristic-looking hues.

From $134 at Amazon

Amazon

20. Sebby Collection Quilted Jacket

Best quilted coat

This Sebby coat mixes traditional insulated diamond quilting with mini rail quilting for a fresh look you’ll be obsessed with. The fit is slimming to show off your shape (even when it’s 2 below), and the hood detaches, allowing you to take it off on sunnier days. The pockets are lined with fleece for comfort and warmth, and you can choose from one of three neutral hues. Did we mention it’s also machine-washable?

$59 at Amazon

Amazon coat French Connection
Amazon

21. French Connection Midi Coat

Best teddy coat

This coat has a shiny polyester lining and a faux fur shearling outer that will add just the right touch of flair to any outfit. Soft and lightweight, it comes with a snap button closure, a notch lapel and two conveniently large side pockets. Customers say it's warmer than expected, too, so you won't be sacrificing comfort for style.

$90 at Amazon

Coats Rag and Bone
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22. Rag & Bone Rudy Liner Coat

Best designer coat

This is one warm jacket. Combining duck feathers and down with a durable, nylon exterior, it’s both incredibly insulating and impervious to water and stains. The non-stretch quilted weave, meanwhile, is ultra-stylish.

$495 at Amazon

Amazon

23. Steve Madden Chevron Coat

Best hooded coat

Sure, the fleece lining and chic quilting of this outerwear are nice, but it's the padded pillowy collar that will keep it right at the front of your closet all winter long—and that’s good news, since it’s nice and thick. (Read: You won’t be shivering in this baby). It also has a completely waterproof shell that will reinforce its warmth and a removable hood that you can take off in nicer weather.

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$105; $85 at Amazon

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