The 11 Best Women’s Winter Coats and Jackets of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

Our testers loved the Columbia’s Carson Pass Interchange 3-in-1 Jacket.

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Best Women's Winter Jackets and Coats

Uniqlo / Triple F.A.T. Goose / Noize

If you live in a region that experiences snow each winter, or even if you frequently travel to chilly places, there’s a good chance you have at least one cold-weather coat hanging in your closet. Whether it be a simple puffer, a heavy-duty parka, or a classic peacoat, an insulated-yet-breathable jacket or two makes everything from snow sports to sightseeing to commuting a little more enjoyable in the winter months. But with so many brands and styles vying for our attention, it can be difficult to find the perfect one for you.

That’s why the Travel + Leisure team personally tested 23 of the top women’s winter coats and jackets to find the very best. Upon testing for comfort, warmth, design, and value, Columbia’s Carson Pass Interchange 3-in-1 Jacket took our top spot. The jacket is a true standout due to its versatility, warmth, and quality — plus, it really is three jackets in one. But it’s not the only jacket we loved based on our tests.

Best Overall

Columbia Women's Carson Pass Interchange 3-in-1 Jacket

4.8
Columbia Carson Pass Interchange 3-in-1 Jacket

REI

Our Ratings
  • Comfort
    4.8/5
  • Warmth
    4.5/5
  • Design
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5

Why We Love It: It’s literally three jackets in one.

What to Consider: Some shoppers might find it’s too heavy to pack in a suitcase.

It’s not hard to see why this coat from Columbia took the top spot on our list. As the name suggests, it’s actually three jackets in one thanks to two jacket pieces that can be worn separately or hooked together and worn as one. The interior layer features comfort cuffs with thumb loops and thermal reflective insulation for warmth, while the outer layer boasts an adjustable fleece-lined hood, removable synthetic fur, a waterproof membrane, and a cinched waist for added style. Both pieces also come packed with pockets and are sure to last through years of wintry weather.

“I love this coat!” our tester said. “It's super comfortable. I've worn it almost every day over the testing period, with a variety of different layers and it fits fine each time. The quality of the coat is really great, and I can tell it's going to last for years. Plus, you're basically getting multiple coats in one because you can take the warm layer out of the coat to wear on its own, and vice versa.” 

Price at time of publish: $260

Sizes: XS to XL | Materials: Nylon, polyester

Best Parka

The North Face Women's Arctic Down Parka

4.6
The North Face Arctic Parka

Backcountry

Our Ratings
  • Comfort
    4.5/5
  • Warmth
    5/5
  • Design
    4/5
  • Value
    5/5

Why We Love It: It’s ultra-warm and noticeably made with care.

What to Consider: The material is a bit stiff and is not particularly shapely.

This warm and lengthy parka initially caught our eye for its stylish appearance, but it quickly proved to be warm, comfy, and well-made, too. Waterproof, two-layer fabric keeps rain and moisture out, while thigh-length insulation locks in warmth. Despite its efficient protection from the elements, the coat also remains breathable and easy to move around in. It‘s also equipped with plenty of features, and we’re particularly fond of the removable faux fur hood and variety of pockets.

“During one park walk, I was just wearing a long-sleeved tee and a pair of joggers, and I was totally happy in the crisp 30-degree weather,” our tester said. “The faux fur trim is really nice quality — much better than some other coats I've had in the past — even after a few wears in rainy weather. Also: no stray feathers! That's huge in my book and something that I've routinely been disappointed by after purchasing other down coats.”

Price at time of publish: $350

Sizes: XS to XXL | Materials: Nylon, cotton

Best Down

Patagonia Women's Down With It Parka

4.6
Patagonia Women's Down With It Parka

Patagonia

Our Ratings
  • Comfort
    4.5/5
  • Warmth
    5/5
  • Design
    4/5
  • Value
    5/5

Why We Love It: It’s made of recycled materials, and the hood might be the best of all time.

What to Consider: It’s a bit tight in the chest.

If you prefer down coats, you’ll love this option by Patagonia. It’s stuffed with 600-fill-power, 100 percent recycled duck and goose down, so you know you’ve struck the insulation jackpot when you put it on. The jacket is also made with a water-repellent shell as well as special hand-warming pockets to keep chilly, damp air at bay. To top things off, the hood is pretty amazing — it’s insulated, removable, and features three panels for a custom, comfortable fit for each wearer. 

“The length is great (right above my knee, and I'm 5-foot-4 inches), the puffiness is cozy but not overbearing, and I loved that hood!” our tester said. “I like what Patagonia as a company stands for and the quality of the products they sell, so if you're looking to invest in a great winter coat, I don't think you can go wrong here.”

Price at time of publish: $329

Sizes: XS to XXL | Materials: Polyester

Best Down-free

Noize Meg Mid Length Parka

4.6
Our Ratings
  • Comfort
    4.5/5
  • Warmth
    5/5
  • Design
    4.5/5
  • Value
    4.5/5

Why We Love It: It’s vegan but still manages to provide serious warmth and protection from the elements.

What to Consider: The arms are somewhat tight, so the coat isn’t as easy to move around in as others on our list.

We love this coat from Noize because it doesn’t skimp on style, quality, or comfort. Standout features on this down-free parka include a removable hood with detachable faux fur trim, a wind-resistant collar, and a number of spacious pockets. The jacket is water-resistant from top to bottom, and the waist is subtly cinched to accentuate curves. It’s even filled with 100 percent recycled vegan materials, so you can feel good about what you’re wearing.

“This is a beast of a coat,” our tester said. “My first thought out of the bag was ‘crap, this thing is heavy’, but while wearing it, it doesn’t feel heavy or like it’s weighing you down. I do feel like I’m [wearing] outerwear armor though, and feel very protected from the cold and rain. It isn’t uncomfortable, but feels heavy duty.”

Price at time of publish: $270

Sizes: XS to XXL | Materials: Polyester

Best for Function Over Fashion

Lands' End Women's Down Winter Coat

4.4
Our Ratings
  • Comfort
    4.5/5
  • Warmth
    5/5
  • Design
    3.5/5
  • Value
    4.5/5

Why We Love It: It’s warm, comfy, and easy to move around in — so it’s perfect for winter activities.

What to Consider: It’s bulky and can get pretty hot.

If you’re looking for pure comfort, warmth, and mobility, consider dropping this Lands’ End coat in your Amazon cart. Sealed in by a soft, water-resistant shell, the coat boasts 600-fill power-down insulation, a detachable hood with faux-fur trim, and plenty of stretch for excellent mobility. It’s also crafted with anti-static thread, invisible front zip pockets, and HyperDry technology that keeps you warm and dry, even in rain and snow. Because of its bulk, it is, admittedly, not the most stylish option out there, but you can give it an edge with the leopard print version of the jacket.

“The jacket is really, really thick,” our tester said. “It was fantastic when I wore it in Des Moines, Iowa, because it was very damp and cold. It kept me super-cozy and warm. It's too thick to wear over sweaters, but it works great when layered over a turtleneck or a shirt.”

Price at time of publish: $153

Sizes: XS to 3X, regular and petite | Materials: Nylon

Best Hooded

Fjallraven Women's Nuuk Pro Insulated Parka

4.8
Fjallraven Nuuk Parka

REI

Our Ratings
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Warmth
    5/5
  • Design
    4.8/5
  • Value
    4.5/5

Why We Love It: The jacket and hood are both super insulated without feeling bulky.

What to Consider: The hood is on the larger side, and the velcro sleeves feel a bit awkward.

If you’re all about an extra-warm hood, put Fjallraven’s Nuuk Parka on your radar. The adjustable hood is lined with fleece to keep body heat from escaping, and there’s also detachable edging made of thick faux fur to shield your face from wind, snow, and rain. Beyond the hood, we’re also quite impressed with the parka’s waterproof-yet-breathable membrane, a protective buttoned placket over the zipper, and a whopping seven exterior and interior pockets. The hand warmer pockets particularly stood out to our tester. 

“One of the most comfortable features to me was the placement of the hand pockets,” our tester said. “They fall at a great spot on my torso that allows for my arms to rest very comfortably, and the fleece lining in the pockets is soft and cozy — all imperative factors when you rack up countless miles of winter walking in the city.

Price at time of publish: $500

Sizes: XS to XXL | Materials: Polyamide, polyester

Best Budget

Uniqlo Seamless Down Short Coat

4.5
Our Ratings
  • Comfort
    4.5/5
  • Warmth
    4.7/5
  • Design
    4.8/5
  • Value
    4/5

Why We Love It: It’s unexpectedly lightweight and incredibly soft.

What to Consider: It’s not very roomy, so light layers underneath are ideal.

We get it — not everyone wants to spend an arm and a leg on a coat they’ll only use for a few months of the year. If you’re on a budget, we recommend this pick from Uniqlo. It has all the features we love about pricier coats on our list (down filling, windproof and water repellent design, and stellar durability), but comes with a considerably lower price tag. We’d even argue it’s one of the best options for traveling on our list thanks to its lightweight construction, shorter hemline, and mobility. 

“For a down jacket with lots of insulation, this coat is surprisingly lightweight, with an exterior material that feels almost buttery,” our tester said. “In that way, it’s unlike other down jackets I’ve worn, which are either excessively puffy or feather-light but unable to withstand the cold and wind. The shorter length makes for easy movement — ideal for long days of sightseeing, as I experienced on a recent trip to England.” 

Price at time of publish: $130

Sizes: XXS to XXL | Materials: Polyester

Best Puffer

Triple F.A.T. Goose Women's Fara Puffer Down Jacket

4.8
Our Ratings
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Warmth
    4.5/5
  • Design
    4.5/5
  • Value
    5/5

Why We Love It: It’s incredibly warm.

What to Consider: It’s a bit stiff and boxy.

Puffer jackets have been all the rage in recent years, and we found one that stands above the rest. The Triple F.A.T. Goose Fara Puffer, a longline jacket designed with warmth and style in mind, is basically a giant pillow you can wrap around yourself. It spotlights a removable and adjustable hood, fleece-lined pockets, and an ultra-soft feel. It’s also one of the warmest options on our list due to its 750 fill-power down and two-layer fabrication. But don’t let that trick you into thinking it’s heavy — the puffer weighs in at less than two pounds. 

“I love how thick the jacket is, and I could easily fall asleep in it as it feels like wearing a sleeping bag,” our tester said. “The puffer material is lightweight and cozy, and when I sit down in the coat, I sink down when the pockets of the puffer material deflate.”

Price at time of publish: $400

Sizes: XS to 3XL | Materials: Nylon

Best Peacoat

Club Monaco Signature Double-Breasted Coat

4.5
Our Ratings
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Warmth
    4/5
  • Design
    5/5
  • Value
    4/5

Why We Love It: It’s the perfect winter coat for traveling or attending an upscale affair.

What to Consider: It doesn’t button up to the neck, so it does let some chill in.

There aren’t many things classier or more stylish than a peacoat when the temperature drops. We love this double-breasted wool option from Club Monaco because it’s sleek, sophisticated, and perfect for layering over even the thickest winter sweaters. The lined coat features a double-breasted button closure, four-button cuffs, a center-back vent, and a pocket at each hip. Not to mention, it’s comfy as can be.

“As soon as I got the jacket I was impressed by the quality of the wool,” our tester said. “It felt really soft and smooth, almost brushed, and it's just a nice-looking coat. It's a stylish switch up to a classic wool or cashmere coat and the latte color is absolutely lovely — like coffee with a very heavy-handed pour of milk.”

Price at time of publish: $459

Sizes: XS to L | Materials: Wool, nylon, polyester

Best Splurge

Arc'teryx Women's Conduit Down Jacket

4.8
Arc'teryx Conduit Down Jacket

Arc'teryx 

Our Ratings
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Warmth
    4.5/5
  • Design
    5/5
  • Value
    4.5/5

Why We Love It: It’s ultra-soft, super warm, and cropped in the most flattering way.

What to Consider: It doesn’t feel as plush and buttery as it looks.

This hoodless jacket from outdoor gear brand Arc’teryx is the ideal pick for shoppers who value warmth but don’t love the bulk or length many parkas and puffers provide. It’s quite sleek, but thanks to 850 fill-power down, a water-repellent shell, and a high neckline, body heat won’t easily escape. A short hemline and two chic color options add style, while two front pockets and a weight of just over a pound offer function.  

“Holy hell I love this jacket,” our tester said. “Unlike other jackets I own, this has held its shape and doesn't look ratty after I wear it. The fabric feels ultra-soft and the entire jacket is like a warm winter hug. It's perfection.”

Price at time of publish: $700

Sizes: XS to XL | Materials: Nylon, polyester

Best Style

Canada Goose Marlow Coat

4.6
Our Ratings
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Warmth
    5/5
  • Design
    4.8/5
  • Value
    3.8/5

Why We Love It: It’s pretty much unbeatable when it comes to comfort and style.

What to Consider: It’s pricey.

If your perfect winter coat is impeccably stylish, impossibly soft, and the pinnacle of comfort, let us introduce you to the Marlow Coat by Canada Goose. Constructed with ultra-soft, water-repellent, and wind-resistant Ventera fabric, this coat perfectly brings together comfort and function. A high neck and removable, insulated hood keep cold air out, while a removable belt offers extra warmth and a flattering silhouette. It’s crafted with two hand-warmer pockets and even removable backpack straps so you can carry it over your shoulders, hands-free.

“There's no denying how comfortable this jacket is,” our tester said. “The exterior and interior fabrics are both sumptuously soft, with the inner lining rivaling my silk pillowcases in smoothness (that inner lining is also in the hood, which I love since it's so gentle on my curly hair). It just feels like being wrapped up in a cloud, and yet it's super lightweight and doesn't look bulky.”

Price at time of publish: $1,175

Sizes: 2XS to 3XL | Materials: Ventera fabric

Other Women’s Coats We Liked

Arc’teryx Atom Insulated Hoodie: Our testers loved how mobile and non-bulky this coat was. However, they didn’t find it to be particularly cozy or warm enough to spend more than a short time outside. Our testers recommend it for exercise in cool weather and not much else.

Marmot Montreal Coat: This coat truly feels like a sleeping bag — it’s long, puffy, and thick. However, our testers felt it was actually too warm for typical wear, and suggested wearing it only in below-freezing temperatures. It also lacks features other coats have, like a variety of pockets.

Our Testing Process

Each tester was sent one or two women’s winter jackets and coats (totaling 23 coats) to test on their own time. We asked our testers to wear these pieces over a typical winter outfit on six separate test wears. Our testers wore their jackets in different types of winter weather, paying close attention to the fit, feel, and functionality. No feature went untested — pockets were used, zippers were zipped and unzipped, and hoods and drawstrings were adjusted. 

After all of the testing steps were completed, testers rated the coats in four categories: comfort, warmth, design, and value. To receive a high score in comfort, the coats had to be incredibly comfortable to wear for long periods of time during a range of activities, and have excellent mobility and layering capabilities. To receive a high score in warmth, the jackets had to have kept our testers extremely warm (but not too warm) with the perfect level of breathable insulation. Top scorers in the design category had fabric that feels nice to the touch, easy-to-close zippers and fasteners, easy-to-reach pockets, and on overall performative construction for winter. Lastly, coats with high value scores performed as advertised or better, were of stand-out quality, and were priced perfectly for what they provided.

Tips for Buying the Best Winter Jackets and Coats

Consider the environment you’ll be wearing it in

Some shoppers may believe one winter coat is all they need for every cold-weather occasion, but that’s not necessarily true. If your current coat is on the thinner side and you anticipate spending some serious time outside this season, opt for a thicker coat with a high fill-power (the higher the fill-power, the better the insulation). If you’ll be spending your winter days in a less-arctic climate, leave the heavy coats at home, and instead go for a lighter, more breathable jacket with sweat-wicking capabilities or even a removable lining. 

Find the right balance between warmth and style

It’s important to prioritize warmth and comfort, especially if you live in (or will be traveling to) an area that sees frequent snow. However, if you don’t like the look of your coat or feel confident wearing it, there’s a good chance you’ll find every excuse not to wear it. We recommend buying a coat that feels as good as it looks — even if you have to try on a dozen jackets to find it.

You may want to invest in something nicer that will last year after year


It may be tempting to choose the coat with the tiniest price tag, but a good quality winter essential is something you’ll want to spend a little extra money on. Hundreds of dollars might sound steep for a jacket you only wear for a few months of the year, but you’ll be thanking yourself when you’re actually warm, comfy, and styling this year — and for years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do you wash a winter coat?

    Many winter coats, especially peacoats, only call for dry cleaning, so check your coat’s tag or any instructions that may have come with its packaging. Otherwise, spot clean or hand wash using a large plastic tub and detergent. Does your coat have fur trim? If it’s removable, do so before washing, or have it dry-cleaned. Faux fur can usually be machine-washed — just gently brush it before drying it.

  • What type of insulation is the warmest?

    Down insulation tends to be the warmest insulation in coats and jackets. It’s also typically more lightweight and compressible than other types of insulation, so many shoppers prefer down coats for travel. 

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

For this article, T+L editors and writers personally tested nearly two dozen women’s winter jackets and coats to decide which ones are worth buying and which are not. Editor Hillary Maglin compiled the results into this roundup.

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Hillary Maglin, Associate Commerce Editor
Hillary Maglin is an associate commerce editor at Travel + Leisure who’s been covering travel products since 2018. Her work has also been featured in publications such as People, InStyle, and more.
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Taylor Fox
Taylor Fox, Commerce Updates Writer at Travel + Leisure
Taylor Fox is a Commerce Updates Writer at Travel + Leisure where she tests, researches, and writes about travel products. Taylor holds a Master’s in Geography and has been a writer and editor for over seven years.
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