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With winter just around the corner, finding a durable winter coat that will actually keep you warm and dry is probably at the top of your shopping list – and if it's not, it should be. Wearing layers and light jackets may get you through the fall, but once the temperatures start to drop and severe winter weather begins, you don't want to be without a heavy-duty piece of outerwear.

When choosing a winter coat it's important to look for an option that is not only cute, comfortable, and warm, but you should also consider your personal cold-weather preferences. Headed to a destination with below freezing temps? A down coat is your best bet as the fluffiness of goose or duck feathers creates small air pockets that trap warmth.

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Fans of ski trips should find insulated options that are weatherproof and can withstand extreme weather conditions, including hail and blizzards. Some of the best options also include features like moisture-wicking capabilities to keep you dry and reflective details to make sure you're seen on the slopes.

Travelers who enjoy leisurely walking tours through Europe, on the other hand, might prefer a sleek wool peacoat, which will help you look polished to perfection while keeping you warm and toasty.

While there are thousands of winter jackets in stores, you've probably learned the hard way that most are not as warm or weatherproof as they claim to be. So instead of wasting time and money on sub-par products, we turned to real reviews from shoppers to see which winter coats they love the most.

These top-rated jackets, outlined below, not only have near-perfect ratings, but they also have an overwhelming number of glowing five-star reviews between them. From cozy down coats to warm hooded parkas to ultra-chic peacoats, keep reading to see the 14 best women's winter jackets in stores now.

These are the best winter jackets and coats for women:

Best Overall: Columbia Mighty Lite Hooded Jacket

Columbia Women's Mighty Lite Hooded Jacket
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With more than 6,000 reviews and a 4.5-star rating, this coat from Columbia is one of the most popular options on Amazon. Along with a water-resistant fabric, the stylish jacket also features an Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining and insulation to keep you warm even in blizzard-like conditions. (The reviews section is filled with shoppers from all across the country who wear this jacket everywhere from Chicago to Michigan.) What's more, the cute piece of outerwear ranges in size from XS to 3XL and comes in 11 different colors.

To buy: amazon.com, from $60

Best Hooded Down Coat: Marmot Montreal Coat

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A hooded down jacket, like this option from Marmot, is perfect for when temperatures begin to drop. The ultra-warm coat includes a 700-fill down insulation, a cozy fleece lining, and removable hood for extra warmth. Not only do the internal draft flap and micro-fleece cuffs block out wind, but the jacket has also has a special coating making it water-resistant, so you'll stay dry even if you get caught in a rain or snowstorm. "This jacket is fantastic," wrote one shopper. "It's cozy, fleece lined, and so warm. The hood fits ideally, right at the top of the head without blocking sight and falling off all the time because it is too loose. Pockets are fleece lined too, so your hands stay nice and warm.. I love feeling like I am cozied up in a sleeping bag but not looking like it."

To buy: zappos.com, $285

Best-Rated Option: Orolay Thickened Down Coat

Orolay Women's Thickened Down Jacket
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This Orolay down coat went viral last year for a reason. Not only is the coat super cute and cozy, but the outerwear also features handy side-zips so you can expand the jacket to make room for more layers. What's more, it boasts six roomy pockets that are big enough to store more than just the essentials. More than 13,000 Amazon customers have given it their seal of approval, with one writing, "Out of probably 20 winter coats, this is now my absolute favorite!! I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this coat, love everything about it! The quality is outstanding! I have had every expensive brand name winter coat, but have never ever had one that has kept me this warm!"

To buy: amazon.com, from $160

Best Down Coat With Fur Hood: Canada Goose Rossclair Genuine Coyote Fur Trim Down Parka

Canada Goose Rossclair Genuine Coyote Fur Trim Down Parka
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Love a winter coat with a furry trim? Check out this option from Canada Goose. The slim-fit parka features down filling and a detachable coyote fur-trimmed hood to keep you warm and toasty in blizzard-like conditions. The coat also boasts inset storm cuffs to prevent wind from entering your sleeves, and it ranges in size from XXS to XXL. "Love this coat! It's great for cold, snowy, winter days! It's waterproof, kept me warm, & most importantly- very functional. The pockets are large enough to hold my cell, keys, lipstick, work badge, gloves, and my children's things! The hood is large enough to actually protect your face from the wind and snow. The fit is also true to size. The cut of the jacket gives you a nice shape without looking too bulky. I'm very happy with this purchase," said one shopper.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $1,150

Best Wool Coat: Lauren Ralph Lauren Double Breasted Wool Blend Coat

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If you're in the market for a sleek wool coat, Nordstrom customers recommend this stylish option from Lauren Ralph Lauren. The classic double-breasted design of the jacket will elevate all your cold-weather ensembles and is versatile enough to look good with everything from casual jeans to LBDs. Plus, there are three stylish colors to choose from. "This coat is very classic and classy. The wool is soft," wrote one reviewer. "When I got the coat and tried it on, it fit perfectly and made me feel very elegant." 

To buy: nordstrom.com, from $200

Best Windproof Option: Wantdo Waterproof and Windproof Ski Jacket

Wantdo Women's Mountain Waterproof Ski Jacket
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This hooded jacket from Wantdo is both waterproof and windproof, making it a great option for cold-weather activities like skiing and snow tubing. Not only does the jacket feature a soft fuzzy lining, but it is filled with 240 grams of polyester fiber that will keep you warm in frigid temperatures. "Bought this for my first ski trip," said one customer. "I live in Miami, so I was reluctant to make a big purchase in the winter gear department. Was pleasantly surprised when I came across this jacket, since it was affordable, loved the style and didn't too bulky. It was perfect for my trip. Didn't feel heavy, provided lots of pockets for basically everything. I also love that it doesn't really 'look' like a ski jacket. Will wear this again when I visit my friends up north in the winter!"

To buy: amazon.com, from $68

Best Short Down Jacket: The North Face Aconcagua Jacket II

The North Face Aconcagua Jacket II
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This cute jacket from The North Face features a water-repellent shell, a down quilted construction, and patented Compressible Heatseeker synthetic insulation to keep you warm and dry on snowy days. No wonder the cozy topper has hundreds of likes and a near-perfect rating on Amazon, with customers raving about how easy it is to pack. "This is the best and warmest jacket I've ever had. It was so lightweight that I thought I'd have to return it at first. But it's perfect," wrote one customer.

To buy: amazon.com, from $96

Best Insulated Parka: Arc'teryx Patera Down Parka

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This Arc'teryx parka is fully insulated with down feathers — so you never have to worry about freezing temperatures. The coat also boats a tailored fit, ribbed knit cuffs, and oversized hood, and it comes in three versatile colors. Not only is it breathable and temperature-regulating, but the high-tech topper is also waterproof and windproof. "Overall, I love this coat. It's warm and stylish, but doesn't scream 'look at me, I'm an overpriced brand' like some other expensive jackets with big logos," said one shopper. "What I love most about this coat is that it does an excellent job regulating my body heat. It keeps me warm when it's 40 degrees (but does not overheat), and keeps me warm at -20 as well, no problem."

To buy: amazon.com, from $455

Best Packable Option:  L.L.Bean PrimaLoft Packable Jacket

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Need a cute and lightweight winter jacket that's easy to pack? Check out this option from L.L.Bean. The thin puffer coat is water-resistant, and compresses into a compact size so it can be thrown into any bag or suitcase. Not only is it machine washable, but it boasts 60 grams of PrimaLoft insulation and its shell is made with recycled, eco-friendly materials, so you can feel good about wearing it. For these reasons and more, hundreds of customers have given the warm topper their seal of approval. "I love, love, love this jacket. It is so lightweight but very warm. Also, it easily fits in a tote bag," wrote one. 

To buy: llbean.com, from $134

Best Eco-Friendly Coat: Everlane ReNew Long Puffer

Women’s ReNew Long Puffer
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If shopping eco-friendly clothing is important to you, consider this long puffer coat from Everlane. The outer shell of the super cute topper is made from 60 renewed plastic bottles, while the filling is made with 100 percent recycled PrimaLoft insulation. It also boasts a warm hood, roomy pockets, and a hidden drawstring around the waist so you can cinch in the coat whenever you like. "I really love this jacket so far," raved one customer. "I work outdoors and it did an amazing job protecting me from the elements. It's very versatile, I've been able to wear it to the gym and then out to dinner as well. I love the deep snuggly pockets although I wish they were accessible through the sides as opposed to the tops. It's definitely a worthy investment!"

To buy: everlane.com, $198

Best Long Down Coat: The North Face Metropolis Parka III

The North Face Metropolis Parka III
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How cute is this lightweight down coat from The North Face? The long silhouette will help keep your entire body warm and toasty, while the two-way zip and inner draft flap prevent any wind from entering. "I bought this for my daughter who is at school in the cold north. She LOVES it. It's thick and warm, but comfortable when she's inside buildings. The fit is just right; she's a medium and this fits her great, with a little room so she can wear a sweater under it. And its fitted enough that she doesn't look like a block. The longer bottom makes it interesting, and the grey color is gorgeous. This coat is worth every penny," said one customer.

To buy: zappos.com, $210 (Originally $299)

Best Puffer Coat: Amazon Essentials Heavy-Weight Hooded Puffer Coat

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Not only is this short puffer coat from Amazon Essentials on-trend, but it is also incredibly warm thanks to its polyester fill material and attached hood. The jacket ranges in size from XS to XXL, and there are 10 colors and prints to choose from. Along with being water-resistant, the coat is also machine washable for added convenience. "This coat is fantastic! It is super warm, comfortable, and true to size," raved one customer. The attached hood is comfortable and warm. I love the built-in thumb holes at the end of each sleeve. The pockets on this coat are fleece-lined and deep!" 

To buy: amazon.com, from $23

Best Waterproof Option: Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket

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When you know you're going to be spending a lot of time outdoors in the winter, you need an all-weather coat, like this waterproof option from Columbia. Along with boasting a warm polyester insulation, the lightweight jacket also features zippered pockets to keep your belongings secure and a hood for added warmth. "I love this jacket so much," said one customer. "I bought it after I saw my sister wearing one that she bought a couple of years ago and it still looks new. It's so warm for this frigid cold New England weather. I love that it's so light yet insulated and keeps me warm."

To buy: zappos.com, $150

Best Peacoat: Anne Klein Double-Breasted Peacoat

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In the market for a classic peacoat? This option from Anne Klein might be the one for you. The coat's wool/polyester/rayon blend will keep you warm and cozy, while the streamlined style keeps you looking polished and pulled together. Shoppers love how roomy the coat's pockets are and the fact that there are 11 styles to choose from. "LOVE this coat!! It's so warm and very stylish. I always get lots of compliments," wrote one.  

To buy: amazon.com, from $60

Best Coat with a Media Port: Marmot Chelsea Coat

Marmot Chelsea Coat
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Marmot's knee-length coat features the brand's patented MemBrain coating, which makes it breathable and water repellant. It also boasts a down fill, zippered hand-warmer pockets, and a removable hood. But what really sets this style apart is its internal media port that helps prevent you from getting tangled in your headphone wires. "Great fit and very warm," wrote one shopper. "I was looking for a well fitted but durable coat for these rough Chicago winters... The hood works great at blocking any snow or water from hitting my face as I walk."

To buy: zappos.com, $380

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