The Best Ear Warmers for Winter Travel
It’s fairly hard to go wrong with an ear warmer. As long as you’ve remembered to pack it, you’re already ahead of the game in dodging both frozen ears and bothersome hat hair.
Look for a design that fits your head shape and preferred carrying method so you can easily keep it on your head and keep track of it when it’s off, whether you’re stashing it in a purse or shoving it in your pockets. Both behind-the-head and band styles have been popular recently, frequently beating out the standard overhead earmuff design, but look for whatever style speaks to you the most.
Below, scroll to see our top ear warmer picks for the winter travel season.
180s is one of the most popular brands for ear warmers, and the Chesterfield is their most popular model. The wool outer shell, fleece lining, and Prima EcoLoft insulation keep you warm and dry and the adjustable behind-the-head style keeps them on your head and out of the way. The band is flexible to allow it to fold up for easy storage when you aren’t wearing them. They also come in a down style.
SmartWool PhD Training Headband
Ugg Sheepskin Bluetooth Earmuff
Stay warm while listening to you winter playlist with these fuzzy shearling earmuffs that come with Bluetooth capability.
To buy: macys.com, $95
The North Face Women’s Fuzzy Cable Ear Band
This headband tops the ear warmer category at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Its chunky cable knit, variety of colors, and fleece lining make it suitable for exploring both ski trails and snow-dusted sidewalks.
To buy: dickssportinggoods.com, $30
Metog Unisex Foldable Ear Warmers
A top Amazon seller in both the men’s and women’s categories, the Metog earmuffs fold up for convenient pocket or bag storage, though the acrylic materials may not keep you as warm as other fibers.
To buy: amazon.com, $11
Buff Lightweight Merino Wool Buff
Go all-in-one with a classic Buff that can be rolled into an ear-warming headband or transformed into a neck cowl or bandana when the weather shifts.
To buy: amazon.com, from $18
There’s also a ThermoNet version made with moisture-wicking, high-thermal-insulation PrimaLoft yarn for more extreme temperatures.
To buy: amazon.com, $27
Inverni Virginia Cable Knit Headband
Keep it soft with this knitted cashmere ear warmer available in black, white, and light gray.
To buy: saksfifthavenue.com, $119 (originally $170)
Ear Mitts Bandless Earmuffs
These fleece single-ear covers won’t interfere with any helmets or hairdos. Just flex them open and pop them on to grip onto your ear.
To buy: amazon.com, from $14
Sprigs Earbags Bandless Earmuffs
Sprigs is also in the individual ear-cover game, with even more colors available to match any outfit.
To buy: amazon.com, from $15
Kate Spade New York Bow Knit Headband
Make your winter looks a little more whimsical by adding a cheeky bow to your headband.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $38