The Best Bluetooth Headphone Hats
There are a few things that just don’t seem to fit together in life. Nutella and hot sauce come to mind. Also perhaps a chocolate cake filled with fish. And then there’s the cold, open outdoors and headphones. Everyone has tried the headphones-over-the-winter-hat technique, which inevitably leads to an unfortunate, muffled listening experience. Then of course there’s the headphones-under-the-hat technique, which only stretches out your hat and lets so much cold air in that you might as well not be wearing a hat at all. It was with this very issue in mind that someone came up with the Bluetooth hat—an ingenious combination of hat and headphone that allows you to stream your favorite music when you’re outside in the cold and need a nice, warm hat at the same time. Many of these Bluetooth hats pair seamlessly with your mobile devices, and even allow you to make and receive calls. So don’t force yourself to choose between listening to your favorite tunes and keeping your head warm the next time you find yourself facing the great, cold outdoors. Instead, get yourself a Bluetooth hat. Here are the top 8.
When we put together these lists of the best gadgets around, two of the biggest variables we consider are overall quality and affordability. Of course it would be easy to list the best products in any category if cost were not an issue, but that would be impractical. It’s for that reason that we’ve chosen this Rotibox Bluetooth Beanie Hat as our top choice. Given its price and overall quality, this is a hard Bluetooth hat to beat.
The first thing you’ll notice about this Bluetooth hat is that it’s simple yet stylish. Some of these hats can get a bit “busy” with color and frill, yet this hat appeals to the fashion minimalist in all of us. (You’ll find a variety of different colors and styles if you click the link.) And this hat is made from double knitted, 100% soft acrylic, meaning that it doesn’t just look good—it will also keep your head warm while using a minimal amount of material.
This cap rocks the latest Bluetooth 4.1 technology and allows you to listen to music without needing additional headphones. Simply pair the hat with your cell phone, tablet, or any other Bluetooth-enabled device and you’re good to go. And since it has a wireless range of 33 feet, you don’t have to worry about your music cutting out as long as you don’t stray needlessly far from the source.
Most importantly, however, the speakers on this hat sound awesome. There are built-in stereo speakers and a microphone on the left earpiece so you can make calls, and the control panel allows you to skip back and forth on your playlist and operate all your call functions without ever having to touch your phone.
This hat is fully washable, and comes with a built-in rechargeable Li-Ion battery, which will last through roughly six hours of talk or play time and takes only 2.5 hours to charge.
Next up, we have the FoYoung Headphone Hat, which you may notice is a bit thicker than our #1 pick. And it feels that way too. Made of incredibly warm and comfortable polar fleece, this is a real winter hat made for people who plan on spending long periods of time in really cold weather. And although this is a double-knitted beanie that will keep you warm for hours on end, it still has a good amount of breathability, which is essential if you’re engaging in any strenuous physical activity.
The Bluetooth speakers on this hat are impressive (although not quite as impressive as the speakers on the Rotibox, due to a slight lack of bass clarity), and are placed in a location where they match up perfectly with your ears. Sporting Bluetooth V4.1, this hat pairs quickly and easily with all your Bluetooth-enabled devices (you can sync up to two devices simultaneously), and boasts a wireless range of 10 meters.
The control panel on the lower rim of the hat is incredibly easy to navigate, and we were quite fond of the fact that it seems to blend in to where a tag would usually be placed on a hat such as this—making it more discrete than some of the other control panels you’ll come across on this list. There are just three buttons that take care of power, volume, playback, and making and receiving phone calls.
This hat also has an impressive battery life, which can manage a playback time of six hours and a standby time as long as 90 hours. And it only takes about 2 hours to charge.
Bottom line: If you want a warmer hat and are willing to sacrifice a little low-end sonic quality when you’re listening to music, this might be the hat for you.
This Moretek Bluetooth hat might not have made it into our Top Two, but that doesn’t mean it’s anything to scoff at. This simple, relatively thin hat is surprisingly warm, and combines style with functionality. It’s made from premium, double-knitted fabric and comes loaded with Bluetooth 3.0 technology. And with a range of 33 feet, there’s no chance that your signal will drop while you’re on the go. The three-button control panel allows you to easily control all the essential audio and voice dialing features, and the built-in battery supplies a whopping six hours of playback or talk time, along with 60 hours of standby. And since the battery only takes about 2 hours to reach a full charge, you won’t have to be without your tunes or suffer a cold head for very long if you’re out and about. Inside the box you’ll find a USB charging cable, user manual (although we hardly think you’ll need it), a pair of cozy gloves, a charger, and the hat itself. Not a bad deal.
This Pococina hat is a sight to behold, and probably will appeal to our more fashionable readers who want to look their best while they discretely listen to their tunes. Made from strong acrylic fibers, this hat is incredibly warm and comfortable. It’s compatible with all your Bluetooth devices and sports a rechargeable Li-ion battery with six hours of playback time. And don’t let this hat’s stylish exterior dissuade you from throwing it in the wash with the rest of your laundry (although we suggest air drying), since the speaker driver and battery can be easily removed. The only category in which this hat fell just a tad short was sound quality. There was a noticeable lack of midrange frequencies, which shouldn’t be an issue for all you bass-heads out there. But if you’re more of an audiophile who cares more about sound quality than style, you may want to splurge on a different hat.
This Qshell Winter Bluetooth hat is a bit more expensive than most of the others on our list, but with good reason. Although it may seem thin, this hat is incredibly warm, yet it still has a great deal of breathability that is perfect for outdoor winter sports enthusiasts. This hat also features some of the best speakers we tested, which deliver a very balanced, crisp sound that is sure to please the outdoor audiophile. As with all the hats on this list, the Qshell is compatible with all your Bluetooth devices, and is remarkably easy to pair. It has a wireless range of roughly 35 feet (clocking in at one of the best wireless ranges around) and has a crystal-clear microphone that’s perfect for making and receiving calls. So if you’re looking for a hat that’s cozy, warm (yet breathable), delivers great sound, and has a fantastic microphone, this may just be the hat for you.
We included this hat on our list not necessarily because it has some new and super exciting feature we wanted to share with all of you, but because it’s so amazingly comfortable. In fact, this may just be the most comfortable Bluetooth hat we reviewed. The only downside is that it lacks the amount of breathability that some of the other Bluetooth hats have, yet this shouldn’t be a problem if you plan on taking in on leisurely walks in the cold, as opposed to snowboarding trips. The fit feels snug and secure without being too tight and uncomfortable, and the sound quality is excellent. And a 60-hour battery standby time, along with 4 hours of talk and playback time means that you don’t have to sacrifice functionality for comfort and warmth.
At first glance, this GoldWorld Bluetooth Beanie seems a bit unassuming. And that’s not necessarily an incorrect assessment. Although modest in design and functionality, this cozy little hat is reliable and affordable. It features a rechargeable Lithium-poly 45mAh battery that can deliver around 5-6 hours of playback or talk time alongside 60 hours of standby. It’s not the warmest Bluetooth hat on our list, so we would recommend it more for the casual winter outdoor stroll, as opposed to more serious, cold adventures. The sound quality is very good—not great, not bad—but again, given this hat’s price, the slight lack of sonic clarity might be acceptable for someone who is simply looking to entertain themselves during a quick walk to the post office.
Last but not least, we arrive at the fantastically-cool-looking Oenbopo Winter Fur Trooper Bluetooth Hat. Don’t let this hat’s bargain price fool you. It’s surprisingly warm and features two cozy side flaps to keep your ears warm too. These flaps also host the Bluetooth speakers, which allows for better placement. All the standard features apply: a chargeable Li-ion battery with a lifespan of roughly 5 hours during playback and 60 hours during standby, a USB charging cable, and an easy-to-navigate panel that allows you to skip tracks, pause your music, pick up calls, and more. Our one caveat concerning this hat is that it doesn’t seem to be made of the best materials, and we wouldn’t necessarily trust it as our go-to hat on a long winter’s excursion. Bottom line: This is a great, affordable hat that will keep you warm and deliver the tunes. But maybe bring along another, more reliably-made winter hat if you’ll be detached from civilization for too long.