December 8, 2021

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14 Best Puffer Vests for Women 2021 — Women’s Sleeveless Quilted Vests

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As summer fades into fall and the temperatures begin to drop, you’ll want to start filling your wardrobe with easy-to-style transitional pieces. Of course, on those days when it’s too warm for a thickened down coat but you’re looking for something that’s more lightweight than a fall jacket, a puffer vest is the perfect addition. A stylish puffer vest is easy to throw on when walking the dog, running errands or even on a fun night out. It’s sleeveless, so it offers much-needed warmth without weighing you down, and it works with a variety of cute fall outfits — just add a pair of jeans, a cozy sweater and a pair of functional fall boots, and you’re good to go. And when temps dip even lower in the winter, you can use your quilted vest as a layering piece under a heavier coat.

Just like with puffer coats, puffer vests come in a variety of styles, materials and prices. Whether you prefer down or down alternative fill, something heavier or a lightweight vest that’s easy to pack, a neutral color or a statement pattern, the pros at the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab did the research to create this list of the best puffer vests for women to buy. Using our expertise in textiles and knowledge of the most reliable clothing brands on the market, we based these picks on top-tested brands from our most recent winter coat test, styles with rave online reviews or new options with innovative features. These are the best puffer vest for women to buy in 2021:

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1

Best Overall Puffer Vest for Women

Women’s Heavenly Vest

Columbia
amazon.com

$69.85

Columbia outdoor wear is known for keeping you warm with the brand’s Omni-Heat technology, a metallic dot pattern inside the fabric that’s designed to retain your own body heat while still being breathable and lightweight. Made with polyester and synthetic down, it is water-resistant with a  slim, classic fit. Over 1,300 reviewers agree that this versatile vest is high quality and long lasting for a reasonable price tag. 

  • Water resistant material
  • Heat reflective technology
  • 10 color options
  • Runs a bit smaller, according to some reviewers

2

Best Value Puffer Vest for Women

Women’s Quilted Vest

Fuinloth
amazon.com

$25.99

Starting at just $26, this quilted puffer vest from Fuinloth has over 12,000 (!) reviews and is an Amazon best-seller. Available in 11 shades, reviewers especially love the lightweight polyester material and flattering fit with big pockets that can fit even large cellphones. It’s on the thinner side, so it’s ideal for fall and spring.  One reviewer raves to “get it! You won’t be disappointed.” 

  • 12,000 online reviews
  • Amazon best-seller
  • Lightweight design for fall and spring
  • Brand recommends sizing up if you’re between sizes

3

Best Puffer Vest with a Hood for Women

Women’s PrimaLoft Packaway Long Vest

L.L. Bean
llbean.com

$149.00

If you prefer a vest with a hood, this pick from L.L. Bean has a full coverage hood that’s entirely packable for easy storage too. Available in regular, plus and petite sizing,  this vest features stretchy fleece side panels for a perfect fit. The synthetic fill uses PrimaLoft Cross Core technology for extra warmth without added weight. 

  • Lightweight material
  • Packable design
  • Made with recycled materials

4

Best Patterned Puffer Vest for Women

Women’s Puffer Vest

Lands’ End
amazon.com

$55.46

While many puffer vests are only available in solid colors, this vest from Lands’ End offers multiple fun patterns including plaid, cheetah and tie dye prints. Made with down fill and a polyester outer, this pick is available in regular, petite and tall sizing to ensure a great fit. Reviewers love the flattering stitching and roomy design, ideal for layering. 

  • Variety of fun prints, including cheetah, plaid and tie dye
  • 600 fill power down
  • Regular, petite and tall sizing
  • Product description doesn’t correctly match the product

5

Best Cozy Puffer Vest for Women

Women’s Insulated Puffer Vest

With a sweatshirt material as the inner lining and a spacious built-in hood, this vest from Wantdo offers maximum coziness. The polyester outer shell has a Durable Water Repellent finish to keep you dry while the lining is a super soft fleece material. Over 1,000 Amazon reviewers say it’s an ideal puffer vest for colder temperatures, as it’s “extremely warm.” 

  • Soft fleece lining
  • Removable hood
  • 1,000 rave Amazon reviews
  • Pockets don’t have zippers

6

Best Reversible Puffer Vest for Women

Women’s Mossbud Insulated Reversible Vest

The North Face
thenorthface.com

$99.00

You don’t need to pick between a puffer or fuzzy vest: this reversible vest from The North Face has a puffer and fuzzy side. For rainy days, use the water repellent puffer side. This vest features the brand’s Heatseeker Eco insulation for increased warmth even in inclement weather. Reviewers love the versatility of this vest and the large zippered pockets to hold valuables. 

  • Puffer and fuzzy side for fully reversible look
  • Water repellent on the puffer side
  • Heatseeker Eco insulation

7

Best Lightweight Puffer Vest for Women

CirrusLite Down Vest

Eddie Bauer
eddiebauer.com

$63.75

Eddie Bauer is popular for its classic winter coats that keep you warm without being overly bulky. This lightweight vest has a relaxed fit to be flattering on a variety of body types. The nylon outer shell repels water while the higher neck helps keep you warm and cozy. Available in six shades, reviewers especially love that it’s “great for layering under another coat or jacket,” thanks to its lightweight design. 

  • 650 fill power with Responsible Down Standard down
  • Water repellent nylon shell
  • Easy to pack for trips and adventures
  • Thin design is best suited for fall and spring or to layer with warmer pieces

8

Best Plus-Size Puffer Vest for Women

Puffer Vest with Snap Pockets

For trendy, preppy style, look no further than this classic J. Crew puffer vest. Reviewers love the standing collar and gold accents for a more professional appearance. Plus, the cute checkerboard lining adds a fun pop of personality. With XXS to 3XL sizes, this puffer vest is flattering with many reviewers saying it’s a “must have staple in your closet.” 

  • Preppy design
  • Checkerboard lining
  • XXS to 3XL sizing
  • Only available in navy and black

9

Best Down Puffer Vest for Women

Down Sweater Vest

Patagonia
rei.com

$179.00

Most of the puffer vests featured in this round-up use synthetic down made from polyester, but this pick from Patagonia uses 100{3a94529b2b68d99beac25dca5c1678936e723415472492fb18744b4f77d809a2} goose down (Global Traceable Down Standard) as the insulation. Featuring 800 fill power, it’s on the thicker side, ideal for chillier days, with a water repellent recycled polyester outer. Hiking enthusiasts rave that this vest is perfect to wear when hitting the trails. 

  • 100{3a94529b2b68d99beac25dca5c1678936e723415472492fb18744b4f77d809a2} goose down
  • Water repellent recycled polyester outer
  • 800 fill power
  • Most expensive style in our round-up

10

Best Sustainable Puffer Vest for Women

Downtown Vest

Athleta
athleta.gap.com

$74.97

Perfect for commuting or running errands, this thicker puffer vest from Athleta has a trendy collar for extra warmth. It’s available in regular, petite and tall sizing from XXS to 3XL in three sleek shades. This sustainable pick uses recycled polyester made from post-consumer plastic bottles with a Durable Water Repellent finish and responsibly sourced down interior. 

  • Recycled polyester made from post consumer plastic bottles
  • Durable Water Repellent finish
  • Responsibly sourced down interior
  • Some reviewers wish it had more shape for a more flattering fit

11

Best Exercise Puffer Vest for Women

Down For It All Vest

Lululemon
lululemon.com

$148.00

A bulky winter jacket will just slow you down on your outdoor runs, so opt for a sleek puffer vest instead. This fitted vest from Lululemon is designed specifically for outdoor exercise in the colder months. It’s longer than other styles to keep your hips covered. With 700 fill power and Responsibly Sourced down, the fill is held in place with water resistant fabric for a vest designed to stand up to continued wear. 

  • Snug fit to the body
  • 700 fill power down
  • Water resistant nylon fabric

12

Best Winter Puffer Vest for Women

Women’s Hooded Longline Puffer Vest

Avec Les Filles
nordstrom.com

$149.00

If your winter coat just isn’t keeping you warm enough in low temperatures, try pairing your coat with this long puffer vest from Avec Les Filles. This puffer vest goes past your knees to keep you fully covered with a large hood. Featuring zipper pockets, this vest can also easily be worn on its own. 

  • Goes past your knees for extra warmth
  • Zippered front pockets
  • Large hood

13

Best Travel Puffer Vest for Women

Women’s Lightweight Water-Resistant Packable Puffer Vest

Amazon Essentials
amazon.com

$27.90

This lightweight puffer vest from Amazon Essentials includes its own small carrying case. It’s easy to store when not in use and also bring with you when traveling. The lightweight polyester material in the outer shell and fill makes it easy to compress to fit in the drawstring case. With over 4,000 rave reviews on Amazon, reviewers especially love the contoured seams for a flattering fit and how easy it is to style this vest with a variety of outfits. 

  • Lightweight polyester material
  • Included drawstring carrying case
  • Versatile design: can be worn solo or under a heavier coat
  • Fill is synthetic down a.k.a. polyester

14

Best Oversized Puffer Vest for Women

In a Bubble Puffer Vest

FP Movement
freepeople.com

$128.00

While most puffer vests end before your hips and fit closer to your body, this pick from FP Movement has a longer, oversized design to accommodate layers underneath. With a lower fill power of 200g, this pick is lightweight enough to throw on after a workout. Some reviewers were worried that the pockets were fake, but they have stitching that you can easily remove to access them. 

  • Oversized, roomy fit
  • Thinner material
  • Perfect to wear after working out
  • More limited size options

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