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Every guy needs (at least) a couple of great hoodies in his closet. These sweatshirts have evolved from laundry day loungewear to a style staple for men everywhere. They can be worn with a pair of sweats when you’re taking it easy on a Sunday morning or dressed up with chinos and crisp canvas sneakers for a day out.
What to Consider Before Buying a Hoodie
There are few factors to look at when shopping for a hoodie. The first is fit — do you like a boxy, streetwear-inspired fit, or would you rather stick with a more classic slim fit? Fabric is important too, both for comfort and for performance. Many options below are made from soft blends of cotton and polyester. In addition to the fabric used, you’ll also want to consider weight. For example, the 12 oz Champion hoodie will be a warmer option than a lighter 7 or 8 oz hoodie (these numbers refer to how many ounces a square yard of fabric weighs). Likewise, you’ll want to consider the style of the hoodie. There are zip hoodies, which are more versatile, and pullover hoodies, which are warmer. The style you choose will likely come down to simple preference.
How We Chose the Best Hoodies
We picked out zip and pullover styles, so you can find what works best for you. When choosing the best hoodies, we turned to classic brands like Champion and Russell Athletic, who have both been making hoodies for generations. We also picked out options in different weights and fabrics. Most are cotton/poly blends because a blend is more versatile and comfortable.
These comfortable sweats are like giving yourself a warm hug, and these are some of the best hoodies you can buy right now.
1. Champion Men’s Reverse Weave Left Chest C Pullover
Champion dominates the sweats game, and with good reason — their sweatshirts are soft, stylish and available in a wide range of colors. The reverse weave hoodie features a distinctive weaving process that’s designed to minimize shrinkage. The hoodie has a comfortable kangaroo pocket, and it’s made from a substantial 12oz fabric that’s great for staying warm. The sides of the hoodie have ribbing to allow for a wider range of motion.
Pros: “Reverse weave” is designed to resist shrinkage. Available in a wide variety of colors. Warm, heavyweight fabric.
Cons: Runs somewhat large.
2. Hanes Men’s Full-Zip Eco-Smart Fleece Hoodie
If you’re looking for a comfortable and versatile zip hoodie, this option from Hanes is a good one to get. It’s made from a 50/50 blend of cotton and polyester. The hoodie has a traditional fit and two pockets at the hip. Like most of Hanes’ products, this hoodie is affordable and available in a wide variety of colors.
Pros: Comfortable and soft. Available in a range of colors.
Cons: Somewhat lint-prone.
3. Russell Athletic Men’s Dri-Power Pullover Fleece Hoodie
Russel Athletic literally invented sweatshirts, so they know how to make a pretty fine hooded one too. It features the classic V-shaped neck stitching that many hoodless sweatshirts have. The 9 oz 50/50 cotton/poly blend is designed to be moisture-wicking; you’ll be warm, but not sweaty.
Pros: Moisture-wicking “Dri-Power” reduces sweatiness. Good fit for multiple body shapes and sizes.
Cons: Pills easily.
4. Levi’s Men’s Classic Logo Hoodie
Levis is one of the most iconic clothing brands in history, so if you’re going to rock a logo, a hoodie with Levi’s’ distinctive “batwing” logo is not a bad way to do it. The hoodie comes in a variety of colors, like this classic red logo on heather gray. The hoodie is made from a blend of 80/20 cotton/poly blend, and it has a regular fit with a kangaroo pocket and traditional drawstring hood.
Pros: Classic brand. Comfortable and soft fabric. Available in different colors. Good logo option.
Cons: Some options may be less expensive.
5. Comfort Colors 1535 French Terry Scuba Hoodie
If you’re looking for a lighter option, consider this hoodie from Comfort Colors, an underrated brand that excels at soft cotton basics. This hoodie has a split hem design, rather than a ribbed hem, putting it somewhere between a long-sleeve t-shirt and a hoodie. It has a convenient kangaroo pocket and a drawstring hood. This hoodie comes in a range of stylish, faded colors.
Pros: Stylish, faded colors. Lightweight ring-spun 100% cotton fabric.
Cons: Some may prefer a warmer option.
6. Carhartt Men’s K122
Carhartt has been making tough clothes for job sites for decades, but their clothes can just as easily be worn around the house or for a casual game of touch football. This option is cut from half cotton, half polyester, and it’s available in hi-vis orange or more subdued colors, like heather grey. It has a relaxed, comfortable fit, a full zip front and two hand pockets.
Pros: Sturdy-built sweater from an iconic brand. Comfortable fit.
Cons: Runs large, so you may consider sizing down.
7. American Apparel Men’s Flex Fleece Long Sleeve Zip Hoodie
American Apparel might not be the brand it once was, but under Gildan, it continues to produce reliable versions of casual staples like tees, jeans and of course, the classic full-zip hoodie. This option is made from a 50/50 cotton/poly blend and has two hand pockets, plus an adjustable hood. Best of all, it comes in a very wide range of colors, from subdued neutrals to eye-catching yellows and pinks.
Pros: Wide variety of colors. Throwback look.
Cons: Some may find it too slim fitting. Constructed differently from earlier American Apparel versions.
8. Hanes Men’s Pullover Hooded Sweatshirt
If you’re looking for a hoodie to primarily wear around the house, then this is a comfortable and basic option. Hanes has been known for making comfortable casual wear and underwear since 1901. Their hoodie is made from a 50/50 cotton/poly blend, and it comes in a bunch of colors. Hanes uses recycled plastic to make some of the polyester used in the hoodie.
Pros: Uses some recycled plastic for polyester. Available in over 20 colors.
Cons: Tends to run a little short in the waist. Style is decidedly plain.
9. Gildan Men’s Heavy Blend Fleece Hooded Sweatshirt
Gildan is a reliable source for very affordable basics. Like some of the other options, this hoodie is a 50/50 cotton/poly blend. It’s pre-shrunk and designed to resist pilling, so it’ll stay comfortable and look good after many washes.
Pros: Air-jet yarn is designed to be resistant to pilling and shrinkage.
Cons: Thinner than you might expect.