Men's Fashion

10 Best Heavyweight Hoodies: Thick and Warm Sweaters For 2023

The heavyweight hoodie is the daddy of hoodies. In my humble opinion, it is the best of all men’s hoodies. It brings the warmth of a great big bear hug, the comfort of a cup of tea, the volume of a pillow, and the durability of a Hummer. The best heavyweight hoodies combine all these factors and blend into their unique style.

If your hoodie doesn’t give you the joy and comfort it used to, perhaps it’s time to say goodbye. Just be warned, do not assume this is a versatile, do-it-all hoodie. You do not want to be wearing heavyweight hoodies in the depths of a heatwave. Otherwise, the hoodie weighs twice as much with all the sweat it has absorbed. Yum.

But this isn’t an article about sweaters, so that’s enough talk of sweat. We’ve compiled a fantastical range of hoodies to suit men of all ages, creeds, and proclivities. So, don’t go scrolling the internet for hours, we’ve done the legwork for you. Here are the best heavyweight hoodies for men below. Read on.

Key Takeaways

When choosing the best heavyweight hoodies, consider color, style, and fit. The Forét hoodie took first place due to its stylish versatility and range of lovely colors. If you’re looking for WFH (or couch) comfort, the fleece-back Nicce hoodie is a real treat. Meanwhile, the color-blocked Axel Arigato is a style masterclass.

Our Top Picks

Black Hoodie Under A Camo Jacket
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Forét Deer Hoodie

Material: 100% Organic Cotton | Sizes Available: XS-2XL | Colors Available: 9 | Style: Pullover

This Forét design comes out top in this list of the best heavyweight hoodies for a number of reasons. Firstly, the selection of tones available not only are plentiful but almost all of them are also difficult to choose wrong with.

They have a soft, muted tone that compliments the simplicity of the aesthetic, with only a contrast Forét logo to boast of. The heavy cotton is brushed, giving it a robust yet soft duality. When looking for a hoodie to pad out your selection, this is a formidable choice.

Wax London Buxton Hoodie

Material: 100% Organic Cotton | Sizes Available: S-2XL | Colors Available: 5 | Style: Pullover

Wax London knows precisely what it’s up to with its color selections. There is black, faded charcoal, ecru, navy, and a neutral gray-violet tone (for the pastel-heads among you). They make it difficult to style these hoodies badly.

We suggest a pair of selvedge denim jeans and Converse trainers for a suave casual outfit. The 100% organic cotton makes it a heavyweight hoodie with eco-sensibilities.

Percival x Harry Lambert Quite Pricey Hoodie

Material: 85% Cotton, 15% Recycled Polyester | Sizes Available: XS-2XL | Colors Available: 2 | Style: Pullover

Men’s heavyweight hoodies can be more expensive that regular-weight hoodies. This is because the fabric is more expensive. But there is a strange irony in a fairly expensive hoodie declaring itself “quite pricey” on its graphics, only for it to be put in the sale for a fraction of its cost.

It might still declare itself “quite pricey,” but now it’s actually “quite reasonable.” This Harry Lambert (Harry Styles’ stylist) x Percival collaboration hoodie is ironic, cozy, and its loud pink color scheme ensures it won’t go unnoticed. Snag a “pricey” bargain.

Unrecorded Hoodie

Material: 100% Organic Cotton (GOTS) | Sizes Available: 2XS-2XL | Colors Available: 5 | Style: Pullover

This Unrecorded hoodie is constructed from hefty 360-gram organic cotton French terry fabric. The fabric is durable, weighty, insulating, soft, and easy to wash. But it’s the minimal style that we want to highlight most of all.

There is no branding. An easy ‘roo pouch for tired hands. And finally, the tough cotton drawstring makes for easy adjustment to the hood. We recommend styling with it tied up. As a healthy aside, the cotton used has been grown without chemicals and dyed without heavy metal or allergenic dispersed dyes. Which is nice.

Neutrale Organic Hoodie

Material: 100% Organic Cotton | Sizes Available: XS-XL | Colors Available: 3 | Style: Pullover

When you’ve analyzed as many hoodies as I have, you come to know a thing or two. It’s the details that count. This Neutrale hoodie achieves a spot on the list due to its organic cotton, neat logo at the wrist, and overtly visible stitch details.

If you want something as smart as a digital spreadsheet, try Excel Green for a vibrant addition to your casual wardrobe. Wear with darker, more unassuming colors such as charcoal chinos or dark indigo jeans to let the green make the fashion statement for you.

Hamilton and Hare Pullover Hood - Indigo Terry

Material: 100% Cotton | Sizes Available: XS-2XL | Colors Available: 3 | Style: Pullover

Is your personal style unconventional? Yet cool? And with a touch of unfettered coziness? If so, then boy do I have the hoodie for you. The terry cloth material gives a wonderful matted soft touch to the exterior, but on the inside, it’s brushed for a sensual feel on your skin.

The elastic hems have a surprising geometric pattern on them, while the drawstrings have a quality metallic finish. This is the ideal hoodie to curl up on the couch at home with a pair of your favorite joggers on.

Axel Arigato Fragment Hoodie

Material: 100% Organic Cotton | Sizes Available: XS-XL | Colors Available: 1 | Style: Pullover

Without a doubt the sexiest hoodie on this list. Don’t agree? Fight me. The sharp color-blocking between ecru, beige and brown which intersect at frilly borders gives this nuance, verve, and individuality. (Note, there’s also a green, black, and faded black version, equally as alluring.)

When it comes to styling, this heavyweight hoodie is for those who like their pants baggy, their shoes chunky and their sunglasses thin; it’s a cool-kid hoodie. It’s constructed from thick organic cotton for optimum overhang and dont-give-a-fuckery.

Nicce Mercury Hood

Material: 42% Polyester, 58% Cotton | Sizes Available: XS-XL | Colors Available: 2 | Style: Pullover

Cold January winds rustle the bare trees outside my window. The gray skies feel close. There is, in short, no sign of optimism.  And yet inside, it’s a different story, for I am wrapped up in my squishy, velvet soft, and thickly insulated Nicce Mercury hoodie.

The thickly embroidered logo and metal-capped drawstrings are premium details. The exterior is smooth and comes in a range of colors, but it’s the fleece-back interior that’ll ensure you’ll never want to take this hoodie off. This winter, all you need is this hoodie, fleecy sweatpants, plus a Nicce cuppa tea for real winter blues-busters.

TwoThirds Fionia

Material: 50% Recycled Cotton, 47% Recycled Polyester, 3% Other Fibers | Sizes Available: S-XL | Colors Available: 1 | Style: Zip Up

If you know about zips, you’ll know that the YKK zip is one of the sturdiest. So the fact that this TwoThirds zip-up hoodie has a YKK zip is a good indication this is of higher quality than average men’s heavyweight hoodies.

Better still is the recycled nature of this hoodie. The recycled polyester teams up with recycled cotton to create a garment that utilizes waste, lasts a long time, and is soft and comfortable. There is one downside. It only comes in one color. But that suave “linen” hue makes up for that fact.

Sketch & Stitch Adult Hoodie Outline Stitch

Material: 50% Cotton, 50% Polyester | Sizes Available: S-XL | Colors Available: 8 | Style: Pullover

When making your very own custom hoodie, there’s no need to go kitsch, or for some garish screen print, why not make it look artisanal, thoughtful, and quality? With this Sketch & Stitch embroidered hoodie, all of these things are achievable. The only downside is a) the cost, and b) finding the perfect image that’ll look good as embroidery.

Not that I’ve ever done it, but I imagine it’s easier said than done. There is a multitude of hoodie colors available, plus you can choose the embroidery color, and add text too. This could make for a beautiful gift.

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What To Look For In The Best Heavyweight Hoodies

Material 

Cotton is the conventional hoodie material, but it can come in various forms. For added softness, it can be brushed and fleece-backed. Terry cloth is soft, absorbent, and gives a unique aesthetic. Plus, differences can occur in the way the cotton was grown.

Organic farming doesn’t permit the use of chemicals. On the subject of sustainability, hoodies constructed from recycled cotton are also possible. Finally, polyester is cheaper and causes more pollution but can still be soft and durable.

Size 

Avoid heavyweight slim-fit hoodies. They can feel uncomfortable to wear, especially with a t-shirt underneath. Go for a regular fit or oversized. I highly recommend an oversized fit for a heavyweight hoodie. It will fulfill the large, insulating, and huggable criteria you want from a heavyweight hoodie. Plus, oversized is trendy at the minute.

Type

To zip up or to pullover, that is the question. While I am of the opinion that a zip-up front ruins the seamless comfort of a pullover hoodie and the zip adds unnecessary weight, the zip-up has its merits. Namely, access and an alternative aesthetic. Choose your poison. If you prefer your head outside a canopy, there are also hoodless hoodies… aka crewneck sweatshirts.

The Perfect Shade From Nicce Mars Collection
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Final Verdict 

The greatest heavyweight hoodie is a simple item of clothing. It must keep you warm, give a stylish but nonchalant feel to your outfit, and you must feel cozy wearing it. If a hoodie ticks these boxes, go ahead and buy it. The minimalist hoodie by Forét achieves this and has a fabulous range of colors for you to select the perfect tone. That’s why it’s my fave.

FAQ

    • This is a subjective matter, of course, since one man’s thick is another man’s thin. A heavyweight hoodie begins at around 300-350 GSM (grams per square meter)/ 8.85-10.5 (ounces per yard squared). But, it can get as heavy as 500 GSM/14.75 (ounces per yard squared).

      • The weight of a hoodie doesn’t necessarily indicate its quality. Consider also the type of fabric (is it polyester? Or organic cotton?), consider where it has been manufactured, other people’s reviews, and if the brand is reputable. While weight indicates the strength of the material, it doesn’t indicate build quality.

        • Let’s assume you aren’t wearing your hoodie on Mars. Nor is your hoodie saturated with water. So, then we return to the original definition of what is considered a heavyweight hoodie: anything 300 GSM (grams per square meter) or over. P.S. a 300 GSM hoodie would only be 114 GSM on Mars. They’re lightweights on Mars.