Best Hard Hats

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 28, 2020
Hard hats are a necessary safety measure that enables people to work on construction sites, with structural iron and steel, as well as logging without worrying that the slightest mistake can prove fatal. The best hard hats are able to juggle both comfort and protection. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2020
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OUR VERDICT
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Comfort
Weight
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PROS

The Fas-Trac™ III 4-point suspension system will eliminate pressure points via flush jug attachments. The graspable ratchet will provide extra-smooth rotation and ensure a steadfast hold. The comfort pad, contouring to the back of the head, will make the hat breathable and prevent it from pulling hairs.

CONS

The paint starts chipping off with time. 

OUR VERDICT

People who work in dangerous industries that entail industrial and fire environments cannot go wrong with the MSA 475407 Natural Tan Skullgard Hard Hat. Besides providing impact and penetration protection, the cap shields you from radiant heat (<350°F) and dielectricity (<2,200V).

detailed parameters
Certification

ANSI/CSA Type I, ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2014 (Class G)

Size

Standard (fits from 6.5 to 8 US)

Shell

Durable phenolic resin shell with full brim

Comfort

Fas-Trac™ III 4-point suspension system, headband, nape strap, high-quality sweatband, adjustable crown straps

Weight

13.6 oz

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The sweatband is PH neutral and dermatologically tested, so even people with sensitive skin will not receive redness and irritation from wearing the hat. The Revolution™ wheel ratchet will keep the fit firm. There are universal slots on the hat that can accommodate various accessories. 

CONS

Even on the lowest adjustment setting, the hat sits too high on the head. 

OUR VERDICT

The Evolution Deluxe 6161 280-EV6161-10V will fit construction workers first and foremost. With the vents making the hat breathable and the Egyptian cotton core employing a porous PU coating, the model absorbs sweat and wicks away moisture. Even when the temperature reaches ~100°F, the hat will not start feeling stuffy.

detailed parameters
Certification

ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2009, Type I (Class C)

Size

Standard (fits from 6.5 to 8 US)

Shell

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) shell with full brim

Comfort

6-point suspension system with polyester textile straps, sweatband with Egyptian cotton core and porous PU coating, air vents

Weight

8 oz

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

You can replace and wash the sweatband in a washing machine without any issues. The hat protects you from temperatures as low as -22°F and as high as 140°F. Its ABS thermoplastic resin construction is not easily deformed. There are almost 20 colors that you can choose from.

CONS

The sweatband takes some time to dry. 

OUR VERDICT

The Pyramex Safety Ridgeline Full-Brim Hard Hat offers excellent electrical insulation properties, accommodating electricians as well as various tradesmen. With its low-profile design, the hat keeps the fit secure and pretty comfortable, all while providing additional coverage (compared to high-profile models).

detailed parameters
Certification

ANSI Z89.1-2014, CAN/CSA Z94.1-15, Type I (Class E, G, and C)

Size

Standard (fits from 6.5 to 8 US)

Shell

High-density ABS thermoplastic resin with full brim

Comfort

4-point suspension system (can be converted to a 6-point suspension), vented pressure pad, sweatband (replaceable, washable)

Weight

13.3 oz

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS
The triple-reinforced crown provides extra impact protection. The molded EVA foam insert on the dome will absorb shock and minimize impact. The oversized ratcheting dial enables adjusting the fit even without removing gloves.
CONS

The model is relatively heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

When we're talking about protection from vertical impact and penetration, the Lift Safety HDF-15NG DAX Hard Hat runs circles around even the most expensive helmets. Wearing this hat, you can work comfortably knowing that even considerable debris will not be able to hurt you.

detailed parameters
Certification

ANSI Z89.1-2014, Type I (Class G)

Size

Standard (fits from 6.5 to 8 US)

Shell

Fiber-reinforced resin shell with full brim (triple-reinforced crown for superior impact protection)

Comfort

6-point suspension system, perforated synthetic leather comfort dome with molded EVA foam insert, moisture-wicking foam backed microfiber liner, brim grip

Weight

~16.7 oz

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The accessory slots fit everything from safety glasses to hearing protection muffs to dust masks. The hat also accommodates standard chin straps, so you can make sure that it will stay on even with you bending and moving your head around. 

CONS

The hat uses a protective cap instead of a full brim. 

OUR VERDICT

The ERB 19948 Omega II weighs a little above 5.5 ounces, so you will barely notice its presence. The hat's fluorescent yellow coating will make you visible even in low-light conditions. The Mega Ratchet fit dial will enable easy fit adjustment without taking off the hat and will also keep the fit secure.

detailed parameters
Certification

ANSI Z89.1-2009, Type I (Class E, G, and C)

Size

Standard (fits from 6.5 to 8 US)

Shell

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) shell with protective cap

Comfort

6-point suspension with woven nylon straps, moisture-wicking brow pad (removable, washable), accessory slots (accommodate a variety of eye, face, and hearing products), accommodates a chin strap

Weight

5.6 oz

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

MSA 475407 Natural Tan Skullgard

Even Dielectric Protection

The MSA 475407 Natural Tan Skullgard Hard Hat is the toughest, most durable hard hat from the company yet. Made from high-strength phenolic resin, the hat withstands radiant heat as high as 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Besides that, its ANSI/CSA Type I compliant construction tells you that the hat will also be able to protect you from vertical impacts and penetrations. The difference here is that the model is also ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2014 (Class G) compliant, offering dielectric protection capping at a considerable 2,200 volts.

Setting protection points aside, the Skullgard is all about the Fas-Trac™ III 4-point suspension system. Using flush rear lug attachments, the system eliminates pressure points. Next, the system offers three nape strap adjustment levels so that you can customize the fit. Then, you have the graspable ratchet providing extra-smooth rotation as well as a steadfast hold. Last but not least, the ratchet comfort pad will contour to the back of your head, improving airflow and preventing hair-pulling.

The paint will start chipping off with time, that's where the product loses a few durability points. Even so, people that are involved in steelmaking and heavy machinery will not find a better option than the MSA 475407 Natural Tan Skullgard Hard Hat.

Review of MSA 475407 Natural Tan Skullgard Hard Hat with Fas-Trac Suspension

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Evolution Deluxe 6161 280-EV6161-10V

A Tough Nut to Crack

The Evolution Deluxe 6161 280-EV6161-10V is also a pretty tough nut to crack, fitting construction sites unlike even the most expensive helmets. Adopting a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) shell, this hat will protect you from falling debris, while its full-brim profile provides extra protection from sun, glare, and rain. To add more, the brim features finger grips around the front and rear and textured underside, reducing glare and reflection.

Sometimes, the manufacturers behind these hard hats focus too much on protection and forget about comfort. This is not the case with this hat though. On the contrary, the 6-point suspension system, using textile straps, ensures comfort without sacrificing performance. Meanwhile, the Chamlon™ sweatband, employing an Egyptian cotton core and a porous PU coating, gives you ample sweat absorption, with the vents promoting airflow and wicking away moisture.

On a less positive note, even on the lowest adjustment setting, the hat sits too high on the head, somewhat compromising the fit. Still, with the Revolution™ wheel ratchet, at the very least, you can make sure that the fit remains firm.

When all is said and done, the Evolution Deluxe 6161 280-EV6161-10V is practically unrivaled at balancing comfort, protection, and performance, making this vented hat a pretty easy choice to make.

Review of Evolution Deluxe 6161 280-EV6161-10V Full Brim Hard Hat with HDPE Shell

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Pyramex Safety Ridgeline Full Brim

Low-Profile Approach

The Pyramex Safety Ridgeline Full-Brim Hard Hat sticks to the basics and we're more than fine with that. Not the most important part but, to start with, you can choose between blue, yellow, red, gray, white, black, and many other colors. What's more important is that, made from high-density ABS thermoplastic resin, the hat remains relatively lightweight (around 13 ounces) yet pretty strong. While being ANSI-approved and, earning the Class E, G, and C certifications, it fits construction workers as well as electricians, with the latter crowd praising the hat for its hardness, gloss, toughness, and electrical insulation properties.

What they are not praising is the sweatband. It is effective, sure, and also replaceable and machine washable, making maintenance a breeze. But the band also takes more time to dry than you would expect, so you can seldom wash it one day and have the sweatband available the next day.

What you can and will have available the next day though (and the day before and after that) is the hat's low profile, sitting on the crown, keeping the fit secure yet comfortable while offering more coverage than high-profile hats. In other words, if you want protection without compromising the view, the Pyramex Safety Ridgeline Full-Brim Hard Hat is your best bet.

Review of Pyramex Safety Ridgeline Full Brim Hard Hat, 4-Point Ratchet Suspension

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Lift Safety HDF-15NG DAX

Extra Impact Protection

Even among the strongest, sturdiest, most rugged helmets, the Lift Safety HDF-15NG DAX Hard Hat manages to stand out. First things first, the model comes fitted with a fiber-reinforced resin shell, offering solid impact protection. Second, the hat integrates a triple-reinforced crown, providing even more impact protection. Like that's not enough already, this hard hat also introduces a perforated synthetic leather dome with a molded EVA foam insert to the mix. Apart from making the fit more comfortable, the insert also absorbs shock, so even sizable debris should not cause considerable damage.

Sure, due to these safety solutions, the model also becomes quite heavy, weighing almost one whole pound. But, from where we're standing, this is a trade-off that most people who work in dangerous environments should be fine with.

What these people should also be fine with is the oversized ratcheting fitment dial that lets you adjust the size even while wearing gloves. Likewise, the non-slip grips on the brim will enable comfortable transportation even with wet hands and gloves.

To sum up, the Lift Safety HDF-15NG DAX Hard Hat will make 100% sure that even the most dangerous environments will not be able to cause head trauma.

Review of Lift Safety HDF-15NG DAX Hard Hat

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ERB 19948 Omega II

Accommodating Safety Accessories

The ERB 19948 Omega II is a little less versatile than the hats we have discussed above, hence the respectable but still last spot on this list. What separates this model from its slightly more impressive competition is the protective cap that the hat is using, whereas the models above are fitted with full brims. As you can imagine, that means less protection from snow, rain, sunlight, and glare. But, considering that the hat also costs less than 9 bucks, we cannot really complain about that. We certainly cannot complain about the accessory slots on this hat that accommodate various eye-, face-, and hearing-protection equipment, from safety goggles to ear muffs to dust masks.

Aside from that, the model boasts a moisture-wicking brow pad that prevents the head that is wearing this hat from feeling stuffy. Plus, the pad is easily removable and machine washable. Finally, the Mega Ratchet secure-fit mechanism, featuring an easy-turn knob, lets you customize the fit without removing the hat. Each turn will automatically lock the fit with 50 meshing teeth, making the position firm and secure.

Without going into unnecessary and obvious details (like the fact that the hat accommodates chin straps), the ERB 19948 Omega II is an affordable and, as far as most jobs are concerned, reliable hard hat.

Review of ERB 19948 Omega II Cap Style Hard Hat with Mega Ratchet

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What is a Hard Hat?

From construction sites to various plants to industrial and fire environments, there are more unsafe jobs than there are safe ones. These jobs require protective gear and, with the head being the most fragile and, to some extent, the most important body part, the first protective gear piece that you need is usually a hard hat. Wearing a hat like that, assuming that it complies with at least the ANSI and ISEA requirements, you can work without worrying about small debris causing head trauma or worse.

More often than not, these hats adopt a full-brim design, so they can also protect you from the elements, including sunlight, rain, and snow. At times, they come equipped with cutouts, providing ventilation, and making sure that the head inside the hat does not suffocate. They always feature a 4- or 6-point suspension system that keeps the fit firm and secure but also enables multiple size adjustments so that you can customize the fit. A little less often, certain hats are endowed with accessory slots that will let you store various accessories, keeping them easily accessible within hand's reach.

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Publish Date: 2020-07-27 15:20:35