Headlamps Comparison Tables

We researched the most popular comparative reviews of headlamps. Based on those reviews, we aggregated their findings. These are the headlamps that consistently get highest marks from the most reviewers such as those at REI, Amazon, Outdoor Gear Lab, Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Mountain IQ, Switchback Travel, Wirecutter, Digital Trends, Adventure Junkies, Gadget Review, and The Big Outside.

See the Comparison Tables

price / weight / run time comparisons

Price and run time vary significantly in our top picks. Sort the chart below if you’re looking for something specific.

MODELPRICEWARRANTYWEIGHT (ounces)RUN TIME ON HIGH (hours)RUN TIME ON LOW (hours)
$40 3 years3.2525180
$50 3 years3.922160
$70 5 years (lamp); 1 year or 300 charging cycles (battery)2.927
$85 3 years (lamp); 1 year (battery)4.12.515
$20 5 years3.0360220
 

LIGHT Comparisons

Flood or spot light? Need a red light? The table below summarizes our top picks for easy comparison.

MODELDISTANCE (manufacturer reported in meters)MAX LIGHT OUTPUT (manufacturer reported in lumens)BEAM TYPESRED LIGHT?
80300flood/spotyes
80350flood/spotyes
95350adjustable/floodyes
110300adjustable/floodyes
62150flood/spotno
 

POWER / Waterproof Comparisons

Prefer rechargeable or hybrid headlamps over disposable batteries? Regularly hike or run in rainy conditions? Sort the table below if you’re looking for a specific setup.

MODELPOWER SOURCELOCK MODEWATERPROOF
3 AAAYesIPX8 (1.1m for 30 min)
4 AAAYesIP67 (Sealed housing, 1m for 30 minutes)
Hybrid (Core or 3 AAA)NoIPX4 (splashed/sprayed water from any angle)
Rechargeable Lithium IonYesIPX4 (splashed/sprayed water from any angle)
Hybrid (3 AAA or Core)NoIPX4 (splashed/sprayed water from any angle)
 

Headlamps We Excluded

While researching, six headlamps came to our attention that looked promising. However, after digging in further, we decided to not do a full write-up on these models. Why? Sometimes, despite good media coverage, customer reviews revealed a fatal flaw. Other times, the headlamp may have been great, but a similar model from another maker was just as good and costs less. Of the dozens of models of headlamps available, we still think these are towards the top.

MODELREASON FOR EXCLUSION
Coast FL85Research
Coast HL7 FocusingResearch
Princeton Tek Apex ExtremeLack of user reviews
Black Diamond RevoltResearch
LedLenser MH 10Lack of user reviews
Petzl TikkaResearch