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.
Flood or spot light? Need a red light? The table below summarizes our top picks for easy comparison.
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.
|MODEL||POWER SOURCE||LOCK MODE||WATERPROOF|
|3 AAA||Yes||IPX8 (1.1m for 30 min)|
|4 AAA||Yes||IP67 (Sealed housing, 1m for 30 minutes)|
|Hybrid (Core or 3 AAA)||No||IPX4 (splashed/sprayed water from any angle)|
|Rechargeable Lithium Ion||Yes||IPX4 (splashed/sprayed water from any angle)|
|Hybrid (3 AAA or Core)||No||IPX4 (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.