Three Things to Consider Before Buying a New Hooded Sweatshirt

Hoodies might never go out of style, so make sure you have a few in your closet to choose from.

Hanes Hoodies
It’s hard to be the comfort and convenience of a hooded sweatshirt.Hanes

Whether it’s cold outside or a warm, sunny day, hooded sweatshirts offer a level of comfort that no other piece of clothing can. They’re also great if you don’t like to think about what you’re going to wear at any given time—put on a tank top, t-shirt, or long-sleeve base layer and throw a hooded sweatshirt over top and nobody knows what you have on. While many offices don’t accept hooded sweatshirts as acceptable workplace attire, they’re pretty much accepted anywhere else. So, why not get yourself a new one? Just make sure it’s hooded pill-resistant in the laundry, machine washable, and if you’re plan to wear it in foul weather, water-repellent.

Pill Resistant

Hanes Men's Pullover EcoSmart Fleece Hooded Sweatshirt
Poor quality hooded sweatshirts can form “pill” shapes lumps of link after just one wash.Hanes

We’ve all had those items of clothing we fear washing because we’re worried the materials will “pill” and be ruined after just one wash. Well, ruined may be pushing it, but they truly won’t be the same after a serious pilling session. You shouldn’t have to worry about that happening with the quality hooded sweatshirt. In fact, there are hoodies made with pill-resistant fabric that are guaranteed to be durable and stay together no matter how many times you wash it.

Machine Washable

Champion Men's Graphic Powerblend Fleece Hoodie
Washing clothes is already a pain, so get a hooded sweatshirt that doesn’t make more work for you.Champion

Sometimes getting your clothes into the washer, then the dryer, and back into the closet can seem like the most difficult task of your week. It’s even more difficult if you have an item that cannot be washed in the washing machine and requires either hand washing or dry cleaning. To avoid more laundry duty, get a hooded sweatshirt that’s machine washable and requires the same detergent you’re using for the rest of your loads.

Water Repellent

Carhartt Men's Rain Defender Paxton Heavyweight Hooded Sweatshirt
Washing clothes is already a pain, so get a hooded sweatshirt that doesn’t make more work for you.Carhartt

If you live in a wet climate or plan on getting wet while wearing a sweatshirt, you may want to opt for a hoodie with a water-repellent fabric treatment. That way, not only will the sweatshirt keep you warm, water will roll right off of you so you aren’t stuck feeling soggy. Some high-end sweatshirts come with water-repellency built into the fibers, while others are coated with a water-repelling treatment as a last step in the manufacturing process.