The 14 best women's raincoats
22 December 2020
Don’t hide away on wet weather days - embrace the rain instead and prepare to stay toasty and dry. Here’s our pick of the best women’s waterproof jackets and raincoats for 2021, as recommended by Mumsnetters. Puddle jumping optional.
When it’s bucketing it down outside, it’s important to have the right kit. As the old saying goes, 'There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.’
Let’s face it, umbrellas are more trouble than they’re worth in blustery conditions, and aren't exactly manageable when you’re in charge of a pushchair or several kids. The answer to your wet weather worries? A nifty waterproof raincoat.
Here are the best women's raincoats to buy today.
1. Didriksons Waterproof Jacket
“I can honestly say it’s been my best buy this year. Keeps me bone dry in hideous rain and warm enough on cold, cold days.”
Mumsnetters wax lyrical about Didriksons coats and with good reason. One (slightly obsessive) Mumsnetter said, “These are the best coats ever. I have four!”
Started in 1913 to produce workwear for fishermen, this Swedish brand prides itself on ‘adapting to the elements, rather than challenging them.’ Whichever style of Didriksons Waterproof Raincoat you choose, you’re guaranteed to stay dry.
- Sizes: XS to XXXL
- Colours: Pale Turquoise and Yellow
Price: From £26.39Buy now from Amazon
2. Regatta Bergonia II Waterproof Insulated Hooded Jacket
“I have a mustard yellow Regatta raincoat and it’s excellent!”
Like the idea of matchy-matchy raincoats? Good news. The Begonia II is part of Regatta’s Mini Me collection, so you can buy your children their own wet weather gear to coordinate with yours (certain shades only).
Waterproof and insulated, with adjustable cuffs, an adjustable hood and roomy pockets, this jacket offers practicality, warmth and low-key style. It also comes in an impressively large range of sizes.
- Sizes: 8 to 32
- Colours: Black, Blue Sapphire, Dusky Heather, Mustard, Green, Grey, Navy and Purple
Price: £55.95Buy now from Regatta
3. Seasalt Janelle Coat
“I bought a Janelle Coat from Seasalt and it’s brilliant. It's warm but not too hot, and it breathes. It's completely waterproof and it looks good too.”
A true Mumsnet favourite, our forums ring with endorsements for Seasalt’s bestselling waterproof raincoat. The Janelle is an all-rounder, offering 100 per cent cover, even in the most torrential of conditions.
A lovely longer-length raincoat with fleece lining, it offers warmth – perhaps a trifle too much if you only need a light layer for autumn and spring showers. It has fully-tapered seams and a proper hood with a peak.
It’s designed to withstand Cornish weather so should keep you dry wherever you are. There are also reflective strips for added safety after dark. Of course, all these features come with a price – and a fairly hefty one at that.
- Sizes: 8 to 28
- Colours: Black, Chalk Grey, Dark Wreckage, Squid Ink and Woodland
Price: £150Buy now from Seasalt
4. Lands’ End Squall Waterproof Coat
“I love Lands’ End. All of our coats (and many other things) are from them.”
An ideal choice for all body types, the Lands’ End Squall comes in petite, regular, tall and plus sizes.
It’s 100 percent wind- and waterproof, longer-length, A-line in style, and fleece-lined to keep you snug as well as dry on colder days.
- Sizes: 8 to 22, petite, regular, tall and plus size
- Colours: Black, Magenta Berry and Algiers Blue
Price: From £72Buy now from Lands’ End
5. Trespass Compac Mac Women's Waterproof Packaway Jacket
“Trespass do some good coats. They do packaway macs which will fold up small – lots of them have drawstrings!”
A brilliant budget choice and the best packable raincoat we’ve found, this compact mac can be stashed in a bag or under a lightweight buggy, ready for sudden downpours.
Trespass is trusted by bona fide outdoorsy types so it’s no surprise that this rain mac is waterproof up to 3000mm, with taped seams and elasticated cuffs. We'll be honest – it could never be described as chic. That said, there's a nifty waist tie so you can avoid the ‘wearing a bin bag’ look.
- Sizes: XXS to XXL
- Colours: Black, Khaki and Fawn
Price: £13.99 (was £45.99)Buy now from Trespass
6. Uniqlo Blocktech Hooded Coat
“My Uniqlo Blocktech Coat is really good and I get lots of compliments on it. It looks surprisingly stylish for what is essentially a mac.”
Uniqlo’s Blocktech range gets a lot of love from women of all tastes. Mumsnetters rate the variety of colours and lengths, the minimalist design (no unnecessary zips, tags or logos to be found here) and affordability.
Lightweight and smart enough for everyday wear, Blocktech coats will keep you dry on your commute, school run and obligatory dashes to the shops in the drizzle.
- Sizes: XXS to XXL
- Colours: Black, Natural, Gray, Red, Navy and Yellow
Price: from £39.90Buy now from Uniqlo
7. Boden Morris Waterproof Mac
“The coats I've had from Boden have always been very good quality and nicely finished.”
Boden is a longstanding Mumsnet favourite and the Morris Waterproof Mac matches expectations.
This raincoat is thigh length and lightly quilted inside so it’ll keep you toasty when you’re on playground duty. Contrast lining and colourblock stripes on the hemline and cuffs add quirky flair. It’s pricey but, as many Mumsnetters will tell you, Boden pieces generally last years and offer lots of value per wear.
- Sizes: 6 to 22
- Colours: Khaki and Navy
8. Everlane The ReNew Anorak
“I ordered the ReNew Anorak from Everlane. It's a good price and I like that it’s made from plastic bottles.”
Ethical online US brand Everlane aims to sell clothing with transparent pricing. Their ReNew Anorak is made from 100 percent recycled polyester – each raincoat is made from 28 plastic water bottles.
Offering a loose, boyish fit, it’s water resistant, lightweight and machine-washable.
- Sizes: XXS to XL
- Colours: Midnight, Light Taupe, Dark Green, Royal Blue and Canvas
Price: £69Buy now from Everlane
9. Joules Shoreside Waterproof A-Line Coat
“I've got a Joules yellow raincoat and love it, even though I look like I've escaped from Fraggle Rock.”
If you want to stand out on a drizzly day, you can’t go wrong with a traditional raincoat in a sunny shade.
Joules has produced a flattering A-line waterproof parka with adjustable inner elasticated waist-cinching drawcord plus traditional zips and poppers to make you feel like a child again.
- Sizes: 6 to 26
- Colours: Antique Gold and Poppy
Price: £89.95Buy now from Joules
10. Patagonia Women’s Torrentshell Jacket
“It’s nipped in at the waist and moves beautifully with your body. Not bin bag-y at all. Much more flattering IRL than in photos. Made from sustainable fabric from an ethical company too.”
This lightweight packable raincoat boasts plenty of technical details including a two-way adjustable hood with laminated visor, micro-fleece-lined neck and storm flaps.
The jacket can be stuffed into one of its pockets for easy storage on days out. As one happy Mumsnetter said on our forums: “I've just splashed out on a Women's Patagonia Torrentshell. Amazing jacket! So lightweight you can hardly feel it when it's on, but super waterproof and comes in lots of different colours.”
- Sizes: XS to XL
- Colours: Mako Blue, Star Pink, Catalan Coral, Bayou Blue, Classic Navy, Camp Green, Birch White, Roamer Red, Black, Gypsum Green, Berlin Blue, Smokey Violet and Smoulder Blue
Price: From £95.99, depending on colourBuy now from Ellis Brigham
11. Protected Species Waterproof Mac
“Protected Species are the best waterproof jackets I've tried.”
Protected Species justify their very steep price tag by combining water-repellant four-way stretch fabric with uber stylish designs. You wouldn’t look out of place slinging a Protected Species trench over your dress and heels for a dinner date.
As one Mumsnetter put it, “Protected Species definitely keep the rain off. They offer a proper technical fabric, hence the price, but I've had mine a few years and they look brand-new. Definitely windproof too. I'm kind of evangelical about Protected Species as before discovering them I spent a lifetime cold and wet due to refusing to wear a sensible jacket!”
- Sizes: 6 to 18
- Colours: Black, Burnt Horizon Red, Burgundy, Night Sky Navy, Sandstone Fawn and Storm Dark Grey
Price: £225Buy now from Protected Species
12. Rains Curve Jacket
“Rains jackets are excellent – hood stays up and they are waterproof.”
Inspired by a classic trench coat design, this waterproof raincoat has a chic matte finish on all colours except the glossy ‘Shiny Black’ and ‘Shiny Blue’ colourways. There’s also a fishtail hemline and belt tie – ideal for enhancing, not hiding, curves.
Described by Rains as a ‘fashion rain jacket,’ it does what it says on the tin, being more suited to boutique shopping and café-hopping than scrambling up craggy mountain paths.
- Sizes: XXS to XL
- Colours: Black, Blue, Green, Charcoal, Beige, Shiny Black and Shiny Blue
Price: £95Buy now from Rains
13. Ilse Jacobsen Hornbæk Rain 87 Raincoat
“I have an Ilse and always get compliments on it.”
Stylish AND waterproof is the Holy Grail when it comes to raincoats. According to Mumsnetters, Danish brand Ilse Jacobsen delivers on both counts.
Constructed to deal with the elements, while also embracing sleek Scandi style, there isn’t a whiff of ‘frumpy’ about their bestselling PU Rain 87 mid-length parka. Another bonus, this 100 percent polyester rain jacket with taped seams is machine-washable.
- Sizes: XS to L
- Colours: Black, Dark Indigo, Red, Red Orange, Sunbeam and Green Lily
Price: From £110Buy now from Amazon
14. The North Face Hikestellar Parka Shell Jacket
“My hill-walking, mountain-climbing friends all rate The North Face. They definitely have technical credentials. Not just a fashion brand.”
This parka jacket from The North Face ticks all technical boxes. It’s long enough to cover your bum but not restrict movement, whether you’re hiking through forests or hauling the buggy onto a bus.
Lightweight, impenetrable, quick-drying fabric keeps you cool and dry in extreme conditions. Sealed seams, elastic cuffs and an adjustable hood keep out pesky drips and elasticated waist panels give a more flattering fit.
- Sizes: XS to 3XL
- Colours: Urban Navy, Root Brown and TNF Black
Price: £135Buy now from The North Face
Verdict: the best women’s raincoat
If you’re looking for value and an excellent packaway raincoat, we rate the Trespass Compac Mac Women's Waterproof Packaway Jacket.
Uniqlo’s Blocktech wins our vote for everyday style at a reasonable price. The Joules Shoreside Waterproof A-Line Coat is the cheeriest raincoat we found – ideal for brightening up dull days. We also love the Seasalt Janelle for warmth and coverage.
For overall longevity and style, our vote goes to Ilse Jacobsen’s timeless Hornbæk Raincoat, which is not only invaluable in a downpour, but sleek and flattering too.
How we chose our recommendations
All of our recommendations for raincoats came from Mumsnet users themselves. We searched the Mumsnet forums for posts about which products, including budget-friendly anoraks, stylish macs and packaway raincoats, Mumsnetters really loved. We also looked at other review sites to see which raincoats performed well across the board.
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