The Best Sun Hats to Protect Your Face

Keep your skin protected from the sun's harmful UV rays with a chic, hard-working sun hat. Shop these top-rated UPF 50+ finds for a sun-safe, stylish summer for the entire family.

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Updated on June 27, 2024

Leave your days of baby oil and aluminum foil in the past and spoil your skin with the protection it deserves this summer with the help of a hardworking sun hat. We scoured the shops to find the creme de la creme sun hats to provide you with the best protection and top-tier style you’ll look forward to throwing on for gardening, lounging by the pool or strolling through a new-to-you city.

How We Picked

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We take skin protection (and summer style) seriously around here, so we consulted a pro before curating our sun hat shopping guide. We talked with Chelsea Marais, a board-certified physician assistant in cosmetic dermatology, to learn what features she recommends looking for when shopping for sun hats to ensure maximum sun protection. From there, we spent hours researching sun hats from trusted retailers and then comparing each based on Marais’ recommendations, their size and color options, materials, sun protection and brim lengths to bring you the best options for every style and budget.

What to Consider Before Buying

Sun Protection

Whether you are searching for a statement sun hat for poolside lounging or hunting for a practical (but pretty) garden hat, skin safety should always be your top priority when shopping. Though a sun hat’s brim may create shade to keep you cool, not all hats are equipped with UVA and UVB-blocking technologies to protect you from harm. “Aim for a sun hat labeled UPF 50+,” says Marais. “You want a sun hat with a brim wide enough to cover your ears, nose and preferably your neck, too, as these are the most common spots for skin cancer.”


Popular materials for sun hats include natural woven materials, cotton, canvas, nylon and polyester. Woven hats offer a classic look with a structured silhouette and show less wear over time than their cotton or polyester counterparts. The only catch? Woven hats are often less likely to come with UPF 50+ sun protection. Cotton, canvas, nylon and polyester hats are the go-to materials for packable sun hats and are easily found with built-in sun-blocking technology. These materials lack the structure of natural woven sun hats and are easily stained with consistent use.

Brim Length

Brim length is another consideration worth meditating on before shopping. This measurement determines how much shade is cast across your face and neck and, sometimes, shoulders. Brim length varies between 3 and 6+ inches for adult sun hats and 2 inches for children. Sun hats with shorter brim lengths provide less coverage but are often the more comfortable option when working in the yard or playing sports. Those with longer brim lengths provide extra sun protection across the upper back and shoulders but may impair your peripheral vision, making these best suited for lounging.

Marais’ final tip to know before heading out for some vitamin D? “Never forget your sunscreen! Look for SPF 30+ to reap the best anti-aging and cancer prevention benefits.”

Still uncertain what sun hat to scoop up for you, your partner or your kiddos this summer? Fret not, friend — we have an option for everyone in your family. Bonus: Every hat on our list comes equipped with Marais’ recommended UPF 50+ protection and covers your nose, ears and neck.

What We Like
  1. Packable construction
  2. Eye-catching floral motif
  3. Inner drawstring offers custom fit
What We Don't Like
  1. It’s incompatible with high ponytails
  2. Light color may show signs of wear easier

Treat yourself to a new gardening sun hat as pretty as your perennials. The Botanical Cotton Crusher hat from Anthropologie checks out with a fresh green-and-white botanical motif and tailored silhouette. The packable cotton hat comes equipped with UPF 50+ sun protection and a generous 5-inch brim that shields your face, neck and shoulders from the sun. Better still, the garden-ready sun hat features an internal drawstring, allowing you to easily custom-fit to the circumference of your head.

  1. Sizes One size
  2. Material Cotton
  3. Colors Green motif
  4. Sun Protection UPF 50+
  5. Brim Length 5 inches
What We Like
  1. Available in three sizes
  2. Features integrated sweatband
  3. Hidden interior pocket
What We Don't Like
  1. Modest brim length
  2. Hand wash only

Landscaping duties feel like less of a chore when you’re wearing a solid sun hat. The Solbari Everyday Broad Brim Sun Hat is our pick to throw on while mowing the grass, tending to your flower beds or trucking away on your latest DIY outdoor project. Each hat is made from UPF 50+ polyester and features a classic fisherman silhouette that comes in your choice of four neutral hues. It has a 3.25” brim providing face and neck coverage, an integrated sweatband and a detachable chin strap. And, the piece de resistance? A hidden interior pocket in the crown on the hat to store a key, cash or anything you need in a pinch.

  1. Sizes Small, medium, large/extra-large
  2. Material Polyester
  3. Colors Khaki, grey, beige, navy
  4. Sun Protection UPF 50+
  5. Brim Length 3.25 inches
L.L. Bean
What We Like
  1. Adjustable chin strap
  2. Packable design
  3. Mesh side panels offers breathability
What We Don't Like
  1. Narrow brim
  2. Only one color available

Snag this L.L. Bean sun hat to shield the rays on your next hike or hang it by your backdoor for sun protection during gardening pursuits. The packable beauty features a classic Australian-inspired silhouette with a molded crown and 3-inch brim. The fresh ivory finish and contrasting leather chin strap lend the hat a polished appeal that allows you to dress it up or down for any occasion. Most importantly? A pair of mesh side panels lend the Henschel Aussie Breezer its trademark breeziness that helps keep you cool even on the most sweltering summer days.

  1. Sizes Small, medium, large
  2. Material Polyester, cotton
  3. Colors Natural
  4. Sun Protection UPF 50+
  5. Brim Length 3 inches
What We Like
  1. It’s water resistant
  2. Timeless design
  3. Stylish for the garden, pool or beach
What We Don't Like
  1. It isn’t packable
  2. Lacks chin strap

Romanticize your life — starting with trips to the local nursery wearing this head-turning hat. Each Woven Palm Sun Hat from Anthropologie is hand-crafted with natural palm and finished with a classic, contrasting ribbon bow for an elegant look. The UPF 50+ sun hat offers ample protection and sports a subtle asymmetrical silhouette to offer extra shade for your neck. Practicality aside, the Woven Palm Sun Hat has a timeless quality that ensures you’ll be able to wear it for years (decades, even) before looking for a replacement.

  1. Sizes One size
  2. Material Natural woven palm, ribbon, cotton foam interior band
  3. Colors Natural
  4. Sun Protection UPF 50+
  5. Brim Length 3-4 inches
What We Like
  1. Budget-friendly price
  2. Extra neck protection
  3. Sweat-absorbent material
What We Don't Like
  1. Lacks structure
  2. Slides around on head

Looking for an ultra-lightweight sun hat that doesn’t skimp on sun protection? The KOOLSOLY Outdoor Sun Hat for Men will not disappoint. The lightweight design comes prepared for outdoor sporting and yard work alike with its wide brim and breathable performance microfiber fabric. It’s waterproof, windproof and maintains your comfort on steamy summer days with an integrated inner sweatband. Each UPF 50+ hat has ventilated mesh panels to keep you cool, an adjustable drawstring buckle and a chin strap. Scoop up the KOOLSOLY in the army green hue pictured here for a laidback look or choose from seven additional colors including camouflage or rose red to complement your wardrobe.

  1. Sizes One size
  2. Material Polyester
  3. Colors Army green, blue camouflage, camouflage, dark gray, gray camouflage, light grey, navy blue, purple, rose red
  4. Sun Protection UPF 50+
  5. Brim Length 4.5 inches
What We Like
  1. Unique, on-trend colorways
  2. Packable design
  3. Broad protective brim
What We Don't Like
  1. Lacks chin strap
  2. Incompatible with ponytails

Hunting for a hat that’s affordable and adorable? Yes, please. The Cotton Crusher hat from Anthropologie is a standout on our list. It features a wide brim for extra sun protection, is available in eight of-the-moment colorways and is easy to throw in a tote bag for weekend travel. And, as we said, it won’t break the bank. This top-rated sun hat costs less than $40 and will last you years.

  1. Sizes One size
  2. Material Cotton
  3. Colors Grey, yellow motif, light green, cream, light purple, olive, powder white, terra cotta
  4. Sun Protection UPF 50+
  5. Brim Length 5 inches
What We Like
  1. Machine washable
  2. Oversized brim
  3. Affordable price point
What We Don't Like
  1. Brim lacks structure
  2. Blocks peripheral vision

Prepare to be smitten with this statement-making sun hat. The Beneunder Large Brim Floppy Sun Hat is the ultimate head-turning accessory for pool days and beach vacays. The oversized brim may be impractical for gardening and golfing, but it delivers unparalleled sun coverage for your face, neck, shoulders (and even some of your decolletage) while hanging out by the water. Better still? It’s inexpensive and packs into your weekender bag like a dream. Grab the black to bring Old Hollywood glamour to your girls’ weekend or the white and blue for a crisp summery look.

  1. Sizes One size
  2. Material Cotton, nylon, spandex
  3. Colors Black, blue, ivory
  4. Sun Protection UPF 50+
  5. Brim Length 6.7 inches
What We Like
  1. Features ponytail opening
  2. Customizable fit
  3. Asymmetrical brim offers extra back coverage
What We Don't Like
  1. Limited neutral options
  2. May be too casual for some settings

The Solbari Ultra-Wide Brim Hat strikes a balance between form and function. It features a sleek, asymmetrical silhouette and an oversized brim that provides generous sun protection to your face and neck while lending it a glamorous look you’ll look forward to wearing outside your garden walls. The brim is shapeable, enabling you to wear it as floppy or structured as you’d like. A detachable chin strap makes it easy to throw on and off as you run in and out of stores. And, our favorite feature? The easy-to-overlook ponytail opening at the back allows you to style your hair off your neck without skimping on sun protection.

  1. Sizes Small/medium, large/extra-large
  2. Material Nylon, elastane, cotton
  3. Colors Burgundy/beige, navy/beige, black/beige, vanilla/beige, teal/beige
  4. Sun Protection UPF 50+
  5. Brim Length 5-6 inches
What We Like
  1. Classic handwoven design
  2. Offers UPF 50+ sun protection
  3. Features luxurious leather chin strap
What We Don't Like
  1. It isn’t packable
  2. Lacks interior adjustability

Presenting: the quintessential woven sun hat. We feel confident this beauty is worth your investment because the sweet and simple design will never go out of style. It’s hand-woven from palm fibers in Mexico and finished with a dainty leather chin strap and wooden bead toggle. It features a flattering 4-inch brim to shield your face and neck with UPF 50+ sun protection and is easily worn around the farmers’ market, in your garden or at the beach.

  1. Sizes One size
  2. Material Palm fibers, cotton, leather, wood
  3. Colors Natural
  4. Sun Protection UPF 50+
  5. Brim Length 4 inches
What We Like
  1. Budget-friendly
  2. Drawstring maintains a comfortable fit
  3. Features a quick-release safety chin strap
What We Don't Like
  1. Limited size options
  2. It’s hand wash only

Don’t forget your little one this summer! Keep your kiddo protected at play with the help of this cute and casual cotton hat from Terrain. The budget-friendly find offers UPF 50+, has a quick-release safety chin strap and sports a 2-inch brim to shield their face and neck throughout the day. Plus, it’s available in three classic colorways sure complement your little one’s summer wardrobe with ease: navy, moss or terra cotta.

  1. Sizes Small, large
  2. Material Cotton, faux leather, plastic
  3. Colors Navy, moss, terra cotta
  4. Sun Protection UPF 50+
  5. Brim Length 2 inches
Lack of Color US
What We Like
  1. On-trend silhouette
  2. Generous size options
  3. Easy to wear in the yard or on vacation
What We Don't Like
  1. Splurge price point
  2. Provides less shade than other hats on our list

If you’re one of the lucky ones who look amazing in a bucket hat (the rest of the world envies you), you need this one in your rotation for summer. The Lack of Color Holiday Bucket Hat is formed from a UPF 50+ cotton canvas fabric giving it a structural silhouette and molds comfortably to your head. A cotton canvas neck tie extends from the crown in the same color for easy fastening on the go. Choose from three sizes and five fresh colors to elevate your skin protection game this summer.

  1. Sizes Small/medium, medium/large, large/extra-large
  2. Material Cotton canvas
  3. Colors Black, brown, beige, pistachio, yellow cord
  4. Sun Protection UPF 50+
  5. Brim Length 4.5 inches

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