Milwaukee M12 Heated Hoodie Review

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Milwaukee M12 Cordless Heated Hoodies

M12™ Cordless Gray Heated Hoodie Kit

Manufacturer: Milwaukee
Model number: 2373
Price: $149
Power source: 12V Lithium Ion

Milwaukee Heated HoodieMilwaukee continues to expand their popular heated gear lineup with an obvious choice, heated hoodies! You’d be hard pressed to visit a jobsite in cold regions of this country without seeing a large percentage of laborers wearing some type of hoodie sweatshirt. This is a brilliant move by Milwaukee and one that will likely get adopted by other tool companies. We got our hands on a few of the heated hoodies and tried them out, below is my review, let me spoil it and say these are awesome!

Product Features & Specifications

  • Durable carbon fiber heating elements: Distribute dependable heat to the core body area
  • 3 Heat settings: Adjustable by zone to provide the right amount of heat for any weather
  • Durable cotton blend: Built to withstand the toughest jobsite wear and tear
  • Waffle-weave thermal liner and rib-knit cuffs for maximum comfort and heat retention
  • Powered by the M12™ REDLITHIUM™ Battery: Up to 6 hours of continuous heat on a single charge
  • Washer and dryer safe
  • Voltage:     12V
  • Heat Elements:     Core Zone: R Chest, L Chest, Back
  • Heat Settings:     3 Heat Settings Per Zone (High, Medium, Low)
  • Pockets:     2 Lower Hand Pockets
  • Gear Material:     Cotton Blend
  • Battery Type:    M12™ REDLITHIUM™ Rechargeable

Todd Fratzel Milwaukee Heated Hoodie

Functional, Comfortable and Quality

When I saw the new heated hoodies earlier this summer at the Milwaukee Media Event I was really excited. Anyone that works in cold regions of the country knows that keeping warm in the winter can be a real challenge. Keeping warm and being comfortable is even harder! So having an option like a heated sweatshirt is really exciting.

Milwaukee Heated Hoodie Highest Heat Setting RedThe new line of heated hoodies from Milwaukee includes 4 different styles in sizes from S to XXXL (gotta love that they actually offer large sizes, as many tradesmen are big dudes including myself!). The styles include: classic Milwaukee Red, Gray, Brown, and a high visibility yellow/black (the lower portion is black to help prevent stains). The sweatshirts are made of a heavy, soft cotton blend that’s very comfortable. The inside has a cotton liner similar to insulated “long johns” that creates a very warm double layer.

The heated hoodies work just like the Milwaukee heated jackets with a control button on the front left chest area. The button turns the heated sweatshirt on and off, and also controls the amount of heat with three settings. Each heat setting is represented by a different color; Red = Hottest, White = Middle Setting, and Blue = Lowest Setting.

Milwaukee Heated Hoodie Battery Pack and Pocket

The sweatshirt is powered by a M12™ REDLITHIUM™ Battery. The battery is held in a inside pocket sewn into the left back of the sweatshirt. The battery and it’s controller can be removed so you can wash and dry it.

One of the features that I like best is you can throw it in the washer and dryer with the rest of your clothes! Being able to care for it in a similar fashion to other work clothing is a huge benefit.

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Final Thoughts

The Milwaukee M12 Heated Hoodies are awesome! They are perfect for keeping warm on the job site from early in the Fall or later in the winter under another jacket. The material is a really good quality that’s soft and durable. The great selection of sizes and colors gives just about everyone an option to choose from. Priced at $99 (sweatshirt only, $149 with battery) I think it’s a great value. If you work, play, or spend lots of time outside in cold regions then these are a must have!

M12™ Cordless Gray Heated Hoodie Kit


About the author

Todd Fratzel

Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz, and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of Home Construction & Improvement.

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  3. Rachael

    Hi there! I’ve had one of these (heated hoodie – it’s red) for a year now and I have absolutely no idea how to wash it. From what I’ve read, I think I just have to remove the battery pack but it’s safe to wash and dry with the wires In it? I don’t want to wash it until I get some confirmation on those directions tho!

    Thank you.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      its that simple. i wash mine fairly often.

    2. Justin

      The directions that are clearly in the instruction manuals that you should read all the way through before you use the product. It saus to remove the battery and holder. Tuck the wire down into the battery pocket and close pocket. Wash hoodie on a Gentle cycle in warm water. Then dry on a gentle tumble dry on Warm heat. Not hot not cold. And to never dry clean.

      1. richard sarmento

        I washed mine [removing the battery and holder]and when I went to use it the power will not turn on,no light,no nothing.I’ve had it for a year but hardly used the heated feature.Is there any fix?

        1. Todd Fratzel

          Have you tried another battery? Have you tried another battery holder? I’ve found no issues with the hoodies (more than a year of washing). But we’ve had some issues with the holder that the battery attaches to.

        2. erica

          I’m having the same problem. have you been able to fix it?

          1. Todd Fratzel

            What’s the problem?

  4. Dorothy

    What is the most powerful battery that you can use with this sweatshirt. My grandson uses this sweatshirt for work every day and he says the battery last up to 2 hours. I’m looking for a battery that has better charged capabilities.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Dorothy – These jackets/sweatshirts run on the 12 volt batteries from Milwaukee. The 12 volt batteries come in many different sizes. The longest running pack will be the packs with the highest “amp hour” rating. Currently that is the 6.0 Ah pack.

      He’s probably running it on a 2 or 3 amp hour pack. This would run a LOT longer.

  5. Jerry Hamilton

    Ya hi I bought one just yesterday I am a construction worker an it’s really cold in the morning, honestly I thought the sweat shirt would heat up more then what it does . It gets warm but at a certain point it’s almost like you can’t really feel it. When I put my hands on the inside next to where the heat would be it’s not really that warm I’m actually disappointed after spending 160 for it an wanting one since 2014

  6. Croisan

    I too am surprised it is not warmer on max. Is mine defective or are all like this? Hardly noticed any warmth in 45 degree weather. Is anyone else having this problem?

    1. Todd Fratzel

      How are you wearing it? These work best worn over a tshirt….as a base layer…with a warm jacket over them. I wear them on the job, I wear them hunting, ice fishing, and they work great. Are they super hot? No….if they were you’d sweat…but they make a huge overall difference worn this way.

  7. John A Lemke

    I just bought one and used it in deer stand under my out layer. I stayed warm for three hours sitting in 20 degree weather. It does not get hot. I think it worked just fine by keeping me warm but not sweaty. I had 3 base layers under it and one out coat. My legs on the other hand that did not have the hoddie had cold spots.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      I use the hoodie and sometimes I use the heated jacket…I prefer the hoodie as it’s closer to the body. I never hunt now in the Fall without one of them on.

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