Milwaukee M12 Heated Gear Review

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Milwaukee M12 Heated Gear Review

Milwaukee M12 Heated Gear

Manufacturer: Milwaukee Tool
Price: $99-$249
Power source: Any M12 Battery
Five years or half a decade. No matter which way you say it that’s how long Milwaukee heated gear has been changing the way we work and play in the winter months. It all started with the introduction of the first jacket in classic Milwaukee Red. The next few seasons saw expansions in both colors and styles. In five seasons they went from one item to now a line with four items and a combined 14 distinct offerings with all the various color choices. For a number of us here at Tool Box Buzz, we’ve been wearing this gear since the beginning and continue to be impressed by it.

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14 different items in the line



  • Heat Core Body Areas: Durable carbon fiber heating zones independently distribute and maintain heat to chest and back, pockets
  • All Day Heat: Up to 6 Hours of continuous heat per battery charge
  • Adjustable Heat: Zone specific heat control provides the right amount of heat for any weather
  • M12™ REDLITHIUM™: Powered by M12™ REDLITHIUM™ Battery that works with 60+ Tools
  • Rugged Construction: Wind and water resistant shell and thermal fleece lining keep elements out and hold heat close to the body
  • Redesigned for improved fit and better heat retention
  • Additional storage pockets added inside jacket
  • Machine Washable and Dryable
  • USB Charger: Upgraded battery holder includes fuel gauge to check run-time and a powered USB port for charging portable electronic devicesMilwaukee M12 Heated Gear -4


  • Heat Core Body Areas: Durable carbon fiber heating zones distribute and maintain heat to chest and back
  • All Day Heat: Up to 6 Hours of continuous heat per battery charge
  • Adjustable Heat: One touch heat control provides the right heat for any weather
  • M12™ REDLITHIUM™: Powered by M12™ REDLITHIUM™ Battery that works with 60+ Tools
  • Rugged Construction: Durable cotton exterior and waffle-weave polyester lining withstand tough outdoor conditions and keep heat close to body
  • Machine Washable and Dryable
  • Hood fits easily over hard hat

Hand Warmer

  • Upgraded carbon fiber heating elements: Distribute heat hands – 3 heat settings
  • Multi-layered fabric technology: Actively warms hands and stimulates blood circulation to fingers
  • Powered by the M12™ REDLITHIUM™ Battery: Up to 6 hours of continuous heat on a single charge
  • Convenient external pocket: Provides storage for keys, phone, camera, and more
  • Adjustable buckle strap: Securely holds hand warmer around waist

New Additions

Milwaukee M12 Heated Gear - Red Heated JacketNew for this year in the Milwaukee M12 Heated Gear line  is the complete redesign of the jackets. Since Milwaukee has been in this arena the longest they have learned quite a bit through their experience. This year’s changes are more in the garment design and not functionality of the heating components.

Garment changes include two tone color schemes, hook and loop wrist enclosures, more internal pockets (tablet pocket!), and a more robust main zipper. Also the jacket line gets the addition of the 3 in 1 Realtree Xtra model that consists of a heated vest, outer shell, and a zip-on hood. Todd is a huge fan of the 3 in 1.

Additionally the entire line is now listed as washer and dryer safe. When the jackets were first released they had to be spot cleaned. Work gear obviously can get pretty dirty and being able to wash and dry it is a must. I’ve already covered mine in mortar and brick dust a number of times and it always washes up and continues to work great.


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3-in-1 has the heating zones in the vest

While the Milwaukee M12 Heated Gear has received a number of great upgrades there are just a couple of improvements I would like to see.

The first improvement is the same one I mentioned a couple years ago on Concord Carpenter, at the time of purchase give the choice for either M12 or M18 power. The purchaser would pull both a jacket box and a battery kit box off the shelf. The battery box would be designated either M12 or M18 and would have the charger, battery, and holder inside. Charge a little more for the M18 if necessary.

The second improvement I’m not sure if it’s just my jacket or all of the redesigned ones but the zippers on the hand pockets can zip so low that the zipper separates and needs to be reseated in order to function again. An additional stitch just above where the zipper halves start would keep the carrier for retracting too far.


Milwaukee M12 Heated Gear -5Sizing on the garments runs true to size as far as coats go. I can wear my heated hoodie (XL) under my heated jacket (XL) with no issues. If heading out to the jobsite though you’ll need to grab a one size larger hi-viz vest to fit over the jacket. I carry an XXL vest in the truck with me in the winter for this purpose.

One thing to note about heated jackets. You should get these just a little tighter than you would normally wear your clothes. The closer the heat elements are the better they work. That goes for any heated jacket.

Final Thoughts

For the last 4 seasons Milwaukee M12 Heated Gear has been my most used tool.This season will be no different. The garments work well and continue to work well year after year. If those post holiday gift cards have been burning a hole in your pocket but you’re not sure you want to shell out for a jacket, pull the trigger on the hoodie. It can fit under your normal work jacket and keep you warm the whole day long. Even if you’re not a contractor, the Milwaukee M12 Heated Gear is great for play too. Tool Box Buzz editors have been known to wear them quite often out on the lake for ice fishing.

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Milwaukee M12 Heated Gear

About the author

Jeff Williams

Contributing Editor Jeff Williams is a carpenter for a commercial General Contractor specializing in concrete, steel, and wood buildings. Jeff comes from a long line of contractors. His parents started a commercial General Contracting firm many years ago and it has afforded him life-long, hands-on learning opportunities from rough and fine carpentry all the way to structural steel and concrete. Jeff has a Construction Management degree and loves the thrill of coordinating and successfully managing large jobs from start to finish. Inspired by the difficulties sometimes encountered to complete punch lists his motto is, "Work hard until the job is done."


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