Improved technology means you don't have to spend a lot to get a great light
This week, we scanned Amazon's bestseller list for the highest-rated headlamps, then pulled the best, most authoritative reviews for each.
GRDE Zoomable ($25)
"This light will make your friends jealous. It's incredibly bright in high mode and the battery lasts long enough for late night hikes. Plus, it’s USB rechargeable."
Black Diamond Spot ($40)
"I love this light. It is about the brightest headlamp I have ever owned. I have used it on two Boy Scout campouts and it was great. The headband is easy to adjust and it stays put without slipping or sagging."
Best Waterproof LED ($10)
"This light is nice and bright on the high setting although the low setting could be a little lower. Don't think I'll have a use for the red light. The on and off button is big and easy to use and the lamp tilts down so you can point it where you need it. I wish the strap was a little heavier but hopefully, it won’t wear out."
LuminoLite LED ($10)
"I really love this headlamp! It's easy to adjust and stay on your head. You can wear a cap and it sits right on top of it. The adjustable 45 degree angle is a great feature. The 160 lumens is very bright; too bright for taking out the dog at night so I prefer the lower brightness setting."
Petzl Tikka ($30)
"I have used this headlamp on many hiking trips and canoe trips in the Boundary Waters area. The strap is really comfortable, it seems to be conservative on the battery use and I like that there's a red light option, too."