Safety Helmet: 5 Lightweight Hard Hats for Construction Workers

Hard hats are an essential part of any construction workers’ safety apparatus.

Without it, with the uncertainties of the construction environment would make it difficult to ensure your safety.

For good reason, they’ve been mandatory at construction sites for a long while now. However, there’s a small problem.

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The problem here is that most people think you can get construction hats which have to be heavy, and that construction hard hats are always unwieldy and uncomfortable in the name of safety.

QUICK COMPARISON: Our Top 3 Picks for Lightweight Hard Hats

  • Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 6 inches
  • Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Color: Black
  • Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.3 x 6.7 inches
  • Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Color: Black
  • Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 9 inches
  • Weight: 1 pounds
  • Color: Black

Taking a gander at the vast array of options, however, means that you’re in for a treat when it comes to lightweight and comfortable hard hats, you’re in a treat when it comes to lunch boxes for Constructions Workers too, Homesthetics reviewed those!

Today, we present to you the best hard hats on the market today. They are guaranteed to impress you with their lightness, reliability, robustness and comfort.

Following that is a small list of things you should take care of before buying a hard hat for yourself or your workers: let’s begin with the reviews!

Lightweight Hard Hats for Construction Workers

Delta Plus Venitex Diamond V Hard Hat
  • Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.3 x 6.7 inches
  • Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Color: Black
41jyzb+ankl. Sl300
Pyramex Ridgeline Full Brim Hard Hat
  • Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 6 inches
  • Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Color: Black
Fibre-Metal by Honeywell SuperEight Hard Hat
  • Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 9 inches
  • Weight: 1 pounds
  • Color: Black
51dckm2enxl. Sl300
HDPE Natural Tan Full Brim Hard Hat
  • Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 6 inches
  • Weight: 1 pounds
  • Color: Natural tan

Lightweight hard hats for construction workers

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  1. Venitex Men’s Diamond V Baseball Cap Style Safety Hard Hat

Who said construction hats have to look unwieldy and normal to provide protection and comfort? This baseball cap style hard hat comes with a number of vents and holes to ensure that your head is ventilated all the time to prevent moisture and heat build-up. It comes with a comfortable internal padding which makes sure you can wear it for long hours on the job.

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This baseball cap styled construction hat offers you sunlight protection as well as high visibility at all times in the day thanks to its design. Further, you won’t need to squint or otherwise put an effort to ensure you’re able to see and perform to the best. The comfort band inside the hat will make sure that your head’s exterior stays protected at all times.

There’s a foam sweatband on the front which takes away the sweat problem that’s common with a number of construction hats today. It also comes in a number of colors, which means you can get one that’s truly to your liking in terms of style and variety. It is also compliant with OSHA regulations – you can stay assured that your safety will never be compromised.

  • Truly radical design, functional as well as stylish 
  • Comes approved by the OSHA: your safety is in the right hands 
  • Lightweight, built out of sturdy but comfortable materials 
  • The design may not be to everyone’s liking 
  1. Pyramex Full Brim Style 4 Point Ratchet Suspension Hard Hat

This hard hat comes with a proper suspension inside, and also comes with a 4 point ratchet suspension which makes sure you’ll always have the position your head needs to be in. There’s a visor up front which provides stability and security from sunlight as well as strong lights at night. It’s built out of a lightweight yet robust plastic which is highly secure.

Pyramex Ridgeline Full Brim Hard Hat, 4-Point Ratchet Suspension,...
  • Constructed from ABS material — Strong, yet...
  • Ratchet suspension is easy to adjust and allows...


The Pyramex Full Brim Style comes with a number of features which make it a great hard hat. First of which is the multiple safety ratings from a number of agencies – it comes very highly rated. The high density polyethylene is light, but secure. It also comes with space to attach  accessories you might need such as a chin guard, ear guards/ear muffs, etc.

Further, there are slots to store accessories on the hat itself once you’re done using them. The multiple colors mean you can easily get one for the type of job you’re currently doing. The enclosed sweatband does a great job of making sure your head stays dry and clean throughout jobs. Overall, it makes for a handy addition to any worker’s tool-set.

  • 4 or 6 level ratchet adjustment makes sure the hat sits just right on your head 
  • Comes with a proper suspension to protect your head and ensure comfort 
  • Can host a number of accessories and has space to store them after use
  • Chin strap is not included with the hat 
  1. Fibre-Metal by Honeywell E1RW11A000 Super Eight Full Brim Ratchet Hard Hat

This particular hat by Honeywell is built out of a proper fibre-metal material, which is about the best you can get in the construction hat segment. The design is far from cliched, and looks akin to a Victorian rendition of a construction hat – retro and functional! There are three different colors on offer, so you can choose which works the best for you and the job you have.

Fibre-Metal-Hat E1Rw Black-E1RW11A000
  • IMPACT PROTECTION: Full brim hard hat features a...
  • ELEMENTS PROTECTION: Full brim adds an extra...


There are a number of features which set it apart from the crowd. First up is the solid fibre-metal exterior build which is sure to protect your head every time. Next up is the chin guard and the ratchet adjustment, which makes it much easier to get the hat in the setting that is best for you. The breathable technology makes sure your head is ventilated and comfortable.

The full brim takes care of the sun and strong lights at night, which makes it much easier to work without having to squint every time. The suspension inside is sturdy and comfortable enough to ensure protection. The design, which is truly retro and good-looking, is another major plus of this hard hat.

  • Level of adjustability of the chin guard and the hat is outstanding 
  • Provides unprecedented levels of lightness and security at the same time 
  • Well styled, but not too obsequious 
  • Comes at a rather high price, all things considered 
  1. Fiberglass Natural Tan Full Brim Hard Hat with Fas-trac Suspension

This hard hat is a wonderful mix of lightness, style, robustness and safety. The fiberglass build is the rather obvious standout point of this hat, which ensures reliability and meets almost every safety standard you can think of. Further, the proprietary Fas-trac suspension makes sure any load on the hat is dealt with sturdily and safely, so your safety is always taken care of at work.


This hat is a mix of all that one really looks for when they’re out to get a construction hard hat. It comes with a number of holes to ensure ventilation is always there. It also comes with a well-built suspension to keep you safe. There are spaces for construction accessories such as ear muffs and chin guards so you’re always safe while using them.

Also, you get a large enough visor that protects you from sunlight and keeps you ready 24*7 to deal with anything without getting distracted by stray light. The fibreglass build is covered with reflectors, adding a level of security you don’t generally see on construction hats without modifications. The ratchet adjustment is also a big plus with this hard hat.

  • Fiberglass construction is top-notch, comfortable and highly rated for safety 
  • Reflective top surface makes sure always you’re visible at night 
  • Suspension, ratchet adjustment make sure you have the perfect fit 
  • Too much adjustment leads to the ratchet loosening 
  1. MSA Safety Works 818066 Hard Hat

For those of you looking for a simple, yet reliable construction hat, look no further than this hat from MSA Safety Works. It comes with nylon straps which help ensure safety and are highly adjustable to get a wonderful fitting. It’s lightweight and incredibly balanced, which means you’re always comfortable on the job.


This construction safety hat comes with a number of features which make it one of our top recommendations. First up, it’s very affordable and comes in a number of colors for you to choose from depending on your job. Next, it comes with many hole, which make sure you’re prepared for anything when it comes to ventilation: you’ll have no problems with sweat while wearing this hat!

The in-built sweatband is cushioned and provides hours of trouble-free work on the job. For those working late at night or for long durations in the sun, the visor is large enough to ensure you don’t get annoyed by strong bursts of light. The hat is fully compliant with ANSI and OHSA standards, so you can rest assured of your safety. A great overall product!

  • Comes with full nylon strapping to make sure the hat always stays in position 
  • The sweatband ensures you’re always comfortable on the job and your eyes are always directed and focused 
  • Vents on top are aplenty, you will never be wanting for better ventilation 
  • Does not have a full suspension inside 

This wraps up our review of the top 5 construction hard hats on the market which makes sure you always stay comfortable and secure on the job. All of them have a few things in common: safety ratings from standardized agencies, as well as top-notch lightweight materials. There are a few factors, however, that you must always take care of while buying a construction hat.

Comfortable lightweight hard hats for construction works

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Things to Consider When Buying a Construction Hard Hat

  1. Material of the hat

Construction hard hats are available in a variety of materials, which range right from polyurethane to even carbon fiber for the highest tier of hats. In the market, you will find that fiberglass, fiber-metal composites, as well as high density polyurethane are most commonly used. They provide the required tensile strength and safety at a reasonable price point.

  1. Presence of a chin guard

Hats are generally shipped with chin guards, but they might either be attached to nylon straps which secure them in place or a simple plastic strap which goes around the chin. Depending upon the price and your convenience, you might go either way. Some of them come with the option of fitting your own strap.

  1. Inner suspension

The presence of an internal suspension on a hat can make sure you’re always secured and comfortable. The inner suspension plays an important role in the balancing of weight which could land on the hat, and distributes it in a much better and more importantly, safer manner than hats without such suspension inside. Hence, suspensions make for a wonderful addition,

  1. Color of Safety Hats

This factor is largely dependent on the kind of job you take, as per regulations. Different jobs require different hats, and some hats only ship in the regular yellow. You might also switch hats for stylistic purposes, and to that end, many hats come in a variety of colors to match your style needs. High-visibility variants of many hats are also available depending upon your need.

  1. Sweatbands

A sweatband is almost always a necessity in a safety helmet, particularly in hot and humid environments. The presence of a sweatband not only makes sure you’re more comfortable, it also prevents any sweat from entering your eyes. You’ll also be worrying much less about the sweat on your forehead.

  1. Vents and holes

These are undoubtedly necessary, as they correlate with the presence of a sweatband. Prevention is better than cure, and a decent number of ventilation outlets such as holes are very useful in making sure you’re sweat-free for a large part of the day. They also prevent itchiness that comes as a consequence of no ventilation.

Verdict on Lightweight Hard Hats

So, you’re now all set to make sure you make the smart choice and get the construction hat that you need, the editor’s choice would be the Delta Plus Venitex, with a more ergonomic shape, it’s simply super comfortable but the Pyramex Ridgeline and Honeywell Superight are also definitely worth considering, especially if you have a history with the respective brands. The major factors have been discussed – look no further in deciding which hat to get which also fits into your budget! 

Till next time, stay safe and keep on building for a better tomorrow!

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Anton G.
Anton is a RIBA accredited architect, when he's offline, he spends his time with the architecture practice or in the MKR.S crafting studio, laser engraving and laser cutting architecture models. In his free time he geeks over taking care of his pencil and mechanical pencil collection.

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