Safety standards are totally within reach, even on a budget.

When it comes to affordable head protection, that’s actually going to do a reasonable job protecting your precious noggin, there are more choices available all the time. To make things easier, we’ve rounded up what’s available in the US market in 2019 according to the following criteria:

  • Must meet at least two of the following three safety standards: DOT, Snell, and/or ECE
  • Must be $300 or less
  • Must be intended for street use

It’s worth noting that if you’re shopping for a new helmet, and you search your favorite retailers’ websites for awhile prior to your purchase, you can sometimes find a great closeout deal on a helmet that would normally be out of your price range. If you find one you want in your size, act fast—once those closeouts are gone, they’re gone.

This list is arranged in order, from lowest to highest price. All prices are rounded to the nearest dollar, were current at the time of publication in September 2019, and are subject to change. Also, different graphics are sometimes priced higher than solid colors across brands. Let’s dive right in; there’s a lot of choice here.