Update 2017: The best motorcycle helmet for most people is the Shoei RF-1200. It is simply the best motorcycle gear that would last years to come and help you stay safe on the road. The Shoei RF-1200 offers lighter yet stronger shell design, Dual density EPS liner and one of the best-built quality in helmet category.
If the Shoei helmet is unavailable or out of stock, the Vega X888 is our runner-up. The Vega X888 gets an excellent rating overall and is a much affordable helmet but does lack the premium feel. However, the helmet meets the US DOT standard and is one of the best budget pick.
Use this post as your ultimate cheat sheet to find the best motorcycle helmets and helmets brands out there.
Check out the comparison table below – (#1 Helmet In Each Brand)
Before you read all the in-depth reviews of the top rated brands, you might want to check out the best selling helmet under each brand.
We made sure to keep this post as to-the-point as possible because finding a helmet isn’t really exciting for most people.
How did we come up with these brands ?
It was pretty simple!
We analyzed the best sellers and most popular helmets under each brand + No. of satisfied customers under each.
We’ve not listed the brands in an order – All of the 7 brands are outstanding. We Absolutely love these brands for the hard work they put in to make riding safe and fun.
Check out them out below:
1. Shoei Helmets
The very first carbon fiber helmet was made by Shoei in 1976. They were also the first one to place kevlar in their helmet’s construction.
( Don’t worry Kevlar is just a fancy term. It is a High-strength material which is used in helmets )
Shoei isn’t a very large company and is fairly small. But they make some really high quality helmets and have loyal motorcycle fan base all over the world.
Shoei makes sure their customer never get disappointed. They are like ‘Apple‘ in the smartphone industry ( You get the idea!)
It goes without saying that the helmets they manufacture are really safe and comfortable.
One of the best thing about Shoei is the fact that they provide a 5-year warranty with almost all of their purchase.
2. HJC Helmets
It has been #1 brand in North American since 1992 and is extremely popular in many Countries.
Few of the reasons why HJC is really popular is it provides Comfortable, High Quality, Stylish & Affordable Helmets to the buyers.
What makes HJC popular is the fact that it provides wide selection helmets from mid range to high end.
HJC has state of the art wind tunnel testing laboratory to test features such as ventilation, noise, aerodynamics & Various other features. They Are constantly improving their technology and testing methods to make riding more safe.
3. Bell Helmets
The helmets are not only stylish but are highly functional as well. The make all types of helmets and many of these are worn by top motocross racers like Josh herrin & James stewart.
Bell makes the full face, half, 3/4, snowmobile and various other types of helmets.
What fascinates me is the detail they put into the helmet design. Beautifully designed and extremely comfortable on the head.
In addition, bell helmets offer very nice ventilation system and easy on the head as they make helmets that are really lightweight. Plus the quick release shield is something that really stands out from the pack.
Bell not only makes motorcycle helmets but also bicycle helmets which are really popular and safe.
The Rough Helmet made by bell is one of the most popular half helmet helmets you can get. This is one badass helmet!
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4. Arai Helmets
Like Shoei, Arai is also a Japanese company that manufactures some of the best motorcycle helmets around the globe.
The Cool thing about this helmet is that all the Arai helmets are hand built.
These are also tested at every stage of production. Each and every helmet is tested separately one after the shell of the helmet is made, one after the helmet is painted & lastly after assembly.
Arai, like all the above helmets, makes some of the most helmets out there. All the helmets meet or exceeds the Snell Memorial Foundation safety Ratings.
The helmets are really comfortable and all have a really nice ventilation system. Several prominent MotoGP racers use Arai including Dani Pedrosa & Nicky Hayden.
5. Nolan Helmets
Nolan makes some of the safest helmets that meet or exceeds DOT helmet, Standard.
Also, the looks and feel of a Nolan helmets are also premium and all that in a reasonable price range.
All Nolan helmets are covered by a five-year warranty & all Tom communications products are covered with two-years limited warranty. Nolan also manufactures everything in-house.
Motorcycle racers Marco Melandri & Casey Stoner have used the helmets in their careers. Other important motorcycle racers like Ricardo.T used Nolan helmets too.
Related: Check out the 4 Best Motorcycle Jackets.
6. Shark Helmets
The company is best known for the technology and design. They offer helmets that meet all the needs of motorcyclists.
The company was founded by professional racers and that too is evident for the effort and emphases that shark puts on safety and performance.
Shark markets around 350,000 helmets each year and there is a sales network of 5,000 outlets throughout the world!
These are some of the racers that established the company: Olivier Jacque, Raymond Roche, Randy de Puniet, Carl Fogarty, Scott Reading, Olivier Panis, Cyril Despres, Troy Corser, Pol Espargaro and many more. ( You might not know even one these top racers)
The brand offers a 5 years warranty with most helmets.
One of our favorite badass helmets is the Shark Raw, which you can check using the link below.
7. AGV Helmets
The brand is most notably associated with motorcycle World Champions Giacomo Agostini & Valentino Rossi – Both have used AGV helmets throughout their career.
AGV is considered to be a pioneer in the motorcycle helmet world. They make Premium Quality Helmets that are affordable as well.
AGV helmets meet the DOT safety standard certification throughout their US line. Plus most AGV helmets carry the ECE safety certification which is a European standard.
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