This $21 quarter-zip fleece has nearly 1,900 5-star Amazon reviews: 'LL Bean quality'

Devon Kelley
·3 min read

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

Amazon Essentials Women's Classic Fit Quarter-Zip Polar Fleece (Photo: Amazon)
Amazon Essentials Women's Classic Fit Quarter-Zip Polar Fleece (Photo: Amazon)

The perfect fleece is an investment — and a more substantial one than you might realize. A quality fleece stays with you forever, after all, and name brands charge hundreds for theirs. But we found the perfect quarter-zip fleece that Amazon shoppers are comparing to all your favorite brands, and it will set you back only $21.

Available in 18 colors and sizes XS-2XL, the Amazon Essentials Women's Classic Fit Quarter-Zip Polar Fleece is thick enough to keep you toasty and cozy through the winter, but perfectly cut for a flattering fit.

With a near-perfect 4.4-star rating from over 2,800 reviewers, shoppers love the way this fleece makes them feel even more than they love its price tag — and that’s saying a lot because $21 is a solid deal on a durable, quality fleece. Many customers love it so much that they’re buying multiples.

“These fleece pullovers are very nice. They have a nice fitted look, not boxy at all,” says a five-star reviewer. “The pockets are my favorite! The weight will be great for winter. I have it in three colors and plan to order a couple more.”

This Amazon Essentials fleece is comparable to more expensive brands

Amazon Essentials Women's Classic Fit Quarter-Zip Polar Fleece (Photo: Amazon)
Amazon Essentials Women's Classic Fit Quarter-Zip Polar Fleece (Photo: Amazon)

“This is a really nice, soft fleece, good quality. Not thin, but comparable to my beloved Columbia Fast Treks (and more affordable). The fit is similar as well, so I will likely order another!,” says a happy shopper.

“Thick fleece! Amazing quality for the price. The quality reminds me more of how LL Bean used to be, but with an Old Navy price tag, ha!” another reviewer says. “My favorite go-to when I’m layering for outside.”

Other reviewers say it even outshines the name brand versions: “I have been looking for a quarter-zip fleece pullover for five months. I tried on Lands’ End and Eddie Bauer pullovers. The fabric in both was not close-knit so they weren't warm. Both had a baggy fit and bunched up around the armhole seam. This is well made, has welt seams, and a great fit.”

Amazon Essentials Women's Classic Fit Quarter-Zip Polar Fleece (Photo: Amazon)
Amazon Essentials Women's Classic Fit Quarter-Zip Polar Fleece (Photo: Amazon)

Super flattering

“I ordered one size up thinking that this was kinda cheap and I may need room for an undershirt. Wrong! These are well made, good weight fleece and the colors are gorgeous. Nice zip up collar and covers your buttocks. I'm ordering another two,” says a five-star reviewer.

Others agree: “This fleece exceeded my expectations. The cut is flattering with a slightly curved in waist. The fleece is thick and warm, zippers are good quality, generous pockets for phone and other items. This keeps me toasty indoors with our T-stat at 67, also great for outdoors in New England shoulder seasons or under a coat in winter...You can't go wrong for $20!”

Amazon Essentials Women's Classic Fit Quarter-Zip Polar Fleece (Photo: Amazon)
Amazon Essentials Women's Classic Fit Quarter-Zip Polar Fleece (Photo: Amazon)

Great for layering

“I got this because I snow shoe and winter hike,” writes a reviewer who’s found their perfect fit. “I always like to wear a fleece on top of my base layer and under my waterproof thermal coat. The one I have now is just not flattering and makes me look three sizes bigger, so I was on the look out for a half zip up, flattering fleece...I love this. It fits perfectly and isn’t too heavy or bulky.”

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