Best Motorcycle Helmets – Reviews & Buyers’ Guide for 2019

To ensure a safe riding experience, Motorcycle helmets are a necessity. They protect you from head injuries and other serious accidents. A large variety of these helmets are available in market. Many brands have stepped in the market that manufacture latest and innovative motorcycle helmets. Let's choose the best Motorcycle Helmet and what you should consider while buying one for yourself.

Top​-Rated 10 Best Motorcycle Helmet Reviews

Provided below is a list of the top rated 10 best motorcycle helmets on the market. These helmets are amongst the best sellers. We have written brief reviews, pros and cons with each helmet to give you a good idea about their features.

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1- Arai XD4 Helmet

Arai XD4 Helmet

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This helmet by Arai comes in a variety of exciting colors. They include Black, Silver, Yellow, White, Aluminum Silver, Black frost and Fluorescent Yellow.

For the comfort of the user, Arai has launched this in Extra Small (XS), Small (S), Medium (M) , Large (L), Extra Large (XL) and Extra Extra Large(XXL) sizes, which covers all of your, bikers, needs. My Color Pick: Fluorescent Yellow.

The helmet has an intermediate-round oval shape that fits on your head with ease. The newly designed exhaust ports and shell shape give you the aerodynamic edge that none other can provide.

​Now there is a new larger cowl vent to help you feel the air flow and breathe as you ride along. Furthermore, there is a cheek pad release system available for this helmet and Arai have installed a removable, replaceable and washable interior.


  • Very quiet.
  • For ventilation, the switches and toggles are easy to find.
  • Matte is easy to clean.


  • A bit heavy.
  • Shield change is an entire process and requires screw driver etc.

2- Shoei Solid Qwest Street Bike Motorcycle Helmet - Best street Motorcycle Helmet

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Shoei have come up Solid Qwest Street Bike helmet in multiple sizes, which include Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L), Extra Large (XL) and Extra Extra Large (XXL). The color range is somewhat narrow with only Flat Black and Matte Black. My Pick: Matte Black.

Shoei have gone an extra mile in adding features such as Noise Reduction technology which is their trademark. The base plate system is self-adjusting and the shell itself comes in 5 sizes for your comfort.

The ventilation system really excels at high speeds and long distance experiences. The interior is particularly comfortable and Shoei have attached the chin curtain as well. The Dual-Layer EPS liner is also a salient feature.


  • Airflow with vents open is great.
  • The Shield Mechanism is very easy to use.
  • Very Quiet on highways.
  • There is a cavity left near ear to leave space for headphones/Bluetooth.


  • Expensive
  • The cavity left for headphones sometimes vibrates and makes noise.

3- Nolan N44 Trilogy Solid Helmet

Nolan N44 Trilogy Solid Helmet

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Other than the cool name, Nolan has added some very cool features to this design of theirs. To cater to maximum customers, it comes in include Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L), Extra Large (XL), Extra Extra Large (XXL) and Extra Extra Extra Large (XXXL) sizes.

The color range is very exciting and it includes Black Graphite, Lava Gray, Metal Black, Metal White, Platinum Silver and Wine Cherry. My pick: Platinum Silver.

This helmet has sun shield, perfect for day strolls with a beautiful sunset ahead to enjoy. The helmet has slots to put ear plugs, headphones or Bluetooth devices.

The cheek pad is removable. The chin bar is EPS lined and can be attached to the shell with strong stainless latches.


  • Good fitting.
  • Looking on the sides and behind is aerodynamic.
  • VERY wide view.


  • A little too sound proof. Me and wifey couldn’t hear each other at all (Some may consider it a Pro )
  • Cannot secure it to the bike.

4- Shark RAW Blank Helmet – Best lightweight Motorcycle Helmet

Shark RAW Blank Helmet

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This cool design comes in a slightly narrow range in sizes and colors. The colors include Extra Small (XS), Small (S), Large (L), Medium (M), Extra Large (XL). I know, why leave out Large size? The colors are interesting though. They include Matte Black, Matte Green. Black and White. My Color pick: Matte Green.

The design is inspired from street fighter with its extended chin guard. I’d say it looks like counter strike’s counter terrorist team. It has a quick release Goggle System and Face mask.

Shark have installed a double pane anti-fog lens to help with sight in winter conditions. It is extremely lightweight and aerodynamic. There is more than enough space to wear sunglasses underneath.


  • Lining is good, which helps in ventilation
  • Cheek pads fit well.
  • The round-oval shape is very comfortable.


  • Goggle muzzle is difficult to install.
  • Let’s some wind underneath, which lifts the entire mask

5- AGV K3 Full Face Motorcycle Helmet

AGV K3 Full Face Motorcycle Helmet

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AGV provide K3 as a very cheap and catchy helmet. The size include Extra Small (XS), Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L), Extra Large (XL) and Extra Extra Large (XXL) sizes. They provide us a wide variety of colors including Black, Flat Black, Silver, White, Matte Black, Gloss White and Flat Matte Black. My color pick: Gloss White.

The features list includes a thermoplastic sheet for insulation protection. There are vents at the front, chin and side with the top vent with rear extractors. AGV have given us a new visor mechanism which is anti-fogging. There is a removable nose protector and comfort padding with a Dri-Lex fabric. The original shield that it comes with is clear


  • Sizes are a good fit.
  • No shaking at 60+mph.
  • Nice Polish.


  • Comes with only one clear shield
  • At 70+mph, the is a considerable sound, may need earplugs

6- LS2 Helmets Solid Modular Helmet

 LS2 Helmets Solid Modular Helmet

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LS2 have come up with a newer model of the LS2 Strobe Solid Modular Helmet of theirs and let me tell you, it clearly is way cooler than its predecessor. LS2 haven’t mentioned the sizes it comes in and you will have to go to your local dealer to check the sizes for yourself.

The colors, however, are mentioned and boy have the upped their game. Focus HiVis Yellow, Focus White, Solid Blue, Solid Gloss Black, Solid Gunmetal, Solid HiVis Yellow, Solid Matte Black and Solid Wineberry give you a very wide range of skins. And they ALL look good. So picking my Color is a little difficult, but I’ll pick the Focus White.

This is a relatively cheap helmet.

It is a lightweight, aerodynamic helmet with a HTPP composite shell that cuts through the wind to keep the rider comfortable and results in less fatigue. The helmet is fully adjustable flow-through ventilation to keep the rider cool in the heat but allows you to block the breeze when it’s chilly.

The quick release of shield is optically correct and the helmet has a very wide eye port to enhance visibility. The fully washable, removable, odor resistant and anti-bacteria liner helps keep the helmet fresh. The quick release strap keeps the putting on and off of the strapto and extremely simple level.


  • Cheap
  • Build quality is very neat
  • Good Ratchet strap


  • In the 30mphs, it fogs
  • Not such great ventilation on the upper part of the helmet
  • Sun Shield too thin

7- Bell Qualifier Unisex - Adult Full Face Street Helmet

Bell Qualifier Unisex

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Enter Bell in the helmet game. Ant they come in Extra Extra Small (XXS), Extra Small (XS), Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L) and Extra Large (XL) sizes. The color range is as wide as Ls2 provide us with. Colors such as Black, Blue, Red, Green, Matte Black, Metallic Silver, a combination of silver-white-black and Hi-Vis open you up to a range color scheme of your choice. My Color pick: Hi-Vis

Coming to the features, out that stands out is its polycarbonate Shell making it extremely lightweight. The interior is removable, washable and anti-bacterial material and the aerodynamics is spot on with this helmet. The ventilations system is, of course, adjustable and the wind collar is padded which drastically reduces wind and road noise.

The cheek pads fit comfortably and there is an integrated speaker pocket of your audio system. The shield can be changed with a simple click release. Bell has added the NutraFog II superior shield which they say is anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected material. The chin strap is a D-ring closure design which adds comfort and safety to this product.


  • No buffering at even speeds up to 75mph+
  • Space around ears


  • Tinted shield is an optional extra
  • Significant gap between the chin and the helmet chin

8- Duke Helmets DK-120 Full Face Motorcycle Helmet

Duke Helmets DK-120 Full Face Motorcycle Helmet

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Duke also has an entry here and it is their DK-120 that makes the cut. The sizes are limited with the conventional Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L), Extra Large (XL) and Extra Extra Large (XXL) sizes. Duke, unlike our other contenders, does not give us any choice in the color department, with only Black Matte as our only choice. But it is cool though, very cool. If you order right now, there is a FREE tinted visor give away for a limited time.

Duke have proudly announced that they meet the DOT FMVSS-218 motorcycle safety standards for this product, which is only relevant when you are a motorcycle nerd. The shell is made of a ploy-alloy giving it an advanced lightweight and aerodynamic shell design.

The liner and cheek pads are constructed with a hypo-allergenic and antimicrobial nylon which is removable and washable. The flush-fit and side-coverless face shield is optically correct, compound-curved, and scratch resistant and UV protected.

Chin, rear and forehead included, there are a total of 5 ventilation points. The chin strap is a quick release feature and the helmet is protected by a clearcoat finish. Furthermore, it comes with a velvet cloth carrying bag.


  • Swapping shields is easy and quick.
  • Inner padding is easy to remove.
  • Tough built.


  • Comes in only one color

9- HJC Helmets IS-MAX BT Helmet

 HJC Helmets IS-MAX BT Helmet

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HJC bring in their contention with their IS-MAX-BT helmet. It comes in Extra Small (XS), Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L), Extra Large (XL) and Extra Extra Large (XXL) sizes. The color range is of plain colors, with no designs. They include Black, White, Anthracite, Matte Black, Wine and Light silver. My Color pick: Matte Black

Using advanced CAD technology, this helmet is made of advanced polycarbonate chin bar which makes it extremely lightweight. Not only that, but the technology used has made it have a superior fit and comfort to satisfy your helmet needs.

The one-touch integrated sun shield is smoke tainted and is a 3 stage adjust, which is incredibly easy and quick to deploy. The chin bar release is a single button operation, even if you have your gloves on.

The shield is UV protected to care for your eyes and skin and it is optically superior to its other compatriots.


  • Great flip-down internal
  • Good noise cancellation


  • The front chin moves easily which in case of a crash may be dangerous.
  • Integrated goggles are great.

10- Fuel Helmets SH-FF0016 – Best Full face Helmet

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Now comes the cheapest of our reviews and this brought to you by FUEL HELMETS. It comes in the conventional Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L) and Extra Large (XL) sizes. Unfortunately it comes in only one color, which is Gloss Black.

This helmet has a quick release shield which aids in changing the shield if you want to try other shades. It comes DOT FMVSS N.218 approved for your safety. The cheek pads are removable and washable to help clean your helmet.

The shell is thermoplastic composite to keep you insulated and safe. The ventilation is provided by duel vented diffuser, with vents at the front and rear, which is great for airflow and cools you down on a summer ride.

The chin strap is adjustable because of the D-ring closure for the helmet to fit perfectly. The retention strap, on the other hand, makes sure that any excess wind is not directed towards your face while you ride by letting it out.


  • Cheap
  • Good fitting
  • Visor stays at any position you want


  • Little clackety at high speeds
  • No anti-fog

Now that you know about the 10 most favorite motorcycle helmets sold in the market we move towards the type of motorcycle helmets that are generally manufactured.

Type of Motorcycle Helmet

Normally, there are 5 major types of motorcycle helmets – Full Face, Modular, Open Face, Half Shell and Dirt Bike or Off-road/Motocross Helmets. A brief introduction about the design of each of these types is specified below.

​This type of helmet is designed to cover the entire head region. The rear part covers the skull, the base of it to be precise, whilst the front part covers the chin. There is a panoramic cutout in front exposing the eyes and nose, and is filled with a shield known as visor which is either clear or tinted, depending upon the choice of the owner.​

Full Face Motorcycle Helmets Product Reviews

The visor is hinged across the left and the right side of the helmet and can be opened and closed by the rider. Most of the full face helmets provide internal vents for airflow, placed at rear and front.

For off road purposes, the full face helmets remove the shield and instead, extend the visor and chin portions to better the ventilation because the off road activities tend to be more harsh on the rider who sweat significantly more than the on road riders.

The most important feature of these helmets is the protection that they provide. Even with the comfort, some riders do not like the lack of wind on their face, sense of being alone in the helmet, heightened heat in the helmet and decreased hearing ability in the helmets.

A study at Hannover Medical University by Dietmar Otte shows that the riders were ore protected by Full face helmets as 35 of all the crashes showed major impact on the chin bar area.

Modular Motorcycle Helmets

​Modular (other names include flip up, flip face and convertibles) combines the features of Full face helmet and Open face helmet. It has the same shell as the Full face helmet with the area that protects the upper and rear part of the head as a single part whilst the chin area is can be pulled up like the visor of full face helmet.

The chin bar is solid material as the shell is but the other than the lever to pull up the shield, there is an additional level to pull up the chin bar, which essentially makes it a Open face helmet. Some of these helmets come with an optional chin bar, and is detachable.

When taking a break, making a conversation or eating and drinking on the go, the rider can just lift the chin the chin bar up to his comfort. You may have seen Police officers with helmets as these. People who feel uncomfortable with their sunglasses inside the full face helmets also find it comfortable.

Many of these helmets are only designed for riders that only need the chin bar as option, a mere convenience. When the chin bar is lifted, it becomes as an extreme barrier in the airflow.

Since the folded helmet is on the just above the forehead, there is a major pull back force that the rider feels going at speeds above 25mph,so this helmet is really for comfort at lower speeds rather than higher speed activities.

So far all the studies regarding the safety of modular helmet, but it is evident that it is definitely more safe than the Open face helmets. Since the ‘DOT’ standard of safety does not take into account the chin bar testing, so the Modular helmets pass the ECE 22.05 certification.

Open Face Motorcycle Helmets

​Also known as 3/4 helmet, as it covers 3/4th of the skull. The open face helmet covers, the back of the head, cheeks and ears only with a large polynomial sheet(visor-esque) to cover the facial region from the wind flow.

There is no protection on the lower chin side. The shield is often tainted and UV protected to care or the rider’s eye sight and facial skin which is more sensitive compared to the rest of the body.

The Full face helmet and Open face Helmet are similar in the head protection since they provide the same coverage as each other, but the main difference is the lack of chin area protection with the Open face helmet, which in turn reduces facial protection.

With these helmets, some states in the U.S require by law that the rider wear some sort of goggles or sunglasses, the wrap around ones, to provide extra protection to the eyes region as dust, bugs and wind to the facial region can cause extreme discomfort.

However, it is also a common practice by the riders that they install a face shield which is by far more effective in eliminating the risks discussed above.

Half Shell Motorcycles Helmets

​The half helmet is known by many names such as “Shorty” in the U.S and “Pudding Basin” in the UK, for its analogous looks to a pudding basin, duh. It was most popular in the 60s and 70s, before the advent of the new full face and before that the open face helmets.

This helmet only the covered the head and lowered from the sides to cover ears. This is the minimum coverage from the helmet you can get and was discontinued in its production during early 2010’s.

Since there is no eye protection with this type of the helmet, the riders had to put on goggles for protection and to avoid watering of eyes at speeds higher that 30mph. Some Motorcycle safety Foundations now prohibits the use of this kind of helmet because of the lack of the protection in the facial region, and it is becoming outdated quickly.​


Off-road/Motocross Helmets

​The Off road helmets have a particularly elongated chin and visor areas and the visor area is open. The visor area is protected by goggles which allow the rider an unobstructed flow of air during the off road activities.

The goggle-type visor enables the rider to lower his head and provide a significant protection from the debris flying around, which is very common in the Motocross racing arena. The extend cap type elongation on the forehead give the rider a shade from the sunlight.​

​In the beginning stages of development of the helmet, there was a lack of chin bar, and rider used helmets very similar to the modern open face street helmets. To fend off the dirt and debris from the frontal part of the face, there was a face mask installed. Now, however, the chin bar is made like an elongated oval to provide facial and impact protection to the rider.

With goggles and the features discussed above, the helmet serves the motorcyclist with protection that is Full face helmet territory, but with ease of riding off road.​

What are the Material Helmets

​What are the Material Helmets


​The Exterior is a hard shell that is made from plastics. As the industry developed, the need for light weight helmets increased so the companies looked for materials that were strong and light. The two that really stood out were Kevlar and Carbon fiber. The Carbon fiber was the better choice as it proved to be both lighter and tougher. The Fiberglass is also less expensive but it requires more labor hour. It crushes on impact to absorb the blow and is widely used in the Motor sports industry.


​​The interior is made from EPS (Expanded Polystyrene foam). The EPS’s density and thickness is decided according to the usage of the helmet. If the helmet’s use is domestic, the lining is less dense and thickness is high for comfort since there are minor bumps, but the racing ones are denser because with the high speeds, the bumps are rougher and the rider needs more intense protection.

Motorcycle Helmet’s Accessories

Motorcycle helmets have two basic accessories that ease their use. These consist of a camera and speakers.

Motorcycle Helmet Camera

As we stretch the apex of technology, many new devices have been made to aid our hobbies. One such feature is the Motorcycle Helmet Camera. Installed at the top of the helmet, the camera records the entire journey and since it is on the rider’s helmet, any movement by the rider gives us diverse views of the journey.

Some day you capture a funny incident whiles stopping at traffic light, the other day you may have gorgeous views of the roads and the scenery around. It is worth all the memories that are captured during the ride.​

Motorcycle Helmet Speakers

​​Many riders, especially the ones that have superbikes, may not like all the noise that the bike makes or just want to chill with some music. Although some may settle for audio system on the bike itself, the more keen riders will install their helmets with speakers, that can be hooked to your mobile devices.

The speakers are installed in the near ear cavities. Some helmet manufacturers have the cavities made by default, others however can be requested to leave space for the speakers. With these speakers, you get the same experience as in a car.​

What is the Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet?

​​In the previous heading we discussed how long journeys can be made more fun by adding some music to the helmet. Considering this need of the consumers, many helmet manufacturers decided to produce Bluetooth Helmets.

What it is essentially is that there are Bluetooth devices installed near the ear cavity and your helmet can be hooked up to your mobile device via Bluetooth. This removes hassle the wires for headphones create which is a lot safer as some turns cannot be made with wires obstructing free movement of the body.

Other than just listening to your music, you can also attend calls by just clicking a button on the helmet, rather than you having to struggle to reach for your phone and answering it. This new technology, or let’s say integration of technology has really made newer helmets a perfect gadget to have.​

What is the Women’s Motorcycle Helmet?

As we come to the age where women can do everything, if not more, that men can do, helmet manufactures have also followed the trend and made helmets, designed exclusively for women.

The main difference that you’ll notice is the design at the neck. Rather than being round at the bottom, it is arched upwards, which gives better support to women. The size chart is completely different than that of men, and women’s helmets are also a little lighter in weight.​

What is the Youth Motorcycle Helmet?


​​Youth motorcycle helmets are designed to keep your kids safe while they are riding on their favorite bikes. These helmets are comfortable, light weight and of high quality.

While buying youth motorcycle helmets, you need to consider all those features that you look for in an adult helmet. One tip that we would like to give you is to always look for helmets that have sufficient internal padding in order to protect your kid from neck and head injuries.

The type of helmet you need for your child depends on their usage. If your child takes part in bike racing or such activities then the helmet would automatically be more costly.

Why You Choose the Safest Motorcycle Helmet?

Every year a large number of motorcycle riders are injured or killed in motorcycle accidents. Most of these happen due to the negligence of riders who do not wear safe motorcycle helmets.

If our request isn’t encouraging enough for you to purchase the safest motorcycle helmets then you should know that it is mandatory, under law, to wear safety motorcycle helmets.​

The safest motorcycle helmets are made out of the best material, are approved by the respective authorities and are designed to keep you protected.

​​Anyone found riding a motorcycle without safety helmets is caught and heavily fined. So if you care about your life and that of others, you need to buy the safest motorcycle helmets.

Where to Buy Motorcycle Helmets?

Now that you know about the best motorcycle helmets available out there you certainly need to purchase one for yourself as well. Now the question is where you should buy motorcycle helmets.

​We recommend you to visit for buying the most amazing motorcycle helmets available out there. has a large variety of motorcycle helmets to choose from.​

​​All the features are listed with each product with reviews provided by other customers. This helps buyers to make the right decision. Additionally the site offers free delivery and special deals for their loyal customers.

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Things to Consider When Choose Motorcycle Helmets

Before purchasing the best motorcycle helmets available in the market, you need to keep in mind a few things. These include the type, size, material, weight, design, warranty and brands of motorcycle helmets.

Determine the Types

Here is a categorization of the helmets, according to the usage:

  • If you like to ride on the countryside, enjoying the wind flow, you need Half Shell Helmet.
  • If you own a classic, old timey chopper, and want to experience the old fashioned freedom of biking, you need Open Face Helmet.
  • If you are a racer on an extreme bike, and want to experience the racing arena feels, you need Full Face Helmets
  • If during ride, you need to raise the Visor repeatedly, or the entire front section to better see, converse or have a drink, you need Modular Helmet.

How to Choose The Right Size Motorcycle Helmet

​​The size of the helmet and the fit come into play significantly in case of an accident. Here are a few steps to find the best size of your helmet:

  • Get someone to help you with this, especially if you are a regular rider.
  • Start wrapping a soft measuring tape around your head to about 2cm above your eyebrows, then cover your ears and finish at the largest point of your head.
  • Since each manufacture has a different size for each of category of the size, you have to check the dimensions of helmet sizes individually. You can do it by searching the helmet on, who has recorded the sizes of the helmets for your ease.
  • Always, and I repeat, always TRY the helmet before buying it. The helmet has to fit your head, and not the vice versa. The visor should start just above the eyebrows and at the tip of your nose. If the helmet is a slight tight fit at first, don’t worry about it, the best fits are always a little tight at the beginning and loosen up as you ride along.
  • On the other hand, if fingers fit between the helmet’s back and your head, or the helmet moves your helmet is too big for you. Instead of trying to fit in by growing hair would be of no help, and you NEED to get a smaller size.
  • The cheek pads can be adjusted to fit your jaw line and cheek shape.


  • Helmets usually weigh from 1.4kg to 1.8kg. It is important to find a helmet that fits your head rather than the lightest one since weight distribution is key. If all the weight is on the head, neck or shoulders, you will feel a significant about of strain by the end of your journey. It is possible that the modular helmets weigh more than the full face, or even the open face may weigh more than the Full face helmets as the mechanism installed in the helmets for its operation is sometimes more heavy than just one, continuous head piece.
  • Another very important factor relating to weight is the aerodynamics. Since the aerodynamics of the helmet is to cut through the air when riding at high speeds, it is possible that the airflow above the helmet causes the helmet to push down on the rider, which increases strain to very high levels at speeds above 50mph.


  • The modern helmet is made of plastics, and many types of plastics at that. The high end helmets are usually made Fiberglass which is sometimes reinforced with Kevlar of Carbon Fiber.
  • The interior is made by cushioning foam and cloth, which act as both, safety and comfort features. The safety feature is that they absorb the blow of an accident and the comfort feature is that during the ride, small bumps can cause extreme discomfort if a hard plastic is on the inner side of the helmet.
  • The interior foam usually EPS (Expanded polystyrene foam) and usually crushes altogether in case of an accident, protecting the rider. The outer shell, made of Kevlar or Fiberglass is rock solid and does not break or on impact to avoid any head injuries.


There are three main type of certifications of safety standards for motorcycle helmets. We will look at the one by one

​DOT Helmet Standard

It stands for Department of Transportation Helmet Standard, but the technical name for it is FMVSS 218, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) enforces the DOT certification on all on-road vehicles. The testing of helmets for the DOT standards are not done by NHTSA and instead, each manufacturer is to carry these tests and certify all their helmets before the can sell them.

The NHTSA takes random samples of their products and conducts independent tests. Fines, helmet can be imposed if the helmet manufacturers fail to meet the standard of the DOT regulation.

The basic categories of testing are Penetration resistance, Energy absorption, Impact dilution, helmet performance and how effective is the retention system. The vision through the visor has to be at least 105 degrees on each side of the helmet. Furthermore it has to be able to resist forces up to 400G.

For the retention system, first a 50 pound force is exerted for 30 seconds, then a 300 pound for 120 seconds. The helmet is passes if it can sustain such forces.

​ECE 22.05

ECE is the abbreviation for Economic Commission for Europe, which was developed under the UN in 1958. It is practiced in 47 countries.

It has some similarities with the DOT, like the vision has to be 105 degrees on each side of the helmet. The conditions to be tested under like different scenarios for environment conditions is also same as DOT.

Unlike DOT though, the ECE requires the helmet to bear maximum force of 275G.

The retention test is a little different from DOT as ECE tests it with dropping a 10kg weight form 75 centimeters attached to the chin strap, which is fastened. Any movement of the attached clip of more than 35mm, is considered a failed test.

The chin strap buckle is also required to withhold a force of 3000N.

The ECE standard also checks for abrasion resistance on the surface of the helmet. This is done so that the twisting force of the helmet can be reduced, as it can cause a twist to the neck, since it is wrapped along the rider’s head. To check the toughness of the build of the helmet, a force is applied increasingly with the upper bound being a 630 Newton force. A pass of this test is the ability to keep its shape and not break or crack.

ECE is done by taking a batch of the helmets and when the production begins and the tests carried by a lab working for government under the UN agreement.

​Snell Motorcycle Helmet Standards

Unlike the previous two, SNELL memorial foundation is a private, nonprofit, entity. It was found in 1957 and is completely independent of the government’s rules of setting safety standards. It’s basic job is to help the helmet manufacturers in designing and testing their new products.

When the production is complete, the helmet manufacturers turn it their prototype helmets for further testing. Once it is tested and is given a go ahead, it CANNOT be changed in design, material or shape. Any further change will be considered a new prototype and all the testing will be done from scratch.

Similar to DOT and ECE, SNELL has peripheral visions of 105 degrees on both side of the helmets and the free fall test to gauge the strength of the helmet.

The maximum acceleration tested for in 300G. In the protection tests, the shell is hit by a 3kg object from 3m to check for any cracks or breakage.

The full face helmets’ chin bar is subjected to a 5kg object drop and any deflection of 60mm or more is considered a fail in test. The retention system is tested by applying 23kg tension for one minute and then a 38kg tension for a minute to check the retention system.

Additional Features and Accessories

​As already discussed above, the helmets can be installed with Helmet cameras, ear cavity headphones and Bluetooth devices, which go a long way in making the ride ever more enjoyable.


​​​The key features to look for in a helmet are the aerodynamic design, ventilation and interior material. The aerodynamics is very important as it helps in ventilation and easy air transmission through the helmet.

Fit for Men, Women, Youth

​The main diffrence in all these three categories are the size and weight charts. Design for particular needs of women, men and youth, the helmets incorporate features particular to that category and enhance the user experience. So always go for the specialized helmets rather than trying to grow up into your helmets, or getting the near fit.


​You should consider choosing the brands that i have recommended above.


Motorcycle helmets generally come with a yearlong warranty in which you can claim any breakage or damage. If you face an accident in the warranty period, some companies also have a policy of replacing broken helmets. It’s advisable that you clearly read the warranty policy of the company whose helmet you purchase.

​​Now that you know about the 10 most favorite motorcycle helmets sold in the market we move towards the type of motorcycle helmets that are generally manufactured.


We hope that our guide proved helpful and informative for our motorbike lovers who wish to buy only the best motorcycle helmet 201​9. We have included all the important aspects that will assist you in making a right decision.

You should remember that a motorcycle helmet is a life-saving instrument which should be bought by making an educated decision. Without researching and doing your homework beforehand, you should not purchase a helmet for yourself. So keep calm, ride safely and wear your motorcycle helmet!​​