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What's behind our bike helmet Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 48 models in bike helmets to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Based on a combination of the results from the impact absorption, ventilation, fit adjustment and ease of use tests along with contributions from evaluations of features like helmet weight and warranty coverage.
  • Impact absorption
    The ability of a helmet to absorb impact forces in a crash, which reduces the rate of deceleration experienced by the head. Based on laboratory impact testing.
  • Ventilation
    The evaluation of how well air flowing through the helmet provides cooling during rides. Based on actual usage and expert judgement.
  • Fit adjustments
    The evaluation of the features and versatility of the retention system when adjusting the fit of the helmet. Based on expert judgment.
  • Ease of use
    The evaluation of how easy the buckles and adjustments are to use. Based on expert judgment.


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Recommended bike helmets are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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A bike helmet can not only save a life, but it can also prevent or lessen the severity of brain injury during a bicycle crash. If you're looking for information about bike helmets, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ bike helmet reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our bike helmet buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased ratings and bike helmet reviews to help you choose the best bike helmet for your needs.

Bike helmet buying guide

The racy good looks of today's bicycle helmets mask a serious purpose: protecting their wearers from head injuries and even death. When it comes to choosing a helmet, safety is the most important factor.

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