Details last updated Jan 2021.
We carefully select which retailers we recommend to our customers. Each of our recommended retailers must add something marvellous to you. They might be a total pleasure to buy from; have feedback systems where customers can rate their performance; offer an unrivalled level of choice or lowest prices – or offer great service when things go wrong and you need to return stuff.
And preferably do all of the above!
Below, we’ve listed out why you should choose one of our recommended retailers and provided quick links to jump to pages on their websites to find the latest ordering/returns info. Plus you can see at-a-glance some of their key terms and conditions, returns and delivery policies.
Disclosure: as always, should you follow one of our links and buy anything, we get a small % of the sale price at no extra cost to you – the price you see using our links is the same as going to the site directly.
Warning: all helmet returns/exchanges to all retailers need to be in as-new condition with tags and stickers attached in original packaging. If they’re not, they won’t accept them back, so only wear your new lid carefully around the house and make sure you’re entirely happy with it before removing them.
SBS are based near Boston, Lincolnshire, UK, with stores in Milton Keynes and Leeds too. They hold stock for a wide range of helmets (and other gear) and are known for managing the online store for MotorCycleNews. You can read their TrustPilot reviews here where, at the time of writing, they score an incredible 4.9/5. After ordering your helmet is usually despatched either that day or the next and delivered free next day (UK). In our experience of placing several orders with them, they’re quick to despatch gear and have a fast, efficient returns process that’s free for orders over £25.
Here are some details of the service they provide:
|Delivery - UK||Free for orders over £25||Click here for latest details at SBS.|
|Delivery - Europe||Helmet delivery varies from free to around £4.50 to most of Europe and takes 4-5 days. Exact price calculated in basket before checkout.||Read their FAQ here.|
|Delivery - USA and RoW||Calculated in the basket before checkout. Typical prices: USA $50 USD, Oz A$72 for a single helmet.||Read their FAQ here.|
|Returns - UK||Free 365 day returns - and free returns postage for items over £25||More Info.|
|Returns - EU, USA, RoW||365 day returns - returned at your expense||More Info.|
|Exchanges||Same as returns||More Info.|
|Key Info.||Returned helmets must be in 'as new' condition with box and tags intact.||More info.|
|3rd Party reviews||Trustpilot||See here for latest score.|
Get Geared have a store in Leatherhead. They carry a good stock of helmets and other gear and, at the time of writing, score a solid 4.5/5 on TrustPilot. If you order before 3pm, your helmet should be sent that day and they quote 3-5 working days free delivery in the UK. They also run a 365 days no quibble returns policy with free UK returns postage for most orders over £25.
|Delivery - UK||Free for orders over £25||Click here for latest details at Get Geared.|
|Delivery - Europe||Most of Europe around €5.5, calculated before checkout||Read their delivery info. here|
|Delivery - USA & RoW||Calculated before checkout but generally very costly. Eg USA & Oz £89. Canada n/a at time of writing||Read their delivery info. here|
|Returns/Exchanges - UK||365 day returns, most orders over £25 free return postage||More Info.|
|Returns - EU, USA, RoW||365 day returns returned at your expense||More Info.|
|T&Cs.||Cancelling orders and returning goods||Terms & conditions.|
|3rd Party reviews||Trustpilot||See here for latest score.|
Ghostbikes are based in Preston, Lancashire. They’re recommended mainly because they get fantastic reviews on eTrustedShops and Feefo – at the time of writing that’s an average score of 4.85/5. Plus they carry a good range of gear too and aim to get helmets delivered the next working day for free (UK).
|Delivery - UK||Free for orders over £25||Click here for latest details at GhostBikes.|
|Delivery - Europe||Calculated at checkout - eg France £7, Spain £7||Read their delivery page here.|
|Delivery - USA and RoW||Calculated at checkout. Delivery to most countries available.||Read their delivery page here.|
|Returns - UK||30 day no-quibble returns (dated from point of ordering). Qualifying items returned free (see right)||More Info.|
|Returns - EU, RoW||As above but shipping to be paid by customer. Some discounts available (eg German returns)||More Info.|
|Exchanges||30 day exchanges (dated from point of ordering)||More Info.|
|Key Info.||Returned helmets must be in 'as new' condition with box and tags intact.||Visit contact us page with links to key info.|
|3rd Party reviews||Feefo and eTrustedShops review pages.||Link to Feefo, Link to eTrustedShops|
Most of us love shopping at Amazon because it’s so easy. So we link into some helmet suppliers there too. Where possible, we’ll link only to quality retailers who score great reviews either on Amazon itself or on 3rd party review sites such as Truspilot or Google reviews. Where we drop you onto a brand page full of different retailers, we suggest you check out their ratings before you buy and only buy from the most reputable sellers. Doing that’ll help you avoid buying non-genuine helmets too.
You’ll generally find the name of the seller underneath the Buy Now button. Click the link and it’ll take you to the seller’s homepage where you’ll find their ratings.
Below you’ll find some of the Amazon sellers we link to (all scores correct at time of writing).
J&S Accessories have 30 stores across the UK and score 90% on Amazon along with 4.7/5 on Feefo.
MSG Bike Gear score 98% and are based in Cleveland.
Nightingales are based in Rugby and score 99% on Amazon.
Sportouring score 96% overall on Amazon and are based in Abercynon, Wales.
UK Good Deals score 95% on Amazon. They’re actually the Amazon arm of Ghostbikes above and are in Preston.
Brexit update – in the UK and ordering from Europe?
Obviously, there have been issues ordering from Europe recently since we Brexited. But the good news is that motorcycle helmets are VAT exempt. Which means if you order a helmet from Europe, you won’t get stung to pay the VAT when it’s delivered.
OK, that’s the good news. The not so good news is that it seems if you buy anything over £135 (or €150) you’ll be liable for import duty and admin fees, collectable by the courier on delivery. Though that’s only if something has been made outside the EU – which of course lots of motorbike gear is.
And if your gear’s liable for duty, the courier can also lump on extra costs to cover their paperwork and duty collection costs.
In practice, being charged duty and admin fees often doesn’t happen it seems, but it’s a bit hit and miss – sometimes it does so beware. And if you’re buying a lot of gear, that total extra fee can add up.
*other motorbike protective clothing is not VAT exempt.
Chromeburner have one shop and a warehouse in the Netherlands. They get great online reviews, scoring 4.7/5 on Trustpilot at the time of writing. They try and dispatch orders before 5pm the same day and will offer pricematch. Chromeburner have a 100 days returns/exchange policy though the buyer has to pay for returns.
|Delivery - UK||Free for orders over £130. Typically around £6 for a helmet under £130.||Click here for latest details at Chromeburner.|
|Delivery - Europe||Most of Europe is free delivery for orders over €150. Under that, it's typically around €7 per helmet.||Read their FAQ here.|
|Delivery - USA and RoW||Free shipping on orders over $350. Other shipping prices calculated during checkout.||Read their FAQ here.|
|Returns - UK||Free 100 day returns - buyer pays for return shipping.||More Info.|
|Returns - EU, USA, RoW||Free 100 day returns - buyer pays for return shipping.||More Info.|
|Exchanges||Restocking charge is possible. Best bet is to return for refund then rebuy.||More Info.|
|Key Info.||Returned helmets must be in 'as new' condition with box and tags intact.||More Info.|
|3rd Party reviews||Trustpilot||See here for latest score.|
Note: at the time of writing, since Brexit, Motoin have stopped exporting to the UK.
Motoin are a German online store with excellent customer reviews, scoring 4.5/5 on eTrustedshops at the time of writing (for their latest scores, click the links in the table below). Note, orders can take 3-5 days to be dispatched, though they usually do it more quickly. Motoin have a 100 days return policy.
|Delivery - UK||Around £7.00 for a helmet.||Click here for latest info. at Motoin.|
|Delivery - Europe||Varies. Click link to the right. Eg Germany €4, France €8, Spain €8||Click here for latest info. at Motoin.|
|Delivery - USA and RoW||Flat fee for most places - click link to the right. Eg USA $22USD, Oz $38AUD||Click here for latest info. at Motoin.|
|Returns - UK||100 days no quibble from receipt of goods. Buyer pays for return delivery using any carrier.||Click here for latest info. at Motoin.|
|Returns - EU, USA, RoW||100 days no quibble from receipt of goods. Free inside Germany. Buyer pays for carriage in rest of Eu & RoW||Click here for latest info. at Motoin.|
|Exchanges||100 days no quibble from receipt of goods. Buyer pays for carriage.||Click here for latest info. at Motoin.|
|Key Info.||Returned helmets must be in 'as new' condition with box and tags intact.||Click here for latest info. at Motoin.|
|3rd party reviews||eTrustedshops review available. Click link for latest score.||Click for eTrustedshops.|
FC-Moto are a German retailer based in Wurselen near Aachen. We include FC-Moto mainly because they usually offer a massive range of helmets and designs and often have low prices (even since the announcement of Brexit) – so if you’re after choice and reasonable prices, they’re worth a look.
Drawbacks: If you’re in the UK, FC-Moto’s prices do not include shipping costs (you can find their delivery rates on the links below). Their returns policies are a stingier than some other retailers too – 30 day no quibble returns – though that’s probably OK for most of us. Note, because they’re based outside the UK, their helmets won’t come with an ACU Gold sticker on – that’s only an issue if you’re wanting to take your helmet on the track and doesn’t affect how legal it is on the road (that’s ECE 22.05 approval which all EU helmets must have). They can take a while to actually despatch goods too – they quote 2-5 days (down from 5-7 days!) on their website – so if you’re after your helmet quickly, you’re probably best looking at one of our other retailers.
|Delivery - UK||About €9 (£7.50ish)||Click here for latest info. at FC-Moto.|
|Delivery - Eu, USA and RoW||Varies. Click link to the right. Eg. Germany €4, France €9, USA/Oz €20||Latest info. (click international shipping link)|
|Returns - UK||30 days from receipt of goods. Buyer pays for shipping.||Latest Info.|
|Returns - EU, USA, RoW||30 days from receipt of goods. Buyer pays for shipping.||Latest Info.|
|Exchanges||30 days from receipt of goods. Buyer pays for shipping.||Latest Info.|
|Key Info.||Returned helmets must be in 'as new' condition with box and tags intact.||Latest info.|
|3rd party reviews||Trustpilot||See here for latest score.|
Some helmets are only available from the USA – in which case we’ll give you links through to our recommended retailers over the pond. Note, if you’re outside the US and buy a US helmet to use on the road, it’ll be DOT certified so won’t be road-legal. Often, the only difference is the DOT sticker on the back of a helmet (needs to be ECE) but the law’s the law – we’ll leave it to you whether it’s worth the risk!
Revzilla is a well-known US retailer with a store in Philadelphia. They get amazing ratings – see the table below for the latest scores but at the time of writing that’s 9.8/10 on Reseller Ratings and 4.9/5 on Google customer reviews. While they offer free deliver in the US for orders over $40, there’s a set charge of $40+ for shipping to the UK (plus there may be import duty which you’ll have to pay before your parcel’s delivered). But I guess it can be worth the extra for something that’s a bit unique in Europe.
|Delivery - UK||$30 flat fee for all helmets. Shipping will commence 3-5 days from order date.||Latest delivery info.|
|Delivery - Europe||Around $30 for helmets to most of Europe.||Latest delivery info.|
|Returns - UK,|
Eu & RoW
|30 day returns||Latest returns info.|
|Exchanges||Same as returns||Latest returns info.|
|Key Info.||Returned helmets must be in 'as new' condition with box and tags intact and marked as 'Merchandise Return'.||More info.|
|3rd Party reviews||Reseller Rating Reviews||See here for latest Reseller Ratings Review.|