It wasn't until I moved to New York City two and half years ago that I realized what mind-numbing cold is. As someone born and raised in Los Angeles, I never had to think about covering up my body with a parka or putting on snow boots to run to the store, let alone wear heated gloves. But now that I live in a place where the temps drop below freezing and I walk to get my groceries, a pair of heated gloves has become an essential part of my wardrobe.
Unlike standard gloves made from cozy fabrics like wool or fleece, battery-powered heated gloves can better trap and maintain heat for hours on end. In many cases, these styles are able to evenly distribute the heat from the tips of your finger down to your wrist so that every part of your hands feel toasty no matter how frightful the weather may be outside. For those looking for some extra warmth and protection against the harsh cold elements, we've curated some of the best options for you to add to your winter closet below.
Best heated gloves
Looking to keep your fingers from frostbite this winter? You can count on these gloves to keep your hands nice and toasty. At their highest setting they can reach up to 155 degrees and provide up to eight hours of heat, which is great for a long day out on the slopes. And thanks to their cozy fleece lining inside, your hands will feel completely insulated and protected from harsh rain and moisture. Just use the adapter or the backup emergency batteries to charge them, and you’re good to go.
As one of the leaders in heated apparel, ActionHeat prides itself on making goods designed to withstand the harshest of winters. And these gloves are no exception. Made from a soft and lightweight fleece material, the Fleece 2.0 Women’s Gloves use the power from AA batteries to keep your hands warm in the cold so your outdoor adventures are chill-free and comfortable. The slim-fit construction also keeps your fingers nimble, while the touchscreen finger and thumb allows you to seamlessly use your smart devices.
If you’re prone to sweaty hands, consider adding these heated glove liners to your winter closet ASAP. The fabric is super soft, breathable, and thin enough to allow you to grip your phone and other tools without having to take off your gloves (you can wear them alone or with bigger gloves as an added layer). At the same time, they still can turn up the heat. The gloves warm up to 140 degrees and run entirely on two 7.4V 2200mAh lithium batteries. You can adjust the fit using one of the velcro cuffs.
These mittens have got you covered in the iciest of temps—literally. They’re the type designed for that no-nonsense cold. In fact, they’re a real treat during ski season. The cozy fleece lining, together with the non-slip lambskin palm provide extra insulation and allow you to grip your skis with ease. Additionally, one charge lasts up to 6.5 hours.
For those looking for a more budget-friendly option, these gloves are a safe bet. In addition to keeping your hands toasty, they’re super durable. The gloves are made with breathable and waterproof polyester, so you don’t have to worry about any moisture seeping in. And with a single touch of a button you can change the temperature to up to 140 degrees.
If you get cold easily—and need relief, fast—these gloves are for you. They heat up in three seconds flat, and provide warmth from the tip of your finger to the entire back of your hand. Just note that the fabric is super thick, as these are heavy duty gloves. The outer shell is waterproof and multi-layered to help optimize insulation, which is a major plus for those who enjoy outdoor sports and icy activities.
Whether you’re riding a motorcycle, hiking in the snow, or spending time shoveling the driveway, these gloves are designed to keep your paws warm. The outer shell of these gloves is pretty thick and have a protective casing around the knuckles to prevent injury to your hand. You can also secure the gloves from falling off, thanks to the anti-slip buckle around the wrists.
Surviving a snowy winter isn’t easy, but these gloves will definitely take some of the chill off when you’re walking your pups around the neighborhood. The fabric is so lightweight and the battery pack fits so discreetly inside the front pocket that these can be perfect to wear every day. Additionally, the gloves have a handy touch power on/off button that allows you to turn up the heat to 145 degrees.
Prefer something slim and well-fitted? Look no further than the Lonheo Heated Gloves. Like most of the options on this list, these have three adjustable heat settings that make hands feel like they’re being warmed by a fire. But what makes these stand out is the elasticity and polar fleece lining. Together, these features allow your hands to have maximum movement and ability to hold onto items securely.
Made of durable polyester and nylon, the Hammacher The Everyday Heated Gloves provide three levels of heat for chilly fall and winter evenings. They provide up to 5.5 hours of heat on low and two hours of heat on high. And if you’re looking to change the temp, just press the power button on the wrist to bring the heat down. The batteries zip into the palm side of each cuff so that you never have to take them off to keep your hands warm.
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In addition to the touchscreen sensors that allow you to text and type with the gloves on, the cuffs have a drawstring for you to create a more secure fit. Moreover, the gloves automatically preheat for five minutes at the highest setting (155 degrees) before turning down one level. You can skip this feature and set them to your temp of preference, but it’s a nice feature to have for when you want to preemptively turn up the heat.
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