After 12 hours of research evaluating 25 products, we picked Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Gloves as our top choice.
There are few things worse than cold hands in winter! Whether you're at your computer, shoveling the driveway, or reading a book, a chill seeping into your hands can make everything very uncomfortable. Why else do you think people use gloves and mittens during the winter?
Enter heated gloves:
Heated gloves (similar to heated socks or jackets) will not only trap body heat close to your fingers; they'll actually generate additional heat, thanks to the built-in heating elements. They're so much more than just a simple addition to your snowboarding gear—they're the winter gadget that will make all the difference over the cold, snowy months.
What's the bottom line?
We've done the work of searching through all the battery heated gloves on the market, combing through hundreds of product reviews and (happily!) testing a few ourselves.
Below is our list of the very best heated gloves to use at home, at work, for winter sports, or even riding around town on your motorcycle. Warm hands are happy hands, so enjoy!
Budget price, beautifully lightweight, waterproof, versatile, polyurethane palm enhances your grip, fast heating, three heat settings, good insulation, and solid exterior shell.
Smaller batteries mean less heat and shorter battery life.
These gloves are designed simply: a durable nylon outer shell, lightweight insulation, and elastic cords to pull the cuffs tight at the wrist. The gloves are fully waterproof and windproof, and they're surprisingly warm even when the heater is switched off. The polyurethane palm will enhance your versatility and grip without sacrificing body heat.
When it comes to the heating, these gloves fall a bit short. The heating elements are only located on the backs of your hands, which means your palms may end up getting cold. The built-in 3.7 volt battery also doesn't deliver the same high temperatures and long lifespan of 7.4 volt batteries commonly used for heated gloves. However, you can still get up to 2.5 hours of heat from the highest setting, or up to 5 hours from the lowest setting. Considering the price tag, it's a decent option!
Rugged shell, solid insulation, pre-curved design for maximum comfort, fully rechargeable, full heating, waterproof, easy access to central battery, and features nylon wrist strap with elastic cords to keep out snow and water.
Leather palm absorbs moisture, and the battery takes quite a long time to charge.
These are designed as ski gloves, with a pre-curved design compatible with gripping ski poles. However, they can be used for other work and tasks around the house, or you can simply wear them around town. They're rugged, with a durable outer shell of fabric, leather palms, and surprisingly soft tricot insulation that will keep water and wind out.
For those who plan to use them while skiing, the elastic cords and nylon wrist straps provide DOUBLE protection against snow, ice, and water. The insulation is very effective, even when the heating is switched off, so your hands will always be nice and warm. Unfortunately, the leather palms tend to get soggy when absorbing moisture.
The heating element runs on a 7.4 volt battery, which delivers up to 8 hours of run time on the lowest setting (among the best run time on the market). Sadly, the highest setting will drain the battery in just 2 hours. Thankfully, the battery is compact enough that it won't weigh you down or get in your way, and you can easily access the battery to check its charge or recharge it. Expect a long charge time, though.
You have four heat settings to choose from, according to just how cold your hands get during the winter.
Starting at $127, these are slightly on the pricier side, but very worth it if you need a pair of heated gloves that will last you for years to come.
Durable, three heat settings, long-lasting battery life, comfortable inner lining, very warm, water-resistant, not too thick, great for outdoor work and sports, good grip, elasticized wrists, stylish, versatile, and do an excellent job at heating up your fingers and hands.
Sizes run small, and the heating elements concentrate on the back of the hands.
These gloves are built for all-purpose use—from work to winter sports to motorcycle driving to shoveling driveways to playing with your kids. The synthetic outer shell is water-resistant, so you can enjoy a snowball fight without worry about the heating element getting wet. The gloves are thick enough to keep your hands warm without overly limiting mobility or dexterity.
The inner lining of the gloves is made of 80% cotton, with 20% sponge included for maximum comfort, softness, and warmth. The gloves will enhance your grip, making it easier for you to shovel or lift items while wearing them. Sadly, the sizes tend to run a bit small, so you may need to buy a size larger to find the right fit. However, they're a good-looking pair of gloves that will keep your hands warm without causing sweaty palms.
The gloves come with a 7.4 volt battery pack that is inserted into a small pouch on the backs of the gloves. The battery will last up to 5 hours on low heat, though you'll get about 2 hours on the highest heat setting. You have three distinct settings to choose from, with an LED indicator that lets you know what setting the gloves are on.
The heating element focuses on the BACKS of your hands and finger, so your palms may get a bit chilly. The insulation of the gloves isn't as good as it could be, but when the heater is turned on, you'll find your hands and fingers stay toasty warm. You can get temperatures from 104 to 150 F from these gloves—among the hottest temperature for any heated glove on the market!
At $70 for the pair, these are some of the best-priced heated gloves on our list. They'll keep your hands warm and comfortable, and they're durable enough to survive a lot of regular use. All in all, your top choice for heated gloves without a doubt.
Extra thick shell protects your hands, breathable, resistant to water leakage, soft cotton inner lining, premium leather palm, warm, decent heating, and durable design.
Not fully waterproof and requires 6 AA batteries to power.
These gloves are designed to be used on the ski slopes, so they're thicker than most of the other gloves on our list and have a shell designed to protect your hands and fingers. They're not as waterproof as you might expect, but their cotton-lined inner will keep your hands toasty warm even when the heater is turned off.
The gloves are very breathable, so you won't have to worry about sweaty palms. The reinforced leather palm keeps your palms nice and warm, enhances your grip, and offers you good freedom of movement. All in all, your best choice when skiing!
The heating element is built into the gloves at the back of your hand, with a thread running up the fingers to the second knuckle to keep everything warm. The heating element delivers excellent heat, adding to the gloves' insulation.
On the downside, the gloves require six AA batteries (3 per glove, batteries not included) in order to run the heater. That being said, you'd better own a stock of rechargeable batteries in order to get the most out of these gloves.
At $26 for the pair, these are the cheapest on our list. They may not be the best overall, but they're a budget choice that will be ideal for keeping your hands warm while skiing or snowboarding.
Lightweight, suitable for outdoor and sport use, machine washable, includes palm heating element, optional added battery pack available, adjustable wrist strap/cuff keeps the heat trapped inside, versatile, durable, waterproof, and breathable.
Shorter-than-average battery life and only includes two heat settings.
These gloves are designed to be waterproof, with 100% Oxford nylon used for the exterior shell. The interior lining is fully waterproof yet doesn't sacrifice breathability or comfort. With 100 grams of insulation, they're a bit lighter than some of the other gloves on our list, but that makes them perfect for a broad range of activities.
The gloves can be used for winter sports (skiing and snowboarding), playing in the snow with your kids, shoveling your driveway, or even doing outdoor work. They're not the warmest (thanks to their light insulation), but they're thinner and more versatile than the thicker gloves.
The heating element of these gloves is absolutely unique—potentially more effective than other gloves. Instead of using carbon fiber heating threads along the backs of the hands and fingers, these gloves have them running along the palms and undersides of the fingers. This keeps the front of your hands warm while the heater is running.
Battery life on these gloves isn't impressive—you get 4 hours on the low setting and 3 hours on the high setting. There are also only two settings to choose from. However, the manufacturer offers a 7-volt battery pack (sold separately) that you can buy to extend the gloves' heating time and efficiency.
Starting at $71, these are slightly on the pricier side, but so worth it if you tend to have cold palms in the winter. Their unique design and light weight makes them perfect for doing work that requires dexterity.
Waterproof shell, goat leather palm, thick insulation, wind-proof, zippered compartment for the batteries, three heat settings, rechargeable battery packs, comfortable, warm even when turned off, and good battery life.
Very pricey, and the low heat setting is totally inefficient.
These are gloves designed for outdoor use, and they're the most comfortable on our list hands down! Not only do they have a durable polyester shell that is fully wind and waterproof, but the goat leather palm is soft to the touch. You'll find the gloves are supremely versatile and adaptable to any task—be it typing, shoveling, manual labor, or playing with your kids.
The inner fleece lining is made of 100% polyester, so it offers great moisture-wicking, quick-drying properties while still keeping your fingers toasty warm. The outer GoreTex shell is able to stand up to winter sports and outdoor work without being damaged. Best of all, the gloves extend past your wrist and up your forearms, offering added warmth and trapping in your body heat.
The heating element built into these gloves delivers 5.5 watts of power per glove, and Outdoor Research's proprietary ALTI heat system offers excellent battery life—as much as 8 hours on the low setting and 2.5 hours on high heat. However, be warned: if you switch it to the low setting to conserve battery life, you'll find it barely generates any heat.
The heating element also covers more surface area than any of the other gloves on our list, meaning the best warmth coverage. The gloves are great for literally any outdoor activity, and the insulation and built-in heater will keep you warm everywhere you go.
Starting at $280 and going as high as $360, these are by far the priciest gloves on our list. If you can afford them, you'll find they keep you warm even when the heater is switched off, and they deliver excellent value in terms of comfort, versatility, and reliability!
It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing; whether you’re out on a ski trip, shoveling snow on the driveway, or sitting within the comforts of your home, cold hands are an absolute pain in the neck.
Sometimes, even the thickest pair of gloves won’t do the trick. Enter heated gloves, which up the ante by warming your hands further using actual heat-generating elements.
Now, be warned: choosing the best heated gloves can be an intimidating process. There simply are too many options on the market right now, and navigating through the different features, specs, and designs available for you can be confusing.
This buying guide aims to solve that. Make sure to read until the end to know more about all the factors you have to consider before buying a pair of heated gloves. Are you ready for some frustration-free shopping? We sure are!
Not all heated gloves use the same type of heat source. Some are chemically heated while others are battery-operated. What’s the difference, and which one is better for you? Read on.
Electrically heated gloves have an electric heating element that connects to and runs through a battery. One of the best things about this heat source is it’s way easier to control. You can turn on and turn off each glove individually.
Heated gloves that use an electrical heat source often use replaceable batteries, although others use rechargeable ones, as well.
Chemically heated gloves generate heat through a chemical reaction. They use disposable heating packets that are fitted inside the gloves. These warming packets contain substances that produce heat when exposed to air.
Chemically heated gloves can provide warmth for up to eight hours per packet. Once they stop working, you can easily buy new warming packets to place inside your gloves. What’s more, these are typically more affordable than battery-operated styles.
Although battery-operated heating gloves are 100% safe, some people still aren’t comfortable with them. If that’s the case, chemically heated gloves have got your back covered.
You have to be aware of the two heat sources that are commonly used in making heated gloves—but it’s not the only important consideration you should make.
Below, we’ve listed some of the most important features that you must look into when you’re looking to buy a pair of heated gloves.
Some heated gloves have multiple heating levels while some only have a single heat setting. Getting yourself a pair with adjustable heat levels will allow you to use your gloves in different environments—from mild winters to extremely low temperatures.
Even if you don’t travel to different places during the winter, it’s still nice to be able to adjust the amount of heat you’re getting depending on your needs on a specific day. The trade-off, though, is that gloves with just a single setting are more budget-friendly than their more versatile counterparts.
While the material is of utmost concern when it comes to shopping for ordinary winter gloves, they aren’t as crucial as far as heated gloves are concerned. After all, heating elements are already present in these special pairs. This gives you more flexibility and allows you to choose a glove material based on factors other than warmth and insulation.
That said, you’ll be able to find heated gloves that are made of materials like polyester, leather, fleece, and velvet. Some glove manufacturers also have special or patented materials that boast superior warmth.
Most glove models have heating elements attached to the back of the hand, which means this area gets the most warmth. However, some have heated areas that extend throughout the glove including the fingers and palms.
Ideally, you should get a model with heated fingers since this is the part that gets cold the most. There’s a trade-off, though, as gloves with heating elements that go beyond the back of the hand are typically pricier.
We all know how annoying it is when your winter gloves aren’t touchscreen compatible. Having to constantly remove your gloves to use your phone in the winter can be time-consuming and inconvenient. Besides, exposing your hands to cold air every so often can negate the effect of having heated gloves.
Good thing more and more gloves these days—heated or otherwise—are getting designed with touchscreen compatibility in mind. Getting yourself a pair of heated gloves with this feature will enable you to send texts and use your phone without having to expose your hands to the bitter winter cold.
If you’re getting yourself a pair of electrically-heated gloves, one of the most important factors you should look into is battery life. You don’t want to run out of power while you’re in the middle of an outdoor adventure in sub-zero temperatures, do you?
Battery lifespans will vary from model to model. Some gloves will offer electric heating for more than eight hours, while others can only generate heat for a maximum of two hours.
When choosing the best battery-operated heating gloves, think about the kinds of activities that you typically engage in during winter. If you only need them to run quick errands, gloves with a shorter battery life will probably be enough.
But if you like to dabble in winter sports that require you to be outdoors for long stretches of time, it would be wise to invest in a pair of heated gloves that can keep you warm for more than five hours.
Fit and comfort are both super important when it comes to heated gloves. You want to get yourself a pair that fits close to the skin. Anything that is even remotely too loose can lower the heating efficiency of the gloves.
At the same time, you’d want to avoid gloves that are so snug that they compromise your blood circulation. As with many other things, balance is key.
Whether you’re planning to use your heated gloves to run errands or go on a ski trip, you have to ensure that it provides sufficient grip. This is even more important if you do relatively high-risk activities like motorcycle riding during the winter.
If you’re dead set on making your best purchase ever, why not go the extra mile and look into the following aspects, too?
Runny noses are all too common during winter, which is why some gloves are fitted with soft material on the thumbs for wiping your nose.
The best heated gloves should be able to keep up with you anywhere you go. This is why versatility is important. The thick and bulky pair that you’re eyeing might work great for ice fishing, but would you wear it on a normal winter day?
Buying a pair of heated gloves that is versatile in both the aesthetic and functional aspects will give you more bang for your buck. That said, try to look for something that would work great and look great in many settings.
Durability-related features like waterproofing are important if you’re planning to use heated gloves for some heavy-duty stuff. If you plan to engage in different activities over the winter, you wouldn’t want to be stuck with a pair that’ll give up within the first few uses.
With normal winter gloves, you really don’t have to worry much about durability. All you need to do is look for a well-made pair. However, it’s a different story with heated gloves that contain a bunch of additional components. As the rule goes, the more parts are involved in a system, the more prone it is to damage and/or breaking.
Heated gloves can range from as low as $20 to up to hundreds of dollars. As mentioned previously, chemically heated gloves are typically the most affordable while heated gloves with rechargeable batteries are the priciest.
Before buying a pair of heated gloves, make sure to check its warranty policy—more so if you’re splurging much of your hard-earned money.
Mittens tend to keep your hands warmer because all your fingers are kept in one compartment. However, gloves are definitely superior when it comes to the range of motion they provide.
Making the right choice between these two styles, then, depends on which you’d rather prioritize: extra warmth or easier movement?
Some people have concerns about the safety of heated gloves. And we don’t blame them—after all, the thought of wires and electrics inside your gloves can seem intimidating.
However, note that heated gloves are very safe to use. There’s no risk of electric shocks since the heating mechanism in battery-operated gloves are fitted with safety features. Oftentimes, these gloves are designed to automatically shut down in the event of a short-circuit.
If the thought of having electrical wiring inside your gloves still makes you iffy, you can always go for chemically heated gloves instead.
The best heated gloves will keep your hands warm and comfy when you have to be out in the cold for long periods. We recommend wearing heated gloves for skiing, snowboarding, skating, hiking, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and hunting. You can also use them for when you’re doing the usual winter chores, like shoveling snow and walking your pets.
Here’s the deal: most heated gloves are not machine washable. Remember that sensitive electronic elements are attached inside the gloves, so it really won’t be smart to just throw them in the water.
So, how do you clean your heated gloves, then? Most glove makers recommend using a nylon brush and a mixture of soap and water to clean the gloves’ exterior. This way, you won’t risk harming the electrical components of your chosen pair.