The 7 Best Heated Gloves of 2023, Tested and Reviewed
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Cold hands can ruin the best winter days. Gloves and mittens can help; but sometimes, an extra boost of warmth is necessary. That’s where heated gloves come in. They keep your digits warm on the most frigid of days. We researched and tested 15 pairs in our New York City testing lab to find the best heated gloves currently available. We tested each pair for warmth, comfort, ease of use, heating, and design.
Up to eight hours of run time
Both layers have touchscreen-compatible fingers
Stayed warm and dry throughout our tests
Outer pair could be more streamlined
What’s better than one pair of gloves? Two pairs of gloves. That’s what you get with Ororo’s Twin Cities 3-in-1 Heated Gloves. The gloves come with a bulky outer pair and a soft, thin liner. You can wear the liner on warmer days, the outer gloves when you need a bit more warmth and weather protection, or both the liner and the outer gloves on the most frigid days.
Ororo claims these gloves reach 140 degrees and can last up to eight hours on one battery charge (on the lowest setting). They feature a water-resistant outer and a water-resistant membrane on the liners. We also love the 3M Thinsulate insulation underneath the outer shell.
Our testers reported that the gloves heated up quickly after the initial five-minute pre-heating setting. “The medium setting was comfortable and kept my hands warm throughout the entire testing period, even 10 minutes in ice,” our tester reported. While the outer glove was a bit bulky, our tester appreciated how these could work for anyone spending long periods outside doing activities like hiking, skiing, snowboarding, working, or shoveling snow.
Price at time of publish: $150
Battery Life: 8 (low). 6 (medium), 3 (high) hours | Temperature Ratings: 113 (low), 122 (medium), 140 (high) degrees F | Materials: Polyester, 3M Thinsulate insulation
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Eight hours of run time
Consistent heat distribution
Did not perform well during ice test
If you’re only going to use your gloves a few times a year or are looking for a value pair, we recommend the heated gloves from Akaso. Our testers were impressed by how quickly these gloves heated, saying they felt the warmth within 30 seconds of beginning the heating process. “They warmed up really fast, especially on the top,” our tester reported. “The heat was pretty even throughout my hands, even in my pinkies. The medium setting was just right; I imagine the hotter setting would be awesome for really cold winter days.”
Akaso claims these gloves can reach temperatures of up to 140 degrees F and last up to eight hours on one battery charge if left on the low setting. While our testers enjoyed the heating process and how these gloves performed while dry, these gloves failed our bucket of ice test and took on water quickly. So we wouldn’t recommend these gloves if your outdoor time includes heavy snow, ice, or rain. But on dry days, they’ll work just fine.
Price at time of publish: $80
Battery Life: 6 to 8 (low), 4 to 5 (medium), 2 to 3 (high) hours | Temperature Ratings: 95 to 104 (low), 113 to 122 (medium), 131 to 140 (high) degrees F | Materials: PU leather, 3M Thinsulate insulation
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Compatible with touchscreen devices
More streamlined than others
Not suitable for snow sports by themselves
Don’t need all the bulk of an insulated glove but still want some extra warmth? Consider a pair of stand-alone glove liners. Of those we tested, we like Day Wolf’s the best. These synthetic liners have three temperature settings, and Day Wolf claims they’ll last up to six hours on the low setting and reach temperatures of up to 150 degrees F on the highest setting.
Our testers enjoyed how quickly these gloves heated up, noting they began feeling warmth within 30 seconds. “They warmed up really fast and kept my hands feeling cozy and smooth the entire time,” a tester reported. “I set them for medium, and they stayed warm throughout the testing process.”
They also loved that these liners are touchscreen-compatible and, being less bulky, easy to wear while typing or scrolling. “I liked the gloves’ design because they are very thin, and I was able to use my phone and computer while I had them on,” a tester reported. “The thumb and pointer fingers have a different fabric on the tip, so you can still use your mobile device.”
We don’t recommend liners for skiing or snowboarding (unless you have an outer glove to put over them), but these are a good option for dry activities like hiking, running, or cycling.
Price at time of publish: $115
Battery Life: 5 to 6 (low), 3 to 3.5 (medium), 2 to 3 (high) hours | Temperature Ratings: 104 to 110 (low), 113 to 122 (medium), 140 to 150 (high) degrees F | Materials: Polyester
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Easy to operate
Lightweight, discrete battery pack
Full range of sizes
Not particularly breathable
The heating in these gloves from Savior Heat was so good our testers actually docked a point because they were uncomfortably warm. “The gloves heated almost instantly, and the distribution of warmth was very even throughout my hands,” a tester reported. “The only thing I did not enjoy was how sweaty my hands got in these gloves. Though they were on the medium heat setting, I found the heat to be pretty intense. There was little to no breathability, which was quite uncomfortable for me.”
Savior Heat claims these gloves can reach 150 degrees F—we measured them at about 113 degrees three hours into our testing. Because of the intensity of the heat, we wouldn’t recommend these gloves for the casual winter wearer. But they may be a good pick for anyone that gets cold easily or for long periods of lower-output outdoor activities, like hiking.
“I would recommend these for someone looking to have a pair of gloves for winter sports activities like snowboarding or skiing,” our tester concluded. “I wouldn't recommend these for casual winter wear.”
Price at time of publish: $140
Battery Life: 6 to 7 (low), 3 to 3.5 (medium), 2 to 2.5 (high) hours | Temperature Ratings: 100 to 113 (low), 120 to 131 (medium), 140 to 150 (high) degrees F | Materials: Polyester, lambskin
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Quick to recharge
A bit too bulky for our testers
Gobi Heat is one of the more popular heated apparel brands, and that’s for good reason. They make top products like the Vertex Heated Gloves, which impressed our testers with how quickly they heated up and how warm they stayed throughout testing. Gobi claims these gloves will reach temperatures of 140 degrees F and last on one battery charge for up to six hours on the lowest setting. We love that they also have a quick recharge time of about three to four hours.
These gloves are on the pricier side but feature high-grade materials and insulation. We also love the touchscreen-compatible fingertips and that these gloves are machine washable. Our testers thought they were a bit bulky, but we see no reason why users wouldn’t be able to grip ski poles with them. If you’re looking for a solid pair of heated gloves to take on the slopes, these are a good pick.
Price at time of publish: $219
Battery Life: 6 (low), 3 (medium), 2 (high) hours | Temperature Ratings: 113 (low), 131 (medium), 140 (high) degrees F | Materials: Water-resistant nylon, leather (outer), Thinsulate-lined polyester (insulation)
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Suitable for wet conditions
Great closure system
Practical and easy to wear
Slow, slightly uneven heating
Our testers loved these gloves, particularly how waterproof they were. That’s essential for sports like snowboarding where the hands are more likely to touch the snow and be exposed to precipitation than in other winter outdoor activities. Snow Deer claims these gloves will reach up to 150 degrees F on the highest setting and last up to 6.5 hours on one battery charge on the lowest setting.
Our testers appreciated the soft polyester lining, saying that these were some of the most comfortable gloves they tried. They also enjoyed the adjustability of the wrist strap and the cinch cord at the ends to keep snow out and heat in. “These gloves are perfect for very cold winters, snow storms, skiing, snowboarding, and snowball fights,” a tester concluded.
Price at time of publish: $129
Battery Life: 6 to 6.5 (low), 3 to 3.5 (medium), 2 to 2.5 (high) hours | Temperature Ratings: 100 to 113 (low), 120 to 131 (medium), 140 to 150 (high) degrees F | Materials: Nylon, leather
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One of the warmest pairs we tested
Not overly cumbersome
Great freedom of movement
Heating lagged in the pinky section
ActionHeat’s 5V gloves warm up quickly, with a claimed maximum heat of 150 degrees F. While our testers reported it took a while for the pinkie section to heat up, they said the gloves stayed warm throughout the testing process. “They are expensive, but worth it to keep your hands and wrists comfortable through the winter,” our tester said of the gloves. “I had them stuck in ice for 15 minutes and felt no coldness until probably the last minute. I would buy these gloves.”
We picked these as our best gloves for work because, despite their bulkiness, our testers reported them being more dexterous than other gloves we tested. “The design is very practical, and although the gloves are big, they are not too bulky to wear,” our tester reported. “I was able to use my phone while I had them on to take a few photos.”
They only claim to last five hours on the lowest setting, though, so keep that in mind.
Price at time of publish: $200
Battery Life: 5 (low), 3 (medium), 2 (high) hours | Temperature Ratings: 110 (low), 130 (medium), 150 (high) degrees F | Materials: Faux suede, polyester
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After putting 15 pairs of heated gloves through their paces, the Ororo 3-in-1 Heated Gloves came in first. Essentially two pairs for the price of one, the outer set is water resistant and insulated while the soft liners feature hand-shaped heating elements to keep you toasty for up to 8 hours. We also like the Akaso Heated Gloves for a more cost-effective option that warms up quickly.
Autocastle Heated Gloves: These gloves were the least expensive we tested. So if you’re looking for a true budget pick, these are an option. But our testers reported they never felt any significant heat.
Sun Will Heated Glove Liners: Sun Will’s liners reached some of our highest temperatures three hours into testing and would be a good option as liners underneath other gloves or stand-alone liners on dry days. But, as expected with liners, our tester’s hands got cold quickly during the ice bucket test.
Aroma Season Heated Gloves: Aroma Season’s gloves heated quickly, albeit unevenly. And while the gloves were comfortable overall, our testers did not like the placement of the battery and reported that the gloves were not super waterproof.
Seirus Heat Touch Hellfire Heated Gloves: Here are your splurge-worthy gloves. If you’re going to be skiing or snowboarding dozens of days a season and get cold fingers and hands easily, it might be worth the cost. Otherwise, our testers couldn’t justify the expense.
ActionHeat Heated Gloves: Nothing blew us away about these gloves. And considering they take AA batteries in a world of rechargeable batteries, we couldn’t put these on our best overall list.
We selected gloves based on internet research and the expertise of our editors and testing team. Internet research included looking at gloves and brands that are featured on other prominent sites and have high customer reviews and ratings. We also picked products based on what our editors have owned, used, and tested previously. Once we produced an initial list of gloves, that list was narrowed to 15 gloves we wanted to test based on price points and functionality.
Testing was undertaken in our New York City lab by a team of editors and testers. Testers removed the gloves from their packaging, made sure batteries were charged, and turned the gloves on to the medium setting. We timed how long it took for the gloves to heat up, taking temperature readings at zero minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, and three hours.
We then placed the heated gloves in a tub of ice water to test for waterproofness and to see how warm the gloves stayed while exposed to colder temperatures. Gloves were rated on a five-point scale for ease of use, comfort, design, heating, and value. We averaged those ratings for an overall score.
Since gloves are an outer layer, weatherproofing is important—especially if you’ll be using them for skiing or snowboarding. Look for gloves that feature some sort of weather or waterproofing (this is usually clearly stated in the product description). Gloves that use GORE-TEX are typically waterproof, as are those with a DWR coating.
Generally, synthetic materials like polyester and nylon are best for gloves. Leather is also a common and effective choice. You’ll want to avoid materials that absorb water (such as wool or cotton), especially if you’re planning on using the gloves for snow sports or if you live in a climate with more precipitation. We mainly picked gloves that feature leather or synthetic materials because of their ability to work in multiple scenarios.
Of course, one of the most important features of a heated glove is the actual heating. And as we learned through our testing, gloves do not all heat equally. Look for things like temperature ratings and read reviews from real-life customers to determine how well the heating element works. Heating in the fingers is most important as the fingers are most likely to become cold in frigid temperatures. But also look to see how well the heating is distributed across the hands and how long that warmth lasts.
Speaking of how long the gloves stay warm, make sure to look at and research battery life. The battery life brands claim won’t always be accurate. (There’s nothing nefarious about that; battery life depends on many variables such as power setting, temperature, and wind and is hard to measure.) That said, most brands will give you a range. Generally, heated apparel with a longer battery life will cost more. But if you know you’ll be using your heated gloves for extended periods while skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, or working outside, a longer battery life will likely be worth it.
This depends on many factors including the power setting you use, how cold it is outside, how exposed the batteries are to the cold, how windy it is, etc. Generally, heated gloves will not last longer than eight hours on one charge. Some will only last an hour or two if you’re blasting them on the highest temperature setting. But generally, you can probably count on your gloves lasting anywhere from 2.5 to 5 hours. Another thing to consider is the recharging time for the batteries if using gloves with rechargeable batteries.
We’re not medical experts, so we won’t weigh in on this. That said, the reason heated socks and gloves are so popular is because they warm extremities, which are more likely to get cold easier and quicker with poor circulation. So while we cannot claim they help circulation or arthritis, we can say they’re a good way to boost warmth to extremities that might otherwise be cold because of poor circulation.
Like any winter, ski, or snowboard outerwear, you’ll want to fully dry your heated gloves immediately after use and before using them again. Properly drying your gloves will extend their life. As for cleaning, always consult the manufacturer’s guidance. If that guidance cannot be found on the actual gloves, check out the manufacturer’s website. Some gloves are able to handle machine washing, but others will need to be spot-cleaned.
Nathan Allen is TripSavvy’s Outdoor Gear Editor. He comes from a family of people with Raynaud’s syndrome and knows the importance of having warm digits during the winter. He’s seen first-hand how miserable a day on the slopes can be with cold fingers. Nathan regularly wears gloves in the winter, running, cycling, skiing, and hiking. All gloves mentioned in this roundup were thoroughly tested in TripSavvy’s New York City testing lab.
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