14 top-rated winter gloves for every person and budget
Keep your hands warm all season, no matter how cold it is outside.
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When the temperature drops, the first part of the body to feel the chill tends to be the hands. And cold, fumbling fingers are far less adept at performing everyday tasks like pulling out a phone or unlocking the front door.
Having chilly, numb extremities is no way to get through winter—but with a good pair of top-rated gloves for men, women, and kids, it’s easy to prevent.
Men’s and women’s sizes
Gloves that keep you warm on a budget
These affordable waterproof gloves from Ozero have hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon. Reviewers love that the gloves have four layers—waterproofing, figure-forming foam padding, insulating cotton, and soft-feeling fleece—to keep hands warm while locking out snow, ice, and cold winds. They also have textured palms and fingers to make gripping things like snow shovels and steering wheels easier.
“I am pleasantly surprised at how well this inexpensive pair of gloves has performed. The winter here in the upper Midwest has been particularly brutal,” writes a reviewer. “Holy hothouse Batman, these are what I was searching for! They keep the water out and don’t make my hands sweat and keep my fingers as warm as any non-mitten type glove can.”
Ozero Winter Gloves come in men’s and women’s sizes small to XXL and fit as expected.
Gloves that work as liners or on their own
For a lightweight pair, look to the Smartwool Liner Tech-Compatible gloves. The gloves’ merino wool and acrylic blend helps keep fingers insulated even when wet, without too much bulk, whether worn on their own or under another pair of gloves or mittens. Reviewers love the gloves’ flexibility, and that the touchscreen-compatible fingertips actually work.
“These gloves are perfect: lightweight, but so warm,” writes a reviewer. “I wore them under waterproof mittens for winter hiking in sub-freezing temperatures with wind and snow, and my hands were toasty all day. They are equally great around town in cold temps, which we have for almost six months in New Hampshire.”
Smartwool Liner Tech-Compatible Gloves come in men’s and women’s sizes small to large and fit as expected.
All-weather gloves that keep your hands dry
These Sealskinz gloves offer up a tough-to-find combination of waterproofing and breathability. This, combined with their merino wool lining, textured grip, and touchscreen-compatible fingertips, makes them ideal for outdoor chores, hikes, and walks throughout the winter.
“I work outdoors during harsh winters (-20 Celsius/-4 Farenheit). These gloves are extremely waterproof, but are pretty breathable,” writes a reviewer. “If you are someone who gets hot easily and who is used to cold conditions, these gloves are perfect for maintaining dexterity in your fingers during wintertime. For most people who are not used to such cold climates, these gloves are still a great buy for waterproofing.”
Sealskinz Waterproof All-weather Gloves come in men’s and women’s sizes small to XL and fit as expected.
Gloves that feel like your favorite jacket
If you’re one of the many fans of L.L. Bean’s PrimaLoft jacket, you should consider the brand’s PrimaLoft gloves, too, which are made of the same ultra-light, ultra-packable puffer material. They’re also touchscreen-compatible, so you can use your phone without taking them off.
“I love these gloves! Lightweight, warm, and nice looking,” writes a reviewer. “I have a PrimaLoft jacket and when I saw these, I had to get them. What took them so long to use the same jacket material for gloves? I bought them for myself and my husband. He loves them, too.”
PrimaLoft Packaway Gloves come in men’s and women’s sizes small to large and fit as expected.
Running gloves to keep up your fitness routine
You know what they say: Runners gotta run. For cold-weather jaunts, these Trailheads gloves are a must. They’re made of a quick-drying polyester fabric that wicks moisture and have mesh vents to allow airflow as an extra measure of protection against sogginess. They’re also touchscreen-compatible.
One reviewer says they are “perfect” for runs in 15 to 40 degree Farenheit weather. “These wicked moisture during my 5k very well,” he writes. “We sat in chilly 30 degree temps for the local turkey trot, and they kept me warm while waiting for 20 minutes before the race.” For colder temps, they work as a liner under another pair of gloves.
Trailheads running gloves come in men’s and women’s sizes small to large and fit as expected.
A glove-mitten combo to keep your hands extra warm
The snowsport-friendly Swany Toasters look like mittens but have a built-in, tech compatible glove lining. The glove portion is accessible through a zipper on the outer corner, which allows you to extend your fingers or insert a heating pouch.
“These are the best gloves,” writes a reviewer. “This is a replacement for an outgrown pair and they're perfect for a long day of skiing when the temps hover around 0 degrees Fahrenheit. I love that you can slip your glove-lined fingers out of the side zip if you need to do anything with your fingers. They're also very well made and durable.”
Swany Toaster Gloves come in men’s and women’s sizes XS to XL and fit as expected.
Heated gloves to get that extra warmth
If your hands get really cold in the winter, you may want to upgrade to these rechargeable battery-powered heated gloves, which have three temperature settings to choose from. Reviewers say help keep extremities at a good temperature up to six hours, even if it’s nearing the negatives outside.
“I have Reynaud's syndrome so walking my dog in the winter has always been a painful experience, even with multiple layers of gloves and mittens plus chemical handwarmers,” writes a reviewer. “Yesterday we walked for over half an hour at 9 degrees (and windchill of 0) and my gloves kept my hands comfortable the whole time. I've previously tried other heated gloves/mittens that just didn't work for me—too bulky and awkward. I wouldn't say I have a lot of dexterity with these gloves, but enough to handle my dog, shovel snow, and fill the bird feeders.”
Savior Heated Gloves come in men’s and women’s sizes XS to XXXL and fit as expected.
Cashmere gloves for a luxurious feel
Give your everyday gloves an upgrade with these extra-soft cashmere gloves. This pair is touchscreen-compatible, ribbed around the wrists to prevent slipping, and come in nine colors, including black, blue, pink, and tan.
“I absolutely love these gloves,” writes a reviewer. “I live in a cold climate and my hands take a lot of abuse in the cold weather. These are the warmest gloves I have ever owned.”
Halogen Rib Knit Cashmere Gloves come in one size and fit most.
Spandex gloves that look sleek
These classic Isotoner gloves, with a fleece lining and touchscreen-compatible spandex exterior, mold to the hands to give them a professional look while keeping them warm. The spandex exterior also makes them easy to put on, even for people with arthritis or hands that get stiff and numb in the cold.
“These gloves are warm and wonderful,” writes a reviewer. “They have the iconic snug feeling of Isotoner gloves, which I love. It is minus 7 degrees here in Chicago, so I took my little gloved hands outside to see how long I would last before my fingers fell off. Of course, these gloves are not designed for sub-zero temps, but my fingers are still attached. These are driving gloves, not snowman-making gloves, but I love them and I have loved them for years.”
Isotoner Spandex Weather Stretch Gloves come in women’s sizes small to XL and fit as expected.
Gloves that provide hours of fun in the snow
If your kids will be heading to ski school, building a snowman, or getting on a toboggan at any point over the winter, Columbia’s Core gloves are a must-have. According to reviewers, they’re warm, durable, and keep kids’ hands dry, even under the snowiest, slushiest of conditions. Parents (and, no doubt, their kids) also like that the gloves come in fun colors and patterns, like polka-dot blue and pink, as well as standard looks like black, gray, and navy blue. “Can’t believe my son’s hands were completely dry after an hour of making slush balls when the snow was melting,” writes a reviewer. “Definitely recommend.”
Kids Columbia Core Gloves come in kids’ sizes XS to XL and fit as expected.
Gloves to make even snow-skeptic kids have fun
Minnesota-based brand N’Ice Caps understands the importance of keeping kids’ hands protected from the elements in icy, cold conditions—and ensuring the gloves are something kids actually want to put on. N’Ice Caps’ kids’ gloves are insulated, waterproof, and come in many colors and patterns, including black, pink, green, and ombre. They also have elastic around the wrist, which allows kids to tuck jacket sleeves into them, and a plastic clasp to keep them together.
“Purchased for my 4 1/2 year old grandson who disliked cold weather because his hands got ‘so cold’ so quickly,” writes a reviewer. “After wearing these gloves during a snowstorm, it was difficult to bring him in from making snow angels and throwing snowballs. Gloves kept snow out of jacket and shirtsleeves dry.”
N’Ice Caps gloves come in seven sizes for ages 3 to 15 years and fit as expected.
Gloves that help kids stay warm on the playground
Prevent your kids’ hands from freezing and slipping with this pair of stretchy, lightweight gloves that feature a rubber grip design on the palms and fingers. They aren’t waterproof, but they’re great for keeping kids’ hands cozy while walking or playing on chilly days when gloves are needed, but they (or you) don’t want to mess around with big, insulated mittens that might interfere with their dexterity.
“My son hated wearing mittens, even in sub-zero temperatures, because it was harder to catch balls and play on the jungle gym,” writes a reviewer. “Enter these gloves. Balls are caught, monkey bars are crossed, fingers are warm.”
Gripper Gloves come in three sizes for ages 4 to 14 years and fit as expected.
Gloves that last through many seasons
L.L. Bean’s Cold Buster Gloves have a lot of features kids and parents alike will enjoy: They’re waterproof, fully insulated, and have a Velcro strap around the wrist to ensure a secure, comfortable fit. They also will hold up through several seasons—and even some hand-me-downs. “This is our second pair of the Cold Buster gloves,” writes a reviewer. “The other pair is two years old and will probably still be handed down to younger brother. Solid construction and warm.”
Kids Cold Buster Waterproof Gloves come in kids’ sizes XS to XL and fit as expected.
A glove multipack for the kid who always loses one
Know a kid who has trouble keeping track of their gloves? Ensure there’s always a spare pair close by with this 12-pack. These simple knit gloves—available in a range of colors like blue, green, pink, purple, red, and more—are great to have on, er, hand on a cold day when another glove or two goes missing.
“These are perfect for the price,” writes a reviewer. “My kids lose gloves like I lose hair in the shower, so these were a great find. Started out needing two of the colors for Halloween and now they live in school bins and cars. Great part is, I don't feel guilty if they lose them because I have more at home!”
Cooraby Kids Gloves come in one size and stretch to fit most.
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