No one likes being cold, especially when it’s windy. Barely any one would dare to ignore gloves in bad weather, but what about those who cannot get warmer even when they’re wearing the warmest mittens? The answer is simple: take advantage of hi-tech and science, invest in a cute hand warmer and warm up finally. Today, we have selected 12 best hand warmers from disposable hand warmers to the famous Zippo hand warmer and Heated Gloves - a complex system supplied with special gloves equipped with reusable batteries for those who:
- Love active winter sports, such as skiing, skating, and snowboarding.
- Spend much time outdoors or travel a lot for work.
- Are fond of hunting and fishing.
- Suffer from Raynaud's Syndrome.
Even if you’re that dude whose hands get cold when he sees his girlfriend, don’t worry, we’ll find a hand warmer for you too. Let’s get started!
17 Best Hand Warmers to Save Your Hands from Being Cold
We have selected all kinds of hand warmers to suit any taste or budget, ranging from 30 cent disposable warming bags to the most advanced $90 rechargeable warmers and have classified them into several categories:
- Disposable hand warmers;
- Pocket warmers for smart phones;
- Rechargeable hand warmers;
- Youth football hand warmers;
- Best electric hand warmers;
- Hand warmers for skiing.
We were about to buy a couple of such gadgets for ourselves as winter (and chilly fall) is coming!
Disposable hand warmers are very popular and most accessible which is why different manufacturers have launched a whole bunch of similar models. Such warmers begin working when they come in contact with air. You can either merely hold them or insert them in your gloves or pocket and warm up safely, regardless of the way you use them. Such hand warmers usually contain the same ingredients, which are iron powder, water, salt, activated charcoal and vermiculite. You can warm safely for 7-10 hours. Open it, shake it and use it! A single warmer costs 30-40 cents which is why they are sold in packs. Two manufacturers listed below are considered to be market leaders, check them out.
HotHands Hand Warmers: ~$24.98 (30 pairs) Сheck the current price
Grabber Warmers HWPP10 10-Pack Hand Warmers – from $13.99 (8 pairs) Сheck the current price
This is a cut-rate reusable warmer for those who don’t need to warm up for long. These small warmers contain gel which releases heat for about 20 minutes after being activated. However, you’d have to boil it for about 5 minutes after each use, which is not very convenient. Still, the effect of these hand inserts is not limited to warming up your hands. Users share their own life hacks, for instance, in the dead of winter, they would put these warmers with their phones and the battery would survive low temperature. Certain popular models of gel warmers can also be used as coolers if necessary if refrigerated in advance.
For Pro Hand and Body Warmers, Hotsy!, 2 Count – warmer/cooler – ~$6.65 (2 pack) Сheck the current price
Hand Warmers - HotSnapZ Reusable Round & Pocket Warmers – only warmer – ~$34.99 (8 pack) Сheck the current price
A rechargeable warmer is the very case of a stylish and non-depreciating device. It will be an excellent winter gift idea, both to a geek friend and to a girl with freezing hands. Finally, you can treat yourself before winter comes as your own comfort should be your top priority.
Zippo Hand Warmer
The undisputed leader of any rating is cult manufacturer Zippo hand warmer. This best seller for the starting price of ~$10.14 is an example of an excellent gift for yourself or someone else. However, in contrast to the Zippo lighters, there is no open flame. This is a portable heating pad, which generates heat as a result of flameless oxidation of the gasoline-containing vapor liquid contact in oxygen. Ventilation openings are available to ensure consistent air supply to the warmer. To make the warmer work, you only need to fill the warmer with the special Zippo Lighter Fluid (not supplied by default), and you will end up having 6 to 12 hours of being pleasantly and safely heated by a stylish accessory. Heating time depends on the model you choose, each is available in 5 colors: from juicy orange to brutal camouflage paint.
Price: from ~$10.14 Check the current price
EnergyFlux Enduro 7800mAh - Rechargeable Double-Sided Hand Warmer
This is any geek’s real must-have with double-sided heating. A single device combines a hand warmer, a USB gadget and a flash light for only ~$39.95! EnergyFlux Enduro also has a battery charge indicator and allows you to set the temperature according to your needs. As a result, you can enjoy up to 7 hours of heat. You can conveniently turn the gadget off when you don’t need any more heat. Even the mail men who work regardless of weather conditions use this device. The most impressive feedback we’ve come across was “..How did I get by without this?” - read more customer reviews on Amazon.com.
Price: ~$39.95 Check the current price
Rechargeable Double-Sided Hand Warmer & 4,400 mAh Power Bank For Most Cell Phones & Mobile Devices
This is a stylish hand warmer designed for a female audience. Its bright design is combined with a range of useful functions available. You’ll get a warmer and portable charger for gadgets and an LED flashlight for only ~$29.97. This model resembles the previous one a lot, but unlike the latter, it’s clearly not unisex. Depending on the temperature settings, you’ll get 4-5 hours of heat and the warmer can be recharged using either a USB cable or an outlet (an AC adapter is available). Judging by the reviews, this is also a great gift as long as you don’t lose it in your purse: yes, it is that small. Raynaud's Syndrome patients have also praised this hand warmer a lot, as in their case, it is effective against such symptoms as palm ache and cold fingers.
Price: ~$29.97 Check the current price
NFL Hand Warmer, 15 x 7.5-Inch
We couldn’t ignore this device! It is highly recommended for football fans! Such a cool accessory has three huge advantages. First of all, there are hand warmers with the logos of all American football teams. Whether you’re a fan of Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins or any other team, you’ll find a model for yourself. Second, you can use this football hand warmer either with or without the heat packs. Last but not least, an internal pocket with a zipper allows storing change, keys and phone, so you don’t have to carry a bag to the stadium any more. This youth football hand warmer was made for you if you never miss you team’s matches.
Price: from ~$9 Check the current price
If you’re not a football fan, you can obtain a colored Heat Factory Fleece-Lined Hand Muff which is used with two disposable warmer packets (also supplied). The muff is available in three colors, black, mossy oak, and blaze and its price starts from ~$13.34 Check the current price
We’ve found some useful USB hand warmers for gamers and those who simply spend much time on their PC and are cold even at home. What would you choose, heated gloves or heated mouse pad?
USB Hand Warmer– Laptop Women's Men's USB Heated Half & Full Finger Winter Warm Hand Gloves Warmer Wool
These best-selling USB glove warmers are available at the starting price of ~$8.99 and both half and full finger gloves are sold. The line offers six colors and options both for gamers and office clerks that spend much time in front of a computer. Gloves use a double-sided hot chip which heats your hand from all sides. It is one-size so both children and adults can wear it. The manufacturer also took care of the comfort side as the mix of warm rabbit wool and high-tech carbon fiber is very pleasant to touch.
Price: from ~$8.99 Сheck the current price
USB Mouse Pad Hand Warmer - ValueRays®
USB Mouse Hand Warmer® is a warming device made of soft fleece and a non-slip inside lining. This ~$22.95 hand warmer is powered via USB and heats with soft infrared light eliminating any risk of burning. This mouse pad is perfect for wireless mice as it does not shut out the signal. If you are using a wired mouse, make a small hole in the pad for the mouse wire.
Those who spend much time in front of a PC and suffer from cold hands are satisfied with the device: “In my office I am right under a vent and my mouse hand gets cold. I didn't want to buy the infrared heated mice because I wanted the back of my hand to keep warm. It works great though.” The users also note that the pad continues to give off heat even after being turned off. Arthritis patients note that the heat is very soft and helps relieve pain in the joints. Keep in mind that most heat is concentrated near the heating element but this does not seem to be a big issue given all the pad’s advantages.
Price: ~$22.95 Сheck the current price
Funny Hand Warmers
Finally, we’ve made a list of hand warmers that will not only keep you warm but also improve your mood. If you buy such a cute hand warmer, remember that it is not a toy and small children should not play with it!
Yeti Heated Handwarmers - USB Wired
You can obtain Yeti hand warmers for only ~$29.95. They are powered via USB and the manufacturer promises they will let you become a Yeti instantly. The users claim that they are very warm, even too warm to fall asleep at a computer while wearing them! Also, avoid overheating and turn the warmers off regularly to extend their life. Although this looks like a toy, it is powered by electricity so the manufacturer does not recommend it for children under six.
Obviously, they do not cover the fingers, so if it is the fingers that are always cold, perhaps you might want to look for something else. Other than that, the warmers are nearly perfect. Office clerks, for instance, love them because they allow typing in comfort.
Price: ~$29.95 Сheck the current price
Smoko Toast USB Handwarmers - Tato & Butta
A cute thing, isn’t it? It was designed especially for those whose hands feel chilly when sitting at their PC. Guys, though, you might want to hold on as Tato & Butta is more of a female electric hand warmer as it will be too tiny for men’s hands. Each toast is connected separately, which is quite convenient. If you want a wireless option, such a model is also available. Kawaii fans, go ahead: Tato& Butta warmers were made to lift your spirits.
Price: from ~$29.95 Сheck the current price
5 Watt USB Heated Mouse Pad, Warming Hand
This funny Minions heated mouse pad is available at the price of ~$18.99 and will suit both guys and girls. It copes with the task well and your hands do indeed warm up. You have to simply connect this device via USB and disconnect once you get too hot. It makes working on the computer more fun, as according to the users, your routine activities have a bit more novelty to them! Some, however, are disappointed that moving the mouse is a bit limited when you have the device connected. Still, if you’re not a gamer that shouldn’t be an issue. There are two mouse pads available, with one- or two-eyed minion, the price difference between the two is only $1.
Price: ~$18.99 Сheck the current price
If you enjoy skiing as much as we do, you’ll understand how undesirable such trifles as replacing disposable warmers in gloves are. Special hand warmers for skiing such as battery powered heated gloves and mittens have been designed for dedicated athletes. They are the best combo-solution for the direst winter!
Heated Gear Gloves Kit
This isn’t a mere hand warmer, but a complex system supplied with special gloves equipped with reusable batteries available at the starting price of ~$68. This is an option for those who don’t want to spend time messing with any gadgets. All you have to do is charge the battery, put the gloves on and you can go ahead and have fun in the rain or snow as the gloves are waterproof! The battery, however, will only live for 4 hours so plan your adventures with the device thoroughly. The gloves are unisex, so they will fit everyone. Be careful with the size though, as the consumers claim that women who wear size 7 (average) will find S suitable, and men would require at least an M size.
Price: from ~$68 Check the current price
The following two hand warmers for skiing are aimed mostly at women and children because of their size.
Ivation Heated Warm Gloves, Electric Rechargeable Fleece lined, 3 Temperature Control Levels
This is the best solution for prolonged skiing or changing weather. These ~$44.99 gloves can switch between three temperature modes indicated with color. The energy-saving (green) mode will provide you with up to seven hours of heating, while the orange medium mode will keep you warm for three-five hours. Use the most powerful mode indicated with red to guarantee two-three hours of strong and steady heating during some extra cold days. Each glove is equipped with a waterproof 4500mAh battery that will let you mindlessly jump into the snow or ski in rainy weather. The charger is also supplied.
Strange as it is, the feedback varies. Some users were satisfied while others complain of the gloves not being thick enough to retain exuded heat. Certain customers have even found them too small, so they are more appropriate for people with small hands. Read all reviews on Amazon.com to decide whether it is worth buying
Price:~$44.99 Check the current price
Unisex Mens Women Bicycle Motorcycle Skiing Battery Powered Winter Electric Heated Gloves Hands Warmer w/ 2 Battery & Charger
Here before you are ~$37.99 battery powered mittens. Soft, plush and thick PU leather were all made by the manufacturer to ensure your hands’ maximum warmth and comfort. These mittens are equipped with a waterproof 2000mAh battery that has a single mode of heating up to 45ºC/113ºF. The mittens are powered through an outlet and promise about three hours of heating at a given battery capacity. Due to their size, they seem to be more suitable for women and children rather than for men. There are two colors available, black and red.
It is convenient that some small stuff can fit into the battery pouch. However, there are some user complaints. Some of them claim that the battery works far less than three hours. Read all customer reviews on Amazon.com to know more.
Price: ~$37.99 Сheck the current price
Need more options? Read our review of the best cold weather gifts.