The 12 Best Winter Gloves That Actually Keep Your Hands Warm

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There are a few things to consider when picking out a pair of gloves for your next winter trip: First, make sure your fingers almost touch the tips of the glove, but not push against them. A small air pocket will help to trap warmth. Longer cuffs will also help keep you warmer — you want the glove to be able to go under your coat sleeve so there isn't any exposed skin around your wrists.

Our top pick is Carhartt's W.B. Waterproof Breathable Insulated Gloves thanks to their moisture-wicking interior that promotes breathability.

Most manufacturers tend to have a similar hand fit across their designs, so it may take a few different brands before you find the one for you. Women's gloves are distinguished by a smaller palm size and longer fingers than men's gloves, but feel free to cross categories if one isn't working right for you. The right pair should fit like... well, you know.

Here are the best winter gloves to keep your fingers warm all winter:

Best Overall: Carhartt W.B. Waterproof Breathable Insulated Gloves

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Why We Love it: The interior is made with Carhartt's FastDry lining to prevent sweat from building up.

What to Consider: These gloves are designed for frigid temperatures.

The W.B. Insulated Gloves offer advanced durability and versatility with their polytex exterior and waterproof technology, ensuring that your hands are shielded and warmed no matter the cold-weather activity. Inside, the brand's FastDry material wicks away sweat and promotes breathability so you stay comfortable. For added protection, the gloves have a gauntlet cuff and barrel lock cord pull, which gives you an adjustable and customized fit and prevents cold air from creeping in. Plus, they're designed so you can still access your smartphone and other tech devices.

Price at time of publish: $28

Materials: Polytex, fleece, polyurethane | Waterproof: Yes

Best Lightweight: The North Face Etip Recycled Gloves

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Why We Love it: They are made with 93 percent recycled polyester materials.

What to Consider: The gloves are not waterproof.

These popular fleece gloves offer a silicone palm for better grip and still allow use of your devices, all without adding bulk. They're made with 93 percent recycled polyester and have a four-way stretch so your grip isn't compromised whether you're on the trail or running errands. In fact, the brand's Radiametric Articulation technology ensures that your hand stays in its natural position for added comfort.

Price at time of publish: $45

Materials: Recycled polyester, fleece, elastane | Waterproof: No

Best Windproof: The North Face Apex+ Etip Gloves

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Why We Love it: The exterior soft shell is completely windproof and water-repellent.

What to Consider: The gloves are not waterproof.

If you're looking for something a little bit hardier, upgrade to The North Face's Apex model to add a layer of windproofing. Their soft-shell insulating construction adds warmth while upping your defense against moisture inside and out. The pull tab cuff makes the gloves easy to put on and take off and gives them an adjustable fit. Touchscreen capability is guaranteed through the gloves' five-finger Etip design and silicone palm gripper.

Price at time of publish: $50

Materials: Recycled polyester, fleece, elastane | Waterproof: No

Best Budget: OZero Thermal Winter Gloves

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Why We Love it: These gloves are windproof and machine-washable.

What to Consider: The brand says they are waterproof but can't be dipped into water because the seams on the fingers are not waterproof.

The OZero is a slim pair of gloves that are both windproof and waterproof, in addition to being touchscreen-friendly. The affordable winter gloves are lined with a thermal fleece material for adequate warmth and have an elastic cuff to block out the cold. Strategic silica gel patches are placed throughout the palm and fingers for advanced grip.

Price at time of publish: $17

Materials: Polyester, fleece, thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) | Waterproof: Yes

Best Convertible Mittens: TrailHeads PowerStretch Convertible Mittens

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Why We Love it: The mitten flap makes it easy to wear these gloves as fingerless or mittens.

What to Consider: Cold air could possibly seep through the mitten flap.

If you're trying to get the best of both worlds, go for a convertible mitten that flips into a fingerless glove and magnetically secures into place. This Polartec pair of men's and women's gloves include a storage pocket to tuck the mitten flap into when you're not using it and a separate thumb flap for when you just need to send a quick text message.

Price at time of publish: $36

Materials:  Nylon, polyester, lycra | Waterproof: No

Best for Running: Nike Sphere Gloves

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Why We Love it: The polyester gloves are lightweight and quick-drying.

What to Consider: They are not water or windproof.

Nike's Sphere running gloves are lightweight and flexible and offer reflective detailing for your morning run — or dark commute. Their fitted cuff provides a snug fit while their Dri-Fit technology wicks away moisture. Touchscreen tips give you access to your phone, smartwatch, and other tech essentials so you can easily switch to the next song, check your mileage, and bookmark your workout when you're on the move.

Price at time of publish: $25

Materials: Polyester | Waterproof: No

Best Touchscreen: Black Diamond Midweight Screentap Gloves

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Why We Love it: The gloves are made with UR conductive materials that allow users to press phones or watch screens.

What to Consider: The gloves are not waterproof.

These midweight gloves from Black Diamond keep you connected thanks to their touchscreen-compatible fingertips. Their U|R-powered palm material ensures that you can comfortably hold and access your smartphone while you're wearing them. For added comfort, they're made with the brand's Polartec Power Stretch Pro, which offers more dexterity. Note: These gloves are designed to be liners, so while the fleece is treated to be water-resistant, it won't keep you dry during any intense outdoor activities — but it will fit under a bigger shell.

Price at time of publish: $65

Materials: Leather, fleece, polyester | Waterproof: No

Best Leather: Barbour Burnished Leather Thinsulate Gloves

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Why We Love it: The leather shell is sleek and water-repellent.

What to Consider: The gloves may not work well for extreme outdoor activities.

Durable for yard work and stylish enough for a night out, these sleek Nappa leather gloves from Barbour repel water and are lined with polyester fleece for cushiony-feeling warmth. They're built with a wrist strap to ensure a fit that's both secure and adjustable. Keep in mind that the brand recommends the glove be used for casual use, so they may not keep your fingers warm in extreme temperatures.

Price at time of publish: $75

Materials: Leather, polyester fleece | Waterproof: No

Best for Extreme Cold: Black Diamond Mercury Mittens

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Why We Love it: These gloves are designed to keep your fingers warm in temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit.

What to Consider: Mittens aren't the best for dexterity.

Waterproof, windproof, and stuffed with a heat-trapping combination of PrimaLoft and Polartec Thermal Pro insulation, these men's and women's mittens should stand up to adventures even in the most extreme cold. And, they do so without compromising your dexterity. Kevlar stitching on the mittens' leather palm adds durability and the Pertex Shield material delivers breathability.

Price at time of publish: $75

Materials: Nylon, polyester, leather, spandex | Waterproof: Yes

​​Best Waterproof: Eddie Bauer Superior Down Gloves

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Why We Love it: The seam-sealed shell is 100 percent waterproof and they are insulated with goose down.

What to Consider: They are machine-washable on delicate only.

The Eddie Bauer Superior Down Gloves have a heavy-duty waterproof shell, which is enhanced with the brand's StormRepel DWR moisture-shedding finish and WeatherEdge breathable technology. They're seam-sealed for added protection and insulated with premium 650-fill down. Microfleece-lined cuffs boost warmth and up your protection from chilly winds. These gloves are also touchscreen-compatible and clip together for compact storage.

Price at time of publish: $75

Materials: Nylon | Waterproof: Yes

Best Ski Gloves: Hestra Army Leather Gore-Tex Gloves

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Why We Love it: These heavy-duty gloves are waterproof and can be adjustable on the palm and wrist.

What to Consider: The gloves are bulkier and might be best for snow sports instead of casual use.

These Gore-tex gloves will be your go-to for every ski or mountaineering trip you have on the horizon. Offering advanced waterproofing and wind resistance, the heavy-duty gloves protect your hands from the chill of the mountain and keep them warm using fiberfill insulation and a midweight fleece lining. Goat leather material on the palm ensures you have a secure grip when handling ski poles and holding onto ski lift handlebars. Users have multiple adjustment features available to them in order to customize the gloves' fit.

Price at time of publish: $152

Materials: Nylon, leather, polyester | Waterproof: Yes

Best Heated: Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Sensor Gloves

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Why We Love it: The gloves can provide heat for up to 8 hours on the lowest heat setting.

What to Consider: The battery life will decrease when the glove is on the high and medium heat settings.

These heated gloves from Outdoor Research will cost you a pretty penny, but if you're planning to spend much of your winter outdoors, they might be worth it. Designed to keep your hands toasty on the slopes, the innovative gloves are electronically heated and run on an AltiHeat battery to provide long-lasting warmth, which can be customized with three different settings. Beyond their heating capabilities, their performance is further strengthened with Gore-tex waterproofing and EnduraLoft insulation. Their fleece lining acts as a soft cushion that also enhances the gloves' warmth.

Price at time of publish: $251

Materials: Nylon, polyester, leather | Waterproof: Yes

Tips for Buying Winter Gloves

Choose materials designed for warmth

Whether you're skiing, snow hiking, or traveling, a pair of warm and sturdy gloves made of polyester, nylon, and leather blends often provide the best balance of warmth, breathability, and durability. The more layers, the warmer your fingers will be, so you'll want to look for a glove that has a thick fleece lining and a durable shell made of polyester and nylon. Some water or windproof gloves will have TPU coatings which add an extra layer of protection against cold, wet, or windy conditions.

Buy for your intended activity

Depending on the intended use of a pair of winter gloves, you'll want to consider the thickness, materials, and special features like heating ability or type of insulation for extremely cold temperatures. Runners might prefer a simple polyester glove that is lightweight and breathable, whereas a skier will need a thick, waterproof glove with temperature-regulating insulation.

Consider waterproofness

While it depends on the use of the gloves, having a pair of waterproof gloves can prevent cold and wet fingers while being outdoors in the winter. If you know you'll be using gloves for outdoor activities in the snow like hiking, a pair of waterproof gloves are crucial. You'll also want to make sure you can easily put your gloves on and take them off indoors. If they start out feeling clumsy, they'll only get harder to manipulate as you (and they) get wetter and colder.

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Rena Behar has been writing and editing for over eight years and has traveled to 18 countries. Emily Belfiore is a commerce writer on T+L's News and Deals team where she has been writing about travel products since 2021. Both writers thoroughly researched and vetted winter gloves to recommend the best ones on the market for any winter activity.

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