Winter is hanging on for many of us and by now, you’re probably wishing you’d invested in a nice pair of gloves. In case you haven’t got round to it yet, we’ve gathered up some of the best touchscreen gloves out there, ensuring you’ll be toasty warm and still able to use your touchscreen devices.
The basic premise of a touch-screen friendly glove is simple: the surface of the glove (at least in the index fingers and thumbs on most models) is electrically conductive so that your finger can, by way of the material, connect with the screen. Naturally, when you put a layer between your finger and the screen you’ll have to accept that the precision won’t be as high and occasionally there might be hiccups, but—on the positive side—you’ll definitely be able to answer your phone without getting frost bite.
Here’s our top picks for keeping your fingers warm while using your touch screen devices.
Ugg Smart Gloves ($60)
Available in women’s and men’s sizes, Ugg’s Smart Glove range is pretty effective.
Made out of a mixture of wool, polyester, acrylic, and with a leather trim, they’re immediately stylish to look at, while keeping your extremities warm. They’re also pretty good at ensuring your fingers are detected on your smartphone or in-car entertainment system, with plenty of coverage across the palm of the glove meaning you won’t have to worry about being pinpoint accurate with your taps. They’re a decent all rounder that’s bound to look great alongside a warm winter coat or jacket.
Glove.ly Solid Touch Screen Gloves ($25)
Sliding in at a fairly low price, Glove.ly’s range of Solid Touch Screen Gloves provide you with exactly what’s needed. They’re dependable, inexpensive (which is great if you’re prone to losing gloves), and they’re quite warm for the price too.
The gloves use mixed materials to allow you to use your whole hand with your phone for seamless transitions, in theory, while still keeping your fingers warm. Glove.ly throws in a bonus in the form of magnets hidden beneath the logo so you can keep each glove attached to each other, in the hope that you won’t lose one quite so easily as you would with conventional gloves.
The catch? These aren’t premium gloves which means they react accordingly. Expect to have to tap a little harder than usual on your phone, and be prepared to use other gloves if you live somewhere particularly cold. These are more general all-round gloves aimed at relatively mild winters, rather than anything tough.
Ralph Lauren Leather Cashmere Touch Screen Gloves ($130)
Want a particularly classy looking pair of gloves? You can’t really go wrong with Ralph Lauren Leather Cashmere Touch Screen Gloves. Combining leather and cashmere, they’re an eminently stylish looking pair that should also withstand quite a lot of use.
In terms of their touch screen record, they’ve garnered fairly good reports of accuracy, meaning your texting times won’t be slowed down by your choice of handwear. Just remember to always dry clean these to ensure they’ll last you for many winters to come.
Nike Lightweight Tech Running Gloves ($23-$50)
As the name suggests, Nike Lightweight Tech Running Gloves aren’t for you if you’re in an area prone to very snowy winters. If you live somewhere with milder climates though, you still need some gloves on those chilly winter days. That’s where these are great.
They use the same Dri-FIT fabric that much of Nike’s sportswear utilizes, so they keep your hands dry and comfortable. There’s a key pocket for storing valuable small items, along with a wrist cuff to keep the gloves secured to your hands. While they won’t withstand a ‘proper’ winter, they’re great for those of us with sensitive fingers in milder climates. The only downside is that only the thumbpad can be used with touch screen devices so you may find yourself removing them a little more often than you’d like.
Timberland Men’s Ribbed-Knit Wool-Blend Gloves with Touchscreen Technology ($30)
Timberland offers some inexpensive all-purpose touchscreen gloves in the form of its Ribbed-Knit Wool-Blend Gloves. These gloves use a mixture of wool, polyester and nylon to provide a snug and secure fit for your hand. Again, they’re not designed for the harshest of winters but they should be able to withstand most average climates.
Each fingertip offers touchscreen functionality with a textured palm for extra grip while you’re holding onto your device. The accuracy is pretty great too, providing your gloves aren’t wet, leading these to be a fine pair of gloves for those not looking for anything too specialist.
Vbiger Winter Warm Touch Screen Gloves ($10)
Being some of the cheapest gloves out there, the Vbiger Winter Warm Touch Screen Gloves aren’t going to last you forever. We’d recommend being pleased that they last you one winter. These are not an investment but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth purchasing.
Including stretchy Lycra and elastic so that these feel snug around your fingers, the Vbiger gloves are also coated with touch conductive material on the thumb and index fingers so you can still perform most tasks on your smartphone. They might look a little cheap and lightweight but they’re surprisingly effective, especially when driving and in need of tapping something on your dashboard. If you want some borderline disposable gloves, you could do a lot worse than picking up a pair of these.
Indie Ridge Powersports Gloves ($25)
Aimed at the active glove wearer, the Indie Ridge Powersports Gloves are particularly effective for avid outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re cycling, camping, hiking, racing, driving, or even rock climbing, these gloves are up to the tase.
Made from breathable fabric, they’ll keep your hands comfortable rather than sweaty, but they’re not ideal for harsh winters. Instead, the gloves ensure your hands are properly supported. They offer knuckle protection, palm protection, anti-slip technology, and they’re a secure fit. And, of course, there’s also two pads on the fingertips so you can use your touch screen devices easily without taking them off. They’re sturdy and pretty multipurpose.
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