Tracking Down the Best Heated Gloves for Work Purposes
Growing up in the north, I gained a real appreciation for anyone who works out in the cold and the elements. It's not easy to suffer through the chill day-in and day-out.
Turns out there are some tricks of the trade. First and foremost, if you're working outside in cold weather, a good pair of heated work gloves will make your life a lot better.
That said, those little disposable heat bags don't cut it. If you're planning to work (or play) in frigid conditions, you want some battery powered heated work gloves; they're the best option for winter comfort.
But where do I find something like that? It's true that most hardware stores don't carry them. Fortunately, there are a number of very good, durable, and warm battery heated gloves within reach, you just have to know what to look for.
This piece is written to help you out! We'll be taking a close look at 4 of the best heated gloves, offering reviews of some good choices. Hopefully you'll find something to suit your needs!
Gloves & Liners: Different Types
There are a few different ways to warm up your digits while in the field. Well, three actually.
Chemical: The first, and least effective (in my opinion) is to use pocket warmers, or little bags that create a chemical reaction to produce heat. They don't last very long, and you can't regulate the temperature. They're fine for every now and then, but the serious outdoor worker will tire of paying for them, and I don't highly recommend this option.
Heated Glove Liners: The second option is going the route of the heated glove liner. These are usually intended for use with a motorcycle or ATV, and they hook up to a 12v battery. They can also often be used with a heated jacket system. They're a nice choice, because the third option is a bit pricier. They'll fit under standard work gloves too, which is a really nice thing.
Battery Powered Heated Gloves: The final option (and my personal favorite) is the battery heated glove. But be aware: quality, power, and prices vary widely form literally "novelty" heated gloves that run on a couple of AA batteries as a joke for the stocking to premium options featuring serious insulation and re-chargeable all-day-lasting lithium-ion or lithium polymer batteries.
Let's check out four premium options that fit that last category and are gonna get you and your hands through full freezing cold work day!
VentureHeat - Comfy, solid, battery heated gloves
If you're after a no-nonsense, comfortable, battery-heated glove with ease of use, look no further than this set by VentureHeat.
There's a lot to like, but a few features in particular stand out for me. Here they are, in no particular order:
The VentureHeat are some of the best battery heated work gloves for ease of use. There are multiple heat settings, which is a nice thing. There are three heat intensity settings, and each one uses a different amount of juice.
You can switch between the multiple settings with a simple button on the back of the hand. That means you can change the heat with the gloves still on: a major advantage. You can see your current setting with the small LED window on the panel.
The heat is distributed evenly with micro-carbon fiber heating elements that run across your finger tips and to the back of your hand, ideal for promoting circulation where you need it.
The gloves are waterproof and breathable, with a leather palm that adds extra grip in slippery conditions. They're comfortable on your hands and have long cuffs to provide a seal in wind or snow. And with touchscreen compatibility, they're one of the best heated gloves for work, with excellent reviews.
*They tend to run a bit small in the fingers. Keep that in mind when selecting sizes.
IonGear: An effective and long-lasting option
Whether you're wanting heated winter gloves for work or for play, this set by IonGear is a top contender to consider.
It's a simple setup, without extra wires or cords to mess around with. Everything is integrated and simple to use, and you can pull the battery to recharge it.
Each IonGear 5637 glove has a built-in lithium polymer battery, that sits in a pouch on the back of the glove. Uniquely, the battery is integrated with the temperature control, so you can adjust the voltage using the transparent plastic 'window' on the cuff. I like that they've stored the battery in the cuff, because you can stash it more safely under your jacket sleeve.
As for warmth, these battery heated gloves provide some of the best heat in this field. The warmth is immediate and envelopes your whole hand. In particular, your fingertips and thumb will feel the warmth. That's nice if you're a snowmobile or ATV driver.
They're one of the cheapest heated battery gloves around, and they do a pretty good job. The gloves themselves are a bit bulky (due to the wiring and battery), and the external material is on the cheap side, not super contoured. They aren't the best gloves if you need to do nimble work, and they're not entirely wind-proof, so they're not the best choice for a motorcycle.
I do like the wrist cinch and sleeve tightener. On the whole, these cheap battery heated gloves by IonGear are a good choice for winter work or play.
Savior Heat: 2 Reviews of an industry recognized brand
The next two pairs of gloves are both pretty similar and both from the same manufacturer.
Their main difference is their intended use and we'll take a look at that in a moment. First, you need to know that Savior has been making high quality heated winter apparel for decades and are a recognized industry standard. They don't make make cheap gloves, they don't make useless gloves and they don't make AA battery powered gloves.
They only make high end, lithium-polymer powered, well insulated, well built gloves.
Savior Heat Winter Gloves - 2 to Choose From
Both of these options are powered by the same 7.4v, 2200 mA, lithium polymer battery pack that offer three push button levels of heat for about 2 1/2 - 6 hours of operation. Additional batteries can be easily be found on Amazon for extended wear.
A solid feature of these gloves is that the batteries power carbon fiber heating elements that run from the back of the hand up and around each finger and return to the back of the hand - similar to the VentureHeat, your finger and whole hand are gettin' the heat.
When it comes to material construction - both have twin fleece and cotton inner linings while the exterior palm and fingers are durable leather - the only draw back is that these gloves are not 100% waterproof. They are windproof, making them an excellent option for motor cycle riding, and are strongly water resistant, but are eventually going to get somewhat wet in a consistent downpour rain situation.
The real difference between these two is that one is a four-finger-and-thumb style glove with an elastic pully string around the cuff:
While the other is a mitten-with-fire-finger-and-thumb style with a velcro strap at the cuff.
The determining factor between these two will be your application. If you are buying these for motor cycle riding, biking, or a work environment like fishing and need more dexterity, the full finger version is probably your best bet.
If you are buying these for extreme cold where having three of your fingers together in the same pocket is going to help, or if you are doing traffic control or other related work where your hands are exposed to wind and cold with little movement, the forefinger and mitten version will probably serve you well.
Plus, these ones come with two color options, safety orange and fluorescent green.
Either way, these two Savior Heat battery powered options are sure to cover your winter work glove needs.
Bonus Review: Why overspend, when you can buy a battery powered liner?
If you're hoping to find a heated glove liner that is compatible with any kind of work glove you already own, I wanted to provide you with an option here.
Liners don't often include much. They usually won't have batteries or wiring harnesses, and you'll have to buy all that stuff separately. (They're usually built for motorcycle riders who have a 12v battery to plug into already.) Fortunately, with this set, you get everything you need to plug and go, including the battery!
Like many of the items already reviewed here, these heated glove liners have a battery pack that fits into a cuff, with a one-touch temperature control system. They're low-bulk, so you can slip them inside a larger pair of gloves and work away.
It's a spandex type material that is quite thin, so you should have issues unless your current gloves are quite snug.
Worried about wear and tear? These liners are a fantastic choice if your work is quite hard on your hands, and you're worried about tearing up your fancy new purchase and wasting money. Let that cheap pair of rawhides take the beating, save the heated liner to live another day!
They spread heat evenly across your fingers and thumb, and they're a nice addition to motorcycle, ATV or hunting gear.
So which is the right choice for you?
The best glove for you is the one that keeps your hands warm while making your work fairly easy to accomplish.
If you're in a profession that requires a lot of hard manual labour, I'd recommend you opt for a liner that has an included battery and heater, and use that inside of a pair of durable work gloves that you don't mind ruining.
If your work is less intense on your hands, or if you're hunting for something that's effective for play as well as work, I'd go for a full on integrated battery warmed glove set. Once you have them, you'll end up using them!
Do a mental checklist of the tasks required in your day-to-day work. Then look at the glove you like the most. If it meets most of the checkboxes, you've probably found a good match!
Thanks for reading!
Questions or clarifications? I'd love to hear them!
Mahrya on January 27, 2017:
My husband builds trusses so he works with wood and is outside all day and it gets very cold are they good with working with wood
Emil on March 25, 2016:
I would like to know, what gloves are heated but not too bulky for my wife to use for cold day driving. Soft, with good dexterity for first 15 minutes of cold car. She has an arthritis in her fingers.
Bob (author) from Canada on December 18, 2015:
No, I have heard of and seen Alphaheat Gloves, but I do not have any personal experience with them.
Justin on October 21, 2015:
Have you tried any AlphaHeat Gloves?
Bob (author) from Canada on January 22, 2015:
Sorry it wasn't clear in the text, I thought the brand name of "Venture" found in the product description in the link was enough.
Your point is duly noted for future use.
Brad on January 16, 2015:
So, are you going to bother to tell us the brand name of the heated liners that you're raving about, or did you want to keep that a secret?