Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of things to keep your hands warm before — including the best women’s gloves, according to experts, the best women’s gloves on Amazon, and the best men’s gloves on Amazon — here, we’ve rounded up the best hand warmers, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated hand warmer
“You will be impressed! And you will more than likely want two of them,” assures this very confident reviewer. “The technology is old school but rebranded with a cooler design by Zippo. Works well in freezing temps,” notes another, though they also advise that it “gives off a faint fuel smell but it will fade.” Another reviewer purchased four of these and gave one to a friend from Russia, explaining, “You would have thought I had given a pot of gold. My friend who lives in 8 months of winter with daily temperatures of 10 to 40 below freezing uses this hand warmer everyday.” One customer goes as far as to say that he likes “these far better than the disposable warmers,” explaining, “Wow, do these ever work good. These fill up with the inexpensive Zippo fluid and they will stay warm for 8-12 hours depending on temps.” As this reviewer concludes, “This is a Godsend.”
Best-rated (less expensive) hand warmers
“One word: bliss,” raves one reviewer of these long-lasting hand warmers, adding, “They seem to take about 30 minutes to fully heat up, but once they’re hot, they’re hot. They last a full 10 hours if not more.” And he’s not the only customer who thinks these hand warmers last a long time. Over 100 reviewers mention how long-lasting these disposable hand warmers are, including one customer who calls them, “Just amazing. You shake it, it warms up gradually, and within three minutes they reach their maximum temperature. Stays warm for a very long time … more than 10 hours (you gotta re-shake them when they get colder). By doing this, once they reached 12 hours with me.” Another customer recommends, “Keeping them in your pocket definitely helps them stay at their hottest. I placed them all over my body and in areas where they weren’t getting as much air, I just alternated them with the ones in my pocket.” A third suggests you “wear them on the backs of your hands, inside your gloves instead of next to your palms” because that way “they warm the fingers better through the veins/blood vessels on the backs of your hands, and aren’t in the way.” But these heavy-duty hand warmers can also be helpful for a night on the town: “I stuffed these babies all throughout my clothes when I was heading out for the night (highly recommend one in each bra cup, ladies) and they totally helped keep me comfortable.”
And now for some micro-picks for every type of hand warmer you might be looking for.
Best reusable hand warmers
“Cold people rejoice. These are awesome,” celebrates one reviewer who suffers from Reynaud’s, noting his hands get “very, very cold.” But he explains, “I use these when I go outside but also to warm up when I get home later on. I boil them every night, as part of my nighttime routine, so that I’m ready to go each morning.” A few do note that boiling them regularly is a pain, but, as one reviewer advises, “I boil them in the morning while getting ready for work and repeat the cycle. If you can get into a routine for reusing them, they are bliss.” Another customer notes, “Because these are reusable, these things do save you a lot of money. Also, they get much hotter than most hand warmers, and they’re really fun to use, and to show off to people. Seriously.” And according to one reviewer, these reusable hand warmers can last for years: “I had some of these for 5 years, and they are now starting to be more crystalline than liquid after boiled and cooled. That is a long time, though! I hope to get an even longer lifespan out of my new ones.”
Best large hand warmer
Because these hand warmers are meant for both your hands and your body, they’re larger than most other hand warmers on the market. One loves that size, noting that “larger sizes just pack a lot more heat” and “last much longer,” adding, “These are a lifesaver and a game changer. Completely odorless.” Many reviewers think these are perfect for extremely cold temperatures, like one customer who calls them “so sensible.” He adds that they’re “great for keeping extremities warm in the bitter cold.” But as another reviewer warns, “These packs do sometimes get extremely hot (when left in a closed pocket) so my tip would be to hold them in your hands out in the open air to cool them off. Or if you’re trying to find an escape from the climate, alternate pockets to keep the pockets warm.”
Best rechargeable hand warmer
“Wow does this thing really work,” writes one impressed reviewer. “I hope this lasts for years because it’s just what I wanted.” Another customer raves, “The warmth is great, the heat lasts for a long time and can be used whenever you like.” And lots of reviewers appreciate that this hand warmer is reusable. “Tried chemical hand warmers but found the electronic ones to be more convenient and reliable. Consider the expense to be well worth it,” advises one reviewer. Another liked “the idea of rechargeable and non fuel powered, and again, these had some of the best reviews,” adding, “My wife has used it many times so far since Christmas day and really likes it. It warms very quickly and while we haven’t used it for the total length of time it is supposed to last, it has never died early.” Plus, as this reviewer concludes, “This unit will keep your hands toasty warm without the lighter fluid smell of those ‘old time’ hand warmers.”
Best heated gloves
The biggest attraction of these heated gloves among reviewers is how evenly the heat is distributed throughout — and reviewers use them to keep their hands warm while engaging in all different sorts of outdoor activities. “These gloves are a game changer with excellent dexterity and grip, more even heat and rechargeable,” writes one reviewer. Another admits, “These gloves are expensive, but I will say they work very well and seem very well made,” adding, “I use them on my snowmobile and it’s nice to be able to turn them on/off easily without having to stop my sled.” One thinks that “everyone should get a pair,” explaining, “your fingertips do get heated up as well. I went snowboarding last weekend with these gloves and the batteries lasted all day and my hands never got cold.” As one reviewer concludes, “ I use them on my motorcycle and they keep my whole hands, including my fingers, warm as toast. They are also flexible enough to easily work all the hand controls, and have a great feel to them.”
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