Capacitive touchscreen gloves that let you use your smartphone while protecting your hands from the icy cold are sure to be big sellers this winter. But which touchscreen gloves are best for you?
No-one likes cold hands, but no one likes not being able to use their touchscreen device either. And most touchscreens need your actual warm finger skin to operate properly. Wrap those digits in a lovely glove and the digital devices won’t register your touch.
That usually means removing your glove, sticking it in a pocket or hanging it out of your mouth, while you tap away on your smartphone or tablet in the freezing cold with numb fingers. This means wet or lost gloves plus a good chance of frostbite.
Unless you wear fingerless gloves or cut out holes for your skin to show through, you need a special pair of touchscreen gloves that will work with capacitive touchscreens. Luckily there are a few around and we look at the best touchscreen gloves here.
Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves with 3M Thinsulate
Dutch design company Mujjo was one of the first makers of touchscreen gloves, and has a wide range from standard to double-layered and leather. They also look like something from a James Bond movie.
Many touchscreen gloves are restricted to a couple of fingers for their operation. The Mujjo gloves work on all parts of the hand: fingers, knuckles, palm or heel.
The latest generation has had a major redesign, with a slimmer, stretchier construction that makes for a much more comfortable fit. Internal fleece is topped with 3M Thinsulate for a glove that's warm despite being lightweight, with a grippy silicone pattern to help save your phone from unfortunate falls.
The only real downsides are the price - at £45/$50 these are Mujjo's most expensive gloves, though still cheaper than plenty others out there - and the fact that the finish feels a little cheap. These look functional rather than fashionable even setting aside the serial killer vibes of wearing skintight black gloves.
Mujjo Double-Layered Touchscreen Gloves
If you'd rather spend a little less, you might want to look at one of Mujjo's older designs that's still on sale, the double-layered touchscreen gloves, which include a woolen lining.
These are thicker than the later version, but the charcoal grey finish and leather-lined clasp mean they look a bit more attractive, and don't give off quite as strong an impression that you're on your way home from strangling someone in a dark alley.
Just as with the other Mujjo gloves, these are conductive all over, so you can use any part of your hands on your phone's screen, and they also feature a grippy finish - here in the form of small dots all over the palm and fingers.
North Face Revelstoke Etip Gloves
These gloves from North Face are a bit different, as they're designed specifically for winter sports like skiing or snowboarding - or just more serious winters than we tend to face here in the UK.
Waterproof, breathable, and insulated, these should keep you warm even in fairly intense cold, though won't compete with the absolute best skiing gloves.
Still they have the benefit of that Etip technology, which means you'll be able to check your phone without taking your gloves off on the slopes. Just note that it's only the tips of the thumb and forefinger that are covered, not the whole palm or any other fingers.
Muji Touch Panel Gloves
Here's a much cheaper option - if you're in the UK at least. These wool mix gloves from Japanese retailer Muji (not to be confused with Mujjo) cost just £12.95, but should keep your fingers phone-friendly while it's frigid.
Available in either black or grey, these are made out of a blend of wool and synthetics, and are touch-friendly on the tips of the thumbs and two fingers on each hand - conveniently marked by a different colour fabric to help you remember.
They're not going to be the warmest gloves in the world, but they're simple, attractive, and cheap, which should be plenty appealing to lots of people.