Touchscreen gloves are an easy sell in winter: they let you use your phone outdoors without having to expose your poor fingers to the elements, all through the magic of a capacitative lining sewn into the wool/cotton/whatever else.
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 - of course, these still won't let you use a fingerprint to unlock your device, so you'll have to get used to either face unlock or going back to a PIN.
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 - so if you like punching your phone, you're covered.
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.
These latest 2019 versions are actually triple-layered as they feature improved insulation with an extra layer of Polar fleece. A new thumb construction optimizes them for larger screens.
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. These look functional rather than fashionable even setting aside the serial killer vibes of wearing skintight black gloves.
In our tests, we could use a phone freely while our hands were encased in the gloves, which felt both comfortable and warm.
Mujjo Knitted 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 knitted touchscreen gloves, which include a woollen 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.
Moshi Digits Touchscreen Gloves
Another pair we've tested are the Digits gloves from Moshi, which come in a bit cheaper than Mujjo's at £29.95/$29.95.
(At the time of writing, Amazon.com overprices them, so buy direct in the US.)
You get a choice of grey colours, but they're locked into specific sizes for some reason: so the light grey gloves (pictured) are in small and Medium, while there's a darker grey pair only available for Large.
If the tip of your middle finger measures 15-17cm to your wrist, you need small. Medium is 17-19cm, and Large is 19-20.5cm. If you're at the high-end of either, we'd recommend going for the slightly larger pair.
They're dual-layered (with a seriously soft microfleece lining) though we found the layers pulled apart a little when taking the gloves off, so you might find the need to straighten them out again each time.
These have a conductive layer on all ten fingertips, so you can use any finger at all for your phone tapping and swiping (but obviously not fingerprint unlocking), and there's a handy (ha) grippy pattern across the palm. This does leave the inside of the gloves with an almost sparkly finish though, so bear that in mind depending on your taste.
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.
North Face Denali Etip Gloves
Also from cold-weather specialist North Face, the Men's Denali Etip Gloves are fleece based with nylon Taslan over the knuckles and fingers for added durability, and a silicone gripper palm to provide a superior grip.
North Face rates them as suitable for "Cold" but not "Very Cold" conditions. They come in Small, Medium and Large sizes.
They work well with a touchscreen, and we were able to type reasonably fast while outside in the cold.
Honyar 360° Whole Palm Touchscreen Winter Knit Gloves
At the less-expensive end of the touchscreen glove market are these perfectly serviceable knitted touchscreen gloves.
While they are not for extremely cold weather, they are great for standard autumn and winter temperatures. They are available in either Black & Khaki, Black & White, or Rose colours.
They feature conductive threads not just on the five fingertips but the whole palm and other parts of these gloves, and boast a soft lining inside to keep your hands warm while driving or walking about.
There's an anti-slip silicone grip design on the palm, which actually looks quite stylish, and should stop your precious phone from slipping from your hands.
The elastic cuff is thickened, so should prevent cold air getting in.
Women's Leather Gloves Winter Touchscreen
These Acdyion women's winter gloves are made from leather, with a warm cashmere lining inside.
We found leather touchscreen gloves to be a little harder to type in, as the finger tips are harder than wool, but they do the job and are probably more fashionable than a big pair of woolies.
An elastic cuff design and the slit on the side should make pulling them off and on easier.
They are available in four colours: Brown, Black, Red and Grey.