Best Touchscreen Gloves of 2020
The GliderGloves Winter Style offers sleek, understated styling with top marks in conductivity, dexterity, and warmth. This knitted glove comes with a lining that helps maintain hand warmth without adding extra bulk while simultaneously managing to maintain its touch accuracy for typing. The rubberized texture runs across the entire palm of the glove and up the fingers to the last knuckle, increasing grip.
Take note that these gloves run a little tighter than all the other touchscreen gloves that we tested. If you are looking for a lighter and slightly more dexterous option, then the GliderGloves Urban Style could be a good option. This is a very similar glove but lacks the liner. We bought and tested both styles and recommend the winter version because of the added warmth.
Even before considering its low price, the performance of the Achiou Winter Knit Gloves is impressive. They are among the least expensive models that we tested. The rubberized texture extends through all of the fingers and covers the entire palm, which increases friction and functionality.
Unfortunately, they are not nearly as warm as their name suggests, and they lack wind-blocking properties. That said, if you don't need a full-blown winter glove, the Achiou winter knit gloves are a great option! We tested most touchscreen gloves in a size medium, but for these, we had to buy a size large to get a similar fit.
If knitted gloves aren't your thing, but you're still looking for a dexterous glove that interacts well with your phone, then look no further than the The North Face Etip. This model was close to being our favorite pick, but it wasn't quite warm enough. They ranked around mid-pack in our warmth test, so if you don't need the warmest glove, this could be the perfect choice.
These gloves use a lot of separate panels, which increases their comfort and fit, but it also distracted from the experience of using your phone for us. The seams on the thumbs ran across right where we liked to use on our phones. That surprisingly didn't affect the conductivity, but it was slightly annoying. We tested this pair in a size medium.
The Mujjo Knitted is an excellent choice for those looking for something relatively warm, stylish, and functional. We thought the knitted glove with a built-in liner looked great. The rubberized texture covers the entire palm and all fingers to provide a secure grip when you need it.
These gloves are quite a bit thicker than some of the other models we tested. Though this adds to their warmth, it slightly diminishes their dexterity, leading them to feel a bit clunky and imprecise compared to thinner gloves. At times the liner bunched up under the outer, and we had to take off the glove to smooth it out. We tested a size large.
The Black Diamond Heavyweight Screentap gloves are a great overall option for high exertion activities in cold weather. They performed well consistently in all of our tests. They are warm while still maintaining a reasonable amount of breathability.
The warmth of these gloves also comes with some associated thickness. That thickness can feel a bit bulky at times, especially in the seams at the tip of the fingers. This is a problem shared by The North Face ETip gloves, but it is amplified here by the thicker fleece. We tested a size large.
The Pvendor Winter Gloves are thicker and warmer than some of the other knitted gloves and are among the warmest that we tested. They are mid-pack for both conductivity and dexterity. They have a rubberized texture printed across all of the fingers and down the palms.
These are the thickest of the unlined knitted gloves we tested. When compared to the other gloves in our test fleet, they offer middle of the road dexterity. They were slightly less dexterous than other unlined knitted gloves, yet better handling than most thick gloves. Being unlined, they tend to wet out faster than the other warm gloves we tested. We tested a size large.
The ViGrace Winter Gloves have a simple, clean design and stylish appeal. They have a rubberized texture across its palm and all of its fingers. The increase in the rubberized surface area allows these gloves to shine in daily tasks and remain comfortable. These gloves are fairly warm, especially compared to some of the other knitted gloves.
On the downside, these gloves were less consistent at relaying our touch to the screen. The rejection rate is noticeably higher than the higher-performing gloves, especially in the thumbs. The thumbs rejected our input about 1 out of 5 times, which led to some frustration. Note that this model runs small — we tested these in size large to get a similar fit to many other medium-sized gloves.
The Elma Luxury Leather Gloves come in two constructions. Both share a leather outer, but have different liner options: one is cashmere, and the other is fleece. We tested the cashmere version of this glove. This model has a timeless leather aesthetic suited for urban environments. The leather and cashmere construction make these gloves warm and very comfortable to wear.
Unfortunately, the pair of Elma Luxury Leather Gloves we received were not the same size. The wrist cuff of one was wider than the other. We understand that mistakes happen and did not incorporate the sizing differences in the results of this review. The inherent downside of this model is that the thick and rigid materials give it an intrusive feel. We tested in size 9.
Nertpow Winter Warm Gloves use polar fleece, which creates a very comfortable next-to-skin feel. The glove features a reinforced palm patch to help keep them from wearing out too quickly. These gloves are inexpensive, especially for their warmth. Among the gloves we tested, these were in the top half while testing for warmth.
We found the fit of these gloves to be a bit odd. Some of the fingers felt perfect, while others felt baggy and long. We tried two different sizes of these and just couldn't quite find the fit we were seeking. Only the thumb and pointer finger of these gloves are conductive, which seems like it could be limiting, but in practice, they are the only fingers we use. We tested these in size 9.
Why You Should Trust Us
Our testing team of Chris McNamara and Jason Peters has tested over 1000 products in the last decade. We tested these gloves on our bike commutes to work in temperatures ranging from 6-60 degrees Fahrenheit. In our lab, we performed side by side tests with each glove to evaluate how fast and accurately they could perform the same screen tests. We then took them outside and performed similar screen tests in a variety of temperatures and activities — from hiking to using our phones while on the chairlift at the ski resort. Our performance tests capture how each glove performs in a wide variety of conditions and temperatures.
Analysis and Test Results
Each glove was put through the same tests to evaluate the metrics below.
In our conductivity testing, we evaluated how well the gloves' touchscreen capabilities worked. Aside from daily phone use, we tested scrolling social, checking emails, and playing games. We had each glove type, "The sample is simply how well do these type? How long does it take?" We also played Tic-Tac-Toe with all of them.
Our control took 17.03 seconds with two mistakes. A blistering time, right? In this testing, the GliderGloves Urban Style won with a time of 19.25 seconds with one mistake. The GliderGloves were far ahead of the next closest competitors. Behind that was a virtual tie between the Achiou Winter Knit Gloves, with a time of 24.53 seconds and two mistakes, and The North Face Etip Gloves with a time of 24.57 with two errors.
We consider conductivity the most critical metric because if a glove performed poorly here, there is not much reason to pay any extra for touchscreen capability.
We repeated several fine motor skills to test dexterity, including zipping up a jacket, buckling a helmet, and operating a camera's fiddly little buttons. Once again, we found the GliderGloves Urban Style at the top of the pile. Their thin, knitted design made them disappear into the background while wearing them.
A close second in dexterity was the Achiou Winter Knit Gloves. They are also a nice, thin pair of knitted gloves that allow you to continue with your day and nearly forget you're wearing gloves. Nipping just behind the Achiou in third place was The North Face Etip Glove.
To test warmth, we did a side by side comparison making and holding snowballs. This allowed us to investigate the insulation capabilities of each model.
We found the Elma Luxury Leather Gloves the warmest in this test, likely due to their thicker leather outer and warm inner lining. However, these didn't win the "best warm gloves" because their test scores in both conductivity and dexterity were low.
Second place in warmth testing goes to the Mujjo Knitted gloves, which were nearly as warm as the Elma gloves. They are the second warmest glove we tested while still maintaining good conductivity and reasonable dexterity. The Pvendor Winter Gloves is the third-place finisher. These were also the warmest of the non-lined knitted gloves.
We were surprised and delighted at how many of the less expensive gloves performed well. Given the narrow spread of prices, we found that the right pair of gloves is more about your needs for touch accuracy and finger warmth than the overall cost. We hope our in-depth review helps you find the perfect gloves for your needs.
— Chris McNamara and Jason Peters