The Best Touchscreen Gloves of 2020
The GliderGloves Winter Style offers sleek, understated styling with top marks in conductivity, warmth, and dexterity. This knitted glove comes with a lining that helps maintain warmth without adding extra bulk while maintaining its touch accuracy for typing. The rubberized texture runs across the entire palm of the glove and up the fingers to the last knuckle which increases grip.
You will want to be mindful that these gloves run a little tighter than all the other touchscreen gloves that we tested. If you are looking for a lighter option with a bit more dexterity look towards the GliderGloves Urban Style, which is a very similar glove but without the liner. We bought and tested both styles and recommend the winter version because of the added warmth.
The performance of the Achiou Winter Knit Gloves is impressive whether or not you are considering the price. 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 thus, functionality.
Unfortunately, they are not nearly as warm as their name suggests and didn't cut the wind well. 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 are still looking for a glove that interacts well with your phone and has good dexterity, 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 were about mid-pack in our warmth test, so if you don't need the warmest glove, this could be the perfect pick.
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 a size medium.
The Mujjo Knitted has you covered if you are looking for something that is stylish, functional, and on the warmer side. We thought the knitted glove with a built-in liner looked great. The rubberized texture covers the entire palm and all fingers making its grip secure when it needs to be.
These gloves are quite a bit thicker than some of the others tested. This adds to their warmth but slightly diminishes their dexterity and makes them feel a bit clunky and imprecise when compared to thinner gloves. At times the liner can bunch under the outer, which means you have 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 reasonable 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. The dexterity suffers slightly when compared to the other unlined knitted gloves, but shines in comparison to most of the other thick gloves. Being unlined, they tend to wet out faster than the other warm loves we tested. We tested a size large.
The ViGrace Winter Gloves has a simple, clean design and aesthetic. They have a rubberized texture across its palm and all of its fingers. That mixed dexterity makes these gloves easy to wear and use for daily tasks. These gloves are fairly warm, especially compared to some of the other knitted gloves.
On the downside, 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 definitely led to some frustration. We tested these in a size large to get a similar fit to many other size medium gloves.
The Elma Luxury Leather Gloves come in two constructions. Both share a leather outer while the liners differ, one is cashmere and the other's fleece. We tested the gloves with cashmere version. They have a classic looking leather glove. They are warm due to their leather and cashmere construction. That cashmere makes them very comfortable to wear.
Unfortunately in the pair of Elma Luxury Leather Gloves one's wrist was wider than the other's. We understand that Mistakes happen and did not incorporate the sizing differences in the results of this review. In the gloves, we tested the gloves had excess material in the palms, which is fairly common across the gloves we tested. But due to its thicker, more rigid materials, it feels more intrusive then it does on other gloves. Tested in size 9.
The polar fleece Nertpow Winter Warm Gloves are made of is very comfortable while wearing it. The glove has 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 get the fit we were looking for. Only the thumb and pointer finger of these gloves are conductive, which could be limiting, but in practice, they are the only fingers we use. We tested these in a 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 touch screen 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 and there were 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 mistakes.
We consider conductivity as the most important metric because if glove performed poorly here, there is not much reason to pay any extra for touchscreen capability.
For dexterity, we repeated several fine motor skills ranging from zipping up a jacket, buckling a helmet to 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. Third place was The North Face Etip Glove, which was nipping at the heels of the Achiou.
for warmth testing, our testers did a side by side comparison making and holding snowballs. We found the Elma Luxury Leather Gloves the warmest in this test due to their thicker leather and warm lining. The reason these didn't win best warm gloves is that its test scores in both conductivity and dexterity low.
Second, in our Warmth testing was the Mujjo Knitted gloves, which were nearly as warm as the Elma gloves we tested. These won our best buy for warmth award. They are the second warmest glove we tested while still being fairly dexterous and having good conductivity. Third, in our warmth tests were the Pvendor Winter Gloves; these were 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 overall cost.
— Chris McNamara and Jason Peters