After researching over 50 top touchscreen gloves, we bought the best 9 you can get in 2020 for side-by-side tests. Our team of expert testers evaluated each glove to find which ones had the best screen sensitivity while still keeping your hands warm. Our results surprised us as many of the least expensive options performed well. Read on to find the best pair of gloves for your needs.
The Best Touchscreen Gloves of 2020
The GliderGloves Winter Style offers sleek, understated styling with top marks in conductivity, warmth and dexterity. They are a knitted glove with a lining that helps maintain their warmth while remaining accurate for typing and surprisingly not bulky. The rubberized texture runs across the entire palm of the glove and up the fingers to the last knuckle, increasing grip.
The Winter Style gloves run a little tighter than all the other touchscreen gloves we tested, with the size large being a little snug. If you are looking for a lighter option with a bit more dexterity took 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 we tested. The rubberized texture extends through all of the fingers and covers the entire palm, increasing their friction.
Don't be fooled by their name; they were amongst lease warm touchscreen gloves we tested and didn't cut block 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 still interacts well with your phone and has good dexterity, then look no further. The The North Face Etip was close to being our favorite pick, it just wasn't quite warm enough. They were about mid-pack in the 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 increased their comfort and fit, but it did distract 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.
Are you looking for something that's still stylish and functional but warmer? The Mujjo Knitted is the glove for you. 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 you need it to be.
These gloves are quite a bit thicker then some of the others tested. This adds to their warmth but takes away slightly from their dexterity and makes them feel a bit clunky and imprecise when compared to the thinner gloves. At times the liner can bunch under the outer, requiring me to take off the glove to smooth 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 our testing. They are warm while still being reasonably breathable.
The warmth of these gloves also comes with 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 gloves we tested. They were mid-pack during our testing in both conductivity and dexterity. They have a rubberized texture printed across all 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 have a simple, clean design and aesthetic. They have a rubberized texture across its palm and all its fingers. That mixed good 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.
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 leads to frustration while using. 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.
The fit of these gloves was odd. The fit of 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 seems like it might be limiting, but we find we only use our thumbs and pointer fingers with our phone normally. Tested 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 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. To find the best pair for your needs, it's more about your accuracy and warmth needs and less about the budget.
— Chris McNamara and Jason Peters