The Best Hand Warmers of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

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Hand warmers

TripSavvy / Kevin Liang

TripSavvy's Picks

The Go Warmer Cordless Rechargeable Hand Heater is our favorite overall hand warmer for value, heat, and the ability to double as a flashlight and power bank. Survival Frog's QuickHeat Pro is a close second and our runner-up best overall hand warmer.

On a cold day, there’s not much worse than stiff, numb fingers—whether you’re out on the slopes or hiking through the backcountry, shoveling snow in the city, or simply working from home in a chilly apartment. Hand warmers are the ideal solution, with rechargeable, battery-operated ones leading the field in terms of effectiveness, heating time, and sustainability. They’re reusable and usually offer multiple settings for heat that you can customize to your specific requirements. Most also double as a power bank for charging your electronic devices.

To determine the best rechargeable hand warmers out there, we tested 14 in the TripSavvy lab. Each was rated for ease of use, effectiveness, battery life, design, and durability, resulting in an overall score that determined the winners of categories ranging from “best budget” to “best for winter sports.” Our overall winner was the Go Warmer Cordless Rechargeable Hand Heater, which stood out for its quick heating time, consistent warmth, and flashlight feature. Read on to discover the other hand warmers we tested.

Best Overall

Go Warmer Cordless Rechargeable Hand Heater with Flashlight

5
Go Warmer Cordless Rechargeable Hand Heater

Bed, Bath & Beyond

What We Like
  • Three consistent heat settings

  • Doubles as a flashlight or power bank

  • It comes in a pack of two

What We Don't Like
  • The power bank feature may drain battery life

Made from aluminum and plastic, the dual-sided Go Warmer hand heaters come in a pack of two and fit comfortably in your palm. We liked that they’re also slim enough to fit easily in a coat pocket and couldn’t be simpler to use. There’s a lever on one side that operates a flashlight (handy for lighting the way on evening walks or locating your keys once you get home) and a button on the other that can be clicked or held in to turn the heater on or off or change the temperature.

We were shocked by how quickly they heated up, taking seconds to reach full power. There are three settings to choose from, ranging from warm (best suited to a child or someone with sensitive skin) to hot (ideal if you have gloves acting as a barrier). Whichever setting we chose, the heat remained the same for the time the heaters were in use. They have a reported battery life of up to eight hours, although we suspect using the power bank feature to charge your mobile device might shorten this considerably.

Nevertheless, we found this to be a great quality product, working consistently well each time and recharging efficiently. We also liked that the heaters use a standard USB charge cable.

Price at time of publication: $30

Dimensions: 4 x 2.25 x 1 inches | Heat Source: Lithium-ion battery | Heat Duration: Up to 8 hours | Heat Settings: 3

Best Overall, Runner-Up

Survival Frog QuickHeat PRO Rechargeable Hand Warmer with Portable Power Bank

5
Survival Frog QuickHeat Pro Rechargeable Hand Warmers

Survival Frog

What We Like
  • Impressive battery life

  • Solid, ergonomic design

  • It comes with a carry case and lanyard

What We Don't Like
  • The included USB charge cable is very short

The QuickHeat PRO from Survival Frog is the brand’s latest model hand warmer, with double the battery life of its predecessor, faster charging, a greater heat output, and a sleek new shape. It features aluminum with a 9000 mAh lithium-ion battery, which provides between six and 14 hours of charge depending on the settings and features used. We found it intuitive, with no instructions needed to figure out how to click or hold the single button to turn the hand warmer on or switch between different temperature settings.

The warmer heats up quickly in under 10 seconds and maintains your chosen heat level well. There are three settings to choose from, ranging from 95 to 130 degrees F. The highest setting is hot—so much so that the brand does not recommend direct skin contact. We liked that the warmer can double as a power bank for recharging devices on the move and its solid, ergonomic shape. The only drawback was how long it took to charge (roughly seven hours), although we were impressed with how long each charge lasted.

Price at time of publication: $50

Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.4 x 1.3 inches | Heat Source: Lithium-ion battery | Heat Duration: 6 to 14 hours | Heat Settings: 3

Survival Frog Hand Warmer

TripSavvy / Elise Wang

Best Budget

Busypiggy Portable 2-in-1 Power Bank & Rechargeable Hand Warmer

4.2
BusyPiggy 10000mAh Power Bank & Rechargeable Hand Warmer 2 in 1

Amazon

What We Like
  • Simple one-button operation

  • Digital temperature display

  • Sturdy construction

What We Don't Like
  • It takes a long time to recharge

Retailing for less than half the price of the Survival Frog hand warmer, this compact option from BUSYPIGGY is an excellent choice for those on a budget. It fits easily into a coat pocket, although we felt it was somewhat bulky and, therefore, better suited to leisure activities than jogging around the park. It features a 10,000 mAh rechargeable battery (USB cable included) and provides up to 12 hours of heat. We liked the simplicity of the warmer’s single button, which you continue clicking until you reach your desired setting.

There are three to choose from, ranging from 100 to 131 degrees F. We appreciated having a cooler setting on milder days and found that the warmer adjusted reliably and quickly between settings (although it did take longer than expected to reach full power). The warmer has a digital temperature display, can be used as a power bank, and has built-in safety features, including protection from overheating and short-circuiting. We found it resilient, suffering zero visible damage even after being dropped a few times.

Price at time of publication: $19

Dimensions: 4.33 x 3.15 x 1.38 inches | Heat Source: Lithium-ion battery | Heat Duration: Up to 12 hours | Heat Settings: 3

Best Electric

OCOOPA 10000 mAh Electric Hand Warmer

4.9
OCOOPA 10000 mAh Electric Hand Warmer

Ocoopa

What We Like
  • Quick to recharge

  • Three different cable ports

  • Heats up on both sides

What We Don't Like
  • Battery life is shorter than advertised

The updated Ocoopa Electric Hand Warmer takes between three and four hours to charge —much quicker than most of its competitors. The manufacturers claim that the 10,000 mAh battery provides up to 15 hours of heat; however, we found the battery life to be significantly shorter (circa four hours when kept on the medium heat setting). Nevertheless, battery life does not appear to decline over time, and the warmer has lights that flash to warn when it is running low, so you’re not caught in the cold.

We found the instructions straightforward and had no problems using the single button to cycle through the warmer’s three heat settings, which range from 95 to 131 degrees F, with the device heating up on both sides to warm two hands at once. We were impressed with how quickly it heated up and loved the comfortable feel of its smooth surface and curved edges. Silicone corners protect the hand warmer if you accidentally drop it. Finally, it doubles as a power bank with USB, micro USB, and USB-C cable ports.

Price at time of publication: $37

Dimensions: 4.6 x 2.4 x 1.1 inches | Heat Source: Lithium-ion battery | Heat Duration: Up to 15 hours | Heat Settings: 3

Ocoopa Hand Warmer

TripSavvy / Anna Knief

Best for Winter Sports

FVSA Rechargeable Hand Warmers with Massager

4.8
FVSA Rechargeable Hand Warmers

Amazon

What We Like
  • ABS accents for protection

  • Three extra-warm settings

  • Fits comfortably in palm or pockets

What We Don't Like
  • Confusing instructions

If you’re headed to the slopes or into the winter backcountry, the FVSA Rechargeable Hand Warmer is a great companion to take with you. It’s perfectly sized for keeping in your pocket and comes with a handy travel pouch and lanyard, while its 10,000 mAh battery provides double-sided heat at three different temperatures. The highest is the hottest of any hand warmer on this list at 140 degrees F, and while you shouldn’t use it in direct contact with the skin, it is very effective at thawing hands numbed after hours in the elements.

We found the instructions could have been better; however, we worked out how to use the single button to switch the warmer on, change heat settings, turn on the flashlight, and reveal the remaining battery life without difficulty. The warmer also has a digital display and indicator light. It claims up to eight hours of battery life, and we were impressed with this aspect during our tests. We used it for three hours on the highest setting during the first and only used one of four battery bars. It also recharges in just three hours, eliminating long waits between sessions.

Price at time of publication: $16

Dimensions: 5.5 x 2.7 x 0.4 inches | Heat Source: Lithium-ion battery | Heat Duration: Up to 8 hours | Heat Settings: 3

FVSA Hand Warmer

TripSavvy / Alicia Dolieslager

Best Splurge

Ororo Bay City Heated Hand Warmer

4.6
Ororo Bay City Heated Hand Warmer

Amazon

What We Like
  • Cozy fleece lining

  • Two zippered pockets for essentials

  • Up to 14 hours of heating time

What We Don't Like
  • Relatively heavy

Instead of a heated block or pad, the Ororo Bay City Heated Handwarmer is a padded polyester sleeve, or muff, with open ends for sliding your hands into. It’s great for any occasion that exposes you to the cold but doesn’t require active use of your hands—when supporting your favorite team in the stands, for example, or waiting for a fish to bite out on the ice. It has a wind- and water-resistant shell and three carbon fiber heating elements that distribute heat evenly around the front and back of your hands.

We loved the coziness of the warmer’s ribbed, draft-proof sleeves and ultra-soft fleece lining. We also liked that the three heat settings (ranging from 100 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit) are indicated by different colors on the power button. The sleeve heated up in seconds and remained consistently efficient throughout the testing. It’s powered by a rechargeable Mini 5K battery, which is still relatively heavy despite being smaller than its predecessor. To keep the sleeve in place, adjust the buckled webbing waistband.

Price at time of publication: $160

Dimensions: Not published | Heat Source: Lithium-ion battery | Heat Duration: Up to 14 hours | Heat Settings: 3

Ororo Hand Warmers

TripSavvy / Phoebe Slansky

Other Hand Warmers We Tested

SkyGenius Rechargeable Hand Warmer: Overall, we found this a reasonably durable budget option with good long-term heating performance. However, it took significantly longer than advertised to recharge fully.

Celestron Elements FireCel+: This is a durable, easy-to-operate hand warmer with the option of simultaneously using it as a power bank. The downside was that it had just one heat setting, which we found too warm.

Snow Deer Electric Heated Gloves: These were well-designed gloves ideal for skiing, snowboarding, or shoveling snow. They fit perfectly and performed great—our only regret was that the battery lasted just two hours.

Weston Heated Gloves: These are well-priced, durable ski gloves that heat up evenly in seconds. However, the power button was awkwardly placed, and recharging took quite a long time.

Karecel Hand Warmers Rechargeable: The battery life of this hand warmer was good. Unfortunately, we found that even on the lowest setting, the heat fluctuated considerably and became uncomfortably hot.

Zippo Heatbank 9S Plus Hand Warmer: We really liked the noticeable, consistent warmth given off by this hand warmer. It was let down by the fact we couldn’t get it to hold a charge for more than 30 minutes reliably.

orastone Rechargeable Hand Warmer Electronic Portable Hand Warmer: This warmer scored points for its attractive, conveniently sized design. However, it became noticeably less efficient with time, taking longer to charge and staying warm for shorter periods.

CREATRILL Electric Heated Gloves: These are bulky, heavy-duty winter gloves with pockets for batteries that provide no fewer than six heat settings. Only the highest felt at all effective, though, and only indoors.

How We Tested

Our first step was to unbox the hand warmer, noting the usefulness of the instructions, whether the product came fully charged, what accessories were included with it, and the advertised battery life. Those that weren’t already charged were charged, with the time taken to reach full battery documented. Next, we turned the hand warmers on in a cold environment (either outside or inside, with the air-conditioning turned up if natural temperatures weren’t cold enough). We recorded the temperature for each three-hour trial session and set a timer to see how long the battery lasted.

During the test period, we recorded how effective the hand warmers were, how long they took to get warm, how comfortable they were to hold or wear, and how well different temperature settings worked (if applicable). By using the hand warmers for at least five three-hour periods for two weeks, we also established whether the advertised battery life was accurate and whether the warmers remained efficient over time. Based on these tests, we scored each on a scale of 1 to 5 for ease of use, effectiveness, battery life, design, and durability. These scores informed our category winners.

What to Look for in a Hand Warmer 

Heat Source

Reusable hand warmers, like the ones on this list, generally use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries as their heat source. The capacity of this battery (measured in milliampere hours, or mAh) dictates how long the hand warmer will remain hot before needing to be recharged. Disposable hand warmers use several different heat sources. Some are filled with a supersaturated sodium acetate solution dissolved in water, with a metal disk that triggers an exothermic reaction when bent or snapped. These can be reset by boiling them to liquify the crystals that form during the heating process. Others are filled with iron filings that give off heat by oxidizing when exposed to air—these are only good for single use.

Duration of Heat 

How long a hand warmer gives off heat depends on various factors. For disposable hand warmers, anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours is the norm, while rechargeable hand warmers typically last a lot longer (up to 15 hours). The battery's capacity dictates the precise time (the higher the mAh, the more heating time you'll get), the settings you use it on (a low heat setting will last longer than a high heat setting), and the external temperature. On very cold days, you may notice your hand warmer stays hot for less time than in milder weather. Although not always accurate, product specifications should indicate how many heating hours you can expect from each setting.

Heat Settings

One of the significant benefits of rechargeable hand warmers is that they usually offer more than one heat setting. Three settings is the norm, ranging from lukewarm heat for extended use in direct contact with the skin to hot (often, the highest setting is so warm that direct skin contact isn’t possible or advisable). On average, the temperature range offered by these settings goes from around 90 to 100 degrees F up to 130 degrees or slightly hotter. Usually, switching from one to another is a case of pressing a single button to cycle through the heat settings until you reach the one you want. For this reason, a hand warmer with a temperature display or different colored lights for each setting is helpful.

Rechargeable vs. Non-Rechargeable

As previously mentioned, non-rechargeable hand warmers use a chemical reaction to generate heat. They typically take up to half an hour to reach optimum heat and stay warm for a few hours maximum. Some can be boiled and used again, while others are single-use only. Pros are that they’re cheap and compact enough to slip easily into your gloves or pockets. Cons are the environmental impact of single-use products and the fact that they don’t get as hot or stay hot for as long as battery-operated hand warmers. Rechargeable hand warmers are more expensive and bulky. But they can last for years and offer customizable heat that sometimes lasts up to 15 hours. Many also double as a power bank and/or flashlight.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of hand warmers?

    All hand warmers, whether disposable or rechargeable, offer the same key benefit: keeping your hands warm when cold weather sets in. This can be advantageous for anyone spending prolonged periods outside, but also for sufferers of conditions such as Raynaud’s Syndrome or arthritis. The pros of rechargeable hand warmers range from the reduced waste and long-term cost of a one-time purchase to stronger, more consistent heat. Rechargeable hand warmers usually also allow you to choose from several different temperature settings. The obvious drawback? Having to wait to recharge them in between uses.

  • How long do rechargeable hand warmers last?

    The rechargeable hand warmers on this list claim to generate heat for a maximum of between six and 15 hours, depending on the brand, the strength of the battery, and which setting you use it on. Some fulfilled that promise, while others had a shorter heating time than advertised. Obviously, the higher the heat setting, the shorter the battery life; similarly, using the power bank function will drain the battery faster. Other factors can also affect the heating time, including exterior temperatures—on particularly cold days, you’ll get less time from your hand warmer than on milder ones.

Why Trust TripSavvy

Jessica Macdonald is the Africa Travel expert for TripSavvy and a regular contributor of product roundups related to adventure travel and outdoor sports. She moved from South Africa to the Scottish Highlands in 2021 and has been rapidly gaining experience with winter equipment, including hand warmers, ever since! She particularly uses them while birding and hillwalking.

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