Review: Which Touch-friendly Gloves Are the Best?
On a cold day, removing your gloves to use a smartphone can be a drag. Now, you can buy gloves made with material that lets you tap and swipe, while staying warm. We tested three pairs on an Android phone to see how they stack up.
3 stars (of 3)
The most touch-friendly offering in our test group, these unisex knit gloves are made with acrylic and spandex, with conductive silver thread woven throughout. Stylewise, the stretchy gloves are better suited for a weekend outing than a business meeting. But dialing phone numbers and scrolling through photos, Google Maps, and stories on the New York Times's app were a breeze. Even better, the lack of bulky seams on the fingertips made it easy to type text messages and e-mails. Available in black with silver flecks. COST: $23.99
Grandoe Sensor Touch
2 stars (of 3)
Touch-friendly nanotechnology is tanned right into these sheepskin gloves. As with the Agloves, each finger is touch friendly. During our test, we easily dialed phone numbers, read e-mails, scrolled through New York Times stories, and zoomed in and out on Google Maps locations. But the stiff seams on the fingertips of the gloves made typing e-mails and text messages tricky. Available in black, in both men's and women's sizes. COST: $75 to $125
Kombi 4-Way Stretch gloves with Grip
1 star (of 3)
A sporty option, these polyester gloves have a fleece lining and cuff, a sticky palm grip, and conductive fabric on the tips of the index finger and thumb. The conductive fingertips worked well when making phone calls and scrolling through e-mails, maps, and news stories. As with the Grandoe gloves, however, the seams made typing difficult. Also, we disliked being limited to just two fingers on each hand. Available in a variety of colors, in men's, women's, and unisex sizes. COST: $34