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10 Best Winter Gloves for Kids: Kids’ Gloves for Warm Hands

‘Tis the season for snowballs, sleds, snowmen, and all-around cold weather. That also means it’s time to make sure your kids are prepared to take on the snow.  A crucial part of your child’s winter wear is their gloves.

We’ve put winter gloves to the test with our kids and compiled a list of the 10 best kids’ gloves to keep those little fingers warm this winter.

We’ve included gloves that work great for wetter climates (which means more snowball fights!) while others work better for cold dry winter climates and sports like skiing and snowboarding.

But before we get to the list, here are a few things you should know before choosing the right pair of gloves for your child.

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Types of Winter Gloves

Wool, knit, leather, ski, oh my! There are so many types of gloves out there, which one do you choose? Let’s take a look at a few of the more popular choices.

Ski Gloves for Kids

These are (obviously) the type of gloves you want to get your child if you plan to do some skiing, or snowboarding, this winter. They’re more insulated with grippy material, such as polyurethane (PU) or leather, on the palm and sometimes on the fingers. 

These are also good for especially cold weather. Since they are intended for use in the snow, they are usually waterproof and include a lining (sometimes removable) that wicks moisture.

Synthetic Material Gloves

Like ski gloves, these are made of manmade material and can have a layer of insulation. Synthetic gloves can be thick enough to use for skiing, but usually are a little less bulky. These are a great choice for playing in the snow as most are waterproof or at least water resistant.

Knit or Wool Gloves for Kids

These are a good choice for kids who don’t intend on playing in the snow or won’t be out in super cold weather. However, they are usually very affordable and depending on the thickness, can even be a base layer under warmer gloves or mittens.

Leather Gloves for Kids

While leather is a good choice for adults in moderately cold weather, leather isn’t always a good choice for kids. Leather requires special care when cleaning and won’t keep kids’ hands warm enough on really cold days or when playing in the snow.

Winter Gloves Insulation: Down Vs. Synthetic

Down Fill Gloves

Down is a great insulator found in everything from gloves to jackets to bedding and more.  It’s breathable, light insulation that can last a long time. Down insulation won’t compress and lose its fluff over time, but there are a couple of downsides.

The first downside is it’s expensive. However, considering how long it lasts, the price can be justified. The other downside is that it doesn’t work well when it gets wet.

For the second reason, we suggest using down in cold and dry winter environments or when you and your kids go skiing or snowboarding. It’ll keep your hands nice and warm in the cold, dry wind.

Synthetic Fill Gloves

Synthetic insulation is much cheaper than down, but might not last quite as long in terms of the “fluff” factor. Over time, synthetic will compress and won’t fluff back up as down does.

However, synthetic insulation works great in wet winter environments, such as playing in the snow, because it dries faster than down and still provides insulation when wet.

Synthetic is a much more popular choice in general and for everyday winter wear, a great choice for kids. On our list, for the reasons above, we chose gloves that feature synthetic insulation instead of down.

Gloves, Mittens, or Something in Between?

  • Gloves.  The biggest reason why gloves are the go-to choice for adults and kids, especially older kids, is it allows kids to move their fingers since it covers each individual finger.

Gloves are perfect for kids who will be doing a lot of running around and physical activity in the cold. Why? Hands are usually colder in gloves than in mittens. Keep reading to find out why.

  • Mittens.  For younger kids or for anyone who needs something extra warm, mittens are the best choice. When fingers are together the amount of heat is greater than if they were individually “wrapped” like in a glove.

The obvious downside to mittens is the loss of finger mobility. Most kids won’t have any trouble making a good snowball with mittens. Mittens may also not be a great option for kids who are planning to ski or snowboard this winter.

  • Lobster Claw.  If a glove and a mitten had a baby, this would be it. While not as common, a lobster claw glove provides more warmth than a glove and a little more freedom to move fingers than a mitten.

A lobster claw design is where the index and middle fingers are together in one part and the pinky and ring fingers are together in another, with the thumb being covered separately.

This option is more available for adults than children. Children may not like the “weird” feeling of having fingers separated in this manner. We like this design because it helps the fingers stay a little warmer together.

  • Convertible. Best of both worlds? Why not! A glove with a mitten cover is another option. The glove part is usually thinner, and not insulated. The mitten cover, will fold over the fingers and be more insulated, making it a versatile option for different types of cold weather.

However, convertible, also called 3-in-1, gloves may feel a little bulky on younger children’s hands and is best for older kids and adults.

Waterproof or Not Waterproof?

The first reaction may be a big ole yes to waterproof gloves! But there are two problems kids may encounter when wearing waterproof gloves: excessive sweating and overheating.

When your hand sweats in waterproof gloves, where does the sweat go? Choose a pair of waterproof gloves that have a moisture-wicking interior to absorb sweat from your child’s fingers.

Even if it wicks sweat, waterproof gloves can get hot. Some gloves will come with a vent or a removable liner to allow for more or less airflow or insulation.

Another thing to consider is just because waterproof gloves are waterproof, doesn’t mean snow and water can’t get in. Look for waterproof gloves with a longer cuff or an adjustable drawstring or strap to make sure the gloves are adjusted so that snow doesn’t get in.

What to Do if Your Child Hates Wearing Gloves (or Winter Clothes in General)

Sometimes putting on winter wear, such as gloves, can be a battle. There may be tears (from both you and them) but there’s no doubt that children have to wear the right clothes for winter weather. But what do you do to make it easier?

Here are a few tips to help you make it through this winter:

  • Practice. Don’t wait until you need to walk out the door to have your child put on clothes. Have them practice wearing winter clothes. Start by having them try on their gloves or hat or coat.
  • Let them choose. Let them choose their accessories and coat if at all possible. They will be more likely to wear them when the time comes.
  • For toddlers, try long mittens. Getting mittens that have a cuff that comes up to their elbows will help prevent them from taking them off (or losing them).

If you can’t find long mittens, cut a knee-high sock. Cut a tip for the fingers and a hole for the thumb. Then place the sock over a pair of mittens to make it harder to take the mitten off.

  • Make it fun! Put on some music or sing a silly song while they get dressed in their winter wear.

If they still refuse to put on their gloves, go ahead and let them go outside.  Be sure to bring the gloves (or other winter wear they refuse to wear) with you. They will figure out quickly how cold it is and why they need to wear the appropriate attire.

Top 10 Best Winter Gloves for Kids

Whether your kids are skiing or building snow forts or just need something for a walk to school in the cold, there is a glove on this list for them.  

We’ve included both affordable, effective gloves as well as gloves that have the best features possible (with a higher price tag as well). Before choosing a glove, be sure to keep in mind the activities your child intends on doing this winter.

Keep reading to find which winter gloves made the cut!


1. The North Face Denali Youth Thermal Etip Gloves

The 300-weight high loft fleece insulation in this pair of gloves will keep your kid’s fingers super warm while the UR Powered Fleece touchscreen capability in all five fingers will allow them to use their electronics without removing their gloves.

On the knuckles and fingers, there is Nylon Taslan for added durability since these spots are prone to wearing out first. The North Face designed this glove with Radiametric Articulation, meaning it allows little hands to move naturally.

The fleece is extremely soft, comfortable, and warm and the PU tab located on the palm side near the wrist makes it easy for the gloves to be pulled on and off. The silicone gripper on the palm allows kids to grip shovels, monkey bars, and more.

Although these gloves aren’t waterproof, they will keep your kid’s hands toasty this winter. We like these for waiting at the bus stop and other general activities out in the cold weather.

What We Like:

  • Made of a super warm soft fleece
  • UR Powered touchscreen material allows kids to use their electronics without removing their gloves
  • Design of the glove allows hands to move naturally
  • Silicone gripper on the palm helps kids grip
  • Machine washable
  • The buckle on the sides allows gloves to be linked together so you don’t lose them when not in use

What We Don’t Like:

  • Runs a little small
  • Not waterproof

2. Columbia Toddler Chippewa Long Mittens

Columbia Unisex-baby Chippewa Long Mitten, Black/Graphite,...
  • OMNI-SHIELD: Go ahead, try and get...
  • SNOW PROOF: The Chippewa Long Mittens...
  • SUPERIOR COMFORT: Created to be super...
  • INCREDIBLE WARMTH: While mittens...
  • HANDY FEATURES: Ideal for youth sized...

Wind, rain, and snow are no match for these long mittens.  The Omni-Shield Advanced Repellency not only blocks water but makes these gloves windproof too.

These mittens are lined with fleece for both warmth and comfort. The long cuffs also prevent water from getting into the mittens while the elastic on the wrist keeps them secure on your toddler’s hands.

We like that these are long enough to be put on over or under the kids’ coat sleeves as needed.

These gloves can be clipped together when not in use and are also machine washable for easy cleaning.

What We Like:

  • Comfortable Chamois touch tricot fleece lining
  • Long cuffs prevent snow/water from getting inside the glove or the glove from falling off
  • The Omni-Shield exterior makes these gloves waterproof
  • Very affordable price

What We Don’t Like:

  • Runs a little big

3. Burton Youth Vent Gloves

Burton Kids Vent Glove, True Black Scribble, Medium
  • DRYRIDE two-layer fabric features an...
  • Touchscreen-compatible for total device...
  • Brushed microfiber fixed lining with...
  • Heater/vent pocket can hold a disposable...
  • Unisex sizing; Removable wrist leash

These waterproof gloves can withstand any winter adventure! The thin DRYRIDE waterproof membrane keeps kids’ hands dry from the outside elements while the brushed microfiber lining wicks away moisture from the inside.

The Thermacore insulation keeps kids’ hands warm without being too bulky. The vent on the glove can be opened and closed so kids can control the temperature. It can also hold a hand warmer for those extra cold days.

We’re big fans of disposable charcoal hand warmers that we get at Costco, so we love these gloves.

The palm of the glove features Burton’s Screen Grab Toughgrip, making the entire palm touchscreen capable while also providing a good grip.

These gloves are available for toddlers starting at size 2T all the way up to adults.

What We Like:

  • Microfiber lining is comfortable and wicks moisture
  • Waterproof thanks to DRYRIDE membrane
  • The vent can be opened to regulate the temperature
  • Thermacore insulation provides warmth without being too bulky
  • Sizes for toddlers and kids
  • Screengrab tough grip on the palm provides grip and touchscreen capabilities

What We Don’t Like:

  • Runs small
  • A little expensive

4. N’Ice Caps Kids Scroll Print Waterproof Gloves

N'Ice Caps Kids Scroll Print Waterproof Thinsulate Insulated...
  • WATERPROOF, WARM AND SNOWPROOF: The...
  • BRING ON THE SNOW! Your boys and girls...
  • EASY TO PUT ON AND ADJUST: The gloves...
  • PRODUCT DIMENSIONS: Length (L) is...
  • WE ARE FROM MINNESOTA. IT'S COLD UP...

Kids will love the different designs and colors of these waterproof gloves, and you’ll love that their hands will stay warm and dry. And to top it off, the price is super affordable.

The Thinsulate lining does a great job keeping kids’ hands warm. The exterior has a waterproof lining and there is an adjustable cord on the wrist to tighten the glove (making sure no snow or water gets in).

A knit cuff on the inside keeps snow from getting in and won’t irritate kids’ skin.

The curve palm and finger design and PU gripper material on the palm and fingers make these a great choice for skiing and snowboarding. These gloves are available for kids 3 years to 15 years old.

What We Like:

  • Perfect for skiing
  • Sizes for toddlers up to teens
  • An adjustable cord at the wrist prevents snow from getting in
  • Thinsulate lining keeps hands warm
  • Waterproof exterior
  • Very affordable

What We Don’t Like:

  • On the bulky side

5. Outdoor Research Adrenaline Mitts

Easy on, easy off, the Adrenaline Mitts are great for kids quite literally on the run. These gloves are waterproof and wind resistant and will hold up to all-day snow play.

The ladder wristlock cinch and elastic wrist prevent snow from getting in the glove, while the EnduraLoft insulation keeps the kiddo’s hands toasty.

We found that these gloves are perfect for kids with cold or sensitive fingers or for very cold weather.

It has a clip to clip the mittens together when not in use and an easy pull-on tab to help get the on faster. If you’ve ever tried to put gloves or mittens on a 2-year-old, you’ll know how great this little tab is.

While these mittens are waterproof they are also breathable, so little hands don’t get overheated.

What We Like:

  • Super warm – great for kids with cold fingers
  • Easy to get on and off
  • Waterproof and wind resistant
  • Kids’ ID address label
  • Moisture-wicking lining

What We Don’t Like:

  • Very expensive

6. SnowStoppers Waterproof Ski and Snowboard Winter Gloves

SnowStoppers Kids Ski and Winter Sports Gloves (Black, Large…
  • Rolled Fingertips provide a snug fit….
  • Kevtech Palm provides abrasion…
  • Water Resistant Ripstop Nylon outer…
  • Waterproof Drypel Lining prevents snow…

What makes this a SnowStopper? The extra long sleeve fits under jackets and prevents snow from getting in the glove.

These gloves are not only waterproof thanks to the RipTech Nylon Shell but with the patented SnowStopper cuff, they won’t fall off either. KevTech Palm Patch gives kids a good grip for skiing and snowboarding.

Super durable for any winter activity, the adjustable wrist strap also ensures they will stay secure. The inside is a Drypel lining and the insulation is fiberfill and Thinsulate.

Kids will also like that it comes in 6 different colors: lime green, blue, fuschia, purple, black and red.

Our kids always prefer clothing where they can pick their own colors, and it does help them wear them more often.

What We Like:

  • Fully waterproof
  • Extra long cuff to keep snow out and ensure glove stays on
  • Adjustable wrist strap
  • KevTech Palm Patch provides good grip
  • Perfect for skiing and snowboarding
  • Two types of insulation keep hands warm

What We Don’t Like:

  • The cuff isn’t waterproof, just the glove. If (when) snow gets up the sleeve, the cuff will get wet and cold.

7. Gordini Youth Aquabloc III Junior Gloves

Gordini Youth Aquabloc III Junior Gloves, Black, Medium
  • Fingers reinforced with Wrap caps
  • Shell: flex and 3 layer Thermal ply...
  • Insulation: Megaloft
  • Aquabloc ultra breathable, Waterproof,...
  • Fleece cuff

The Aquabloc III Junior gloves are some serious gloves for kids who need something that will hold up to a lot of winter adventures. They are made of a three-layer thermal fabric for winter protection, making them windproof, waterproof, and still breathable.

The MegaLoft insulation makes this glove super warm and the Hydrowick microdenier lining keeps hands dry by wicking moisture. The Aquabloc insert is the key to making this a breathable and yet waterproof glove.

The fingers are reinforced with wrap caps and the palm is made of synthetic leather.  There are also synthetic leather sidewall reinforcements for extra durability.

Not only is this pair of gloves durable but it will keep kids warm for whatever winter activity they do.

What We Like:

  • Three-layer thermal fabric keeps hands super warm
  • Lining wicks moisture
  • Waterproof, windproof, and breathable
  • Fingers are reinforced with wrap caps
  • Durable gloves hold up to a variety of winter activities

What We Don’t Like:

  • On the bulky side

8. Hestra Heli Ski Jr. Mitt

Hestra Army Leather Heli Ski Junior - Waterproof, Insulated...
  • DESIGNED FOR: The Army Leather Heli Ski...
  • DURABLE FABRIC: Windproof, waterproof,...
  • RETAIN WARMTH: Holding heat even in wet...
  • ALWAYS ADAPTABLE: This mitten has a...
  • CONVENIENT FEATURES: This mitten...

Do you have a serious little skier in need of some serious ski gloves? Then these are the ones for them. The Hestra Heli Ski Jr. Mitt has the same design as the adult version including the durable leather palm and strong polyamide on the back of the hand as well as the removable liner.

Windproof, waterproof, and breathable, this mitt is perfect for any skiing adventure thanks to Hestra’s Triton polyamide fabric. The leather on the palm is goat leather and the removable liner is 100% polyester.

It features a pull strap and snow lock to keep snow from getting in. It also has eyelets with carabiners. The only downside is the high price tag.

What We Like:

  • Made for skiing and snowboarding
  • Waterproof and windproof
  • Durable polyamide and leather materials
  • Removable liner
  • Eyelets with carabiners to hook the gloves together

What We Don’t Like:

  • Very expensive

9. Andake Kids Mittens

Andake Kids Ski Mittens Gloves Waterproof Winter Warm Snow...
  • 【DOUBLE WATERPROOF】 Peach skin...
  • 【SUPER WARM】 Double-layer thick...
  • 【BREATHABLE AND LIGHTWEIGHT】 This...
  • 【NON-SLIP PALMS AND ADJUSTABLE WRIST...
  • 【EASY TO PUT ON】 Andake kid's...

The Andake Kids Mittens are affordable gloves with layers upon layers of protection and warmth. The TPU layer is splash-resistant keeping the inside dry.  

After that, you have the 3M Thinsulate insulation and fiberfill that keeps kids’ hands nice and toasty but is also breathable so little hands don’t get overheated.

These gloves also feature an anti-lost clip for parents to clip the mittens together as well as a long cuff, adjustable wrist strap, and a non-slip PU palm, making this a good choice for kids who plan on doing some skiing this winter.

Our favorite feature of these gloves is the zipper that goes up the back. This makes them super easy to put on.

Sizes range from 2 years old to 7 years old and come in either black or pink. Some kids might have an issue with the bulk factor, but they do ensure that kids’ hands will stay warm.

What We Like:

  • Affordable
  • Plenty of insulation keeps hands warm
  • Lightweight
  • Long cuff and adjustable wrist strap keep snow from getting in
  • Non-slip PU palm works great for skiing

What We Don’t Like:

  • Not waterproof – only splash-resistant
  • On the bulky side

10. SnowStopper eMitt Convertible Flip Top Mitten

SnowStoppers eMitt - Extra Warm, Multi-purpose Flip-top...
  • Flip-top gives warmth of a mitten and...
  • Grippy Dots to hold onto things. Water...
  • Flip them open to do just abut anything...
  • Zippered Pocket for hand warmer, cash or...
  • Available in 5 Sizes based on Adult...

Glove or mitten? How about both? This flip-top glove-to-mitten has sizes for both youth and adults. This water-resistant convertible glove is touchscreen compatible and has a zipper pocket to store a little cash, key, etc.

Like the other SnowStopper featured on this list, it has an extra long patented cuff to prevent snow from getting in (or the glove from falling off!)

The glove part is lightweight and has gripper dots, but the mitt cover provides extra warmth. The SureGrip palm material also ensures kids will have a good grip on whatever they are doing, including skiing.

Kids will either choose the x-small or small size option, depending on wrist size. Also note that these are only water resistant and not waterproof, and might not do well with tons of snow play.

We really like that these are both warm and convertible. These keep the kids’ fingers really warm.

What We Like:

  • Glove-to-mitten gives kids the option to use their fingers or stay warm with the mitten cover
  • Glove is touchscreen compatible and features dot grips
  • Extra long cuff prevent snow from getting in
  • SureGrip palm grips well

What We Don’t Like:

  • Not waterproof – only water resistant
  • Won’t fit really young children

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I wash winter gloves?

A: As with all garments, check the manufacturer’s instructions first. But some general guidelines are as follows:

  • Waterproof Gloves– Remove liner if applicable. Hand-wash in warm water with a mild detergent. Lay flat to dry.
  • Wool Gloves– Soak gloves in warm water with mild detergent for 5 minutes.  Remove and rinse with warm water. Gently squeeze (do not wring or twist!) to remove excess water. Put on a drying rack to dry.
  • Cotton Gloves– Machine-wash cold.

*Gloves made of leather and faux leather will require a special oil-based cleaner for leather.  

Q: Why are there no knit gloves on the list?

A: While there is nothing wrong with a basic knit glove or mitten, we included gloves and mittens that would provide the maximum amount of warmth but would also hold up to plenty of snow play. Knit gloves do not provide a sufficient amount of warmth and waterproofing for most winter activities.

Q: My child’s hands are always cold. What are the warmest kids’ gloves?

A: Whether your child is always diving right into the snow or they have sensitive fingers, the warmest option would be a waterproof mitten. When fingers are kept together, they generate heat keeping fingers warmer than if they were separated as in gloves.

Waterproof gloves also provide the best water protection. Be sure to look for gloves with a drawstring or secure elastic around the wrist.

Choosing a breathable waterproof material and a wicking lining ensures kids’ hands don’t get sweaty and uncomfortable.

Q: Does my child need a liner with their gloves?

A: It depends. If your child will be in extra cold weather or is especially sensitive to cold, a liner can be a good additional layer of insulation. It is also great for kids planning to do skiing and snowboarding.

Many midweight gloves, such as ski gloves, come with a removable liner already for an extra layer of warmth as well as for easy cleaning. Glove liners can be purchased separately. Look for something that is thin, breathable, and will wick away moisture.

Bottom Line

There are a lot of choices out there when it comes to the best winter gloves for kids. Resist the urge to buy a pair of cheap gloves though! Investing in a solid pair of gloves for the winter will make all the difference.

For older kids, the North Face Denali Thermal gloves are a great choice. They are warm, durable, and stylish. But for the avid skier, we suggest going with Burton Youth Vent Gloves. They are also durable, and the vent allows them to be used in moderately cold to super cold weather.

For toddlers, definitely check out the Columbia Toddler Chippewa long mittens. They’re extra long which means no snow gets on and the mitten won’t come off easily. But no matter which pair of gloves you choose from this list, your kids will have happy, warm hands this winter season.

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