Evaluating Which Touchscreen Gloves Perform the Best

Wirecutter.com evaluated 12 pairs of touchscreen gloves.

ByABC News
February 11, 2016, 7:10 AM

— -- Typing in the cold can be a pain in more ways than one.

Regular gloves don’t work with touchscreen devices -– such as smartphones phones and tablets –- because the fabric blocks the charge from your finger, which activates your phone.

Nick Guy from Wirecutter.com, a website that advises on best gadgets, evaluated 12 pairs of touchscreen gloves to find out how well they work.

“They don’t have the tips we’re used to seeing,” ABC News Correspondent Gio Benitez said to Guy.

“They actually sew in silver and copper thread or infuse the gloves with nano particles of silver and copper that conduct electricity,” Guy replied. He says this is what allows people to use their touchscreen devices as if they weren’t wearing gloves.

To test for touchscreen capability, Guy camped out in a temperature controlled brewery cooler – keeping the temperature just above freezing, while he texted, used apps, and played games.

Out of the 12 touchscreen gloves Guy tested this year, he says he highly recommends 4 pairs, 5 are an okay buy, and 3 pairs didn’t stack up. Check out the above video to see which touchscreen gloves Wirecutter.com highly recommends.