It's a long cold hike/snowshoe/ski 'til you're back by that fire, and you're going to need some reinforcements to not be miserable. Roll up a pair of heated socks, and keep your circulation chugging and your toes happy thanks to new technology, moisture-wicking fabrics and other design innovations. We've put together a list of the best winter-friendly socks for your needs, from best overall to most affordable, most stylish and the blow-your-mind luxe options.
Do You Even Need Heated Socks?
Powered by rechargable batteries and wired for energy distribution, heated socks are like little electric blankets for your calves and feet. They are especially beloved by anyone who spends hours outside in the snow or bitter cold, whether they're hitting the slopes, the trails or just working. Plus, they're great to tuck into when you're going to sleep while camping. They're espcially suitable for anyone with poor circulation, or a condition such as arthritis or diabetes that might restrict circulation. Not sure if you'd find them comfortable? Before investing in a pair, you could buy a pack of single-use foot warmers and tuck them inside your boot and see what all that extra warmth really feels like.
Best Overall: Parner Double-Sided Heated Electric Socks
Most Affordable: Outamateur Heated Socks for Men Women
Best Long-Lasting Heat: Jomst 5000mAh Heated Socks for Men Women
Best Remote Control-Enabled: Dr. Warm Wireless Heated Socks, Remote Control
Best for Camping: Vipoo Upgraded Rechargeable Battery Thermal Sock for Men & Women
Best Luxury Option: Lenz Heated Socks 5.0 Toe Cap + Lithium Pack rcB 1200
Best for Outdoor Sports: Snow Deer 2020 Upgraded Rechargeable Electric Heated Socks
Best Using Disposable Batteries: ActionHeat Unisex Battery Heated Socks in Black/Yellow
1. Parner Double-Sided Heated Electric Socks
This well-priced pair of socks won 132 five-star reviews from its Amazon users, including one Alpine skier who reports "they kept my feet warm for an entire day on the slopes. I put the heat level on the middle setting which was perfect for the 10-degree temperature. I did wear a thin pair of smart wool socks as a first layer for moisture wicking. I plugged them in at the end of each day and they were charged and ready to go the next day. I did move the wires around in my ski boot so as not to rub on any pressure points while skiing. No problem with the wires in bottom of foot."
Available in one-size-fits-all
2. Spring Shop Heated Socks Electric Rechargeable Battery Heated Socks
Real talk: No one is buying a pair of electric socks as a fashion statement. And yet, we appreciate that these socks come in seven colors, from the usual black and grey to vivid green and pink. Three temperature levels work up to seven hours, and as one reviewer notes, they "are very, very warm and good for the winter. Great value for what I got, and everyone else seems to enjoy the way they look. Looking forward to using these at Lake Tahoe this year!"
Available in sizes Medium and Large
3. Outamateur Heated Socks for Men Women
A plush inner sock texture and all-cotton rag sock look make these so cuddly, while the rechargeable batteries offer up to nine hours of warmth. One reviewer details how the three-insensity heat settings solved the problems other toe warmers made. "The temperature of the sock at max heat is enough to warm your feet but not make them sweat, " they report. "I used them as a hunting sock as well and they kept my feet warm. I used to use the hothand toe warmers but those would get too hot and make my feet sweaty, which then caused my toes to be colder when the heat pack went out."
Available in one-size-fits-all
4. Jomst 5000mAh Heated Socks for Men Women
Best Long-Lasting Heat
"These heated socks were easy to figure out, and kept my feet nice and warm," says one pleased wearer of the Jomst socks, which grabbed 96 five-star ratings from global users. The socks promise 25 hours of warmth after a single charge. "The socks are a thicker material, so they should last a long time. These would be great for any outdoor event in colder weather, football games, hunting, etc." Another reviewer appreciated that the socks come with a gift card that reads "My Love"...and we best these will seem like the most thoughtful gift ever on the wearer's first foray out into the cold with toasty feet.
Available in one-size-fits-all
5. Dr.Warm Wireless Heated Socks, Remote Control
Best Remote Control Enabled
"I LOVED the key fob!" exclaims one former frostbite sufferer who praised the convenience of the remote control, which features three different heat settings and the power to warm your feet in 30 seconds. The same Dr. Warm reviewer explains why the key fob innovation is so, well, key: "Who wants to go under three layers of clothes in freezing temps to turn on your sock heater?" Made of cotton, acrylic, nylon and spandex, what these socks lack in bulk they make up for in up-to-11 hour fuctionality.
6. Vipoo Upgraded Rechargeable Battery Thermal Sock for Men & Women
Best for Camping
A reviewer gives this sock top marks as a sleep aid when camping, because when she climbs into her sleeping bag, she likes having cozy toes, but doesn't want to create trash by using disposable hand warmers. Instead, she's switched to these one-size-fits all socks: "I am between an 8 and 8.5 women [sizes] so these are a little big on me if I put the heel in the right place. But, I just pull them up higher and they work great for sleeping." she says. These socks come with their own laundry bag to protect the sock wiring while washing and the charging cable has two chargers built into one cord so you can charge both batteries at the same time.
7. Smilodon Heated Socks, Electric Heating Rechargeable Battery Powered Knee High Thermal Insulated Socks
Best Cotton Blend
Not a fan of wool socks? This cotton-polyester-elastane blend is an effective alternative, and we're sold after reading the account of one user who limped from cramped toes after working 12-hour shifts outdoors in the 30-below Canadian winter: "Enter these glorious things. I let my feet get freezing, and damn near painful before I turned them on for the first time. I damn near cried, for years I have just dealt with my cold feet." But not any longer, since the heat radiates from the toe cap and sole areas of this sock to warm the whole foot—in what feels like a second.
Available in Small, Medium and Large
8. Lenz Heated Socks 5.0 Toe Cap + Lithium Pack rcB 1200
Best Luxury Option
"The phone app has settings that go from 0-10 for the levels of heat you want," one satisfied customer says. "The sock warms not just your toes, but all the way around the base of your foot." The sock—which has the distinction of sponsoring the Olympic Ski Team in its home country, Austria—has interval settings you can control via Bluetooth. And, like all the best performance cold-weather socks, each pair is ergonomically knitted to withstand wear and tear while staying comfortable.
Available in sizes Small to X-Large
9. Snow Deer 2020 Upgraded Rechargeable Electric Heated Socks
Best for Outdoor Sports
The whole front foot and instep of these socks has a heated element wrapped around it, and the battery pack on the shaft of the sock has a reinforced closure—so your batteries are not going to go flying even if your shoe or boot does. Another plus, according to a user, is a lighting feature: "The white and blue lights in the power switch are BRIGHT. It’s literally like having flashlights attached to your knees—which is a nice feature for anyone who needs to use the restroom in the middle of the night—no need to turn on any lights."
Available in sizes S to X-Large
10. MMlove Battery Heated Socks for Men,Heated Socks Women Rechargeable Washable Heated Socks
While many socks' heating elements are located in the pad of the foot or the toes, this pair is designed to radiate from another place entirely. "The sock heats from the front up, not on the bottom. so you don't step on the heating element," says one user, who goes on to say these are the "only things that kept my feet warm during a trip to Yellowstone." Users report warmth lasting up to eight hours on this pair of socks, which garnered 85 percent five-star reviews.
Available in Medium
11. ActionHeat Unisex Battery Heated Socks in Black/Yellow
Best Using Disposable Batteries
While most heated socks use rechargeable batteries, if you don't want to be bothered with remembering to recharge them before a day on the slopes, opt for a pair of ActionHeat socks, which use two AA batteries for each sock. "These socks got very hot which I love," a user comments. "I only have to replace batteries very sparingly."
Available in Large/XL or XXLarge
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