5 Best Gloves for Raynaud’s – Inside the house and office

LAST UPDATED : Feb 2018

When the weather starts to change and the chill of winter sets in, a good pair of Raynaud’s gloves can make the difference between being stuck next to the heater all day and the freedom to move around the house or office without the constant pain that comes with the change of seasons.

Being a Raynaud’s suffer can be especially difficult in winter, and finding an effective way to warm your hands (and feet) can make life enjoyable again.

In this article, we look at a range of gloves that are best for wearing inside the house or around the office. If you intend to go outside, gloves with built-in heating elements or better thermal insulation would make more sense.

Best Raynaud’s Gloves for Indoor Use

GloveFeaturesOur Rating
NOVAWO100% Cashmere, half fingerless
NOVAWOAcrylic half fingerless
Seirus InnovationHeat pack full finger
Limbkeepers®Tipless gloves
Glider GlovesTouch screen with full finger

**Below, you’ll find our more detailed reviews; you can also click the links above to check prices or read customer reviews on Amazon.

What to look for in a pair of Raynaud’s Gloves

Our selection of gloves has been chosen because they give you the dexterity to read, write and do other things around the house or office while keeping a good part of your hands and wrists covered to help keep the arteries to your fingers open. We also wanted to ensure they were not compressive gloves and were designed to keep your hands warm without being too tight.

A lot of full finger gloves don’t work on mobile phones or touch screens – so we made sure we included the more expensive Glider Gloves on our list.

No Compression

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Most doctors agree that compression stockings or garments provide little or no benefit to Raynaud’s sufferers.

Because Raynaud’s syndrome is an autoimmune related disease, further compression of the blood vessels may, in fact, reduce the blood flow to your fingers and make the condition worse. You should always consult with your doctor before making a decision related to your health. However, if you do try compression garments, you should immediately stop using them if you develop finger pain or numbness.

In our reviews we’ve been careful to only select gloves that don’t exert pressure on the wrists, hands or fingers

Fingerless gloves help warm the wrists, which help keep the arteries open in the hand to the fingers, plus they offer handy protection in the gap between coat sleeves and top layers.

Types of gloves

Indoor gloves are generally broken down into three or four options.

Swedish Dangerously Warm Mittens (Medium, Skaftö Sot)

Full hand gloves

The first option is a full hand glove where the fingers are completely covered with a single pouch (and sometimes a separate thumb).

These provide the most warmth and the least dexterity. Because all of the fingers share a common space within the glove, they can help keep each other warm. It’s not normally possible to use touchscreen devices or to pick up cups by their handles without removing the gloves from your hands and exposing them to the cold.

We haven’t included any of these in our reviews – but if this is what you prefer, we highly recommend the Öjbro Swedish Dangerously Warm Mittens (shown at the left) which, without a doubt, provide some of the best warmth without reverting to heated gloves.

Seirus Innovation Thermax Heat Pocket Liner,Black,Small/Medium

Full fingered gloves

The next option is full fingered gloves where each finger is separated.

This gives you the dexterity you can’t get with mittens – but unless you get conductive gloves, you won’t be able to use touch screens or mobile devices.

Limbkeepers Non-Compression Protective Gloves - 3/4' Finger (Medium, Royal Blue)

Tipless Gloves

When being able to use your fingertips is important, the next best option are gloves where only the tips of the fingers are showing.

With the majority of the finger is covered, the loss of heat through your fingertips can often be offset by the additional heat provided in the nearby tissue.

Your ability to wear this type of glove really depends on how sensitive the ends of fingers are to the cold. A large number of sufferers find that covering the wrist and hand while they are indoors can provide enough relief.

NOVAWO 100% Cashmere Half Fingerless Thumb Hole Warm Gloves Mittens for Men Women

Fingerless Gloves

The type of gloves doesn’t have any fingers. They are most suitable for sufferers whose symptoms are primarily triggered by cold around the hand and wrist area. Traditionally these types of gloves have thicker wrist coverings and provide excellent protection from the rubbing caused by the cuffs of tighter fitting jackets and hoodies.

Indoor and Outdoor use

While having exposed fingertips around the house might be OK for you, being outside is a completely different matter.

The reviews in this article are specifically for around the house or office and assume you have some level of indoor heating to supplement the heat provided by the gloves. If this is not the case, you may need to consider full-size mittens to cover the entire hand or heated gloves.

While this reduces the ability to handle touchscreen devices and limits your dexterity, they will certainly provide the heat you need outside the house.

Best Raynaud’s Disease Gloves – Comparison and Reviews

GloveFeaturesOur Rating
NOVAWO100% Cashmere, half fingerless
NOVAWOAcrylic half fingerless
Seirus InnovationHeat pack full finger
Limbkeepers®Tipless gloves
Glider GlovesTouch screen with full finger

1) NOVAWO Cashmere Half Fingerless

Made from 100% Cashmere, these gloves are super soft and comfortable.

Unlike standard wool, cashmere comes from the coat of a goat and is a much finer and luxurious thread. Most people don’t experience the itching that can come from wearing pure wool.

Cashmere also retains 1.5 to 2 times the amount of heat of wool. It doesn’t shrink when its washed and retains its shape exceptionally well. With that said, being such a delicate thread means that the gloves will start to pill quite easily. It’s best to hand wash them and not to mix them with your other washing. If the surface starts to look rough, they can be cleaned up with a shaving razor.

The NAVAWO cashmere gloves come in eight simple color options without a pattern or shapes. This makes them an ideal glove to use in an office environment. The fingerless design allows you to use a touchscreen and mobile devices.

Pros

  • 100% Cashmere (1.5 to 2 times heat retention)
  • Suitable for office environment
  • Can be used on touchscreens
  • Incredibly comfortable

Cons

  • Surface pilling can be an ongoing issue
  • Should be hand washed

The verdict

A really comfortable and warm glove for indoor use. We like the range of simple colors choices and the feel of the fabric on the skin (no itching). We don’t like the way they pill so easily – but thats because they are made from 100% cashmere and it can’t be avoided.


2) NOVAWO Hand Crochet Fingerless Gloves

If you like hand knitted designs, these are a really good option. The stylish patterns are a nice contrast to the plain colors of the cashmere gloves offered by the same company.

These gloves are made from a soft acrylic and are designed to warm your hand, wrist and lower arm.

Other than simple black and white options, they are also available in a range of other colors (including red and coffee).

We recommend that you buy them in sets of two. The extra pair of gloves only adds a couple of dollars to the price and is a significant cost saver if you have a need more than one pair, or want to give a pair away as a gift.

Technically the gloves are knitted and not crocheted. We suspect the manufacturer was referring to the look of the gloves instead of the way they were made when they described the gloves.

Note : The photo makes the gloves look thicker than they are in real life.

Pros

  • Soft Acrylic
  • Also warms lower arms
  • Can use touchscreens

Cons

  • Not as thick as sample picture

The verdict

A good glove that can keep your lower arm and wrist warm as well. Buy them in packs of two to make considerable savings.


3) Seirus Innovation 2115 Thermax Glove Liner with Heat Pack

At first we weren’t going to include a glove liner in our reviews. However, once you realise the versatility they provide, they may be the ideal choice for Raynaud’s sufferers.

The Seirus Innovation 2115 is designed to be worn as a light glove, a liner for a heavier glove and (our favorite) a glove that can hold a heat pack as a standalone glove or under a heavier glove or mittens.

HotHands Hand Warmers - Long Lasting Safe Natural Odorless Air Activated Warmers - Up to 10 Hours of Heat - 10 Pair Value Pack

The glove is manufactured from nylon and polyester. An integrated heat pocket allows you to store a heat pack in the glove for extra warmth.

We hope you like the color black, as this is the only color these gloves come in. They do however come in multiple sizes to ensure you get a good fit.

To determine the size you require, measure between the inside of your thumb and the other side of your palm.

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To get a good fit:

  • 2.5 – 3.5 inches : Small/Medium
  • 3.5 – 4.5 inches : Large/Xtra Large
  • Less than 2.5 inches : Junior

While having the finger fully covered ensures the tips of your fingers are protected from the cold, the full finger design also means you can’t use these gloves on touchscreens or mobile devices.

Pros

  • Versatile with lots of options
  • Can hold a heat pack for extra warmth

Cons

  • Only comes in black
  • Can’t use a touch screen

The verdict

We really like the versatility of this glove. Sadly they don’t work on a touchscreen or mobile device. But with the ability to use a heat pack, they give the best range of options.


4) Limbkeepers®

Made from a seamless design, these gloves are designed to avoid irritation of the skin. The polypropylene and polyester blend wicks away moisture and stops the growth of bacteria and other microbes. Like most gloves, they’re not designed to be worn over the top of open wounds.

Having only the very end of your fingertips exposed means you can use a touchscreen and mobile devices effectively, while still maintaining almost as much warmth as a full finger glove.

The spandex allows the gloves to stretch to fit your hand without applying unnecessary compression. The glove comes in 4 colors and three sizes. Small fits a size 7 glove, medium fits a size 8 and large fits a size 9 glove. The extensive stretch means you dont have to worry as much about the sizing as other glove options.

Pros

  • Seamless design
  • Only exposes finger tips

Cons

  • None noted

The verdict

We like the stretchy material that doesn’t cause compression. The seamless design is fantastic for people with fragile skin.


5) Glider Gloves

If you need to work with touch screens or mobile devices for your job, this is the glove of choice.

Not only are the fingertips conductive – but the entire glove can be used on touch devices.

When you first wear these gloves, they may feel tighter than you might first expect. This is due to the copper fibers used in the gloves manufacturing. However, after wearing them a couple of time, the gloves will form to match the shape of your hand and give a better fit.

For maximum heat, select the Winter series as they are more insulated than the Urban style. The winter style also has a non slip grip on the inside of the palm. The Urban design is quite slippery and not designed to hold coffee cups etc.

The winter gloves are dual lined for extra warmth. Handling a pen or pencil while wearing them can be a bit awkward.

When it comes time to select a size, you need to measure the height and width of your hand

glider - 5 Best Gloves for Raynaud's - Inside the house and office

For best fit:

  • 3.3 to 3.7 inch wide, 5.9 to 6.8 inch high : Small
  • 3.6 to 3.9 inch wide, 6.5 to 7.3 inch high : Medium
  • 3.7 to 4.1 inch wide, 6.7 to 7.5 inch high : Large
  • 3.9 to 4.3 inch wide, 7.0 to 7.9 inch high : XL

Pros

  • Full finger gloves that work on touch screens
  • Not as warm as some of our non-conductive choices

Cons

  • Need to be "worn in" to get the best fit
  • Awkward to handle pens and pencils

The verdict

If you want a full fingered glove that can be used on touch screen and mobile devices, this is a good choice. They are a little bit more expensive than plain gloves and not quite as warm – but function very well. Make sure you get the Winter design and they are warmer than the Urban design.

Final Thoughts

The option that works best for you will depend largely on how sensitive you are to the cold and if you can have your finger tips exposed.

We have selected the best option for each design, and any of the choices will work well. We especially like the Limbkeeper design with the exposed fingertips and the versatility of the Seirus gloves that allow you to put a heat pack in the pocket of the glove.

None of our selections are really designed to be used outside in the middle of winter. Keep an eye out for our heated glove review for options that can be used when you leave the house.

 

Image credits: Amazon.com

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