HotHands Review: Do They Work?
• Long lasting
• Available locally
• Highly rated
• Works as advertised
• One time use
• Hand warmers are not very large
• Can take some time to warm up
• Some pouches may only last an hour
HotHands are small pouches designed to keep your hands, feet, and body warm.
Note: For a review of the Hot Hands silicone cooking gloves, see our review here.
Claims & Features
- Provides everyday head-to-toe warmth
- Variety of products available
- Safe and natural heat
- Ultra thin
- Anywhere from 6 to 18 hours worth of heat
Cost & Availability
A variety of products are available; Amazon: $3.99 – $129.99 ; Other Retailers: $3.44 – $69.99, depending on the quantity being purchased.
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HotHands are single-use air-activated pouches which provide warmth for hours. The most well-known product in the line is the Hand Warmer packs. Additional products include an adhesive “Body Warm” pack, foot warmers, and toe warmers.
The warmers are shipped in air-tight pouches. When the pouches is opened and exposed to air, it begins to warm up and stays activated for around 7 to 9 hours, although the official FAQ states that the time can vary from 1 to 20 hours. The ingredients include iron powder, water, salt, activated charcoal and vermiculite. The pouches will produce heat ranging from 100°F to 180°F.
There appear to be two distinct groups of people who look for cold hand relief with this product: Those who expect to be exposed to the cold for an extended period, and those who suffer from Raynaud’s, a condition in which sufferers experience cold extremities due to reduced blood flow in those areas.
HotHands has been a staple of years for both groups cited above. They are small and conviently sized to fit in a pocket. Although they do get warm, the temperature isn’t hot enough to scald or produce discomfort. You can find HotHands in a variety of retailers from Target to Home Depot to Bass Pro Shops. They are competitively priced, usually under $1 each. (A 40-count at Target, for example, goes for about $30, or 75 cents per pouch.)
Around the internet, HotHands is highly rated across the board. On Amazon, HotHands Hand Warmers boasts a very respectable 4.5 stars with over 1300 reviews as of December 2015. Customers at Target give it a 4.7 mark.
Perhaps the most popular competitor to HotHands would be Grabber Hand Warmers. This product sports a similar design along with its share of satisfied customers.
HotHands is the industry standard of hand and body warmers, and the overwhelming consensus of positive reviews bolsters that claim. You can expect about 8 hours of warmth from each pouch, which costs less than $1 each. Every pouch is different, however, and can vary as short as 1 hour and and long as 20 hours. Readily available locally in a variety of quantity options. Highly rated. If you’re going camping, attending a cold football game, or suffer from Raynaud’s, HotHands should be a no-brainer.
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