Have you ever wondered why your feet are always cold in winter? The answer is because our bodies are smart.
That might not make sense at first, but warm feet is the product of good circulation. When you get cold, your body senses it and prioritizes blood flow to vital organs in order to maintain your core body temperature (which is essential to keep you alive).
Reduced circulation to the extremities is why our feet and hands get cold during the winter months. But, if you’re one of those people who are always cold, or are tired of having cold feet, there is good news. We are here to talk about an easy solution to cold feet, heated socks.
They’re perfect for those cold winter months and will leave your feet warm and happy, even when your core organs are hogging all the circulation. electric socks are great for lounging around the house, camping, ice fishing, hiking, and/or most outdoor activities.
Before I get into the list of my favorite socks, here are some important tips on things you might want to consider before hitting that add to cart button. Also, you might want to check out my review on wool socks they are nature’s solution to cold feet!
- Here Are the Best Heated Socks in 2019
- 1. Snow Deer Rechargable Heated Socks (Best Value)
- 2. Flambeau Heated Socks Kit
- 3. TherMedic Electric Heated Socks
- 4. Lenz Products Heat Sock Set 1.0 (Recommended)
- 5. Global Vasion Electric Heated Socks
- 6. Savior Electric Foot Warmer Socks
- 7. Terramar Battery Powered Heated Socks (Cheap)
- 8. Hotronic XLP one Sock Set
- 9. Autocastle Rechargeable Electric Heated Socks
- 10. VOLT Warm Heated Socks
- 11. ActionHeat Wool Heated Battery Powered Socks
5 Tips to Find the Best Electric Socks for You
Electric socks are typically powered by a dedicated rechargeable battery they come with, but some run off external batteries (like AA or 9 volt). Here are some things you’ll want to look for when choosing a pair.
Isn’t this the end goal after all? Regardless of what pair you decide on, comfort should be a top priority. Take a look at the fabrics used, design, and other customer reviews. Don’t be swayed by stats on max heat or promises of how toasty and warm your feet are going to be. All that’s not worth it if the socks don’t keep keep your feet feeling good. If you walk around or hike with uncomfortable and irritating socks, it will ruin your whole day/experience.
Fortunately, there are many brands (most on this list) that pay close attention and design/comfort. The best socks are designed to be comfortable, but still undetectable when worn (not that anyone would really care that you’re wearing heated socks).
2. Design and Heat Distribution
Examine the design, you don’t want to get socks that have bulky battery packs that jab into your feet of calf. Generally, they have no problems getting or staying hot, unlike the cheap foot warmers you can buy at the store. But, the distribution of that heat can be a problem if you choose a poorly designed pair, which is why this is an important consideration. Ideally, you want evenly distributed heat that is spread across the entire surface of the foot, and doesn’t just get lava hot in one spot.
Also, if the socks are too hot, that can lead to sweating, and nobody likes having wet/sweaty feet. So look for socks with adjustable power settings. There are many that even come with remote controller that allows you to adjust the temperature (great if you have a bunch of gear on). It’s hard to know if a pair of socks can distribute heat well just by looking at them, so I recommend reading my reviews below or checking out what other customer are saying in their reviews.
3. Battery Life
Another important factor to consider is battery life. Sure, comfort is the top priority, but if your socks only stay heated for a short period of time, you basically just have really expensive socks on. So you can see why it’s important to look at the specifications of each sock and check the estimated battery life.
There are some socks on this list that can keep your feet toasty and warm for over 10 hours, but they tend to be a little expensive. Often, the price of heated socks is directly related to battery life.
Although heated socks shouldn’t be treated as a fashion accessory, they should be concealable and discreet under your pants when you want them to be. Most people don’t want to be seen walking around with large battery packs and wires hanging from their shoes/boots. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you have to give up your personal style in exchange for warm feet. You can find a nice pair that blends outfit while secretly warming your feet at the same time.
5. Most Sock for the Money
Compare the price, quality, battery life, and other features so can rest assured you aren’t overpaying. Don’t go into the buying process thinking that price is directly correlated with quality. Apart from that, you should know about the types of heated socks as well. Typically, socks with rechargeable batteries cost more, but you’ll save money you would have to spend on external batteries down the road, so that’s another thing to consider.
The 5 Types of Heated Socks
There are different types of electric socks for you to choose from. But before buying any particular one for you, you might want to know a little bit about all its types:
1. Electric Socks with External Batteries
These socks use external batteries that you have to buy separately and insert into the battery area of the socks. They can also be used as the traditional winter socks when the heating feature is not turned on. Whenever you need to use them as the heated socks, just put in some batteries and let the heat flow through the socks to your feet. These socks can keep you warm for a long time when you’re outdoors and are good if you aren’t going to be able to make it to a power outlet for a long period of time.
2. Rechargeable Battery Heated Socks
Rechargeable heated socks are great for freezing cold days when the only thing you want are warm feet. Rechargeable battery socks often have have three different temperature settings: Low, medium, and high. They typically run from anywhere between three hours to ten hours run time on a single charge. Rechargeable battery socks are comfortable, often have a reinforced padded heel and the good ones are breathable. If you choose a quality brand, you can wear these socks on rainy days without worrying about the rechargeable batteries being ruined, which is nice because new batteries can be expensive. These socks are convenient for the long trips with the portable charger as well.
3. Heated Insoles
Heated insoles can be a viable alternative to standard battery heated socks. If you don’t already know, they’re inserts you put into your shoes to keep your feet warm. They function same as the heated socks by electronically heating your feet from the bottom. Heated insoles often come with a temperature control system, and can have have a battery life of up to 10 hours when used on the lowest setting.
Heated insoles are not as versatile as the heated socks since they do not fit inside all shoes and they are slightly more expensive. So, you have to decide it this would be a good option for you.
4. Warm Insulated Socks
Most people have worn thermal insulated socks, basically, they keep the warmth from body heat in and the cold out. The best thing about insulated socks that are heated is that you can turn off heating once your socks reach your desired temperature. This can greatly extend the battery life of your socks. These socks often work best in the most extreme conditions to keep your feet warm, dry, and comfortable.
5. Microwavable Socks
Yes, you heard it right. Socks can be microwaved. We know this might sound a little strange but microwavable socks actually help you make your feet warm and comfortable in extremely cold weather. If you are someone with chronically cold feet or need a great gift for someone who is always cold, these socks can be very helpful. You can simply heat these socks in a microwave and put them on easing tension and keeping your feet warm on those long winter nights.
Ok… Finally, Here Are the Best Electric Socks Out There:
Here Are the Best Heated Socks in 2019
1. Snow Deer Rechargable Heated Socks (Best Value)
While these are not the best socks on this list, they are probably the best value. There are a ton of heated socks out there but very few actually worth buying. If you’re someone who suffers from chronically cold feet you probably already know that most socks heated socks are junk and don’t work. These socks are designed surprisingly well considered their price point. They come in two gender neutral colors (black and grey). One thing I like about them is that they are rechargeable and don’t require huge bulk battery packs like many of the other electric socks out there.
They are made of an 80 percent cotton, 12 percent polyester, and 8 percent elastane blend. The blend would not be my first choice, as I generally prefer wool socks. That said, they’re a reasonable price and will get the job done!
- Cotton blend
- 3 heat settings
- Hand washable
- 1-year warranty (refer to the product page to see if this is still valid)
2. Flambeau Heated Socks Kit
Flambeau socks come with a carbon fiber heating element to keep your feet warm during even the coldest months of the year. They’re medium weight socks specifically designed to give you a perfect combination of warmth and comfort.
The best thing about these socks are they are made up of a wool, cotton, and polyester blend that is breathable and comfortable. When comparing clothing fabrics, nothing beats wool in term of warmth. The socks come with two 3.7 Volt rechargeable Li-ion batteries, 1 AC charger, and a dual mini-USB cable to charge the batteries. These socks are even great to wear with boots when skiing and snowboarding. With a battery life of up 8 hours on the low power setting you can see why these socks are on the list.
The only drawback of these socks is the battery charge time. It takes around 8 hours to fully charge the batteries, which is quite lengthy, but not a big deal if you just charge them while you’re sleeping. These socks are very warm and comfortable even without batteries. Some people complain about the wires in the socks, and say the wires shifted after they had the socks for a while, which got annoying. A solution to this problem if it does occur, is to wear an extra pair of socks under them.
- Wool, cotton and polyester blend
- Carbon fiber heating to provide warmth in winter.
- Medium weight
- Comfortable battery compartment location
3. TherMedic Electric Heated Socks
These certainly aren’t the best socks on this list, but considering they’re reasonably priced, so I decided to add them to the list. The biggest complaint about these socks is that they require 8 AA batteries to operate. Whether you have cold feet because of the weather, circulatory problems, or health conditions like diabetes, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, or hypothyroidism, these socks are designed to provide safe and effective heat therapy. They’re designed for someone with decreased circulatory ability.
For chronically cold feet, Far Infrared Ray (FIR) is a great way to provide relief. These socks have been tested against conventional heat therapy, and in many cases show to be more effective because the heat penetrates deeper into the skin without damaging it. The bottom line is these socks can increase the blood flow to your feet and provide comfort and relief from cold feet symptoms. I recommend reading the full product description for more detailed information.
Here is a video from the company.
- Far infrared electric socks
- Good for chronically cold feet
- High heat options
- Can help promote healing.
4. Lenz Products Heat Sock Set 1.0 (Recommended)
Sure, spending $300 dollars on a pair of socks seems a little extreme. That said, these socks are a true “buy once cry once” type of purchase. They’re probably the best heated socks on the market right now. With these babies, you worry about being cold anymore. The socks provide heat and comfort for 12-14 hours on the low heat settings and 6-8 hours on the high heat setting.
Note: There are a few models of this sock. You can find the model of this sock being reviewed in the video below on Amazon here.
They’re great for hunting, skiing, and all the other outdoor activities you have planned this winter. Warm feet just makes everything a little more enjoyable! The socks utilize innovative technology that is designed for comfort, odor prevention, and have an ergonomic design to fit the shape of your feet. If you are looking for a home run gift idea for your friend that is always cold then Lenz unisex socks are a perfect idea.
- Integrated heating element while still functional
- Ergonomically knitted
- Optimal moisture transportation
- Additional shin protector
- Additional Padding on the exposed parts
Composition: 49% nylon, 29% polyamide, 10% polypropylene, 5% elastane, 2% merino wool
- Light lithium batteries fit all models of Lenz heated socks and heat vest 1.0
- Append battery to leg band of the sock through press studs
- Heat can be controlled through 3 settings on the battery pack
- Heat can be constantly managed remotely with the Cellphone (Bluetooth 4.0)
- Heat can be managed remotely by means of 3 settings
- Heat advancement for up to 14 hours
- Global charger with charging display
- Short charging time
- Adaptable plastic case
5. Global Vasion Electric Heated Socks
If cold feet is your problem then Global Vasion Electric heated socks are the solution. These socks are specifically made for indoor our outdoor activities like hunting, ice skating, and fishing. Global Vasion socks perform well in even extremely cold conditions.
These socks are made from a good blend of cotton and spandex, making them very comfortable and breathable. They have extra cushioning in the heels and toes to farther protect your feet from the cold. The battery of these rechargeable socks lasts up to 4 hours on highest heat setting and 7 hours at lowest heat settings. They are also good for workplace they keep your feet warm all day long. Unlike some heated electric socks, these socks are quite affordable. On top of that they’re comfortable, durable, and practical. They are some of the best electric socks that can be recharged for those with chronically cold feet.
- One pair of socks
- One set of 3.7V li-ion rechargeable batteries
- One AC Charger
6. Savior Electric Foot Warmer Socks
Savior battery heated socks are well suited for outdoor and indoor activities. They are made up of thick and breathable materials for those cold winter moths. The socks are powered by long lasting 7.4 Volts batteries that offer a battery a life of up to 6 hours. They’re made with moisture wicking fabric to prevent your feet from being wet. They’re even great for skiing, ice fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities.
The designed to be breathable, and prevent your feet from getting irritated after wearing them for extended periods. Like many of the other electric socks on this list, they have power settings, so you can adjust the temperature to your preferences. At high settings it shows a red light, at medium settings it is orange, and on low settings it is green.
- 7.4 volt long lasting batteries
- Moisture wicking fabric
- Up to 6 hour battery life
- Breathable material
7. Terramar Battery Powered Heated Socks (Cheap)
Terramar battery operated socks come with a 9V battery to power the heating element. They are made of a blend of materials (71% Acrylic, 19% Polyester, and 10% wool) to keep your feet warm in cold weather. They will keep your feet warm, but not so warm that your feet start to sweat. They’re easy to wash by hand, but an important note is to not squeeze the socks or be to rough on them while washing.
To dry, simply hang them up, the company does not recommend machine drying. Terramar Socks are good for diabetic patients or anyone who struggles with circulation problems. They’re also durable enough to be used outdoors, so if you love hunting, skiing, snowboarding and outdoor activities in winter then these battery heated socks might just be your best friend. The estimated battery life is between 4-6 hours which, is very good socks at this price point.
How to set them up:
To use these socks, insert the batteries into battery pouch and snap the connector with the battery to activate the heat. When the socks get warm enough unsnap the connector. Always use alkaline batteries for better performance. A padded and protected Heating element is placed in the bottom of the toe area. These socks are shock proof even when wet and do not cause any discomfort.
Note: Always hand wash these socks with mild detergent for longer life. Do not squash the socks, just rinse and hang to dry.
These Socks keep your feet warm with heat Control
- Utilize a set of small 9 Volts Battery
- Combination of Acrylic, wool and polyester materials
- Sharp black color with gray top color.
8. Hotronic XLP one Sock Set
The goal of the Hotronix Company is to keep your feet toasty and dry during the winter. These socks perfect for lounging around the house, spending time outdoors, climbing, skating, skiing, and work. The heating element is located in a a rather unique location (under the toes of the Socks) which is great if your someone who hates having cold toes. The socks have 4 adjustable power level settings, which is one more than most of the socks on this list. So if you’re someone who really wants to blast your feet, these might be the best heated socks for you.
They have a quite impressive max battery life (up to 14 hours) and the heat level is 86- 156F. The rechargeable battery also comes with a charger, so you don’t have to worry about buying expensive batteries all the time. On the lowest battery setting, you’ll still have 50 percent juice left at the end of the day. They’re made of 70% Nylon, 20% Spandex, and 10% Merino Wool to give you dry, warm feet.
- Great battery life
- Battery charger XLP set
- 2 battery packs
- Mesh carrying bag
- Up to 13.5 hours of use per charge
9. Autocastle Rechargeable Electric Heated Socks
If you are looking for a pair of heated socks for skiing, hunting, climbing, ice fishing and/or skating, I bring you the Autocastle rechargeable electric heated socks. The Autocastle company promises you toasty warm and dry feet all day long with their 3.7 volt rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The estimated battery life is up to 6 hours, which is pretty nice at this price point. They’re also waterproof, windproof, insulated, and have three adjustable heat settings, so you can set them to your preferred temperature. These socks are great for motorcycle riding with their windproof technology.
These are a perfect solution to chronically cold feet, poor circulation, arthritis and other winter issues. The socks are made of thick cotton fabric to to keep your feet dry and warm all day. The batteries are lightweight and fit into a pouch located near the top of the socks. These rechargeable heated socks are a made from a blend of cotton and spandex like materials. You can wash these socks by hand or in the washing machine, but I recommend you to wash these socks by hand.
- Includes one pair of rechargeable heated socks
- includes 2 3.7 Volt lithium-ion Batteries
- 1 AC charger
- 1 user manual
10. VOLT Warm Heated Socks
Volt socks are another good option, they’ll keep your feet warm all day on a single charge. They’re made of polyester and spandex material to is comfortable and keeps your feet try. Volt 3V heated socks come standard with a 3.7 volt lithium battery and dual charger kit to charge both socks at the same time (which cuts the charging time to half) and is faster than a standard stand alone charger. You can expect it to take around 3-4 hours to fully charge the batteries.
The estimated battery life depends on what heat setting you select; maximum heat setting works for 3 hours, medium settings lasts up to 6 hours, and low heat settings last up to 9-10 hours. This 3.7 Volt is small, but as you can tell still provides pretty good battery life. You can wear these socks for long periods of time without any discomfort. They’re thick and durable, l definitely recommend these socks to anyone looking for warm feet. The only drawback of these socks is that the batteries are not waterproof so you need to be a conscious and aware of that.
- Includes 7 Volt heated socks
- 100% micro-polyester Spandex interlock fabric
- Moisture-wicking performance
- Nylon cinch cord for secure fit
- 4 Level power settings
- Battery runs up to 10 hours for each set.
- Discreet hook-and-loop battery pocket
- The Product contains rechargeable lithium batteries and charger.
11. ActionHeat Wool Heated Battery Powered Socks
If you are looking for quality and comfort, then these ActionHeat Wool AA battery heated socks are almost perfect. ActionHeat socks can achieve a high max temperature of 130 F and last up to 4 hours per charge.
They have built in heating panels that are made from a high quality ActionFlex material, resulting in warm, lightweight, and versatile socks. The socks utilize heat reflective and FIR (Far Infrared) technology that is often thought to be more effective than standard heating methods. With these socks you can say goodbye to cold feet and say hello to a great time in the great outdoors.
- Material Composition: 38.5% Wool, 60% Cotton & 1.5% Lycra
- ActionHeat battery heated socks uses advanced ultra-fine fibers with built in heating panels to gives you the high performance.
- Utilize a 4.5 Volt battery power pack.
- Available in Black
- AA power packs; each require (3) AA batteries (Not Included)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can electric heated stocks cause fires?
I don’t like to say never, so I won’t, but it’s highly highly unlikely. Electric socks will not catch fire so long as your battery is working fine and intact. If you notice your battery is releasing a funky smell or has been damaged, I advice you replace the battery immediately.
How can I wash heated socks?
I recommend hand-washing the socks carefully without exposing them harmful chemicals and then air dry them. An even better and more “safe” answer to this question is to refer to the manual of the specific socks you decide to order. Different socks come with different washing instructions depending on the fabrics and battery type/location. So, read them carefully, but the general answer to the question is yes.
Does the battery part of the sock get uncomfortable?
Usually, all the battery heated socks have been designed in a way that battery isn’t really noticeable or uncomfortable. However, some socks might cause a little discomfort depending on what type of boots your wearing them and the sock design. So, try and analyze the socks well and read reviews before buying them to make sure they are comfortable and worth your hard earned money.
Are battery powered socks waterproof?
Some of them are and some of them are not. Always refer to the manual of the socks you decide to order for the most accurate and detailed information. It will tell you if the the particular socks are waterproof or not.
Do battery powered socks break easily?
Usually, battery heated socks last a long time as long as you don’t abuse them. Their durability entirely depends on the quality and the care you give them. Low-quality socks may get the holes and tears in few months. On the other hand, high quality socks can last really long even for years. You also have to take care of the batteries.
Why are electric socks so expensive?
The material used to create the socks are durable and better than that of cheap conventional cotton socks. Furthermore, these socks use batteries to generate heat (we all know batteries are expensive). Additionally, they last for years unlike the normal socks, which last well… not very long. All these factors constitute to the higher price of rechargable electric socks.
What are Some Good Uses for Heated Socks?
Heated socks are particularly used to provide warmth and comfort to chronically cold feet. The cold feet can be resulted from:
- Extremely cold weather
- Circulatory problems
- Frost bites
- Raynaud’s phenomenon
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Therefore, these socks can be used in any medical condition or climate changes leading to cold feet.
How long does the battery last?
This varies greatly from brand to brand, a good quality sock with a high capacity batter may last up to 10 hours (possibly even longer). On the other hand, the battery of cheaper socks can only last 2-4 hours. Battery life will also depend on temperature settings (they will last a lot longer on low temperature settings).
Can I machine wash electric socks?
No, machine wash can damage the inside heated element or batteries of the socks. Brush clean is the best way to wash them. Also, remove the batteries if you can before washing them.
Can I replace the battery?
Only in the case of replaceable battery heated socks. If your socks do not come with the replaceable battery, you might not be able to replace them.
Can I put these in the dryer?
No, do not dry heated socks in the dryer. They have to be hand washed and air dried.
What size should I buy?
To find the best size for you, it’s not much different than buying standard socks. So, for example, I wear size 13, so I look for a sock that is labeled as like size 12-15. Just know the size of your conventional shoe/socks and you can buy heated socks the same size.
If you have any questions or thoughts on heated socks let me know in the comments.
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Corporal Wabo is a former Infantry Squad Leader with 3rd Bn 4th Marines. As an outdoor enthusiast, he has been testing outdoor and tactical style gear for over 20 years. He started this website while transitioning out of the Marines, and since has recruited several other Marines to help him work on the Marine Approved website. On this website, we only write about things within our range of expertise like tactical gear, survival gear, hiking supplies, etc. Check out the “About Us” tab to meet the team.