Hate the cold? Join the club. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make Old Man Winter a little more tolerable, whatever he decides to dish out this year. Here are 50 smart buys that can help you survive the cold, from the best coats and space heaters to serious gear such as car shovels and emergency road kits.
Prices and availability are subject to change.
HOTHANDS HAND WARMERS
Price: Starting at $7 | Buy them on Amazon
These disposable, air-activated hand warmers heat up as soon as you rip open the package. Slip them in your gloves or pockets for up to 10 hours of heat.
ROAD CHEWS TIRE TRACTION MATS
Price: $13 | Buy them at Pep Boys
The only thing worse than nasty winter weather is getting stuck in it. Wedge these traction mats under your tires to get a car out of the ice or snow. They can also be used in mud or sand when the weather is warmer.
CUDDL DUDS THERMAL TOP
Price: $18 | Buy it at Target
Stay cozy in comfortable, machine-washable, long-sleeve tops that provide a toasty layer of warmth in cold weather. They come in a variety of styles.
LANDS' END WOMEN'S COMMUTER LONG DOWN COAT
Price: $150 | Buy it at Lands' End
This waterproof coat with 600-fill power down will make even the worst winter weather bearable. It also has an insulated, removable hood, a storm-flap closure, and inner drawcord.
THE NORTH FACE WOMEN'S SHELLISTA II WATERPROOF WINTER BOOTS
Price: $140 | Buy them at Dick's Sporting Goods
Go anywhere in these North Face boots, which combine a trendy knit and leather upper with a grippy rubber sole. PrimaLoft insulation and a waterproof membrane keep feet warm and dry, too.
SNOW JOE ION 18SB BATTERY-POWERED SNOW BLOWER
Price: $248 | Buy it on Amazon
One of Cheapism's best cheap snowblowers, this lightweight Snow Joe gets the job done without a cord, or the hassle of maintaining a gas engine. It can go up to 50 minutes on a charge. (Amazon sells it with a charger; if you find it for cheaper elsewhere, be warned that the charger may be sold separately.)
MAMBE EXTREME WEATHER OUTDOOR BLANKET
Price: Starting at $149 | Buy it on Amazon
Waterproof and windproof, the Mambe Extreme blanket is perfect for cold-weather sporting events or for keeping in the car for emergencies. Thick fleece keeps things cozy, and a radiant heat reflective lining locks in body heat.
STABILICERS LITE WALKERS
Price: Starting at $22 | Buy them at L.L.Bean
Make almost any pair of shoes winter-ready with these ice cleats, which clip over footwear for added traction in ice and snow. They can be rolled up and stuffed in a purse or bag when they're not needed.
SMARTWOOL TREKKING HEAVY CREW SOCKS
Price: Starting at $21 | Buy them on Amazon
Wool socks are a winter must: They're great at keeping feet warm while still wicking away sweat and letting feet breathe. This pair from SmartWool has a flat-knit toe seam and an elasticized arch brace for extra support.
HOPKINS SUBZERO 60-INCH QUICK LOCK PIVOTING SNOWBROOM
Price: $20 | Buy it from Ace Hardware
A sturdy ice scraper and snow broom is a must for every vehicle. This one features a quick-lock 60-inch extension pole, an extra-wide scraper, and a squeegee.
AAA ALUMINUM SPORT UTILITY SHOVEL
Price: $17 | Buy it on Amazon
Put this lightweight shovel in your trunk so you can dig out of a drift if necessary. It can be taken apart and stowed in three pieces, and adjusts from 25 to 32 inches depending on your needs.
SNOW JOE ENVIRO-BLEND ICE MELTER
Price: $9.50 | Buy it at Staples
There's no need to wait for afternoon sun to make your icy sidewalk safe again. This eco-friendly ice melter won't harm your patio, grass, or other surfaces, and starts working immediately on contact with snow and ice.
READY AMERICA EMERGENCY COLD WEATHER SURVIVAL KIT
Price: $67 | Buy it at Target
Get everything you need for cold-weather emergencies with this survival kit. It has a shovel, blankets, body warmers, and even emergency food and water if you get stranded.
TORO POWER SHOVEL
Price: $99 | Buy it on Amazon
If you've got a smaller area to clear that would be awkward for a snow blower, the Toro Power Shovel can handle a few inches with ease. And at just over 12 pounds, it's easier to manage than a blower, too.
THRESHOLD FLANNEL SHEET SET
Price: Starting at $30 | Buy itat Target
A set of brushed flannel sheets are a must for cool weather. Target's Threshold flannel sheets come in a wide range of solid hues and prints, with a deep-pocket fitted sheet that can fit thicker mattresses, too.
THE NORTH FACE UNISEX ETIP GLOVE
Price: Starting at $34 | Buy it on Amazon
A good pair of winter gloves is crucial, but these days, smartphone compatibility is even more important. This pair from North Face allows easy use of touchscreens, and four-way stretch allows for easy movement.
THERMOS STAINLESS KING FOOD JAR
Price: Starting at $21 | Buy it on Amazon
It might be cold outside, but your food can stay warm in this Thermos food jar, made with vacuum-insulated stainless steel that keeps hot food hot (or, in cooler weather, cold food cold). It even comes with a full-size folding spoon that stays nestled in the lid.
Price: Starting at $29 | Buy it at Patagonia
This beanie, made of tightly woven recycled polyester, comes in a variety of colors and patterns that will keep your head warm stylishly this winter.
SUNBEAM QUILTED HEATED MATTRESS PAD, QUEEN
Price: $70 | Buy it on Amazon
Grab this heated mattress pad and stop wrestling with electric blankets at night. You'll get dual-zone controls with 10 heat settings and an auto-off feature that kicks in after 10 hours of use.
LASKO FULL CIRCLE CERAMIC SPACE HEATER
Price: $100 | Buy it on Amazon
Resist turning up the thermostat with this space heater, which can sweep heat a full 360 degrees around any chilly room. It has two heat settings, a remote, a programmable thermostat, and a carry handle to make it easy to move.
TWIN DRAFT GUARD EXTREME
Price: $17 | Buy it on Amazon
Keep the heat bills down by insulating doors with this handy draft guard, good for doors up to 36 inches. The hook and loop closure ensures a secure fit and keeps the cold air outside where it belongs.
EAR MITTS BANDLESS EARMUFFS
Price: Starting at $14 | Buy them on Amazon
Keep your ears warm and your hair coifed with these bandless earmuffs, which have thermal fleece and Thinsulate insulation. They come in two sizes and can be stuffed easily in a pocket or purse.
SECURITY CHAIN TIRE CHAINS
Price: $65 | Buy them on Amazon
Tire chains are a winter essential in truly icy, snowy climates. The diagonal pattern of these chains provides better traction than traditional tire chains, and they don't require much clearance around tire sidewalls for installation.
HEATED SEAT CUSHION
Price: $15 | Buy it from Kohl's
Didn't opt for the heated seats when you bought your car? Not a problem with this heated seat cushion. Plug it into the 12-volt outlet and secure it with elastic back straps and under-seat hooks. Choose from high or low heat with an easy-to-use controller.
LANDS' END MEN'S SUEDE MOC SLIPPERS
Price: $28 | Buy them at Lands' End
These moccasin-style slippers will be your new go-to winter footwear for around the house. Suede or textile uppers, a foam foot bed and a rubber outsole make them as cozy as any slipper but durable enough for quick trips outside.
COLUMBIA THERMARATOR NECK GAITER
Price: Starting at $20 | Buy it on Amazon
Long scarves can be stylish but impractical for long periods in frigid weather. This neck gaiter has an adjustable draw cord, contoured hem, and Omni-Heat fleece to keep you warm without any adjustments necessary.
RUNNING SNAIL HAND CRANK SELF-POWERED RADIO AND PHONE CHARGER
Price: $20 | Buy it on Amazon
Stay informed even in the nastiest snow or ice storm with this AM/FM and weather radio, which can be powered with a hand crank, solar power, or micro USB. It doubles as a phone charger and a flashlight, too.
HUSKY LINERS WEATHERBEATER FLOOR LINERS
Price: Starting at $56 | Buy them at AutoAnything
Keep your car clean as a whistle with these heavy-duty floor liners, which repel everything from slushy snow to motor oil. Built-in cleats keep them in place, and they're available in three colors.
MAINSTAYS ALL-PURPOSE BOOT TRAY
Price: $5 | Buy it at Walmart
Stop tracking in snow and ice by keeping winter footwear on this boot tray, made of durable polypropylene. Simply wipe it or hose it off when it gets dirty. It's also a great for holding pet food and water dishes, buyers report.
ZOJIRUSHI TRAVEL MUG
Price: Starting at $30 | Buy it on Amazon
Keep your coffee piping hot with this 20-ounce Zojirushi travel mug. It has a convenient flip-top lid with a safety lock that means you can even toss it in your bag without worrying that it will spill.
CHEZMOI MICROMINK SHERPA COMFORT SET
Price: Starting at $48 | Buy it on Amazon
Upgrade to a cozier comforter to banish winter's chill. This reversible set features cozy Sherpa to keep you plenty warm at night. It has box stitching to keep the fill from shifting and leaving uncomfortable cold spots, and it comes in several solid colors.
ARCTIC ZONE LAVASEAT
Price: $26 | Buy it on Amazon
If you'll be spending a lot of time sitting around in chilly weather, the LavaSeat can keep you toasty. Just zap the microcore reusable pack in the microwave before heading out, and it will keep your backside warm for about six hours.
HEATED STEERING WHEEL COVER
Price: $120 | Buy it at Hammacher Schlemmer
Hate driving in gloves? With this PVC leather heated steering wheel cover, you won't have to. It heats up to 114 degrees and provides four levels of heat. Charge it up with the included AC adapter for an hour of warmth.
RECHARGEABLE WARMING GLOVE LINERS
Price: $150 | Buy them at Sharper Image
Looking for an eco-friendly alternative to hand warmers? These warming glove liners are fully rechargeable, providing up to five hours of heat. The thin elastic isn't bulky inside gloves, and there are three levels of heat.
DRYGUY DX FORCED AIR BOOT AND GARMENT DRYER
Price: $70 | Buy it on Amazon
Easily dry out boots, hats, gloves, and other winter gear in just an hour or two with this boot and garment dryer. It has two extension tubes than work with taller boots and a three-hour timer that ensures safe operation.
HONEYWELL HCM350W COOL MIST HUMIDIFIER
Price: $55 | Buy it on Amazon
Don't let the dry winter air wreak havoc with your skin. This humidifier has a large, easy-to-fill, dishwasher-safe tank, an antimicrobial filter, and three speed settings. It's also quieter than other models, making it a great candidate for the bedroom.
LASKO MYHEAT PERSONAL CERAMIC HEATER
Price: $20 | Buy it on Amazon
Perfect for anyone who works in a frigid office, this little ceramic heater directs all of its warmth to you instead of the surrounding room. It's only 6 inches tall, making it inconspicuous on a desk. It also has overheat protection and stays cool to the touch.
TSP 48-INCH SNOW PUSHER
Price: $75 | Buy it on Amazon
Save your back by clearing off the deck or patio with a snow pusher instead of a hard-to-manage shovel. Its rust-proof polyethylene blade can easily clear a few inches from a flat surface, and it comes with a wall hanger clip for easy storage.
ZERMATT SNOW PANTS
Price: Starting at $25 | Buy them at Target
You don't have to spend a mint on good snow gear. These polyester Zermatt pants are wind- and water-resistant, and they keep wearers warm without adding bulk. The straight leg also allows enough room for layers underneath.
FROSTGUARD SIGNATURE WINDSHIELD COVER
Price: $22 | Buy it at FrostGuard
Hate clearing your windshield on a frigid morning? Eliminate the issue completely with a windshield cover that keeps ice and snow from sticking. The weather-resistant PVC lining and woven elastic straps keep it intact and in place.
MOPHIE JUICE PACK
Price: Starting at $68 | Buy it on Amazon
Anyone who likes to walk or run in the cold knows that low temperatures can rapidly drain their phone battery. This lightweight, impact-resistant phone case doubles your phone's battery life without the need for an inconvenient battery pack.
UNDER ARMOUR COLD GEAR LEGGINGS
Price: $50 | Buy them at Dick's Sporting Goods
These leggings have a brushed interior and fast-drying exterior to lock in warmth while it's frigid. They also wick away sweat to keep skin dry, and added elastane means there's plenty of stretch for any cold-weather exercise.
PATAGONIA MICRO PUFF HOODY
Price: $299 | Buy it at Patagonia
Stay warm without added bulk in this Patagonia coat, which has synthetic insulation that compresses and packs easily. The outer shell is windproof and water-repellant, and the quilting keeps the coat's insulation exactly where it needs to be for maximum warmth.
Price: $40 | Buy it at Pajama Warmers
This little satin-lined warming sack is perfect for making your pajamas toasty before it's time to hit the sack, but it can also warm up socks, slippers, blankets, gloves, hats, or any other small item.
TOWEL SELECTIONS FLEECE BATHROBE
Price: Starting at $36 | Buy it on Amazon
A cozy bathrobe is a must for lounging around in the winter. This lightweight polyester fleece robe is double-stitched for lasting comfort, machine-washable, and available in more than 15 bright colors.
Price: $80 | Buy it at Bed Bath & Beyond
Treat yourself to the luxury of a toasty towel when you step out of the shower. This warmer can accommodate two oversized towels at once and keep them at up to 120 degrees for when you're ready to use them.
NEOSPORIN LIP HEALTH OVERNIGHT RENEWAL THERAPY
Price: $4 | Buy it at Walmart
Dry, cracked lips, common in the winter, are unsightly and often downright painful. Soothe them with this petrolatum-based Neosporin lip treatment, which requires just three nights to work its magic.
L.L.BEAN SHAKER-STITCH OPEN CARDIGAN
Price: $70 | Buy it at L.L.Bean
This plush women’s open knit cardigan in soft, mid-weight cotton is versatile enough to layer over just about everything when it's chilly, and the slightly fitted silhouette keeps it from looking too bulky. It comes in six colors and can be machine-washed.
BIDDEFORD HEATED MICROPLUSH THROW
Price: $30 | Buy it from JCPenney
Banish cold toes and high heat bills this winter with this microplush heated throw, available in eight colors and patterns. It has 10 heat settings that let users find that toasty-but-not-too-toasty sweet spot, and an automatic safety shut-off after 10 hours.