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50 Best Products for Surviving Winter

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Cold Comfort

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.


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Ororo 2021 Heated Pullover Hoodie
Amazon

Ororo 2021 Heated Pullover Hoodie

$190 from Amazon

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If the thought of enveloping yourself in a heated coat makes you feel a little too toasty, there is this hoodie option from Ororo. It has three heat zones, three heat settings, up to 10 hours of warmth on a single charge, and is machine-washable. Even better? Its battery even has a USB-A port for charging a cell phone. 


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Road Chews Tire Traction Mats
Pep Boys

Road Chews Tire Traction Mats

$15 from Pep Boys   
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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.


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Lands' End Women's Long Down Coat
Lands' End
Twin Draft Guard Extreme
Amazon
Snow Joe SJ625E Electric Single Stage Snow Thrower, 21-Inch, 15 Amp Motor
Walmart
Ocoopa Rechargeable Hand Warmer
Amazon

Ocoopa Rechargeable Hand Warmer

$33 from Amazon

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If cold hands are all you're trying to avoid, these hand warmers are a reasonably inexpensive option. Each has three temperature levels, heats in seconds, and is dual-sided for total warmth. These come in a few fun colors and can be used on a single charge for eight to 15 hours, depending on preferred temperature. In other words, they're perfect for a full day of skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing. 


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Brawntide Large Outdoor Waterproof Blanket
Amazon

Brawntide Waterproof Blanket

$37 from Amazon

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Waterproof and windproof, this blanket is perfect for cold-weather sporting events or for keeping in the car for emergencies. Thick fleece keeps things cozy, but it's still lightweight enough to tote around.

Stabilicers Lite Walkers
L.L.Bean

Stabilicers Lite Walkers

$28 from L.L.Bean
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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.

Hopkins Subzero 60" Quick Lock Pivoting Snowbroom
Amazon

Hopkins Subzero 60" Quick Lock Pivoting Snowbroom

$32 from Amazon   
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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.

Smartwool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks
Amazon

Smartwool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks

Starting at $20 from Amazon
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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.

AAA Sport Utility Shovel
Amazon

AAA Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel

$30 from Amazon
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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 26 to 32 inches depending on your needs.

Ready America Cold Weather Survival Kit
Home Depot

Ready America Emergency Cold Weather Survival Kit

$81 from Home Depot 
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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.

Cooyoo Touchscreen Gloves
Amazon

Cooyoo Touchscreen Gloves

Starting at $7 from Amazon
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Especially for people who live in colder climates, touchscreen gloves can lend a helping hand. These have thumb and index finger functionality, come in multiple color combos, and, with a wool exterior and fleece lining, provide warmth as well as easy device handling. 

Cuddl Duds Thermal Top
Target

Cuddl Duds Thermal Top

$19 from Target  
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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.

Thermos Stainless King Food Jar
Amazon

Thermos Stainless King Food Jar

$22 from Target 
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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.

HealthMate Heated Seat Cushion
Amazon

HealthMate Heated Seat Cushion

$31 from Amazon
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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. 

The North Face Women's Shellista II Waterproof Winter Boots
Dick's Sporting Goods
Snow Joe Enviro-Blend Ice Melter
Walmart

Snow Joe Enviro-Blend Ice Melter

$15 from Walmart  
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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.

Patagonia Lined Beanie
Backcountry

Patagonia Beanie

$45 from Backcountry 
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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. 

Snow Joe Power Shovel
The Home Depot

Snow Joe Power Shovel

$85 from Home Depot
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If you've got a smaller area to clear that would be awkward for a snow blower, this power shovel can handle a few inches with ease. And at just 14 pounds, it's easier to manage than a blower.

Threshold Flannel Sheet Set
Target

Threshold Flannel Sheet Set

Starting at $29 from Target
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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.

Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad
Amazon

Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad, Queen

Starting at $90 from Amazon
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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
Amazon

Lasko Full Circle Ceramic Space Heater

$66 from Amazon
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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.

Ear Mitts Bandless Earmuffs
Amazon

Ear Mitts Bandless Earmuffs

$18 from Amazon
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Keep your ears warm and your hair coiffed 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.

Running Snail Hand Crank Radio and Phone Charger
Amazon
Security Chain Tire Chains
Amazon

Security Chain Tire Chains

Starting at $77 from Amazon
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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.

Lands' End Men's Suede Moc Slippers
Lands' End

Lands' End Men's Suede Moc Slippers

$55 from Lands' End
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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.


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Nest Learning Thermostat
Best Buy

Nest Learning Thermostat

Price: $250 from Best Buy 
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Reduce that heating bill sticker shock with the Energy Star-rated Nest Learning Thermostat, which learns your preferences automatically and adjusts to meet them. It also guides you toward more energy-efficient choices.

Fast Trek™ II Fleece Gaiter
Columbia

Columbia Men’s Fleece Neck Gaiter

$12 from Columbia  
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Long scarves can be stylish but impractical for long periods in frigid weather. This neck gaiter has an adjustable draw cord, contoured hem, and soft microfleece to keep you warm without any adjustments necessary.

Husky Liner Weatherbeater Floor Liners
AutoAnything

Husky Liners Weatherbeater Floor Liners

Starting at $64 from AutoAnything
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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
Walmart

Mainstays All-Purpose Boot Tray

Price: $5 from Walmart
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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.


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Zojirushi Travel Mug
Amazon

Zojirushi Travel Mug

$28 from Amazon
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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 Comforter Set
Amazon

Chezmoi Micromink Sherpa Comfort Set

Starting at $46 from Amazon
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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.

Vesture MicroCore Lava Buns Heated Seat Cushion
Amazon

Vesture Navy Lava Buns

$27 from Amazon
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If you'll be spending a lot of time sitting around in chilly weather, Lava Buns 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.

Zadlin Heated Steering Wheel Cover
Amazon

Zadlin Heated Steering Wheel Cover

$30 from Amazon
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Hate driving in gloves? With this plush heated steering wheel cover, you won't have to. It heats up to 120 degrees in just a few minutes, tops.

Rechargeable Warming Glove Liners
Sharper Image

Rechargeable Warming Glove Liners

$180 from Sharper Image
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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 Air Boot and Garment Dryer
Amazon

DryGuy Forced Air Boot and Garment Dryer

$90 from Amazon
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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.

Pure Enrichment Cool Mist Humidifier
Amazon

Pure Enrichment Cool Mist Humidifier

$40 from Amazon 

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Don't let the dry winter air wreak havoc with your skin. This humidifier has a large, easy-to-fill tank good for up to 30 hours, and an antimicrobial filter. It's also quieter than other models, making it a great candidate for the bedroom.

Lasko MyHeat Personal Ceramic Heater
Home Depot

Lasko MyHeat Personal Ceramic Heater

$21 from Home Depot 
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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 Snow Pusher
Amazon

TSP 48" Snow Pusher

$73 from Amazon
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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.


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All in Motion Snow Pants
Target

All in Motion Snow Pants

$38 from Target

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You don't have to spend a mint on good snow gear. These polyester snow pants are wind- and water-resistant, and keep wearers warm without adding bulk. The straight leg allows enough room for layers underneath.

FrostGuard Signature Windshield Cover
FrostGuard

Frostguard Signature Windshield Cover

$50 from FrostGuard
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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.

Apple MagSafe Battery Pack
Amazon

Apple MagSafe Battery Pack

$90 from Amazon

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Anyone who likes to walk or run in the cold knows that low temperatures can drain their phone battery rapidly. This magnetic battery sticks right on the back of any MagSafe-compatible iPhone, giving you extra juice on the go.

Under Armour Cold Gear Leggings
Dick's Sporting Goods

Under Armour Cold Gear Leggings

$50 from Dick's Sporting Goods
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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 Nano Puff Hooded Jacket
Backcountry

Patagonia Nano Puff Hooded Jacket

$249 from Backcountry 

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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.

Towel Selections Fleece Bathrobe
Amazon

Towel Selections Fleece Bathrobe

Starting at $40 from Amazon
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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.

Haven Towel Warmer
Bed Bath & Beyond

Haven Towel Warmer

$97 from Bed Bath & Beyond 
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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 Renewal Therapy
Walmart

Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy

$7 from Walmart
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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 Cotton Ragg Open Cardigan
L.L.Bean

L.L.Bean Cotton Ragg Open Cardigan

$89 from L.L.Bean
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This open 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 five colors and can be machine-washed.

Viper DS4+ Remote Start System
Best Buy

Viper DS4+ Remote Start System

$320 from Best Buy
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This remote-start system lets you use your smartphone to start your car, turn on the heat, and unlock the doors remotely. A temperature sensor can even tell you when the engine is warm.