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9 products you need to survive winter

Stay warm in the cold with these essential purchases

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by Emma Simon ConsumerAffairs Research Team
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Ready or not, winter is here. Even if you love the snow, getting hit with blasts of arctic air can chill your enthusiasm. To make it until spring without catching frostbite, you’re going to need a few gadgets to keep cozy. Stock up on these warm essentials before the temperature drops into a deep freeze.

Keep using your phone even with your gloves on

Touchscreen gloves
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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Thick, waterproof fleece
  • Index fingers coated in conductive material to use smartphones, tablets or smart watches

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Gloves keep your hands toasty warm but inhibit use of your phone. These Cevapro gloves feature a PU leather palm and fingers that give you the grip you need to use your phone outside. Plus, they’re rated for temperatures as low as 30 below zero.

Keep your hands warm and charge your phone at the same time

Phone charging handwarmer
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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Double-sided warmer emits a consistent level of heat
  • Auto shut-off after one hour as a safety precaution

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If you plan to spend extended time outside at a game or parade, you’re going to get cold. This rechargeable hand warmer is the perfect solution. It pulls double duty by also working as a portable charger for your phone while you’re out in the elements.

A cozy throw to keep you warm on winter nights

Heated Blanket
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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Three heat levels that range from 95℉ to 113℉
  • Power cable almost 10 feet long so you can get cozy anywhere

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Heated blankets have come a long way from your childhood memories. This throw blanket features a soft and comforting interior and a plush exterior that will look great on your couch or bed. Three heat settings and an auto shut-off feature provide added safety.

A cozy hat that plays your tunes

Bluetooth beanie
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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Built-in microphone to answer calls hands-free
  • Convenient control panel to answer calls, end calls and adjust volume right from the beanie

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The added bulk of a hat makes it hard to keep your headphones in place. The perfect solution? A hat with built-in speakers! The Bluetooth 5.0 effortlessly pairs with your mobile device so you’re never left out in the cold without your tunes.

A light to chase the blues away

Mood boosting light
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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • LED light rated to last for 50,000 hours
  • Light rated at lux level of 10,000 to mimic noon-day sun

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If you struggle to be productive in the winter, you know that limited exposure to daylight can make things worse. This powerful light promises to boost your mood and productivity and serves as a decorative accent piece for your home or office.

A windshield cover that makes snow removal a snap

Windshield Cover
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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Fits any windshield with adjustable flaps
  • Lightweight design and convenient storage bag

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Before you can start your commute, you need to start your car. But if the windshield is covered in ice or snow, you’re not going anywhere. This cover is a protective barrier to keep your windshield clear whenever a wintry mix makes a mess.

Reduce your heating bills with these draft stoppers

Door draft stopper
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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Made of silicone for a scratch-free solution that won’t mar your floors
  • Measures 39 inches in length and can be cut to perfectly fit your door

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Drafty homes are one of the biggest reasons for high utility bills. This winter, don’t let hard-earned money escape from the spaces under your doors. This draft stopper is designed for exterior entries and fits most door sizes.

A smart thermostat that adjusts to your household's habits

Smart thermostat
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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Auto programming to adjust the temperature before you arrive home
  • Compatible with Alexa to control your thermostat remotely

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Does your empty home need high heat if no one’s around to enjoy it? This Nest smart thermometer learns your household’s energy consumption habits and automatically adjusts to lower usage based on previous behavior.

A classic slow cooker to make savory winter meals

Hamilton beach crockpot
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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Extra-large 10-quart container that can fit a 12-pound turkey
  • Lid clips make leak-free transportation easy

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These days we’re busier than ever, and that means you might not have the time or energy to make a home-cooked meal from scratch after work. Enter the slow cooker. Cook heart-warming savory stews, soups and roasts while you’re away and enjoy the leftovers for future meals.

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by Emma Simon ConsumerAffairs Research Team

As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Emma Simon is dedicated to creating accurate and valuable content that helps consumers make difficult decisions.