The 4 Best Compression Gloves for Arthritis
Compression gloves have many different uses, but most people want to alleviate arthritis symptoms. They can also provide relief for heavy typists or people who perform intricate tasks with their hands. When worn for eight hours, either during the day or while you're asleep, you can experience a noticeable decrease in hand-swelling, pain, and joint stiffness.
Some gloves known as thermals will keep your hands warm, others offer splint-like support for your wrists (these are geared more towards carpal tunnel, so they were excluded), and a few are designed to make gripping items easier.
The most popular compression gloves consist of a soft fabric. These stretchy gloves mainly serve to deal with the swelling and aches that go along with arthritis.
This base level of compression gloves benefits a wide swath of people, and more and more brands are throwing their hat into the ring. As a result, finding a great pair of compression gloves is getting increasingly difficult.
We cut through the fake reviews and tried out some of the best compression gloves to help you get some relief from arthritis.
Best Compression Gloves for Most People
With three sizes and excellent construction, these gloves from Dr. Frederick's are perfect for most people. We are big fans of Dr. Kay's gloves, but as soon as we took Dr. Frederick's gloves out of the packaging, the jump in quality was apparent.
The gloves are well-designed and stitched, assuaging any worries about split seams. The finger length isn't too long and the fabric warms your hands. We tossed them in the wash (on a normal cycle, against their advice) to see how they held up, and they remained soft and in tact.
For comfortable, well-made gloves that apply even compression (to your fingers and wrists!), these are the best option.
Best If You’re Curious About the Compression Gloves Hype
We were introduced to compression gloves through Dr. Kay. Though they only come in one size (sitting between a medium and large in our pick for most people), Dr. Kay's Compression Gloves work well for people of various hand sizes. They apply pressure to small and large hands alike without feeling too restrictive or loose. People with particularly big hands might have to go with our pick for most which has different sizes
These are the most affordable gloves we found (true eight months ago and true today) that don't skimp on quality. The stitching holds up over time through multiple washes and general wear and tear.
The one-size-fits-all aspect is the only drawback, but if you want to take a low-risk plunge into compression therapy, these gloves are for you.
Best Thermal Compression Gloves
Do your hands get cold easily? Kill two birds with one stone with Thermoskin's Premium Arthritic Gloves. The special lining traps your body heat more efficiently than other compression gloves, using it to both keep your hands warm and stimulate blood flow to your arthritic pain points.
These fingerless gloves are grippy, come in six sizes, and have an adjustable wrist strap for additional support. The only downside is that the fingers are on the long side, which makes it pretty easy to get them dirty if you wear them during the day. Conversely, this is a plus for people with long fingers.
Best Grippy Compression Gloves
If your arthritis makes it hard to hold onto objects, these gloves can provide some grip. Vive makes compression gloves without grips, but those fell short of our main testers. When it comes to textured grips combined with a wide range of movement, however, Vive comes out on top.
Vive's gloves are fingerless, lightweight, and come in three sizes.
All of these gloves can be machine washed on a cold cycle with similar colors, but should be air dried to maintain elasticity. Even so, over time, they will lose their staying power and they will need to be replaced. How long the compression degradation takes will depend on how often you use them and how you treat them, but the gloves should provide relief for 6–12 months.
We also tried out IMAK's compression gloves, but they didn't feel premium enough to justify their cost. Reviews pointed to poor stitching and easily burst seams (which, we admit, can be attributed to getting a size too small in any brand). Our pair has held up so far, but we can see weak points in the stitching and found the fingers to be quite long.