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The Best Foot Warmers for The Cold Weather


In this article, you can find out information on foot warmers and how they provide an easy solution to one of the most discomforting problems in cold weather. Yes, cold feet! Hopefully, the information will prove useful to you and will help you decide which foot warmer you should purchase.

Having cold feet when you are resting at home or are hard at work can become a real discomfort. Imagine coming home with cold feet from the snow and finding the floor just as cold.

Sometimes this makes the whole body cold, making work a lot more difficult and eventually leaving you sick, but there is an easy solution for it—an electric foot warmer.

How can electric foot warmers help?

Electric foot warmers are a good investment. They are simple, yet brilliant; because you can place them inconspicuously underneath your desk at work or wherever you spend long hours.

They are small in size and very convenient. These foot warmers function with the help of heat radiating panels or heated mats.

How do electric foot warmers generate heat?

An electric footwarmer is attached to electricity via a power module (not shown), a base, an electric heater element (120), and a conductive plate (110).

Electric foot warmers generate heat by heating up an electric heater element through a power module. The power module is attached to the power socket and allows the user to regulate heat, and turn it on/off. The Power module then connects to a base in the foot warmer itself. The base has connections to an electric heater element, which connects to a conductive plate that distributes the heat evenly

On the Outside of the foot warmer you will find:

Power module
(sometimes the power module is on the shoes of shoe-shaped foot warmers)
Inside the foot warmer (hidden from view):

Base station
Electric heater element
Conductive plate(s)
Surrounding fabrics
Direct heat is more energy efficient
Heating mats are much more efficient than room heating
Heating mats are much more efficient than room heating (source)

Heating yourself with an electric foot warmer is actually very energy efficient.

With a foot warmer, the heat is directly transferred to you through thermal conduction. The heat will spread to your entire body from your feet up.

Whereas heating the entire room with a space heater is much less efficient.

Foot mats transfer heat directly through thermal conduction
Heat is transferred to your entire body through the circulation
A room heater does not transfer heat directly but must heat the entire room

How to keep your (freezing) feet warm

Most of us know about having cold feet. It is mostly caused by a cold temperature in your surroundings combined with low blood circulation in your feet. Both need to be addressed for the feet to heat up.

Things that work against cold feet

  • Electric foot warmers: Select a type of foot warmer that has good reviews. They differ a lot in quality and price and have massage and heating strength options. See our section on Electric foot warmers and bedspreads and mats. The electric foot warmers are very energy efficient compared to room heating, and the conduction will heat your entire body. It’s probably the most effective option.
  • Microwaveable foot warmers: Typically the heating lasts for 30-45 minutes. If this is enough for you, this is an excellent option. The footies are comfortable, heat in 30 seconds, and you can wear them anywhere. See our section on Microwaveable foot warmers.
  • Warm footies: If you just need an extra layer and a comfortable shoe to keep the cold out, try these.
  • Of course, turning up the heat if possible makes a huge difference. Just remember, it won’t necessarily help your cold feet that much. Firstly because the heat goes up, the floor is always colder. Secondly, because room heating isn’t very effective. For more information, see Why mats are more efficient than room heating
  • Improve your blood circulation by doing these simple foot exercises (for instance, tapping your feet under your table for half an hour every day). This will make your feet more resistant to cold conditions later on in the day because blood circulation has improved.
  • Change your socks regularly, as the sweat in your socks will go to the fabric. This makes the feet colder when the room is cold and you’re wearing old socks.
  • Pets are amazing. Snuggling up with your dog and cat is always an option.
Dr Christine Nolan is the CEO and founder of Footdiagnosis.com. She also has extensive clinical experience and is therefore uniquely qualified to detect and manage diseases of the lower extremities including those related to peripheral arterial disease and diabetes.