One of the best investments you can make in apparel this coming fall and winter season is buying yourself a pair of thermal socks.
Since it’s an investment, you got to make sure you’re purchasing the right pair that will not only keep you warm, but also fit your lifestyle.
What do I mean by that?
Surprisingly, there are a wide variety of socks from normal cotton socks, compression socks, tube socks, knee length stockings, etc. With all these options it’s hard to sift through what you actually need.
And if you don’t know what you want or need, we got your back.
This list we’ve compiled contains are 10 picks for the best thermal socks that’ll suit your variety of needs. We spread it out to different categories to ensure there’s something for everyone. We’ll be breaking down the material, quantity, durability, comfort, and several other factors that you’ll need to watch out for.
1. People Socks Unisex Merino Wool Thermal Socks
The first pair of thermal socks on this list accomplish 2 things that any type of sock should do:
Warmth and comfort.
This can be attributed to the fiber contents of the socks themselves. It’s made of 71% Merino wool/21% nylon/1% spandex. For the uninitiated, merino wool is one of the more comfier fibers that can be worn in my humble opinion.
It is not only comfy, but provides a number of benefits with one them being heating.
This heating is due to Merino wool’s ability to trap and insulate more heat compared to other fibers like cotton. When the cold season comes around, these will naturally keep you toasty by preserving more heat compared to competitors.
You can trust these pairs of socks to keep you cozy through the cold winter seasons.
2. Debra Weitzner Heavy Thermal Socks
If your cold seasons aren’t as extreme and dropping to lower temps, than you’ll probably want something in the middle sweet spot.
These thermal socks by Debra Weitzner are the most ideal for those situations.
Each sock is made with 38% merino wool/45% cotton/10% polyester/7% elastic. The less merino wool content is less compared to our previous choice but that’s actually better if you’re in 32°F/0°C and upwards weather. This will prevent you from getting too warm.
They hit that sweet spot between too much heat and not enough heat.
Another plus side about the stocks:
You’re getting 6 pairs of quality thermal socks for a good price. You’ll be able to cycle through several socks throughout the week without having to reuse them too much. I would highly recommend these for people experiencing “chilly” or fall-like weather.
3. Hot Feet Heavy Thermal Socks
With such a similar design it’s hard for socks to be different and stand out. But Hot Feet is able to overcome this by utilizing a different fabric in their manufacturing aside from cheap cotton.
There socks are mostly made from an acrylic fiber.
Like the merino wool from our previous choices, they also help with insulating and preserving heat for longer periods of time. But the difference here is that they also help with dealing with any moisture or sweat buildup in the feet. This means instead of the sweat being absorbed, it will be wicked away.
The sweat wicking helps regulate any moisture buildup but it also helps with comfort.
You’ll be able to avoid that nasty soaked feeling from wet socks. It doesn’t feel good, it’s uncomfortable, and I just don’t see myself moving around with a wet sock. So it’s good to have a way to transport the sweat while still preserving heat and warmth.
While you’re shopping around, I would keep these socks in mind as they have a lot of functionality and use.
4. CompressionZ Thermal Compression Socks (20-30mmHg)
Another category of socks that I haven’t touched on yet are compression socks.
While compression socks in general aren’t necessarily seen as thermal socks. CompressionZ specially designed a lightweight solution that combines elements of both thermal and compression.
This allows for 2 things:
Recovery and warmth.
With the 20-30 mmHg graduated compression (if you don’t know what gradient compression is, you can read more here), it provides a mild level of compression that is able to deal with soreness and varicose veins that develop in your feet and legs.
To add to that:
You’re getting a thermal sock that is made a quality knit with lightweight fibers that insulate heat. Maybe not as much as our other choices. But enough to keep you cozy in chilly weather. If you’re thinking about getting these socks, keep in mind you’re getting the best of both worlds.
5. Mansbasic Women’s Fashion Thermal Crew Winter Socks
They have a very confusing product name, but that doesn’t disregard it from our running for best thermal socks.
These thermal socks were chosen because of their wool material and their looks.
They are specially catered for women with their vintage and cozy look. You can wear these around the house, when you go the bed, or when you go out. These particular socks are a versatile piece of apparel that include both form and functionality.
And out of the socks in our list, they are one of the more “fashionable” with an attractive comforting appearance.
And they just don’t look comfy too. Putting these socks on will provide you a secure relaxed fit that you can wear for hours on end. They come in many different colors and knits and I highly recommend them for the women out there.
6. Loritta Women’s Vintage Winter Thermal Crew Socks
On the topic of fashion socks, these thermal socks by Loritta do the job too.
The one thing that differs for this particular piece of apparel from its peers is the price. It’s a bang-for-your-buck deal for 5 pairs of attractive, vintage style winter socks. If you want something other than the basic solid colors, then these socks could be a great option to change up your apparel and wardrobe.
They’re made of quality fibers. The fiber content consists of 35% wool/29% cotton/36% polyester. You’re getting a combination a thermal insulation, comfort, and stretch to ensure a secure cozy fit.
A great pickup for anyone who wants 5 pairs of socks for a good price.
7. Autocastle Winter Electric Battery Heated Warm Socks
With everything today being more and more integrated with technology, it shouldn’t be surprising that there socks that can keep you warm. At first glance, it seems gimmicky and unneeded, but Autocastle managed to create a rechargeable thermal sock that actually works pretty well.
The winter sock includes two 3.7V li-ion batteries that should last you for 5.5 hours of wear. The socks are specially designed to make sure you’re getting the ideal warmth to ensure comfort for long-term wear.
But a quality sock should still have the basics down, right?
Thankfully, they didn’t forget that either. The socks are still comfortable and easy to wear. The only problem is you can feel the batteries weigh you down a bit, but it’s not too bothersome. I don’t recommend wearing these when you go out or for tasks for a lot of movement. I see them as relaxed wear when you’re sitting at home and just want comfortable heating for when it gets cold.
If you want something unique and set heating, you can’t go wrong with electric thermal socks to keep you warm this fall and winter season.
8. Pure Compression Thermal Ski Socks
These calf/knee high compression socks double as thermal socks. They are specially design to protect against the cold for skiing and snowboarding. So if you’re an avid winter sports type of person, I would keep a lookout for these thermal compression socks by Pure Compression.
The first important fact to consider about these thermal socks are the material they’re made of. Each pair of socks are made with a merino wool blend that is lightweight but still provides enough thickness to insulate your feet and keep you warm.
Also keep in mind:
The secure fit and durable material will help protect against the elements while you’re out there in the snow. It’ll keep things like ice and snow from getting on you and keep you covered.
The compression aspect of the sock itself should also lend itself to helping with recovery and comfort while performing at a high level in your respective sports. With these compression thermal socks, you’re getting a combination of two significant factors that will help you in the winter months.
9. Lian LifeStyle Women’s Knee High Wool Socks
Everyone has their own unique tastes and preferences and we keep that in mind when finding the best thermal socks. We found some knee high wool socks that caters to women who want some more coverage and fit.
The benefit of having a knee high design is that you’re getting more warmth and comfort with the additional coverage. This means there is more area to insulate and preserve heat to keep you warm while you’re wearing them.
The wool blend of the socks also ensures comfort throughout your calves as well. It has a more “snuggier” fit compared to others we have on the list.
You can wear these on-the-go or when you’re just relaxing at home.
They are one of the best thermal socks to wear when you just when to make your day just a little better.
10. Universal Textiles Men’s Performance Thermal Ski Socks
Last, but not least we have these knee high socks specially designed for men to wear while partaking winter sports. They’re also great to wear to brave against the cold in the fall and winter.
This protection is thanks to the 75% acrylic fiber that helps insulate more heat to keep individuals warm. By trapping more of that warmth, you’ll be able to combat cold weather better using your own body heat.
The thickness of the fiber is ideal to help prevent things like the snow and wind from penetrating your skin. This way you don’t have ice or wno stuck in your sock for too long. You’ll be able to keep a warm temperature for a longer period of time while out in the cold.