HOT, HOT, HOT: Product to keep hands warm is trending among some students seeking to overcome the cold weather


Nathan Le

SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION: Chemistry teacher Mason Morris holds a pack of HotHands on Friday, March 17, in his classroom to demonstrate how it works.

With the extension of cold weather this winter, freshman Jadyn Slaud resolved to purchase thermal clothing to withstand the drooping temperature, yet, though insulating, his puffer jacket did not suffice.

Looking for a portable product to take to school, Salud scrolled through Amazon last December to purchase a package of hand warmers, only to land upon Hothands. 

He wasn’t disappointed with his first purchase.

“At first, I just rubbed my hands when my hands got cold, but when I noticed some of my friends using [Hothands], I decided to buy my first pair,” Salud said. “And I really enjoy using the product.”

Although Japanese-owned Hothands’ origins stem from 1989, sales of this product have been trending among Sunny Hills students. 

According to a Tuesday, March 14 Accolade online poll, 71% of 140 responders said they’ve used HotHands this winter. 

“I just like how long the product lasts, and I would definitely recommend this product to other students,” freshman Cassiah Medina said.

Owned by Heatmax Inc, the standard HotHands costs $6.97 for 10 pairs of hand warmers. The products vary in size with larger packets lasting up to 18 hours and can be purchased from local or online stores, according to the company’s website. 

Sophomore Ethan Tam said he and his family have purchased new packs of HotHands online for the past four consecutive winters. 

“Ever since I knew HotHands existed, I rely on them to keep me warm throughout winter,” Tam said. 

To activate the product, students must shake the bag for a few seconds as it gets progressively warmer. Once fully processed, the heat can reach up to 158 degrees Fahrenheit and can last for up to 10 hours, according to the company’s website. 

Alongside the surge in HotHands users, chemistry teacher Mason Morris conducted an experiment during a lesson on solubility to demonstrate heat formation on Tuesday, March 14. 

“The demonstration went well, and it showed students how the process worked,” said Morris, who has used HotHands himself on ski trips.