The heated grips install will have high, low and off settings. In the summer, I remove the fuse in the circuit so that it won't work if someone accidentally hits the switch. As for cost, the grip kit cost about $20 and the switch was $12. Gloves are easier but they don't work if you don't have them. There have been times when I'd leave for a ride when it was really warm, but got quite cool at night. Having the grips were perfect. The gloves would have only worked if I had brought them. That said, the gloves keep the whole hand warm. Having the option of both is best.