Say farewell to blisters and a chipped manicure from tending to your greenery or harvesting your vegetables. These eight gardening gloves are our top picks to get you through all four gardening seasons.
Here is a breakdown of our top eight gardening gloves by type and intensity of work, sex and age of the gardener, and even season (in winter you will want warmer, thicker gloves).
How did we rank our best gardening gloves? We looked at fit, materials, and intended use of the gardening gloves — which are the three things you’ll want to keep in mind when purchasing gloves for your gardening projects. (You can read more about how to choose gardening gloves in our Buyers Guide below.)
Top 7 Gardening Gloves – Reviews
1. Best All-Purpose Gardening Gloves: Showa Atlas nitrile garden gloves (large) – 4 pack
If you’re a warm-season weekend gardener, a basic nitrile glove is probably all you need. These Showa Atlas nitrile gloves are hailed as being like a second skin (as long as you buy the right size) and are great for dexterity. These everyday gardening gloves are good for light- to medium-duty jobs.
The nitrile palm coating protects your hands and fingertips from moisture while the knit material on the back lets your skin breathe. These gloves are machine washable and come in a 6-pack or 4-pack, depending on the size. The Showa Atlas gloves come in an assortment of colors.
- Nitrile-coated palms with knit material on the back
- Assorted colors
✓ Machine washable
✓ Nitrile coating protects palms and fingernails from dirt and moisture
✓ An assortment of colors
✓ Good for light to medium gardening chores
✓ A fan favorite on Amazon – over 80% of reviewers give these gardening gloves 5 stars
✗ Not made for heavy-duty jobs
✗ Not meant to last forever. (They come in a multi-pack for a reason.)
The link above is for the large size. Also available in small (6-pack).
2. Runner-Up Best All-Purpose Gardening Gloves: Womanswork stretch gardening glove
The Womanswork stretch gardening gloves are a good choice if you would rather have a fabric glove without the nitrile. These gardening gloves are machine washable, sized for a woman’s hand, and useful for light to medium gardening chores.
3. Best Heavier-Duty All-Purpose Gardening Gloves for Women: Wells Lamont women’s hybrid work/gardening gloves
Sometimes gardening gloves are unisex, but often gardening gloves are designed for women’s or men’s hands. We like these two gloves from Wells Lamont — one designed for women and one for men. These are heavier-duty, all-purpose gloves that have a wider range of applications than a basic nitrile glove.
The Wells Lamont gloves are useful for medium to heavy gardening chores. Put on these gloves if you have wood to haul or need to do a good end-of-season garden cleanup. You can work around your hobby farm, do light construction, work with animals, or till the garden.
These gloves crossover into the “work glove” category, so you can expect them to last longer than a standard nitrile garden glove.
- Come in small, medium, and large sizes
- HydraHyde leather resists water
- Spandex back is water-resistant as well
- Spandex gives extra breathability
- Velcro wrist band
✓ Leather/spandex combo for strength and breathability
✓ Spandex gives greater dexterity
✓ Adjustable velcro wrist
✓ Spandex helps glove fit to your hand
✗ Not waterproof
✗ Not the best for fine motor tasks
4. Best Heavier-Duty All-Purpose Gardening Gloves for Men: Wells Lamont men’s slip-on HydraHyde full leather work gloves
- Come in medium, large, X large, and XX large
- Made from grain cowhide
- One color – tan
- Reinforced strip across palm
✓ Great glove for a wide range of jobs
✓ HydraHyde leather is water resistant
✓ Grain cowhide is resistant to puncture and abrasion
✓ Elastic, slip-on wrist
✗ Not waterproof
✗ Not good for ultra-high dexterity jobs
5. Best Gardening Gloves for Rose Pruning: Acdyion gardening gloves for women/men
If you’re dealing with roses, blackberries, cacti, or anything with barbs and thorns, you need a specialty glove. Rose pruning gloves are a special category of gardening glove with leather or puncture-resistant palms and a long, elbow-length gauntlet for arm protection.
These rose pruning gloves from Acdyion fit the bill. Over 80% of customers on Amazon give these gardening gloves a 5-star review.
Here are some highlights: The cowhide leather provides a puncture and scratch-resistant medium for your hands and arms, and the seam around the thumb allows for greater dexterity. These gloves come in three color choices: deep brown, yellow, and white.
- Comes in X small, small, medium, large, X large
- Tan, white, or brown color options
- Gauntlet protects arms up to the elbow
- Elastic wrist for a good fit
✓ Excellent protection from thorns and scratches
✓ Protects against cacti, roses, blackberries, etc.
✓ Supple hand design allows for finer dexterity tasks
✓ Glove interior is soft, protecting you from blisters
✗ Not coated with a water-resistant coating
6. Best Gardening Gloves for Kids: Vgo gardening gloves (Ages 3-9)
If you want to get the kids away from their screens on the weekends, these fun gardening gloves may provide an incentive to get outside. Vgo’s 3-pack kids’ gloves are perfect for a day out in the yard. With a fun cartoon design and three colors to choose from, there’s a Vgo gardening glove for every child.
These are basic, all-purpose gardening gloves, similar to the Showa Atlas gloves. With a high-dexterity foam latex palm and polyester for the back of the hand, these gloves help little hands stay dry and cool. These gloves will fit kids from ages 3-9 and have an elastic cuff to help keep the dirt out.
- Sizes XXX small, XX small, and X small (Ages 3-9)
- Comes in a 3-pack
- Colors are green, pink/purple, and blue
✓ Comes in a 3-pack
✓ Three color choices
✓ Good for light gardening chores
✓ Perfect fit for little hands
✗ May not hold up to extended wear and tear
7. Best Gloves for Winter: G & F Products 100% waterproof winter gloves
G & F Products’ waterproof winter gloves work well in cold, wet environments. These gloves are waterproof and windproof and include an acrylic terry lining on the inside to keep your hands warm. If you’re outside shoveling snow or harvesting cold, wet veggies from the garden, these gloves are a good choice.
These are marketed for men, but come in medium to XX large, so sizing is unisex. Women may find the smaller sizes to be a good fit. Reviewers note that these aren’t great for extended wear in freezing temperatures but are good for keeping your hands warm and dry while you work or shovel snow.
Pro Tip: If you size up, you may be able to combine these with a thinner glove for extra warmth.
- Come in multiple sizes: medium, large, X large, XX large
- Waterproof, windproof
- Foam and latex exterior
- Acrylic terry liner
✓ Good for shoveling snow or doing outdoor winter gardening chores
✓ Good gripping power
✓ Back of hand is bright orange for high visibility
✓ Keeping hands dry also helps keep them warm
✗ May need a glove liner for added winter warmth, according to reviewers
8. Honorable Mention Best Gloves for Winter: Carhartt Insulated System 5 work glove with safety cuff
The Carhartt Insulated System 5 work gloves get an extremely high customer rating. At the time of writing, these gloves had over 1K reviews, with 87% of reviewers giving these gloves 5 stars.
These gloves are strong, warm, and sturdy — everything you want in a winter work glove. Synthetic leather palms with suede reinforcement and cotton duck on the back of the hands provides flexibility and strength. Thinsulate insulation keeps hands warm, and with sizing from small to XX large, they will fit almost any hand.
- Palm is synthetic leather with suede reinforcement; back of hand is cotton duck
- Sized in small, medium, large, X large, and XX large
- Hand washable
✓ Great all-around winter work/chore glove
✓ Thinsulate insulation keeps hands warm
✓ Sturdy construction
✓ Multiple sizes
✗ Not waterproof
Buyers Guide for Garden Gloves
Not sure what to look for when shopping for gardening gloves? Try them on, if you can, obviously. Pay close attention to three things: Fit, material, and purpose (who the gloves are designed to be used).
Fit: Check what sizes are available for each glove. In this list, we’ve tried to include gloves with multiple sizes. Look at the sizing chart listed with each product. Check the reviews as well. You’ll often find other buyers comment on whether the gloves fit as advertised.
Material: Some gloves are all one material (leather, for example), while others, like the Showa Atlas and Vgo kids’ gloves, have a fabric back and a nitrile or foam latex palm coating. Some gardening gloves are made from 100% cotton. The material you choose will depend on the job you need to do.
Purpose: We’ve divided up our gloves by purpose or project. Gardening gloves are like shoes: There is a type for every occasion. Use the wrong type, and you’ll likely bleed or blister.
Here is a good overview of the basic types of gardening gloves you may need:
FAQ About Gardening Gloves
Nitrile is known as a latex alternative and is made of synthetic rubber. It protects skin from chemicals and is more puncture resistant than latex.
Full-time horticulturists say a standard nitrile glove may last only about a week. For weekend gardeners, you should get much more time out of nitrile gloves, but if you see that a glove comes in a multi-pack, it probably isn’t meant to last forever.
Wearing gardening gloves is a smart idea. Soils are filled with good bacteria and fungi, but some soil bacteria can be harmful to humans. Bacteria that cause sepsis and tetanus live in soil and animal manure. If these bacteria enter via cuts or scrapes on your skin, they can do real harm.
Better safe than sorry, so it’s best to put on a pair of sturdy, fashionable gloves before you get to work in the garden.
Gardening gloves are an essential part of your gardener’s tool kit — every bit as essential as your favorite garden spade or trowel.
Just like a good pair of shoes, there is a glove for every occasion. Choosing the right glove will keep unnecessary blisters and injuries at bay and help you be more productive and safe in your garden.
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